21 Cheap destinations for 2022 with great weather in July

The summer of 2022 marks the first time the world has had some normalcy back in the travel scene as the pandemic seems to be fading away and people are no longer willing to stay home forever. Obviously COVID is still out there, but a surprising number of the most popular countries for travel have dropped all restrictions, including vaccine restrictions.

It’s true that jet fuel prices are way up this year, and that means that airfares are up quite a bit in most places as well, but at least it’s possible to leave the house and see something new for the first time in years. The list below contains many countries that have dropped the COVID restrictions, while some other still require some combination of testing and proof of vaccination. Needless to say, it’s important to check the situation in a country before you book a ticket.

Looking to avoid the heat? Check out our best cool destinations to escape the summer heat

COVID-19 update in 2022

As of late June, 2022, it’s possible to go to the most popular countries in Europe including the UK, Italy, Greece, and all of Scandinavia. France is still among the countries that require some testing, but it’s not nearly as strict as it was last year.

Obviously it will be important to check the situation in any country you may consider visiting, but after two years it looks like summer vacations are very possible and these countries are going to be very welcoming to vaccinated visitors.

June 2022 update: There are now many popular countries with no COVID restrictions or vaccine requirements

Important July 2022 Holidays

  • July 1 – Canada Day(major public holiday)
  • July 4 – Independence Day in the USA (major public holiday)
  • July 6 – Jan Hus Day in Czechia (public holidays)
  • July 7 to 14 – Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain
  • July 9 – Argentine Independence Day (major public holiday)
  • July 14 – Bastille Day in France (major public holiday)
  • July 28 – King Vajiralongkorn’s Birthday Holiday in Thailand.

The Americas

July is a tough time for great-weather bargains in the Americas. All the northern cities that actually have lovely weather during the peak of summer would be too expensive to make this list, and the subtropical cities in South America are obviously having their winter now. The rainy season in much of Central America keeps things from being ideal there as well. The best places to visit in July can still be found in many different areas, however.

The Caribbean

Most of the list below is interesting and affordable cities around the world, but if your main goal is to simply relax on a beach or by a pool you might consider the Caribbean. Prices at resorts and particularly at all-inclusive resorts are shockingly low in July even though the weather is still warm and dry for the most part. There are also some colonial cities such as San Juan that are worth exploring to mix things up a bit.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • July avg high: 90°F/32°C
  • July avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • July avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

Montego Bay, located in Jamaica’s northwest corner, is one of the Caribbean’s most popular hubs for flights as well as beach resorts. The days in July are quite warm, and the nights are too, but when you are spending most of your time in the ocean breezes, it’s actually more comfortable than you’d expect. The best news is that rates at the larger resorts, including the abundant all-inclusive resorts, are near their annual lows. In fact, an all-inclusive resort here is probably one of the cheaper options on this whole list, and you can really live it up here for very little if that’s the sort of summer trip you are after.

It’s also worth noting that Jamaica is on the list of countries that require no COVID testing or proof of vaccination, so it’s back to how things were in 2019.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$83 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$242 per night for two people

>>>Check current Montego Bay resort and package deals

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • July avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • July avg low: 77°F/25°C
  • July avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

Featuring a gorgeous and fairly isolated location out on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana has become a powerhouse among Caribbean resort destinations. It has lovely sandy, white beaches to go along with over 100 resorts that draw in guests from all over North America and Europe. July is a warm month, but it’s dry and the ocean breezes keep it very comfortable day and night. This is also one of the cheapest periods of the year for resort prices, so you can find very nice all-inclusive beach hotels starting well under US$200 per night for two people.

The Dominican Republic also requires no COVID testing or proof of vaccination as of summer 2022. The all inclusive resorts are looking like amazing bargains this July as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$52 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$149 per night for two people

>>>Check current Punta Cana resort and package deals

Cancun, Mexico

  • July avg high: 92°F/33°C
  • July avg low: 77°F/25°C
  • July avg precip: 3.0″/7.5cm

You’ll definitely get warm temperatures in Cancun during the month of July, but you’ll also get pleasant sea breezes pretty much wherever you’ll be spending time, so it’s nicer than you’d probably think. Even better news is that July is one of the slower and cheaper months for hotels in this area, so really good bargains are available even at some of the nicer beach-front resorts in the middle of the Hotel Zone.

