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Southeast Asia is one of the few places where the dollar still stretches really far. And with gorgeous beaches, delicious food and completely different cultures to explore, why not take advantage of the opportunity to experience luxury accommodations on a budget? Whether you’re headed to the mountains of Thailand, the stunning ruins of Cambodia, the sunny beaches of Vietnam, or buzzing Malaysia, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few of our favorite properties that deliver the biggest bang for your buck.

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Photo courtesy of Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island

Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island

If you are aching to explore the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc, don’t miss a relaxing stay at Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island. Deluxe rooms at this property start at $153 nightly, but expect to be treated like royalty for the duration of your stay. Whether you’re in Phu Quoc to relax on the pristine beaches or to explore cascading waterfalls in the lush jungle, this is the perfect place to spend your down time. Enjoy impeccably decorated open-concept rooms offering plenty of natural light by day, and take a stroll around the professionally manicured gardens.

Photo courtesy of Novotel Danang Premier Han River

Novotel Danang Premier Han River

For a Vietnamese getaway to the coastal river town of Da Nang, check out Novotel Danang Premier Han River. Superior rooms begin at $120 per night while Standard Apartments begin at just $152 nightly. Don’t worry about being away from the islands; this resort has its own private sandy beach for you to enjoy. Visit the rich history of the area including old French colonial remnants, sanctuary ruins, the royal palace within the forbidden city, or the majestic Marble Mountains while you use this exquisite property as your Da Nang home base.

Photo courtesy of Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa

Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa

Tucked into the heart of Siem Reap, Cambodia is the luxurious Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa. Superior rooms begin at just $87 per night and Deluxe rooms begin at a nightly rate of $97, making a stay at this property a spectacular deal! Treat yourself to a rose-petal bath or relaxing massage at the on-site spa and sample some local favorites at the on-site restaurant. The locations is incredible, too: Stunning Angkor Wat temple is nearby, as well as other famous ruins such as Baphuon and Phnom Bakheng.

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Photo courtesy of Khum Phaya Resort and Spa Centara Boutique Collection

Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection

Experience the beauty of mountainous northern Thailand at the Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, located in the city of Chiang Mai. This boutique property resembles a storied temple, buried in between leafy trees and bamboo stalks. Deluxe rooms start at just $99 per night, while Villas begin at $155 nightly. Enjoy open-air dining and a fabulous outdoor pool, complete with an island in the middle of the water stocked with lounge chairs. Appreciate the classic Thai architecture and design while dozing off underneath your own relaxing canopy.

Photo courtesy of The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur Autograph Collection

The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection

For an exceptionally extravagant experience in the exciting Malaysian capital, check out The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Deluxe rooms begin at $99 per night, and Junior Suites start at just $132. Savor the intentional mix between classic and chic design that permeates the decor of this property, and take advantage of the work and leisure spaces available for guests to enjoy. Indulge in a delicious meal at the on-site restaurant with live piano accompaniment, or surround yourself with beautiful flowers at the on-site cafe. Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, this property can accommodate your needs.

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Looking for a way to have a (relatively) cheap European holiday? Think about skipping France and Italy this time around. Skip most of Western Europe, actually. Point your toes directly towards Eastern Europe, and visit Montenegro, to be exact. This small, Balkan country—which is sandwiched between Serbia, Albania, and Bosnia and Herzegovina—is everything you want in a scenic vacation. Dramatic coastlines, charming villages, historic architecture—all the elements of a quaint European getaway are there, except for one thing: Montenegro is way cheaper than more traditional European destinations. Let’s go!

Explore Kotor

When you visit Montenegro, you must stop in Kotor, the gorgeous city by the sea...specifically, the Adriatic.

Photo: Bay of Kotor | amira_a, Flickr CC

Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage town, is so beautiful you’ll be shocked you’ve never heard of itas a tourist destination. Set on the Adriatic Bay of Kotor, this stunning little city of 13,500 features classic Venetian fortifications and architecture, as well as winding medieval streets. There are multiple hostels that charge between 30-38€ per night (a steal in Europe!) and include extras such as free wi-fi and bikes available for rental. Spend a day sunning on the sand at the free, public Kotor Beach, where the turquoise water and mountain views will make you consider staying indefinitely. Later, explore the Old Town, where you can dine well for under 15€ a plate—or go for one of the crepe stands, where a savory crepe with ham and cheese can be had for under 5€.

