The top 10 most affordable destinations of 2016 – as chosen by Lonely Planet.
Are you having difficulty with choosing a destination for your New Year’s getaway? Or are you looking for some inspiration for planning an affordable and exciting holiday?
Lonely Planet enjoys a well-deserved reputation worldwide as the experts on all things travel – and the guru of global touring has just released its Best in Travel lists for 2016. These are its top 10 affordable destinations to visit in the coming year.
10. Western Australia
With the Aussie dollar’s well-documented peaks and troughs, Australia is more likely to be the best place for Australians to tour this coming year and, according to Lonely Planet, Western Australia tops the list for Aussie destinations. It’s not just WA’s capital capturing tourists’ attention: think beyond to its varied landscapes, including beautiful beaches, captivating outback Kimberley, rocky coastlines and famous wine regions of the south coast.
Formerly known as East Timor, Timor-Leste offers an ideal budget destination. Once again, it’s not just the capital Dili that does it for holidaymakers, it’s the beach shacks of Jaco and the Atauro Islands, along with affordable guest houses in the hill country, and farmers’ markets featuring local produce and ‘local chicken’, Timor-Leste provides explorers with their very own exciting Eastern adventure.
8. Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast
Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast is one destination that is likely to grow in popularity over the next few years. From its breathtaking birdlife to the turtles at Tortuguero, from snorkelling the reefs of Manzanillo to surfing the south coast, Costa Rica’s brilliant black-sand beaches provide the perfect spot to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the big smoke.
7. Québec City
Québec City enjoys the reputation of being the only North American city with its 17th century architecture still intact, and one cannot help being reminded of the good old days of yore when touring the cobblestoned streets of this charming town. From its old-fashioned pubs and bistros, to its more modern, but just as fancy, city restaurants and fine dining, Québec City is a marvel of both past and present.
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