After the events of the last year and a half or so, a lot of us are more than ready for a vacation. We’ve been locked in our houses for far, far too long! Even for those who aren’t particularly fond of traveling, the idea of jetting off to some exotic locale seems like just the thing for a particularly bad case of the post-quarantine blues.
Unfortunately, the quarantine didn’t just affect us. It affected our bank accounts too! Many of us have lost our jobs, struggled with medical bills and faced unexpected financial eventualities that put us well into the red. As a result of our newly tumultuous financial situations, a lot of us might be under the impression that an international vacation is out of the question this summer. This couldn’t be further from the truth!
In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at five surprisingly inexpensive international resorts where you can spend a week or two without taking out a second mortgage on your home. These resorts aren’t cheap per se, but they are cheaper than you might expect them to be. With a bit of saving (and maybe some careful budgeting) you and your friends can easily take a vacation at one of these delightful resorts.
So how did we choose these resorts, you ask? Well, our criteria was very simple: how much a vacation at the resort might cost, and how enjoyable such a vacation might be. For this list, we’ll be looking at both of these factors for each individual resort and giving you a short summation of what you can expect at each. With that said, let’s take a look at our picks!
Tropical getaways are among the most tantalizing and often idealized types of vacation. The idea of spending all day on a beach, sipping a margarita in the shade of a generously proportioned umbrella seems too luxurious for common people like ourselves to enjoy. We’ve got good news: it might not be as far out of reach as you previously thought!
That’s right: at Playa Las Ballenas in the Dominican Republic you can enjoy just such a getaway for under $600 a week. With a spectacular view of the Caribbean, immaculate rooms and some of the best service south of the equator, this is one resort that you simply can’t miss. Start saving up now, and you could be there by this time next month!
In the US, you can easily spend thousands of dollars on a single night in a five star hotel and resort. These places offer the most luxurious service imaginable, and are targeted only at the wealthiest, most affluent members of the upper classes. But what if we told you that there is a place where you can have the five star resort experience for less than a tenth of the average price of such an experience?
At the Los Tajibos Hotel, this fantasy can become a reality. A mere stone’s throw from the majestic Andes mountain range, you can enjoy this ultra-luxury experience for just over $800 a week, giving you ample time to explore the surrounding area and fit some quality rest and recreation into your schedule. It’s a dream vacation at a dream price!
If you’re looking for something a bit more unconventional, then you’ll find exactly that with this resort. Located on the western coast of India, this delightful vacation resort is exactly what you might be looking for. With direct beach access, a sprawling, luxurious pool and some of the most charming and intimate rooms we’ve ever seen, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention it.
The place we’re referring to is Grand Goa Resort, in the small, relatively obscure Indian town of Goa. While it certainly isn’t the best known vacation destination in India, it delivers on its goal of being one of the premiere resort experiences in the country. The best part? You can easily vacation here for a week without spending a penny more than $800!
For many Americans, a European vacation seems quite out of reach, at least from a financial point of view. A vacation at a resort in France, Germany or Spain can easily cost you thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars. Fortunately, we know of a little place on the coast of the Adriatic sea that will only cost you a fraction of this price: a resort in the little Montenegrin town of Herceg-Novi.
If you’re not familiar with Montenegro, you’re missing out. This beautiful little coastal country in the Balkans is one of the most enjoyable vacation destinations on this list, and the Palmon Bay Hotel is one of the best places to experience it. So what are you waiting for? For little more than $900, you can spend a week in one of Europe’s least-known coastal paradises!
Rounding out this list, we’ve got a bit of a curveball: a beautiful resort in the world-famous town of Casablanca, Morocco. While this city certainly has a great deal of name recognition, it might not be the first place to pop into your head. We think this is a crying shame! This is one of the best vacation spots in the world, and we’re going to give you an example of a great place to spend your time in Casablanca: the Mövenpick Hotel Casablanca!
This resort is quite possibly the nicest in the region, with a beautiful view, excellent service and large comfortable rooms. It’s also centrally located, so you can explore everything the city of Casablanca has to offer without straying too far from your base of operations. The best part? At just over $80 a night, you won’t spend more than $650 on a week’s lodging!
With all this said, we think it’s abundantly clear that you don’t have to spend a ton of money on an enjoyable vacation. With some careful research, you can enjoy an incredible vacation at an incredible cost, without spending obscene amounts on lodging. Additionally, most of the entries on this list are located in countries with a lower cost of living, meaning you won’t spend much on food, travel and other expenses either. That’s what you call a win for your wallet!