So the vacation season is here with us and you and your family are clueless about the best place to visit. Why not forget Disney or LEGOLAND for a second and let’s find out other breathtaking places that will not break your bank. Although places like Disney have an unlimited adventure for your kids, consider hitting the road to check out other sights because there is a whole world out there waiting for you. You owe it to yourself and your family to receive the best that life has to offer. Therefore, I have made a list of 10 summer vacation sights that your family will love to bits.
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Top 10 Pocket-Friendly Family Destinations
Dallas is often overlooked when it comes to places to visit although it is a fun-filled city with great food and very affordable accommodation. Dallas was voted the most budget-friendly destination last year. Downtown Dallas is melting pot of culture which oozes excitement. The neighboring design district has a wide variety of shopping options for home décor.
The Dallas World Aquarium is the best destination for fun times with the family. You will see exotic animal and birds in this three-storied rainforest that is privately owned. The top section has a variety of treetops and birds. The middle section has monkeys, charming sloths, and river otters. Finally, the bottom levels have underwater tanks and shark tunnels.
The heritage farmstead museum and tours in the North Texas factory are also excellent tourist attractions.
Endowed with 17000 islands you will definitely find a paradise that suits your taste, budget and travel style. Indonesia has world-class features that offer snorkeling, scuba diving and more activities that your family wants. Indonesia will make you feel at home with their locals who are very friendly.
Today, Indonesia is popular for its multicultural islands, its tropical paradise in Bali and more. In Indonesia, consider surfing in Kuta beach. Kuta beach stretches in south Bali and the sea lies on a sandbar. The waves on the beach roll gently making it a perfect beach for beginners in surfing lessons. Therefore, Kuta beach provides hourly surfing lessons for visitors. Either way, tourists can rent sponge boards and ride the waves by themselves.
The recent weakening of the euro has made Europe a must-visit destination, especially in Greece. The economy in Greece is still struggling to recover from the recession so they are craving for tourists dollars. This situation is evident as their food and accommodation prices are very low. For instance, if you’ve never stayed at a 4 star or five-star hotel you can take this opportunity in Greece. Well, in Athens you can book such a hotel for under $100.
For example, 360 degrees is a great modern hotel with a perfect view and the package comes with a buffet breakfast. Still, in Athens, you can explore the ancient treasure troves in their National Archeological Museum where important antiques found during excavations in Greece are stored. The museum has lots to see and it’s better to dedicate the entire day to this. The findings are very captivating and more space in the museum could have helped in displaying them in their full splendor.
You can take your family for a stroll around the oldest city in Europe at Knossos, Crete. Here you will get insights about the ancient Minoan Civilization that dominated the Southeastern Mediterranean 5000 years back.
If you would like to visit an exotic place buzzing with many experiences while offering great value, then Bali’s got you. You can book accommodation in the private villas that overlook stunning rice paddies that have its own private pool for approximately $150 a night. But if you want to splurge but not too much then consider Mawi which offers a high-end resort that is very much affordable compared to a luxury resort. For an outdoor adventure for the family check out the Ubud Monkey Forest where you can play with the monkeys. Ubud monkey forest is a famous attraction thanks to its cool air and its warmth as sun rays still manage to break through the forest. The monkeys are chilled and they are very adorable even if you are not a monkey lover.
Also while in Bali, consider watching the sunrise while on top of Mount Batur. To do this wake up as early as 3 AM so as to be there before sunrise. You wouldn’t want to miss out on this beautiful view that offers an opportunity to take breathtaking photos
For the water lovers and adrenaline junkies, Waterbom Bali is the place to be. Here you will experience a crazy ride where you enter a trap door that opens up beneath your feet to throw you four stories down. This activity is for those who have guts. Otherwise, if you are not up for this water slide, Waterbom Bali has a couple of other fantastic rides such as a relaxing lazy river.
Unfortunately, Cambodia is one of the low-income countries with an average personal income of $950 a year. Therefore, a flight to Cambodia will be very pricey but once you are there you will find it actually very affordable to vacation with family. Taxi, a combo bike, and food will only cost you pennies. Even the international level hotels and luxurious riverboats will have you spending much less than in other Asian countries.
Cambodia is a major tourist destination because of its scenic temples, ancient ruins, peaceful beaches and its thriving cultural heritage. However, not many people are accustomed to Cambodia’s wide range of activities for tourists. From cruising, thrilling watersport activities, bike riding through temples, swimming alongside elephants to shopping sprees, there is something in store for everyone in the family. Hence with a plethora of things to do in Cambodia, one visit here does not suffice.
Consider exploring Siem Reap’s shrines and its palaces while cycling is a common thing in Cambodia. It’s because of its relaxed atmosphere which travelers seek to maintain. For an entertaining outing, go witness the amazing Apsara dance at Phnom Penh. If you are an art and theatrics lover this performance will wow you.
