While travelling on a budget is not impossible, it does take a little creativity - beginning with your destination. Although mainstays such as Paris, London and New York City may be pricey, there's a fresh crop of exciting travel-worthy destinations that offer just as many attractions for a fraction of the price.
If you've been dreaming of South America or Europe travel, then consider saving your cash for these inexpensive vacations:
Bulgaria's charming capital offers visitors some of the most affordable hotels in Europe, and is even known as the most wallet-friendly European capital. Located at the foot of the Vitosha Mountain, the city of Sofia is full of both historic sites and cultural haunts, ranging from the yellow cobblestone lanes and Viennese architecture of the historic city centre to outdoor opera performances and smoky jazz clubs. Visitors can take a walking tour to see some of the historic monuments, such as the grand Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, then venture to George Rakovski Street at night to peruse the various music clubs, dance halls, bars and theatres.
Once known as "Little Paris," Bucharest has a luxurious yet entirely unique appeal. The Romanian capital may be the sixth-largest city in the European Union, but its wonders and culture are still unexamined by most tourists. However, travellers here will enjoy all the art and culture Bucharest has to offer, such as the National Art Museum, which is housed in the former Royal Palace and features more than 100,000 works of art. Outdoor lovers can take in the breathtaking scenery when walking along the several tree-lined lakes that stretch across the city's northern border, or they can stroll through the Botanical Garden, which is the largest of its kind in Romania.
This South Pacific nation is one of the most top-value destinations in the world. Manila, capital of the Philippines and its second-largest city, is home to a slew of affordable retail stores, making it a fashionista's dream. Much of Manila's art scene can be found along Chino Roces Avenue, including Manila Contemporary, which features exhibitions from both Filipino and foreign artists. The Philippines also boasts plenty of delectable authentic dishes for inexpensive prices at cozy hole-in-the-wall cafes. Travellers can stop in one to try the classic halo-halo drink or the pork adobo dinner.
Those interested in adventure travel will find it in Nicaragua's luscious rainforests, expansive beaches and majestic volcanoes. Travellers to this Central American nation can spend as little as $20 a day as they hike through the vast national parks or take in the historic sites of Granada, which is home to restored town centres featuring Spanish-style architecture.