3 cheap cities for the budget globetrotterShopping Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
3 cheap cities for the budget globetrotter
So you want to see Paris, London, Dubai, Singapore, Cape Town… on a budget? Forget it.
The fact is, cheap flights are aplenty, but what’s the point of going to one of these amazing cities on a near-empty wallet! Choose from the three equally-amazing locations below, each one on a different continent, for your next big metro adventure. You will come back with loads of good memories, minus the post-vacation credit card debt.
Brussels in Belgium, Europe
Brussels is perceived to be expensive but there are loads of cheap options for you to choose from, in terms of stay, food and entertainment. A trip in this scenic Belgian city will feel a lot more exotic, exciting and lighter on the wallet than in London or Paris. You’ll save on transport, as you can walk through most of city centre. And if you do get tired, you can simply catch a tram or a bus. Extended stays are affordable too, what with sweet deals like this: 30 Euros ($42) for a Brussels card gives you free public transport and free access to 30 museums, and also reductions on selected restaurants.
Phnom Penh in Cambodia, Asia
Forget Bangkok. Phnom Penh offers more class for less. With a lively expat scene, you’ll find just as many full bars as you would at Bangkok, for much less. Everything from stay to food will also cost you less than say of its pricey Asian counterparts. You will get to see just as many Wats (Buddhist temples), as you would at any other South East Asian City, try amazing cuisine and enjoy the legendary Asian hospitality at a budget. You can also take crazy speed boat rides along the Mekong River, go visit the famous Angkor Wat near Siem Reap or just take off to secluded islands in the South – they offer you the beauty of both Phuket and Mauritius put together at just a few hundred dollars.
Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Africa
If you love Ethiopian cuisine and want to experience the city life of Africa (as compared to costume-wearing Masai tribes or expensive wildlife Safari trips), then head to Addis Ababa. It’ll be an experience you won’t forget. Addis Ababa will give you a flavour of the continent on a budget and also in safe environs, as the city is relatively violence and crime free. Although, beware of pick pockets and be prepared to see beggars from rural areas of the country. Everything from food to stay to visit to museums is very affordable in this city. Must-see destinations include: The Ethiopian National Museum, St George’s Cathedral, and the Hager Fikir Theatre, the oldest theatre in Ethiopia.
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