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10 Affordable Dream Vacations Under $1,000

If you haven’t decided on your next travel plans yet, it’s not too late to snap up a good offer if presented with one! You might be excited to fly to a sunnier country for a beach trip, or you might want to embark on that European trip you’ve always dreamed of.

Whatever it is, there are many places in all the corners of the globe that will fit your tastes AND your budget! And don’t worry about those low-cost flights, nor think too much about those all-inclusive hotels. There are ways to travel cheap, you just have to know the deals! Here are 10 vacations where you could safely travel with only $1,000:

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Paris, France 

There are winter flights from San Francisco or New York City to Paris for less than $350 round-trip on Priceline. If you want to save money when you choose your accommodations, you can opt for a hostel dorm room and pay only $20 per person/night, or if you want some privacy, go for an Airbnb room in someone’s home for a similar rate.

You might enjoy the latter option, as it’s a great chance to meet locals and get to know more about the culture and the city! When it comes to eating, it’s enough to pick up a baguette, a slab of brie, charcuterie meats, and a bottle of inexpensive local wine.

While Japan isn’t on the top list of choices for many people when it comes to affordable vacations, it’s possible to find incredibly cheap flights there from the West Coast. In fact, you could pay less than $500 round-trip on sites like JustFly (but you have to avoid the spring and fall high seasons if you want to catch the lower fares).

When it comes to accommodation, if you’re not uncomfortable with the thought of a capsule hotel, which are hostel-like facilities with tiny private rooms, you could easily get away with only $50/night. And (this is the best part) if you’re a fan of sushi or ramen, I’ll gladly let you know that eating in Japan is extremely cheap!

If you’re dreaming of a quiet vacation, you should take a trip to Finland, as this is the country that has “silence, please” as one of its main slogans! In mid-September, flights from New York to Helsinki are quite cheap, as you can find tickets for only $320. But if the cold has never bothered you, you’ll find even cheaper tickets in January.

This country is famous for its natural attractions and healthy lifestyle, so if you like their philosophy, it’s worth visiting! You can find campgrounds around the country where you can spend the night for less than $30 a night, and when it comes to food, we definitely recommend trying their buffets!

Portugal vacation

Portugal is one of the most affordable countries in Europe. If you want to keep your vacation under $1,000, you should remember that the most affordable time to visit this country is outside of its high summer season. And don’t worry, the weather will be just as great in spring and fall!

There are lots of free attractions that are worth your time, including churches. Plus, most of the museums in the country are free on Sundays, all you have to do is check in advance.

You can easily use Portuguese transportation options, as it’s extremely efficient and budget-friendly. Or, if you feel adventurous, you should try renting a bike!

Puerto Morelos, Mexico

If you want to visit this destination, you’ll be glad to know that a round-trip during fall from Houston to Cancun is less than $180, which is an incredibly affordable price. Once you arrive there, visit Velas Condos for accommodations for two that start around $60/night, or try Posada Amor for only $43/night.

You’ll be a short walking distance from the world’s greatest diving sites, so make sure you pack your snorkeling equipment or rent one for only $8. And if you really want to catch that local vibe, ditch those touristy restaurants for places where locals go to eat and enjoy full meals of tacos, burritos, and pizzas for less than $10.

Los Angeles, California

Don’t be so quick to jump to conclusions, as Los Angeles can be an affordable destination if you know what to look for! The famous City of Angels has an official list of 100 free things to do in L.A., and many of those are truly rich cultural experiences, like the Broad, The California Science Center, and the Griffith Observatory.

If you’re looking for more touristy things, you will certainly enjoy the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Finding affordable round-trip flights from NYC to LAX for less than $270 isn’t impossible either! Also, you can pair that with a two-night stay at properties like Westin Los Angeles Airport and the Westin Pasadena.

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West Virginia

If you’re hunting for great vacations under $1,000, then you should definitely visit West Virginia. You can book two nights at a resort called Adventures on the Gorge, and get the opportunity to go on Class IV rafting rapids while you’re on an all-inclusive vacation. All for less than $600.

And when we say all, we mean all: meals, half-day of stand-up paddleboarding, a zip-line canopy adventure, and a full day or rafting Lower New River’s wild rapids. You can also find cheap flights with American Airlines, and fly from Washington Dulles to Charleston, West Virginia, for only $340. It will be worth your time and money!

I know you’ve probably re-checked to see if you’re still on the “under $1,000” article. But yes, Hawaii is an option that fits this category. A round-trip flight from LAX to Honolulu costs as little as $350. If you’re worried that you won’t find budget-friendly accommodation, don’t worry! You’ll find high-quality hotels in Honolulu, for only $109 a night.

As an alternative, you can also find great deals at Aston at Maui Banyan, for only $170 per night, where you have access to a swimmable beach, two pools, a tennis court, and guest rooms. Both of these hotels offer top-notch Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, so keep an eye out for them, because you can get up to 30 percent off the properties deals!

If you’re looking for vacation deals under $1,000 you shouldn’t hesitate to look for cruises. There are so many ocean journeys that will fit this budget, especially if you’re a close distance from the embarkation port. You can find Caribbean sailings from Fort Lauderdale that start at only $299 per person, but also autumn trips to Canada and New England from New York City for only $537 per person.

The most important thing is that these prices include ALL meals, fancy beverages, and a wide range of entertainment from theater shows to Zumba classes. If you want to go solo, you can go on a cruise and pay only $675, a price that includes: meals (and when we say meals, we mean lobster dinner-kind-of meals), daily happy hours, and many other advantages.

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A volunteer vacation

If you’re a warm person, then you’d probably smile at the idea of going on a vacation while volunteering for a noble cause! If it fits your style, just visit International Volunteer HQ, a volunteer organization that has improved the lives of more than 100,000 travelers, helping them travel to over 50 places all over the globe, like Colombia, Croatia, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, Fiji, and Nepal.

International Volunteer HQ’s journeys start at only $180 for a full week, with everything included. In exchange, you can teach to kindergarten, take care of children and animals, or do some construction work. All the participants have their weekends free to explore the countries they are visiting.

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Out of all her experiences, she was super impressed by the Southern hospitality and cuisine in our country. And although she has European roots, the moment she stepped onto American soil, it was love at first sight, LITERALLY.

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What kind of vacation can a family of four or five plan for just a grand? We tackled the $1,000 question and discovered that families on a limited budget can, in fact, embark on fun and fantastic vacations without shelling out thousands of dollars and delving into the kids’ college fund. Below are five budget- and kid-friendly resorts where families can enjoy affordable weekend getaways or weeklong summer escapes.

We’ve factored in meals, accommodations and activities to reach that $1,000 limit, however, transportation is up to you. But don’t worry — each resort is within reasonable driving distance of several major metropolitan areas, so getting there should be a cinch.

Great Wolf Lodge

In the Midwest: A Long Weekend at Great Wolf Lodge, Wisconsin Dells

What’s There : Great Wolf Lodge is a family-friendly resort set in Wisconsin Dells, the famed “Water Park Capital of the World,” where onsite activities are wonderfully abundant. There are five restaurants on the property, plus an indoor water park, a kids’ spa, a MagiQuest play area, a kids’ day camp, an arcade and an ever-changing schedule of daily organized activities. And since the lodge offers affordable packages that bundle breakfast, digs and activities for one flat discounted price, a family can easily wile away a long weekend at the resort without breaking the bank.

Getting There : Wisconsin Dells is roughly a four-hour drive from Chicago, a four-hour drive from Cedar Rapids, and a four-hour drive from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

The Bottom Line : Great Wolf Lodge offers a meal-inclusive plan, which saves families 40 percent on meals at onsite restaurants. Rates are cheapest during colder months, but, as Great Wolf Lodge’s water park is indoors, it’s a fantastic year-round destination. Rates include free water park passes, story time, a Clock Tower Show, the Wolf Walk and some additional activities.

Tyler Place Family Resort

In New England: A Long Weekend at The Tyler Place Family Resort, Vermont

What’s There : The Tyler Place Family Resort is a Family Vacation Critic Favorite, which means we’ve stayed there and determined that the property is an excellent choice for traveling kids and parents. The resort is nestled within 165 acres of lush woods in Highgate Springs, Vermont. The family-friendly amenities offered here are impressive. Affordable all-inclusive rates cover everything from kids’ clubs to activities.

Getting There : From Boston, the Tyler Place Family Resort is about a four-hour drive, and it’s about a 6.5-hour from New York City. Closer cities include Portland, Maine (a five-hour drive) and Montreal (about an hour away).

The Bottom Line : You can take advantage of the lowest rates by traveling in the spring, from mid-May to mid-June, and in September. Prices are all-inclusive. What’s covered? Let’s see — there are three meals a day, a private cottage with separate bedrooms for children, kids’ programs, activities (everything from yoga to arts and crafts to ice cream socials) and evening entertainments (think dance parties!). Rates start at $132 per adult, per night and $100 per child, ages 2.5 to 10th grade, bringing a two-night stay to under $1,000 for a family of four or a hint over $1,000 for a three-night stay.

Pelican Shores Inn in Oregon

In the Pacific Northwest: Four Nights at Pelican Shores Inn on the Oregon Coast

What’s There : Pelican Shores Inn is an intimate oceanfront property that features spacious multi-room suites for affordable prices. All-inclusive rates aren’t available here, and you won’t find an array of organized family activities onsite. But for families seeking a quiet beach vacation, the inn is an excellent choice, offering private access to the ocean, kitchens where parents can cook up budget-friendly meals and free breakfast.

Getting There : The resort is about a five-hour drive from Seattle and a two-hour drive from Portland.

The Bottom Line : Fireplace Suites sleep four comfortably, and have separate bedroom and living spaces and a small kitchen. Stop at the grocery store to stock up and cook your own lunches and dinners in the suite’s kitchen to save money. And there will be plenty of free things to do during your stay. Your family can enjoy free, direct access to the beach and an onsite heated pool.

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In the Southeast: A Week at Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge, Florida

What’s There : Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge is our pick for an affordable Florida Keys family vacation. Completely free activities abound: There’s a playground, shuffleboard courts, a game room and miles of hiking trails. Spend your mornings fishing or snorkeling in the ocean, and enjoy free evening movies in the property’s rec room. Camping sites and RV hook-ups are available, but affordable lodge accommodations are available here as well.

Getting There : Big Pine Key is about a 40-minute drive from Key West, and a three-hour drive from Fort Lauderdale.

The Bottom Line : A family of four can stay for $169 per night in a roomy loft suite, which has a kitchen with a two burner stove, a loft with a bed, a trundle bed and a day bed, and an additional downstairs bed (the loft room sleeps up to six). Stay for a week and your total comes to about $1,064. Your food costs will probably bring your total to slightly more than a grand, but there’s no need to spend much money on activities at Big Pine. Save even more by packing a cooler and bringing groceries from home.

Residence Inn in La Jolla, California

In California: Three Nights at Residence Inn San Diego La Jolla

What’s There : San Diego is a family vacation hotspot, offering proximity to Sea World, LEGOLAND, the San Diego Zoo and heaps of beautiful beaches in one easy trip. Our pick for budget- and kid-friendly accommodations in the San Diego area? Head to Residence Inn San Diego La Jolla , which is located just 2 miles from La Jolla Shores Beach. The property has spacious suites featuring full kitchens and separate bedrooms, which are perfect for families of four or more.

Getting There : Residence Inn San Diego La Jolla is about two hours south of Los Angeles.

The Bottom Line : For $239 per night during the week in the spring, you can snag a pretty spacious suite in which a family of four will feel quite comfortable. The $239-a-night family bi-level suite includes two bedrooms (one with a queen bed and one with two queen beds), a sofa bed and a full kitchen with a dishwasher. A three-night stay with tax, plus the cost of parking ($18 per day), comes to roughly $975, leaving a few dollars for a trip to the grocery store — so you can use that kitchen, naturally. A free daily breakfast is included in the rates.

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How I'd Spend $1,000 On A 7-Day Trip In Europe

A vacation to Europe doesn't have to be a pipe dream due to the price of travel. There are many options for a budget-friendly trip under $1,000.

  • Travel to Europe for under $1,000 by booking off-peak flights and staying in affordable hostels like St. Christopher's Inn in Paris.
  • Use budget-friendly activities like hiking, exploring parks, visiting museums, and dining at affordable cafes to make the most of your trip.
  • Websites like Trusted House Sitters and MindMyHouse offer house-sitting opportunities to reduce accommodation costs during your European vacation.

There are a million reasons why you should travel to Europe, and the last thing you should do is let the cost be a hindrance. There are many ways in which you can explore the countries of Europe for less than $1,000. Whether you are a solo traveler looking for a safe destination , a couple wanting to explore the various regions, or a family wanting a quick getaway, there are many options available.

One of the best travel hacking tricks when visiting another country is to look at off-peak times. Going to Europe during the shoulder season can greatly reduce your out-of-pocket expenses. What other ways can you cut costs? We list several options below that can help you achieve the vacation of your dreams.

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We'd pick an inexpensive flight, there are many areas of europe that you can get to for cheap.

Many people have uncovered the secrets to finding the most inexpensive flights for their vacations. The various travel hacks in existence make it easier to afford big-ticket trips. For those who find travel hacking intimidating or don't have time to learn the ins and outs of the trade, discount travel sites like Kayak can be beneficial. Many people are able to secure round-trip flights on Kayak from New York City to Paris for under $400!

