Escape to These 5 Affordable Destinations

With the new year in full swing, us travelers are looking beyond the initial New Years resolutions and straight towards what travel year is all about: where to go next. While the bucket list of destinations is forever long, luckily there are some new budding hot spots, making this year an exciting time to hop on a plane and explore new territory, even on a budget. Check out these five under the radar destinations that remain affordable, untouched and perfect to discover in the new year.

Check out these five under the radar destinations that remain affordable, untouched and perfect to discover in the new year.



1. Albania

Experience the colors and flavors of the Mediterranean for a fraction of the price of neighboring Greece. Since Albania celebrated the end of communism in 1991, it has been slow to rise as a tourist destination, which makes the beaches unspoiled, prices still fair and towns where times stood still. As word is quickly getting out about this forgotten gem, 2015 is a great year to mark Albania off your bucket list.

Church in Albania, Chicdarling Travel blog

2. Sri Lanka

Since the end of the 25 year Civil War in 2009, Sri Lanka’s tourism industry has experienced a quick revival. Like a less-developed SE Asia, Sri Lanka has that off-path charm – think roaming elephants in the street, tropical beach towns and rusty sunsets that are so symbolic of this region. Tourism is sure to grow quickly here, so now is the time to go and experience this island in its unchanged beauty.

Beach in Sir Lanka

3. Belgrade, Serbia

This Balkan town is one of the most lively cities in Europe. It’s charming cobblestone streets are matched with an outspoken, gritty energy and wild nightlife. Belgrade is quickly establishing itself as a capitol city full of character, paving way for a bright future ahead.

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4. Portugal

One of our favourite places in Europe! Nestled along the Iberian peninsula, Portugal remains one of the most underrated countries in Western Europe. Luckily, the cost of living still reflects that. Step back in time to Medieval castles, beach-side surf towns, streets made of mosaic and slow-paced coastal cities boasting an old world charm.

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5. Nicaragua

If you’re looking for a place to linger, stretch your legs and stay for awhile, Nicaragua is an ideal destination. Tourism in Nicaragua is picking up as it’s becoming a popular destination with young travelers for its safety, affordability and rich culture. Experience this central American location known for its passion, poetry and lush landscapes.

A new year is bound to bring a wanderlust revival for those far-off lands.

What country tops your must-see list for this year?

Any plans to make it happen?




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