| Hi Taylor:
My husband and I are gearing up for a summer vacation, and we want
to go somewhere new and exotic. I feel like we won't be able to afford
the kind of trip I'm envisioning, but I'm checking around to see if
people know of cool spots that a couple might actually be able to
afford. - Gianna
Hi Gianna: I'm all about cheap travel. The hardest thing to get
around is airfare, but if you manage to find plane tickets at a reasonable
price, there are plenty of places to go where a dollar gets you quite
a bit. Here are three spots where you can maximize fun without maxing
out your spending.
Rico. The island as a whole is still recovering from Maria,
but the tourism industry is up and running and trying to help
the rest of Puerto Rico get back on its feet. That means there
are lots of deals you wouldn't otherwise see, and you still get
all the usual delights associated with the Carribean. You might
consider taking a cruise that features a quick stop in Puerto
Rico as well. Rebuilding efforts are ongoing, so you have to be
smart about what part of the island you stay on, but you can expect
to find good rates at recently renovated hotels. Saint Martin,
the other island that suffered the most during the hurricane,
is also a possibility for fun and cheap travel.
2. Phuket, Thailand. Thailand is unbelievably gorgeous and
outrageously affordable. People frequently travel there and come
back with money they had planned on spending. The food is wildly
unique, the beaches are incomparable, and if you find decent airfare
you can do a whole lot for very little. This part of Thailand
gets a lot of rain during the summer, so you can't expect constant
sunshine. However, the rainy season brings lower prices and there's
no weather that can ruin the spectacle of the beaches. A quick
Google search will show what I'm talking about.
3. Czech Republic. People rule out Europe when traveling on
a budget, and for good reason; you're not going to have a fun,
inexpensive trip to France. The Czech Republic has all the history
and iconography of any place in Europe, but it all comes at far
less cost. Food and lodging are surprisingly affordable, and Prague
is one of the prettiest cities you'll see anywhere. Of these three
options, getting to the Czech Republic will be the most expensive,
but once your plane touches down, the prices come down as well.
| If you can
responsibly afford it, traveling is one of the best ways to spend
your money. Hopefully one of these options, or a similar place, will
help you stay under budget and still have a blast. Let me know how
it all goes, Gianna!
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March 29, 2022
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