Travelling doesn't have to mean going broke! There are plenty of possibilities to get away from it all, even on a small budget, including to faraway destinations: low-cost flights, off-season travel... It is also necessary to take into account the local budget: if the plane ticket is sometimes a little expensive, some cities and countries allow you to enjoy without spending too much (souvenirs, hotels, accommodation, restaurants, activities, car rental...). So, ready to pack your suitcase and set off to discover new horizons? Here are Petit Futé's 10 best destinations to travel cheaper..
Thessaloniki, dynamic city
The second largest city in Greece and the capital of Macedonia, Thessaloniki is a welcoming and pleasant city in the image of its inhabitants. It is home to a superb heritage, with archaeological sites such as the ancient Agora and the Galerius rotunda, and beautiful churches such as the church of Agios Pavlos and that of Nikolas Orfanos. Not to mention its museums, its markets offering fresh, seasonal produce and its pleasant seafront, the ideal place to sit at the table of a café or restaurant. Very well connected to France by low-cost flights, it is the ideal place for a relaxing weekend to discover the ancient charms of Greece.
Guatemala at the heart of Mayan culture
Heading for Latin America now. Admittedly, the plane ticket to Guatemala is a bit expensive. However, once there, it is possible to live on less than 15 € per day without problems. Guatemala is much less touristy than other Central American countries, yet it is full of treasures to discover. A country of Mayan culture, with barely 2% of its territory urbanized, it offers breathtaking natural landscapes such as the site of Lake Atitlan and Las Fuentes Georginas, hot springs. For a sporting holiday, it is also the ideal place: trekking, rafting and zip line await all those who want to exercise.
Fez, the effervescent
In search of sunshine, many tourists head to Morocco for a low-cost, exotic holiday that can be reached in just a few hours by plane. Fez, much less touristic than Marrakech, is the cultural capital of Morocco. Its medina, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a veritable maze of small streets that are always bustling with activity. The city is also known for its handicrafts: the leather work in the tanneries is admirable. If you have a little time, a visit to the surroundings of Fez (Meknes or even Chefchaouen and its bluish alleys) will literally make you fall under the spell of Morocco!
Porto, the timeless
Even though tourism is growing, Portugal remains a cheap destination. And many low-cost airlines offer flights suitable for small budgets. Porto, the country's second largest city, is perfect for discovering Portuguese folklore. The Ribeira district, a UNESCO World Heritage site, allows you to immerse yourself in the city's culture. The azulejos that decorate the houses will leave you speechless: the São Bento train station, covered with earthenware, is a true masterpiece. Finally, eating on the go is a tradition in Porto. The "francesinha", a local speciality, is to be discovered!
Montenegro, a jewel that is still little known
In the heart of the Mediterranean, separated from Italy by the Adriatic Sea, Montenegro remains a virtually unknown land. The country, recently independent, is opening up to tourism. Kotor is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. It is pleasant to stroll through its picturesque alleys and to observe the peaks in the background which are next to the emerald sea. Its wild nature will know how to conquer you. For example, you should hike in the superb Lovćen National Park, which offers breathtaking panoramas between sea and mountains. The island of Sveti Stefan, not far from Podgorica, the capital, is a jewel to contemplate.
Indonesia, a breathtaking nature
A huge country, thousands of islands, incredible sites: Indonesia is a traveller's paradise. Not to detract from its charm, the cost of living is one of the lowest in Asia. If Bali is the flagship destination, Indonesia is made up of a multitude of other islands with incredible charm. This is the case of Sumatra, Java or Borneo. The landscapes are incredibly diverse (volcanoes, jungle...), without forgetting the unavoidable rice fields. To enjoy an incredible fauna and flora, go to the Gurung Leuser National Park, to see tigers and orangutans. The seabed is also of great splendour and remains very popular with divers, as on the Raja Ampat Islands
India, a guaranteed change of scenery
India is certainly the all-round champion in this ranking. By tracking down offers on the Internet, buying a return ticket to Bombay or New Delhi is more than affordable and the trip is worth the detour! India is the guaranteed change of scenery. From North to South, this mainland country offers remarkable sites such as the famous Taj Mahal or the Jaipur Wind Palace. Without forgetting the spiritual cities at the foot of the Himalayas such as Rishikesh, where nature and places of worship invite you to refocus on yourself. The cost of living is low and staying and eating local specialties is very affordable, even though tourism is growing strongly
Transylvania, an intoxicating region
Romania is the favourite playground of the backpackers. Backpacking through Transylvania is an unforgettable experience. In the footsteps of Dracula, it is possible to sleep in a local's house and enjoy a typical Romanian meal for only a few lei. The region is home to beautiful castles in the middle of green nature, such as Bran Castle and Hunedoara Castle. In the Tarda Gorge, you can enjoy a hike along a canyon which reveals here and there rare flowers and animals. If the authenticity has been preserved, the region has also been able to urbanize with culturally important cities such as Cluj-Napoca
Seville, the Andalusian pearl
Capital of Andalusia, Seville is, architecturally speaking, one of the most interesting cities in Europe. Several of its monuments are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Giralda and, of course, the Alcázar. Seville is also la vida loca at low prices! Accommodation is affordable and the sun is often shining. The weather is therefore a great ally to criss-cross the city and its neighborhoods like Santa Cruz and its maze of pedestrian streets. And to see an unusual monument, head for the Metropol Parasol, an imposing wooden structure in the shape of mushrooms that offers a superb panorama of the entire city.
Belgrade, electric city
Nicknamed the "Barcelona of the East" for its crazy nightlife, Belgrade is much more than that. At the crossroads of East and West, the "white city" has a rich cultural heritage. Its fortress dating back to Roman times is still surprisingly well preserved and curious minds will appreciate the numerous museums in the Serbian capital. You should also not miss the opportunity to spend some time in Skadarlija, the bohemian part of the city. Here you can stroll peacefully through art galleries and antique shops. For a successful getaway, don't forget to try Serbian street food with a pljeskavica, a delicious burger