Cheap alternatives to pricier dream destinations

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The key to travelling in retirement is getting the most bang for your buck, and that can mean looking for alternatives to often very pricey tourist hotspots.

While looking away from the obvious locations can save you money, it can come with other benefits as well, including avoiding the crowds.

Here are some of the best alternatives to some of the world’s most iconic destinations.

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
One of the most popular places in the world to visit would have to be these ancient ruins. The popularity of these pyramids means that entry fees are exorbitant.

However, around 20km south of Cairo you can visit the lesser-known pyramids of Saqqara and Dahshur and have a unique Egyptian experience. Not only is this cheaper but there are much shorter queues and you won’t be hassled by nearly as many hawkers trying to get you to buy their wares or ride their camels.

Maldives
There is little question that the Maldives is one of the most beautiful places on earth, particularly if you are looking for white, sandy beaches and a relaxing holiday.

However, you can usually have that experience for at least a quarter of the price by heading across to Thailand. The islands of Ko Samui, Ko Pha-Ngan and Ko Phi Phi are every bit as spectacular as the Maldives and, if we are being completely honest, the food in Thailand is also streets ahead. Thailand’s attractive price does mean that there are more tourists there, than in the Maldives, but the savings are enormous.

African safari
Most people who want to go on safari head to South Africa, Kenya or Tanzania.

But if you want to save some serious money you should consider Botswana. Unlike many countries in Africa, it is politically stable and the Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve are public parks that are open all year. The prices are considerably lower and there are definitely fewer tourists, which provides you with the perfect chance to see the animals without them already being scared off by large groups.

What cheap alternative destinations would you recommend to fellow travellers?

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