It's important to keep in mind that most airfare costs don't include a checked bag. Additionally, many budget airlines don't allow a true carry-on bag either. Instead, you will be limited to a personal item (backpack) unless you pay an additional fee.

Our Next Step Would Be Finding Accommodations

The most economical option is a hostel, but there are other options as well.

Before deciding where you will lay your head at night, you need to settle on how many days you will be traveling on your trip. There are many European cities you can thoroughly explore in just two days if you are limited on time. If we choose for our destination in Europe to be France, using the $400 quoted fare above, that leaves us with just $600 left in our budget for accommodations, food, and activities.

St. Christopher's Inn is located in Paris and can often be booked for around $22 per night. While the accommodations have limited private room options, if you are traveling with family you may be able to book an entire dorm for yourselves. Solo travelers can also feel safe in gender-designated dormitories and married companies can bunk up in a co-ed room with other travelers.

If you want to reduce your cost even more, you can investigate options available during your trip for house-sitting or pet-sitting. By providing a service for homeowners, you can stay in their house for free during your vacation.

Platforms like Trusted House Sitters and MindMyHouse coordinate house swap opportunities for homeowners and travelers.

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Finally, we would fill our itinerary with fun activities, looking through a budget-friendly lens, we would add many exciting adventures to our schedule.

For our hypothetical trip, we are purchasing a $400 round-trip ticket from New York City to Paris. We will also be staying for six nights at St. Christopher's Inn. Therefore, our current expenses sit at $532.

Food costs will need to be factored in based on group size, as one person will eat decidedly less than a couple or family. St. Christopher's also offers a discount at their in-house restaurant, Belushi's.

Paris isn't the cheapest of the cities to visit, but it is possible to exist on about $200 for eating for a week for a couple, and definitely for a solo traveler. With a mix of grocery store purchases, street vendors, and modest cafés, you can get the Parisian food experience on a budget. St. Christopher's is also central to the metro system, making transportation costs low.

If those expenses come out to $750, you still have some wiggle room for attractions and events. If you have a love for hiking, there are many European mountain towns that are perfect for the activity and provide a low-cost form of entertainment.

You should also make sure to visit the Louvre for around $22, take in the Eiffel Tower (free to see, $20 for tour), relax on a river cruise (around $20), and visit the many parks around the city.

A $1,000 budget can take you far when planning a European trip, especially if you take it during the shoulder season. Not only can you see all the prominent landmarks, but you can also indulge in French cuisine and even have room for a bit of shopping during your time in Paris.

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5 Amazing Tropical Vacations Under $2,000

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Seen one too many social media influencers island-hopping in the Caribbean? Have an abundance of friends jetting off to timeshares in Playa del Carmen? The tropical vacation is an aspiration for many, though the common belief is that it's an unattainable goal filled with thousand-dollar-a-night hotel rooms and equally eye-watering price tags for food and drink. We are here to bust that myth.

For starters, set up flight alerts across airfare sites and apps like Airfarewatchdog, TripAdvisor, Kayak, Google Flights, Hipmunk, and Hopper. Google Flights and Kayak offer global explore features that allow you to see flight prices to destinations around the world for a given set of dates. You'll also want to steer clear of notoriously pricey destinations like Hawaii, French Polynesia, and the Maldives. Everything from food to hotel rates in these areas can be prohibitive. Instead, opt for Southeast Asia, Mexico, and Central America. You'll also need to manage expectations: Luxe overwater bungalows with private butlers, or villas with sea-view infinity pools, aren't budget-conscious options. However, if what you're seeking is sun, surf, and easy vibes, there are plenty of choices for you. Read on for five incredible tropical vacations for $2,000 or less.

Editor's Note: All prices listed are for a single traveler.

1. Central and Southern Vietnam

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While Thailand gets the lion’s share of tourist attention in Southeast Asia, Vietnam can be a better option in many ways. It feels less overtly touristy than much of Thailand, has a mix of cultural and indulgent escapes, and — best of all — is inexpensive once you’re on the ground.

The biggest investment of this trip will be the flight. You can fly into Hanoi or Saigon for $600 to $700, if you opt for China’s notorious domestic carriers. Even upgrading to an airline like Cathay Pacific can still mean round-trip fares from most major U.S. cities for under $900.

Vietnam is steamy everywhere during the summer months, but the south stays warm year-round. With that in mind, fly into Saigon ( Ho Chi Minh City ) and kick around this cosmopolitan metropolis for a few days. You can easily score a nice budget hotel room in Districts 1 or 3 for less than $50 per night. Then, take a domestic flight to Phu Quoc Island (around $60 round-trip, at the time of publishing). There, post up in one of the many low-key properties that sit quietly among palm trees, shops, and restaurants, all within an easy walk of the beach.

Other beachy alternatives include the coastline between Hue and Hoi An (Lang Co and Canh Duong, in particular), as well as Nha Trang . The former puts you in relative proximity to two of Vietnam’s most culturally rich cities while remaining blissfully tranquil, and the latter is more appropriate for partiers. Alternatively, the beaches of Mui Ne are a spectacle in their own right, with otherworldly sand dunes and a low-key vibe.

Food and transport around Vietnam is also cheap. If you stick to casual eateries and street food, don’t expect to shell out more than a couple of dollars per meal. Beers and drinks come in at less than a dollar each. Long-haul buses shouldn’t cost more than $10 or so each way, and domestic flights will rarely be more than $50 to $100. If you budget right, a flight to Vietnam, food, and lodging might not top $1,600, leaving plenty of cash to spare.

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2. Oaxaca, Mexico

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Mexico is home to thousands of miles of coastline and that extends well beyond the Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, and Puerto Vallarta. If you’re looking for low-key vibes, stunning stretches of sand, beautiful sunsets, and tasty food, coastal Oaxaca awaits.

We recommend flying into Huatulco or Puerto Escondido. Round-trip airfare to these towns from most major U.S. airports will be well below $600 (depending on the season). Once you’ve landed, grab a cab and head to the string of beach-bum towns that line the coast — Mazunte, San Agustinillo, and Zipolite, for example. Here, the beaches are backed by rugged mountains and palm trees, and tourists slowly meander barefoot in and out of cafes and bars. Those cafes and bars aren’t always cheap, though, and each of these towns has its share of high-end foodie joints. However, if you stick to the more casual dining options, lunch and dinner won’t cost more than $5 or $10 per person. You can also eat cheaply right on the beach, as vendors crisscross the sand, selling everything from Oaxacan roasted peanuts to tamales for the equivalent of a dollar or two.

If you’re willing to stay in a bare-bones hotel, options are available for around $20 per night. Meanwhile, properties with more amenities will cost approximately $100 to $150 per night. You’ll also need to budget around $50 for taxi fare to and from the airports.

If you really want to get your money’s worth, head up to Punta Cometa at sunset. The hike is gorgeous and the view of the Oaxacan coast from the southernmost point in the state is nothing short of spectacular. All in, you could spend a week on the coast of Oaxaca for as little as $1,000 — that is, if you opt for budget digs, fill up on street food and at casual cantinas, and time your flights right.

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3. Angkor Wat and Cambodia

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Angkor Wat is one of the world’s most famous destinations and figures high on many travelers’ bucket lists. It also happens to be shrouded amid Cambodia’s jungles, making it fit the criteria for a tropical getaway. For around $40, you can snag a park pass and visit the various temples for three days. You’ll also have to budget for the on-arrival visa ($30). Keep in mind that when here, U.S. dollars are widely accepted (and often required, though you’ll be given change in Cambodian riel).

Make your first home base in Siem Reap, the town that’s about a 15- to 20-minute drive south of the Angkor temples. Here, the spread of hotels varies widely, but even high-end properties won’t cost more than $100 a night. Save some money and opt for one of the lower-frills options (you’ll be spending hardly any time in your room, after all). If you’re content with simple amenities like TV, air-conditioning, and an en-suite wet-room bathroom, you can easily pay under $20 per night. For $40 or so, your hotel will likely set you up with a tuk-tuk to get around for the day, and you can rent a bike to reach the temples on your second day ($10 for the day). In order to view the sunrise at Angkor Wat on your third day, hire a tuk-tuk through your hotel again for around $10 to $15.

There are tons of shops, bakeries, and cafes in town that make passing the time all the more enjoyable in the evening. Pub Street is the rowdy hub for backpackers and those looking to party. After a few days in and around Siem Reap, start exploring the rest of the country. Phnom Penh , the nation’s capital, is a fascinating city that’s home to reminders of Cambodia’s not-so-distant dark history. The bus ride there costs around $15. Alternatively, head to Battambang by boat or bus and catch a glimpse of Cambodia’s colonial-era past through the crumbling architecture all around town. There are also floating towns near Siem Reap that are worth a day trip.

Depending on your timing and your willingness to endure long layovers, you can spend anywhere from $800 to $1,200 getting to Cambodia. Ten nights in a budget hotel shouldn’t cost more than $200, leaving you with $600 to $1,000 to get around within the country — and that’s plenty of money in wallet-friendly Cambodia.

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4. Costa Rica

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While Costa Rica doesn’t offer the same bargain as many of its neighbors when it comes to travel, it’s still much more affordable than the world’s most famous luxury tropical destinations. Of course, honeymooners can splurge here, as the country is home to lots of ultra-premium resorts. But if the kind of escape you’re seeking is more bohemian, Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast and jungle interior is packed with eco-lodges, hostels, and guesthouses for budget-conscious travelers.

While it’s certainly possible to combine visits to Arenal — the nation’s most famous volcano — and the beach, you’ll be spending a lot of time on the road. Still, many people bundle both in one trip, and there are plenty of travel forums for budget-conscious vacationers looking to split the cost of cab fare to get around the country. Alternatively, rent a car for around $300 for the week.

The Arenal area is best for outdoorsy types. Here, you can hike to the region’s famous waterfall, relax in hot springs, and explore cave systems. Of course, the views of Arenal are a major draw as well. If you want tropical beaches, head to the country’s south-central coast, around Manuel Antonio . There, you’ll get exactly the kind of jungle-fringed beaches you’ve dreamt about.

Flights to San Jose from most major U.S. cities can be had for under $500 throughout most of the year. You can find hotels for $40 to $60 per night in both locations, leaving plenty of room in your budget for food, drinks, and adventures like zip-lining over the course of a week-long trip.

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5. Goa, India

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From its constant sensory overload to its wealth of cultural riches, India must be seen to be believed. However, there’s one thing the country is not known for: pristine beaches. In fact, it’s rare to find a beach that feels properly lounge-worthy (due to a mixture of cultural norms, pollution, and infrastructure). And while Kerala and Karnataka have lately been winning over some beach-going tourists, it’s still Goa that offers India’s prettiest beaches and its most convincingly tropical slice of paradise.

Goa is one of India’s tiniest states, but within its borders, you’ll find a variety of vacation options. To the north are the wilder towns that draw backpackers and partiers in droves. If that’s your speed, head to Vagator, Anjuna, and Baga, where nightclubs, full moon parties, and raves are the name of the game. Craving something quieter? Palolem, in the state’s extreme south, is a perfect crescent of sand that’s almost swallowed by palm trees and flanked by craggy hills. Here, your no-frills beach hut is only steps from the sand (or right on it).

Like in Vietnam and Cambodia, the majority of your travel budget here will go toward the flight and transportation. A flight from New York City to Goa’s main airport can cost well over $1,000. You’ll save money by flying into hubs like Mumbai and using domestic flights to finish the rest of the trip. This alone can shave off $300 to $400, as round-trip flights from Mumbai to Goa can be nabbed for $25. You’ll also need a visa to visit India, which — at time of publishing — costs $60 to $150, depending on the length of your travels.

On the ground, however, you’ll find bargains galore. Beach huts in Palolem cost between $5 and $20 per night, depending on what amenities you’d like, while the budget and mid-range hotels up north can average around $40 a night. Local beer and drinks are a dollar or two a pop, and meals at the casual, sand-floored restaurants all around rarely cost more than $5 per person.

If you stick to $20 per day for food and drinks and $25 per night for a hotel, plus use a combination of long-haul and domestic airlines to reach Goa, you can easily craft a 14-day vacation that costs under $2,000 and still have money left for sightseeing and a few tours. If you want to splurge for a luxe resort like The Leela Goa , expect a shorter trip (though it’s still possible to stay within budget).

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An aerial view of Isla Mujeres, Mexico—one of the 13 cheapest places to live on a new report.

Living in the United States is not cheap—especially as prices continue to soar, from groceries to transportation to housing. According to recent reports, an American household spends an average of $61,334 per year on their expenses, with housing being the largest expense, at almost $1,800 a month. So why not move someplace where it costs a whole lot less to live?

International Living recently released a list of 13 places around the globe where a couple can live for as little as $1,500 a month (or less). This figure covers everything: housing, healthcare, food, fun and more. And here’s the good news: That’s for a couple. If you’re single, you can live for less.

To come up with this list of cheapest places to live, International Living analyzed seven key factors: housing, visas, cost of living, healthcare, climate and more. Beyond this, the report considered additional amenities such as high-speed internet access, networking opportunities and English-speaking communities.

From Mexico (which leads the list with its three budget-friendly locations) to Southeast Asia (with five standout destinations), these places offer a glimpse into a life where saving money doesn’t mean sacrificing a nice lifestyle.

Check out these 13 exciting places where you can live for as little as $1,500 a month.