Go church-hopping in Perast

When you visit Montenegro, don't miss the medieval-looking St. Nicholas Church in Perast!

Photo: Perast – St. Nicholas Church | Marjan Lazarevski (Montenegro), Flickr CC

Perast, a tiny town that’s a 20-min bus ride from Kotor (1.5€ each way) has only one main street. Despite this, you’ll find 16 churches to explore, as well as Venetian-style grand palazzos (some crumbling, some fully restored) to goggle at. St Nicholas’ Church is a great starting point, with its pointed bell tower soaring over the town. Get your camera ready, too—Perast is a water town featuring some unique views; everywhere you look, palm trees stand with white-capped mountains in the background, and there are two small islands in the bay just begging to be featured on your Instagram. Have dinner at the 12th-century Konoba Otok Bronza restaurant, where a mountain spring spouts from the cave-like interior, and where you can fork up fresh local seafood for less than 12€ a plate.

Spend like it’s 1959 in Podgorica

Visit Montenegro for the cheap food and beaches; stay for the gorgeous Podgorica Cathedral, pictured here.

Photo: Podgorica Cathedral | Tony Bowden, Flickr CC

Podgorica, Montenegro’s capital city of about 185,000 people, is often overlooked as a destination for travelers planning to visit Montenegro. It’s not on the coast, and the city is (gasp!) relatively untouristed. But trust us: you can live well in Podgorica for very little money. There are lots of hostels where you can pay under 27€ a night (check out Hostel Izvor, which features clean, bright rooms, an onsite nightclub and free valet parking). Plus, there are endless cafes on pedestrian-friendly streets, where you can sit and watch the locals go by. The prices? Try 1€ for coffee, pizza for 2.5€, and lots and lots of street food. Walk along the Slobode, a popular street that closes to cars at night, or cool off during the day at the (free) rocky beaches that line the Moraca River. Podgorica is it for living like an actual European in a town that hasn’t been slammed by tourism just yet—give it a try and your wallet will thank you!


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People groan about layovers, and we can’t help but wonder why. The longer the layover, the more likely it is that we’ll be able to leave the airport and explore! With the inexpensive flights we love often come lengthy layovers—and here are a few of the best layover cities in Europe for making the most of it.

London, England

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Photo: London | Pedro Szekely, Flickr

Aww, poor you! Do you have a long ol’ layover in London? Just kidding! You’re so lucky—not only is London’s Heathrow a paradise for shoppers (there’s an 11,000 sq ft Harrods inside), but you’re just a 15-minute train ride on the Heathrow Express to central London. What to do with your limited time? Take it from us: Just pick an area and start walking. London is so huge that it’s easy to get overwhelmed if you try to plan too much, but there’s so much to see and do that any direction you pick will yield some serious treasures. A good place to start is the famous St. Paul’s Cathedral; gaze in awe at its ornate golden ceilings before heading across the street to Tate Modern for a dose of contemporary art. Afterwards, you’ve earned a snack, and the place to get it is Borough Market, where the restaurants and shops are open all week and there’s a farmer’s market on the weekends. If you’ve still got some time left, grab a pint at one of the hundreds of neighborhood pubs and just watch the world go by.

Paris, France


Oui, you can take awhirlwind trip to Paris! Just a 45-minute train ride from Charles de Gaulle Airport will bring you to the massive Châtelet-Les Halles station, where you can store your luggage for a small fee and transfer to any neighborhood you like! Like London, Paris is too sprawling to try to conquer it in less than a day, so pick a single area to wander through and soak up the Parisian lifestyle. We recommend heading to Ile de la Citie, the hopelessly romantic island of Paris, which has the Notre Dame Cathedral at its tip. Drape yourself along the bridges and watch the boats slide by, then wander until you find a cafe (it won’t take long, we promise). Sit down, order a cafe creme, and weigh your options: Sunset boat tour along the Seine? Or postpone your flight indefinitely?

