Summer is quickly approaching and, along with it, so is the busiest holiday season of the year. With kids finally ridding themselves of that tedious time-occupying burden called “school,” there’s no better time for parents to take some time off work and book a family vacation. This is the consensus, so it’s pretty expected that travel agencies are buzzing with people interested in offers. They likely won’t be lining up at your door and begging you to take on one of their packages. Worse than that, many agencies purposely spice up their prices and all-inclusive offers are selling away as fast as fresh bread.
What’s there left to do, then? For starters, lay off the Paris, London, or Maldives vacations for now. Since they are extremely popular destinations, they’ll be the hottest deals and, by association, they’ll also have the “hottest” prices attached to them. In your quest for cheap vacations, you need to look towards other destinations that maybe aren’t as sought after, mostly because of lack of information. They’re as beautiful and worth-visiting as the previously mentioned top destinations, so it’s a guarantee that, in this instance, “cheap” doesn’t equal “dullness.”
If you’re looking for an escape from the rhythm of urban life, Yellowstone is your place to turn to for a good time and beautiful scenery. A seven-day entry pass to the Yellowstone National Park can be purchased in exchange for a one-time, hugely advantageous fee. Aside from being a hiking hotspot and a haven for explorers and adventurers, Yellowstone’s Old Faithful and the Mammoth Hot Springs compose only the tip of the iceberg that is the park’s must-see attractions.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
For those seeking an escapade into the heart of the Caribbean, look no further than Santo Domingo. Admittedly, it’s not the place to go if you’re interested in cheap vacations by the shore of the ocean. However, it’s ideal for those who wish to have a taste of Caribbean history and to venture into an urban adventure of sightseeing. Among some of its top attractions, we count the story-filled Catedral Primada de America and the Fortaleza Ozama. Rumor has it that nightlife in the heart of the Malecon is not something to be missed out either, being considered one of the best in the Caribbean.
What do you get when you combine the thrills of gambling with some beach relaxation? Mississippi’s Biloxi is the result. It’s the perfect destination for those who often have changes of heart about what kind of experience they seek in their vacation. When the gambling doesn’t cut it for you anymore, you can head over to a ferry that will take you to Ship Island, a land of pristine Gulf beaches. Make sure to leave some time for a visit to the Biloxi Lighthouse too, which stands proudly as one of the first cast-iron lighthouses in the South.
If you wish to break through the borders of Europe on a minimal budget, Lisbon is a perfect starting point. Considered to be generally the cheapest European capital for tourists, Lisbon is Portugal’s tourism hotspot, for a good reason too. Travelers that first set their foot on these Portuguese grounds must do so in comfortable footwear, prepared with packed provisions, and with a thorough map of public transport. Tram 28, for instance, has become one of the city’s attractions by itself, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other places to sightsee other than it. Visit the hilly Alfama or the waterfront Belem neighborhoods or take a trip 20 miles outside of Lisbon to visit the Sintra.
Fort Lauderdale, USA
Florida’s beach towns are generally at their peak of tourists during winter and spring and Fort Lauderdale is no exception. It’s easy to snatch some great packages and offers that will both be easy on your savings and incredibly worth it. Fort Lauderdale is considered to be America’s Venice, with streets rich in art exhibitions and concerts. Moreover, all of the incursions in the history-filled streets of Lauderdale can be preceded by an afternoon of sunbathing on the Fort Lauderdale beach.