Ideas of budget-friendly travel after the pandemic

Published 2021-02-14 09:24:46
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Argentina, Romania, Turkey, but also more simply theme parks closer to your home, here are some ideas for a change of scenery to consume as soon as the travel restrictions due to the Covid pandemic are lifted.

With COVID-19 still raging on, many of us simply cannot wait to get vaccinated and start looking for places to travel and get back to our adventurous life.

According to a recent study published by Access Development, total traveler spending amounted to $1.1 trillion in 2019 (yes, in the pre-Covid era!). This included $278.9 billion for food services, $242.3 billion for lodging, and $210.8 billion for public transport. For recreation and amusement, people spent over $117.8 billion and $107.3 billion for retail as reported by the US Travel Association. In a nutshell, Baby Boomers spent, on average, $6,600 on travel. Playing as tourists is therefore not within everyone's reach, but by planning and compressing expenses, it is possible to have fun within a controlled budget.

Top Post Pandemic Travel Destinations

Here are some destinations to consider... as soon as Covid restrictions are lifted:


San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina - Photo by Fernando Távora on Unsplash

Located in the southern half of South America, Argentina offers you a favorable exchange rate where one US dollar can get you around 88 Argentine Peso.

Many ex-pats and retirees manage to live comfortable lives with just $1,800 per month, which is good enough for a couple and by far most reasonable when compared to the average cost of living in the US.

Best time to visit is from October to mid-December and April to mid-June. Some of the fun events include:

  • Fiesta de Las Murgas – popular musical and theatrical celebrations in Buenos Aires throughout February.
  • Gualeguaychu Carnival – a celebration of Catholic origin from February to March throughout Argentina.
  • Venimia – traditional affair in March at Mendoza, the wine capital of Argentina.
  • Buenos Aires Fashion Week – world’s design capital designated by UNESCO, held in August.
  • Buenos Aires Tango Festival – held in August.
  • Oktoberfest – at Cordoba in October.
  • Septiembre Musical – at Tucuman Province in October.
  • Pepsi Musical Festival – in Buenos Aires from September to October.  


Sighișoara, Romania - Photo by Alisa Anton on Unsplash

Romania is also a great and affordable choice for US travelers, where $30 to $50 is more than enough to manage daily basis expenditures.

A two-night stay for a couple at the 5-star JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel can cost you around $250, which is four times less you would actually pay in the US for the same luxury.  Top tourist attractions include:

  • Brasov – known for Black Church and Rope Street.
  • Bucharest – the capital of Romania, brimming with national parks, gardens, and museums.
  • Mamamia – Romania’s most popular seaside resort.
  • Sibiu – located in Transylvania (Count Dracula’s hometown).
  • Sighisoara – known for its Clock Tower.
  • Sinaia – mountain resort perfect for tourists that enjoy hiking
  • Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral – many historical and religious objects as well as vintage paintings.

Best time to plan your visit is during mid-May through mid-September. Biggest festivals include:

  • Electric Castle – annual music festival at Banffy Castle, near Cluj-Napoca from July 14-18.
  • The New International Theater Festival (FTN) – at Arad during November.
  • Sighisoara Medieval Festival – cultural revival on last weekend of July.
  • Transylvania International Film Festival – 25th of May to 3rd of June.
  • Transylvania Mountain Festival – in October.
  • Untold Festival – largest electronic music festival in Clu-Napoca at Cluj Arena during August.


Istanbul - Photo by Şinasi Müldür from Pexels

A dollar in Turkey can get you 7.08 Turkish liras. Restaurants in Turkey are much cheaper than their American and European counterparts.
A meal for two at Alancha, Istanbul’s finest restaurant can cost you around $50, which can give anyone cravings for more. Best time to visit is from April to May and from mid-September to mid-November. Top tourist destinations include:

  • Aspendos – Roman theatre with various other ruins. 
  • Aya Sofya – one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
  • Cappadocia – surreal rock valleys and every photographer’s dream.
  • Pamukkale – Turkey’s famous natural wonder.
  • Sumela Monastery – built into a cliff’s face, stunning and lonely setting.
  • Topkapi Palace – sumptuous beyond belief, the world of sultans.

Biggest Turkish festivals include:

  • Ahirkapi Hidirellez Festival – at Cankurtaran from 5th of May to 6th of May all night long.
  • Camel Wrestling Festival – at the Aegean region of Turkey from starting from November.
  • Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival – at Edirne held every year in late June.
  • Mesir Paste Festival – at Sultan Mosque in Manisa on the 22nd of March every year.
  • Mevlana Whirling Dervishes Festival – in Konya during two prior of 17th December each year.   

Best Theme Parks with Resorts

If you are short on time and just seek to have a jolly good time with family and friends without travelling much, then the following theme parks and resorts may pique your interest.

Europa Park – Rust, Germany

Water roller coaster Poseidon in Europa Park, Germany - Photo by Stefan Scheer, Wikimedia

The largest theme park in Germany and the second most popular theme park resort in Europe. Able to accommodate roughly 60,000 guests per day and counted more than 5.75 million visitors back in 2019, it is also the location and venue of choice for the annual Euro Dance Festival.

Walt Disney World® Resort – Florida, USA

Covering nearly 25,000 acres (39 square miles), The Walt Disney World® Resort comprises of four theme parks, two water parks, and 27 themed resort hotels. Other attractions include camping resort, several golf courses, nine non-Disney hotels, and Disney Springs, an outdoor shopping center.
It was undoubtedly the most visited vacation resort in the world with an average annual attendance of more than 58 million back in 2018.

Tivoli Gardens – Copenhagen, Denmark

Birds view of Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark - Photo by Paul Bischoff, Wikimedia

An amusement park and pleasure garden that has been in operations since 1843, the Tivoli Garden is the third-oldest amusement park in the world. With over 4.6 million visitors back in 2017, it is the second most popular seasonal theme park in the world after Europa Park and the fifth most visited theme park in Europe.
Major attractions include four major roller coasters, amusement arcades, an array of kiddie rides, concert hall, theaters, and several hotels.


The secret of budget-friendly trips indeed lies partly in planning your travel beforehand. Knowing the amount of time, days, and the resources you would require for your trip can help you organized your travel. There are various event planners and websites online that offer you discounted deals and the best time to travel with a group. Your research can help you yield the fruits that you desire and have a memorable trip that is well within your budget. Bon Voyage!

About the author

Elaine Vanessa currently works as a Recreational Officer at Dissertation Assistance. This is where higher education students can acquire the assistance of professional essay writers UK specializing in their field of study. During her free time, she likes to go camping and organize road trips with family, friends, and loved ones.

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest WhatsApp Addthis


Author: Elaine Vanessa

For other discussions, advice, question, point of view, get together, etc...: please use the forum.

More articles

- My Life Abroad -
A selection of expat stories

"A fun compulsive read!"
J. Matcham, Amazon

"I strongly advise people ready to live abroad to read this book!"
Patrice, Amazon