Looking for the cheapest places to travel can be stressful, there’s no two ways about it. If you’re struggling to find somewhere to go on vacation, you’re not alone. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the best places on the planet to travel to in 2020 without breaking the bank.

Cheapest Places to Travel in 2020

Whether you’re thinking of staying in the US or traveling across the world, there are affordable options to suit everyone. Take a look below and you might just find your next vacation destination!


You have a couple of options for the best places to vacation for cheap in The Grand Canyon State. There’s the luxury destination of Scottsdale, with the chance to get your fix of spas and fine wines – it has cheaper flights towards the end of the year.

Alternatively, you can instead take a road trip through Arizona and Utah quite cheaply, and fit in some great sightseeing too!


You might be wondering how to travel cheap in a state like Florida, where there’s so much to see and do. Yet, even in Orlando it’s possible to find cheap hotel stays and even free or discounted theme park visits. Consider the Disney Vacation Club, and see how many DVC points you should buy.

Meanwhile, Tampa is cheapest in the spring and summer months, and you can buy an unlimited pass to nearby Busch Gardens too.


If you’re thinking of staying in the US but ditching the mainland, why not head to Hawaii in the autumn? Both flights and accommodation will be cheaper than just a couple of months before, and you can still enjoy the great Hawaii weather.

Go snorkeling on the beautiful Kauna’oa Bay or try the coffee in Kailua-Kona, both on the main island of Hawai’i.

Las Vegas, Nevada

You might associate Las Vegas with excess and indulgence, but if you’re savvy enough, your Vegas trip can be surprisingly cheap. Hotel rooms can be fairly inexpensive, while you can get inexpensive tickets for some shows.

Just stay away from spending the whole of your stay in the city’s famous casinos!

Calgary, Canada

Why not spend the holidays in Canada? Flights to Calgary can be over a quarter cheaper than usual in December, and there’s plenty to do cheaply once you’re there.

Whether you’re into water sports, fascinating museums, or just celebrating Christmas, you won’t be bored and you’ll still be able to stick to a strict budget.

Cancún, Mexico

It might surprise you to hear that it can actually be slightly cheaper to get to Cancún right in the middle of summer. Then, you can spend the rest of your budget on water sports, as the city on the Caribbean Sea is renowned for its Scuba diving, snorkeling and sailing.

Mexico City, Mexico

Clearly, Mexico can be one of the main cheap countries to visit, but the capital offers a different experience of Cancún. Try going towards the end of the year as it’s cheap and easy to get to from the US, and is full of culture and life. Head there at the beginning of November, and you’ll be able to see the Día de Muertos celebrations too.

Cali, Colombia

There might be dangerous areas in the South American nation, but the culture and life of Colombia will keep you coming back – try the city of Cali if you’re new to the country.

The cost of living in Cali is particularly low, and there’s plenty of tours and salsa classes to keep you busy. It’s known as the sports capital of the country too, so if you want a great mix of Latin charm and sporting exuberance, Cali should definitely be on your radar.

Dominican Republic

Looking for a Caribbean break? The Dominican Republic has it all. From picturesque beaches to amazing sights and culture, you can find it all inexpensively on the island of Hispaniola.

The capital of Santo Domingo has plenty of affordable activities, with cheap entry to museums and inexpensive restaurants with traditional Dominican cuisine – even high-quality hotels aren’t too pricey in the Dominican Republic.


France might not be the first European nation to come to mind when you’re searching for cheap countries to visit, but you’d be surprised. Consider the southeastern city of Nice, near the Italian border, for a relatively inexpensive vacation.

You can rent bikes cheaply or just tour the city on foot, and go through the markets for street food and local produce, before retiring to your hotel room.


Greece is a great destination for good weather and a romantic break, and it’s also one of the cheapest places to fly to. Consider a trip to the island of Santorini in May, when flights are cheap.

To minimize expenses, you may decide to buy produce from local markets rather than eating out every day. Free walking tours can also be a great way to spend an afternoon without breaking the bank.


Hungary is one of the best places to vacation to for cheap, with Budapest being one of those cities that everyone should visit at least once. It’s cheaper than Western Europe too, with even excursions like a dinner cruise on the Danube being affordable. Hotels and eating out won’t be too expensive here either.


The countryside of the Emerald Isle is truly a sight to behold, so you should definitely consider going to check it out for yourself.

The further into rural Ireland you go, the cheaper it is and the more stunning the scenery becomes, so consider staying at a small, family-run B&B. National museums are free to visit, and you shouldn’t miss Killarney National Park either.


Let’s be honest – Italy needs no real introduction from us. However, some areas are cheaper than others. Try Bergamo, just forty minutes away from it’s larger neighbor Milan.

It’s great for skiing and walking expeditions, while the food and views are unforgettable. You can find plenty of deals if you’d like to stay at a quality hotel, or you can check out Airbnb for alternatives.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

The only Asian destination on our list, but definitely not one to be overlooked. Absorb the culture by visiting the Angkor temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take in the sounds and smells of the Old Market and other local farmer’s markets.

If you’re planning on traveling further afield while you’re in the country, bus tickets are cheap, as are renting motorbikes. Almost everything apart from a few excursions are extremely cheap, so you’ll be able to cram a lot into your trip.

Your Next Vacation

Hopefully, this has given you some fresh ideas of the cheapest places to travel. Perhaps you’ve found your next vacation here! If you’re looking to read more about potential places to visit, check out the rest of the posts on our site.

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