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Arenal, Costa Rica

Why Move There: Located about three hours north of San José and three hours east of Liberia, Arenal captivates residents with its breathtaking views and moderate, breezy weather. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Arenal for hiking in the rainforest and a rich diversity of wildlife, with over 200 bird species, monkeys and coatis. The region’s allure extends beyond its natural beauty to its affordable real estate and low cost of living.

The Cost: According to International Living, expats report living comfortably on $1,500 or less per month, with rents as low as $400 for chic apartments or cozy homes with tranquil Caribbean views. Dining out is affordable, with meals ranging from $6 to $15, and local sodas serving breakfast for just $3.50.

A bridge in a tropical rainforest in Parque del Café, part of Armenia, Colombia.

Armenia, Colombia

Why Move There: Armenia is known for its natural beauty and vibrant coffee culture. With a population of just over 300,000, it’s a mid-sized city with easy access to colonial towns and parks. Armenia also has earned the nickname, the “eternal spring” city, thanks to its year-round warm weather, making it ideal for outdoor activities.

The Cost: According to International Living, expats can live comfortably on $1,500 or less per month. Renting in Armenia gives an affordable alternative to buying, with one-bedroom apartments ranging from $400 to $550 per month. And it’s even more budget-friendly if you live outside the city center. Food costs average around $200 per month.

Panoramic view of Cozumel, Mexico.

Cozumel, Mexico

Why Move There: Cozumel , recognized for its laid-back island vibe and stunning white-sand beaches, attracts an international mix of residents. It’s also consider a world-class scuba diving destination and a haven for nature enthusiasts. Plus, with more than 350 restaurants, there’s something for every taste and budget.

The Cost: Many expats live comfortably on $1,500 a month, according to International Living. Cozumel also has top-notch healthcare services. Renting a one-bedroom condo typically ranges from $450 to $700 a month. High-speed internet services are available at a reasonable $20, and utilities, including electricity and water, average around $70. Dining out is affordable, with lunch for two costing as little as $10, while a dinner for two at a mid-range restaurant comes to about $25.

IslaMujeres, Mexico.

Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Why Move There: Located a short 20-minute ferry ride from Cancun, Isla Mujeres welcomes visitors with its Mexican-Caribbean vibe and Mayan influences. Despite being a major tourist destination, this small island has an appealing lifestyle for expats with laid-back neighborhoods and white-sand beaches. Most residents navigate the island via golf carts or the hop-on hop-off bus, which costs just over a dollar and conveniently drops passengers at their doorsteps.

The Cost: Renting an apartment with utilities included can cost around $600 a month, according to International Living. While beachfront restaurants in the hotel zone cater to tourists at higher prices, local kitchens and street food stalls provide authentic Mexican cuisine at a fraction of the cost, like a three-course meal for $5 to $6.

A pretty street with windows and bougainvillea flowers in Queretaro, Mexico.

Querétaro, Mexico

Why Move There: Located in Mexico’s Colonial Highlands, Querétaro blends historic charm with modern amenities. With a population of about 1.1 million in the greater metropolitan area, this city is renowned for its high quality of life. Its well-preserved historic center has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996. You’ll find modern malls, excellent medical facilities and a robust cultural scene, plus easy access to international flights from nearby Mexico City.

The Cost: According to International Living, expats can live comfortably on $1,500 or less per month, with rents starting at $500 for a one-bedroom apartment and dining out for about $25 for a couple.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Why Move There: In the northern mountains of Thailand, Chiang Mai is an ancient city with modern appeal. With a population of 127,000 residents, Chiang Mai has a population of Thai, Chinese, Indians and expats—who all coexist seamlessly. Beyond its historical and cultural richness, Chiang Mai offers an affordable lifestyle and a temperate mountain climate.

The Cost: According to International Living, renting a three-bedroom condominium with panoramic hill views can cost as little as $300 a month, with monthly living costs, excluding housing, averaging $300 for a solo explorer and $1,000 for a couple. Dining out becomes an adventure with a three-course meal for two costing around $10, allowing you to savor this city’s delicious food scene without straining your budget.

Sightseeing in Hoi An, Vietnam.

Hoi An, Vietnam

Why Move There: Hoi An , a World Heritage Site, captivates with its rich history and idyllic setting along an estuary of the Thu Bon River. The town’s pedestrian-friendly environment, with its central area off-limits to cars and motorbikes, invites leisurely strolls. Home to about 120,000 people and home to one of Southeast Asia's prettiest beaches—An Bang Beach—Hoi An is steeped in history, with its Ancient Town once a bustling port of call for traders from China, Japan and Europe.

The Cost: According to International Living, renting a two-bedroom apartment in the center of town can cost as little as $500 per month, while studio and one-bedroom houses start at less than $300 per month. A couple can live comfortably for under $1,500 per month, including rent, utilities, dining out and incidental expenses. Dining options abound, with a meal for two at a cheap restaurant costing $5 or less, and a cup of high-quality coffee (Vietnam is one of the world’s largest coffee producers) for just $1.50.

The Kuching waterfront.

Kuching, Malaysia

Why Move There: Founded in 1839 along the tranquil Sarawak River, Kuching, Malaysia was once a strategic trading post connecting Asian seaports with Borneo's lush interior. Today, it has bustling streets alive with food stalls and a cool café culture. The city’s picturesque setting, with the meandering river and antique stores lining its banks, adds to its appeal for expats. Plus, with its proximity to national parks, Kuching is an ideal base for day trips to explore wild coastal and rainforest destinations.

The Cost: According to International Living, living in Kuching offers affordability and charm. A high-quality cappuccino costs just $3, while local coffee provides excellent value at $0.60 per cup. Renting a three-bedroom house within walking distance of the town center typically costs $700 per month. Monthly living costs for a couple, excluding housing, average an additional $500.

Scenic view of Penang, Malaysia.

Penang, Malaysia

Why Move There: The island of Penang blends history, golden beaches and culture. With a vibrant population of 1.6 million residents, Penang has a diverse population where Malays, Chinese, Indians and expats coexist seamlessly. Penang stands out for its cost-effective living and first-rate healthcare.

The Cost: According to International Living, you can easily find a three-bedroom condominium with sweeping sea and hill views within a five-mile radius of the city center for an affordable $380 a month. Monthly living costs, excluding housing, are remarkably budget-friendly—a mere $500 for a single person and $1,000 for a family of two. Dining out is a pleasure, too, with a three-course meal for two costing around $15.

The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Why Move There: Set at the junction of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers, Phnom Penh is a capital city that seamlessly blends ancient Khmer heritage with French colonial charm. Its bustling streets (this is a big walking city), diverse architecture and fusion cuisine create a unique atmosphere. Plus, its affordability and expat-friendly environment make it an attractive destination for retirees and expatriates alike.

The Cost: According to International Living, monthly living costs for a couple, excluding housing, amount to $300 per month. Renting a three-bedroom, 900-square-foot apartment within walking distance of the town center typically costs $1,100 per month. In total, a couple can expect to spend around $1,400 per month.

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Alicante, Spain

Why Move There: Alicante , on the sun-drenched Costa Blanca, is known for its relaxed seaside living. With a warm, sunny climate, a wealth of dining options, plus an historic old town, Alicante provides a pleasant lifestyle that won’t break the bank. It’s home to sizable numbers of expats—about 15% of the permanent population is foreign. As a result, you can get by fairly easily in Alicante with minimal Spanish. It’s also easily accessible. The international Alicante-Elche Airport is served by both major and discount carriers serve the airport.

The Cost: Alicante offers affordability alongside its cultural richness. According to International Living, renting a chic apartment in the heart of the city or a cozy home with a view of the Mediterranean can cost less than $700 a month. With monthly expenses for a couple, excluding rent, averaging around $700, living in Alicante is both comfortable and budget-friendly—coming in at around $1,400 a month.

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Bergerac, France

Why Move There: In southwest France, Bergerac (also known as the Périgord region) has picturesque villages, honey-colored stone farmhouses and pastoral landscapes. It’s a dream destination for expats seeking a quintessential French countryside experience—minus the costs of places like Provence. The city itself has a rich cultural scene, including art exhibitions, music festivals and gastronomic celebrations like Les Tables de Cyrano. Additionally, Bergerac’s central location makes it convenient for exploring the rest of southwestern France or venturing to the French Riviera.

The Cost: While the region is renowned for its beauty, it remains relatively accessible in terms of cost, coming in at around $1,500 a month. According to International Living, expats can find lovely village houses or rustic farmhouses for reasonable prices.

The skyline of Granada, Spain.

Granada, Spain

Why Move There: Set at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Andalusia, Granada offers a captivating blend of Spanish and Moorish heritage. Its ancient streets and centuries-old buildings (including the the iconic Alhambra fortress complex) provide a glimpse into the city’s history. Fueled by the energy of its university, Granada is an ideal destination for expats who want a lively social scene, in addition to the relaxed lifestyle.

The Cost: With a budget of around $1,000 a month for a couple, you can have a enriching and affordable lifestyle in Granada. According to International Living, comfortable apartments in the city center are available for under $600 a month. You can enjoy a café con leche for just over $1 or savor a traditional meal for two at a local restaurant for about $25.

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<p>$1000 may not stretch far in the U.S., but there are many countries where it is enough for a comfortable lifestyle, one where you don’t need to sacrifice your safety or quality of life.</p> <p>One key factor influencing the cost of living is the local currency’s exchange rate. A stronger home currency can amplify your purchasing power abroad, making essentials like food, rent, and transport more affordable.</p> <p>Another aspect to consider when looking for countries where you can live well for $1000 or less is the local economy. Countries with a weaker economy often have lower costs of living, as wages are lower and goods and services are more affordable.</p> <p>Whether your heart yearns for rolling hills or sunny beaches, there are diverse locations worldwide where you can enjoy a good life for less.</p>

$1000 may not stretch far in the U.S., but there are many countries where it is enough for a comfortable lifestyle, one where you don’t need to sacrifice your safety or quality of life.

One key factor influencing the cost of living is the local currency’s exchange rate. A stronger home currency can amplify your purchasing power abroad, making essentials like food, rent, and transport more affordable.

Another aspect to consider when looking for countries where you can live well for $1000 or less is the local economy. Countries with a weaker economy often have lower costs of living, as wages are lower and goods and services are more affordable.

Whether your heart yearns for rolling hills or sunny beaches, there are diverse locations worldwide where you can enjoy a good life for less.

<p>With over 100,000 expats already living in the country, Cambodia is a top-rated destination for retirees and expats. We can rent studio apartments in the city center of Phnom Penh for as little as <a href="https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Phnom-Penh">$450 per month</a>, though it’s much cheaper to live outside the city. Utilities and consumer goods are very affordable. It is a perfect place to travel and explore, home to ancient temples and ruins and bordering beautiful countries such as Thailand and Laos.</p>

With over 100,000 expats already living in the country, Cambodia is a top-rated destination for retirees and expats. We can rent studio apartments in the city center of Phnom Penh for as little as $450 per month , though it’s much cheaper to live outside the city. Utilities and consumer goods are very affordable. It is a perfect place to travel and explore, home to ancient temples and ruins and bordering beautiful countries such as Thailand and Laos.

<p>Argentina is the second-safest country in South America. The cost of living is 85% lower than that in the USA, and a single person can expect to get by on $1000 a month. You can find an apartment in Buenos Aires for <a href="https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Buenos-Aires">under $400</a>, with utilities and food typically ranging between $250 to $380.</p>

Argentina is the second-safest country in South America. The cost of living is 85% lower than that in the USA, and a single person can expect to get by on $1000 a month. You can find an apartment in Buenos Aires for under $400 , with utilities and food typically ranging between $250 to $380.

<p>Despite having some of the highest cost of living in South America, Chile is still incredibly affordable by American or Western European standards. The average price for a small apartment in the city of Valparaiso is<a href="https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/valparaiso?currency=USD"> just over $400</a>, leaving you with plenty for utilities and groceries.</p>

Despite having some of the highest cost of living in South America, Chile is still incredibly affordable by American or Western European standards. The average price for a small apartment in the city of Valparaiso is just over $400 , leaving you with plenty for utilities and groceries.

<p>With some of Europe’s lowest average property prices, Bulgaria is a perfect place for those wanting to own their own home. Whether exploring historical landmarks, indulging in delicious cuisine, or experiencing the vibrant culture, Bulgaria offers an enriching experience for expats looking to make the most of their time abroad.</p>

Bulgaria is one of the cheapest countries to live in Europe , with the capital city of Sofia being much more affordable than any large American or Western European city. Sofia is, on average, 66% cheaper than New York, and $1000 a month is enough to live comfortably. Bulgaria is home to many natural thermal spring baths for those who want to enjoy a more luxurious lifestyle.

<p>Moldova’s cost of living is less than half that of the USA, and one-bedroom apartments in the capital city of Chisinau typically <a href="https://visitukraine.today/blog/1433/cost-of-living-in-moldova-food-rent-utilities-transport#:~:text=Renting%20housing%20in%20Moldova%20is,apartment%20for%20up%20to%20%24200.">cost about $550</a>. The city has many unique wildlife habitats, nature parks, and Soviet-era architecture. Prices are much cheaper if you want to live in a rural location or small town.</p>

Moldova’s cost of living is less than half that of the USA, and one-bedroom apartments in the capital city of Chisinau typically cost about $550 . The city has many unique wildlife habitats, nature parks, and Soviet-era architecture. Prices are much cheaper if you want to live in a rural location or small town.

