Tips for cheaper travel in 2023

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As rising prices tighten their grip on our finances, the prospect of a holiday may be slipping from the grasp of many.

But before writing it off completely, take a moment to reframe your idea of where to go.

Opting for underrated destinations can cut a huge swathe off your travel costs, according to Time Out.

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“Visiting somewhere you’ve never considered such as a country’s less-raved-about cities or rural locations can help you not only beat the crowds but save as much as 77 per cent on your costs while you are there and boost local economies that don’t often get their fair share of tourism,” said James Manning, Time Out’s travel editor.

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (photo: Adobe)Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (photo: Adobe)
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (photo: Adobe)

Time Out recommends trying these underrated, up-and-coming destinations:

1 Swap the increasingly popular coast of Croatia for the Albania Riviera.

If you’re looking to skip the crowds and save money, try Dhërmi, a small town on the Albania Riviera and set to become a new festival hotspot.

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Albania vs. Croatia savings: as much as 60 per cent on the cost of a meal plus up to 77 per cent on the cost of a local beer (all figures from cost of living data.)

2 The Amalfi Coast is stunning but so is the lesser-known Pontine Coast south of Rome.

Choosing a less-visited coastline rather than the ever-popular classics can help save money and also enjoy a more relaxed and exclusive experience.

Pontine vs Amalfi Coast savings: The cost of a local meal can be as much as 50 per cent less.

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3 For a city break, pick the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, instead of Amsterdam.

“The cost of eating and drinking (in Sarajevo) is amongst some of the lowest you will find in Europe, giving you the option to eat in higher-end restaurants and still save money,” said James.

4 While in Barcelona, hop over to Girona for the day

“It is less than an hour away by train and has incredible mediaeval streets and a vibey-yet-affordable food scene – plus the satisfaction of visiting somewhere that’s still off the mainstream tourist map,” said James.

5 Try Guadalajara, Mexico’s second city, which is cheaper than Mexico City but just as cool.

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6 People will always love Paris, but should also start a love affair with Marseille.

This offers a city and beach break all in one; with historic streets, multicultural food, “an incredibly cool arts scene,” and boat trips and Calanque hikes on your doorstep.”

Time Out’s travel tips for getting the most travel for your money this year include:

Exploring unsung destinations

Opting for winter over summer travel

Making the most of cost savings of package holidays

Booking home stays to save on accommodation costs and meals out

Swapping flying for overland adventures

Planning well ahead instead of booking at short notice

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