PHOTO: Travel experts recommend Mexico City as an affordable destination this spring. (Photo via Flickr/Lul_plquee)
Perhaps you’re looking to get away this spring, but your budget isn’t quite bursting at the seams. That’s okay. You really do not need a lot of money to have a great vacation.
The best low-budget places to travel this spring depend on what your budget really is and how far you want to travel.
“Japan is one of the world's great destinations, and there's no better time to visit Japan than springtime,” said Greg Geronemus, the co-CEO of smarTours. “The cherry blossoms are simply spectacular and the pleasant mild temperatures appeal to just about anyone.”
Geronemus said that Japan has become significantly more affordable in recent years with the US dollar surging against the Japanese yen. “With the exchange rate expected to maintain this level for quite some time, I expect springtime in Japan to continue to attract more and more American travelers,” said Geronemus.
Vacationers shouldn’t rule out Europe just because their money is tight. As a matter of fact, Geronemus said that France is an affordable option.
“This may seem counterintuitive given the recent tragic events, but the appeal of springtime in France is simply too strong to be ignored,” he said. “I believe that France will prove much more resilient than expected and that many travelers will consider a trip to France in spring 2016 as a sign of solidarity and support. And in the spring times that follow, the appeal of France's lush gardens beginning to bloom and cafes sprawling into the streets will be impossible to pass up. His company offers a 10-day tour of Paris, Normandy the Loire Valley for $2,399.
For international travel between March 20 and June 21 the official dates of spring, there are plenty of affordable roundtrip flights from the United States to international destinations.
“We have flights available for a cheap spring escape to Europe,” said Danielle Dougan, public relations manager of StudentUniverse. “The cheapest destination cities are Madrid, Zurich, Paris, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Stockholm Milan and Dublin. The cheapest destinations in Latin America are San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Mexico City, Monterrey and Cancun, Mexico. For Asia and the Middle East, the cheapest destination are Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.”
James Berglie of Be All Inclusive recommends the Dominican Republic as an affordable travel destination this spring.
“It has amazing beaches, a wide selection of resorts and regularly prices out with some of the cheapest options for travelers from the US,” he said.
Hope Nardini agrees about the Dominican Republic. She wrote about it for the Top 10 International Travel Destinations in the World for Money Crashers.
"The Dominican Republic is an attractive budget travel destination for baseball fans and sun tanners alike,” she wrote. “Santo Domingo, the capital city, was named a UNESCO World Heritage site because there are still colonial elements from Christopher Columbus’s arrival in 1492. The island comes alive during Carnaval Dominicano in February and Semana Santa in April. The Dominican Republic is home to a wide range of lodging options to fit any budget, from luxury resorts to affordable hostels. Although it’s not the cheapest country in the region, there is a good mix of sun, safety, and affordability.”
If you’re looking to get away and stay in brand new resorts, Margie Lenau, owner of Wonderland Family Vacations. suggests traveling to Mexico.
“New resorts are being built and the quality far exceeds the cost, compared to many other countries,” said Lenau,
Finding deals, planning ahead and working with a travel agent can also help to save money and make your low-budget vacation possible.