Planet Earth’s southern hemisphere is generously stocked with great holiday locations. Unfortunately, many of these places are pretty pricey and not necessarily suitable if you are on a tight budget. Cruising the Chilean fjords, chilling in a luxury resort on Australia’s Gold Coast, or going on a safari in Namibia are all holiday options that can end up being rather expensive and even somewhat bank-breaking!
Luckily there are also plenty of excellent vacation locations in the southern hemisphere that are refreshingly cheap. In many southern cities, such as Buenos Aires and Florianopolis, your dollar will go a hell of a long way. Also, many southern locations such as East Timor are up and coming and ready to entice a new generation of travelers to their sandy shores, so they’re surprisingly reasonably priced.
Depending on where you are traveling from, getting to Cape Town, Lima or Mombasa may cost you a bit, but once you are there these locations end up being great value for your money.
Here is our BUCKiTDREAM list of 6 cheap holiday locations in the southern hemisphere. Don’t forget to take note of the places that most appeal to you (and your accountant) in your BUCKiTDREAM planner.
Visit Cape Town and You Won’t Break the Bank Cape Town has one of the most diverse and delicious restaurant scenes on the planet, but the prices in the Mother City’s many excellent eateries are much cheaper than equivalent restaurants in North America, Britain or Australia. You get a lot of bang for your buck in at these restaurants! As well as cheap and excellent food, Cape Town also has perfect weather for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and beaching. Table Mountain National Park will take care of all of your nature and wildlife needs. The cultural and museum scenes are rich and the nightlife fun and friendly. All of this makes Cape Town a brilliant and relatively cheap vacation location.
Get Busy in Buenos Aires, One of the World’s Greatest (and Least Expensive) Capitals With its wild soccer derbies, elegant and grandiose (and often crumbling) architecture, uniquely buzzing cafes, bars and restaurants, sublime galleries and museums, stately urban parks, and savagely sensual atmosphere, Buenos Aires is an iconic world capital that will capture your heart (Venus fly trap-style) and never let it go. And it’s cheap – your dollar will go a long way in ‘The Paris of the South’.
Lay on the Beautiful Beaches of Florianopolis The Southern Brazilian island-city of Florianopolis has 42 beaches, glorious weather, spectacular surfing, and a heart bustling with bars and restaurants. The Magic City affords its one million inhabitants (and anyone who visits on vacation) a really wonderful lifestyle. There are plenty of cheap accommodation options in Florianopolis and your dollar will go a long way. And the weather is so good and scenery so lovely that you’ll spend the vast majority of your time outdoors – which is free!
Discover East Timor, the Newest (and Cheapest) Paradise Island on the Block Located in the very south of Southeast Asia, The Crocodile Island became an independent nation in 2002 after a long and bloody struggle with Indonesia. Since then the island has been building a reputation as an excellent (and cheap) option for vacationers looking for a genuine paradise island experience. And ‘paradise island’ is certainly no overstatement – East Timor has some of the most pristine beaches on Earth, as well as glorious nature ripe for trekking through, beautiful coral reefs infested with life for snorkeling in, and a fun and little capital city in Dili.
Get Your Money’s Worth at Kenya’s Sultry, Steamy Port City of Mombasa An intoxicating blend of African, Arabian and Indian influences, Mombasa reclines languidly on the east African coast with her harbor full of giant hulking cargo ships, her markets heaving with exotic wares and pungent spices, her restaurants hectically churning out unique and scrumptious culinary delights, and her back streets and boulevards teeming with humanity. And it’s cheap. What’s not to like?
Explore the Ancient Machu Picchu Ruins in Peru The former Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is a wondrous site that needs to be seen to be believed. High in the Peruvian mountains, these 15th-century ruins offer a unique insight into the past and the lives of the people who lived in this part of the world before it was ever discovered by Europeans. Peru is an inexpensive country to visit and admittance and transport to the famous ruins is very reasonably priced.
That was our BUCKiTDREAM list of 6 cheap vacation locations in the southern hemisphere. Whether you are relaxing on a pristine East Timor beach, exploring the winding streets of Buenos Aires, or communing with ancient spirits at Machu Picchu, don’t forget to share your cheap bucket list vacation experiences with others on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #BUCKiTDREAM!