Better still, there are quite a few all-inclusive resorts in the greater Cancun area (which also includes Playa del Carmen and the island of Cozumel just to the south), and those are often at bargain prices as well. Most people forget about places like Cancun during the warmest summer months, which is exactly why you get great value along with pleasant warm weather. And by the way, while July is technically part of the wet season, it’s actually pretty dry so you’d be unlucky to even get some afternoon showers, much less a real thunderstorm in July. Consider Tulum, which is a bit south of Playa del Carmen, if you’d prefer a smaller and more creative resort town.

Mexico is also on the list of countries that have dropped COVID testing and vaccination requirements as of summer of 2022, so this is a perfect time to book. You’ll be spending almost every minute of your trip in the outdoors (when you aren’t in your hotel room), so it’s not a high risk COVID situation anyway.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$56 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$128 per night for two people

>>>Check current Cancun resort and package deals

Mexico City, Mexico

  • July avg high: 73°F/23°C
  • July avg low: 53°F/12°C
  • July avg precip: 6.9″/17.3cm

Mexico City does get a bit of rain in July, but it’s usually not too bad and this is somewhat of an indoor city anyway, with great restaurants and a long list of cultural attractions. Also, the high altitude means that temperatures will be moderate, so it’s a nice place to get out of the scorching heat everywhere else. Mexico City is vastly underrated by most people, and the huge city center is very safe as well. If you’ve been thinking about going, you’ll be happy that you did.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$48 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$64 per night for two people

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Cartagena, Colombia

  • July avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • July avg low: 79°F/26°C
  • July avg precip: 4.2″/8.5cm

Cartagena makes the list again because the rain doesn’t tend to accumulate much during July, so it’s an ideal cheapo beach vacation if you’ve got a week or two off. The flight from wherever you are starting is bound to cost more than to get to a closer beach destination, but in just a few days here you’ll have saved all that money by having such minimal expenses.

It rarely gets too scorching here in July, and there are plenty of indoor activities in the gorgeous walled Old Town to indulge in during the middle of the day if you do need a break. Food and drinks here are amazing bargains, and the attractions and taxi prices are low as well. Budget-minded travelers wanting to know where to go in July should strongly consider this one.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$75 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$93 per night for two people

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Quito, Ecuador

  • July avg high: 67°F/19°C
  • July avg low: 49°F/9°C
  • July avg precip: 0.8″/2.0cm

It might be hard to describe Quito’s weather as “great” during July, but this is actually the warmest and driest month, so at least it won’t get any better than this. The bad news, perhaps, is that the temperatures in Quito are almost the exact same every day of the year, and it’s never all that warm.

The positive thing here is that Quito is very cheap, and certainly not too spoiled by over visiting or commercialization. Anyone considering a trip to the northern part of South America could do a lot worse than Ecuador’s capital in July.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$66 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$87 per night for two people

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • July avg high: 81°F/27°C
  • July avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • July avg precip: 1.6″/4.0cm

The July weather in Rio de Janeiro is just about perfect, with days that are plenty warm enough for the beach, and nights that are cool enough to need a sweater when going out. The rain is very minimal in July as well, so this tropical city has its best stretch of weather for the year during this period.

Brazil had become somewhat expensive in recent years, but the currency has dropped against most others once again and it’s quite a bargain in 2022. As you probably know, Brazil was hit pretty hard by COVID so this is one to check the news before you book.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$77 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$99 per night for two people

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This list is all about “cheap destinations” and most of Europe, especially in the north, is anything but cheap. The other complication is that most Europeans themselves take month-long holidays in July or August, so most of the better destinations in their south will have peak-season hotel rates. Still, there are a few worth looking into.

Most of Europe’s beach areas are packed and expensive in July, but some are still affordable. Check our list of the cheapest beach destinations in Europe for some good possibilities.

