5 Budget-Friendly Destinations for Summer

‘Going on holiday needn’t cost the earth, and jetting off to budget-friendly destinations needn’t mean lying on a Spanish beach for a week…’

The world has tons of reasonably priced destinations if you know where to look.


Holidays to Eastern European countries have certainly gone up in price over the past decade or so; particularly those who now enjoy membership of the EU. However, in comparison with Spain, Germany and France in the West, they still offer excellent value for money.
Romania is a great option, where decent accommodation, eating and drinking remains extremely reasonable. It and many other nations in the region are well served by low-cost airlines, like Ryanair, and can offer a bit of culture and history for a fraction of the price you might pay elsewhere.


While neighbouring Thailand can be expensive for a vacation, Cambodia can be really reasonable.  The vast majority of tourists head to Siem Reap, where Angkor Wat Temple is located, and the surrounding area is fairly well developed, with much of the accommodation aimed at the foreign tourist market.

Siem Reap aside, Cambodia has some fascinating history to tell for visitors who like to get off the beaten track, but there’s also a ton of beach resorts, should relaxing with a drink and doing very little is more your thing.


The whole EU crisis-hit Greece particularly hard and it’s still to properly recover.  This makes it a pretty good choice for a cheap holiday as the country has become way more competitive to try to attract visitors it has lost. There are endless flights available from all over the UK to various regions and are generally pretty reasonable.

Whether it be a city break to Athens or a lazy holiday on one of the islands, Greece has plenty of options for cheap and cheerful vacations. It also has some of the most incredible sights in the world. What’s not to love?


OK, so getting there might to pricier than getting to Spain, but there are also some great deals on flights if you shop around. These can be even more reasonable if you end up with a stop between your point of origin and your destination. Unless you’re adamant about going straight from A to B, a stop can save you a good chunk of change.

Hotel rooms in the US can be very cheap and eating is also pretty reasonable…

Gas is dirt cheap, so off-season road tripping can actually be a reasonably priced holiday. It’s also the kind of trip that has something to offer for every member of the family as you can decide your own route and, should you end up somewhere you don’t like, just haul your cases back into the car and go somewhere else.  It’s as simple as that.


I include this from a UK perspective, as someone who lives in Wales and has been on several budget-friendly destinations to other parts of Great Britain and Ireland.

Regardless of where in the country you live, there are tons of options, whether close by or far off, where you can enjoy a budget break.  Granted, the weather isn’t always amazing, but that shouldn’t stop you from taking off for a trip around your own nation.

Naturally, I tend to go to Scotland for some of my trips because it’s my home and my family and friends are there, but I’ve also enjoyed exploring sights around the South and East coasts of England, as well as throughout Wales.

One of my favourite spots is around Torquay, Devon and South Wales, where, armed with my car and my AirBnB account, I’ve stayed in some fabulously quirky places for very little and enjoyed some fantastic budget days out, such as the Agatha Christie Mile in Torquay, Cardiff Bay, and Caerphilly in South Wales.

The UK has some truly amazing sights to see and they’re literally everywhere.

What are your suggestions for good budget-friendly destinations for Summer ’19?

Suz xx



Hi, I'm Suz. I love travelling (obvs..), dogs, shoes and wine, although not necessarily in that order. I''m a full-time introvert and part-time traveller and live with my husband in Snowdonia, North Wales.

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