Top 5 Budget Holiday Destinations To Visit 2020

The new year 2020 is upon us yet again and many have ‘Travel More’ as one of their New Years Resolutions. The internet has done a great job in demystifying many parts of the world that we previously had no information about. It is now quick and easy to plan a trip all at your finger tips. Nairobi is a fantastic hub in East Africa boasting of amazing airline connections to allover the globe. In addition, most Kenyans will not find the cost of living in many tourist destinations that much different from that back home. Here are the some of the best value holidays for 2020.

East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Indonesia is one of the most popular tourist destinations common with the American and European travellers. The East Asian country boasts of some of the most famous beaches and resorts in Bali. It is exotic yet very affordable, managing to attract a large number of budget conscious tourists.

East Nusa Tenggara is often overlooked by the majority of tourists, these islands are home to pristine beaches and one of Indonesia’s best diving scene can be found on the Alor Archipelago. For those looking for a quieter and less crowded experience, this is the place to visit Close by is the Komodo island which is intentionally high priced to limit the number of tourists in order to protect the eponymous dragon population.

Budapest, Hungary

Among the most visited and renown sites in Central Europe, you will find Budapest to be very rewarding on your pocket which still giving you a memorable tourist experience. Check out the less visited thermal baths where for a few dollars you can get to wallow in the warm waters the city is famous for. It is also popular for buzzing wine bars, edgier ruin bars and the city’s renowned café culture. Don’t forget to visit the Keleti Station all absolutely free of charge.

Madhya Pradesh, India.

For the wild life lovers, there is wildlife spotting with a difference in this part of India. To start off, this wildlife adventure will cost you far less than an equivalent safari in Africa.

In Madhya Pradesh’s wildlife reserves, including Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve and Pench National Park, there’s lots to see beyond tigers; you might spy wild boar, spotted deer and langur monkeys. Much as you are not guaranteed to see all the big five animals just like in the Masai Mara and Serengeti of Africa, you should still be able to see a few species as the numbers recover.

Azerbaijan

Located South of the Russian capital Moscow, this little known country presents another unique destination still budget friendly for the accommodation, good and experiences on offer. Baku also hosts one of the Asian legs of the Formula One circuit, coinciding with its peak tourist season.

Baku with its Caspian Sea waterfront is home to ambitious architecture, fresh museums and a cosmopolitan air, energised by a growing global profile. Azerbaijan is also home to 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely the Walled City of Baku with Shirvanshah’s Palace and Maiden Tower, Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, Historic Centre of Sheki with Khan’s Palace.

Tunisia

Tunisia is one of the crown jewels of North Africa and it is a good place to dip your toes into North Africa at a reasonable cost. Similar to Morocco and Egypt, it has made great efforts to win back visitors after the Arab spring meaning it offers terrific value for travellers.

Tunis Medina, the remains of the ancient Carthage and beachside suburb of Sidi Bou Said offer a contrast to beach delights. Not to forget the easily accessible Saharan dunes, where Luke Skywalker first stared at twin suns, and the country’s traditional Dar guesthouses, offering colorful and characterful accommodation.

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https://www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel/value

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Top Travel Destinations In Kenya

Kenya is a magical country with tourist destination points everywhere you turn; including my mother’s back yard.

From being the cradle land of mankind, being home to black panthers and having snowcapped mountains on the equator, a safari to Kenya is a must have item on one’s bucket list.

Among the many famous destinations for travellers, below are the must places to visit for any foreign or local wanting to experience the best Kenya has to offer.

Nairobi City

Apart from being the capital of Kenya, the city of Nairobi boasts having a national park right within its heart. A ten minutes’ drive from the city center lays the Nairobi National park which is a must destination point for anyone in the city, whether for business or leisure purposes. The metropolitan sets a picture perfect background for the wide, open grass plains that host a variety of wildlife and over 400 bird species that call the park home. Here, visitors can see Kenya’s pride that includes cheetahs, lions, black rhino, gazelles, pigmy hippo, leopards, zebras, ostriches and alligators just to name a few.

While in the city, one can also visit the national museum, go hiking at Karura forest or Ngong hills, feed Rothschild’s giraffes at the Giraffe Center or bond with orphaned baby elephants and rhinos at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Check out the views of Nairobi from the iconic rooftop of the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC).

Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Located in the Great Rift Valley, Maasai Mara national reserve is considered Kenya’s top travel destination. One can witness the breath taking event of wildebeests, zebras and gazelles crossing the mighty Mara River and surviving the Nile crocodiles that reside in it during the Great Migration. The world renown event takes place between July to October and attracts thousands of international visitors.

At Maasai Mara, one can see the Big 5 all in their natural habitat, 450 bird species, giraffes and most wild animals in Kenya as the ecosystem in the Mara is perfect. Riding in a hot air balloon over the reserve affords one a bird’s eye view of the reserve and the life within it.

Lake Nakuru National Park.

Also locatedin the Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru National park is renowned for its bird population; especially the huge flocks of flamingos. There can be over a million flamingoes at a time that make the lake seem like its pink in color.

The park also hosts a variety of native African animals including giraffes, warthogs, impalas, buffalos, leopards, elands among many others. Game viewers can also spot herds of hippos in the northern part of the lake as well as the rhinos that call the park home.

Mount Kenya

Standing at a height of 5,199 meters, Mount Kenya is the tallest mountain in Kenya, the second tallest in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro and a designated World Heritage Site. It comprises of 3 peak points i. e. Batian, Nelion and Lenana ; which are best seen at dawn.

The mountain peaks are covered with snow, its slopes dense with montane and alpine vegetation and streams of clear fresh water flow from the mountain forests and water billions of Kenyan citizens.

The mountain sits in Mount Kenya National park. It is a habitat for over 130 bird species, elephants, mongoose, bushbucks, water buck, leopards, bongo and giant forest hog. Visitors to the site can enjoy various activities such as mountain climbing, camping, trekking and visiting the various caves in the park. A hike to the peak of the mountain is a bucket list item for millions of adventure seekers and leisure tourists.

The Coastal Islands

Lamu Island is Kenya’s oldest living town. It is a top travel destination by virtue of its age and character that it has maintained over the centuries. The town’s buildings are a replica of Arab architecture since the town was founded by Arab traders and prospered by slave trade. There are no roads on the island, but rather footpaths and alleys. Donkeys are common sights as they transport humans, goods and materials.

Malindi is yet another beautiful island on the coast of Kenya. Lined with extensive coral reefs, colorful fish and unending beaches, the island is quite a beauty. The Vasco da Gama pillar built by the Portuguese in 1498 is one of the oldest European monuments in the region and must see site in Malindi. One can also visit the Malindi Marine National park and Malindi Museum and enjoy viewing the vast marine life on the coastal island.

Snorkeling, scuba diving, kite surfing, dhow excursions, fishing are just but a few of the water activities that can be enjoyed on the clear waters in these islands.

Travel Insurance

Remember as you set off for your travels both local and overseas, travel with the peace of mind after getting a travel insurance cover. Accidents happen and more so when you are out exploring new areas and adventure activities, get a cover to protect you from personal injury, emergency medical expenses, loss or delay of baggage and travel connections. Start by getting a quote here

Sources

  • AfricanMecca Safaris
  • DailyNation
  • Kenya Wildlife Services
  • MagicalKenya