It has been difficult being cooped up inside with no opportunity to travel. Thanks to vaccines and people following WHO regulations, travel will become more frequent over the course of 2021. The next question is where should we travel? What spots would be open first and how expensive will travel be? We have compiled a list of the 5 affordable and amazing locations to travel to once restrictions are lifted.
Typical hotel stay: Rs. 4,000 per night
Average cost of a meal: Rs. 947
The Southern Italian island of Sicily is one of the nation's top tourist destinations and has been hit hard by the lack of tourism. The average price of hotels in Sicily average to approximately Rs. 4,000 (with no discount added) per night and food for one meal averages out to Rs. 947. Local sources on the island state that they have lost approximately €1 billion in tourism related revenue for 2020 and are looking to push for more tourism once things begin opening back up in 2021.
As a result, the regional government plans to cover one-third (one night out of three) of visitor hotel expenses and some of the entry fees for island attractions. The island has also prepared travel vouchers for visitors, which can be found on the visit Sicily site once they are available.
If you are a history buff that also likes hikes and delicious antipasti, this is the place for you!
Typical hotel stay: Rs. 4,800 per night
Typical all-inclusive hotel stay: Rs. 18,200 - 40,000 per night
Average cost of a meal: Rs. 450
Cancun, Mexico is a well-known travel destination for Western travellers and the pandemic has hit the city hard. Mexico's tourism makes up 8% of the national GDP and Cancun is on the forefront of that. As a result, Mexican resorts and travel agencies are taking measures to increase tourism. Many of these deals started as early as August 2020 and are still going with top resorts like Grand Oasis offering discounts of up to 68% for incoming travellers. When you book one of these resorts in Cancun they can be all inclusive and can vary from Rs. 18,200 to Rs. 40,000 per night. Regular hotels cost approximately Rs. 4,800, while food can range from Rs. 300 to Rs. 1,000 at restaurants.
Cancun is also known for being in close proximity to Chichén Itzá, the Mayan pyramid complex and many other activities including off-road adventure, Isla Contoy paradise trips, Cancun food tours, and snorkeling. The average discount on these excursions are approximately 25% averaging a cost of Rs. 3,600 each. These are great deals to help you save on your Caribbean getaway. If you are interested in picturesque beaches and delicious food, this is definitely a spot worth looking into.
Typical hotel stay: Rs. 1,600 per night
Average cost of a meal: Rs. 650
Hanoi is a beautiful city in Vietnam filled with the perfect blend of French and Asian architecture. It embodies history while showcasing modernity. The city is like an open air museum with scenic tree lined streets paving the way to crowded markets and pretty cafes during the day and lively nightlife by night. Hotel accomodations average to about Rs. 1,600 per night, while food and drinks range from Rs. 300 to Rs. 1,000. Approximately 130 km south of Hanoi is Ha Long Bay, known for limestone rock formations rising out of aqua-green water, surrounded by lush green forest.
Furthermore, Hanoi has been crowned as the cheapest destination in Asia. This rank was based on the cost of accommodation, food and drink, attractions, and transport. Hanoi is the spot for those seeking an affordable yet relaxing vacation with a mix of scenic nature and ambient nightlife.
Typical hotel stay: Rs. 2,200 per night
Average cost of a meal: Rs. 900
Romania is one of the most underrated European countries to visit due to negative perceptions some people have of Eastern Europe. However, Romania's historic cities, vibrant landscapes, and hearty food may surprise you. Start your trip in the vibrant city of Bucharest and take a deeper dive into medieval architecture while strolling through the cobblestone streets of Brasov.
As an example of the affordability of travel in Romania, the average hotel cost in Bucharest is Rs. 2,200 per night and Rs. 3,300 in Brasov . The cost of dinner at a mid-range restaurant is approximately Rs. 900 in Bucharest and Rs. 950 in Brasov. This is a great vacation destination for history buffs looking for a medieval escape on a budget.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Typical hotel stay: Rs. 1,975 per night
Average cost of a meal: Rs. 182
Thailand has been looking for a way to make up its losses on tourism revenue from the previous year and has recently launched a tourism initiative to allow incoming tourists to spend their two week quarantine on yachts. They currently are set to deploy 100 yachts for this feat. This will most likely be in the waters around Phuket. The government is also planning to roll out a programme to subsidize the price of hotels and beach resorts in high tourism areas like Phuket, Krabi, and Chiang Mai.
These are great reasons to visit Chiang Mai, but we would also like to point out that Chiang Mai is already one of the best vacation destinations that gives you great value for your money. The cost of food and a drink at a restaurant is approximately Rs. 182, while hotel costs are around Rs. 3,000, but can go as low as Rs. 950. Check out Chiang Mai for a great beach vacation with delicious food and scenic views on a budget.
Where do you plan to travel once restrictions are lifted? A key not to remember is that you can always add more savings by applying for a travel credit card to earnadditional points or cashback on your travel spending. Remember to get vaccinated, wear your mask, and follow Covid-19 healthcare guidelines!
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