Tax return season is here! What are you planning to do with that money? Buy a new car? New clothes or a TV? That’s cool. But what about using that money towards a life changing experience like traveling?
I know what you are thinking, travel is sooo expensive. But guess what? It really isn’t. What about your first international trip? Taking a week-long trip is okay to step outside of your comfort zone!
I was chatting with a couple of ladies of color in a Facebook Group who have been around the world and they gave me ideas for new countries to travel to as I am also achieving my goal of 30 countries before 30. They also gave me the inspiration for this post.
The U.S. Dollar currency value varies around the world. The key thing here is: don’t splurge; have a budget.
Here are the top 5 countries you can visit, on a whim, where the dollar stretches far with $2,000USD:
Thailand is a popular choice. The people are friendly, the local food is delicious, and your dollar can really stretch far with the Thai baht (name of local currency). With so many flight deals floating around for round-trip flights under $600, the remainder of the money from your budget can be used towards food, your accommodations, transportation, and even souvenirs. Heck, you could even save more money in the end!
Located on the waters of the French Polynesia and by way of Tahiti, it’s an island with beautiful blue waters in the Southern part of the Pacific Ocean. It’s a romantic place to relax right smack in the middle of the ocean. Any water activity you can think of participating in here in the U.S., you can do while there. These activities will be even more memorable and adventurous because you can say you did it in a different country. Think about it, stay in a bungalow in a place super hard to get to from the U.S. Although for this trip you may spend more on the flight to get there than once you are there, it is all worth it.
Santorini is gorgeous! Athens is a typical tourist spot (meaning it may cost a little more) but based on the recent economic crisis of Greece, and the value of the Euro to Dollar ratio decreasing, you can get a lot for your money. If you have not had any real Greek food, you are missing out! I haven’t been yet, but having grown up in Tampa, Florida, home of the gyros, I can say I have had a taste of Greek food! Don’t let stereotypes keep you from visiting.
Cambodia is not a country that’s often considered a place to visit, but with it being rich with culture, it’s all the reason to visit. Located not far from Thailand, in the same corridor of Southeast Asia, you can spend $1000 or less on food, flights, and accommodations combined for a whole week! Some of the most famous landmarks to visit include the Angkor Wat and the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.
This is my personal favorite. Word has it that the currency value of the rand is down to a historic low, which means you can ball on a budget! There are quite a few flight deals that require a couple of layovers, but it is all within an achievable budget. There are quite a few landmarks and culturally exhilarating places to visit, however, you would have to plan your trip carefully as South Africa is a big country, with each region varying in its own way.
Have you noticed how I intentionally chose countries in a couple of different continents? This was to show you that it is possible to travel on a budget.
Keep in mind that this is for solo travel. You can make it work with two people, but you would have to double just about everything. Most genuine traveling experiences do not require you to be in a fancy place eating fancy food. Keep it simple; depend on locals (trustworthy ones of course), use images as souvenirs or only buy ones for yourself, and stay in places like hostels or Airbnb as your accommodation.
By no means does my post mean to limit you to only international destinations. You can take the roads less traveled within the U.S. for the same amount of money. Explore a place that is not often talked about that is technically right next door to you.
Now...how far will you let this $2000 go?
What are the top five places on your list?
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