<p>Travel & Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler voted this location “Best City in the World” for two consecutive years. It’s a fantastic destination for art lovers, with over 100 art galleries you can visit. Enjoy colonial architecture, quaint cobblestone streets, and <a href="https://www.kindafrugal.com/18-delicious-food-finds-at-gas-stations-across-america/">delicious food</a>. If you fancy an educational trip, you could choose from art, cooking, writing, yoga, history classes, and more. There’s something for all baby boomers in San Miguel de Allende.</p>

Mexico is ideal for those seeking affordability without straying far from home. Living comfortably with $1000 a month is possible. Apartments nearby many cities cost $500 monthly to rent , and the low cost of utilities and groceries will keep you well under your $1000 limit. Flights between Mexico and the USA can be relatively low cost, which means crossing the border to visit family and friends shouldn’t break the bank when planned ahead.

<p><span>Botswana is a </span><span>safe, stable,</span><span> and prosperous country where </span><span>English is commonly spoken</span><span>. Monthly costs for a single individual, including rent, utilities, and food, are </span><a href="https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Gaborone?displayCurrency=USD"><span>$750</span></a><span>. This leaves plenty for leisure or savings. Botswana is a perfect destination for wildlife safaris and breathtaking scenery.</span></p>

Botswana is a safe, stable, and prosperous country where English is commonly spoken . Monthly costs for a single individual, including rent, utilities, and food, are $750 . This leaves plenty for leisure or savings. Botswana is a perfect destination for wildlife safaris and breathtaking scenery.

<p>If you’re willing to live outside Manila, $1000 can go a long way in the Philippines. One-bedroom apartments in smaller cities, such as Dumaguete or Baguio, can be found for <a href="https://expatra.com/guides/the-philippines/living-in-the-philippines-for-1000/">around $250</a>. Forbes listed Dumaguete as one of the world’s <a href="https://www.forbes.com/pictures/gghd45flhl/no-5-dumaguete-philippin/?sh=20ee306859c8">best places to retire</a>. The Philippines is made up of thousands of islands, meaning there is plenty to be explored.</p>

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If you’re willing to live outside Manila, $1000 can go a long way in the Philippines. One-bedroom apartments in smaller cities, such as Dumaguete or Baguio, can be found for around $250 . Forbes listed Dumaguete as one of the world’s best places to retire . The Philippines is made up of thousands of islands, meaning there is plenty to be explored.

<p>The Indonesian island of Bali is very popular with travelers and expats alike. If you can adjust to the local way of life, you can live in Bali for less than $1000 a month. If you want a more cosmopolitan lifestyle, $1000 is just enough to get by in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city.</p>

The Indonesian island of Bali is very popular with travelers and expats alike. If you can adjust to the local way of life, you can live in Bali for less than $1000 a month. If you want a more cosmopolitan lifestyle, $1000 is just enough to get by in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city.

<p>One of the best towns to retire in Malaysia is Geroge Town. The town is incredibly friendly; most residents speak English and welcome tourists and expats with open arms. Enjoy the year-round weather and <a href="https://www.kindafrugal.com/91-outdoor-activities-for-kids-theyll-love/">outdoor activities</a> like kayaking, golfing, swimming, and fishing. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a town with a more exotic feel and old-world charm.</p>

Malaysia stands out as a favored choice for Southeast Asian expatriates, and rightfully so. Despite being pricier than other countries in the region, Malaysia offers high affordability . For instance, an average one-bedroom apartment in Penang is priced at $233 . The Malaysian government extends a warm welcome to foreigners looking to retire in this vibrant country.

<p>Thailand has long been popular with retirees, and with the growth of <a href="https://www.kindafrugal.com/10-best-remote-work-communication-tips/">remote working</a>, it has become increasingly popular with digital nomads. In the city of Chiang Mai, $700 is sufficient to pay for rent, utilities, food, and transport. You can live in <a href="https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Bangkok?displayCurrency=USD">Bangkok for less than $1000</a>, but your money will not go quite as far.</p>

Thailand has long been popular with retirees, and with the growth of remote working , it has become increasingly popular with digital nomads. In the city of Chiang Mai, $700 is sufficient to pay for rent, utilities, food, and transport. You can live in Bangkok for less than $1000 , but your money will not go quite as far.

<p>Vietnam has become a popular destination for expats due to its low cost of living. With affordable housing options, inexpensive groceries, and economical transportation options, expatriates can enjoy a comfortable lifestyle without breaking the bank.</p><p>Vietnam also offers a vibrant culture, stunning natural landscapes, and unique cuisine, which make it an attractive choice for those seeking new experiences while saving money.</p>

Much like Cambodia, Vietnam is a popular destination for Western expats. Your money can go a long way here. If you’re willing to live a modest lifestyle, you can enjoy the wonders of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City for $500 . Vietnam is famous for its street food, perfect for the gastronomically inclined.

<p>According to CEOWORLD magazine, the Armenian capital city of Yerevan is the 16th-safest city in the world, outranking all the cities of the USA. Small apartments cost about $600 per month outside the city center, while a month’s worth of groceries can be had for as little as <a href="https://www.numbeo.com/food-prices/in/Yerevan?displayCurrency=USD">$211</a>.</p>

According to CEOWORLD magazine, the Armenian capital city of Yerevan is the 16th-safest city in the world, outranking all the cities of the USA. Small apartments cost about $600 per month outside the city center, while a month’s worth of groceries can be had for as little as $211 .

<p>According to Statistica data, Accra, the capital of Ghana, is Africa’s fourth-safest city. An apartment in Accra costs less than $300, and a meal at an inexpensive restaurant costs as little as $3 per person.</p>

According to Statistica data, Accra, the capital of Ghana, is Africa’s fourth-safest city. An apartment in Accra costs less than $300, and a meal at an inexpensive restaurant costs as little as $3 per person.

<p><span>Macedonia is an incredibly affordable country. Even in the capital city of Skopje, you can get by on a very modest wage. Skopje is a reasonably quiet, </span><span>small city</span><span> and Macedonia is perfect for someone who wants a relaxed pace of life. Properties are available for rent for <a href="https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/country_result.jsp?country=North+Macedonia&displayCurrency=USD">$300</a>, with transport, food,</span><span> and utilities coming to </span><a href="https://livingcost.org/cost/north-macedonia/skopje"><span>$410</span></a><span>.</span></p>

Macedonia is an incredibly affordable country. Even in the capital city of Skopje, you can get by on a very modest wage. Skopje is a reasonably quiet, small city  and Macedonia is perfect for someone who wants a relaxed pace of life. Properties are available for rent for $300 , with transport, food,  and utilities coming to $410 .

<p>Paraguay is a relatively safe country with a low cost of living. For an average lifestyle in the capital city of Asuncion, you will spend around <a href="https://livingcost.org/cost/paraguay/asuncion">$730</a>, which covers rent, food, utilities, and transport. The small city of Encarnacion is even cheaper, with an average monthly cost of <a href="https://livingcost.org/cost/paraguay/encarnacion">$554</a>. Paraguay is a great location for those wanting to live off the beaten track.</p>

Paraguay is a relatively safe country with a low cost of living. For an average lifestyle in the capital city of Asuncion, you will spend around $730 , which covers rent, food, utilities, and transport. The small city of Encarnacion is even cheaper, with an average monthly cost of $554 . Paraguay is a great location for those wanting to live off the beaten track.

<p><span>Grenada, located in the eastern Caribbean Sea, is often considered a paradise by many and, remarkably, an affordable one at that. This tropical island pairs beautiful weather and white sandy beaches with affordable living. The average monthly costs for a single expat are </span><a href="https://www.expatexchange.com/gd/2/381/Grenada/Living-in-Grenada"><span>$1000.</span></a></p>

Grenada, located in the eastern Caribbean Sea, is often considered a paradise by many and, remarkably, an affordable one at that. This tropical island pairs beautiful weather and white sandy beaches with affordable living. The average monthly costs for a single expat are $1000.

<p><span>Porto’s rustic charm is perfect for travelers seeking genuine experiences without a hefty price tag. The city invites you to explore Ribeira, a UNESCO World Heritage place known for its colorful buildings.</span></p><p><span>Having a good time here doesn’t cost much: sipping Porto wine in a cozy tavern, walking through </span><span>Bolhão Market</span><span>, or having coffee while watching the traditional boats on the Douro River are all affordable. With just </span><a href="https://www.viator.com/es-ES/tours/Porto/Bolhao-Market-and-Codfish-Tasting-Food-Tour/d26879-30924P14"><span>about $21</span></a><span>, you can join a tour of Porto’s wine cellars, where the tasting quality far outweighs the cost, and </span><span>discounts on purchases</span><span> are often available.</span></p>

While you can live in Portugal for as little as $1000 , you may need to make some financial sacrifices. Rural towns and villages offer the best bang for your buck, with furnished rental properties from $450 a month . If you want a more urban lifestyle, shared properties in Lisbon start at just under $400.

<p>As the deadline for canceling the beach house reservation looms, the older brother contemplates the impact of his potential absence on the family vacation. With the weight of responsibility on his shoulders, he searches for a solution that addresses his concerns and fosters understanding and compromise among the siblings. Ultimately, he hopes to arrive at a decision that upholds familial unity, respects individual preferences, and sets the stage for positive interactions within the family moving forward.</p>

A Better Life for Less

Moving abroad is a big decision, one that can be pretty daunting. If you’re willing to do your research and plan ahead, there is no reason why you can’t move to greener pastures and live a comfortable lifestyle on a modest budget. All these countries have something to offer without financial concerns.

<p>Are you dreaming of retiring to a place where your savings stretch further, the climate is more to your liking, and new cultural experiences await at every corner? You’re not alone. Many American retirees are looking abroad for their golden years, seeking destinations where they can enjoy a rich quality of life without the high costs of living in the United States. This article explores 15 such places around the globe where the combination of affordable living, beautiful surroundings, and welcoming communities create the perfect retirement oasis.</p><p class="entry-title"><a href="https://www.kindafrugal.com/15-destinations-american-retirees-are-living-in-that-are-cheap/">15 Destinations American Retirees Are Living in That Are Cheap</a></p>

15 Destinations American Retirees Are Living in That Are Cheap

Are you dreaming of retiring to a place where your savings stretch further, the climate is more to your liking, and new cultural experiences await at every corner? You’re not alone. Many American retirees are looking abroad for their golden years, seeking destinations where they can enjoy a rich quality of life without the high costs of living in the United States. This article explores 15 such places around the globe where the combination of affordable living, beautiful surroundings, and welcoming communities create the perfect retirement oasis.

<p>Retirement can be exciting for people who have worked hard and are ready to enjoy the good life. Many retirees want to make the most of their money and <a href="https://www.kindafrugal.com/pros-and-cons-of-cutting-back-on-retirement-contributions-to-enjoy-life-now/">enjoy the rest of their life</a> the best they can. For some, retiring abroad sounds like a fun adventure. Luckily, in some foreign locations, retirees can keep some of their hard-earned money in their bank accounts. Below are some of the best places for new retirees to settle down and enjoy their lives.</p><p class="entry-title"><a href="https://www.kindafrugal.com/16-affordable-retirement-destinations-abroad/">16 Affordable Retirement Destinations Abroad</a></p>

16 Affordable Retirement Destinations Abroad

Retirement can be exciting for people who have worked hard and are ready to enjoy the good life. Many retirees want to make the most of their money and enjoy the rest of their life the best they can. For some, retiring abroad sounds like a fun adventure. Luckily, in some foreign locations, retirees can keep some of their hard-earned money in their bank accounts. Below are some of the best places for new retirees to settle down and enjoy their lives.

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These Are the Best Cities Around the World to Retire for $1,500 or Less a Month

These Caribbean islands, European towns, and Southeast Asian cities offer an affordable cost of life without sacrificing quality.

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For some seniors, retirement can be an anxiety-inducing experience due to insufficient savings and the rising costs associated with housing and healthcare. The average social security check in December 2023 was $1,767 , while, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , the average monthly expenses in 2021 were $4,345.

It's no wonder some retirees are looking for an affordable place to spend their golden years outside the country . Now, a new survey by International Living listed 13 global destinations where entertainment, housing, healthcare, and food come with a much lower price tag than in the U.S., so retirees can live comfortably on $1,500 per month.

Mexico is the undisputed winner, with three cities on the list — the most of any country. Querétaro, a historic city in Central Mexico, and Isla Mujeres and Cozumel , islands off the coast of Cancun and Riviera Maya, all offer housing for as low as $500 a month, access to excellent healthcare, and an abundance of recreational activities.

However, five of the destinations on the list are in Southeast Asia. In Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh, for example, retirees will find "a stunningly low-cost, high-quality life," Jennifer Stevens, the executive editor of International Living, told Travel + Leisure .

"Bang for buck, Phnom Penh shines. Rent in the capital city is reasonable: you can lease a one-bedroom apartment in the heart of downtown, within walking distance of restaurants, bars, and the best shopping, for less than $500 per month," Stevens said, noting that a single person can live comfortably on $1,000.

Another spot where the cost of living is times lower than that in the U.S. is the island state of Penang in Malaysia, which stands out as an incredibly diverse destination where most people speak English. 

"Penang offers up a wonderfully vibrant mix of old and new — restored colonial buildings anchor the island's tall glass high-rises. It's a culturally rich melting pot. It offers up lush jungle-covered hills bursting with wildlife and pristine beaches along with all the comforts of modern living," Stevens added.

