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Finding both an affordable and exciting travel destination has never been easier.

For example, it's cheapest to travel to these cities during this particular season or months: 

Venice, Italy | November-February 

Los Angeles, California | January 

Chicago | April 

Beijing, China | June 

London | May

There are many perks to the off-season, too, so don't let that deter you from traveling during that time.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

1. VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Vancouver is situated along the west coast of British Columbia, one of Canada's most ethnically diverse cities.

The city is surrounded by water and mountains and is consistently ranked one of the highest when it comes to quality of life. Vancouver also has a thriving music and art scene.  

Free attractions:


Granville Island

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park

Grouse Grind Hike

Stanely Park

Lynn Canyon


Peak time:

April – October

Off season:

November – Early March

BANGKOK, THAILAND

2. BANGKOK, THAILAND

Thailand is well known for its ancient ruins and tropical beaches. The country is also known for being extremely cheap.

Free attractions:  

Lumphini Park  

Butterfly Garden

Bangkokian Museum

Most temples are free to visit

Chinatown

Khao San Road

Erawan Shrine

Peak time:

November – March

Off season:

March, April, May hottest months

 LA PAZ, BOLIVIA

3. LA PAZ, BOLIVIA

La Paz sits on the Andes Altiplano plateau, which is more than 11,000 feet above sea level. From the city, you'll easily see the snow-capped Mt. Illimani, which is over 22,000 feet high. 

Free attractions: 

Witches Market

San Francisco Church

Jaen Street

Valle le da Luna

Parque Mirador Laikakota


Peak time:

can be visited any time of year

highland areas – April – October


Off season:

can be visited any time of year

summer rainy season November – March

4. MADRID, SPAIN

4. MADRID, SPAIN


Madrid is a beautiful city filled with well-cared for parks and European art. The city holds over 3.2 million people and is the third largest city in the EU, behind London and Berlin. 

Free attractions: 

Parque del Buen Retiro 

Plaza Mayor

Prado Museum – Free visit Tuesday – Sunday from 6pm-8pm and Sundays from 5pm-8pm

Reina Sofia Museum – Free visit Monday – Friday from 7pm-9pm or Saturday from 2:30pm – 9pm or Sunday from 10am-2:30pm

Wander around Madrid Royal Palace

Peak time:

September – November 

March – May


Off season: 

June – August (Extremely hot and somewhat miserable) 

December – January (Pretty cold)

LISBON, PORTUGAL

5. LISBON, PORTUGAL

Portugal sits on the Iberian Peninsula next to Spain. Fish is very popular in Portugal's cuisine due to it sitting next to the Atlantic Ocean. 

Free attractions:

Coleccao Berardo

Rua Augusta

Igreja de Sao Roque


Peak time: 

March – May 

September – October


Off season: 

June – August 

November – February

LONDON, ENGLAND

6. LONDON, GETAWAYS IN ENGLAND

The capital of England and the United Kingdom, London is a modern city with incredible historical value dating back to the Roman times. Dozens of movies are filmed here, such as Harry Potter, Shaun of the Dead, A Clockwork Orange, and much more.Seeing on London on foot is the best way to explore the majestic city. 

Free attractions: 

Watch the Changing the Guard ceremony in front of the Buckingham Palace

Check out the famous Abbey Road, which is where the iconic The Beatles album cover was made

Greenwich Park

Holland Park – Japanese Garden

Listen to the chimes of Big Ben

Peak time:

Peak season is year-round, but late spring and early summer are the busiest 


Off season:

November – March

CUSCO, PERU

7. CUSCO, PERU


Cusco is a city that sits in the Peruvian Andes. The city holds an incredible amount of history which shows in its many museums and monuments. The city is incredibly safe and has a booming nightlife. 
Free attractions:
Explore the city by foot
Plaza de Armas
Wander around in the markets
Inca Museum
Choco Museo (I made chocolate here and it was an amazing and affordable experience!).

Peak time: 
May – August

Off season:
September – April

SHANGHAI, CHINA

8. SHANGHAI, CHINA

Shanghai is a city situated on China's central coast. It's both China's largest city and known for being a global financial hub. The city is filled with unique skyscrapers that sit along the Huangpu River. 

Free attractions:

Shanghai Museum 

Shanghai Natural History Museum

Explore Ancient City Park

Explore water towns such as Qibao, Zhujiajiao, or Fengjing.


Peak time:

October

April – May


Off season:

November – March

EASTERN EUROPE

9. EASTERN EUROPE

Eastern Europe is broad, but I made it broad for a reason. Eastern Europe is constantly overlooked, despite its historical value and beautiful cities. Eastern Europe is much cheaper than western Europe. 

Cities to Visit:

Budapest, Hungary 

Prague, Czech Republic

Krakow, Poland

Warsaw, Poland

Bratislava, Slovakia

TOKYO, JAPAN

10. TOKYO, JAPAN


Tokyo is famous for its cherry blossom season, which lasts for around 2 weeks in April. The city is filled with different districts that offer something unique to each visitor. Hit up Shinjuku for shopping, Harajuku for unique clothing and crazy hairstyles, and Ginza for more expensive shopping stores. Tokyo is also the most populous metropolitan in the world. 

Free attractions: 

Explore the Imperial Palace and the park it's situated in 

Watch the Shibuya Crossing

Explore Harajuku

Senso-ji


Peak time:

April – during Cherry Blossom season

September – November


Off season:

December – February

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