8 Cheaper Cities for Summer Travel Abroad

If you're itching to go abroad this summer but can't afford the usual exorbitant prices, try visiting these alternatives to major cities. According to PriceofTravel.com, here are 8 great international destinations you can actually afford, based on its 3-Star Index, which includes a room in a 3-star hotel, a taxi ride, a cultural attraction, and three mid-range meals with beverages:

  • Krakow, Poland: Cheaper than Amsterdam, Krakow also has a weaker currency, the zloty, which will stretch your travel budget.
  • Cartagena, Columbia: Cheaper than Rio de Janeiro by half, with beaches and a beautiful, historic old town.
  • The Himalayas: Cheaper than the Alps, and home to Earth's highest peaks. At $28 per day, Pokhara, Nepal, is the cheapest city on the 3-Star Index.
  • Budapest, Hungary: A third of the cost to travel to Paris, and still a culturally rich European capital, with the 13th century Buda Castle and the Danube River.
  • Bangkok, Thailand: Cheaper than Tokyo, a longtime backpacker favorite, and with many cultural and culinary tastes to suit, at roughly $56 per day.
  • Barcelona, Spain: Cheaper than Nice, France, and a big coastal city with similar charms.
  • Istanbul, Turkey: Cheaper than Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and where you can visit the Topkapi Palace for $12, and pamper yourself with full spa packages at Turkish Baths starting around $30.
  • Nicaragua: Cheaper and less popular than Costa Rica, where you can still be outdoorsy and adventurous, and where you're likelier to have lakes and beaches all to yourself.

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