Winter is here, unless you are in an Arab country or Australia, where you have summers going on. Planning to do something adventurous this winter, but your budget is not allowing you? No need to worry, I know plane tickets can be a bit expensive and even if you do get to the place, with less budget you won’t be able to enjoy the way you planned to. Here I have listed down countries which are not always highlighted as a tourist place, but you would be missing out a lot in life if you don’t pay them a visit. With the budget restriction in mind, these are the places that are easily affordable and you will get the most out of your trip too. So here is the list of 10 countries you can visit for under $700.
10. Czech Republic – $498
Czech Republic is one of the most beautiful countries of Europe. Having a capital with so much history, Prague is known for its beautiful architecture, castles, and most importantly the famous Charles Bridge. Then there is Moravian Karst, which is a 92km long cave and inside that cave there is a world famous underground natural pool. The pool is 138m deep and is known as Macocha Abyss, if you visit Czech Republic this is definitely something not to miss. Going to Europe in winters, how can you not go for skiing? Špindlerův Mlýn is one of most famous Ski resort in all of Europe, the place offers a lot more than skiing, including water sports, hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing trails. Wild water canoeing is also common on the Labe River.
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9. Panama – $280
Panama is quite a famous place now with that entire Panama paper incident, but Panama offers a lot more than offshore companies. The capital itself is a very beautiful structured place, with all the architecture and designing insight, it’s hard to look away without complimenting. Bastimentos Island is a very beautiful island in the Panama district, an island where you can get all the peace, and natural closure. If you are looking for adventure Soberanía National Park is the right place for you. The park is 55,000 acres wide and consists of more than 500 species of birds and animals.
8. Bolivia – $507
Bolivia is a South American, close to Brazil. The country is not much highlighted as a tourist spot, but there are places there that you don’t want to miss out seeing. Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, nearly 11,000 sq-km land of bright white salt. Then there is Isla del Sol is a Bolivian island in Lake Titicaca, which is special for 2 things, one is the hypnotizing natural beauty of the place, and the second one is a staircase, which is present inside the island, remains of ruined palace, known as Escalera del Inca. It is believed that those who walk on this staircase, would have prolonged youth.
7. Mali – $700
It might be weird to see an African country on this list which is not Egypt or South Africa. Mali is a Central African country with a lot of history in it. Firstly there is Bandiagara Escarpment is an escarpment in Mali, which has a 500 meter sandstone cliff and it is around 400 years old. Then there is Djenné-Djenno which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Niger River Valley. The place is believed to be a colony between 250 B.C. to 900 A.D. Last but not least, Mount Hombori is a mountain in Mali’s Mopti Region, which is 1,153 meters high and is the highest peak in central Africa.
6. Bulgaria – $525
Bulgaria is known as the foot of Europe, connecting Turkey with Europe. This country is full of surprise, it just needs to be highlighted for the tourists. Borovets is a town on the northern slopes of Bulgaria’s Rila Mountains. It’s the gateway to numerous skiing and snowboard activities on Rila National Park’s craggy Musala Ridge. Then there are the famous Seven Rila Lakes, which are a group of glacial lakes, situated 2100-2500 meters above sea level. Your visit to Bulgaria is not complete if you don’t go to the Vitosha. Vitosha is an ancient Scombrus, a mountain massif, on the outskirts of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.
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5. Colombia – $289
Colombia is a country at the northern peak of South America. Its land is covered by rainforests, Andes Mountains and numerous coffee plantations. Colombia is best known for its coffee and cigars. The great San Andrés Island is located in Colombia; it’s an island in the Caribbean Sea, off the coast of Nicaragua. It’s known for its coral reefs, reggae music, and obviously GTA. Another place worth a visit is, The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, which an underground Roman Catholic Church. It was built within the tunnels of a salt mine 200 metres underground in a halite mountain near the town of Zipaquirá
4. Tunisia – $657
Africa is the land where nature, wildlife and people connect. Tunisia is an African country bordering the Mediterranean Sea and Sahara Desert, rich with history and natural beauty. Port El Kantaoui in Tunisia is the tourist center of the country. The artificial port has a lot of attractive nearby, and there are proper arrangements for tourists to take them there. Then there is The Bardo National Museum, located in the capital Tunis. It is a very important and famous museum, second largest in Africa with respect to the richness and collection. The museum was built in 1888. Then finally there is The Al-Zaytuna Mosque, which is the oldest and the largest mosque in Tunisia, covering 5,000 square meters. The mosque is also the first and the greatest Islamic university of all time, and it was built in 116 Hijri (734 AD).
3. Indonesia – $422
Indonesia is a Southeast Asian country, which is actually a combination of thousands of volcanic islands. The country is very rich is culture and history. Though it is a Muslim country, but before this the country was a big Buddhist community, therefore it consists of many old temples. Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, which was built back in the 9th-century. The temple demonstrates the Indian influence of the region. There is another Buddhist temple in Indonesia worth visiting, it’s known as Pura Tanah Lot. Tanah Lot is a rock formation near Bali which is a leads to an ancient Hindu pilgrimage temple Pura Tanah Lot. It is a popular tourist site and cultural icon for photography.
2. Maldives – $656
The Maldives is a country in the Indian Ocean. The country is composed of 1,000+ coral islands. It is mainly famous for its beaches. Firstly there is The Malé Old Friday Mosque which is worth visiting; it is one of the oldest mosques of the country, built in 1656. The specialty of the Mosque is that it is made by coral stone. Then there is Meeru Island, which is surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and long stretches of white, sandy beach. It is definitely a place where you can forget all your stress, lay down, and just relax while feeling the closure with nature. Then finally there is Rangali which is an island in Alif Dhaal Atoll, Maldives. This Island is recommended honeymoon spot. The island also consists of the famous Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort. The resort has been voted twice as the best hotel in the world.
1. Pakistan – $637
Pakistan in the world has an image of being a terrorist state, but the truth is that it is all media’s game play. The country has been a victim of terrorism for many years. Pakistan themselves were never linked to creating or hosting terrorist groups. Due to these rumors, which have gotten strong in the past few years, people miss out a lot of nature’s beauty that resides in Pakistan. Pakistan is known as Heaven on Earth because of its natural beauty and rich culture. The Badshahi Mosque in Lahore is a place to visit; it is a Mughal era mosque built in 1670’s by the Emperor Aurangzeb. The mosque itself is a symbol of peace and harmony in the nation. Then there is Lake Saiful Muluk which is a mountainous lake located at the northern area of Pakistan. The beauty of the lake is hard to be considered real.