Top 5 cheap places to travel

14 June 2016

It's a common misconception that money provides an insurmountable barrier to regular travel unless you're willing to embrace the backpacker lifestyle or settle for a staycation in your home country. But you might be surprised at the number of wonderful and cheap holiday destinations that are waiting just a budget flight away.

Also, even though you might spend more on your airfare, there are a number of tempting, far-flung locations that will let your cash stretch much further on arrival.



Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest

1. Hungary

Dissected by the mighty Danube River, Hungary is a destination which offers a rich variety of beautiful Baroque churches, neoclassical architecture, stunning Art Nouveau bathhouses and majestic castles.

Budapest is serviced by frequent low-cost airlines and as long as you take care to avoid the tourist traps along the river and choose a hotel that's a little way out of the centre, life in the city certainly won't burn a hole in your pocket.

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Tiger in Ranthambore National Park, India

2. India

India is one of the cheapest destinations in the world to travel, and you certainly get a whole world of exotic delights for your dollar.

A country that appeals to a wide range of tastes, India offers the stunning, snowy peaks of the Himalayas as well as the steamy, coconut-palm lined beaches of the south. There's the splendour of the Taj Mahal to discover, national parks where tigers make their home and a vast and varied cuisine that is beloved by foodies all over the world.

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The Algarve, Portugal

3. Portugal

Calling all food and wine aficionados - Portugal might just be the destination for you. With a reputation as one of the cheapest destinations in western Europe, this is reflected perfectly in the cuisine of the region where delicious seafood and wines offer excellent value for money.

Portugal offers a range of experiences and Saga offers holidays to some of the most popular destinations. Lounge on the glorious beaches of the Algarve, explore breath-taking Madeira or island-hop the Azores, indulging in a spot of whale-watching or visiting the rustic villages that make their home in this archipelago.

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Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand

4. Thailand

Another long-haul destination that offers outstanding value for money, Thailand is a magical land of white-sand beaches, ornate temples and a fascinating culture that has captured the imagination of countless travellers of all ages.

Whether you want to sample the sizzling street food and frenetic pace of Bangkok city life, explore ancient ruins and visit hill tribes in the central region, or relax on one of the many idyllic, tropical beaches of the south, you can live like a king or queen whilst sticking to a tight budget.

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Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain

5. Spain

The most popular European destination amongst British holiday-makers, Spain offers a variety of charming, diverse and very affordable experiences at just the end of a very short flights.

Foodies will love the delicious tapas, paella and wine, culture vultures can immerse themselves in the works of famous artists such as Picasso and Gaudi, and nature buffs can hike rugged cliffs and glorious mountain ranges or explore the extensive coastline with its myriad coves, beaches and crystalline waters.

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