10 Affordable Summer Destinations To Put On Your List

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Traveling in the summer can be expensive. Hotels, Airbnbs, tours, and flight costs are inflated due to this popular travel season.

Fortunately, a ton of countries around the world are cheap to travel in even during the popular seasons, especially when you know where and how to save.  

Here is a list of 10 summer destinations to visit without spending thousands of dollars.

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1. Greece

Almost 20 million people visit Greece every year, making it a popular travel destination for history buffs and backpackers on a budget.

Greece is known for its natural beauty, but besides that, this country has one of the richest and most significant histories in the world.

The terrain of Greece varies across the country and includes mountains, beaches, valleys, and forests that spread throughout the beautiful countryside.

Related: 10 Affordable Cities To Visit In The United States

2. Guatemala

With a population of 16 million, Guatemala continues to bring in millions of tourists every year due to its diverse terrain and history.

The term Guatemala directly translates to “place of many trees,” which makes sense as this country has the most extensive protected tree reserve out of anywhere in Central America.

Guatemala packs over 30 volcanoes within the country, in addition to its many lakes and mountains.

If you’re a hiker, coffee, and cocktail lover, or into learning about the ancient Mayan civilization, Guatemala is a country you must visit.

Accommodations in Guatemala City are cheap for 5-star hotels and significantly less expensive if you get an Airbnb. You can take $40 off your first trip with my code here.

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3. Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is a hot spot for both international and U.S. visitors.

The world’s first national park, Yellowstone has unique features such as boiling mud pots and geysers that span across the park.

July is the busiest time of the year for Yellowstone, which means May, early June, and August are your best bet if you want to get a good camping spot.

There are over 12 campgrounds with 2,000 sites to choose from, but they have the possibility of filling up fast.

With over 92 trailheads to choose from that access over 1,000 miles of trails, you’ll want to bring comfortable hiking shoes and proper hiking equipment.

Yellowstone National Park will also announce when it’s having free admission days, which are usually in August.

4. Cambodia

With a population of over 13 million, millions of tourists flock to Cambodia for its untouched beaches, culture, history, and food.

Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world and a sight you cannot miss when you visit Cambodia. Another must-see temple is Bayon, which was built in the early 13th century.

The low season is during our summer month’s, mainly due to it being hot and rainy, but don’t let that stop you.

With rain comes lush greenery in an already densely green landscape in Cambodia. Accommodations will be cheap, as well as excursions.

5. Morocco

Pictured in the Pinterest photo above and the photo below, Chefchaouen in Morocco is often overlooked when it comes to summer destinations.

This city is becoming quite popular in recent years but still is rarely heard about in the travel blogging world.

The city’s powder-blue buildings are stunning both in person and in photos.

Some would be surprised to hear that Morocco has mountains that span across northwestern Africa. Jemma el-Fnaa is a large public square that is popular among tourists and locals for its markets, entertainers, and food.

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6. Porto, Portugal

In northwest Portugal stands Porto, a city famous for its bridges and port wine reduction.

One of the oldest European countries, Portugal is a hot spot for couples, solo travelers, and honeymooners, as well as popular for musicians and artists.

You must visit the Porto Cathedral, Dom Luis I Bridge, as well as the Crystal Palace Gardens.

There are so many free things to do in Porto, so make sure you leave a lot of time in this city.

Oh, and your trip will not be complete unless you go on a wine tasting tour, so be sure to do that.

June is the best time to visit, and prices can increase during July and August.

7. Cusco, Peru

In Peru, you can find restaurants that serve 5-course meals for under $7 US Dollars.

On your trip to Peru, you must also visit the Sacred Valley, Colca Canyon, Moray, Saksaywaman, and other historical destinations.

Food, accommodation, and trips are cheap, (as long as you book with Peruvian companies).

The Inca Trail is already sold out, but there are plenty of other trails to choose from.

I did the jungle trek for $200 US Dollars, which included a 4-day food and hotel trip. I cycle down the Andes mountains, went white water rafting, zip lining across mountains, swam in the hot springs, and more.

8. Colorado

There are so many cities to visit in Colorado; it’s hard just to pick one.

Though most people fly to Denver and stay there, I don’t recommend doing that.

Instead, stay in Ouray, Fruita, Crested Butte, or Durango.

There are so many other beautiful cities that are often left untouched by tourists since most popular airlines only fly to Denver. Rocky National Park is a must, as well as the Great Sand Dunes, and mountain biking in Fruita.

9. Quebec City

Quebec City is known for its breathtaking landscapes, castles, and French culture.

The best way to get around the city is on foot, so make sure to pack comfortable walking shoes. If you don’t feel like walking, the city has a Metrobus that takes tourists to historical hot spots.

Quebec is a French-speaking city and is also known for their French food stores that fill the streets.

While in Quebec City, you must see Parliament Hill, Place Royale, Grand Allee, and Basilica of Ste-Anne de Beaupre.

There’s also the Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier that you can hike, snowshoe, fish, camp, and canoe at.

Related: 11 Ways To Save Big On Flights

10. Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh is a hilly city in Scotland known for its neoclassical buildings, gardens, and castles.

While you’re in Edinburgh, you must visit Holyrood Palace, Arthur’s Seat, Royal Botanic Garden, and Princes Street Garden.

The famous Edinburgh Castle is built on top of an extinct volcano, which last erupted 350 million years ago.

August is the month of festivals in Edinburgh, which also means that tourists will be flocking to the city. If you don’t feel like dealing with the crowds and higher hotel costs, visit in June.

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So whether you’re a foodie, outdoorsy type or historical buff, the ten cities listed above will exceed your expectations and leave you with memories you’ll remember forever.

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What other cities do you recommend visiting in the summer?

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  1. With the current exchange rate, I’d certainly consider visiting Edinburgh. It’s been on my list so I guess now is the time. And thanks for the tip on Pinecone Research!

    1. You’re welcome!

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