Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t take an exotic vacation. It just means you have to be a little more selective about where you go. Do a little research and you’ll find your options are far from limited. There’s no need to sacrifice a comfortable bed, a beautiful beach, or a nice meal out. In fact, why not throw in a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites, or an all-night beach rager, or a wander around the oldest city in Europe? All this is possible while still staying well within your budget. Between Europe, Asia, Central America, and South America we’ve got you covered with the 9 best exotic budget vacation destinations.
It probably isn’t the first place that pops into your mind when you think of an exotic vacation, BUT Vietnam is an excellent choice. It’s a true tropical paradise boasting miles of sandy beaches, warm water, gorgeous sights, and dirt-cheap prices. Hoi An is a charming city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a beach getaway all in one. Halong Bay is a jaw-dropping gorgeous place to tour by boat for 2 or 3 days. Further south you can kitesurf your way around Mui Ne, or party it up with a host of backpackers and ex-pats in beach-side Nha Trang. Thinking you can’t afford such an awesome sounding place? You can. Vietnam is one of the cheapest countries in the world to travel. Local beer is less than a dollar, meals are $2 or less, and homestay or hostel beds start between $5-$10 USD.