I don't take international trips very often… at least, not as much as I would like to. Like most of you, I worry about the high expenses attached to island getaways and their posh nightlife. Unbeknownst to us, there are plenty of discount locations that cost as much as a trip in the continental US.
With the current debt crisis paired with Brexit, Greece's weakened economy allows luxury at low prices. For less cash than a tropical visit to the Caribbean, lounge on the beautiful white sand of a Greek beach. Greece also boasts a fascinating and historic culture with monuments such as the Acropolis of Athens, Delphi, Minoan Palace of Knossos, Epidaurus theatre, Sanctuary of Dion, Ancient Theatre of Dodona, and the site of the first Olympic Games. Travelers can also select from a variety of water sports: fishing, windsurfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and sailing.
The euro is currently very close to the cost of an American dollar which has made flight prices and hotel costs decline. Most historic sites in Hungary cost nothing. Other must-do activities include the Great Synagogue, Great Market Hall, "ruin" pubs
, and the House of Terror museum. Save money by using public transportation, and put it towards staying a night in the Corinthia Hotel (which inspired Wes Anderson’s "The Grand Budapest Hotel").
Skip the over-crowded all-inclusives near Montego Bay, and you'll find unique and reasonably priced lodging. Negril, once populated by hippies, still exudes a laidback atmosphere far from the bland American owned resorts. Also, Montego Bay itself suffers from a barrage of aircraft noise due to the adjacent airport.
It’s close enough to smell! Because of its proximity to the US, airfare runs less than most other flights on this list. Cancun offers a variety of all-inclusive resort prices, and Playa Tortugas provides a festive Mayan scene with bungalow restaurants and beachfront ruins. Visit Playa Delfines white beaches or Coba’s jungle temples during the day, and then hit Coco Bongo for a raging nightlife.
Visit Thailand for beautiful beaches but moreso for the affordable lodging and inexpensive food. It's the travel hub of Southeast Asia for a reason. You can score street food for 60 cents/plate and public transportation for a quarter! Travel specialists suggest avoiding summer, because it rains a lot
. Take a round-trip ferry ride from Phuket to the Phi Phi Islands (only $30) to see jungles with no inhabitants, no roads, and no stress!