Barcelona, Spain

  • July avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • July avg low: 65°F/18°C
  • July avg precip: 0.8″/2.0cm

Barcelona is another that makes this list only because it’s marginally better than most of the others in its neighborhood. Madrid, which is mostly concrete and landlocked, can get crazy hot during July, but Barcelona and its coastal location is actually quite nice for most of the month. This Mediterranean city also has nice beaches within the city limits, although you can expect them to be pretty packed during July.

Obviously this is a very popular destination for Europeans and even the Spanish themselves during summer, so booking early is the key once again. If you just turn up and try to go door to door you’ll probably end up paying a shocking amount for a place that isn’t all that great. It’s worth noting that summer crowds in Barcelona have become almost overwhelming in recent years, so it might be better to consider Valencia or somewhere else a bit less popular. Valencia also has beaches within the city limit and it’s WAY less crowded than Barcelona.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$109 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$158 per night for two people

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Lisbon, Portugal

  • July avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • July avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • July avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

Unlike nearby Madrid, Lisbon actually maintains reasonable temperatures all summer, due partly to the nice sea breezes that wind through the city center. Lisbon remains something of a mystery in Europe because it’s one of the cheapest major capitals in spite of the fact that it has arguably the nicest climates and it’s a really interesting place. It’s just a bit out of the way, so no one winds up here by accident.

One of the other features of Lisbon is a group is hostels that try to outdo each other and are very popular as a result. Even if you aren’t normally a hostel person this might be a place to give one a try. The private rooms are cheaper than budget hotel rooms, and you still get all the other benefits like shared kitchens and planned activities.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$87 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$109 per night for two people

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Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • July avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • July avg low: 69°F/21°C
  • July avg precip: 0.0″/0.5cm

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and also the one where most English-speaking tourists go, but there are other islands that are also worth a look in July. This is part of the high season because so many Europeans have the month off, but Tenerife is still quite affordable with great deals on food and drinks. If you don’t speak much Spanish then you’ll be most comfortable in the southern towns of Los Cristianos and Playa de la Americas, where you’ll be surrounded by other English speakers and some Germans. It’s worth noting that Tenerife is mostly pretty quiet at night, so it’s not a great place for anyone looking for an Ibiza alternative.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$78 per night for two people

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Budapest, Hungary

  • July avg high: 80°F/27°C
  • July avg low: 60°F/16°C
  • July avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

Budapest is a very similar situation with Krakow (below) in that it’s famously one of the cheaper cities and it tends to attract its biggest crowds during July and August. Still, it’s quite a good bargain compared to London or Paris since those places also have peak-season prices going too. This is a large and very grand city on a major river, with amazing architecture and history. Budapest is also famous for having quite a number of spas with hot springs right in the city, with many being shockingly affordable and accessible.

Again, it’s best to find a hotel or hostel here as early as possible and then lock it in. During summer prices tend to go higher and higher, and your chances of actually stumbling upon a bargain by going door to door are very low.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$73 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$117 per night for two people

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Istanbul, Turkey

  • July avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • July avg low: 65°F/18°C
  • July avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

Istanbul can definitely get quite warm during July, but it rarely gets sizzling, and there tends to be very little rainfall. The coastal destinations in southern Turkey are normally better bargains, but they after often scorching and very crowded during July and August, so not really ideal.

This city had been getting a bit expensive until a few years ago when economic troubles started pushing the currency down and discouraging some visitors, and now Istanbul is an amazing bargain again. The well located hotels and hostels are actually relatively expensive during summer, although still cheap by most standards. If your budget is tight you’ll want to book early for the best deals in the best locations. Many potential tourists have decided to avoid Turkey while there seems to be a bit of political instability, but the tourist areas all seem to be safe so I would check the headlines and then visit anyway.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$33 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$47 per night for two people

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Prague, Czechia

  • July avg high: 76°F/24°C
  • July avg low: 58°F/14°C
  • July avg precip: 2.6″/6.5cm

We all love to complain about Prague and its awesome crowds and rising prices, but still this city remains a bargain compared to Berlin or Munich, so it’s still worth considering during summer. Hotel prices have gone up more than food or drinks or attractions, so if you can find a cheap hostel or an acceptable budget hotel then you can do very well here, even during summer.

