You’ve heard all the tricks. Wednesday is the best day to fly. Tuesday is the best day to book. January is the cheapest month to travel. Travel hacking is the most effective way to see the world on a budget.
Some tips work better than others, but if an affordable holiday is what you’re after, one thing is guaranteed to work every time: traveling to a dirt-cheap destination. Experts predict that airfares will fall in 2017, so now is the perfect time to plan an economical escape.
Forbes recently interviewed 14 experts to get their picks for the most inexpensive cities and countries to visit in the coming year. Their favourites included Mozambique, Ecuador, Crete, and Quebec City.
Stephanie Parker of Big World Small Pockets praised Mozambique for its incredible beaches and scuba diving, as well as its thrifty accommodation options. Nora Dunn – aka The Professional Hobo – choose Ecuador for its accessible public transportation and appeal to a wide variety of interests. Meagen Collins, co-founder of Food Fun Travel, suggested the Greek island of Crete for its foodie allure and stunning natural beauty. For The Gutsy Traveler‘s Marybeth Bond, cobblestone streets and colourful local traditions made Quebec City the clear winner.
And that’s just the tip of the budget tourist iceberg. In all, Forbes‘ team of experts recommended 30 cheap places to travel in 2017. Check out ten of our favourites above and the full selection here.