International Living states that retirees here can rent a three-bedroom condo with sea views for as low as $380 per month and that, other than the cost of housing, a single person needs just $500 a month to pay for additional living expenses. 

And for those looking to move across the pond should consider Alicante and Granada in Spain, as well as the charming town of Bergerac in southwest France, which is about two hours from Bordeaux. It is known for its viticulture, vibrant year-round arts event program, and picture-perfect setting comprising narrow streets, stone houses, and scenic riverfront. 

You can read the complete list of destinations and how much it costs to retire in each at internationaliving.com . 

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The original bucket-list travel book gets a fresh new look. Tons more images, new places, and new adventures refresh ‘1,000 Places to See Before You Die’ for 2019.

With 3.5 million copies sold in the 16 years since it first hit bookshelves,  “ 1,000 Places to See Before You Die ” stands as the best-selling travel book ever.

And last month, Artisan Books released an all-new spin on author Patricia Schultz’s famous work. Still carrying the same title, this compendium of sights and activities from around the globe offers up a photo-heavy list of travel inspiration.

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We compiled six adventure-focused passages from Schultz’s book. Hopefully, it gives you some ideas for how to spend your vacation time. And for more ideas, find the new “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” on Amazon now.

All text and images excerpted with permission from “ 1,000 Places to See Before You Die” by Patricia Schultz (Artisan Books).

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Aqaba and wadi rum / jordan: red sea diving and desert canyons.

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The waters off Aqaba boast some of the Red Sea’s most pristine dive sites. But this ancient port city is also known as the gateway to nearby Wadi Rum (left), a majestic desert moonscape where parts of David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia were filmed.

  • Snorkel or dive along Aqaba’s 15 miles of shoreline to see fields of technicolor coral.
  • Camp in Wadi Rum with a local outfitter to enjoy the light and color at dawn and dusk and the stars at night.

Sipadan / Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia: Epic Diving in the Celebes Sea

Sipadan 1000 Places to See Before You Die

Part of the Semporna Archipelago off the coast of Borneo, tiny Sipadan sits atop a submerged volcano in a protected conservation zone. With a cap of 120 visitors a day, no overnight accommodations, and 12 dive locations, this speck in the Celebes Sea appears on every diver’s dream list.

  • Keep an eye out for green turtles and hawksbill turtles, various species of shark, barracuda, and manta rays.
  • Book overnight accommodations on the islands of Mabul and Kapalai for great shore and boat diving on Sipadan, minutes away by speedboat.
  • Make the short sail to the Kapalai sandbar, for diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and exploring the islands of Mataking and Sibuan.

Lake Malawi / Malawi: God’s Aquarium

Lake Malawi 1000 Places to See Before You Die

Lake Malawi is 365 miles long and 52 miles wide, making it the third-largest lake in Africa, and the second deepest (at 2,300 feet). The clear, warm water teems with more species of tropical fish than any other lake on earth, including more than 800 species of neon-colored cichlids.

  • Blissfully remote Likoma Island, on the eastern shore, home to some of the friendliest people you’ll meet, who are ready to teach you to snorkel and sail.
  • Likoma Island’s 1903 Anglican church, which rivals Winchester Cathedral in size.

High-Country Hiking / Bernese Oberland, Switzerland: Walking on Top of the World

Bernese Oberland 1000 Places to See Before You Die

With its 1,553 miles of trails, the Bernese Oberland is Switzerland’s most popular choice for hiking, thanks to its idyllic scenery that rejuvenates both body and soul. The ravines of Kandersteg are a rambler’s paradise. Head for the cable car that lifts walkers to the historic Gemmi Pass or to Lake Oeschinen (left), one of Switzerland’s most striking natural wonders.

  • Take the railway or cable car to Mürren, the highest year-round inhabited village in the canton.
  • Ride Mürren’s cable car to the Schilthorn’s 9,742 foot summit, Piz Gloria, for panoramic views from the revolving restaurant made famous by the James Bond thriller On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
  • Take a high-country hike from Birg down to quaint Gimmelwald.
  • Ride the rails to Jungfraujoch to visit the Eispalast (Ice Palace), then return via Grindelwald for high-terrain hiking.

The Blue Voyage / Bodrum and Antalya, Turkey: Sailing the Turquoise Coast

The Blue Voyage 1000 Places to See Before you Die

Whether chartered by a group or individually rented by the cabin, a wooden gulet, a traditional two-masted diesel-propelled boat, is the perfect way to explore the coast from Bodrum to Antalya (left). The waters are a luminous blue that gave rise to the phrase mavi yolculuk, or “blue voyage.” The boats take in Greco-Roman and Lycian ruins, sun-drenched beaches, and an uninhabited island reportedly given to Cleopatra by Mark Antony.

  • Most cruises cast off from Göcek, Fethiye, or Bodrum, a whitewashed seaside resort whose harbor is dominated by St. Peter’s Castle, one of the finest examples of Crusader architecture in Turkey.
  • Tour the Museum of Underwater Archaeology in St. Peter’s Castle, to view historic wrecks and treasures.
  • Take a 1-day sail from Bodrum to Gökova Körfezi for lunch in a secluded cove.

The Drakensberg Mountains / KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, South Africa: A Journey to Middle Earth

Drakensberg Mountains 1000 Places to See Before You Die

Believed to have inspired the setting for the Lord of the Rings cycle, written by South African–born J. R. R. Tolkien, the Drakensberg Mountains offer opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, bird-watching, golfing, fishing, and exploring countless sites where ancient rock art dates back 3,000 years.

  • The Blyde River Canyon (below), a 15-mile-long gorge, the third largest in the world by some measures.
  • Fugitives’ Drift, a national heritage site, to learn about the region’s conflict-filled history on a guided tour.
  • God’s Window, the Blyde River Canyon’s lookout point.

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  • “[ 1,000 Places to See Before You Die ] has joined the canon of classic reference tomes that earn periodic updates and cozy homes on the bookshelf next to the thesaurus. It is sure to land under many trees this year.” - TIME.com
  • “Globe-trotters and vicarious adventure-seekers alike will find this full revamp of a world traveler’s bible even more informative and inspiring than before.” - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
  • “Schultz has given her iconic guide a complete makeover. With 500 new photographs, 200 new entries and 28 new countries, the second edition is more informative, budget-conscious and user-friendly.” - BOOKPAGE
  • “It’s a big world out there, which makes it hard to decide on a vacation destination. The Internet can seem just as vast when it comes time to research. That’s why Patricia Schultz’s 1,000 Places to See Before You Die deserves a place on your bookshelf. The revised version of the 2003 bestseller is a great inspiration tool that includes both the obvious…and the less so.” - THE WASHINGTON POST
  • “She [Schultz] has managed to work a little literary magic here—and still keep her original 1,000 favorite places—by reorganizing and rewriting the content of the first edition. As always, her entries are irresistibly idiosyncratic, from ‘Beer in Belgium’ to ‘The Last Supper’ and Other Works of Leonardo Da Vinci.’” - CHICAGO TRIBUNE
  • “The names of authors who have sold millions of travel guidebooks are widely known: Fodor. Frommer. Steves. Oh, and don't forget Schultz. You know, Patricia Schultz. Still not familiar? Her signature title surely is: ‘ 1,000 Places to See Before You Die .’ The travel expert who launched legions of bucket lists back in 2003 (before we even knew what a bucket list was) has just come out with a massive, full-color second edition and companion iPad app.” - SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
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Spend an amazing evening at Pawna lake camping with your loved ones

Activity Location: Pawna Lake, Maharashtra

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The exquisite Pawna Lake campsite is situated on a lush green landscape alongside the banks of Pawna Lake, surrounded by misty valleys of the Western Ghat. The setting at Pawna Lake is enhanced by the presence of various tourist attractions such as Lohagad Fort, Tikona Fort, Tung Fort, and Visapur Fort. The serene view and lush green landscape make this place a beautiful destination near Lonavala & Khandala to enjoy an idyllic weekend.

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Nestled in the picturesque Western Ghats, tourist places in Mahabaleshwar will captivate your imagination with their natural splendor. Mahabaleshwar is well known for its numerous rivers, magnificent cascades, and majestic peaks. The city comprises of ancient temples, boarding schools, manicured and lush green dense forest, waterfalls, hills, valleys that will take your breath away on your visit. The city is definitely among the most sought-after weekend getaways from metropolitan cities like Mumbai and Pune. Once, a summer capital of Bombay during the British Raj, the city has British influence of in its architecture. It is a very popular hill station that offers a plethora of tourist activities and attractions to avid travelers and nature lovers.

Plan your visit with Mahabaleshwar tour packages and witness the alluring dawns and dusks from the slope, in the midst of the rich green vista. Located about 120 kilometers southwest of Pune and 285 kilometers from Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau measuring 150 kilometers, bound by valleys on all sides. The hill station in the Western Ghats is the source of the Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Known for its captivating beauty and the stunning strawberry farms, Mahabaleshwar boasts of zigzagging roads, a calm breeze at all times, vantage points offering stunning views of hills and valleys, plenty of strawberries to gorge on and the main street full of shops offering all kinds of curios and snacks.

There are numerous enchanting tourist places in Mahabaleshwar exuding charm and elegance. Bordered by a few murmuring waterways, evergreen timberlands, captivating slopes and mountains there are some mesmerizing tourist places in Mahabaleshwar. Arranged in the Satara region in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar Sightseeing tours will get you near the captivating excellence of nature. The wonderful hill retreat brags of being one of the most splendid evergreen slope stations in India.

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Lonavala city is one of the most beautiful retreats, that takes you away from the maddening rush of the metropolises. It is located in the western part of India in the Pune district of Maharashtra. This hill station lies 96 kilometres east of the metropolitan city of Mumbai and 64 kilometres west of modern-day Pune city. Therefore, a profound location on the Mumbai-Pune expressway makes Lonavala cater to both cities with the smoothest connectivity through roads. Lonavala City is popularly called the “city of caves' and the “Jewel of Sahyadri”. That is because the hill station boasts some of the most spectacular settings, including luxuriant green valleys, remarkable caves, serene lakes and stunning waterfalls. The spectacular rock-cut Bhaja and Karla caves in Lonavala have been notable tourists with their old beams, motifs and inscriptions. The surrounding regions of Lonavala are blessed with an unbeatable collection of waterfalls that include the Kune waterfall , Bhivpuri, Bhagirath and Jummapatti waterfalls. The refreshing ambience of the postcard-perfect landscape of Aamby Valley, Pawna Lake and Lonavala Lake is bound to impress you. Lonavala is famous for its natural wonders, religious attractions, and historical sites. These include the Tikona Fort , Duke’s Nose, Lohagad and Rajmachi fort. Lonavala hosts an array of fun activities for tourists and these include rappelling, camping at the Pawna Lake, hiking to the Tikona Fort, trekking to the Rajmachi fort and riding at Wet and joy water slides. Lonavala has a tropical climate but the weather is an all-time maritime one. However, all the stunning places and sites of Lonavala come alive during the winter and monsoon seasons. Thus, pack your bags and come here because Lonavala has something for everyone, from quiet time to adventure.

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Nestled in the bosom of the Western Ghats, Igatpuri is a little hill station in the state of Maharashtra. Igatpuri is surrounded by some of the highest ranges of the Sahyadri Ranges, making it a haven for trekkers and nature lovers alike. The little town acts as a popular weekend destination around major cities like Pune and Maharashtra, and is often sought after for its serene ambience. Offering an ideal getaway in the very heart of nature, the little city is a perfect escapade from the hustle and bustle of the busy city life. With its numerous little hills, clear streams and thundering waterfalls, the beauty of Igatpuri city is quite unparalleled. Ancient fort ruins and historic temples add to the charm of the little town. Although little in size, the places to visit in Igatpuri are many. While lovers of history will have the time of their lives exploring the ancient forts of Tringalwadi and Avandha, nature lovers can spend a quieting time in the Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary or the Vihigaon waterfalls. The little town is also extremely well known as the home to the world’s largest meditation centre, the Vipassana Academy, which acts as a wellness retreat. Whether you’re a nature lover or an adventure enthusiast, you will never run out of things to do while in Igatpuri. The adventure sport options in the city are many: from river rafting in the rapids of the Vaitarna, to camping under the open stars, Igatpuri has it all. The area is of a special interest to trekking and hiking enthusiasts, with its slopes and waterfalls offering an ideal location for the sport. Being located at a high elevation, Igatpuri enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year. The temperature generally remains on the cooler side. The hill station enjoys significant rainfall throughout the year, with the dry season spanning between November to March.

