Travelling cheaply does not necessarily mean staying close to home and some of the cheapest travel destinations at the moment involve long haul travel. With great deals to be found on flights and an inexpensive cost of living once you are there, you may find that the cheapest travel destinations may also give you the vacation of a lifetime.
Sana'a, this Middle Eastern country's capital city, enjoys the lowest cost of living in the world, according to Xpatulator. Comprised mostly of desert scenery, Yemen enjoys a hot climate and is bordered by the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. Eating out in restaurants, recreational activities and buying alcohol and tobacco are significantly cheaper than most other international destinations.
One of Europe's cheaper destinations, Portugal is known for its Mediterranean climate, cheap food and the relaxed, unhurried manner of its locals. Portugal is one of the cheapest countries in the world for luxury accommodation; a five-star hotel room only costs around £95 per night. Lisbon is one of Europe's major airports, meaning it's straightforward to get to.
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While travelling to far-flung destinations may be an option if you're on a budget, you may prefer to stay closer to home and avoid long flights. Costs in Houston have recently been falling in comparison to other cities in the United States; the average cost of a meal in Houston is £21.10, which is more than £1.60 cheaper than the national average. Houston is also home to the biggest shopping mall in Texas, has thousands of acres of green space and the Houston CityPASS offers access to your choice of six Houston attractions for only £25, as of 2011.
An emerging eastern European travel destination, travellers' costs are much cheaper in Estonia than in some of the more established destinations in the region. Alcohol is very cheap too; a shot of Estonian vodka costs £1.10 and a bottle of local beer costs approximately £1.60. Capital city Tallinn is the 2011 European Capital of Culture and has numerous historical sites, museums and festivals for visitors to enjoy.
Shanghai is a particularly cheap destination in China. Home to the World Expo in 2010, the city had £29 billion of work done to it in preparation. Now that the demand for hotel rooms has fallen after the Expo, there are a number of cheap offers available. Shanghai also offers a high-speed train service for travellers to visit other parts of the country.
Colombia is an increasingly popular destination for tourists, particularly since airfares to the Latin American country dropped by 11 per cent in 2010. Colonial towns and parts of the Caribbean coastline have had a face lift, making it safer and more attractive for foreign visitors. A recent spate of construction means there are plenty of hotel rooms available at reasonable prices.
Sri Lanka Tourism is currently on a drive to get more foreign visitors and 2011 is "Visit Sri Lanka Year." Thousands of new hotel rooms are being built and airfares are also reduced in price. In-country costs in Sri Lanka are extremely cheap already -- a curry lunch can cost less than 60p. In terms of visitor attractions, Sri Lanka has a palm-fringed beach scene, plenty of wildlife and resplendent temples.
One of the cheaper destinations in the Caribbean, a trip to Jamaica offers visitors a tropical getaway at affordable prices. The cost of a hotel room at renowned beachside resorts, such as Montego Bay, can cost less than £130 a night, which is significantly cheaper than the cost of similar accommodation on other Caribbean islands. Three thousand hotel rooms were built at the end of 2010 and new flight paths opened, slashing costs of travel and accommodation further.
A southeast Asian country that is riddled with culture, wildlife and a balmy climate, Cambodia also has one of the cheapest costs of living compared to hundreds of other international destinations. Capital city, Phnom Penh, is especially cheap, with thousands of reasonably priced hotel rooms available and meals for as little as 60p.
Another great option for those who don't want to travel to the other side of the world, Canada has a huge amount to offer travellers on a budget. Especially cheap during the 2011 year, is Banff in Alberta, where the price of lift tickets at ski resorts has not increased since 2007. Outside of ski season, Banff is also a good base for biking and golfing holidays.