8 Travel Bloggers Share Their Top Budget-Friendly Destinations for 2017
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Jessie Festa in DenverThe Budget-Friendly Destination: Denver, Colo.

Chosen by: Jessie Festa of Jessie on a Journey

One of my favorite value destinations in the US is Denver. There’s a solid public transport infrastructure with low-cost light rail, bus and bike-share options for getting around. Of course, you can use your own two feet, too.

There are a number of free and budget-friendly things to do, like free first-time classes at Yoga Pod, free Forbidden Bingo at Maloney’s Tavern with a 50-percent off happy hour, $2 bottomless coffee at Denver Bicycle Cafe and $2 weekend brunch Bloody Marys at The Hornet Restaurant.”

Travel vlogger new photoThe Budget-Friendly Destination: Portugal

Chosen by: Brian Cox of The Travel Vlogger

“Portugal has always been one of the cheapest European countries to visit, but with the euro being so low, it’s even easier on the wallet.

Lisbon is a great city with tons of history, culture, monuments, churches and squares to admire. In the north, the second-largest city of Porto is where the famous port wine comes from. In the south, you’ll find the very popular summer region, the Algarve, which is a winner for beach lovers. 

It’s great any time of year, but particularly cheap in the low season (December to March). In my experience, you can swing a trip to Portugal for about 15 percent less than what you’d spend in Spain, which is already quite cheap compared to other European countries like France or Italy.”

Dani Heinrich in Sri LankaThe Budget-Friendly Destination: Sri Lanka

Chosen by: Dani Heinrich of Globetrotter Girls

“I spent five weeks traveling around this beautiful little island in the Indian Ocean just before the main tourist season started in December. It’s one of the cheapest countries I’ve been toit’s possible to travel on $20 to $30 per day (on a shoestring), which includes food, lodging and transportation, or around $50 per day in nicer accommodations.

It boasts gorgeous beaches in the south, lots of wildlifeincluding elephants and jaguars!a charming Dutch-Portuguese colonial town of Galle and a whopping eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It also has amazingly tasty food (like a full, sit-down dinner of delicious rice and Sri Lankan curries for around $5), welcoming locals and isn’t on most people’s radar, meaning you don’t have to deal with tourist crowds.”

February 17, 2017

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