Many of us may have missed out on our usual travel schedules these past two years. If you’re looking to get back out there and travel on the cheap in 2022, we have some suggestions to get those wheels in your mind turning. Even on a budget, you can begin to check some of the travel destinations off your bucket list. Here are five cheap travel destinations for 2022.
Always a favorite among travelers, the weather in Cancun makes it the perfect getaway from winter temps in the northeast. Cancun offers everything from inexpensive all-inclusives to luxury resorts for those looking for a more upscale vibe. There are options for family resorts, as well as adult only. There are also many activities, including snorkeling excursions, zip line tours, visiting the Mayan ruins, and more. From turquoise water and white sandy beaches to fabulous dining and vibrant nightlife, you can find it all in Cancun at budget prices.
India is one of the best cheap travel destinations on our list. It’s a feast for the senses with majestic sites, vibrant colors, and culinary delights. Only in India can you see The Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, and the country’s most iconic symbol. Your tastebuds will delight in specialties such as samosas, creamy coconut curry, tandoori chicken, and chana masala. Not only does India have the sacred Ganges River, but also many beaches. A trip to India can be a chaotic adventure filled with culture and you may be able to get a great travel deal.
Kenya is on our list of cheap travel destinations
Believe it or not, you can do a safari on a budget. Kenya is a diverse country with many options, from safari to beach. The city boasts an impressive restaurant scene and plenty to do. Visit the Giraffe Center to get an up-close look while feeding a giraffe. Kenya is well known as a popular safari destination. Although nature reserves here may be cheaper than the nature reserves in other areas of Africa, you still pay for the experience. If you decide to go on a safari, be sure to search for lodges and camps located outside of the parks to get the biggest discounts. The key to traveling to Kenya is going in the low season. During the high season, prices can go up 60%. Low season is typically March to May when some lodges and camps in high rainfall areas close down.
Kotor is an ideal destination for budget-conscious travelers. You’re sure to enjoy the beauty of this affordable Balkan city along the Adriatic Sea filled with charming cobblestone Old Town streets. Kotor Old Town is a beautiful medieval city completely surrounded by fortified walls. Inside the walls, you will find hotels, restaurants, and many quaint shops. The port in the Bay of Kotor is found right outside the entrance to Old Town. It’s surrounded by majestic mountains and stunning scenery. The top reason people are choosing to visit Montenegro over Croatia – it’s extremely affordable and much less crowded. Montenegro has it all; beautiful beaches and an awe-inspiring coastline.
Believe it or not, Washington DC is on our list of cheap travel destinations. Why? Because there is so much to do that is absolutely free. The list of free attractions includes the National Mall. Here you’ll find free monuments, memorials, and museums galore. If you go, be sure to take in the Smithsonian Museums. All are free. They include the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of American History, and the National Holocaust Memorial Museum among many others. You can take a free tour of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, walk through the U.S. Capital Building, and even visit the White House. There’s so much to do and see. It’s also easy to get around. The Metrobus runs hundreds of routes through the city and greater DC area.
Plan a trip to one of these cheap travel destinations
With any budget vacation, advance research will score you the best deals. Begin by searching for the best flight deals. Sites such as Google Flights, Kayak, Scott’s Cheap Flights, and Airfarewatchdog.com are all good sites to check. When searching for hotels, hotels.com is always a good bet. Don’t forget sites such as VRBO and Airbnb which can help you find a place a stay with more space at a good deal. Big travel sites such as Booking.com, Priceline, Expedia, and Orbitz can also help you score some great deals. CheapCaribbean.com is great for all-inclusive deals to the Caribbean.
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