The crowds, however, will be ridiculous during July and August. Prague is almost like Venice in that all the main thoroughfares are so jammed with fellow tourists that it can nearly take the fun out of things. With this in mind, it’s wise to start early for the main attractions and then go to some of the weird places in the afternoons.

Czechia is on the list of countries with no COVID restrictions or vaccine requirement as of summer 2022, so it’s a good choice for many people.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$58 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$94 per night for two people

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Krakow, Poland

  • July avg high: 76°F/24°C
  • July avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • July avg precip: 3.5″/8.8cm

Krakow actually gets more rain in July than any other month of the year, but still it doesn’t add up to much and it’s accompanied by the year’s warmest temperatures, of course. This is definitely the most crowded time for Krakow, so hotel and hostel prices are at their peak, but are still great bargains compared to almost everywhere else in Europe.

The strategy here would be to make a reservation for a hotel or hostel as early as possible to lock something in. Especially during July and August, it could cost you if you just turn up and start going door to door. When all the popular places are full the less popular ones will jack their prices up.

Poland is also on the list of countries with no more COVID restrictions in 2022, so you might even think about exploring Warsaw a bit as well. The rest of the country is nice, but not really that interesting for most tourists to be honest.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$61 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$84 per night for two people

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Split, Croatia

  • July avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • July avg low: 71°F/22°C
  • July avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

We used to include Dubrovnik on this list, but it’s now too expensive to qualify. Fortunately, Split is much cheaper, at least as interesting, and way less touristy because it’s not always jammed with cruise passengers like Dubrovnik. There are also nearby islands and beaches to consider, so this is an excellent hub for visits to other places in Croatia. July is part of the high season so it will be crowded, but still good value compared to Italy or France. Apartments (called sobas) are far more abundant than traditional hotels, so they are usually the cheapest and best option.

All of coastal Croatia is jammed during July and August, but in 2022 it might be less jammed than usual, even though Croatia has also scrapped all of its COVID restrictions for incoming visitors.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$98 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$273 per night for two people

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Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

  • July average high: 100°F/37°C
  • July average low: 80°F/27°C
  • July avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

July will be hot in this Red Sea resort town, but it is on the coast so you will usually get pleasant breezes to help out. Speaking of the hottest places in July, Egypt will be on your list, even though it’s more comfortable than you probably fear. Egypt has had its problems in recent years and for a while almost no one was willing to visit, but that has changed once again. In 2019 it was possible to book a beach resort for as little as US$20 per night, and unfortunately those days are over for now. Still, it’s an amazing bargain and quite an interesting place to visit.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$40 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$77 per night for two people

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Asia is usually the king of cheap destinations with great weather for most of the year, but July is still in the middle of the rainy season for most of the tropical cities, as well as for Beijing and Hong Kong. Those who like to take their chances could actually have a great and cheap trip by going almost anywhere in Southeast Asia. It’s a bit cooler than in April and May, and most of the rainfall comes suddenly, plus it’s usually easy to get out of the way.

>>>9 Best Asia destinations in July rather than just the cheap ones.

Nha Trang, Vietnam

  • July avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • July avg low: 79°F/26°C
  • July avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

Nha Trang, down on Vietnam’s southeastern coast, has its own unique weather pattern, with very little rain during summer. This makes it quite a nice place to go if you are in, say, Australia or New Zealand and you are looking to warm up a bit. The problem is that Vietnam is mostly for touring and rain can be a problem in most of the rest of the country during July.

Still, if you are looking for a cheap place to spend a few weeks on a nice beach during July, it would be hard to do better than Nha Trang. Hotels for around US$15 are easy to find, although they’ll be at least a block or two from the beach. The drinks are cheap and the nightlife is good here, so it’s worth considering for the right type of cheapskate traveler.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$36 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$54 per night for two people

>>>Nha Trang prices
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Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

  • July avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • July avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • July avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

Bali is slightly below the equator so it might not be surprising that July is actually its coolest month, by a bit. It’s also the second-driest month, so it’s the perfect time for a visit if you can afford the flight itself. Hotel prices start to rise in July, at least at the places that are favored by European package tourists. The good news is that most of the hotels that aren’t listed online tend to be cheaper and don’t raise their prices much.

