Your dream vacation doesn’t have to cost a fortune. It might mean sacrificing a fancy resort for an Airbnb or a hostel, but it gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of some beautiful places.
Here are three amazingly inexpensive destinations that will allow you to see the world on a budget:
Buenos Aires, Argentina
If you’re looking for a total package when it comes to cheap travel that provides you with a wealth of options, Argentina is the place!
Culture: You cannot visit Argentina without experiencing some Argentine Tango. This social dance originated in the 19th century in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. While the dance expresses lost love, sadness and nostalgia, it’s captivating and a big part of Argentinian culture.
Scenery: Buenos Aires is a beautiful city, but if you are looking for diversity, check out some of these amazing places: Iguazu Falls, Glacier Perito Moreno, Andes Mountains, Valdivian Forest, and of course, Patagonia. Getting there will require transportation, but buses are cheap, safe, and the ride will be totally worth it.
Nightlife: If nightlife is more your scene, Palmero is the place to be. You can start your night out by pregaming at Rosebar, a warehouse-style club, before heading around the corner to Niceto Vega, a bustling street of bars and nightclubs.
Looking for more of a subdued nightlife scene? Check out one of the city’s speakeasies. Head to Verne Club for absinthe tasting if you’re feeling adventurous, or choose your favorite author-inspired cocktail. If you’re a fan of New York, get in line for Uptown and prepare to be transported to the Big Apple subway (trains and all!).
Shopping: With plenty of bookstores, creative boutiques, independent design co-ops and leather workshops at your disposal, you will find the perfect piece to remember your Argentinian adventure.
The first thing Cancun may bring to mind is “Spring Break!” but we’re here to let you in on a little secret: Cancun has it all.
Culture: Aside from beautiful white sand beaches, you will find a lot of archeology and Mayan culture in Cancun. The Mayan ruins and museums can keep you occupied for hours and won’t break the bank.
Scenery: You have options when it comes to beaches in Cancun, and Playa Tortugas is a good one! You’ll find the locals here and if you want to get away from the tourist crowd, you can hop on a ferry to Isla Mujeres to slow down for a bit. If you’re really up for an adventure, Chichén Itzá is the spot to go! Recently named the Seventh Wonder of the World, the two and a half-hour bus ride connects you to the roots of the Yucatán Peninsula.
Nightlife: Did someone say open bar? A perk of partying in Cancun is being able to buy an open bar bracelet at some places and party all night. If bar hopping is more your scene, you can always join a bar hopping tour (or go on your own).
Shopping: If you love fashion, you’ll love Cancun! Explore one of six shopping malls and markets boasting international brands and local boutiques. Plus, there is no sales tax.
If you don’t know about Sintra, Portugal, you should. This town is just 40 minutes outside of Lisbon and an architectural gem.
Culture: If you’re looking for the perfect pictures to share on social media, have your camera ready in Sintra. Full of 19th-century palaces & castles, gardens and parks set along cliffs overlooking the ocean, you’ll never run out of beautiful things to look at.
Scenery: There are so many things to see, but three must-see destinations would be the Castelo dos Mouros (Castle of the Moors), Pena National Palace and Cabo da Roca—the westernmost point of mainland Europe.
Nightlife: After spending the day getting cultured, Sintra offers many different types of bars, clubs, and restaurants for you to let loose.
Shopping: You’re guaranteed to find a unique keepsake from Sintra. Hand-painted ceramics, arts and crafts pieces, jewelry, clothing and textiles for the home can be found here at affordable prices. Don’t be afraid to haggle—that’s the norm in Sintra!
Now that you’ve heard some of your options, where will you be heading for your 2019 summer vacation?
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