If you're looking for a wallet-friendly getaway, skip the iconic holiday destinations and head to these spots-they are closer to home but just as good.
For Wine Connoisseurs
Instead of: Bordeaux, France
Go to: Yarra Valley, Australia
About an hour’s drive from Melbourne is Yarra Valley, one of Australia’s leading wine-producing regions. Visit famous wineries such as the family-owned De Bortoli Wines, or take a stroll through the Yarra Ranges National Park and soak up the beautiful scenery.
Instead of: Santorini, Greece
Go to: Cha-Am, Thailand
Cha-Am’s Santorini Park is a miniature version of the famous Greek island, complete with classic white buildings and cobblestone paths. You can shop, indulge in seafood, or just chill out on the beach. Must-try activities are jet-skiing and banana-boat riding.
For Snow Bunnies
Instead of: The Alps, Switzerland
Go to: Hokkaido, Japan
Hokkaido is a land of unspoilt natural beauty and boasts wildlife, greenery, and picturesque mountains. Lovers of the outdoors can head to Sapporo Teine, a ski resort with a wide variety of ski trails, and Lake Shikotsu, part of the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, for a relaxing canoe ride.
For Theme Park Fans
Instead of: Orlando, Florida
Go to: Hong Kong
Visit Hong Kong Disneyland and enjoy thrilling rides, live entertainment and family-friendly activities. Then, head to Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong, or climb up Mount Muk Yue for sweeping views of the city.
For Beach Lovers
Instead of: Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Go to: Maldives
The Maldives is not as expensive as you might think. Visit Maafushi, one of its roughly 1,200 islands, that has reasonably priced guest houses. Surrounded by clear waters, white-sand beaches and coral reefs, it’s the perfect place to snorkel, get a tan and catch the sunset.
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