The objective is to highlight budget travel destinations that are somewhat off-the-beaten-path. They don’t necessarily need to be cheap destinations, but they ought to be areas where you can vacation without breaking the bank. That might be a country where Australians have strong buying power or a location that is far away but offers fantastic value in terms of experience.
Province of Laguna, the Philippines
If you have a few days stopover in Manila, I would suggest a visit to the Province of Laguna. The province has hot springs and San Pablo City, which is also known as the City of Seven Lakes. My favourite lakes to see are Pandin Lake and Yambo Lake. Most of these attractions are easily accessed by car leasing or taking the local public transport known as a tricycle, which costs less than $10.
I might be biased, but if you reside in the Province of Laguna, consider yourself blessed! You get to experience and enjoy the fresh air, the terrific structures, terrific delicacies and warmth of the people in the province.
The Balkan Peninsula
Croatia is the most popular Balkan country and can be expensive, so I’d recommend beginning a trip around the Balkan Peninsula in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. From there you may cross the border and travel by bus to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
I spent five days in Montenegro this past year, and I felt like it wasn’t enough. Other fun activities include paragliding and diving. The best part is that each of these activities is far cheaper compared to other European cities.