8 great, affordable international vacations

Is your budget the only thing keeping you from traveling the world? Here are some exotic locales you might be able to afford.

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Jul 7, 2014 6:28PM
I have been to Budapest and it is a very nice vacation place. Great hotels , the Danube river and the parlament building is spectacular. It is easy to get there via Luftansa airlines into a nice medium size airport. The people are friendly and the food is delicious. Oh did i mention the wine?   
Jul 7, 2014 5:05PM
Jul 7, 2014 5:02PM
How about the cost of getting there????
Jul 7, 2014 6:53PM

Just went to Hungary last summer. Tickets range between 1000 to 3000 dollars per person, depending on the time of travel and how many stops are involved. Average about 1400 with two stops. That is very expensive! However the country is amazing. So much to see, from metropolitan Budapest to the castles of the middle ages as well as plenty of historical places in and between. People are super friendly and the food is amazing!! While it is not as popular as France or Italy it still offers magnificent architecture, rich history, and great waters for less. Not cheap buy any means, but still cheaper than the above mentioned places. Would I go again? You bet. I would love to venture into Transylvania and perhaps try Hungary's great underground public baths.


Jul 7, 2014 7:58PM
Just returned from Krakow last week.  A plate of 10 meat pierogi costs approximately $2.85 USD, and a medium bottle of bison grass vodka (Zubrowka) calculated to $4.82 USD.  Not to mention, it's a gorgeous place with the Old Square totally surrounded by a beautiful park and Jagiellonian University.  Very walkable.  And the Poles are friendly, wonderful people!
Jul 7, 2014 7:21PM
I've been to Nepal and it is worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY! I have never had such an amazing experience in my life.
Jul 7, 2014 5:26PM

Istanbul looks interesting and will consider another time. In September, my destination is a return visit to Switzerland and Italy.

Jul 7, 2014 6:22PM
Travel is good, , ,change is good.   The crowds in the old world and thru-out Europe are quite annoying tho.  But, , , it is, what it is!  "Can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen", , , some wise old cook once said!
Jul 7, 2014 9:11PM
Ummm....yeah...of the recommended destinations I've only ever been to Cartagena and I can tell you that it is most assuredly NOT a cheap destination.  I have absolutely no idea where they get the idea that you'll spend $67/day there.  A more realistic number would be at least double that - and that's staying in bottom of the barrel accommodations and enjoying none of the fantastic dining establishments the city has to offer.  Colombia is not a particularly impoverished nation (in fact, the populace at large is much better off than that of Brazil) and tourist destinations within the country are very safe to visit. My point is, I don't have a lot of faith in the information provided in this article.
Jul 7, 2014 6:31PM
1. Write article about affordable destinations
2. For each destination make sure to explain why it can never replace the more expensive destination.
3. Leave reader feeling something other than inspired
Jul 7, 2014 10:13PM
all sound interesting and the prices are truly reasonable.
the problem is the airfares.
often the airfare is more than the total of the land arrangements!!!!!
find some place cloer to home ie domestic.
Jul 7, 2014 10:28PM
Been to Krakow twice and am ready to go again. My favorite European city (so far).
Jul 7, 2014 6:41PM
You'll even have an extra gift coming back from Cartagena... A Columbian Neck Tie!
Jul 7, 2014 8:26PM
You can forget Paris since it seems to be very snobbish, expensive and dirty, but for many, Amsterdam should simply not be missed.....  ;>)  For an even more interesting experience, rent a houseboat and skip the hotels.
Jul 7, 2014 11:26PM
Barcelona looks good I don't know what it costs though. Seems like a great location.
Jul 8, 2014 2:02AM

Looks like the picture of Cartagena is in one of the more frequented touristy spots that I can remember. You don't have to look hard to see the hillsides; barren of trees and covered with shacks. The streets in the city are gritty...maybe it has changed since my visit there in the 90's. However, the night life was great.

Jul 8, 2014 1:52AM
After 25 yrs in the Navy, all my trips were very cheap! On this list, Istanbul and Barcelona were A+, Cartagena was a B, and Poland (actually in Gdansk), was a C; being the 1st Am warship in Poland in over 60 years (this in the early 90's), the people were extremely friendly, otherwise a D-.  Nicaragua had a nice Gulf (of Fonseca), where I spent a few months a few miles off shore in the mid 80's...if you know your history you know we weren't tourists.
Jul 7, 2014 6:13PM
Didn't an American female tourist just get murdered in Turkey recently?  Correct me if I am wrong, but she was a young mother.
Jul 7, 2014 6:55PM
I fly for free and have been to most of these, had a great time.
Jul 7, 2014 9:04PM
Krakow is not Amsterdam in one respect. 
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