2018 is just around the corner. Recently we have been posting a lot of material from our wedding in Bora Bora and our honeymoon around French Polynesia, so we wanted to put out a blog that highlights some destinations that won’t break the bank. With a strong US Dollar, there are loads of cheap romantic destinations to travel to in 2018. We will highlight some of our favorites:
You remember in the movie Euro Trip when they go to Bratislava and the butler of the hotel quits to start his own hotel because he got a 5 cent coin as a tip? Well, Bratislava isn’t THAT cheap. We truly wish it was because the city is absolutely gorgeous and vibrant with color and culture. To be fair, Euro Trip was released in 2004 and Slovakia didn’t officially adopt the Euro as its currency until 2009. Being that Slovakia is financially backed by the EU, prices are a bit more inflated that one would think. However, it is still an incredibly affordable place to travel (especially for Americans, Ausies, and others from Western Europe).
The city has charm, especially when walking through the colorful streets or gazing over the city from the castle. Read more about how to plan a weekend in Bratislava.
Virtually anywhere you go in South America will be affordable if you’re from the Northern Hemisphere. The exchange rates are wonderfully favorable for Americans, so you can expect to enjoy affordable accommodation, cheap (and delicious) food, and activities that won’t break the bank.
Cuzco is a charming town. It truly is romantic, beautiful, and cultural all at the same time. Be adventurous and try their local delicacy: alpaca. It sounds strange, but it is no different than a steak (except more lean and delicious).
We seriously can’t overemphasize how much we love Prague. Few cities around the world have both the low cost of living and beauty of Prague. The architecture is unlike anywhere in the world, and it is perfectly complemented by the natural beauty of the surrounding hillside and the Vltava River running through the heart of the city. Food is cheap. Beer is cheaper.
Laos is on this list for 2 reasons: it is naturally beautiful and it is dirt cheap for westerners. We personally didn’t fall in love with Luang Prabang, but the Kuang Si Falls are at least worth making the trip. You can swim in the waterfall with your partner and enjoy the natural beauty of Laos on the cheap.
If you haven’t caught the trend yet, traveling east in Europe is a good idea for traveling on a budget. Eastern Europe is littered with towns that have charm, yet won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Budapest is one of the best examples of romantic eastern European cities. We love the city so much that we included it in our top places to visit in 2017.
Here are 5 things to do in Budapest.
Elephants, temples, friendly locals, and delicious food are reasons why Chiang Mai is on this list. Thailand has been a haven for affordable travel for decades, and that isn’t changing in 2018. Chiang Mai will toward the top of Asia’s most visited destinations in 2018.
Be sure to visit the Elephant Nature Park and check out our Thailand Travel Guide for more travel tips.
Croatia doesn’t particularly qualify as eastern Europe, but Croatia has gone through similar struggles of many eastern countries (modern wars, economic challenges, and a struggle for boarders). All of this, with the addition of Croatia being on the kuna (not the euro) make for an affordable and romantic destination.
Plitvice Lakes is one of the most naturally gorgeous places we have ever been – bar none. The place simply doesn’t look real. Rather than belabor the point about how beautiful it is, check out our Croatia travel guide.
If you’re not aware of our love for Bali, then let us welcome you to Couple’s Coordinates. It is completely unlikely that you’re a regular reader and haven’t seen some of our content about Bali. We spent 2 months living in Bali in 2015 and see it as a 2nd home. Everything about Bali is magical. Everyone will become your best friend and will help you with anything you need. The Balinese are one of the most open and hospitable cultures we have ever encountered, and their devotion to their religion and their fellow mankind make tourists feel immediately connected and at home.
Oh, and Bali is CHEAP. Bali might be the most affordable AND most romantic destination that we have put on this list so far. In preparation for your trip, check out our Bali travel guide.
This one might have just become a bit more challenging for Americans with the Trump travel ban. For some reason, our president is on a vendetta to make international travel more challenging and frustrating.
We had the opportunity to visit Cuba in January when the travel gates were open and we had a once in a lifetime experience. You’ll need to research before your trip. We usually wing trips and just go with the flow, but Cuba is one place that you want to plan before visiting. Here are 10 things you need to know before visiting Cuba.