The Most Popular Budget Travel Destinations For 2018


Montreal, Canada

Travel means different things to different people. It can be an adventure, a learning experience, rest and relaxation or a combination of all of these. There are some amazing trips to be taken and some of them are available at budget prices.

Here is a list of the most popular budget travel destinations around the world for 2018 grouped by region.

North America

Montreal, Canada

This 375-year-old city with a French influence is a great treat for lovers of history, culture and art. It’s safe and has a comfortable climate May through September. U.S. residents can save on expensive flights and enjoy the favorable exchange rate.

Moab, Utah

Central to some of the most scenic areas of the United States, Canyonlands, Arches National Parks, and a short drive to Bryce and Zion Canyons, Moab is great for hiking, climbing, camping and glamping for those with a slightly larger budget.

Other budget locations include: San Miguel de Allende Mexico and Yelapa, Mexico

Santiago, Chile

South America

Santiago, Chile

This is another amazing destination for budget travelers. From the Atacama Desert to the Andes Mountains, with $20 hotels and $10 a day for your meals, you can’t go wrong, even if you just hang out in the city or on the beach.


With an attractive exchange rate and government-lowered taxes on hotels, your savings will never be greater. From Argentina’s wine country to the best steak dinner you’ll ever have, you can also bring home some fantastic finds on leather goods. Vegans can enjoy the Patagonian peaks and valleys and vegan restaurants are plentiful in the bigger cities.

Other budget locations include: Peru


The Caribbean and Central America


Among the few Caribbean islands that escaped the devastating damage of last year’s hurricanes, Curacao is showing lower hotel pricing with the splendor of the Caribbean. It’s great for relaxing or water adventures.

Other budget locations include: Guatamala; Granada, Nicaragua; Bastimentos Island, Panama


Zanzibar, Tanzania

Escape your world completely with this East African island. This is should be the first of many trips you’ll enjoy for its exotic culture, beautiful beaches and vistas, plus it’s a foodie paradise. Perfect for rest and adventure, the money you expend on flights will be offset by how far your dollars will go.

Other budget locations include: Namibia; Dakar, Senegal; Morroco

Paris, France


Paris, France

Paris on a budget? Yes, if you stick to museums, parks, jazz clubs, and amazing little cafes. Check out Airbnb for great accommodations and go while the Euro is still a good deal for your dollar.


A neighbor of Greece and a ferry’s trip from Italy, Albania borders on the Adriatic. Considered a top destination for budget trips to Europe, hotels start under $20,  and there are inexpensive tours of castles and coastlines. Albania is a great central location for any Mediterranean trip.

Other budget locations include: Estonia; Slovenia; Portugal

Xian, China


Xian, China

China is always a great trip, but frequently overwhelming for many travelers. With this trip you can discover the Terracotta Warriors and other ancient sites. Xian’s monuments stay lit at night and are sensational for photographers.

Sri Lanka

Another great travel destination for those on a budget is on the “pearl of the Indian Ocean.” With 3-star hotels under $15 and amazingly good and inexpensive meals you can set aside $10 a day for three meals. Sri Lanka offers a historic Asian experience without the crowds of travelers in Thailand and India.

Other budget locations include: Nepal; Koh Dach (Silk Island) Phnom Penh, Cambodia