A romantic getaway doesn’t have to break the bank. A trip to Hawaii, for example, is affordable when you book in shoulder season. And admission to Hersheypark costs less than Disney.
See ancient ruins and sip Tuscan wine in Italy on an all-inclusive tour for less than you might think. Or, explore Indonesia on a Worldpackers work exchange for an enriching and cheap vacation.
1. Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico mixes European charm with exotic Caribbean islands. Its capital city, Old San Juan, is a cultural center of dazzling color and architecture. Walk down the cobblestone streets of Calle del Cristo to visit quaint restaurants, art galleries and artisan shops. Don’t miss the stunning white cathedral that was once a fire station.
Explore the Island’s 35 nature reserves which include coral reefs, bays, unique karst zones and rainforests. El Yunque, the only tropical rain forest in the National Forest System, is just an hour away from San Juan and offers breathtaking waterfalls and hikes for outdoor enthusiasts.
Food is affordable in Puerto Rico as long as you’re not picky about appearances. Pinones is a local food paradise that’s close to San Juan and has many small food kiosks that serve authentic Puerto Rican dishes for only a few bucks. Lastly, save money on activities like kayaking at the bioluminescent bays in Luquillo by visiting during the off season. That’s when prices are lowest and crowds are at their lowest. You can also rent a car for less in the winter and spring months.
Indonesia is one of the best countries for couples on a budget. It has a little bit of everything: hectic and chaotic cityscapes, stunning beaches, and violent volcanoes. There is also a large selection of inexpensive activities to choose from, making it easy for travelers on a tight budget to find things to do.
A couple can easily spend less than 30EUR a day in Indonesia, especially if they stick to backpacker-type accommodations. A night in a mixed dorm in a hostel like Bread and Jam costs $9 or $14 USD per person. A meal at a local restaurant can be had for just a few dollars or less. Hiring a driver to visit Kalibiru is another cheap way to see the stunning landscape of Indonesia.
Haggling is a part of life in Indonesia, and most prices are negotiable. A smile and a few reliable stock phrases will help your bargaining skills, but walking away is an effective tactic too. Boat trips are affordable in Indonesia, with most journeys costing less than $10USD (although longer ones or private cabins will cost more). A night on a ferry from Bali to Flores can be an awesome experience.
Whether they want to relax on a beach or explore the country’s jungles and mountains, Thailand has something for every couple. The country is divided into natural regions—the forested mountain ranges and rice fields in the north; the bustling cities of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket; and the tropical islands and long shorelines of the south.
With a low budget, couples can kick it with the locals by staying in cheap hotels and eating street food and affordable local beer. If they’re willing to spend a little more, they can score great deals on luxury hotels and treat themselves to some amazing activities.
On a moderate budget, couples can rent a long-tail boat to regard Koh Ngai’s peaceful coastline or swim in the pitch-black Emerald Cave. For an extra-special day trip, they can also go island hopping and visit Koh Mook to see its beautiful beaches, including the dazzling sands of Sivalai. They can also try their hand at Thai boxing or take a cooking class, all while spending under $10 a day! To help further stretch their budget, couples can also volunteer abroad in Thailand. International Volunteer HQ and Voluntary Solutions offer affordable volunteer abroad opportunities that include room and board in Thailand.
If you want to see the world and still come home with money in your bank account, the Philippines is a great choice. With white sand beaches, enchanting seas and mesmerizing sunsets, this tropical country is a true dream destination.
During the low season, you can stay in a cheap hotel on Boracay island for less than P1,000 a night. For a more authentic trip, stay away from the tourist crowds and head to less popular islands like Sagada or Port Barton. Here, you’ll find hidden gems that are worth every peso!
Bangkok is another one of the top overseas budget destinations for Filipinos. This vibrant city offers a variety of things to do for couples at an affordable price. From exploring the grand temples to sampling the delicious local food, this is a must-visit travel destination!
Laos is another cool travel destination for couples on a budget. Its capital, Vientiane, features beautiful structures like the Patuxai Monument, Pha That Luang and Sisaket Temple that show off its distinct culture. While staying in the city, you can also visit the serene Mekong River and the Chao Anouvong Park for free.
5. Costa Rica
Costa Rica is the best place to go for couples who want a combination of relaxing beaches and thrilling adventures. Located in Central America, it has a short flight and doesn’t leave you feeling exhausted and jet-lagged like a trip to Europe or Asia might.
The country is known for its amazing biodiversity and there are a variety of ways to see it. Take a canopy tour in the Monteverde Cloud Forest to see the forestry and unique animals in this region or visit Tortuguero, the “region of the turtles,” where you can see endangered green, leatherback, and hawksbill sea turtles nesting on 22 miles of beach.
Coffee lovers will love taking a tour of a Costa Rican coffee plantation to learn how this wonderful beverage is made and sample some. Those who prefer to relax at the beach can book a sunset cruise or catamaran sail. Those who have a little more adventure in them can go on a whitewater rafting tour or even scale a volcano. After your adventurous activities, you can relax in Arenal’s natural hot springs at Tabacon, Baldi, Ecotermales, or one of the other soaking pools.