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8 Exotic Holidays Anyone Can Afford

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Jeff Cuellar

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What do you love about Singapore? You’re probably thinking right now about how much you love Singapore’s delicious food, public safety, and efficient transportation system (when it’s working).

Those are great reasons to love this tiny and increasingly congested island of 5.4 million people.

However, you probably missed out another huge benefit to living in Singapore, which is the cheap travel! In fact, you have two major benefits when it comes to traveling on a budget.

First, the Singapore Dollar (SGD) completely dominates most currencies in the region when it comes to the exchange rate. Second, Singapore is located unbelievably close to many of Southeast Asia’s most exotic travel destinations, which means cheaper flights!

Of course, not all the destinations on this list are as cheap as Southeast Asian locations, but they’re still quite affordable to the traveler with a bit more in his holiday budget. And given the numerous sales that airlines usually have, it’s not a stretch to get a cheaper ticket there as well. What’s good is that you won’t die having to pay for accommodation once you’re there.

Here are 8 cheap and exotic holiday destinations worth visiting, especially if you’re a budget traveler:

 

#1 Indonesia

Trust me, you won't be the first person who wants to live in Bali for the rest of their lives.
Trust me, you won’t be the first person who wants to live in Bali for the rest of their lives.

Flight Ticket: $90-$250+ depending on the destination

Lodging: As low as $25+ a night for a 3-Star Hotel Room in most destinations

Popular Locations: Bali, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bandung, Ubud, Surabaya, Lombok, Gila Trawangan, Medan, Seminyak

 

#2 Malaysia

You may be surprised as to how many people think Langkawi isn't in Malaysia!
You may be surprised as to how many people think Langkawi isn’t in Malaysia!

Flight Ticket: $75-$600 depending on the destination

Lodging: As low as $25+ a night for a 3-Star Hotel Room in most destinations

Popular Locations: Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Malacca, Kota Kinabalu, Penang, Kuching, Cameron Highlands, Miri, Tioman Island, Sandakan

 

#3 Thailand

If you want "exotic", Thailand is always a fan favourite.
If you want “exotic”, Thailand is always a fan favourite.

Flight Ticket: $160-$450+ depending on the destination

Lodging: As low as $16+ a night for a 3-Star Hotel Room in most destinations

Popular Locations: Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Krabi, Koh Phi Phi, Kanchanaburi, Ko Chang, Phang Nga

 

#4 Greece

Pictures will never do places like Mykonos justice. You just HAVE to be there!
Pictures will never do places like Mykonos justice. You just HAVE to be there!

Flight Ticket: $1,450-$3,000+ depending on the destination

Lodging: As low as $60+ per night for a 3-Star Hotel Room in most destinations

Popular Locations: Athens, Crete, Corfu, Mykonos, Rhodes, Fira, Santorini, Thessaloniki, Oia, Skiathos, Ios, Kos

 

#5 India

You won't be short on beautiful architecture in India
You won’t be short on beautiful architecture in India

Flight Ticket: $350-$600+ depending on the destination

Lodging: As low as $17+ a night for a 3-Star Hotel Room in most destinations

Popular Locations: New Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Jaipur, Agra, Chennai, Udaipur, Hyperbad, Kolkata, Jodhpur, Kochi, Goa, Mysore

 

#6 Philippines

THAT water.
THAT water.

Flight Ticket: $200-$500+ depending on the destination

Lodging: As low as $25+ a night for a 3-Star Hotel Room in most destinations

Popular Locations: Boracay, Manila, Makati, Cebu, Coron, Davao, Bohol, Puerto Galera, Panglao, Caramoan, Banaue, Donsol, El Nido

 

#7 Portugal

The extremely slim chance of bumping into Cristiano Ronaldo here is also a plus point.
The extremely slim chance of bumping into Cristiano Ronaldo here is also a plus point.

Flight Ticket: $1,500+ (Lisbon, Portugal)

Lodging: As low as $35+ per night for a hostel in most destinations

Popular Locations: Lisbon, Porto, Albufeira, Lagos, Sintra, Fatima, Coimbra, Funchal, Cascais, Tavira

 

#8 Albania

The lovely countryside is unlike anything you're going to find in Singapore. Bukit Timah Hill doesn't count.
The lovely countryside is unlike anything you’re going to find in Singapore. Bukit Timah Hill doesn’t count.

Flight Ticket: $1,850+ (Tirana, Albania)

Lodging: As low as $15+ per night for a hostel in most destinations

Popular Locations: Tirana, Durres, Berat, Vlore, Shkoder, Gijirokastra, Kruja,

 

*Note on data: Flight Ticket prices collected from Skyscanner.com.sg and lodging costs collected from Agoda.com based on a 1-week holiday from July 3-9, 2014.

Final Note: You never can tell what’ll happen on any holiday. If you’ve read about our editor’s trip to Tokyo, you’ll find that even the “safest” destinations put you in bad situations. So it really pays to pick up travel insurance before you fly off.

If you’re not a huge believe in the benefits of travel insurance or don’t know much about it, do yourself a favor and read this. Also, it’s a good idea to not to load up too much on cash when traveling. So keep a credit card handy during your travels (or you can just apply for a credit card that offer FREE travel insurance).

 

Are there any other holiday destinations you think should be on this list? Share your thoughts with us here! Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for more great articles and moneysaving tips!

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Graham Hills, Joseph Younis, Amit Rawat, John O’Sullivan, Alfredo Miguel Romero, Andy Enero, Dubes, John Quine, Raging Wire

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Jeff Cuellar

I'm known by many titles: copywriter, published author, literary connoisseur, ex- U.S. Army intelligence analyst, and Champion of Capua.