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Located around 110 kilometres from Mumbai, Kolad is a small hamlet in the beautiful Raigad district of Maharashtra. Often called the Rishikesh of Maharashtra, the village boasts of numerous scenic valleys, which offers stunning views of the surrounding mist-laden hills and dense evergreen forests. The verdant greenery, clear streams and a peaceful ambience add to the beauty of this quaint hamlet. Kolad is a treasure trove of sightseeing attractions, and caters to all kinds of tourists. Some of the best attractions in Kolad City include the Kundalika River, which is the hub of white water rafting in the region. You can also visit the serene Tamhini Ghat, and soak in picturesque views of the surrounding hills. Or you can enjoy a fun-filled and memorable picnic at the Bhira Dam, while enjoying views of the gorgeous Devkund Waterfalls. Other famous attractions of Kolad include the ancient Ghosala Fort and the Kuda Caves. You can also enjoy camping and bird watching at the tranquil Sutarwadi Lake, or enjoy the history at the Talgad Fort. For adventure sports lovers, you can go trekking at the Plus Valley, or hike to the Devkund Waterfalls. From water sports like white water rafting and boating, to adventure activities like hiking, camping, nature walks and trekking, Kolad has a lot of thrilling activities for travellers. Due to its advantageous location, you can also enjoy paragliding in Kolad when the day is clear. Kolad experiences a typical tropical climate, with pleasant weather throughout the year. While the summers here are a little humid as compared to the other seasons, the monsoons are the best time to enjoy a river rafting experience in Kolad. Furthermore, the rains during this time make the entire region come to life, with the waterfalls and rivers flowing at their full speed, the forests and valleys experiencing the blooming of flowers and plants and an overall soothing and calm atmosphere. The months from November to February make up the cold winter season in Kolad, when the village transforms into a winter wonderland with dipping temperatures and beautiful sceneries. This is also a great time for sightseeing, hiking and other activities.

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Famed for being the port town of Maharashtra , Ratnagiri City is located on the shores of Arabian Sea. A very big exporter of Alphonso mangoes, this place has been a very important business centre for Maharashtra. Having the Sahyadri Range on its other side, this town remains loaded with the best of nature’s bounties. Having its location on the shore, the places like the beaches, ports and lighthouses altogether add to the beauty of this town. Ratnagiri is dotted with numerous such locations which are picture perfect and are ought to be the perfect spots where people can relish the best of nature. From lakes to rivers and mangroves, this small town is loaded with a big array of waterbodies. Be it the ancient forts like the Jaigad Fort or the locations related to India's struggle of freedom like the Tilak Ali Museum, Ratnagiri is loaded with numerous places perfect for sightseeing tours. Many beaches like the Mandwa Beach and the Pandre Samudra also attract various tourists with their white sandy shores and coasts dotted with palms. If wishing to indulge in some of the most adrenaline rushing activities then Ratnagiri will make sure that you are provided with the proper dosage of thrill. The pristine beaches surrounding it are loaded with various activities you can try your hands on including boating, swimming and many others. Being a port city, the town of Ratnagiri is surrounded by waters on its one side, thus making its climate moist in the summers. Due to high levels of precipitation, the rains remain high as well, thus making winters the best time to enjoy a vacation here. The average temperature of Ratnagiri remains close to 20 degree celsius and can go up in the summers. Overall, the climate here is pleasant enough for you to enjoy hassle free sightseeing tours.

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Known as the” cutest little hill station of India”, the Matheran hill station is the best place to enjoy the sunset and sunrise view along with some mind blowing sceneries to keep you fresh and up front. This extraordinary hill station offers the best tourist places in Matheran which are untouched and undisturbed by the rustling city life that surrounds the town. The place is actually located on the Western Ghats that ranges in an elevation of around 800 meter above the sea level. The place always has a pleasant weather to enjoy during any time of the year, but its beauty gets added up during the season of rain and thunderstorm.

 Another thing about the beautiful hill station is that it is eco friendly and has no rush of cars and buses honking on the street. The major was taken by the government of Maharashtra in order to protect Matheran. The best thing about this place is that it is like a quiet and relaxing place with no buzzing of horns and pollution and along with that it contains some mesmerizing places and views of the extraordinary nature that will leave you bewitched of its beauty and make you feel relax and stress free.

  Just not only trekker, Matheran is a treat for the photographers also to explore and capture the best of the beauty of the beautiful hill station. The beauty of Western Ghats, Matheran is the smallest hill station of India. Travellers and tourists who visit the place love exploring the place by walking on foot. By which it becomes more exciting to get lost in the scenic beauty of the town while finding your way. Plan your trip to Matheran and indulge yourself in various activities that Matheran provides like camping, trekking, rappelling etc.

Matheran town is the best option for a person who loves getting lost in the nature and also for those who wants to take a break from their busy city life. The tourist places in Matheran are absolutely breathtaking.

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Mumbai, the city of dreams. Mumbai, the city that never sleeps. Mumbai, the old world charm and fast pace of the modern life. There is so much that one can say in the praise of the one city in India that everyone wants to visit at least once in their life. That maybe because of the grandeur of this city or because of the history it has seen. Nonetheless, this city has a lot in store for everyone who visits. The USP of places to visit in Mumbai is that they are all iconic and all you need is a picture to recognize them, that is the charm of this city. Some places here are pieces of history, some are spiritual hotspots, and others are mesmerizing places to relax, chill or munch on the famous streets of Mumbai, like the ever famous Chowpatty Beach.

You can see the Gateway of India, Marine drive or the film city of Goregaon, or visit the Siddhivinayak temple and Haji Ali Mosque for your fill of the spiritual. You can even get to see the new addition to the roster of mesmerizing and intimidating places in Mumbai, the Bandra Worli Sealink. And be it a group hangout, a solo search of solace or just a couple's getaway, Chowpatty, Juhu, and Aksa Beach are names that almost everyone in the city knows and crowds on various occasions. They are equally coveted by the many who come to Mumbai from outside for the frolicking and snacking experiences that are available at these locations. One more thing that Mumbai is famous for is the shopping district at Colaba, where you can get everything from high brand store clothes to cheap knock-offs to add to your wardrobe as part of your fashion statement.

 Always bustling with energy, a trip to Mumbai should be on your travel list to understand the best way of how India portrays unity in diversity. Visit the hidden temples or pay a visit to famous monuments to explore the most cosmopolitan city in India. Enjoy the perfect blend of festivities, religions, music, food, music and theatres with a trip to Mumbai. Some of the best places to visit in Mumbai are the Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Girgaum Cave, Siddhivinayak Temple, Essel world, Elephanta Island etc. 

While you are in this amazing city you can also visit the Kanheri Caves, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mount Mary Church, Banganga Tank etc. Make a stop at the Marina Beach in the evening and have lip-smacking street food while you witness the best sunset being greeted by splashing waves of the sea. Find out all you need to know about the best places to visit in Mumbai on your vacation here.

And that is not just it. If you are looking for things to do and places outside the city, there is a lot of scope to plan weekend getaways near Mumbai . At just a small drive away from the city is the favourite picnic and night stay spots of Lonavala and Khandala. You can even visit the famous Sai Baba temple in Shirdi. With so much to offer, there is no wonder why Mumbai has been a favourite of everyone in the country for so many decades.

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Kamshet also known as the paragliding capital of India is located in the state of Maharashtra. It is 45 km from Pune, 16 km from Lonavala and Khandala, and 110 km from Mumbai. Surrounded by the Western Ghats and decked with Sahyadri Ranges' beauty, Kamshet is a fairyland with rich flora and fauna. It has a quaint vibe coupled with a rich cultural heritage, and you will get enchanted with its ever-captivating beauty. The gurgling waterfalls, monasteries, beautiful temples, and magnanimous hills are an emblem for serenity. It is a paragliding paradise that has been featured in the top ten must visit destinations of India for an enthralling expedition. Hence, it is dotted with many flying and paragliding schools. Kamshet is one of the best paragliding spots in India owing to its perfect weather and highly suitable topography. There are some of the best paragliding spots here like Shinde Wadi Hills, Tower Hill, Shelar and Kondeshwar Cliff. It is also blessed with Buddhist caves having sculptures and images of Lord Buddha. Some of the most picturesque lakes, such as Pawna Lake and Uksan Lake that offer a blissful escape from the fast-paced city life are also here. Begin your heritage exploration by visiting Tikona Fort, Lohagad Fort, and Visapur Fort, a testament to the rich past of this city. Kamshet is a hub for parasailing and you can try here acro tandem to instructional tandem and joy tandem. You can also pitch your tent at Pawna Lake to witness the sparkling night sky and learn about the local culture. Enjoy a trekking expedition at Visapur fort and enjoy zip-lining at Pawna Lake. Take part in cave Exploration at Bhairi caves and Bedse caves that are situated on the high rocks of Kamshet. Or simply relish the local food and world-class cuisines at some of the best restaurants and dhabas. Kamshet experiences a tropical climate with warm summers and cool winters. The summers start from March and extend till the end of April. During the summers, it experiences high humidity, and hence this season might feel uncomfortable visiting the town.

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Situated in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Raigad district is majorly known for its historical significance and awe-inspiring beauty. Earlier, the place was named as Coolaba but with the growing popularity of its Raigad fort, it was renamed to Raigad. Cradled amidst the mesmerizing Sahyadri ranges, this district welcomes you with a unique combination of beaches, religious temples, and historic forts. On your visit to this beautiful Konkani district, be ready to fall in love with its natural splendour that is second to none. As you will usher into the Raigad city, you will be welcomed by the striking landscapes of the Western Ghats and picturesque verdant beaches where one can unwind and bid farewell to their hectic lives. The city also boasts its diverse flora and fauna that forms the bedrock of its popularity. From verdant beaches like Alibag, Kihim, and Karnala to the historic forts like Kolaba, Raigad, and Sudhagad- Raigad has everything that makes it the tourist magnet of Maharashtra. With touristy spots like Elephanta Caves and Ashtavinayak Temple in reserve, it also provides you with a sneak peek into the glorious culture of Konkan region. Whether you want to embark on a scenic trip or delve deep into the history of Maharashtra, Raigad has got it all covered for you. There is a wide range of enthralling activities that one might indulge in here. Whether you are a loner who finds peace in looking out for exotic bird species at the Karnala Bird Sanctuary or the historic landmarks of the district is what that appeals to you the most- there is no dearth of things to do in Raigad. If you are willing to indulge in some exhilarating sports, set out on a ropeway ride near the Raigad fort and vouch for a fun-filled day. You can also embark on a gastronomic journey by exploring numerous restaurants across the city streets and relishing the taste of delicious Maharashtrian cuisines. Though the surreal landscapes and historical forts form the major highlights of Raigad, its pleasant weather adds to its existing charm. The city witnesses a pleasant climate during the colder months which makes it a superb winter destination. Hence, if you want to make the most out of your Raigad trip, it is best to visit here between November and March. Raigad experiences reduced tourist activities between March and June, owing to its hot weather during these months.

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A pocket-sized paradise located on the west coast of India, Goa is a kaleidoscopic blend of Portuguese-Indian heritage, delicious delicacies, and of course the serene beaches. With its Susegad philosophy of living, this sunshine state has gained a lot of fame all over the world. With such easy -going vibes, this little state makes you carefree and lets you take your time to enjoy the laid-back lifestyle.  Boasting a 100-kilometer long coastline, Goa is home to a string of uninterrupted golden sand beaches that propel many tourists all year round. These beaches cater to every tropical whim- choose from the backpackers’ favourite Arambol or the bolder Baga beach; laidback Mandrem or the palm-fringed Palolem or maybe enjoy the blissful hippie market of Anjuna beach. There are also the private beaches groomed by the five-star properties to appreciate or the hidden coves for you to discover.  Needless to say, Goa is recognized across the globe for its tempting seafood and bustling nightlife. With a rich collection of beach shacks, trendy bars, lively clubs, splendid casinos, and elegant cafes, the state boasts the most amazing nightlife one can experience in India.  Known to be a Portuguese colony in the times bygone, Goa also flaunts the baroque architecture back from the colonial times. It is quite evident in the old-style bungalows, ancient forts, and the white-washed churches. The colourful catholic ceremonies and the stunning cathedrals also give you an insight into the Goan culture.  With all of these and a lot more to experience, Goa truly has all the ingredients for a perfect holiday recipe.

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  • Bhandardara

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Perched beautifully amidst the Sahyadri ranges in the state of Maharashtra, Bhandardara is a wonderful hill station for nature lovers. It is often called the Queen of Sahyadri ranges for its lush green natural landscapes. The name Bhandardara literally translates to valley of treasures and it is not a doubt to say that the natural beauty of this place certainly justifies the name. It is a picturesque retreat for the backpackers in Ahmednagar district and boasts of some scintillating natural attractions for those who are fond of raw beauty of nature.

The village has prominent places like Wilson Dam, Umbrella Falls and Arthur Lake where you can plan a picnic with your loved ones. The village is also a delight for history lovers as there are places like Ratangad and Harishchandragad Fort. Another famous tourist attraction of Bhandardara is Mount Kalsubai which is also hailed as the highest peak in Maharashtra. There are also many local villages where one can visit to relax and enjoy the pleasant weather of this scenic hill station in Maharashtra.  

For the adventure lovers, there are some enthralling activities where you can explore Ajoba and Ghanchakkar peaks to soak in the serenity of nature with the views offered by Sahyadri ranges. 

There are numerous trekking and hiking places in the Sahyadri ranges where you can savour an adrenaline rush. Bhandardara also has various resorts where one can enjoy the panoramic views and just relax with their loved ones. The gorgeous hill station offers a soothing environment with a cool climate throughout the year where you can refresh yourself and see some of the most eye-catching vistas of the Sahyadri ranges. 

Bhandardara is a small village where the tourists are in for a treat as they are surrounded by mountains and enchanted by gurgling waterfalls away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. The place is a wonderful respite when you are looking for a rejuvenating weekend getaway near the city of Mumbai.

