REPOST: 10 Surprisingly Affordable Vacation Hotspots

People are always looking for the best travel deals, especially for the holiday season. Ryan Rudnansky of Travel Pulse enumerates ten destinations you didn’t know were affordable.

PHOTO: Bali, Indonesia | Image Source:

PHOTO: Bali, Indonesia | Image Source:

Looking for an affordable top tourist destination this holiday season and beyond?

Well, it just so happens that room search engine recently compiled a list of the top 10 budget destinations around the world.

These destinations range from the United States to Indonesia to Greece, giving travelers plenty of options that offer luxury for a cheap.

The 10 destinations chose are: Bali, Shanghai, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, Corfu, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Myrtle Beach and Orlando.

In Bali, which continues to grow in popularity, you can stay at beachfront hostels for as little as $10 per night. And no need to go emptying your piggy bank if you want to rest in luxury. Luxury resorts in the Indonesia hotspot offer rates for as little as $25 per night.

Shanghai has always been a great place to wander around, but you won’t need to wander far to find great deals in this exotic Chinese city, from accommodation to entertainment and meals. Many four-star hotels in Shanghai offer rates for around $35 per night.
Mexico is a regular vacation destination for Americans. While the beach resorts can cost a pretty peso, you’d be surprised what you can find just a couple blocks inland. As long as you don’t need to stay right on the beach, you can find rates as cheap as $45 per night for four-star hotels. Meals and drinks are also relatively inexpensive.

If you are looking for a great spot for both wildlife safaris and ocean activities, look no further than South Arica. The currency exchange rate in this warm destination is fantastic, and Cape Town and Johannesburg offer four-star accommodations starting at $40 per night.

Turkey has been growing as a prime holiday destination for a while now, given its wide array of Mediterranean beaches, historic ruins and scenic views of nearby Istanbul. A U.S. dollar is currently worth over $2.25 Turkish Lira, and it’s common to stay at a deluxe hotel for $30-$50, even on the Riviera.

Corfu may not be an ideal destination for the winter holidays, but travelers may want to keep the Greek island in mind come the summer months. While Santorini and Mykonos are well-known tourist destinations, Corfu is a gorgeous seaside location that oftentimes gets overlooked. You can rent a deluxe apartment set on the Mediterranean for $50 per night if you opt for this coastal beauty.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Costa Rica makes the list, especially if you have traveled to the Central American adventure land. A popular hotspot for Americans (North, Central and South), Costa Rica offers just about everything, from ziplining through a rainforest to scuba diving and snorkeling the picturesque reefs to touring the local cities. On top of that, it’s cheap, too. Stay in a four-star hotel in tropical beach town Tamarindo or rent a two-bedroom villa near the beach…all for as little as $75 per night.

Puerto Rico has become a popular Caribbean destination not only because of its tropical weather and sweeping beaches, but also for its prices and convenience. U.S. citizens don’t need a passport to travel to the island and the currency is the U.S. dollar. You can land a luxurious vacation rental near the ocean for as little as $55 per night.

Myrtle Beach in South Carolina has long been a popular summer destination among U.S. travelers, as well as international visitors. The scenic city features miles of beaches, a vibrant nightlife and boardwalk, and plenty of spectacular golf courses to wander around in awe.

While an upscale beachfront resort will charge more than $100 per night in peak season at this top tourist destination, you can nab a deluxe condo overlooking the ocean for as little as $50 per night.

It’s also not a surprise that Orlando made the list. The home of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, SeaWorld Orlando and LEGOLAND Florida (just to name a few), the theme park capital of the world makes sure to add plenty of rooms to accommodate tourists…which means hotels need to fill these rooms, oftentimes at cheap prices.

Brave the heat in the summer and receive even better deals, as the parks tend to offer package discounts. Four-star Downtown Disney hotels start at $60 per night. Deluxe four-bedroom homes minutes from the park can cost as little as $50 per night.

Find out where to get the most affordable travel deals by visiting this Pete Scamardo blog.


About petescamardo1

Hi, I’m Pete Scamardo, an accounting professional from Los Angeles. At least once a year, I go to various destinations for rest, relaxation, adventure, and exploration. This is because I firmly believe that there is more to life than what is right in front of people, and it is important for everyone to go out and explore to cultivate a better appreciation for what one has.
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