Many of us sit in our offices, or at our cubicles, pretending to work. What we’re ACTUALLY doing is planning our next vacation. Or planning to plan it.
Mostly, we’re just wishing we could afford to take a vacation. Did you know that America and Japan are the countries with the lowest rates of vacations taken? We gotta step it up!
Don’t let money be the reason you don’t enjoy life! We’ve tracked down 10 of the best beach vacation packages for those who don’t want to break the bank.
1. Zanzibar Archipelago :
Zanzibar archipelago is a cluster of unexplored islands right off the coast of Tanzania. On top of the exotic wilderness and crystal clear waters, Zanzibar’s colorful history makes it a cultural hotspot. Visit sites like Stone Town, Zanzibar’s historic capital, the Makusurani graveyard, the Dunga Ruins, and the Peace Memorial Museum.
Due to their history in the spice trade, these islands are also colloquially known as the Spice Islands. Set up a fun tour for your family to sample local spices like clove, nutmeg, black pepper, coriander, and vanilla.
Airfare to these islands can be a bit pricey, but your dollar will stretch very far once you get there.
2. Port Salut, Haiti :
Despite the hurricanes and bad press, Haiti still remains one of the most beautiful tropical locations on Earth. Due to the general reputation of the country, prices remain low and some beaches almost completely uninhabited. Imagine white sand and azure waters that stretch for miles, with hardly a soul in sight!
Whether you remain in the city, or go exploring to find new islands and buried treasure (don’t pretend you weren’t thinking about it), you’ll see exactly why Haiti was once called “The Pearl of the Caribbean.”
3. Barcelona, Spain :
When it comes to the travel European experience, Barcelona has it all! From ancient architecture to free modern art museums, open-air markets to booming nightlife, you and your family will never be bored.
The key to starting off on the right foot in any European city is with a free walking city tour. This is a great way to get to know the city and find things you want to see later on. Tapas restaurants and street vendors also allow for delicious food and drink no matter the budget.
And when all of that walking and site-seeing wears you down, Spain’s beautiful Mediterranean beaches are only a stone’s throw away.
4. Senegal, Africa :
Senegal is a beautiful African country that brings modern and traditional together in the most fascinating way. Heavily influenced by French culture, the large city of Dakar offers shopping, museums, cafes, movie theaters, and an amazing nightlife.
But don’t let the cosmopolitan Dakar fool you. The rural coast is still lined with small African villages, exotic wildlife, and miles and miles of breathtaking beaches.
5. Fiji :
Despite its reputation for being on the more (a lot more) expensive side, Fiji can actually be a prime spot for cheap holiday travel. While there are plenty of resorts to choose from, backpackers and budget travelers can fare very well by sticking to the many hostels and free beaches.
With cultural museums, hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and numerous other sites and water sports, you’re sure to leave Fiji with tons of stories for your friends and family.
6. Koh Lanta, Thailand :
Koh Lanta is a larger island in Southern Thailand, respectively split into northern and southern regions. The northern beaches have calmer waters and are more populated, while the southern beaches are more solitary and have more choppy waters.
Drive, walk or take a tuk-tuk to explore the inner wilderness and beaches, and be sure to check out the Koh Lanta National Park. Always be on the lookout to snap a photo of an elephant or two!
Prices are absurdly low, and cheap accommodations are readily available for families and couples. However, since there aren’t any cities nearby, solo travelers might run out of sights rather quickly.
7. New South Wales, Australia :
When planning a trip that you and the kids will both enjoy, nothing beats New South Wales for that warm breezy weather and friendly Australian hospitality.
If you’re looking for something new and exciting, with plenty of outdoor activities, the entire New South Wales coastline is riddled with parks that offer campsites, lodges, and a variety of other accommodations.
Choose from fishing, bike riding, scuba diving, parasailing, vineyard tours, and even whale watching. Or don’t choose and just do it all! Booking your stay at one of these amazing parks has never been easier with Ingenia Holidays. This company is always offering hot deals on parks up and down the coast.
8. Bastimentos Island, Panama :
Surrounded on all sides by crystal Caribbean waters, this island is mostly undeveloped and perfect for backpackers. Hiking the jungle is free and perfect for a chance to see monkeys, sloths, and the indigenous red frog.
A quick ferry ride to the nearly Bocas Del Toro archipelago is quick and inexpensive. These islands do have small towns and are a perfect place for young travelers to indulge in the Caribbean party scene.
9. Corfu, Greece :
Everyone daydreams about going to Greece at one time or another. Those royal blue waters and quaint villages stacked on breathtaking mountainsides call to almost everyone.
Turns out, those daydreams are spot on. The island of Corfu offers all of that and more. It can get pretty busy during the summer months, but there are many parts of the island that stay mostly uninhabited.
Explore the old Church of Saint Spyridon, the ancient ruins of Kassiopi, and the charming beach town of Paleokastritsa. The island of Corfu is a perfect place to soak in the history of Roman and Greek culture without going to busy Italy.
10. South Padre Island, Texas :
Just off the Gulf Coast, this sliver of an island has been named “spring break central” to some. Boating, surfing, diving, fishing, and tons of other water sports only scratch the surface of things to keep your family busy.
For those who aren’t visiting to soak up the party scene and water sports, the island has a rich history to explore. Visitors can choose from the Port Isabel Lighthouse, the Port Isabel Historical Museum or the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. If you can’t bring yourself to pick just one, one lump entrance fee will cover all three for the day!
Once you’ve explored the island fully, historic Galveston and bustling Houston are both a short drive away.
Beach Vacation Packages :
The world is a big place, and every corner of it has a spot with a beach vacation package perfect for you, no matter your budget.
So stop saying “one day” and find the vacation of your dreams today! Contact us with any questions, and be sure to check out our blog for more tips on successful travel.
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