For anyone considering a holiday this year, cost is probably at the forefront of your mind. While exotic trips to far-off lands can prove to be expensive, they really don’t have to be. If you’re willing to put in the time to search for a good deal, you could be jetting off somewhere fabulous this summer without breaking the bank. We have put together a rundown of the best cheap holidays for 2013.
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil:
This might sound like a distant dream, but getting to Rio really isn’t all that expensive. For the moment at least! 2014 will see the World Cup come to this Brazilian hotspot, with the Olympic Games following in 2016. This means that tourism will sky rocket – big world events like these are always huge crowd-pullers, so summer 2013 might be your last chance to bag a bargain, with flights starting from just over £400 through some sites online.
In a recent poll, Spain ranked number one as the cheapest European destination for travellers, with the cost of eating out reduced by up to 50% in comparison with prices five years ago. While it’s always been a popular spot, Spanish companies have worked hard over the years to offer a great all-round deal to its visitors. Barcelona offers great weather, glorious scenery, and wonderful architecture, including Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, which can often deter the temptation to spend – where would you rather be, sunbathing in a luscious park, gazing at beautiful buildings, or traipsing around an overcrowded shopping mall?
It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on currency rates if you’re planning on taking a trip somewhere, and the recent drop in the Indonesian rupiah means holidays in this part of the world will get you much more for your money. One British Pound Sterling will currently get you around 14,700 Indonesian rupiah. If you head to the right places, you can find a decent standard of accommodation for around £5 a night!
While it is the country’s capital, Budapest is certainly not overtly expensive as could be said of other European capitals. In a Post Office travel poll, Budapest came out as the second cheapest city break, only just missing out on the top spot to the Czech Republic capital, Prague. Accommodation in Budapest was found to be cheaper than that on offer in Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris and Bruges. So snap up a bargain before it’s too late!