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Photo: Amsterdam | Moyan Brenn, Flickr

Amsterdam is a fantastic city for long layovers—you’re a 20-minute train ride from Amsterdam Central Station, where you can store your luggage, and hello: This is a seriously fun city, with an active nightlife and interesting museums. If you arrive in the evening, the infamous Red Light District is a quick walk from the station; by day, don’t miss renting a bike and pedaling along the city’s beautiful canals like the locals. Make time to stop for cafes! But keep in mind: When in Amsterdam and inneed of coffee, ask for a cafe—asking for a coffee shop will get you directions to the nearest marijuana shop. And if you only have time to see one major sight, make it the Anne Frank House, the truly moving museum that chronicles one Jewish family’s experience during the Holocaust.

Istanbul, Turkey


There’s so much shopping and dining just outside your gate in Istanbul that you may never want to leave the airport. That said, even beyond those airstrips, Istanbul is heaven for layovers. Everyone who leaves the airport has to pay a $20 visa fee, but after that, it’s simple to hop on an express bus. Once out of the airport, check it out: You’re in an ancient city, a cross between East and West, and spindly minarets puncture the skyline everywhere you look. Don’t miss sightseeing at the famous Blue Mosque, and check out the Grand Bazaar—it’s as fascinating today as it was centuries ago. Stop to have a drink of raki, Turkey’s anise-flavored national drink, and if there’s time, book a boat tour on the gorgeous Bosphorus river.

Venice, Italy

Gondolas in the canals in Venice. Surely this is the prettiest of the best layover cities.

Photo: Venice | Moyan Brenn, Flickr

If you have a lengthy layover at the Marco Polo Airport (a popular stopping point for travelers going to Asia), by all means, take the opportunity to explore Venice. From the airport, follow the signs for the water bus to central Venice, and hop on! Enjoy the sight of Venice appearing on the waterline, then exit at San Marco square for a jaw-dropping scene: Here is a majestic city plaza (once the largest in Europe!) and an ancient cathedral gorgeous enough to make you cry. Grab a gelato, take a stroll around the square, and enjoy the ambiance—pigeons rise from the crowds in startled flocks, and it seems the whole world has congregated in what was once the most powerful city in Europe and Asia. If you’re feeling posh, treat yourself to a snack at Cafe Florian, reputedly the oldest cafe in Europe, and sit surrounded by Neo-Baroque gilt mirrors and waiters in traditional tuxedos. Afterwards, take a gondola ride to see Venice as it was meant to be seen: from the water.

Madrid, Spain

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Photo: Types of Madrid | Игорь М, Flickr

A long layover in Madrid is so good we’re jealous. You can store your luggage at Madrid Barajas Airport and hop on an airport transfer shuttle to Plaza Mayor, Madrid’s bustling main square.Visit The Prado Museum for a chance to see one of the world’s finest collections of European art, but really, Madrid is entertaining just to walk through. There are so many tempting places to eat and drink (the Market of San Miguel! stop for tapas and wine at multiple bars!), and so many sites of historic significance—the Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza de Cibeles among them. Meaning all you need to do is point your feet in a direction and keep moving for an adventure.


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Take me out to the ballgame…all over the world! International baseball is a very real phenomenon, and one that’s more popular than you might think. Here are a few other cities whose passion for sunny summer days, stealing home, and curveballs would rival that of any U.S. city.

Toronto, Canada

Toronto Blue Jays

Blue Jays vs. Royals | John Tornow, Flickr CC

Yes folks, Toronto loves to play ball. Home to the only Major League Baseball team in Canada, the Toronto Blue Jays, this city obsesses over its team and has the screaming, blue-painted, beer-chugging fans to prove it. The Blue Jays play at the Rogers Centre in Toronto’s Entertainment District, right by the harbour, and no trip to this famously cultured city is complete without a day at the ballpark cheering for the Jays amid thousands of hollering Canadians. Stay at the Chelsea Hotel and walk to the ballpark.

Tokyo, Japan

A baseball game at Tokyo Dome, where international baseball fans flock to see someone steal home.

Tokyo Dome Panorama | Richie Johns, Flickr CC

This is pretty much the unofficial capital of international baseball. Boasting millions of passionate fans, baseball is so popular in Japan that, according to Japan’s National Tourism Organization, “many fans are surprised to hear that Americans also consider it their ‘national sport.’” As if! If you’re headed to Tokyo, make sure to catch a Yomiuri Giants game at Tokyo Dome, the largest Japanese baseball stadium. Set your bat and mitt down at Tokyo Dome Hotel, a 4-star hotel within walking distance of the big game.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The international baseball love stretches all the way to Santo Domingo. Here, the home team plays at Estadio Quisqueya Juan Marichal.

