Extremely popular with both North Americans and Europeans during the winter months, the Caribbean is filled with islands and destinations that range from cheap & basic to posh & exclusive. You’ll also find islands where English dominates, but also where Spanish, French, or Dutch are far more common. This list has been totally updated for 2014 to include changing hotel rates and airfare differences.
Ranking Caribbean islands and destinations by price is challenging for a variety of reasons, so we simplified it by including only a cheaper 3-star hotel room for a week and two cheap flights from New York City. Generally speaking, islands with cheaper hotels will also have cheaper meals and diving etc. Click to read more
Those with time for a holiday in February are very much in luck if they are looking for affordable destinations. This is the warm and dry season in most of the world’s cheapest tropical hot spots, and also toward the end of the busy season so prices are already starting to come down after the holidays and finding bargains is simple for those who book in advance.
The one complication for many people is that the flight itself might be quite long and fairly expensive to get to Southeast Asia or Latin America, but you’ll see fare sales and low prices popping up in December and January so don’t give up if they look too expensive at first glance. Click to read more
This site is meant to be a resource for independent travel around the world. In many of the most popular destinations, independent travel is as simple as it is rewarding, but not everywhere. Southeast Asia is a prime example of an area where it takes a great amount of work in order to guide yourself around with any confidence at all. So in a region like this, do small-group tour packages (10 to 15 people) really offer the best value?
The short answer for many people is that yes they do, but as usual, it’s more complicated than that. Most people can travel through Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos for very little money (globally speaking). However, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll get ripped off multiple times and will also spend many hours deep in a sea of confusion and frustration as you realize that you’ve missed some of the major things you’ve actually come to see. Click to read more
If you are thinking about touring around Europe anytime between now and the end of March, 2014, there is good news. You can now get 20% off any Eurail Global Pass (the ones that include all 24 participating countries) as long as you purchase it by the end of 2013. And if you weren’t thinking about such a trip, you might just consider it.
It’s no secret that November through March are the slow tourist months in Europe so it makes sense that they’d lower the price to entice more travelers onto the rails. Again, just to be clear, this deal is only for the passes that include unlimited travel within the 24 participating countries over a set number of travel days or a set time period. Click to read more
January really begins prime time when it comes to people looking for a cheap getaway to a warm place. Fortunately the weather is pretty much perfect in almost all of the cheapest places on earth this month as well. Latin America and Southeast Asia are mostly warm and dry this time of year.
The two tricky parts are that flights to those areas won’t be cheap in most cases, so it’s less than ideal if you only have 5 to 7 days for your trip. However, if you can get away for 10 days or more then the cost of the flight and the hassle to go to one of these regions will be more than made up by the super cheap prices once you arrive. If you are mostly interested in beaches, scuba diving, and other water sports you should start with our list of the cheapest Caribbean islands to see which ones are in your price range.
It’s worth nothing that even though they don’t celebrate Christmas in most of Asia, it’s still peak season there because they see the highest demand of the year during that week. If you can go the second week of January or after then it’ll be cheaper and easier to find hotel deals. Click to read more
Daily deals websites seem to have tailed off in popularity in the past year or two, but the travel deals section of the major sites appear to be doing well. Unlike neighborhood deals, which aren’t sustainable in most cases, these travel deals can make a lot of sense for both parties. An empty hotel room is lost revenue and they don’t need to assume that you’ll come back at full price next time in order to come out ahead.
Recently we did a similar test to see if Groupon Escapes are good deals, and this time we are focusing on their main rival, LivingSocial Escapes. Both sites offer a mix of hotel rooms around the country (usually in the low season) and resorts in Mexico, the Caribbean, and beyond. They typically boast a bottom line savings of anywhere from 30% to 70%, but are these discounts real or just accounting tricks? Click to read more
At least in the United States, Groupon is the largest and most famous of the “daily deals” websites, and they have a whole section dedicated to travel deals. Groupon Getaways, as they are known, can range from one night in a hotel near your home to a multi-week package holiday to Europe or Asia including airfare.
The deals seem tempting at first glance, as they usually promise anywhere from 30% up to 75% off. But how good are these deals in reality? Since Groupon (to its credit) provides you with the actual hotel name as well as all terms and conditions on the offer page, it’s actually pretty easy to check to see how good these Groupon Getaway deals really are. So that’s what we did. Click to read more
Apple has just announced the new batch of iPads along with some other updates, and they are launching them in November in most of the world at the same time. As we’ve done in the past, we checked the prices in all the Apple online stores around the world and converted them into US dollars for instant comparison.
If you haven’t researched this in the past you might assume that prices are lowest in countries with lower average incomes, but Apple is like most other countries in that they don’t really discount anywhere. So as before, the cheapest iPad Airs and iPad Minis with retina display can be found in the United States (at least in states with no sales tax). Canada joins several Asian countries as next cheapest, while Europe has most of the most expensive iPads in the world. Click to read more
The world is filled with incredible travel bargains for those who look hard and long enough, and that’s one of the things we specialize in on this site. In most cases it’s only a piece of trivia to know that the world’s cheapest hostel charges only US$1 per night or that the world’s cheapest bottle of liquor costs even less. But it turns out that the world’s cheapest all-inclusive resort (as far as we can tell) is in a popular part of the Caribbean and you might even want to visit.
Just recently, we researched the cheapest all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, but for that list we tossed out the resorts that consistently get mediocre (or worse) reviews. Surprisingly though, most of the cheapest resorts (based on off-season rates) actually get mostly-positive reviews. The single cheapest one we found didn’t miss the cutoff by much, and we’d seriously consider staying there. Click to read more
The trend towards all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and many other parts of the world is a strong one. People seem to love the concept of paying one price for a stay at a resort and being able to enjoy all the food and drinks they like with no additional charges. Perhaps surprisingly, these resorts are usually cheaper than paying for room, food, and drink separately in the same area, so they are hard to resist.