An old quote says “if traveling were free, you’d never see me again.” And for so many of us, the expression couldn’t be more true. As incredible as exploring the world can be, the truth is, traveling can also be pretty damn expensive.
But the upside? It doesn’t always have to be. While gorgeous-but-pricey destinations like Bora Bora and Paris will typically top the bucket lists of many jet-setters, these high-end places can set you back a few paychecks. The good news is, with a little research, you can find a world of budget-friendly havens teeming with vibrant culture, extraordinary views, exotic cuisine, and so much more. To find out more about affordable vacation spots around the globe, we talked with Jessica Bisesto, senior editor at travel deals site TravelPirates, to share her picks for budget destinations on the rise in 2018. Get ready to pack your bags!