Travel is on everyone’s to-do list. However, not everyone has travel funds! You don’t need thousands of dollars to take an amazing vacation; you do need proper planning and preparation though!  Whether you are looking to go abroad, or want to stay in the confines of the great America, there’s a budget-friendly place for you. The CGS Team is sharing 8 budget-friendly travel destinations to consider this year. If you are determined to travel this year, be sure to read Start Planning Your Summer Vacation to understand the importance of planning ahead.


If you are looking for a romantic beach getaway, or a fun vacation spot with your friends, Belize has everything you need.  Hop on a Carnival cruise for under $500 and hit Belize, Honduras, and Mexico all in one trip.  You can also travel straight to Belize and take advantage of the less than $100-night accommodations.

Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas is a place everyone needs to experience at least once in their lives, even if they don’t gamble. Outside of the holidays, travel to Las Vegas is extremely affordable. Depending on where you are traveling from, round trip tickets can cost you less than $200 a person. You can use the extra savings to stay at a hotel on the famous Las Vegas Blvd (also known as “the strip”).


While Cuba may not be the cheapest place on the list, it’s certainly less expensive to visit than bigger cities like New York and London.  Now, most airlines offer non-stop flights from the U.S. to Cuba for reasonable rates. Also, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean recently added Cuba to their destination list beginning mid-2017.

Mazaltan, Mexico

With the current exchange rate being $1 for every 20.69 pesos, Mexico is an extremely affordable travel destination this year. While certain areas are not the best from a crime rate perspective, cities like Mazaltan, Cozumel and Puerto Vallarta offer stunning beaches and a resort-life feel. Mazaltan is on the top of our list because it’s just as beautiful as any other beach city but isn’t as popular (and therefore, much cheaper to travel to). Plus, Mazaltan is the shrimp capital of Mexico – the perfect place for foodies!

Quebec, Canada

If you live in the northern part of the U.S., taking a trip up to Quebec could be as easy as a road trip. If not, flights into the popular Canadian city are more affordable now than ever thanks to the weak Canadian dollar. Get discounts up to 25% on flights and enjoy the French-inspired city for a nice weekend.


Dying to get out of the country? Consider Morocco’s smaller cities like Asilah and Essaouira. While the more popular cities like Casablanca and Marrakesh are easier to get to via plane, you can find accommodations for as little as $50 a night in the smaller cities. These cities still offer an international feel, thanks to their seaside location and uniquely-colored buildings.

Dallas, TX

An often overlooked city, Dallas is the perfect budget-friendly travel destination, as its prices are far below the national averages for other U.S. cities. With incredible food, gorgeous architecture and plenty of surrounding cities, you can explore all that Dallas has to offer for reasonable prices.  Stay at the stunning high-rise Omni hotel for under $200 a night, or find even cheaper hotels in Plano or Grapevine.

Costa Rica

If you can make your way to the incredible island of Costa Rica, you can take advantage of all the city has to offer at incredible prices.  There are plenty of national parks and wildlife centers that cost a few dollars for entry. You can also visit some of the best surf beaches in the world in Costa Rica for around $6 per person. The public transportation system in Costa Rica is extremely affordable and will allow you to skip the cost of a rental (and figuring out how to drive it).


Don’t avoid travel because you think you can’t afford it. There are plenty of budget-friendly places to see in our world! Save up, plan early, and get out and explore! Do you have any vacation plans in the works? What are some places you want to visit? Share your travel opinions and experiences with the community by posting a comment below.

-The CGS Team

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