With many of the world’s economies and currencies in a bit of a tailspin at the moment, it’s a good idea to take a trip where you can get good value for your money.
These are some of the more affordable destinations to visit during 2012.
1. Krakow, Poland
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Poland offers many great deals and you may want to start by visiting the old-world of Krakow to soak in its charm. There are several luxury hotels to choose from at wallet-friendly rates, with some of them treating you like royalty. The restaurants are also very affordable and you’ll be able to try out some of the local delicacies such as roast venison accompanied by wild mushrooms.
Needless to say, the local beers are a great deal and are among the best in the world. You’ll be able to visit the Wawel and check out the Museum of Contemporary Art while in town.
2. Lombok, Indonesia
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There are lots of bargains in Lombok, which is a laid-back tropical island that is home to some excellent sightseeing, shopping, and beaches. You can reach it from Bali by air and the trip takes about half an hour. There are some fine resorts to select from with some of the best local cuisine being satays and an assortment of fresh barbecued fish.
The snorkeling is popular here and one of the best locations for it is the Gili Islands. You can explore Lombok by renting a car and driver and deals on local arts and crafts are easy to find.
3. Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Argentina has long been one of South America’s most popular destinations, especially the historic and sophisticated capital of Buenos Aires.
There are plenty of affordable boutique hotels to choose from in the city’s many districts. Palermo is one of the most-visited of Buenos Aires neighborhoods due to its wide range of cafés and its vibrant nightlife.
Argentina is famous for its meat and wine and there are numerous barbecue houses to try them out in.
Dancing the tango is high on many visitors’ wish lists and you can easily get lessons all over the city. When it comes to shopping, there are some excellent deals on leather items.
4. Nicaragua, Central America
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This Central American nation offers some fine beaches, but also has quite a bit more character, history, and exploring opportunities than typical all-inclusive beach vacations. If you’re there for the sun and sand though, head over to the charming beach town of San Juan del Sur, which sits on the southwest coast. It has an interesting sea-turtle sanctuary, colored buildings and a wonderful beach.
You can rent beach houses at affordable weekly prices as well as Oceanside resorts. The seafood is magnificent with fresh squid, clams, octopus, shrimp, and lobster to choose from and the local beer is pretty good too. Popular activities include surfing, deep-sea fishing, and yoga.
5. Reykjavik, Iceland
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Iceland isn’t what you’d really call inexpensive, but with the kroner dropping in value this is a good time to explore what it has to offer. The capital of Reykjavik has plenty to do and see and hotel prices are coming down. The seafood is also great here and sushi dinners are quite popular featuring the local catch. Another tasty dish is lamb, and the city’s bars are pretty lively, especially when it’s happy hour.
There are some excellent day trips from Reykjavik which take you to the Gulfloss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park. You’ll also be able to relax in the famous warm waters of the Blue Lagoon thermal baths.