The new year means it’s time to start planning your next romantic trip for you and your boo-thang but you might find yourself struggling with the reality that your bank balance just doesn’t quite allow for that Kardashian style holiday to Turks and Caicos. And that’s OK. As we’ve previously reported, many couples are actually willing to sacrifice a number of things, like home improvements or even new cars, to afford that once-in-a-lifetime overseas getaway with their significant other. So, to help, Fast Cover has compiled a list of the best cheap overseas holidays you can go on this winter.
Bali is the number one spot on our list of the best cheap overseas holidays you can take this winter – it’s just under a five-hour flight from Australia and boasts stunning beaches, incredible food, world class shopping and plenty of fun activities including yoga, surfing, snorkelling, horse riding and spa treatments. If you’re not a fan of water sports, then don’t worry, you can also enjoy the many palaces, museums and public gardens in this bustling tropical paradise.
Another popular option is South Africa which offers a beautiful blend of wild natural beauty, vibrant culture and thrilling wildlife encounters. It’s one of the cheapest destinations in the world thanks to low airfares and prices that remain reasonable once you arrive. The average cost of a three or four-star hotel is $150 per night, meals cost less than $50 a head and bungy jumping is only about $100 and up.
If you’re looking for a little more adventure, then consider visiting Peru where you can see the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and enjoy the country’s amazing biodiversity while hiking or kayaking through the Amazon rainforest. It’s a bit more expensive to fly into the capital of Lima, but once you’re there you can stay at hostels and budget hotels for under $50 a night.
You can also take a long boat ride to Phi Phi Island in Thailand, a favourite destination for Australians. A return plane ticket from Sydney to Bangkok will only set you back about $5000 AUD and it’s easy to get to from most major cities in Australia. It’s an ideal place to relax on the beach, explore the beautiful coral reef, visit the famous Maya ruins or simply enjoy the many bars, restaurants and shops in this fascinating and culturally diverse city.
If you’re looking to visit a European destination, then look no further than Albania. It’s an up-and-coming tourist hotspot that’s a little off the beaten track for most travellers but it’s affordable and offers everything from incredible street food to mountains, beaches and history. And, with a round-trip airfare from Melbourne starting at $258 and the average per-night spend at about $160 a night, it’s an excellent cheap overseas holiday option.