Traveling is not always synonymous with saving, especially if the chosen destination is a heavenly place on the edge of the world. Think of the Maldives or Australia, to name two.
However, there are strategies to reduce the budget and be able to afford a dignified vacation. Here are the best budget destinations for solo travelers.
The question is always the same: how to spend little? And if the chosen destination is super exclusive, the game gets even harder. So how do you do it? The first move is the purchase of the plane ticket, the second the choice of the right period, the third is to Book hotels for better accommodation.
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Budget Destinations for Solo Travelers
Here we will list a whole range of strategies and tricks to spend less, plus several luxury hotels where you can find the standard of a 5 star without spending a fortune. And then many ways to have a cheap holiday: from CouchSurfing to woofing, from home exchange to the cargo experience!
CALIFORNIA: By Camper to the National Parks
Are you ready for a road trip to conquer the National Parks of the West? If you are adventurous and don’t mind driving miles, California is the perfect place. Here you will enjoy large spaces, country atmospheres, and views that are unique in the world… In order not to lighten your wallet too much, we recommend 3 steps to take.
First of all, buy the ticket in time (6 weeks in advance according to a study by the Airlines Reporting Corporation ): from November to March, excluding holidays, you will get a good price.
If you are traveling as a family or in a group, rent an RV to cut fuel and accommodation costs, stock up on food, and get the National Parks Pass priced at $ 80. With the card, savings are guaranteed!
COSTA RICA: Between Cheap Hostels and Treehouses
A paradise of biodiversity, Costa Rica is a true tropical Eden, beautiful to hurt and within everyone’s reach. First, when to go? Try it from May to November, with the rainy season prices drop but safety remains: the country is rarely affected by the passage of hurricanes that usually pass north of the Caribbean.
Fly to Tamarindo and opt for a stay in a hostel, “cheap but young”: there are accommodations that offer beds for $ 10 a night, such as the delightful Pura Vida to be booked early because it is often full. Or go for ecotourism and rent a treehouse for a unique experience face to face with wild nature. Ready for breakfast with monkeys and raccoons?
MALDIVES: Call for 5 stars, all in the guest house!
Unbridled luxury by the sea? The Maldives! This archipelago of the Indian Ocean is the dream destination of all world travelers.
That destination to be experienced once in a lifetime, to dive into emerald waters, stroll on tongues of white sand and let yourself be pampered by the sun’s rays. They are prohibitive for accommodation and travel, but possible if lived away from stilts by nabobs and extra luxury spas.
Since 2012, local authorities have given the green light to locals to open family-run guest houses: take advantage of it! One of them is Kuri Inn in Omadhoo, in the South Ari Atoll. Arrive with a flight to Male ‘, get on board a ferry boat (about € 3) and book the b & b formula (from $75 in double). Here the dream becomes reality …
CUBA: Do-it-yourself tourism and private homes
Although still far from Caribbean standards, Cuba offers high tourism. It is fantastic, with the capital-rich in history, the coast with paradisiacal colors, the hinterland with the tobacco plantations… but certainly not cheap.
Once you have booked your flight (stay away from high periods such as Christmas and Easter ), opt for a stay in the particular houses, those of the locals, which will allow you to spend much less than in the 5-star villages of Varadero.
The price is around $ 25 per person per day excluding meals, which must be agreed upon with the landlord. The only caution: beware of “illegal” houses, cheaper but less safe because they are not regulated by the state. How to recognize the right ones? From a white and blue stamp placed on the entrance door.
CANADA: From April to October, good season and low-cost flights
This is one of the most scenic and safe countries in the world, which in recent years has been stormed by both hit and run tourists and those who intend to move. The reason? The high standard of living. Canada, scales the world rankings for livability yet that spending is very expensive!
If you intend to visit it, we advise you to leave when the temperatures return to normal and the inhabitants begin to live on the earth’s surface (do you remember Toronto and its brilliant underground city?). From April to October, you can take advantage of the incredible prices of the airline Air Transat, which offers direct flights to Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver from €400 round trip!
FLORIDA: Super offers in the summer and Cuban hostels and bars
Exaggerated luxury, slow rhythms, modern cities, tropical beaches, lively nightlife, and crazy shopping. La Florida is all this and much more, one was definitely perfect for the traveler who wants to be pampered from morning to night. In short, a luxury place, which often involves high costs, almost prohibitive depending on the destination chosen.
But if you want to spend little and want to travel on a budget then, leave in the summer, when rainfall peeps out and makes the sultry day’s cooler: one hour a day of rain will be almost pleasant, trust me! If you are in Miami, leave the five stars alone and think of a youth hostel: a good address is the quaint Clay Hostel on Espanola Way.
In the evening, stop at one of the many Cuban bars and try the “Cuban coffee” for a few dollars: the price is lower than American cafes. After all, the American coast is only a few miles from Cuba!