Make your shoestring budget stretch even further by choosing your destination wisely. Lonely Planet names 10 destinations perfect for a recession-busting break...
Sweden’s not known as a budget destination, but the smart traveller will get their best bang for their buck in Gothenburg, where neighbourhoods outside the main drag offer cheap eats and great attractions.
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Lonely Planet says Bolivia is the best-value destination in south America, where public transport is dirt cheap, street food is delicious and you can get a set-menu for little over US$5 and a budget room for about $12.
While Cambodia is no way near as cheap as it was a decade ago, there’s still plenty of budget accommodation and it’s possible to get by at just US$15 a day, if you’re savvy and can live without luxuries like air-conditioning.
This up-and-coming destination on the Black Sea offers great value for money anytime of the year – except August – as well as jaw-dropping views, rich cuisine and friendly people.
A more budget-friendly option than neighbouring Botswana, Namibia has some of Africa’s best-value outdoor pursuits, and its main drawcards can be explored with local tours or by hiring a car and driving yourself.
Visitors to Nepal can get by on the cost of a flat white or two, if they put in the effort and stay outside Kathmandu. As Lonely Planet puts it: “If you’re up for trekking on your own and staying in teahouses, Nepal is not only the best-value spot for Himalayan hiking, it must be a contender for the most astonishing rewards for the least upfront investment of anywhere in the world.”
Portland, Oregon, US
Cheap food, cheap craft beer and plenty of free activities make Portland the first off the tongue when travel writers are asked to nominate a favourite cheap US city.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2013 is the perfect time to visit this Brazilian party city as it gears up to host the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, when prices will undoubtedly rise.
This eastern European country offers alpine scenery that rivals Switzerland, but at a fraction of the cost. It’s great for adventure-seeking travellers keen on trekking, skiing and rafting.
Falling costs and currency fluctuations mean a trip to Spain is now much easier on the wallet. Visit outside peak season to get the best value.
Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2013 is at bookstores now. It includes plenty of travel inspiration and top 10 lists ranging from the best-value destinations to the best places to get a tattoo!