Your Next Travel Destination
My darlings, I am bouncing back from my amazing travels on the Seabourn. Naturally, I am already thinking of all the places I want to travel to next!
Now I am aware that I am very fortunate to be able to explore the world and spend time in places like Monte Carlo and Sardinia. However, I want you to know that you too can travel on a budget. Do not let your wallet limit your life experiences!
The world is waiting for you to explore it at any age and at any time.
Finding Adventures On a Budget
Discovering your next destination on a budget can be fairly easy, although it might take a little bit of research. You don’t want to find yourself looking at a destination like Norway, which is one of the most expensive places to live and travel.
But do not let the research and planning phase discourage you. Make it fun and research with your travel partner. It will make planning your next trip much more enjoyable and exciting.
To make your research easier, here are a few places to start with! Maybe one of these will spark your travel imagination:
New Orleans, Louisiana
The south is a wonderful location for budget-friendly travel. Rich and full of history, New Orleans, Louisiana is a fantastic place to enjoy most of the year. After all, there is a good reason this city is nicknamed the Big Easy.
Notable for its all-hours nightlight, spicy fusion food from the cultural blend of French, American and African culture as well as an out-of-this-world music scene. I liken it to the Vegas of the South. It’s a very exciting place and you will always be able to find something to do.
You’ll find plenty of free things to do here including people-watching in the French Quarter, strolling through old, historic neighborhoods with beautiful houses and plantations or bar hopping the live music venues on Frenchman Street.
You can also find beautiful hotels here, reasonably priced at $100 per night. I would suggest looking into New Orleans’ thriving Airbnb scene as well. Staying in a local neighborhood has many benefits, including your own kitchen where you can make your own meals if you’d so desire.
In Grenada, the weather is beautiful all year round. Called the Spice Island, this Caribbean country is a hilly destination known for its nutmeg plantations. Because of the great exchange rate when converting from the US dollar, this travel spot is an adventure to consider.
Peak season runs January through April, making the off-peak months a great time to find lower airfare and luxury accommodations at stellar prices. If you love nature, beaches and local vendors, a trip to Grenada is in the cards for you.
For some added fun, visit The House of Chocolate to bring a bit of the Spice Island with you. Here you’ll discover local spices–don’t forget the nutmeg–to bring home with you!
As well, learn all about the fascinating history of our beloved chocolate. And don’t forget to visit the capital site, St. George’s, with colorful homes and Georgian buildings overlooking Carenage Harbour.
Nicknamed “Hotlanta,” Atlanta, Georgia could be a great place for your next travel destination on a budget. With history, nightlife, fun day excursions and fantastic Southern hospitality to rival any Southern city, Atlanta offers plenty of things to do and see.
Take the grands and family to Ponce City Market’s rooftop amusement park for games, fun and a great city view. Or enjoy the Krog Street Market for fresh produce and other goods. Then visit one of their many museums including The High Museum or any of the local art galleries.
Walk Centennial Olympic Park or bike the BeltLine for a day of exercise. At night, check out the vibrant local music and art scene. And don’t forget to try Atlanta’s barbeque and southern food cuisine. It’s some of the best there is!
One of the safest and most beautiful places in Mexico, Merida will likely become one of your favorite places to visit in this splendid country.
The capital of the Yucatán in Mexico, Merida is a wonderful destination full of central plazas, cathedrals and fantastically-vibrant buildings.
Steeped in Mayan heritage, as well as it’s Spanish and colonial influence, this city is unique in its culture and architecture. It will be candy to your eyes.
Take day trips to Mayan temples and ruins, enjoy sound baths and other energy healing rituals at night or go out and enjoy cheap and tasty local cuisine like 50 cent tacos. Because of the US currency exchange rate, you can find hotels for as low as $50 a night.
While you’re there, make sure to explore the haciendas from the 17th through the 19th century. These are also known as Pueblos Magicos. Tours are available and you’ll be happy that you ventured out.
Finally, savor local Yucatán cuisines like cochinita pibil, pork marinated in achiote and spice. It will be sure to dazzle your taste buds!
Do Not Limit Yourself
Traveling is meant to be a fun and exciting time, my darlings–a time where you learn about new cultures and experience new places and people. Make sure you pick a location where you will not be stressed or counting your pennies.
If you plan out your trip and do your research, you can most definitely travel on a budget without anxiety or fear.
What are some of your favorite places to travel on a budget? Join the conversation in the comments below or on Facebook and Instagram.
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