One challenge that Bali does have these days is traffic problems, so it’s probably best to minimize overall touring of the island, or at least the triangle between Kuta, Sanur, and Ubud. There are plenty of lesser-known beach areas around the perimeter, so those just wanting to soak up the sun have lots of great options. Some of the best beaches in July can be found on Bali, however it’s still probably better to choose one place and spend most of your time there to avoid the traffic.

Bali had been almost completely closed during the first two years of the pandemic, and its tourism industry almost collapsed. Now that they are welcoming visitors again the prices are lower and the crowds are smaller as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$31 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$52 per night for two people

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • July avg high: 90°F/32°C
  • July avg low: 74°F/23°C
  • July avg precip: 5.0″/12.5cm

Kuala Lumpur is another city that makes this list for perhaps unusual reasons. Being just north of the equator, it’s sizzling hot pretty much every day of the year, but at least July is one of its drier months. For a big and modern cosmopolitan city, Kuala Lumpur is very cheap any time of the year. Unfortunately, July is one of the more expensive months for hotels.

Nevertheless, those who book hotels in advance can often get great deals even during the high season. This city curiously has some of the cheapest 5-star hotels in the world, so those who really want to indulge themselves on more of a 3-star budget should look into the high-range options here. It’s also worth noting that KL is built for its climate and you can travel long distances in the city center in elevated tunnels and within malls, so you can easily avoid the heat or rain if you need to.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$31 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$49 per night for two people

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Middle East

Much of the Middle East is crazy hot during July, and even those places can get crowded this month, but there are still a few good choices to consider.

Beirut, Lebanon

  • July avg high: 84°F/29°C
  • July avg low: 73°F/23°C
  • July avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

Beirut has warm evenings during summer, but the daytime temperatures rarely get out of control. More good news comes in the fact that there is rarely any measurable rainfall during July, so you can leave the umbrella and jacket at home.

This is one of the more expensive months for hotels in Beirut, so you should definitely try to book as far in advance as possible. There are some bargains out there, but they are likely to be full well in advance. Beirut actually has a couple of fairly cheap hostels, so that’s something to consider if the hotels in your price range are looking sold out.

NOTE: As of 2022, Lebanon is a country that you don’t want to visit for kicks due to political turmoil, shortages, and general instability. We will keep it on the list for the moment and hope that it’s better in 2023.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$56 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$68 per night for two people

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Tel Aviv, Israel

  • July avg high: 85°F/29°C
  • July avg low: 73°F/23°C
  • July avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

Similar to Beirut only quite a bit more expensive, Tel Aviv is a popular summer destination where daytime temperatures are usually very nice. The challenge here is that only the lowest tier of hotels could be considered cheap, and even those get pretty expensive during summer.

The strategy is the same, with booking as early as possible advised, and looking into the hostel scene if the hotels appear to be out of your price range. At least the food prices stay quite reasonable during summer, so once you find a bed things shouldn’t get too out of hand.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$102 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$159 per night for two people

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  1. Kumar says:


    Please suggest countries to visit from Qatar during Eid holidays in July to avoid hot summer
    including budgeted hotels and air travel.

    1. Roger Wade says:


      That is really a tough one. In order to get cooler temperatures you have to get far away from the equator or go way up in altitude. Unfortunately, both of those options tend to be expensive from Qatar in July. I think going to Poland would be one of the better and more affordable options. It can still be a bit warm there in July, but WAY cooler than Qatar or anything else closer. Krakow is the best place to focus on and it’s quite cheap as well as lovely.

      Of course it’s even cooler in Sweden and Norway and Iceland, but also VERY expensive, especially that time of year. Sorry there isn’t a better answer for you and good luck. -Roger

  2. David says:

    Great post. Racking my brains, I have time to fly out in two days from SFO (San Fransisco Bay Area) for about a month. Would love to find a mid size city where I can rent an apartment easily, gain internet access and enjoy weather 60-85 degrees f. Reasonable to lower priced would be ideal. I like cities like Chiang Mai, Medelllin. I speak conversational Spanish so that makes certain countries easy. Quite tempted to check easter Europe but might save until May of next year to avoid the crowds, unless I can find a quiet/cheaper part of the area.
    Thanks for any additional insight if you have any! Need to decide!

