5 Cheap Destinations This Summer

    Seeing as the economy is in a rough moment, you were probably thinking of cutting down the costs and not going anywhere far this summer holiday. Since any hard working man or woman deserves a holiday away from the crowded city, we’ve found some attractive and affordable destinations you might want to try. So here are five fascinating countries that won’t break the bank.


    5. Krakow, Poland – Once the home of the Polish royalty (between 1038 and 1596), Krakow is Poland’s oldest cities, with settlements dating back to 20,000BC. This city wrapped in legend is filled with unique monuments and historical relics (over 2,5 million artifacts) that will fascinate any history enthusiast. Not only that, Krakow is a different experience than most European cities, resembling the US – its rare cultural heritage is embodied in every city wall, every cobblestone street or every church you pass by. There are over 6,000 buildings, old and new, worth seeing, each one fascinating visitors with different architectural trends. Among the attractions we mention unique underground corridors, Rynek Glowny – one of the biggest medieval squares, and Kazimierz – a famous Jewist district reminiscent of the Holocaust. Best of all, a bed in a hostel starts at $10.

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    4. Budapest, Hungary - Located in central Europe, the city is peaceful and bustling, where the old embraces the new, making a delightful and friendly city you will certainly enjoy. Split into two areas, Buda on the west bank of the Danube river and Pest on the east Bank, the city offers a charming romantic holiday at affordable prices with plenty sightseeing to satisfy any eager traveler. Also know as the City of Spas, Budapest has been naturally endowed with numerous springs of thermal waters that you can enjoy in many of the cities famous thermal baths. You can enjoy the charm of this European capital starting at $11 per bed in a cozy, yet stylish hostel.

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    3. Santiago, Chile - Founded in 1541, Santiago is the center of the Universe, as far as any Chilean is concerned. They might be subjective, but there’s also some truth in their beliefs. The Chilean capital is ideally located between the snow capped Andean peaks in the east and a coast range to the west. The city pretty much has it all if you’re looking to party, relax or recharge. There are several winter resorts which are great for skiing – if you’re into that, make sure you schedule your trip during the ski season, between June and October. Still, Santiago is not a tourist attraction, so don’t go there expecting to be dazzled and don’t schedule too long of a vacation since the city is fairly polluted, especially if you’re coming from a smaller or less smoggy city. If you’re wondering how cheap is it, a bed for the night starts at $9.

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    2. Dubrovnik, Croatia - The old city meaning “Pearl of the Adriatic” located on the Adriatic Sea is one of the most visited Mediterranean locations and one of Venice’s rival cities in the Middle Ages. The walls of Dubrovnik preserve a large display of churches, monasteries and museums representing different episodes in the city’s vast history. As of the last century, the city has been discovered by many celebrities, royalty or diplomats that made it one of their favorite destinations. There are plenty of trips to go on in many of the islands near Dubrovnik but the neighboring towns of Kotor in Montenegro or Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina also make fascinating day trips. Don’t get fooled by the bundle of activities, the city still remains an accessible destination with beds starting at $15.

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    1. Prague, Czech Republic - After the Velvet Revolution ended the Communist regime in 1989, Czech Republic was one of the countries that quickly left it’s red history behind and became one of the top destinations in Europe, along with Krakow and Budapest. Everywhere you look, you’ll see amazing architecture, imposing bridges, high cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and unique structures with a glow undamaged by the Communist regime. Seeing the city requires a few days and starts with its historical center, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in ’93. A bed starts at $10 and you can book now in advance for a cheaper plane or train ticket.

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    2 comments on “5 Cheap Destinations This Summer”

    1. Cape Town Accommodation says on May 29, 2009 at 8:38 am:

      Thanks ever so much Dave for putting this together :) Really helpful info

    2. South America says on November 18, 2010 at 6:54 pm:

      Santiago, Chile is the sunniest capital in South-America (especially when the northern hemisphere is in winter). There are an average of 2462 hours of sunlight per year with an average of 6.7 hours of sunlight per day. Great classy, vibrant and sunny metropolis between the chilean summer months of November and March. Few capitals offer beaches (summer), wineries and ski resorts (winter) at a hand. RECOMMENDED!

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