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Location: Satara, Maharashtra Start Time/End Time: 10:00 PM (Day 1) - 10:00 PM (Day 2) Embark on a super adventurous and thrilling trekking session at the kaas plateau and explore the  valley of flowers, based on the high hills of Sahyadri range. Observe the plateau keenly which is occupied with wildflowers (during the season that prevails on September and October). Roam endlessly at the whole of  kaas plateau that conveys the glimpses of a carpet in various colours. Get picked up by a p rivate non-ac bus from Dadar and enjoy a comfortable transportation before and after the trekking session. You shall savour on the scrumptious meals that would be provided in breakfast, lunch and dinner, as mentioned in the itinerary and are totally inclusive of the package. Also the trekking session to the kaas plateau also is inclusive of all entry charges required for the activity. Suitable for: All age group, friends, family and corporate outings How to Reach: The pick-up location would be  Dadar TT Circle and you can reach the spot with the help of private and public transportation. Note :  Pregnant women and children below 5 years are not allowed to join the activity.

Mahabaleshwar

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Mentioned as the adventure capital of South India, Dandeli is synonymous to peace and adventure. Located in the rocky trails of the Western Ghats, Dandeli is a splendid city of Karnataka. This place is situated at an altitude of 1551 ft above sea-level.  Dandeli is made up of trails and green environment. The beauty of this place resides significantly in the adventurous hikes and beauty of Western Ghats. The untouched green landscapes house a staggering range of flora and fauna. Apart from the adventurous activities, there are several historical places including Ulavi temple, ancient caves of Kavla, and much more. An integral part of the Western Ghats, Dandeli is home to colossal mountains, nature reserves, and fascinating wildlife. This place is an incredible destination for every kind of travellers. You can head on to the Kali river for a range of watersports, then, stop by  Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, or hike on to the Syntheri rocks and engulf the maddening peace and beauty of the Western Ghats; Dandeli is a complete package of fun, peace, and adventures. 

There are plenty of activities to do in Dandeli. If your interests are inclined towards adventurous hiking trips, then you should explore the Syntheri Rocks in the city. Or, feel the adrenaline rush at Kali River while participating in Whitewater rafting, Boat rides, and Kayaking. End your day by relishing the therapeutic Natural Jacuzzi and soaking in nature’s beauty while staying in tents. Moreover, you can also embark on a wildlife safari to spot exotic wildlife at Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary.  Dandeli’s climate is subtropical, with a major influence of the Western Ghats on it. Temperatures can stay between 20 and 42 degrees Celsius. The closeness to the Arabian Sea affects the weather of this place. The post-monsoon season, October to January is the best time to travel to Dandeli. Temperature from September to November is also pleasant as it starts to cool down.

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Ganpatipule, a small town residing amidst white sandy beaches of Maharashtra. This town might be small but holds a significant position in the Hindu mythology. Ganpatipule is 25 km away from Ratnagiri and along the Konkan coast of Maharashtra. It is governed and maintained by the Ganpatipule Gram panchayat.  The beauty of Ganpatipule resides significantly in the folklore of Lord Ganesha. Here, you will come across a hill shaped like lord Ganpati along with the convergence of a river and a beach. This idyllic getaway is a holy destination for peace-seekers. Also, the virgin beaches of the town are far away from commercialization. These beaches boast off white clear sands and pristine waters, perfect for a quiet holiday. When it comes to  places to visit in Maharashtra , Ganpatipule has conquered it all. The town comprises of iconic temples and holy religious faith. The most unique place of the town is the 400-year-old, self-created monolith of Lord Ganesha. Head here to dive into the pool of serenity and spirituality. Also, don’t forget to stroll through the splendid coastline and mangroves trees present at the Ganpatipule.  With so much to see and do, Ganpatipule will not let you sit idly. If you want to participate in the Puja practices, you can visit the Swayambhu Ganapati Temple, a self-created ancient place. Also, the festival of Ganesha Chaturthi is a prosperous occasion to witness the vibrancy of rituals and celebrations. Along with religious practices, Ganpatipule also excels in offering adventure sports from November to May. During this time, several watersports activities like boating etc. take place. The proximity to the sea results in a humid climate of Ganpatipule. In summers, May is considered as the hottest month when the temperature rises to 40 degrees Celsius. Whereas, heavy rainfall is usually observed from June to October.

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Located just below the border of Mumbai, Alibag is a little coastal town in the state of Maharashtra. The name of the town literally means “The Gardens of Ali” and refers to the fruit orchards that were planted by Ali, an Israelite who used to live in the town during its earliest days. Owing to its convenient location by the sea, the town was regarded as an important strategic port during the British reign in India.  Being a coastal town, the beauty of Alibaug derives largely from the various beaches here. With its glittering golden black sands and clear blue waves, the clean and sparkling beaches of the town are a sight to behold. The brilliance of the beaches is often complemented by the historical fort ruins and ancient temples that can often be found scattered around the place. Whether you’re a lover of the sea or a history buff looking for an insightful vacation, Alibaug is just the place for you. The excellent beaches here, such as the Alibaug Beach, Mandwa Beach or Nagaon Beach, among others, offer a happening day out for the entire family. Apart from the regular swimming and sunbathing, some of these beaches offer a marvelous variety of watersports as well.T hose with a penchant for the past can also spend a happening day touring all the historical attractions here, such as the Brahma Kund or the Kolaba Fort. One of the best ways to spend your time while in Alibaug is to try your hand at the watersports offered by the beach here. Sports like parasailing, jet skiing and banana boating can be done by beginners as well as experts, and promise a fun experience for all. While in Alibaug, you can also try your hand at camping, with the several beachside campsites here offering perfect locations for the activity. Summers in Alibaug are generally hot and humid, winter months tend to be cooler and pleasant. Winter here lasts between November and February, and is generally considered to be the best time to visit. Rainfall in Alibaug generally concentrates between the months of July and September, while the winter months remain dry.

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Nestled amidst the Sahyadri ranges, Durshet is a town settled between Mumbai and Pune. The area is surrounded by hillocks and plateaus with rivers and waterfalls decorating the premises. This accustoms the travelers with an aura of rejuvenation and wanderlust. In Durshet, you can conquer the mighty hills and you can have a glimpse of the ethereal beauty of nature. The hillocks with waterfalls traversing through them, the verdant greenery and natural beauty all around has made it a renowned tourist destination. Durshet is also a haven for trekkers and mountaineers. The area around River Amba is an abundant natural reserve for exotic wildlife and flora of the area around. There are several ancient ruins of temples and heritage sites around the area, including the collective Siddi Ashtavnayak Temples. These temples flaunt all their grandeur to the devotees and visitors that come to seek the blessing of the gods. They offer a magnificent view of the surrounding lakes, rivers, and waterfalls.  Due to the recent tourist influx, the place has also become a hotspot for watersport activities, including the established IMAGICA Park within its proximity. There are several other activities for those seeking excitement and thrill to make their adrenaline go berserk. These include walking across the magnanimous Burma Bridge, rappelling, wall-climbing, or mountaineering along the rocky terrain, nature walks for nature lovers, laddering, and Tarzan Swing. Also, the Uddar Hot Spring here is a frivolous place to submerge into hot water on cold days. If you are wondering about the nightlife of Durshet, then there is plenty that it has to offer. The sanctuaries have a night safari to explore the flora and fauna in their natural habitat. Durshet has a particularly humid climate, hot in the summers. It receives unpredictable showers during monsoon, often heavy, which makes sightseeing around the area difficult. However, winters are the best time to explore the waterfalls, rivers and wander about in the wilderness. The post-monsoon season further makes this place even more alluring to travel as the entire area gets covered with greenery. 

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Silvassa was formerly a Portuguese colony but now it has become a popular tourist site flushed with wildlife sanctuaries, scenic destinations and beaches. It lies between Maharashtra and Gujarat and it comprises of 72 villages and many Roman-Catholic churches that stand as a testimony to the Portuguese rule during the historic times. Due to its rich Portuguese heritage it is also a famous spot for history enthusiasts who wish to explore the hidden treasures of this city. Silvassa is extremely renowned for its exotic resorts, lush greenery, manufacturing industries and tax-free alcohol. It is also a haven for those looking for handmade and originally crafted products like Warli painting and paper bag.  There are several natural attractions around the area that have made Silvassa a popular tourist getaway site. The Lion Safari Wildlife Park, spread over 25 hectares of land, is home to the majestic Asiatic Lion. The Vanganga Lake is a dainty reserve with flowers and gardens blooming around it. Often, visitors take boat rides to the lake and take in the surroundings in all their aesthetic appeal. Island Garden is another popular tourist destination in Silvassa with thatched and wooden huts decorating its premises. The island is visited via boat rides from ashore.  Apart from a repertoire of attractions, Silvassa also constitutes of many popular activities, including trekking, nature walks and cultural explorations. There are museums built in the city for history enthusiasts who want to have an immersive understanding about the archaeology and past of the place.  The summers here are hot and dry with the scorching heat making it impossible to sightsee during afternoons. The nights are cool and pleasant. Therefore, the best time to visit Silvassa is during winters, from September to February. The post-monsoon season also offers an ethereal view of the town as the showers wash everything clean. The monsoon here is highly unpredictable, as there are times with heavy showers, while the others are only light drizzles that recede with time.

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With a geographical distance of almost 650 to 700 kilometres in totality, Daman and Diu are a part of a single Union Territory in India. Located a little northward towards the state of Gujarat in western India, Daman and Diu lie along the western coast of the country. Lying amidst the many beaches of Maharashtra, Konkan Coast and Goa, this union territory of Daman and Diu is idyllic, tranquil and still quite unspoilt. Daman and Diu is best for those who wish to have a relaxing holiday. A coastal paradise, anyone who visits this place is guaranteed to have a blissful vacation while enjoying the sea breeze, resting on the beach chair and enjoying the waves of the sea. Mostly a weekend getaway destination, Daman and Diu has a lot of Gujarati as well as Maharashtrian population due to the close proximity to these two states. There is a huge influence of Portuguese culture in Daman and Diu. This is because it was under the Portuguese rule for over 450 years, which has obviously left its mark on the districts. This is one of the main reasons why tourists flock to the region a lot. It is also due to this influence that you can find a lot of stunning architecture, lip-smacking food as well as breath-taking art and crafts in Daman and Diu. One of the main tourist attractions here is Devka Beach in Daman. It has an amusement park right beside it, which boasts of vibrantly coloured fountains, a corner especially for kids as well as a food court. For those who wish to take a swim in the cool seawater, you can head to Jampore Beach, located south of Daman. Additionally, you can also find the St. Jerome Fort on the northern side of the Daman Ganga River. It dates back to the 17th century and has an exceptional structure and architecture which will take your breath away. Furthermore, you can find many notable Portuguese churches scattered throughout Daman and Diu.

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Located on the shores of the Arabian Sea, Tarkali is a small hamlet in the western part of Maharashtra. This village is renowned for its pristine clear water of the sea and the white sands, which marks the beach. A newfound weekend getaway from Mumbai and Goa, this place offers a host of adventurous water sports. To the south of this hamlet flows the Tarkarli river lined by dense forest. Take a boat ride in the river to enjoy the serenity of the backwaters where it flows into the Arabian Sea. For a walk through the history, you must visit the Sindhudurg Fort located on the shore of the sea. A visit to this offbeat destination in Maharashtra ensures that you relax on the beaches lined with suru trees. Other attractions on the beach are scuba diving and snorkeling sessions where you can enjoy the view of the world beneath the sea! What makes this village all more alluring is the tranquil beaches like Kolam, Achara, and Tarkarli where you can watch the sunset down the sea. The hue of the setting sun will completely enchant your mind and body. In addition to the splendid beauty of the sea, you can also spot dolphins prancing around in the waters. For relishing on some extraordinary seafood and boat rides in the sea, do visit Deobagh, a small fisherman village nearby. Also, the extensive Dhamapur lake, encircled with lush greenery is ideal for finding solace within nature. Sit and unwind yourself by the lake and enjoy the delicacies from the eateries around. Don’t forget to enjoy the local shark curry and fresh seafood to mingle with the authentic culture of this little beach hamlet!

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Khandala City is a hill station that is located on the Western Ghats Mountain Range of Maharashtra. It is about 3 km from Lonavala, 12 km from Khopoli and about 33.4 km from Karjat region. Located at the top of Bhor Ghat, this place serves as the main link between the major cities of Maharashtra - Mumbai and Pune. Khandala is a beautiful place and has got a good share of nature’s alluring beauty. As it is surrounded by lush green forest covers, misty valleys, and cascading waterfalls, this place serves as a great weekend getaway as well as adventure hotspot for travellers from various parts of the country. Khandala is mainly famous for hiking tours to sight panoramic views of the Sahyadri mountain ranges in Western Ghats. Khandala is home to some of the wonderful tourist attractions in Western India. You can visit the vantage spots like Rajmachi Point and Sunset Point, dramatic three tiered Kune waterfalls, serene Tamhini ghat mountain pass, and ancient caves of Bhaja and Karla which are adorned with the etchings of Buddhist religion. You can also visit Lohagad which is known for its serene environs, Bhushi Lake for its peaceful ambience, Duke’s Nose for its impeccable beauty and many other brilliant attractions. Khandala is also a dream destination for adventure lovers. You can trek to the summit of the Tiger’s leap to sight pristine sunrise and sunset views, trek to the top of the Rajmachi fort to sight alluring natural beauty, relish the mesmerizing ambience at the reversing station, and trek up to the Shrivardhan Fort to glance the beautiful Sahyadri Mountain ranges. As Khandala lies about 571 meters above sea level, the climatic condition here remains tropical. Khandala receives significant rainfall in most months with a very short dry season. The average temperature of this place is 24.3 degree celsius and the annual rainfall is recorded at 4541 mm per year.