Baseball game in the Capital -Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Loella Medina, Flickr CC

Along with being the cultural, financial, and political heart of the Dominican Republic, this city of nearly a million people also has great nightlife, colonial architecture…and a champion baseball team. Fans go wild for players in this country, and seeing popular stars on the field at the city’s well-maintained stadium, Estadio Quisqueya Juan Marichal, will be a highlight of your trip. Drop your bags at Hotel Mercure for a great budget stay.

Seoul, South Korea

Jamsil Baseball Stadium Seoul

Jamsil Baseball Stadium inSeoul | Mink357, Flickr CC

South Korea’s ardor for baseball knows no bounds. The country is home to 10 professional teams, two of which—the Doosan Bears and LG Twins—play in Seoul at Jamsil Baseball Stadium. Get a ticket and sit among 26,000 screaming fans as they cheer on their favorite players, and afterwards, rest your head at centrally-located Boutique Hotel SB Seoul.

Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico Tigres

Recepción del equipo ‘Tigres de Quintana Roo’ | Presidencia de la República Mexicana, Flickr CC

While soccer reigns supreme in Mexico, baseball is still beloved, with ballparks dotting even small towns. The best place to see a game is at Mexico City’s stadium, Estadio Fray Nano, where the Diablos Rojos del Mexico (Mexico City Red Devils) play against their longtime rivals, the Tigres de Quintana Roo. Tickets are inexpensive, and so are Coronas and tacos at the game—what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head to Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico, a 4-star hotel in the heart of the city.

So there you have it: Next time you’re in Tokyo, head to a game, grab a beer and confuse all your Instagram followers with a selfie with some rabid Japanese baseball fans.

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Spontaneity can be fun. But when you decide to take a last-minute vacation, the struggle is real.

1. Work, bills, traffic… I need a mental vacation.

2. Oh, who am I kidding? I need an actual vacation.

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3. There’s a holiday weekend coming up. I was planning to binge-watch Netflix while eating Nutella straight from the jar, but I guess I could take a quick getaway.

4. Maybe I can find a last-minute deal online.

cheap tickets- 32 stages- looking at map-600px5. Let’s see… domestic or international? YOLO: International it is!

6. Immunizations? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

7. My passport’s expired anyway. Domestic it is!

8. Where have I always wanted to go?

9. Wait… these prices are in American dollars?

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10. What’s my budget?

11. Oh, wow. There’s actually an available flight in my price range.
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12. With three layovers each way.

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13. I don’t wanna be flexible about my travel days. I don’t wanna fly into some no-name airport.

14. I need to be realistic about this. Beggars can’t be choosers.

15. Wait, I think I remember something about last-minute flight deals on CheapTickets.

16. Score! Flight booked. Time to find a hotel. Gotta check reviews.

17. Oh, that place is nice. A pillow menu and artisinal honey? Don’t mind if I do.

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18. It’s full. Of course.

19. Why are all the hotel rooms in this town sold out?

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20. There’s a big event in town that weekend? That would’ve been nice to know before I bought plane tickets. Maybe I can stay with someone I know. I think my friend from high school lives there. I’ll look her up on Facebook.

21. Judging from her Facebook wall, she just had a baby. Probably not the best time for company. Plus, I’d have to buy a baby gift, and that would eat into my budget.

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22. Maybe I should ask a travel agent for help. You’ve gotta spend money to save money, right?

23. I just remembered: I think my cousin’s brother-in-law has a place there. I’ll ask my parents for his phone number.

24. He’s up for company! Futon, sweet futon.

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25. So it isn’t much, but at least it’s a free place to stay. Besides, I’ll spend most of the weekend sightseeing, anyway.

26. What is there to do during this time of year?

27. Rainy season? No one said anything about a rainy season.

28. Maybe I should just go back to Plan A.

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29. LAME. I can do this.

30. There’s gotta be stuff to do when it’s raining.

31. That museum exhibit looks cool. And I can catch a flick at the historic movie theater.

32. It beats binge-watching Netflix at home.

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