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10 affordable luxury Summer travel destinations to add to your bucket list

Summer is here, and the world is calling out to travellers seeking the finer things in life!
But what if you’re looking for more affordable, luxe experiences? Can you still enjoy luxury travel?

Fret not! We’ve curated a list of ten breathtaking, luxury summer travel destinations that won’t break the bank. From picturesque beaches to awe-inspiring mountains and vibrant cities, these affordable gems offer experiences that will leave you with unforgettable memories. Get ready to explore, unwind, and create unforgettable memories without draining your savings.

So, grab your backpack, fasten your seatbelt, and let’s embark on a journey! Here are 10 affordable luxury Summer vacation spots.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, or the “Island of the Gods,” offers an enchanting blend of stunning landscapes, rich culture, and a vibrant spirituality scene. In other words: it’s the perfect place to find yourself.

Bali, Indonesia

The island has a reputation for luxury retreats, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it at an affordable rate. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of Bali’s pristine beaches, explore lush rice terraces, and indulge in delicious local cuisine at affordable prices. Visit the iconic temples, such as Uluwatu and Tanah Lot, or dive into the crystal-clear waters for a mesmerizing underwater adventure. Bali’s affordability, combined with its natural beauty, make it an ideal summer destination.

Prague, Czech Republic

Also known as the “City of a Hundred Spires,” Prague is a treasure trove of history, architecture, and cultural wonders.

Prague, Czech Republic

While it exudes an air of grandeur, exploring this charming European city won’t leave your wallet empty. Wander through the enchanting Old Town, stroll across the iconic Charles Bridge, and marvel at the majestic Prague Castle. Discover hidden gems like the Lennon Wall and experience the vibrant nightlife in Prague’s bustling pubs. With affordable accommodation options, delectable street food, and low-cost transportation, Prague is a perfect blend of affordable adventure and captivating charm.

Porto, Portugal

Porto is Portugal’s second-largest city, and it offers visitors a delightful mix of historic treasures, stunning architecture, and of course, delicious port wine.

Porto, Portugal

Wander through the narrow streets of the UNESCO-listed Ribeira district, visit the breathtaking Livraria Lello bookstore, and explore the colorful azulejo-adorned buildings. Don’t miss out on a cruise along the Douro River, where you can admire the city’s beauty from a different perspective. Enjoy mouthwatering local cuisine and indulge in world-class port wine tastings. Porto’s affordability, coupled with its warm hospitality, guarantees an unforgettable summer adventure.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, also fondly named the “Pearl of the Danube,” is a city that seamlessly blends history, culture, and natural beauty.

Budapest, Hungary

Known for its thermal baths, magnificent architecture, and vibrant nightlife, Budapest offers a wealth of experiences for travellers looking for more affordable adventures. Explore the magnificence of the Hungarian Parliament Building, soak in the healing waters of Széchenyi Thermal Bath, and enjoy panoramic views from Fisherman’s Bastion—all without burning a hole in your pocket. Indulge in traditional Hungarian cuisine, savor the famous chimney cakes, and immerse yourself in the city’s lively atmosphere. Budapest is an affordable, luxury destination that captivates with its charm.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Escape to the cultural hub of Northern Thailand—Chiang Mai, a paradise for travellers looking for affordable experiences.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Immerse yourself in the city’s rich heritage by exploring its numerous temples, including the majestic Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Get up close and personal with elephants at an ethical sanctuary or embark on a trek through lush jungles to hidden waterfalls. Indulge in mouthwatering street food at the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and wander through the vibrant Sunday Walking Street market. With its affordable accommodations, inexpensive transport options, and a wide range of reasonably priced activities, Chiang Mai is a must-visit summer destination.

Krakow, Poland

Krakow, a city steeped in history and enchanting architecture, is a traveler’s dream come true.

Krakow, Poland

Explore the charming Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and discover the haunting history of Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. Marvel at the stunning Wawel Castle, stroll through the lush Planty Park, and take a leisurely boat ride along the Vistula River. Indulge in traditional Polish cuisine, try the famous pierogi, and sip on a pint of locally brewed beer at an affordable price. With its affordability and rich cultural heritage, Krakow offers an unforgettable summer experience.

Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, is a hidden gem that combines ancient history, captivating architecture, and a vibrant urban culture.

Sofia, Bulgaria

Explore the impressive Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, wander through the sprawling Borisova Gradina Park, and delve into the city’s history at the National Museum of History. Don’t miss out on the mouthwatering Bulgarian cuisine and the colorful outdoor markets, where you can find local handicrafts at affordable prices. With its affordable accommodation options and low-cost transportation, Sofia provides an excellent opportunity to experience European charm.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, the gateway to the majestic Angkor Wat temple complex, offers a captivating blend of ancient wonders and vibrant culture.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Explore the awe-inspiring temples at sunrise and sunset and be transported to a bygone era. Immerse yourself in the local way of life by visiting the floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake and indulging in delicious street food at the lively night markets. With affordable guesthouses, inexpensive tuk-tuk rides, and mouthwatering Cambodian cuisine, Siem Reap ensures an affordable luxury summer adventure.

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, a city bursting with colours, aromas, and rich history, beckons travellers with its exotic charm.

Marrakech, Morocco

Lose yourself in the labyrinthine streets of the Medina, explore the magnificent Bahia Palace, and immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere of Jemaa el-Fnaa square. Indulge in delectable Moroccan cuisine, sip on fragrant mint tea, and haggle for unique treasures at the vibrant souks. With affordable accommodations in traditional riads, affordable transportation options, and a range of free or low-cost attractions, Marrakech offers an enchanting summer getaway at a reasonable price.