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Located at a distance of about 65 km from Pune , the beautifully planned city of Lavasa is surrounded by the majestic Western Ghats. The city is constructed in the Mulshi Valley and covers a sprawling 25,000 acres. With such mesmerizing views of hills, valleys, and lakes, the city has gained immense popularity among different types of travelers. The beauty of this privately planned city lies in the seamless blend of stunning infrastructure and the enrapturing beauty of nature. Here, you will find different topographical variations such as the lofty Sahyadri range, the beautiful rivers, and the gorgeous valleys. The serene ambiance coupled with the raw beauty of nature soothes the soul from the stressful chaos of daily life. The magnificent city of Lavasa boasts numerous attraction sites. You can explore the enigmatic beauty of nature in the form of Tikona Fort, Devkund waterfall, Dasve Viewpoint, and the Tamhini Ghat. However, if you seek adventure, then you can visit the Xthrill Adventure Academy, Vortex Splash Pad, etc. No matter your traveling preferences, rest assured your wanderlust will be satisfied. There are a plethora of activities that you can indulge in Lavasa. If you are an adventure fanatic, then there are various exciting adventurous activities for you. You can try out rappelling, hiking, camping, raft building, biking, etc. However, if what you seek is peace and the chance to admire nature, you can do that too. Now, if you are a foodie, then Lavasa will definitely not disappoint you. Here, you will find different regional and global cuisines. With an altitude of about 3000 sq feet from the sea level, Lavasa enjoys a tropical climate. It means that the weather is pleasant throughout the year. However, the best time for a visit is between the months of September and March.

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Named after the five majestic hills enclosing it, Panchgani makes for a renowned hill station in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Perched at an elevation of around 1,334 meters above sea level, this hill town is packed with towering mountains, serene valleys, cascading waterfalls, and dense forests. Overlooked by the Sahyadri mountains, this town served as a beautiful summer retreat for the British officials in the bygone times. At the present day, Panchgani is visited by a plethora of tourists seeking peace, romance, nature, and adventure.  Enthralling local destinations such as Sydney Point, Table Land, Rajpuri Caves, and Dhom Dam form the major attractions of Panchgani and add to the beauty and charm of the place. Panchgani is not limited just to a few picturesque sights, but also goes beyond to offer its visitors a plethora of mind-boggling activities. From shopping at Shivaji Circle to admiring nature at Wai and from exploring history at Kamalgad Fort to boating at Venna Lake, this place has everything to let you experience an action-packed holiday. If you are a daredevil and seeking adventure activities, Panchgani  can offer you a plethora of adrenaline-fuelled sports including paragliding, rock climbing, trekking, speed boating, and horse riding. One of the top aspects that adds to the pleasurable vacation at Panchgani is the availability of top-class accommodation facilities in this town. Panchgani is bestowed with a plethora of budget-friendly as well as luxury resorts and hotels that are suitable for families, couples, and friends. These hotels are well-equipped with modern amenities and offer amazing facilities including thrilling outdoor activities. Furthermore, packed with many nature-friendly camping destinations, this place also allows the travelers to enjoy surreal night camping opportunities. So, no matter the kind of traveler you are, pack your bags to Panchgani and discover an exquisite holiday brimming with history, adventure, nature, and a lot more.

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Amboli (346 km from Pune)

Amboli (346 km from Pune)

A charming hill station situated at the southern range of Sahyadri hills. From specific vantage points, you can view many cascades sinking from cliffs creating a picturesque environment. Amboli Waterfalls are the highlight of this region that attracts a lot of tourists. Especially, an awesome place to chill down during monsoon season when waterfall gushes with plenty of water. Also, this place is rich in flora and fauna so; wildlife photographers will love to visit this region. Further, one can visit the Hiranyakeshi cave, which is actually a Shiva temple. Nagata Falls, Nangartas Waterfalls, Bauxite Mine, Mahadev Gadh Fort, Sunrise and Sunset point, Kawaleshet valley, and Parikshit Point are other nearby attractions. Type of Destination: Hill station Activities: Chilling at various waterfalls, and wildlife photography Best time to visit: June-Aug Distance from Pune: 346 km Location: Sindhudurg district

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Located in the mountainous and scenic district of Raigad, Karjat is a municipal council and city. This city is also a part of Mumbai’s metro city that travelers prefer the most. Right from couples to kids and families, anyone can make the most of Karjat as a holiday destination. That is because the city has a lot to offer in terms of beating the boredom. The hilly town of Karjat is full of entrancing temples, monuments, lush green seraphic valleys and exquisite caves. Undoubtedly, this city is one of the incredible getaways for adventure seekers that takes just two hours to reach from Mumbai. Hindu pilgrims and hikers frequent the city for its ancient and imposing temples. You can visit the hill station from nearby cities of Mumbai as well. You can indulge in a host of spine-tingling activities that include mountain climbing, hiking, trekking and river rafting. The adorable little hill station is 62 kilometers away from Mumbai and is popular for its ambrosial landscapes as well as awe-inspiring fresh natural beauty. When in Karjat city you must visit the stunning and ancient Kondana caves for the adventurous trek and bewildering beauty, beside the beautifully sculpted riveting temple of Kondeshwar. Take a shower and slide down under the Bhivpuri waterfall, and trek up to the Sondai fort to witness the phenomenal view of the Changewadi waterfall. Do not miss out on the lovely valley of Ulhas that is replete with nature’s marvels and encompasses the most wondrous streams and fragrant waterfalls. All you need to do now is to list down the things you desire to indulge in Karjat, and grab a map to select the locations for the most authentic sight-seeing experience. The best time to visit the city of Karjat is during the monsoon as the place looks simply heavenly, lively and extremely delightful with its lush greenery, misty atmosphere and numerous waterfalls.

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Toranmal (469 km from Pune)

Toranmal (469 km from Pune)

Saputara is a tourist destination situated in the Dang district of Gujarat. It offers a spectacular view of the Western Ghats residing amid the undulating mountains at a distance of 250 km from Mumbai, and 4 km from the Mumbai border. Being the only hill station in Gujarat, it is located at a height of 1,000 meters and attracts tourists, especially during the summers.  In recent days, it has become a pioneered tourist destination. The tribal community residing here, known as Adivasis, evacuated the area at the request of the government and settled in the nearby Nawanagar, thus making the place an exclusive tourist destination. Saputara is a haven for art and nature lovers alike. Artist Village, a place only a few kilometers from Saputara, is a benevolent place of artwork by various national and international artists. It displays handicrafts and craftsmanship of various artisans in the area around. There are local traditional stores, and stalls selling Bamboo artifacts that work as thoughtful souvenirs. The Hatgadh Fort is an admirable site of historical significance built by Shivaji during his reign. You can find the statue of Lord Shiva resting on the top of this fort which exudes the aura of sanctity For those who are wanderers of wilderness, Saputara has an oasis of exotic wildlife at the Vansda National Park inhabiting carnivores, herbivores, avian fauna and reptiles like python and crocodiles. Purna Sanctuary is another such site of exploration. One can seek the remnants of the city’s rich heritage trekking through the forts and hillocks surrounding the place.  The maximum temperature of Saputara is an astounding 30 degrees Celsius, even during summers. This acts to the benefit of many, who seek escape from the otherwise imposing heat of the sun. During winter the temperature drops down over here to a very low level due to which people do not resort to visiting this place during winters.

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Shaniwar Wada is an excellent example of the Maratha Imperial architecture used in India in the bygone era. It tells the historical tale of the Maratha Kingdom as it has seen every event that occurred in Peshwas Life over time. It was built by the Peshwas’ symbolizing the brave hearts of the Marathas, who strived hard to keep its glory alive. Though the fort couldn’t tolerate the battering from the wrong time but the stone boundaries still recite the untold tales of the colourful journeys lead by the heroic Marathas.However, some ruins still remain reciting the remarkable stories and contorted tales. You can witness the enormous stone boundaries made to protect the beautiful Shaniwar Wada, which shows the level of security provided to the people of the kingdom. The walls have a magnificent wooden gate reflecting the Mughal architecture, which is another example of how secure the palace was made. There are long iron spikes tucked into the gate, which could reduce the attack of the enemy and kept elephants away.Besides this, you can see a garden which follows the style of the Mughal architecture. It also has a lovely fountain resembling a 16 petaled lotus, right in the middle of the garden. Adding to that, you can see the boundaries marked on the ground, which could tell about all the rooms. There is nothing more than this havoc of time, which changed the face of the mighty Shaniwar Wada into nothing. But you can still make these remains your window into the past to relive what has happened in history.History of Shaniwar Wada:The foundation stone of the Shaniwar Wada was laid in 1730 by Peshwa Bajirao I. Initially, it was intended to be a colossal palace of seven stories made out of stone. But the people of the national capital argued that only King can have a castle made of stone. So, the construction of Shaniwar Wada began using bricks. It took two years to complete this elegant structure, which displayed an excellent blend of the Maratha Imperial architecture with the Mughal architecture. The interiors had valuable furniture and decorations along with carvings of flowers and paintings of scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana. The first major fire in the year 1791 destroyed a significant part of the fort, which was re-constructed again. Then the next explosion in 1808 burnt all the necessary artifacts and documents in the palace. Then another fire in 1812 destroyed the upper two stories of the castle, followed by a fire in 1813 which destroyed the Royal Hall. All this destruction was taken to another level in the year 1818. The British attacked Shaniwar Wada, which resulted in collapsing all the top stories. Finally, in the year 1828, a fire caught the whole palace, which burned for a week and wrecked it. Architecture of Shaniwar Wada:Architecture of Shaniwar Wada is an excellent example of Maratha style of construction blended with authentic Mughal architecture. The main gate, also known as Delhi Darwaza, is adorned with iron spikes to restrain the enemy attack as it is enormous enough to pass an elephant through it. There is a small aisle on the top of the door which has dome-shaped windows definitely taken from the Mughal architecture. Besides this gate, the Wada has four more gates, namely Mastani Darwaza, Khidki Darwaza, Ganesh Darwaja, and Narayan Darwaza. The walls have floral carvings and paintings resembling the Mughal architecture style. Scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata are also found painted at various significant spots. The windows and doors are also dome-shaped contributing to the traces of Mughal architecture. Archaeologists believe that initially, the fort was six-floored before it was destroyed by the fire. Finally, the garden has a 16 petaled lotus representing the grace of the bygone era.

Aga Khan Palace

Built in 1982 by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III, the Aga Khan Palace is a magnificent piece of history situated in 19 acres of land in the Yerwada area in Pune. Referred to as one of the most important landmarks of Indian history, along with the Indian freedom struggle, the palace has its roots deeply etched into bygone eras. The palace was built to help the poor in the areas surrounding Pune, which was drastically hit by famine in the early 1980s. One of the most stunning pieces of architecture in all of Pune, the Aga Khan Palace is also a famous tourist attraction, which was designed by a world-famous architect called Charles Correa.Additionally, the palace houses the samadhis (memorials) of Mahatma Gandhi’s wife, Kasturba Gandhi. Sources suggest that both Kasturba Gandhi and Mahatma Gandhi’s secretary Mahadev Desai breathed their last in the palace premises. And it is because of this that their memorials have been safeguarded in the palace grounds.The Aga Khan Palace is located in a huge ground, and has five, luxurious and spacious halls, along with several lawns. The structure resonates of Italian architecture, elegant yet intricate and magnificent.Of all the rooms and features of the palace, its arches are the most beautiful, almost mesmerising to the eyes. Aga Khan Palace has two huge floors, in addition to a corridor which spreads across the entire structure. The palace is known for organising several exhibitions and programmes throughout the year. Most of these reflect Gandhi’s lifestyle, thereby offering visitors a deep insight into the Mahatma’s life. Moreover, it is because of this and Gandhi’s links to it that the palace is now also known as the Gandhi National Memorial Society. One of the most prominent attractions of the palace is the room where Gandhi stayed during his imprisonment, along with his personal belongings and pictures of the other freedom fighters. |

Sinhagad Fort

Sinhagad or Kondana is a pride of the southwestern region of Pune. This fort was the one to support Maharashtra during the ancient battles. Sinhagad battle of 1671 is the significant one. Bhuleshwar range of the great Sahyadris is the home to this historical monument. The fortress has an elevation of around 1312 m above the sea level. Sinhagad has got its own breakneck slopes to protect it from all sides. There are two entrances to this fort – one in the north-eastern region (Pune Darwaza) and another one towards the southeastern part (Kalyan Darwaza). The authenticity and the richness of Sinhagad fortress date back to around 1000 years. This is evident from the carvings present on the walls of Kaundinya Eshwar temple there. Sinhagad is valued as a true sightseeing heritage.To begin your sightseeing adventure, you have Rajaram’s tomb which is worth a visit. The fortress displays some of the adorable monoliths of Tanaji Malusare – one of the efficient safe-keepers of the fort from Shivaji Maharaj’s era. Besides these crucial displays, the fortress has got its own military depot, a Kali temple, breweries, and a Hanuman effigy. Pune Darwaza, Kalyan Darwaza, Tilak Bungalow, Hawa Point, Kade Lot, Amruteshwar Temple, Tanaji Samadhi and Memorial raises the elegance of this fortress even today.Summiting the fortress offers some stunning views of the Khadakwasla Dam from one end; while from its other side, you can see glimpses of Torna Fort.

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