22nd Feb 2018
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Seven destinations where your money will last longer
Seven destinations where your money will last longer

Australia is notoriously expensive, both as a travel destination and a place to live. Hey, we enjoy world-class health services, good public transport and we’re relatively safe and secure to walk the streets, day or night. These things come at a cost, and other countries aren’t so lucky.

But other countries can provide a destination where your Aussie dollar goes a lot further than a week in an Australia.

Foreign exchange company Travelex, recently researched the destinations where £500 (around A$890) would last the longest.

It based its figures on daily out-of-pocket tourist expenses, including three restaurant meals, four soft drinks, two beers, two coffees, and two trips on public transport. The spending does  not include accommodation costs, although countries with a low cost of living generally offer lower accommodation rates, too.

They may cost a little extra to get there, but these seven destinations will give you big bang for your buck once you hit the ground.

7. Poland
Poland is famous for its medieval architecture and history, specifically WWII and Cold War history. Travellers with A$890 can spend 22 days visiting the Polish hotspots of Krakow and Warsaw, or skiing, hiking and mountain climbing in the mountains. But get in soon, because the new government may change the generally tourist-friendly nature of this European wonder.

6. Hungary
Same goes for Hungary, where 22 days wandering through the capital Budapest and revelling in unique culture, history, scenery, and cuisine will only set you back around A$900. Enjoy a pilsner at a ruin pub or garden club, relax in the famed thermal spas or simply admire the gothic architecture.

5. Czech Republic
Seems Eastern Europe is tops for budget travellers, because along with Poland and Hungary, the Czech Republic (or Czechia as it is now known) and Bulgaria also offer great value for money. You can spend 23 days in Czechia, enjoying the history, culture, nightlife and cuisine in a setting that borders on fairy tale.

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    Isabella
    3rd Mar 2018
    8:02am
    From someone who has recently lived in Mexico I can tell you that it is actually in North America - not Central America or South America. And a fabulous place to visit (and live) it is!
    East of Toowoomba
    3rd Mar 2018
    9:18am
    What does "for $900 you can have 22 or 44 days at this destination" mean? Is that the cost to stay and travel for 22 days or just the cost to stay?

    Is the cost based on a 3 start hotel, 1 star hotel or backpacker hostel? I didn't actually read what the writer was referring to when costing this article. Perhaps I need to go back and read again.
    East of Toowoomba
    3rd Mar 2018
    9:19am
    Oh, I read again "It based its figures on daily out-of-pocket tourist expenses, including three restaurant meals, four soft drinks, two beers, two coffees, and two trips on public transport. The spending does not include accommodation costs, although countries with a low cost of living generally offer lower accommodation rates, too."

    Silly me.
    Cowboy Jim
    3rd Mar 2018
    10:13am
    That is a very good question. Stayed in Budapest for 6 days in an
    inner city apartment, rented via Airbnb and paid $650 Aussie. A
    very good price. Still a beer and a wine as well as a meal was about
    the same price. Eastern Europe is cheaper for sure the same as Asia
    is cheaper - look at the wages! By the way - Bulgaria is a country not a city (capital is Sofia).
    Doodlebug44
    3rd Mar 2018
    11:35am
    Cruising the Danube and stopping off in Bulgaria, the main things I remember is our tour guide telling us to keep tight hold onto our bags when shopping, feral dogs and gypsies!!
    simo
    3rd Mar 2018
    1:30pm
    Ladies and gentlemen , you get what you pay for.
    MarLin
    3rd Mar 2018
    3:25pm
    Not sure what you mean by that, simo - because it's never been true in my experience. And the context of this thread is about cheap holidays, ie bargains - which absolutely applies to Vietnam because bargaining over prices is the normal way of trading, and is entered into with gusto by locals, expats and (the more adventurous/experienced) tourists alike.
    Try it - I'd be surprised if you don't like it!
    Col
    23rd Jun 2018
    6:31pm
    I must mention a fabulous holiday in Sri Lanka. It cost under $1000 for 10 days
    in 3 star accommodation Car hire and local transport are unbelievably cheap too.


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