Everyone has crossed off at least a few dream destinations from their bucket list due to their perceived cost. That remote island getaway, dazzling metropolis, and breathtaking safari would all be amazing trips, but they’re too far out of your price range…right?
Wrong! Unfortunately, many travelers mistakenly assume that trips to extravagant and unique locations would always end up being over their budget. Let’s set the record straight – vacations can be elegant and reasonably priced. As proof, here are 5 luxurious getaways that are more affordable than you think.
Lake Bled, Slovenia
We’ve all seen the iconic photo – a pristine church situated on a singular island amid perfectly-reflective water. Lake Bled has been generating a lot of buzz throughout the international travel community. Nestled in the Julian Alps of northern Slovenia, this lake is a gem of the equally stunning Triglav National Park.
Although Slovenia uses the Euro, it’s significantly cheaper than some of its western European counterparts, namely Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. Since Lake Bled is located in the countryside, visitors will be spending less on daily items than in the country’s larger cities. Renting a car is a great way to see the entire park without feeling rushed.
With bustling coral reefs, towering volcanos, dense forests, pristine beaches, and tiered rice paddies, Bali’s highlights read more like a dream destination than a real place. Despite all of these perks, this Indonesian island still packs a cost-efficient punch. The exchange rate leans heavily in favor of the USD, giving visitors excellent buying power.
Currently, Bali is in the perfect balance between an unknown destination with no travel infrastructure and a full-blown tourist trap. You’ll be able to find everything you need without blowing your money on overpriced goods and services. It’s advisable to work with a travel agent to plan a tour around the island considering all of the stunning places Bali has to offer.
For decades, southern Portugal has been a prominent destination for traveling Britons. The excitement surrounding Algarve’s hidden beaches, seaside cliffs, and oceanfront views is just starting to reach the United States. With the US dollar currently at its strongest value against the Euro in years and flights across the pond cheaper than in the past 3 years, now is the perfect time to get started on planning your trip to southern Portugal.
Quebec City, Canada
If you’re looking for the extravagant feel of a European city but are tight on time, turn your sights north to the beguiling Quebec City. This French-inspired destination is the perfect combination of modern opulence and historic appeal. You have the 400-year-old historic town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) juxtaposed with designer stores, world-class dining options, and luxury hotels like the Château Frontenac Hotel, which is a converted castle towering over the city.
As a major transportation hub in Canada, travelers can reach Quebec City from anywhere in the United States for a reasonable price. In addition to being a relatively affordable city, visitors from the lower 50 also have the added benefit of an advantageous exchange rate.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas dispels the myth that all-inclusive beach resorts have to cost an arm and a leg. Located on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, this affordable getaway is renowned for its luxurious resorts, idyllic beaches, and unique rock formations. Whether you’re in the mood for a deep-tissue massage, a great meal outdoors, or a dip in one of the area’s many heated pools, Cabo San Lucas can give you that deluxe vacation experience without the typical price tag.
The US dollar has a significant advantage over the Mexican peso, giving visitors impressive buying power. With millions of visitors heading to the country’s resort cities each year, many airlines offer direct and heavily-discounted rates no matter the season. If you opt for an all-inclusive option, you’ll be living like a king while still spending like a pauper.
If there’s a dream destination that you’ve been putting off visiting due to budgeting issues, reach out to the team at CI Azumano Travel to see just how affordable that trip could be. Our expert staff understands that luxury doesn’t always have to be expensive. We’ll work with you throughout the planning process to make sure you get everything you want out of the trip without spending more than you can.