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4 travel destinations that are more affordable than you think

24/09/2019

Looking at the cost of living index, traveling to these cities would cost approximately more or less like your lowkey weekend hangout (cafe hopping, restaurant dining, and gallery entering). It’s generally affordable, compared to other cities such as Paris and New York.  

 

Then again, this depends on how you like to travel. If you’re fine dining and taking a cab every time everywhere, it’ll cost a lot.

 

If you like to travel and live like a local (okay, maybe spending a little bit more than a local), this list would serve you well. 

 

As for plane tickets, these would cost more than that flight to Tokyo. If you keep your eye on flight deals, eventually you’ll find great deals. 

 

Here you go: 

 

 

Lisbon, Portugal

 

If you’re following a lot of travel bloggers on Instagram, you must’ve seen Lisbon a couple of times. It’s the Instagrammable city with colorful alleys and trams. 

 

Bring your comfiest shoes as Lisbon is a city of alleys. Actually, we can skip the walking and hop on trams, but we’ll never know of what will happen (one of the travel vlogs we watched mentioned that the tram’s engine exploded, so no tram was operational for the rest of the day.) Do climb to the highest point of Lisbon, which is a castle, during sunset and see the city basks in the golden rays. 

 

The culinary scene is interesting as well. As Lisbon’s close to the sea, expect fresh seafood (healthy yet delicious fish steak. omg). For the snacks, try their egg tarts. The first bakery that introduced egg tart to the world is still serving the original recipe. 

 

The cost of living index in Budapest is 23.81% higher than Jakarta per September 2019. To see the details on the living cost, visit: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Lisbon

 

 

Budapest, Hungary

 

If you’re more of a city person, you’d definitely want to check out Budapest. This walkable city is filled with elegant architecture. We’re talking about James Bond elegant. 

 

You can dine inside one of their posh cafes. If you’re on a budget, you may try the soupy traditional Hungarian food in their large market hall, or sandwiches in the food trucks. 

 

If you’re going in winter, don’t miss skating on their really large ice rink as a castle as the view. History says the castle used to be built as a temporary place, using cardboard. Then, the people of Budapest loved it so much that they replaced the cardboard with stone so the palace becomes permanent.

 

The cost of living index in Budapest is 1.39% higher than Jakarta per September 2019. To see the details on the living cost, visit: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Budapest

 

 

 

 

Cairo, Egypt 

 

If you’re into history, be sure to come to the mother of civilization, Egypt, at least once in your life. You may walk inside The Great Pyramid of Giza, go to the museums and see lots of mummies (dogs and cats mummies included), bargain for belly dancing outfits in the market, explore the old city, and see the places written in bibles and Quran.  

 

While you’re there, be sure to dine in the alleyway restaurant. 

 

The cost of living index in Cairo is 25.45% lower than Jakarta per September 2019. To see the details on the living cost, visit: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Cairo-Egypt

 

 

 

Seville, Spain

 

Seville looks like something out of Game of Thrones because it really is. Dorne and The Water Gardens was shot in The Alcazar, the castle where the royals lived. 

 

This city’s rich in culture and beauty. There’s so much to marvel at- the vast garden, the colorful tiles, the narrow alleyways, street Flamenco performances, and more. 

 

The cost of living index Seville is 24.91% higher than Jakarta per September 2019. To see the details on the living cost, visit: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Sevilla

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Helena Natasha