Six Cheap Gorgeous Vacation Destinations
Let’s assume you have the money for a flight to just about anywhere. (Yes, it’s a big assumption, but bear with me). Once you’ve cashed out for the ticket, wouldn’t you like to be on a vacation where you can afford not to worry about prices? From mountains to beaches, hostels to luxury resorts, street snacks to five star restaurants, one of these six beautiful destinations might be the holiday that fulfills your travel fantasies — and actually fits your budget.
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Asheville, North Carolina
If you’re looking for an affordable vacation in the U.S., think outside of the box. Asheville, North Carolina is a beautiful mountain town beloved by those who appreciate hiking, the arts, local beer, organic food, farmers’ markets, and live music. Oh, and affordability. Although it may not be cheap by Southern standards, for those of us coming from elsewhere in the country, Asheville is a bargain. Fill up on “vegetarian and vegan soul food” at Rosetta’s Kitchen, where the entrees are all under $10.
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Puerto Escondido, Mexico
As many Americans have discovered, beach vacations in Mexico can feel a bit like Florida during spring break — crowded, overpriced, and full of college students. If fighting for a place under the cabana is your thing, by all means, head to Cancun. But if you’re looking for a cheaper, mellower way to experience a Mexican holiday, consider Puerto Escondido, a port town in the state of Oaxaca. With a tourist industry geared towards back packers, surfers, and Mexican families, the hotels and restaurants are more fairly priced than in other Mexican beach resorts. To give you a sense, the popular Hotel Quinta Lili offers rooms ranging from $32-$75 per night, breakfast included. Not bad at all.
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There are more than a few places Americans think of when it comes to beach vacations and, let’s face it, Croatia isn’t one of them. But that should probably change, considering the country hosts 1105 miles of coastline, crystal clear waters, a myriad of cultural festivals, thermal spas — all within an affordable Eastern European price tag. Italians and Germans have already discovered Croatia’s charms, so we should jump on it, and soon. During May and June, the water is warm enough for swimming, the European tourists haven’t shown up yet, and the prices are still low.
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