It’s easy to imagine the breadth of travel opportunities for those wielding serious wads of cash and platinum frequent flier cards, those who are on a first-name basis with the hospitality manager at every Trump hotel worldwide, but the general populace who have the urge to visit a destination worthy of the term “exciting” may have tired of the biennial trips to the Smithsonian, Liberty Island or Mickey Mouse land.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a few of our favorite (fairly) exotic destinations that will stretch that greenback further. These out-of-the-way hotspots are exciting, fresh and worth sinking your money into the plane ticket getting there. Check out cheap airfare aggregator www.kayak.com if you need to get a head start in that department; you can find cheap single or double rooms in a local hostel or B&B at www.hostelworld.com, though we hear couch surfing can be just as fun.
Pint of Beer: $0.72 USD
Local Currency: Vietnamese D?ng (1 ? = $0.00005 USD)
Wrapping around a vast coastal expanse of Southeast Asia, Vietnam is a party paradise of golden beaches, biosphere reserves and national tourist areas, which act as highlight zones for what to see. While of course you can find your usual starred lodging choices, backpackers make up a large portion of the millions who visit each year, leading to a variety of pocket-friendly options. We’d suggest scoping out Nha Trang on the south coast, which is home to some of the top beaches in the country and some seriously sick scuba diving. Grab some Bird’s Nest Soup if you feel like testing out the local fare.
Pint of Beer: $1.75 USD
Local Currency: Belize Dollar (1 BZD = $0.53 USD)
Despite the fact that this Central American country is dwarfed by neighboring Mexico, and of course the States, the former British colony of Belize is ripe with natural attractions, specifically in the realms of ecotourism and Mayan ruins. Though Spanish is spoken frequently, the country’s official language is actually English, which will make it the easiest of our choices to get around in. Must-see attractions include the Great Blue Hole, a natural sinkhole set amongst the many reefs that surround the country’s shoreline, as well as the Xunantunich archeological site. The grub options are a mixture of traditional Mexican and West Caribbean — try the iguana or conch soup if you feel adventurous.......