These destinations are surprisingly easy on your budget and full of exciting adventures waiting to be discovered. Don’t forget to bring along a portable canopy! 2014 is the ideal year to visit these vacation spots and here’s why:
1. South Africa
Hotel rates are down this year and the country offers an immense variety of parks and outdoor sights for nature lovers to explore. Wildlife lovers can opt for a safari tour where you’re bound to catch glimpses of elephants, leopards, rhinoceros and more. Penguins roam the beaches near Cape Town.
Beach lovers have beautiful coastlines and the intersection of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans to enjoy. Surfing, sunbathing, and swimming are just some of the activities you can enjoy. In Johannesburg, visit historical sites and museums to find out more about South Africa’s past.
2. Venice, Italy
Believe it or not, a vacation in picturesque Venice Italy is more affordable than you think. Hotel rates are down and a trip down a canal in one of the city’s iconic gondola is a must when you are staying in the city. The city’s Piazza is a must see, along with the Sansovino Library and Ducal Palace.
Art lovers can get their fill of the work of Venetian masters at Gallerie dell’Accademia. Modern art lovers can view works by the big names at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Top all the art and historical sites with the delicious food of a Venetian trattoria. Hotels offer genuine Venetian surroundings at a reasonable rate.
3. Dominican Republic
The beach and resort destination is growing in popularity. Dominican Republic all inclusive resorts are drawing tourists who are turned off by high prices at more well known destinations like Cabo. If resorts aren’t your thing, opt for a more genuine taste of the country at Las Terrenas.
The fishing village is more rustic and offers beautiful beaches for nature lovers to enjoy. A hike or kayak through the lagoons of Los Haitises National Park will take you through virgin forests and into the habitats of endangered turtles and pelicans.
4. Buenos Aires, Argentina
The European atmosphere and wealth of history have given Buenos Aires the nickname “the Paris of South America”. Take advantage of this year’s lowered hotel rates to enjoy the city’s abundance of museums, shops, eateries, and nightlife. The Evita Museum is a popular destination for viewing artifacts from Eva Peron’s life and learning about her legacy.
The Museum Of Latin American Art has works from Kahlo, Rivera, and others on view. In the evening, enjoy an opera or orchestra at Teatro Colon in the city’s downtown district. If you need a taste of the beach, swim, sail, or go boating at Rio de la Plata.
5. Warsaw, Poland
Hotels rates in warsaw are at an all time low and the city is rich in history. Anyone who’s interested European history will gain a deeper knowledge after staying in the city. Historic architecture and gardens abound in the city’s Lazienki Park. Check out Poland’s noble history at the Palace On The Island. Chopin piano concerts take place for free every weekend in the park. Old Town Warsaw is full of shops, cafes and eateries offering traditional Polish fare like perogies. Hotel accommodations can be either traditional or contemporary, depending on your taste.
6. Seoul, Korea
Affordability and a vibrant cultural scene is making Seoul a popular destination for 2014. Current pop music is taking the city by storm, but Seoul also has a history just as exciting. Visit the city’s many museums and palaces to get a taste of what life was like in the past. A hike up the Bugaksan Mountain trails takes to you to jaw dropping views of the city.