Longing for a 2017 summer escape, but don’t want to break the bank? Try out one of these low budget, high reward trips. Whether you’re looking for soothing shorelines, exhilarating hikes, or just a change of scenery and a chance to soak up new culture, there’s a place for you.
Fly to Fiji
Feeling like you need a vacation to a faraway land? Hike, bike and surf your way across Fiji’s 300 island archipelago on your 2017 summer getaway. —a literal dream destination. Once you’ve arrived, you can avoid planes and high costs for the rest of your vacation by navigating the highly developed and very cheap bus system, or even hitchhiking (which is surprisingly highly recommended by travelers!). Island hop your way over to the Beachcomber Island Resort, and stay on this secluded paradise for only $12/night. *Pro tip*: plan in advance!
Discover colonial-era Cuba
Take advantage of this newly accessible Caribbean destination, and visit a city trapped in time. Sip rum cocktails, smoke (cheap!) Cuban cigars, and nibble on tasty empanadas while riding around in a 1950s vintage convertible. Eager to learn about how Fidel Castro and Che Guevara overthrew the Batista presidency? Visit the Museum of the Revolution. With flights under $150 roundtrip from Miami, and colonial inspired accommodations at Casa Habana 1932 for $22/night, there’s no reason not to book your flights right now for your unforgettable summer getaway.
Trek through Morocco
Fly into London or Spain to hop on a cheap jet plane over to Marrakech. Upon arrival, be sure to sip sweet mint green tea in a streetside hookah bar, and visit the food stalls or souks, in Jemaa el-Fna before taking part in the wild Marrakech nightlife. Trek off the beaten path on a camel. Take breaks in the hippie beach town of Taghazout or the traditional Berber fishing village of Tamraght—both of which offer incredibly cheap hostels. If you’re looking to find what locals call the ‘blue pearl’ of Morocco, take a quick trip up to Chefchaouen to see for yourself. Walk through the old winding streets, and bargain with shop owners for some serious steals on souvenirs. Stay in the 4-star Hotel Parador, where you’ll have breathtaking views of the blue city at only $45/night. Who knew you could get so much out of a cheap vacation?
Jet over to Portugal
Lisbon is one of the cheapest European cities to fly into on Tap Portugal—at as little as $400 roundtrip, as long as you plan in advance. Visit the old city’s pastel-colored buildings and museums, climb up the Saõ Jorge Castle or hop on a train for €2 over to the beach in Cascais. Train down the 850 km coastline to Lagos to kayak around Praia da Rocha, eat fresh fish and enjoy the “pastry of Portugal”, pastel de nata. Stop in any seaside town to stay in incredibly cheap and luxurious AirBnBs.
Hop over to Greece
Greece’s economy has been suffering, which indicates affordable travel prices and an ideal time for a cheap vacation. Make sure to check out Crete for a low-budget, beautiful, and serene island stop—where you can leap off the docks at Heraklion port, stroll down cobblestone streets on a hillside of white houses, and lounge by the turquoise waters. If you’re looking for a luxurious, yet incredible summer getaway this 2017, stay at the beautiful Marni Village at only $24/night for a double.
Vietnam—history, hiking and helpful locals
Fly into Saigon this summer as a starting point, and stay in a private double at the Phuc Khanh Hotel for $16/night. Or if you’re looking for a more lively nightlife and a younger crowd, book a room at the Saigon Inncrowd in District 1 for only $9/night. Take a day trip to the Cu Chi tunnels—an underground complex used by soldiers during the Vietnam war. If you’re looking for adventure, cruise through the calm waters, bike through the flat countryside, or trek along the hills and valleys of Sapa. *Pro tip*: join locals for early morning Tai Chi near Hoam Kiem Lake if you’re craving serenity.
Stop over in Shanghai this summer
If you’re making the trip to China and are looking for a fairly cheap vacation for summer 2017, don’t miss out on all Shanghai has to offer. From dirt cheap, incredibly delicious street food galore, to strolling through the Nanjing shopping district you’ll find yourself loving this part of the world. Take a day trip to the Jade Buddha Temple to find yourself. Alternatively, go for a run in Fuxing Park if you’re looking for a splash of European influence in the heart of Asia (don’t forget to bring your wearable headphones!). Finish off the day with a sunset stroll around the Bund, where you can soak in a great view of the Shanghai skyline.
Take a passport-less trip to Portland, OR
Not ready to leave the country? Trek to one of our nation’s own hidden paradises and immerse yourself in the nature that envelops Portland. Run, hike, bike, walk—you name it—among the California Redwoods, making sure to stop at Multnomah Falls. Take it easy and find a hipster cafe to sip coffee, or check-out one of Portland’s many bargain filled flea markets while riding the Portland Streetcar on a $1 pass. Booze with locals and take in scenery at the same time on a Portland Brewery bike tour.
¡NOLA!—New Orleans, LA
There is no place like New Orleans, and no better place to find live music and dancing into the early morning. Plan your trip around one of the city’s free festivals, like the French Quarter Festival or the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival for a true NOLA experience. But no matter when you arrive, don’t miss out on the beignets at Café du Monde, the fresh seafood, and the culture lined sidewalks of Bourbon street. Use AirBnB to find rooms for as low as ~$40/night.
Set sail for San Juan, PR
If you dly into San Juan for your summer getaway, you’ll discover the picturesque Old City, and the famous Castillo de San Cristóbal. Hop over to El Yunque rain forest for a waterfall walk, ride horses along the beach, or kayak in the bioluminescent bay. AirBnB offers cheap accommodations or the Palace Hostel is an affordable stay at only $16/night. ¡Vamos!
Wherever you decide to go this summer, don't forget to pack the Helix Cuff as a staple travel essential so you can take the soundtrack to your travels, anywhere you go!