Traveling is one of the best ways to learn about yourself and experience the world around you in full color. There’s something about experiencing a destination in person that social media photos just can’t provide. Hotel rooms and plane tickets can add up quickly, but not all travel comes with a hefty price tag. Here are some budget-friendly destinations that will leave your heart and wallet full.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Discover Chiang Mai’s historic town center and reconnect with your soul as you visit temple after temple in this bustling Thai city. Busy highways surround the calm center, and all roads lead to pristine bouts of rainforests and picture-perfect countryside views. You won’t spend much when you journey to what was once the seat of the Lanna kingdom. The joy of visiting Chiang Mai comes from being present in each moment. Whether you are strolling through country villages or savoring the copious options of affordable eats offered in this city, you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy your time in Chiang Mai.
Located on the Gulf Coast, Sarasota is one of the Sunshine State’s most pristine cities. Sarasota sits just south of Tampa and offers countless free and paid activities. The Ringling Brothers called Sarasota their winter home for many years, and today, the Ringling Museum of Art makes the city one of Florida’s cultural hubs. Spend the day lounging on Siesta Key Beach or riding your bike around downtown. When you get hungry, head to the Pinecraft Amish Community and chow down at Yoder’s to experience traditional Amish fare at an affordable price.
Niagara Falls, New York
Located on the northern border of the United States, Niagara Falls is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the country. This park boasts several magnificent waterfalls that pour into the Niagara River, along with paid attractions and places to eat. Best of all, it’s completely free to enter the park and enjoy the falls. Surrounded by lush flora, you’ll find Niagara Falls to be awe-inspiring and wallet-friendly. In the food court, you will find affordable options to satisfy whatever you are craving. Check out Taste of India for a mouth-watering meal that’s out of this world.
Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
For just $50 per night, you can stay in a four-star hotel in this famous Indian city. Agra is the home of the Taj Mahal, the renowned ivory mausoleum located on the Yamuna River. Other attractions include the Agra Fort and the Kinari Bazar. At the market, you’ll be able to bargain with shop owners to get the best deals on spices, tea, clothing, and Indian jewelry. If you love shopping and sight-seeing, Agra is one of the best places to visit on a budget.