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These Are The 7 Cheapest International Destinations According To New Report

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Travel costs have skyrocketed this summer, leading many travelers to wonder if it's still possible to travel internationally without spending a ton of money.

The cost of international travel is up as much as 25% in popular destinations like Europe, but there are still a handful of international destinations where you can have an affordable vacation.

According to a new study from travel insurance provider Squaremouth that takes into account the average cost of covered trips, these are the cheapest international destinations right now:

Rosario Islands

1. Colombia

Colombia leads the way as the cheapest international travel destination right now. This South American country, which once had a reputation for being very dangerous, is now regarded as a more safe tourist destination that offers great value for money.

Though travelers should still take precautions, as the State Department lists Colombia as a Level 3: Reconsider Travel country.

If you're in search of beaches, head to Colombia's Caribbean coast. The colorful city of Cartagena now has nonstop flights from the U.S. and is located near the beautiful Rosario Islands. You can also travel further afield to the stunning beaches of Tayrona National Park.

Tayrona National Park

2. Mexico

Another affordable international hotspot right now is Mexico. Mexico is a huge country with so much to offer, but many travelers flock here because of Mexico's incredible beaches.

Cancun continues to be the number one vacation destination in Mexico, but its popularity with tourists can mean higher prices on hotels and resorts, food, transportation, and activities.

However, there are some great alternatives to Cancun and other pricy destinations like Tulum and Playa del Carmen that offer excellent value for your money.

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3. Puerto Rico

Being a territory of the United States, American travelers can visit Puerto Rico without needing a passport. This Caribbean island is another cheap travel destination to consider. While technically not an international destination, once you visit it will certainly feel like it!

The capital San Juan is full of history and culture and should not be missed, while the island's great beaches offer the ultimate Caribbean vacation experience.

With these assets, combined with affordable prices, it's no surprise that Puerto Rico is one of the hottest destinations of the year.

puerto rico

4. Bermuda

Another destination that is surprisingly affordable is Bermuda. This island is a British Overseas Territory located in the Atlantic Ocean. It's known for its pink-sand beaches and great snorkeling.

Direct flights from the East Coast of the United States make Bermuda an easy and cheap destination to get to, and travelers can find good deals on hotels and resorts as well.


5. Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is another affordable destination in the Caribbean. This island is famous for its beautiful beaches, where you'll be able to relax on white sand and swim in crystal-clear blue waters. And affordably-priced resorts make this island paradise more accessible to travelers.

It's possible to score an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic for as little as $150 a night which makes it a very budget-friendly destination.

aerial view of dominican republic

6. Bahamas

Yet another destination offering a slice of paradise at an affordable price is the Bahamas. This island nation is located very close to the United States, with many of the Bahamas' islands being off the coast of Florida. There are many cheap and short flights from the U.S. to the Bahamas.

You can find affordable hotels and resorts in the Bahamas, and the overall cost of a vacation here is much less than some of the pricier destinations in the Caribbean.

view of people in the bahamas

7. Jamaica

Finally, Jamaica is another budget-friendly Caribbean destination to consider this year. This island nation is known for its laidback and fun-loving atmosphere.

You can find great all-inclusive resorts for under $300 a night in Jamaica, and many budget airlines offer cheap nonstop flights from the United States.

Woman in a blue lagoon in jamaica

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Tuesday 12th of September 2023

just left year in Thailand. most recent election was won by MFP for democracy but the old kingdom reared its head and said no. Now almost a million Russians have entered. They are making special considerations for the Chinese and India. Inflation is crazy. Crime on the rise. Do your research

Gaynor Henry

Thursday 7th of September 2023

Jamaica? I don’t think so. I understand that Columbia has cleaned up their country a lot, but it’s still a drug importing country. I don’t think Puerto Rico is “international” as it’s a US protectorate.


Wednesday 6th of September 2023

I've lived in Colombia for almost 15 years and watched the country go from very few tourists in the late 2000s to becoming a major destination in 2023. Colombia is particularly cheap don't get me wrong but only for dollar and Euro holders. Some places in Colombia hostels charge $15-20 USD per night for a DORM BED. You can get small full apartments on Airbnb from $20-30 USD per night in Colombia. Accomodation prices in Colombia are not cheap depending on where you are in the country if you're comparing the prices to SE Asia particularly Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos and Vietnam. There's a popular mountain town near me in the coffee growing region of Colombia and several hostels there are charging $15-20 USD per night for a single dorm bed in shared room. That's not really cheap if you ask me and especially not if you're Colombian earning pesos.


Sunday 3rd of September 2023

Thailand and Indonesia -Bali. Very beautiful and very affordable places.To save money - use grab app for food delivery and taxi(Indrive app even cheaper)


Sunday 3rd of September 2023

Since when is Puerto Rico an international destination?