Summer Holiday Destinations That Won’t Break The Bank
Summer holidays are often one of the more expensive times of year to get away, but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to enjoy some warm summer sun. We delved into our pricing data and looked at trends across 130,000 global destinations to share affordable summer holiday options in the likes of Europe, the United States, Asia and Latin America for those looking for a perfect summer holiday without a hefty price tag.*
Cordoba, in Andalusia, is not only known for its gastronomy and stunning architecture but also for its hot climate. In August prices are 50% more affordable than the most expensive month.
Where to stay: Set in a charming 18th-century manor, the Apartamentos Casa del Aceite is only a short walk away from local landmarks including the Jewish Quarter. The apartment's modern kitchen is perfect for preparing meals to enjoy on the balcony, along with the free bottle of wine the owner will give you to welcome you to the city.
Patong Beach, Thailand
Patong Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Phuket, full of bars, clubs and restaurants for a fun night out in the evening and an extensive list of water sports to try during the day. Patong Beach is 49% more affordable in June in comparison with the most expensive month.
Where to stay: Amari Phuket is a one minute walk from the beach and offers spectacular views of the emerald waters. The property boasts two outdoor pools and a luxurious spa for a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle of the town. You can also benefit from the two onsite restaurants serving Italian and seafood cuisine, along with a bar offering delicious cocktails and an extensive list of wines.
New Orleans, USA
New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz music and where Mardi Gras is famously celebrated, is also home to a range of districts overflowing with art, music, shopping, restaurants, history and architecture. You'll never be short of things to do and see. New Orleans is 48% more affordable to stay in August compared to the most expensive month, but it’s also a great time to take advantage of the city’s Museum Month, as well as music festivals like the Satchmo Summerfest.
Where to stay: Maison Perrier Bed and Breakfast is located in the uptown district of New Orleans, a stone’s throw away from Magazine Street and Rink Shopping Centre. You can enjoy homemade cookies and brownies throughout the day, and a home-cooked breakfast every morning. The owners will go out of their way to make your stay perfect and have endless recommendations of local places to eat and drink in the area.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, famous for its steakhouses, architecture and Tango dancing, is 27% more affordable in February when compared to the most expensive month. The city offers a vibrant holiday with an array of landmarks and sites to discover.
Where to stay: Lina’s Tango Guesthouse is the perfect destination for both relaxing and socialising, located in the bohemian San Telmo district. A homemade breakfast is included in your stay, which you can enjoy in the outdoor seating area. If you really want to immerse yourself in the local culture, then make sure to book a Tango lesson!
Salvador is the capital of Brazil’s north-eastern state of Bahia and is 29% more affordable to stay in December when compared with the most expensive month, making it an even more appealing holiday destination. Salvador has something for everyone as it’s home to gorgeous coastlines, eclectic cuisine, and the biggest carnival in the world.
Where to stay: Farol Barra Flat is one of our bestsellers in Salvador. The apartments are a short walk to the beach and close to the local landmark of Barra’s Lighthouse. The apartments contain a kitchenette and a dining area for homemade meals, or if you fancy sampling some Brazilian cuisine, there is also an in-house restaurant that serves local dishes.
Gold Coast, Australia
The Gold Coast is mostly known as the surfing capital of Australia, but with its long sandy beaches, array of theme parks and long sunny days, there’s something for everyone. The Gold Coast is 34% more affordable to stay in February than when compared with the most expensive month, so an even better excuse to visit and soak up some rays.
Where to stay: AVANI Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences is a 10-minute walk from the beach and with a varierty of bars and restaurants scattered along the beach side, you’ll never be short of things to do. The apartments have BBQ and kitchen facilities for making meals in your home away from home. There is also an outdoor pool to dip in and unwind when you’re not surfing the epic waves or exploring the bustling streets of the Gold Coast.
*This affordable summer holiday pricing data was calculated as the most affordable month within each hemisphere’s respective summer, as compared to the most expensive month of the year. For the Southern Hemisphere the summer months are set to December, January and February, while for the Northern Hemisphere it was set from June to July. Only 4-star accommodations were taken into account.