Top Five Budget Destinations for 2019

Looking to fill the new year with more travels and adventure but worried you don’t have the funds? Here’s our pick of the top five budget destinations for 2019, so you can still get your wanderlust fix without breaking the bank.

Hatshepsut temple in Egypt
Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the longest reigning female pharaoh in Egypt


Average Daily Budget: $22

With its world-wonders, ancient tombs and spectacular temples, you’d think travelling in Egypt would cost a lot. But in reality, the Land of the Pharaohs is a great destination for budget travellers in 2019.

Due to the political upheaval Egypt experienced several years ago, the tourist industry declined significantly. And whilst visitor numbers are rising once again, prices have remained low and affordable.

Top attractions along the River Nile from Luxor to Aswan are accessible for just a few dollars. With the world-famous Valley of the Kings still only costing as little as $10. Add to this cheap food and affordable accommodation (around $10 for a basic double room) and you’ve found yourself one fantastic travel deal.

Vilnius in Lithuania
Vilnius is home to the largest baroque old town in Europe


Average Daily Budget: $76

If you’re looking to visit Europe in the new year, according to the City Costs Barometer 2018 from Post Office Travel Money, the place to go is Eastern Europe. With Lithuania’s capital city Vilnius scoring second as one of the best value destinations for 2019.

A 72-hour travel card in Vilnius will set you back around $9. A cup of coffee less than $2 (same for beer). And a budget hotel room could cost as little as $25.

Vilnius boasts the largest baroque old town in Europe. And as wandering around this Baltic capital costs nothing, you could easily spend a budget weekend away exploring its cobbled alleys and architectural gems, before climbing the nearby hills for fantastic city views.

Taj Mahal in India
The Taj Mahal is just one of India’s many diverse attractions


Average Daily Budget: $30

India has long been a favourite for budget travellers – and that’s not set to change in 2019. Few other destinations around the world can offer such incredible diversity for so little.

Whether you want to spend some time on the beaches of Goa, experience the hustle and bustle of Delhi and Mumbai or cruise along the backwaters of Kerala, you’ll find it hard to go over budget. And with mouthwatering cuisine costing less than $2 a meal, there’s little more you could ask for.

When it comes to accommodation, you’ll be able to find dorm rooms from as little as $6 a night. Although a double room in a hotel will still only set you back around $20. So if you’re travelling on a budget, India should definitely be on your radar.

Colonial City of Antigua in Guatemala
Guatemala’s Antigua is overlooked by three dramatic volcanoes


Average Daily Budget: $35

Your money really does go far in Central America, particularly in smaller countries such as colourful Guatemala. Despite its many incredible attractions, Guatemala has remained off the well-trodden tourist trail and its prices certainly reflect this.

A budget hotel double room costs between $16 to $23, with a set meal in a cheap eatery known as a comedor costing around $5. ‘Chicken Buses‘ are the quintessential mode of transport in Guatemala and a three-hour ride on one of these brightly painted buses will set you back less than $3.

If the prices weren’t enough to persuade you to travel, then Guatemala’s list of attractions certainly will. The country boasts the picturesque colonial town of Antigua, the beautiful Lake Atitlan and UNESCO-listed Tikal, one of the greatest Mayan cities in the world.

Scenery of Sapa, Vietnam
Sapa’s dramatic scenery is a must-see in Vietnam


Average Daily Budget: $41

Travellers flock to Vietnam for its stunning natural beauty, bustling cities and good food. But adding to this Southeast Asian gem’s appeal are its affordable prices.

A fantastic budget destination for 2019, Vietnam offers hotel accommodation for between $9 to $16 a night. Basic meals, such as a delicious bowl of pho, can be found for approximately $1.70 and local transport about the same.

You can stroll about the bustling cities of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh for no cost at all and simply soak up the atmosphere. Or head out to the countryside that Vietnam is so famous for and discover charming rural villages. However you decide to spend your trip, you can be sure it won’t break the bank.

Looking to travel on a budget in 2019? Take a look at our range of budget tours visiting Egypt, China, Iceland and more top destinations.

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