From Asia to Europe, cheap adventure is looking for you!
After being stuck at home in 2020 due to the global pandemic and dipping your feet back to traveling in the previous year, 2022 has us rethinking better travel plans! We can finally look forward to a mind-blowing international vacation this year with flight restrictions lowered.
At Leisure, we dug around and found the ten best cheap travel destinations for you in 2022. These locations are going to offer you the best of adventure, affordability, and ambiance, all at the same time. All these destinations range from Europe, Asia, to Africa. Whether you want to relax at a beach or experience vivid nightlife, there is something for everyone on this list.
Of course, please keep in mind that you should be doing your due diligence as far as Covid-19 restrictions, requirements, and protocols are concerned.
1. San Juan, Puerto Rico
If you are looking for a fulfilling and cheap getaway this year, San Juan will actually blow your mind. This Puerto Rican city offers visitors everything they could possibly need - happy vibes, stunning beaches, great nightlife, vibrant culture, outdoor activities, and delectable food. This is a Caribbean destination for which you don’t even need a passport.
What other reasons do you want to visit San Juan? As per Skyscanner, San Juan is incredibly cheap to fly into. Hundreds of flights make a round trip for just under $100.
2. Cancun, Mexico
When we experience harsh winters during January, Cancun is going wild at 81 degrees. What else? Jeremy Scott, the founder and CEO of TravelFreak endorses the location.
Cancun literally has everything you could ask for. It is a multi-generational location that offers the best sandy beaches, luxurious resorts, and spectacular nightlife. Cancun is amazingly affordable. The accommodation options at a three-star resort with all kinds of amenities for two people can average anywhere around $50 and that in the four-star resorts around $80.
3. Kenya, East Africa
Have you always dreamed of taking that Safari trip? This might be your year.
As a traveler, you should really consider East Africa for a vacation. You can pay as low as $15 per night for a hotel and get so much in return! So, take your hard-earned money and spend it where you get the best deal out of every buck. Kenya has so much to offer. It is a diverse country, with amazing safari options, the beach, great food, all at a very reasonable price.
4. Hanoi, Vietnam
By spending just $19 a day, Hanoi becomes a top contender for being one of the cheapest places in the world to travel. This Vietnamese capital city is a cultural hub filled with hundreds of significant places of interest, including museums.
When you are in Hanoi, definitely check out the hectic Old Quarter. You will not regret even a single minute. The Ho Chi Minh mausoleums, Hoan Kiem Lake, and the Temple of Literature are also some amazing places to visit in Hanoi.
5. Barcelona, Spain
Not many European countries offer that depth of a great adventure like Barcelona does. In just $400, you can have a fantastic time, no matter where you go around Barcelona, either on a solo trip or with a group.
The rich culture and diversity of Barcelona are something that will mesmerize you. It is not visible anywhere else in Spain. Once you are here, don’t even think about missing out on food at Boqueria Market. This should be at the top of your list of things to do in Barcelona. Indulge in some fantastic food and wine, exotic fruit, rare spices, and just relax while you are here in this city.
PS: Also, visit Sagrada Familia, which has been constructed for over 100 years. It is one of the most stunning structures in Europe.
6. Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul has our heart for being one of the most ethnically diverse and visually vibrant cities globally. The largest city in Turkey in terms of population, Istanbul has managed to emerge as a destination for people looking to travel on a budget. But that doesn’t stop the rich from spending some quality time here.
It is breathtakingly beautiful and one of the cheapest places in the world to travel to in 2022. The value of Turkish currency continues to drop, making Istanbul a fantastic value-for-money destination. Indulge in Turkish cuisines, discover their handicrafts, be captivated by this influential city, all for under $100. Yes, $100 or less can get you access to a luxury hotel.
7. Pattaya, Thailand
With an average cost of just $27 per day, Pattaya definitely deserves some much-needed recognition as one of the cheapest places in the world to travel this year. Pattaya is rich in offering multiple cultural activities which everyone can enjoy. But what’s more impressive is the beaches! Yes, the beaches here have a special place in our hearts.
Pattaya is located in the Gulf of Thailand and is home to some stunning beaches which you might not find anywhere else in the world. Apart from that, Pattaya is also famous for indulging in the lively nightlife and being an eccentric shopping paradise.
It will not cost you a leg or an arm to stay here!
8. Lombok, Indonesia
A separate island in Indonesia, Lombok is for adventure lovers. There are waterfalls right in the middle of a jungle; you can go scuba diving, snorkeling, you can climb Mt. Rinjani, and explore the hidden secrets of volcanoes.
Isn’t it fun?
When you are done with all the adventures, you can make a quick stop at the Air Kalak Hot Springs and soothe your body and soul with all the medicinal properties. So, if you are looking for a cheap vacation somewhere, Lombok will offer you a wide-ranging choice of almost everything. Hotels here start at just $30 per night, and the food for one time can be yours to dig in under $10!
9. Delhi, India
An excellent option for almost everyone, Delhi is a paradise for international travelers and backpackers. And yes, it is incredibly cheap. Cost of accommodation, food, snacks, transportation to and from any point in this capital city, everything is really cheap.
The only thing you might need to watch out for here is the “weird” stares, all because you will look different from the locals. But, the shopping places are spectacular; it is basically like a dream come true for a shopaholic. Food is mouth-watering, especially the chickpeas and puffed, deep-fried Indian bread (which is yours to feast on for under $2!) Most Indian cuisines are gluten-free, so it is a win-win for every tourist looking for some healthy food.
While you are here in this city that inhabits over 30 million people, you have to check out the Chandni Chowk Bazaar along with the heritage monuments like the Red Fort. After you are done with this, visit one of the best wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, a few hours away from this metropolitan.
10. Belgrade, Serbia
Last but not least, this Serbian capital city is a diverse mix of rivers, historic sites, and vibrant nightlife. But what will actually catch your fancy is how friendly people are here, along with cheap food!
You will find some of the most amazing deals on accommodations for just $20. You can even rent an entire apartment here for under $30 per night. Belgrade has a well-connected network of transportation, so you don’t have to worry about not being Downtown to get better access to all kinds of attractions.
The location is a bit further away from the city center, dramatically reducing prices for everything overall. You can dine in, have a few drinks and do a lot for very cheap here. The food is perhaps the best part about Belgrade. The chefs here in most restaurants use organic ingredients, which can be easily found at Farmer’s Markets daily.
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