I like to travel; however, jet-setting does not always fit my bank accounts. Weekend getaways, staycations, and last-minute discounts help me make the most of my travel budget, but what about funding travel to more exotic destinations?
I have discovered that seeing areas with favourable exchange rates has worked out nicely for global destinations, mainly when I could also find the best airline ticket deals to get there. Some of the key factors I consider when assessing a possible destination are the cost of living, visa fees, airfare, activities, culture, and security. Using this strategy, I have managed to visit five South American countries in the last couple of years on a relatively tight budget.
With all this background in mind, here is my list of the top budget travel destination, with the underlying theme being quite favourable exchange rates and low costs of living.
Jamaica has a lot of luxury options, but as a result of the island’s new international airport, deals on 3,000 new hotel rooms, and clean beaches, Budget Travel has rated Jamaica among the top budget travel destination.
Worldwide airfare has been relatively affordable lately.
The only reason Jamaica is number one on my list is that I avoid hurricane season (July and August), but I would rather see during the winter when I am craving some sun anyway.