El Dorado, Arkansas or Florence, Alabama, might not be on your radar—yet—but affordable small towns like these are gaining attention nationwide and with good reason: They offer budget-friendly real estate, plenty of cultural activities that are kind to your wallet, and superb access to nature and outdoor recreation. Read on to find your ideal spot for affordable living in the South.
After years of dreaming, I spotted some cheap flights to Tanzania, snapped them up within minutes, and began to plan my getaway to the Spice Island.
The first thing to surprise me was that Zanzibar was cheap. Stone Town, especially, was easy to check out on a budget. Typically, when you head to a touristy-honeymoony-UNESCOy paradise like Zanzibar, you’ll find yourself getting ripped off over anything and everything, but I found the island to be pretty affordable, from my $11-a-night hostel to my $2 street food snacks each evening.
Copenhagen has a widespread reputation for being an expensive city to visit. Accommodation rates are higher here than anywhere we’ve been in Europe yet, a meal at a nice restaurant might set you back your first-born, and don’t even get me started on the shopping! That being said, there are still many ways to visit the city without blowing your budget or settling for hostels and street food.
Perhaps you’ve wanted to just book a flight to some random, far away beautiful place, because, why not; but your bank account was more like, “Mmmm…how about you take a stroll to the park instead?” Trust me, I’ve been there, felt that. Given that, I am absolutely one of those people that lets price dictate my travels instead of the destination. I LIVE for a good deal! A $69 flight to the Islands of Vanuatu? Never heard of it, but sign me up!
With a little planning, it would be more than easy to spend the best part of a day in Hong Kong without spending a cent, assuming you have a big breakfast and take a bottle of water along with you. A stroll along the harbor front in either Tsim Sha Tsui or Central won’t cost a penny. Assuming it’s a Wednesday, admission to the Hong Kong Museum of History is free all day long.