We all have spent long Tuesday afternoons at work, scrolling through our Instagram and finding posts upon posts by Sarah from high school of her touring the cities of Europe. As you scroll through her pictures of posing with her boyfriend before the Eiffel Tower, appreciating the art in the Van Gough museum, and drinking coffee in the Swiss Alps, your mind automatically tends to think of the last time you went on a vacation.
Coming up empty from that thought, you realize how much you have surrounded yourself with work. This is where the itch starts; you know you work too much and deserve a break from all your responsibilities. All work and no play make Jack a dull boy, after all.
So, you decide to take a work-break to explore the world, but when you put a hand in your pocket, all your dreams come crashing down. There is no way you can travel around the world in this budget, is there?
Don’t worry, we are here for you. For all your tourist dreams to come true, we have compiled a small list of five interesting and exotic cities you can visit this Spring without burning a hole through your pocket.
Hanoi is one of the best places to visit if you have a desire to travel but money is tight. The capital city of Vietnam is rich in history and culture. Whether you are traveling with a loved one, friends, or have decided to hit the city solo – the beauty of Hanoi will not let you get bored.
This lucky city escaped the effects of war better than its neighbors and has now become a popular tourist destination. Home to many attractive destinations such as Vietnamese Women’s Museum, Temple of Literature, West Lake, Long Bien Bridge, and the Lotte Tower Observation Deck, this ancient city has made it to number one on our list of affordable tourist destinations.
In 2014, the city of La Paz was dubbed one of the seven urban wonder cities – and for good reason. This popular tourist spot is famous for its beautiful views, active nightlife, colorful and charming culture, and a number of outdoor attractions. It is also a huge shopping center where you can find really unique stuff at a steal price. Riding in an inexpensive teleferico – more commonly known as the cable car in other parts of the world – will enable you to witness all of these from a bird’s eye view.
The administrative capital of Bolivia has the honor of being the highest national capital in the world. La Paz was built in a canyon resulting from the flow of the Choqueyapu River – and the city pretty much follows this river. As you descend, the weather becomes milder and more favorable, and the prices slowly rise up. But even at the lowest point in this city, the price of everything is more manageable than most tourist destinations around the world.
If you are a bookworm like us, Romania’s largest city and the capital should be on the top of your list of cities to visit. The beautiful city of Bucharest is home to one of the most impressive and lovely bookshops around the globe – the Carturesti Carousel. This cool bookshop, located in the middle of the city, stores a wide selection of books, stationery, and souvenir items for tourists. Just this one pretty store has made the city one of our favorite places to visit.
However, it is not to say that Bucharest lacks other spots that are worth visiting. Famous for its boulevards, amazing architecture, and the quality of life it offers, Bucharest was once known as ‘Little Paris of the East’.
If you are considering booking a flight to Bucharest, be sure to pay Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum, Victoriei Street, Cismigiu Gardens, Hanul Manuc, and the Spring Palace a visit.
Who hasn’t wanted to go to Istanbul at some point? The capital city of Turkey is one of the most popular places for travelers and tourists. The city, where East meets West, attracts tourists from far off places. The beautiful mosques, busy and colorful bazaars, and the famous Turkish baths or hammams will not let you get bored for even a moment for the entire length of time you are in the city.
The most visited attraction of this city is the Sultan Ahmed Camii or the Blue Mosque. This beautiful piece of architecture can be seen from various points in the city. And, if you have a modest bargaining capability, you will find real treasures in the Egyptian Bazaar and the Grand Bazar for a ridiculously low price.
The street food, rest houses, and hotels- all make this city a perfect destination for those who do not want to part with a lot of money.
If you have in mind is a trip that focuses on history, art, culture, and architecture, then Krakow is the destination for you. The old capital of Poland is truly a city where you can enjoy the ultimate tourism experience without denting your wallet.
The old city of Kraków houses many popular places that people, from around the world, come to see. These include Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Main Market Square, Schindler’s Factory, Wawel Castle, Wawel Cathedral, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Planty Park, Old Synagogue, Remuh Synagogue, and the Barbican.
It is rare for traveling to not cost you an arm and a leg, so when the opportunity presents itself, grab on to it with both hands. Most of the expense of a trip to a far-off place is the flight ticket. However, when you fly more, you save airline miles and these will cut down on your expenses by a great percentage.
Once you have that side of the trip sorted, the second major financial problem is where to stay. Big hotels around the world will make you pay until you bleed – so how do you go about fulfilling your desire to travel the world without going bankrupt?