6. Las Vegas
Las Vegas has a variety of activities for you to do. The flamingos flamingo habitat, the conservatory at the Bellagio, fountains and outdoor movies at the Container Park are just but a few. If you are in search of free activities take a walk in the Bellagio Conservatory that showcases flowers which have size and complexity that will leave you in awe. If you want excellent restaurants offering cheap eats, visit the Crown and anchor that serves British delicacies and fresh sushi.
Other inexpensive sights include the beautiful Clark County Museum where you can learn one or two things about the history of Nevada.
Do not leave Las Vegas without riding a Gondola at The Venetian, capture the scenic view on top of the Paris, Las Vegas and go to the Bellagio to witness the fountain show. The city still has plenty sights and activities. For instance, go out and experience the Fremont street experience or jog your memory down history lane at the Neon Museum or the Mob Museum. Also, get your feet worked up a little at the Red Rock Canyon.
If you have plenty of time, a road trip to Hoover Dam is a great way to kill time. It is a road trip you can plan in a short time.
Portugal is a pocket of cheap travel which is different for the rest of Western Europe. This is especially true when you avoid the highways and use the backroads. Vacationing in Portugal is the perfect choice particularly if you are into maritime related things. It’s because Portugal occupies 800 kilometers along the Atlantic Ocean’s coast.
Portugal has scenic landscape along with a stunning Mediterranean landscape. Since it stretches along the coast, it is endowed with stunning beaches and picturesque coves, attractive villages, and a buzzing culture in Lisbon its capital city.
If you are into islands, Portugal offers a collection of different islands for your own pleasure. For example, Madeira Island is also known as the Garden Isle as it possesses lush vegetation.
Consider taking your family to the Oceanario de Lisboa which where they can marvel at the close sight of marine life. This oceanarium dedicates itself to create awareness about the importance of conserving marine life. The aquarium bustles with a variety of creatures that will tickle your fancy considering the proximity in which you view them. The aquarium also has four distinct ecosystems that are similar to the Geographic Atlantic, Arctic, Indian and Pacific oceans.
The animals you will see here are sea otters, sharks, penguins, and rays.
8. South Africa
In South Africa, the currency exchange rate will be in your favor if you come from the Western countries. South Africa is an established tourist destination with a solid infrastructure. In Cape Town, you can use Ubers in moving around the city which is quite cheap. Hotels are pocket-friendly in contrast to the standard resorts and hotels in New York and you will have to part with $786 per night.
To indulge your adventure spirit you have to go on a safari. This activity tops the bucket list of things to do in South Africa. Get a glimpse of the Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, and elephant) moving freely around and take photos of them in their natural habitat. Visit the Kruger national park for such a memorable experience. Other animals you might see at the park include jackals, hippos, giraffes, zebras and impalas among others. During the safari tour, an expert safari guide will accompany you.
Aside from the safari, check out the Blyde River Canyon which is the third largest worldwide. Opt to drive along the route towards the canyon for a panoramic view. Along the way, you will view several scenic sights such as the Three Rondavels and Gods Window.
For the love of hiking, Table Mountain is a great destination with picturesque views of the city, landscape, and ocean as seen atop the mountain.
Europe is becoming a favorite tourist spot because of its exchange rate which is in favor of travelers from America. However, South America is known for offering great value for your money, in Chile Santiago explore its vibrant wines and food. Its hip hotels will also excite you. Santiago’s Mediterranean climate and the rain-free period between October and May make it a fantastic place to visit.
Santiago is surrounded by mountains, thus, you can get panoramic views of the city atop places like the Cerro San Cristobal. You can climb the hill by hiking or driving like the locals do.
Santiago has a plethora of shopping malls that offer more than just shopping. The malls have movie theatres, bowling arcades, restaurants, arcades and ice skating rinks that make it a great destination for family vacations.
If you are a sports fan, go see a local futbol game by the Chileans. This is the most favorite sport of Chileans which you may find to be rowdy. For a historic adventure visit the Easter Island which is more than 2000 miles away from the Chilean coast. Its accessibility is not easy but you can get there by air from Tahiti or Santiago. This isolated region has 1500-year-old volcanic rock sculptures (maoi) that are mysterious.
Vietnam’s upscale affordable hotels, cheap and amazingly healthy food make it the best budget-friendly tourist attractions in South East Asia. Accommodations here are well kept and safe for living for any budget. Consider kayaking in the emerald waters of Halong and relaxing in the ancient planes and nearby beaches.
Check out the stunning rice terraces of mu cang chai. Located in Yen Bai province in northern Vietnam nearly 300km from Hanoi Mu Cang Chai is situated at the bottom of Hoan Lien Son. To reach this site, travelers must overcome the challenging Khau Pha Pass which is a scary winding region that needs courage to conquer. Mu Cang Chai is very beautiful when visited any time throughout the year, thus, it is picturesque.