Want the best bang for your buck while seeing as much of the world as possible? Or maybe you just want to sit on the beach and watch the tide roll in – and pay as little for the privilege as possible? Whether you’re a snowbird on a fixed income, a young family hoping to eek out some quality time together, a couple yearning for a romantic break, or a free spirit in search of the next great adventure, this list of seven budget friendly destinations has affordable options for all travel lovers to consider.

1.) Cambodia

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Waj / Shutterstock

Despite being one of the cheapest countries to visit in Southeast Asia, Cambodia offers a rich exotic experience at a fraction of what a similar trip to even its neighbors Thailand or Vietnam might cost. Ancient wonder and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat, should be reason enough for anyone to crave a visit. But if that wasn’t enough, the French colonial architecture, miles of virtually empty white sand beaches, and the incredible local culture means this trip will be worth every penny.

2.) South Carolina

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Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

Mild winters and milder prices make South Carolina a smart destination for budget conscious travelers seeking Southern charm. Historic and beautiful Charleston is an ideal destination for foodies in search of a dynamic yet affordable dining scene, as well as for art lovers hoping to discover works by up-and-coming talents. Savings-savvy beachgoers know the South Carolina coast is just as awesome (if not more so) than other states sharing an Atlantic coast—but it’s far cheaper than most.

3.) Dominican Republic

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If you’re hoping to book an all-inclusive resort vacation that won’t include a shockingly high bill, consider Puerto Plata or other resort areas of the Dominican Republic. For golfing, mountain hikes, whale watching, and all sorts of outdoor activities, it’s hard to find a more cost-effective Caribbean destination. And for night owls drawn to the dance floor, the irresistible rhythms of meringue mean you can shake your moneymaker without spending much at all!

4.) Egypt

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Adwo / Shutterstock

Due to tumultuous politics, Egypt’s been stricken from many travelers’ lists in recent years. But! Many foreigners are saying now is the best (and least expensive) time to see the Pyramids, cruise the Nile, and go diving in the Red Sea. Many Egyptians depend on tourism to support themselves and their families, and during these leaner times, they’re going the extra miles at reduced rates to ensure guests have an amazing time. Keep abreast of current events, of course, but don’t miss out on what might be an excellent opportunity to experience Egypt.

5.) Texas

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Dean Fikar / Shutterstock

Everything’s bigger in Texas—including the savings! A large and vibrant student population keeps things buzzing and low-priced in walkable, sunny Austin. Tax Free Weekends in Dallas bring folks from miles around to shop ’til they drop while discovering a variety of free and affordable museums. Some of America’s lowest prices at the pumps add up to great opportunities to take a Texas road trip, exploring its many natural wonders, big cities, small towns, historic sites, and Gulf coast.Plus, no matter where you are, you’ll never be too far from some live music, reasonably priced Tex Mex and BBQ, or a chance to play in the great outdoors for free.

6.) Portugal

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Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

Often overshadowed by bigger, brasher Spain with whom humble Portugal shares its only border, tiny Portugal is a seriously underrated—and under priced—destination. With its long coastline, its wealth of historical sites, and its proudly held cultural traditions, Portugal remains a hidden gem for a fulfilling and affordable European holiday. Food and wine lovers in particular will marvel at the bounty of great things to eat and drink, all available at a fraction of their usual going rate in other parts of Western Europe.

7.) Washington, DC

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Cvandyke / Shutterstock

While the politicians squabble about how to spend our taxes, local DC residents are going about their days without worrying quite as much about their wallets as folks in other major metro areas do. A competitive dining scene, surplus of hotel rooms, and thrifty sense of fun keep the costs low for locals and visitors alike. A number of major attractions in the US capital are free—including the many Smithsonian Museums lining the National Mall—so families can see a lot while paying just a little.

Tempted?

Which of these budget-friendly destinations is calling your name? Do you have a favorite affordable vacation spot that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Fran Folsom

    I enjoyed this article particularly the section on Portugal.

    I am an experience travel journalist and am interested in posting on CheapOair’s blog. Can you please advise me on how to go about doing this?

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