A trip to Ireland in 2022 is an excellent choice, especially if you’re interested in visiting the Emerald Isle for the first time. If you want to see this beautiful country, however, it’s important to keep costs low and make sure you avoid tourist traps. Here are 10 budget-friendly places to visit in 2022 that are sure to leave you awestruck and ready to return year after year!
1) New York City
Not only is New York one of America’s top tourist destinations, it’s also one of its most affordable. Hotels and public transportation are expensive, but street food can be an affordable luxury. The city offers plenty of free entertainment as well—check out Bryant Park or Washington Square Park for some free concerts. And if you want to see something big and flashy, check out Coney Island—it may not be free, but it won’t cost much more than $30 per person.
You won’t find many cities as affordable and packed with history as London, which is why London tops so many bucket lists. When you think of all there is to do, see and explore, from Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace to Big Ben and Piccadilly Circus—not to mention some of England’s best theater—it seems like such a shame not to visit.
Rome is one of those places that you should see before you die. However, while many people will say it’s worth spending $1,000 or more, you can have just as good of a time without breaking your wallet. Hotel rates average around $140 per night, but if you don’t mind being outside of Rome proper and are happy traveling by subway instead of taxi or tour bus, there are plenty of budget hotels where you can spend half that or less.
Every city has its own special charm, and Paris is no exception. A staple destination for romance, culture, and art lovers alike, it’s hard not to fall head over heels for France’s capital. If you haven’t been there yet, visit Paris between July 1st and August 15th next year. It might seem like an odd time to go—but that stretch is one of its most affordable times of year!
Europe has plenty of great travel destinations for those looking for more of an adventure, but you don’t have to fly across oceans and continents (and spend tons of money) just to make your next vacation exciting. With so many incredible cities in Europe offering everything from charming bed and breakfasts to mesmerizing history museums, there are plenty of budget-friendly places worth exploring right within your own continent—including Berlin.
6) Cairo, Egypt
Just because you’re not splashing out big bucks doesn’t mean you can’t see an awe-inspiring, once-in-lifetime site. In fact, you can see just about anywhere for less than $100. That’s what makes sites like TripAdvisor so popular: With travelers sharing their experiences and costs, anyone can prepare for a dream trip—even on a shoestring budget.
7) Santorini, Greece
Located off of Greece’s southern coast, Santorini is known for its white villas, turquoise water, and ancient sites. It may be one of Europe’s most popular destinations, but it’s also one of its cheapest—especially if you visit outside of summertime (when prices rise dramatically). If you do decide to take a trip here while also following a budget, make sure you leave room for plenty of yummy Greek food and tasty ouzo!
8) Seville, Spain
The world will be enamored by Seville for several years to come thanks to its hosting of multiple World Cup games and, most important, its hosting of four matches in next year’s UEFA Champions League Final. That’s four more than Madrid and Barcelona are getting. Seville is also home to one of Spain’s most iconic cathedrals.
9) Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Rio De Janeiro is famed for its beach resorts, which have made it a popular vacation destination among American and European travelers. But not all Rio de Janeiro vacations are created equal—some accommodations can cost up to $3,000 per night! Luckily for budget travelers, there are plenty of cheaper (but still luxurious) lodging options available that won’t break your bank account.
10) Tokyo, Japan
Visiting Tokyo is worth every penny you spend. This megalopolis has so much to offer, and it’s one of those cities where there really is something for everyone. Whether you want thrills or relaxation, food or culture—you can find it all here. And considering that Japan is known as an expensive destination, it’s pretty amazing how affordable Tokyo really is.