According to Lonely Planet, Arizona (pictured above) is a great choice if you want a real bargain in the USA. It’s an outdoor averages 325 days of sunshine a year. For those who like to rough it, there’s good camping facilities too. adventurer’s dream with amazing national parks and good quality but inexpensive roadside motels to stay in. Be sure to check into one with a pool, you might need it during the warmer months, particularly as Arizona. Add to this an incredible array of restaurants with a real Mexican flavour, and a visit to this state could be the great American road trip you’ve always dreamt of. Head to visittheusa.com.au/state/arizona.
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
According to finder.com.au, for the third year running we’re seeing the Argentine peso falling – making Buenos Aires a prime destination for those that like a bargain. Explore the jacaranda-lined streets of Recoleta, and check out works by Van Gogh and Toulouse Lautrec at the free National Museum of Fine Arts of Argentina. Eat by the water in the La Boca area or hip Palermo – but save room for the dulce de leche ice-cream! Air New Zealand and LATAM fly to Argentina. turismo.buenosaires.gob.ar/en.
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
Holiday website Wotif recently examined the best upcoming summer deals at more than 300 destinations and found that Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam was one of the top destinations to book airfares in advance. Not only that, once you’re there it’s super inexpensive. Think hearty pho soups for less than AU$5, and bargains galore at the huge Ben Thanh Market. Visit the extraordinary War Remnants Museum and finish the day at a rooftop bar with a bottle of beer for just over AU$1. Cheers to that! https://vietnam.travel/home
AND THE MOST EXPENSIVE...
According to the Mercer annual Cost Of Living Survey, Hong Kong is the most expensive city, but it’s still possible to have a bargain holiday. It just takes a bit of planning. Look for hole-in-the-wall eateries with lines outside, you’ll know the food is good and they often come cheap – after all, this is the city that has the ‘world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant’, Tim Ho Wan. There’s night markets to peruse, free Wednesdays at museums, and you can explore one of the many beaches for free! Hotels like the very central Novotel Nathan Road Kowloon offer modern comfort for less, averaging around $170 a night. novotel.com; discoverhongkong.com.