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4 Of The Best-Value Destinations For Aussie Travellers

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There’s no denying that good travel costs a pretty penny, but it’s nice to know that your dollar is working for you when it comes to planning an overseas holiday.

We’ve pinpointed four countries where Aussie travellers can make their wanderlust dreams a reality – without breaking the bank.

#1 Sri Lanka

 

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There’s no need to spend big to live big on a trip to Sri Lanka. This island nation is home to palm-fringed beaches, cheap and amazingly flavourful food (just prepare yourself for a spice hit), and an abundance of wildlife.

On a trip here, you can climb the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya, surf at Arugam Bay, visit the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya and even go on a safari in Yala National Park. And that’s just the beginning.

In the country’s capital of Colombo you can take a private street food tour for just $20 or half day tour of the city for $10. Day trips from Colombo the cultural capital of Kandy (home to famous Temple of the Tooth) lead in at a cruisy $28, while a full day tour to Sigiriya will only set you back $18.

Eating out is ridiculously cheap, with casual restaurant meals costing as little as a few dollars, and street food is even cheaper. When it comes to accommodation, budget hotels in the capital are as low as $20 per night, while a hostel can be less than $10 a night.

You can book your flights to Colombo with Qantas and Sri Lankan Airlines, flying via Singapore and making your journey seamless.


#2 Bulgaria

 

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If you want to experience Europe without blowing the budget, Bulgaria is the answer. The chilled-out Balkan country is regularly voted as the cheapest holiday destination in Europe.

This country is easy on both the wallet and the eyes, with golden, sandy beaches, rugged mountain ranges and cosmopolitan cities.

If you’re after a bang-for-your-buck beach holiday on Bulgaria’s beautiful Black Sea coastline, book a stay at the resort towns of Sunny Beach or Golden Sands, where you can score a hotel room from as little as $20 per night.

It’s also worth checking out the capital Sofia, one of Europe’s oldest cities, where you will uncover charming architecture and a buzzing nightlife. Take a three-hour cultural tour of the city for $18 or take a day trip to some of the beautiful surrounding lakes and mountains from as little as $50. You can easily have a meal out for under $10 per person and beers are about a $1.50 a pop.

Travelling to Europe has never been easier with Qantas’ non-stop flight from Perth to London. Plus, Qantas partners with British Airways to get you to European cities like Sofia.


#3 Vietnam

 

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It’s no secret why Vietnam is one of the fastest growing holiday destinations. During your time in the country you must experience the UNESCO landmark of Halong Bay, where limestone mountains topped with rainforests rise from the emerald waters of the bay.

And it’s not the country’s only natural wonder. Consider a visit to Quang Binh province where you will find the world’s biggest cave (you can even camp inside, if you’re game).

Vietnam’s cities are well-worth experiencing, too, like the ancient Hoi An, which is filled with beautiful historic sights, and bustling Ho Chi Minh for its food and nightlife. Ho Chi Minh is also an ideal place to take a day trip to the incredible Cu Chi Tunnels or Mekong Delta.

A half-day tour to the tunnels begins at $35 and full day tours to the Mekong Delta can be booked for as little as $40.

Beer is less than $1, you can buy delicious Vietnamese food from as little as a few Aussie dollars, and budget hotel beds begin from as little as $10.

Qantas flies to Singapore, with Jetstar connections to key cities in Vietnam, like Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang, or Hanoi.


#4 Bolivia

 

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Not only is Bolivia one of South America’s cheapest and safest countries, it also has some mind-blowing bucket-list items. Be blown away by the otherworldly salt flats of Salar de Uyuni or go flamingo-spotting in the blood-red waters of Laguna Colorada.

Make sure you visit La Paz, which is known as “the city in the sky” for the fact that it’s the highest capital city in the world, sitting 3500m above sea level. Here, you can go high above the bustling streets on a cable car tour for $11, a walking tour for as low as $4, or feast on Bolivian food during a three-hour culinary tour of the city for just $32.

Expect to pay around $25 for a clean, no frills hotel or $10 for a bed in a hostel. Another option is to stay at a family run Alojamientos (bed-and-breakfast-style accommodation). These tend to range from $20 to $40 a night for a private double room and are a nice way to connect with locals.

Eating out is also budget-friendly. Stick to local eateries if you want a meal for $5 or so. Drinks are very affordable, with a litre bottle of beer costing 3 Aussie dollars. Flights to South America will be the only costly part of your trip.

Qantas partners with Latam Airlines, making your journey from major Australian cities to Bolivian capital La Paz as smooth as possible.

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Check out Qantas’ handy interactive flight map, where you can filter your options by budget, and start planning your next adventure.