The Top 3 International Travel Experiences Money Can Buy
We’re always on the hunt for new bucket-list destinations and experiences, near or far. But because adding locales to wish lists and simply pining over their potential magic gets old fast, we’re especially interested in travel that is accessible in addition to awe-inspiring. After all, the adventure lies not in simply bookmarking a trip for the future but in actually booking the ticket and taking that ride. Enter Money’s first Best in Travel Awards, a compendium of best-of categories unearthing the best of the best, with affordability taken into account. From top hotel chains to the best travel credit cards to where to go and why, there’s tons of new info worth noting. For a closer look at the victorious international destinations, read on.
Distinguishing features: Asia is one of the best travel destinations for those looking to experience a new culture without going completely broke. Taipei is affordable, clean, and safe. On an average day, the air in Taipei is four times cleaner than it is in Beijing (Chicago, too). With its clean standards and low crime rates, it’s a great city for exploring the local scenes. According to Money, there are over 3000 restaurants rated four stars or better on TripAdvisor.
Distinguishing features: Marrakech is not only one of the most beautiful and stylish cities in Africa but also one of the safest and most affordable. According to Money, lodging, dining, and other tourism costs dropped 30% this year. You can stay in a stunning traditional house surrounding a garden courtyard, called a riad, for quite cheap, and Marrakech has a notably lower crime rate than other popular destinations like Vienna and Edinburgh. Then there is, of course, the local culture. Moroccan food’s delicious flavors and the Medina Quarter’s market of artisanal bargains are reason enough to book your ticket now.
Distinguishing features: Long one of Europe’s hidden gems, Prague boasts architecturally beautiful castles and cathedrals, internationally renowned museums, and surprisingly affordable amenities, thanks to bigger European draws like Paris and London. According to Money, the cost of an average day out on the town in Prague has fallen almost 10% in the past year, so the time to visit is now.