The holiday season is here. While Christmas is just around the corner, New Year is fast approaching. While backpackers, families and couples need to be busy planning their twelve vacation days, there are approximately 2 million unemployed Americans whose unemployment benefits will end this month. In fact, the whole world is still affected by the economic downturn.
When London, Paris, Switzerland or New York seem to be running out of budget, cheap vacation spots come to the rescue. From Jamaican beaches in the Caribbean to Christian holy lands, there are a number of exotic places to choose from for those looking for a cheap holiday this weekend. Here is a list of the 8 cheapest Christmas holiday destinations.
Beach vacation in Negril, Jamaica
With a coastline stretching up to seven miles, Negril is a beach resort town located in the Caribbean Sea, the Jamaican island nation. Cheap accommodations, food, drinks and shopping are the reason why this place has gained popularity among students. There are lots of places for vacation homes, which are actually vacation rentals, much cheaper than hotels. In fact, many travel magazines around the world rank Negril beaches in the list of ten cheapest beach resorts. Indulge in snorkeling, swimming, beach recreation and wave waves, or simply enjoy your beach party at a restaurant with beer and wine in Negril. Popular Negril hotels are White Sand and Rockhouse with rates as low as $ 75 per night.
Red Sea Holidays in Egypt
Gulf of Nemo at the Egyptian Red Sea Resort in Sharm el-Sheikh; REUTERS / Aladin Abdel NabyBe Outside the Pyramids of Giza Egypt has many places to discover. Places such as Ain El Sokhna, Dahab, Madinat Makadi, Marsa Alam, Safaga, Taba, Sharm El Sheikh offer travelers the unique beauty of the Red Sea, Mountains, Coral Reefs and Aquatic Life – quite unusual to imagine holiday planning in the sun, sand and mummy land. Egypt quickly chooses the cheapest holiday destinations among travelers. There are many cheap cruises around the Nile during the holiday season.
Hungary, which does not have access to the Central European country, offers one of the cheapest holidays in Europe. With cheaper trains, cheap geese compared to other parts of Europe and cheaper high-quality wines, the cost of food and drink will definitely fall on the Hungarian holidays. Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe near Siofok, is a must in Hungary. If history interests you, discover the capital city of Budapest, with its many heritage sites. One of the best Christmas markets in Europe on Vorosmatry Square is also held in Budapest. If you are looking for some warmth in winter, we recommend Miskolctapolca, a cave typical of the Hungarian tourism experience. An average day's holiday in Hungary would cost about $ 60 worth of holidays.
Situated on the edge of the Western Sahara Desert and on the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, Morocco offers some of the cheapest budget hotels in North Africa. Rail transport is also very cheap compared to Europe. Morocco is one of the cheapest destinations to take a dessert safari in the Sahara, discover Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa, and wander through some of the country's ancient medinas (wall towns).
A common border with Hungary and a coastline with the Black Sea, Romania offers historic vacations with monuments and castles. However, the extensive country scenery also makes it a must-see place for skiing, hiking and adventure-filled trails. Valea Prahovei and Poiana Brasov are popular winter destinations. Hotels are not that cheap, but cheaper than the rest of Europe. It is advisable to travel by bus or train as taxis here are more expensive. An average one-day stay in Romania would cost $ 100 for a holiday.
The Czech Republic's most famous tourist center is yet another seaside capital of Europe, Prague. In addition, there are spa towns, mountain retreats, many castles and many other places known for bohemian culture. Museums, heritage sites, historical centers and ancient cities in the Czech Republic are the best on budget travel. Group tickets on the train and on the bus are cheaper. Enjoy Prague nightlife to the full with low pub rates. What else? Beer is a national drink and is cheaper than water.
One of the most affordable countries to spend a day on valuable travel for as much as $ 30, Thailand has a whole host of activities ranging from beach Pattaya, shopping in Bangkok to elephant trips to Surin, golden temples, historic sites and more.
The Holy Land of Bethlehem
What could be a better Christmas holiday than the birthplace of Jesus? Bethlehem, a Palestinian city, is mainly visited during the holidays, when tourists built the Church of the Nativity where Christ was born, according to the Bible's new covenant. Bethlehem, about 10 kilometers from Jerusalem in Israel, offers cheap taxi services. With an average spend of $ 100 per day, Bethlehem is also a good base for discovering the Old World, a world heritage site, in Jerusalem as well. Recently, Israel and Palestine agreed to move tourists before the holiday season, adding the value of the trip.