Not everyone can afford to spend on a luxurious holiday every year. But perhaps you’ve finally saved enough to take a trip. That’s why we have put together some of the best budget destinations for 2019 where you can find beautiful locations, vibrant cultures, music festivals and more.
South Africa features beautiful beaches and mountains, wildlife, beer, and wine plus a vibrant nightlife and outdoor culture. Europeans and Americans can benefit from a favorable exchange rate that offers great value for a summer holiday in South Africa. Cape Town in particular is a hotspot for nightlife and outdoor festivals.
When it comes to affordable destinations, Thailand in South East Asia offers great value for money. The country features beautiful beach spots, affordable hotels, friendly locals and delicious food. You will want to check out Koh Phangan in particular for a party. Full Moon & Half Moon events take place frequently, while underground parties can be found.
Average Airbnb price (per night): $50
Average price of beer (0.5L): $1.65
Average price of dinner: $1.95
Check out: The Experience NYE Festival, Half Moon Party (Koh Phangnan), Blackmoon Festival
India is a massive country with a population of over 1.3 billion people and has a ton of psytrance lovers. Goa is the smallest state in India, yet it is home to some of the best sightseeing, food, accommodation, activities and psychedelic parties. To find a gathering you’ll want to head to North Goa, known for its full-moon and beach parties.
Average Airbnb price (per night): $48
Average price of beer (0.5L): $1.07
Average price of dinner: $2.33
Check out: HillTop Festival, Hilltop (Vagator), Curlies (South Anjuna Beach), Shiva Valley (South Anjuna Beach)
Sri Lanka provides a beautiful mixture of picturesque landscapes, tea plantations, beaches and archeological history. More recently, the country has experienced a boom in popularity. Transportation, food and accommodation are all very affordable.
Average Airbnb price (per night): $41
Average price of beer (0.5L): $0.69
Average price of dinner: $1.37
Check out: Atman Festival
Poland is one of the cheapest major European tourist cities. It’s an excellent bargain with a ton of history and underground psychedelic parties. The low prices mean you’ll find affordable hostels, delicious food, tasty beer and apparently the people are really friendly, too.
Average Airbnb price (per night): $31
Average price of beer (0.5L): $2.66
Average price of dinner: $6.65
Check out: Goadupa, Tribalanga, Unity Gathering
Portugal has grown into a popular tourist destination alongside neighbors Spain. The country is known by psytrance lovers as the host of Boom Festival. The country boasts a beautiful climate, fabulous beaches, inexpensive apartment-style hotels. The prices for both food and wine are extremely reasonable; be sure to sample the wines of Portugal. Lisbon is a city that offers everything you could ask for.
The capital Budapest is cheap all year round and features castles and cathedrals that will make your eyes pop, sending you back inside a time machine. You will be able to find cheap hostels within the city for backpacking before and after festivals with delicious food spots. There are also an endless amount of activities to partake in.
Croatia features some of the most beautiful beach towns, as well as scenic routes inland. It’s fairly affordable by European standards, especially when compared to the likes of Italy. The country also has a thriving psychedelic community and is the home of popular Modem Festival.
Average Airbnb price (per night): $38
Average price of beer (0.5L): $2.23
Average price of dinner: $6.16
Check out: Modem Festival