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Hoi An, Vietnam

Nestled on Vietnam’s central coast, Hoi An exudes charm with its ancient architecture, lantern-lit streets, and riverside setting.

Hoi An, Vietnam

Explore the UNESCO-listed Old Town, where you can admire centuries-old buildings, visit traditional workshops, and sample mouthwatering local dishes. Cycle through rice fields, take a boat trip along the Thu Bon River, or unwind on the stunning An Bang Beach. Affordable tailors and artisans offer unique shopping experiences, allowing you to take home beautiful handmade souvenirs. With its affordable accommodations, delicious street food, and warm hospitality, Hoi An promises a memorable summer adventure.

Embarking on an affordable summer adventure doesn’t mean compromising on luxury experiences. And these ten destinations offer a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and affordability.

Whether you seek beachside relaxation, captivating history, or vibrant city life, there’s something for everyone. So don’t let frugal spending hold you back from exploring the luxe side of life this summer. Pack your bags, embrace your adventurous spirit, and get ready to create lifelong memories.

The world awaits, and it’s time to embark on your affordable, luxury summer escapade!

Efrat Sagi-Ofir

Efrat Sagi-Ofir is CRO & Founder of Air Doctor. Air Doctor is a startup that connects travelers to a global network of 20,000 local medical doctors through an easy-to-use app, to receive appropriate medical care from anywhere in the world. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

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  1. Efrat you’ve got your finger on the pulse, you are bang on trend.

    I’m on my way to Budapest right now, though it’s going to take several days as I’m serenely cruising along the Danube.

    Sailing into Budapest is the way to arrive in style in this grand European city.

    1. Hi Dick,

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

      And sailing into Budapest sounds absolutely incredible. . . Enjoy your trip. :)

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  3. It used to be that I’d think about places I wanted to for my summer holiday and then book my flights.

    This year’s different. My mortgage is costing so much and everything is so expensive. I’m really going to have to think a lot more about costs than ever before.

    1. Hi Kate,

      I don’t think you’re alone here.
      But interestingly, travel spending for 2023 is at its highest to date.

      While affordability is a big concern for many travellers, they won’t think twice about paying for travel experiences.

      Maybe it’s about finding the best travel experiences that you can afford or ones that are worth the cost to you.

      PS. Thanks so much for commenting! :)

    2. There’s an interesting article out there about how it’s us baby boomers who are driving the increase in travelling spending.

      Some baby boomers postponed their retirements until after pandemic. Why retire if you can’t go anywhere? Now they’re booking back to back trips as they try to catch-up.

      Whilst other baby boomers are desperate to catch up on the travel they missed during the pandemic. They know that now’s their chance as in a few years time they might not have the health or mobility to get about.

    3. Hi Ivor,

      Absolutely! :)

      It’s great to see baby boomers embracing travel like never before. It’s a perfect opportunity for them to enjoy their retirement and explore the world.

      Thanks so much for commenting!

  4. Air fares are riding with inflation and it would be costly to get to Hoi An. Last time I visited you could live very cheaply so it’s a good call especially for a stay of 3 or 4 weeks.

    1. Hi Piers,

      Thanks for commenting. I 100% agree.

      I think much of travelling affordably also comes down to finding the cheapest tickets. :)

  5. Exactly. When you’re staying somewhere with all the natural beauty of Bali you don’t have to stay anywhere fancy.

    1. Hi Angela,

      I love this and I couldn’t agree with you more!

      Thank you for leaving a comment! :)

  6. 100% recommend Krakow. A very interesting place with loads to do and great value food and drink. Did it last summer, had a brilliant time and said we’d like to go back soon.

    1. Hi Jez,

      Thank you so much for leaving a comment.

      That sounds incredible – Krakow is definitely an up-and-coming destination. . .

  7. Personally I Porto to Lisbon, it’s on a smaller scale. My preference may also have something to do with my love of port which has developed over many decades. Is there anything better than having lunch accompanied by a white port tonica at one of the great port houses running along the banks of the River Douro?

    1. Hi Roger,

      After reading your comment, I can almost picture myself there. :)

      And I 100% agree with you – smaller cities are usually the most charming.

    2. Probably the best thing about Porto is that it’s such a brilliant place for starting to explore the River Douro.

      You can board a river cruiser, hire a car or even get a driver to give you a day’s tour.

      But now I think we’re going to be heading back to talking about port again …

    3. Hi Nancy,

      Couldn’t agree with you more!

      A driver would be ideal so we can take our fill of port!

  8. Haven’t had a sniff of hols for over a year. Too much work, too little money. I’ll take any of ’em!

    1. Hi Joe,

      Sorry to hear.
      I don’t think you’re alone here – travelling can be super costly, and it’s tricky to find the right time to be away from work and home.

      Hopefully, there’s a holiday on its way to you!

  9. What an interesting and very relevant piece. I really enjoyed reading it, probably because I’ve been to 5 of the places in the past.

    If you’ve got the time and inspiration it would be nice to have a follow-up piece. “Another 10 affordable Summer …”

    1. Hi Karen,

      That’s so great to hear – I hope I did those places justice! :)

      A follow-up would be fun!
      Travel experiences are more important to people than ever before, and being able to do it affordably (while still enjoying all those destinations in their splendour) is as important! :)

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