Traveling affordably or better yet cheaply is a goal for many of us involved in the miles & points game. Without the use of these extremely valuable currencies, Kim, Lucas and I would travel probably a fraction of what we do each year.
Miles & points will take a big bite out of expenses in terms of flying and accommodations at our destination. What about the destination itself?
There are many places that people look to avoid due to the costs while you are there- meals, visitings sites and getting around just to name a few. When I think of pricey destinations, Denmark and Norway immediately come to mind.
Others might be surprised to hear that we did not find Japan or Russia (both visited in 2013) to be that expensive.
Some of our favorite regions to visit are Southeast Asia and Latin America due to the low costs to visit. We also found it to be extremely affordable to travel around Eastern Europe.
Smarter Travel has a slideshow: 10 Places to Go While They Are Still Cheap: 2014 Edition.
The slideshow lists a good mix of places from around the world although half of them are located in Europe. While we’ve only visited one of the places from Smarter Travel’s list, most of the others have been on our radar for quite some time. We’ll also be visiting one of the places from this list in a few months from now.
Here are Smarter Travel’s 10 Places to Go While They Are Still Cheap:
- Dominican Republic
- Mexico City, Mexico
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Bucharest, Romania
- Sofia, Bulgaria
- Riga, Latvia
We’ve only been to Riga, Latvia and it was an extremely affordable place. We were there in 2007 so I’d guess that it got a little pricier over the years. If you are thinking of heading to Riga, I’d also recommend checking out Estonia and Lithuania, two more affordable and interesting countries located in the Baltics.
Have you been to any of the places from Smarter Travel’s list. If you have any other recommendations for affordable places to visit, please share with us in the comments below!
Check out the Smarter Travel slideshow HERE to find out about each of the places that made their list.