Traveling the world is a wonderful thing. You get exposed to a brand-new culture that can transform your worldview. You see sights that absolutely blow you away and form memories that last a lifetime. And, it will even give you a new appreciation for your hometown when you return.
Sadly, many people believe that international vacations are out of their price range. But the truth is that some high-quality international vacations are cheaper than staying in the USA!
In today’s article, I’ll show you 4 of our personal favorites.
A Europe trip is often seen as an expensive proposition—and for good reason. France, Germany, Italy, and many other countries cost thousands of dollars per week. Spain, on the other hand, is not only an incredible vacation spot, it’s affordable.
You’ll love walking under the shade of the tall plane trees in Las Ramblas. Or, if you’re a foodie, you can’t miss seafood Paella right on the beach. And if you’re a lover of art, you’ll find the architecture of the Sagrada-Familia breathtaking.
And don’t forget the beach! With temperatures in the high 70s throughout the fall and a boardwalk that stretches for miles, you’re certain to get the perfect tan.
As with any international trip, the plane ticket makes up the bulk of the cost. Tickets to Barcelona are surprisingly cheap, though, with many deals for under $500 from San Francisco (as long as you avoid July and August—tourist hot months).
When most people think of a vacation in China, they think of the Great Wall. Yet China has so much more to offer… and all at incredibly affordable prices. Best of all, most of the major cities are totally connected by fast, easy-to-use subway trains. This means you can travel all over, usually for less than $2 a day!
Guangzhou is the southern capital of China and home to the Cantonese people. It’s home to some of the most delicious food in Asia, including world-famous Dim Sum.
In Guangzhou, we recommend exploring the historic district. There you can see original, ancient brick roads, and enjoy some of the Cantonese street food.
If you’re not afraid of heights, you’re going to love Canton Tower. Prior to August of 2013, the Canton Tower was the tallest building in the world. The front of the elevator is made of glass, and watching the ground disappear as you rocket upwards is an amazing thrill.
Roundtrip flight prices to Guangzhou can often be found for less than $500. And you can stay in a nice location and eat all the delicious Cantonese food you can handle for less than $30 a day.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
When most people think of Thailand, they think of the beautiful tropical beaches—of which there are many. However, Thailand also has some of the most incredible mountain scenery on the planet. And most of it is found in the city of Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest cities, so you have many of the amenities and comforts you expect in the USA. It also has a large expat community, so many of the citizens speak fluent English. The locals are always smiling and used to foreigners.
And the food is to die for.
Seriously. Thailand is known for some of the most delicious food in the world. Seafood, coconut curries, crispy pork, and more can be found for pennies on the dollar, often made to order right in front of you!
Plane tickets are cheapest between May and October. Fall is the best time to visit, since it’s after the incredibly rainy monsoon season that lasts the entire summer. After the plane ticket, you can expect to pay just $20 – $39 a day for a quality time in Chiang Mai.
If you’re more adventurous at heart, you’ll never forget a vacation to Colombia! Known for its incredible nature, warm, welcoming people, and a vibrant night life that never quits, Bogota is quickly becoming a must-visit city.
The first thing you’re going to want to do in Bogota is explore La Candelaria. This is the historic center of the city. Walk the brick streets and enjoy the energy of the locals. Although Bogota is becoming more popular, it’s still semi-rare to see a tourist. As a result you’ll get many people looking at you with curiosity.
Ride the tram to the top of the Monserrate for a view of the entire city (and surrounding valley).
Round trip tickets are generally less than $500, making it one of the most affordable international vacations you can find. Once you land, you can live in a safe area and eat delicious food for $32 a day total. Not bad!
The Vipon Team