Who would know best where to find great travel bargains for 2017? That would be the experts on travel destinations and experts on finance, of course. We looked at Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2017” list for best value destinations and combined this with Forbes’ suggestions for the cheapest destinations in the coming year to bring you 20 of the best travel bargains for 2017.
3. South Africa
Once again you’ll have to fly in via Johannesburg and since it’s less than seven hours by car to Maputo, the Mozambican capital, you can easily combine a trip to South Africa and Mozambique, making a detour through what will in future be known as the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.
5. Porto, Portugal
Portugal’s second largest city is the world’s port wine capital and also boasts interesting museums and quaint architecture.
6. Venice, Italy
7. Debrecen, Hungary
While the financial bible specifically suggests San Luis Potosi and the Pacific beach resort of Mazatlan as great budget destinations, you can also get a cheap flight to Cancun and combine a visit to Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.
13. Bellarine Peninsula, Australia
14. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
However, its forests, beaches, waterfalls, lighthouses and the famous Mackinac Island fudge are only about 10 hours’ drive from Toronto or about 11 hours from Winnipeg, making this a good choice if you want to travel somewhere south of the border.
It’s not the cheapest destination in South America but is still very affordable, and you can cut on the cost of getting there by flying with a budget airline from Florida.
17. Bonaire and Curaçao
Besides, it has a wine-making tradition that goes back some 8,000 years.