    1. Roger Wade says:


      If you want constant spring-like temperatures I can’t think of anywhere better than Medellin, as you’ve mentioned. I’ve yet to make it there myself but I know some expats who live there and people rave about it, especially value for money and weather. Chiang Mai would be a great choice in spring or autumn, but it’s very hot there now. You might also consider Mexico since you speak some Spanish. Mexico City itself has mild summer temperatures and the central neighborhoods are really nice and affordable. It’s anything but a “mid size” city though.

      As for eastern Europe, as long as you avoid the major ones like Prague and Budapest, it won’t be too crowded. You could even consider Krakow, which is a fantastic and very affordable place. Or you could choose a random city in, say, Czechia such as Pilsen, and look for an Airbnb there. I actually lived in a city called Nis in Serbia for almost 5 months and I enjoyed it very much. It can get a bit hot there, but not bad and it won’t be crowded because it’s a big university city so many students will be gone. Sarajevo is much more interesting and also very pleasant. I hope this helps. I’ve been studying this exact thing for many years and I’m happy to help more if you need it. -Roger

  3. Ken says:

    Mexico City is always fun as well as Guadalajara in the centro. I always felt safe there but for now days i would not advise walking outside certain areas at night, days are fine.

  4. Muneem says:

    Admin, I think you forget to mention about Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. It is the prime beach and tourist town in Bangladesh, situated alongside the Sea beach of Blue Sea known as Bay-of-Bengal, beside Indian ocean. And everybody know that travailing in Bangladesh is very cheap!

    So, I hope you must include Cox’s Bazar in you site with this post or another post.

    1. Roger Wade says:


      Thank you for the comment. It’s not that I forgot about Cox’s Bazar, it’s that I’ve never heard of anyone going there on a leisure trip. I’m sure many people from Bangladesh and from some nearby countries go there, but it seems to get tiny numbers compared to, say, Goa. Also, as I look now, July is the rainiest month and it gets more rainfall on average than most cities get in a whole year. So even if I did list it, it wouldn’t be in July. I will look into it more though, and I might add it to the winter months, when it looks like the weather is far better. -Roger

  5. Daniel Nargunam says:

    Which would be the best place to travel from Dubai.Any suggestion?

    1. Roger Wade says:


      From Dubai you can cheaply fly into Europe, so any of the European cities listed above could be good value with great weather. And you can also cheaply fly into Thailand, Malaysia, or even to Indonesia from Dubai. You’ll be in perhaps the world’s best airline hub, so you can fly nonstop to almost anywhere. -Roger

  6. The temperatures in Ecuador seems perfect for summer in comparison to America. Thanks for the post, and safe travels.

  7. Matthew says:

    Another good city is Bogota, Colombia which has similar weather like Quito, Ecuador. A bigger city with more places to see and more things to do. Thank you.

  8. Kent says:

    Thank you I’ll go to Turkey 😉

  9. admin says:

    Yes, Cristina, those are good points. I was surprised to hear my brother in Germany considering going to Bulgaria with his family this summer.

    And it sounds like you got unlucky with the heat in Budapest since the averages are much lower than that. Also, Budapest is still cheaper than Paris or Rome, so it still makes this list.

    Romania does sound nice for the low budget types who like to camp. I’ll have to do more research on those sorts of things soon. Thanks. -Roger

  10. Cristina says:

    Bulgaria is , indeed, a very cheap destination during summer. And they have a lot of packages available which make your jaw drop. However, I wouldn’t go there for the sunbathing. I want to see the Balcik Castle though.
    I’ve been to Budapest in August (2007) and it was soooooo hot. Think of 35-40C hot. Not to mention that the city isn’t that cheap anymore. Right now the prices are going up which puts Budapest on the list of “we’ll see if autumn will be cheaper”.
    Romania is also a good choice in July IF you avoid the Black Sea and the very well known mountain resorts. Just head to a secluded area and you can get away with 10 euro/night/2 persons in a camping hut.