25 Cheap destinations for 2018 with great weather in May

Anyone looking for an affordable destination with very good weather during the month of May will be happy to know that the list of possibilities is long. There are fascinating cities in most regions of the world that are worth a look, as well as many affordable beach areas for those looking to relax in the sun. Many people are just interested in where is it hot in May, and the list below will answer that question as well.

The list below is broken down by region to help you narrow the choices of holiday destinations in May more efficiently, and there are also links to pages with information about the cheapest beach destinations in the Caribbean and in Europe, which both are loaded with bargains this time of year. Of course for each city mentioned there are plenty of smaller cities nearby that are usually even cheaper, so hopefully this gives you some ideas. Click to read more

Global Backpacker Index is fully updated for 2018

Every year Price of Travel updates our Backpacker Index, which now ranks 138 major tourist destinations around the world by price from cheapest to most expensive. First launched in late 2010, the most recent update is now complete and it marks the 8th year of this ongoing project.

There were no major changes during 2017 that would make headlines, but of course some currencies did better than others and some cities became more expensive than some others. By popular demand, we added two new cities so we finally have coverage in El Salvador and Nicaragua, giving us at least one destination in each of the seven Central America countries. Click to read more

19 Cheap and warm Easter & Spring Break beach destinations for 2018

By the time Easter rolls around, usually in March or as late as mid April, everybody who lives in the north is so sick of the cold that they are dreaming of spending a week on a warm beach. Fortunately, there are warm beaches all over the Tropics, and many of them are very affordable even during peak travel weeks such as Easter and Spring Break.

The busiest week is usually the week that leads up to Easter Sunday, but some American universities take earlier weeks as their Spring Break. Families usually go in that popular week as well, so booking early is wise if you can do it. Hotels are often available at the last minute, but the cheaper flights will sell out well in advance, especially for weekend flights. Click to read more

13 North American cities by price: Backpacker Index for 2018

Downtown Los AngelesThe US Dollar has weakened in 2017 against virtually every other currency in the world, so now the US is at least a bit cheaper for most people, including Canadians. We've updated and reranked out list for 2018 and there weren't many dramatic changes except for the Canadian cities now being more expensive in USD terms.

Inflation in the United States and Canada was very low again in 2017, so nominal prices haven't shifted much. There is some good news in hostel prices, especially in New York City, where some new and popular hostels have suddenly made that city more within reach of a typical backpacker. Click to read more

6 Australia and New Zealand cities by price: Backpacker Index for 2018

Queenstown ViewUpdated and re-ranked for 2018, the Australia and New Zealand Backpacker Index includes 6 cities that are generally the most popular for foreign visitors. The currency in both countries strengthened a bit against the US dollar, and inflation was almost zero in both countries as well.

More good news is that both countries have a robust infrastructure for budget travelers, with more hostels (called ‘backpackers' usually) than almost anywhere else in the world. Self-catering will cut costs in both countries since even fast-food restaurants tend to be quite expensive. Camping or going with a group in a campervan is another good way of seeing a lot while spending less money. Click to read more

Is the Philadelphia Pass worth it? Philadelphia Pass review 2018

Though Philadelphia may not be as popular as say, Miami or Las Vegas, it's still a great big city destination within the United States. And because of that, you'll find plenty of things to do and see every single day of your stay. But, at the end of your visit, you might find that you spend way more on attractions than you had planned to. This is because even though the attractions aren't outrageously priced, the numbers still add up at the end of it all.

This is where the Philadelphia Pass comes into play. With this pass, you'll have the option to pick a number of days (1 to 5) in which you'll have access to over 30 activities. Even better? There's no limit to how many attractions you can visit in a day either. You'll just want to note that there are a lot of cheap attractions on the attraction list and that visiting all of them and none of the more expensive ones will make it so that the pass isn't as good of a deal.

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13 Africa and Middle East cities by price: Backpacker Index for 2018

Dubai Mall ViewUpdated for 2018, the Africa and Middle East Backpacker Index once again shows that travel is quite inexpensive to many popular cities, but some in this area are among the most expensive in the world. Generally speaking, Africa and most of the Middle East get very little tourism compared to the rest of the world, so one major problem is infrastructure. In other words, there may be a few international-standard hotels in the larger cities, but there aren't many hostels or quality budget hotels.

Many people who travel in this region do so partly because it hasn't been well trodden like Europe or most of Asia. Those travelers are probably best off with traditional guidebooks because there just isn't much information online, at least that gets updated regularly. Fortunately, adventurous backpackers can spend a long time in this region and get very good value to go along with unforgettable experiences. Click to read more

Is the Sydney Pass worth it? Sydney Pass review 2018

Noted as one of the more popular city destinations in Australia, Sydney attracts not only visitors from around the country, but from around the world as well. Here you'll find lots to do both day and night, meaning that you'll never run out of fun experiences to enjoy during your visit. If you're visiting for a long weekend or a week, you'll want to strongly consider purchasing one of the Sydney Passes available. This is because the Sydney Pass grants you access to top area attractions at a fraction of the general admission cost.

For more information about whether this particular city pass is a good deal or not, continue reading our review below. Click to read more

Cheapest flights to Caribbean islands from Europe

St Maartin Beach AirportAs winter is here and the Western World dreams of flying on down to the Caribbean for a week or two, we are sorting out which are the best-value islands and which are better for those with bankrolls that allow them to avoid the riff-raff.

Recently we broke down the airfare market for Americans by listing the cheapest flights to the Caribbean by island and destination. For that one we used New York City as the starting point for all of them since it's by far the largest market for winter Caribbean flights and it's also the cheapest starting point for many islands. Those starting elsewhere will still find that list to be helpful because the order will stay more or less the same, with flights costing a bit more for most, depending on starting city. Click to read more

18 South and Central American cities by price: Backpacker Index for 2018

Rio De JaneiroSouth and Central America are sometimes forgotten by residents of the rest of the world, but savvy travelers continue to flock to this region for a great variety of reasons. In addition to the cultural and scenic highlights, the entire area is quite cheap by international standards, at least once you are here. Backpacking in South America can be very inexpensive and mid-range travel can be surprisingly affordable as well.

We have completed updated this list for 2018, and have (by popular demand) added a city in Nicaragua and El Salvador. Prices were quite stable through 2017 in the region, which means that things here are still cheap compared to almost anywhere but southeast Asia. Once again, Argentina had high inflation and things there have become more expensive for foreigners, though it's still a good bargain. Venezuela has continued to get worse, so probably best to avoid it until things change. Click to read more