Top 10 Best-Value Holiday Destinations For 2020

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If you’ve been to Bali one too many times and Hawaii just doesn’t thrill you like it used to, Lonely Planet have released their Top 10 Best Value Holiday Destinations for 2020 and let me tell you, it’s an exciting list for adventurous families. Start packing your bags!

1. East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

First up is the idyllic island hideaway of East Nusa Tenggarra. This tropical paradise is the southernmost tip of Indonesia and is nowhere near as crowded as nearby Bali. Expect jungle-green oases, white-sandy beaches, hidden traditional villages and plenty of colourful snorkelling that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. And don't miss an opportunity to visit the lizards at neighbouring Komodo National Park.

2. Budapest, Hungary

A treasure trove of architecture and history, Budapest in Central Europe is a cheap holiday destination for wallet-friendly exploration, quintessential culture and plenty of delicious cuisines. While this gorgeous city might scream high-class, there are tonnes of free things to do and accommodation and food costs aren’t as high as you’d imagine. 

3. Madhya Pradesh, India

Take the family far off the beaten track for a relatively inexpensive safari in Madhya Pradesh. With plenty of wildlife reserves on offer in this exotic central India location, Madhya Pradesh is known for offering much cheaper safari holidays than Africa.

4. Buffalo, NY, USA

Take advantage of Buffalo’s growing budget air routes and visit the thriving American east coast. Aside from being a relatively cheap destination to fly to, Buffalo has a thriving arts and museum scene with the soon-to-be-opened interactive children’s museum, Explore & More, a particular draw for travelling families. Plus, the epic Niagara Falls are only 30 minutes from Buffalo. 

5. Azerbaijan

One of the most unique travel destinations, Baku in the former Soviet state of Azerbaijan is toted as being London, Paris and Rome all rolled into one. Judging by the amount of money you can spend and the high level of accommodation, food and experiences you’ll receive, you can really make your travel funds stretch in Baku. 

6. Serbia

Another cheap European destination, Serbia is in the heart of the Balkans and is still a relatively untouched travel destination, which would account for it’s reasonably priced offerings. Wineries, festivals, café culture, outdoor adventures and more are on the itinerary in Serbia.  

7. Tunisia

An endless range of beach holidays is on offer in North Africa’s Tunisia. With the glorious Mediterranean coast to one side and the arid Saharan Desert to the other, Tunisia offers a glorious juxtaposition that’ll make for a truly unforgettable holiday. 

8. Cape Winelands, South Africa

If a flight to Europe is a bit too far for your family, South Africa’s location and friendly exchange rate makes it the ideal cheap holiday destination for families. Located at the southernmost tip of South Africa, Cape Town and the Cape Winelands offer world-class safaris, rolling vineyards, and some of the most delicious cuisines in the world.

9. Athens, Greece

One of Europe’s most exciting outdoor museums, Athens offers historical city exploration at an extremely reasonable price – some museums are free! The relaxed atmosphere of Athens is another of its drawcards, so families can while away a day of exciting exploration and delicious dining at extremely reasonable prices.

10. Zanzibar, Tanzania

Another African destination you can visit on the cheap, Zanzibar in Tanzania offers some of the best beaches in the world. Delicious cuisines in multicultural cafes come cheap and family accommodation certainly won’t break the bank in this unique destination.

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