Travel lovers know how hard it can be to find the best places to spend a vacation. The most popular ones are almost always pre-booked months in advance, and all the available tours are fairly expensive. If you don’t have time to plan your vacation early in advance, then your choice narrows down to far fewer options. However, there are some interesting spots on the map that you might have not considered yet as possible vacation destinations. Here, we have chosen such destinations that won’t take up much money and that can be very convenient last-minute options.
Experience a fairytale in Cappadocia
Imagine yourself floating on air as the first-morning sun rays warm your face with delight. This might seem like fiction, but in Cappadocia, fairytales come to life thanks to the magical experience you can have with air balloons. This ancient city on its own looks like a Disney movie filming set with yellow stone buildings and caves hidden all around. You can also experience Cappadocia by foot if you follow some of the many hiking trails that will lead you to the Rose Valley and all the way to some of the many beautiful Sunset Points.
It’s also a wonderful way to immerse in the Eastern culture by visiting the Goreme Open Air Museum filled with churches carved into cliffs, and if you feel like exploring, you can hike your way to some secret remote churches in the area which are mostly hidden from tourist’s eyes.
Fun adventures in Hong Kong
If you are looking for an active rest, Hong Kong is the ultimate place to be. You can start your day from the top by going straight for Ngong Ping 360 with a full view of the city. Take a 5.7km long cable car journey all the way down to the Ngong Ping Village where the Big Buddha rests to see one of the most valuable symbols of Hong Kong. Going forward, you can take the rackety ding ding tram throughout the city and experience an explosion of senses while strolling through the local markets. For more fun, you can stop by Kowloon Park’s Kung Fu Corner to learn some kung fu moves on the way.
You can finish the day off by watching the sunset behind the sea from your room window if you book your room in the excellent Hong Kong Gold Coast hotel. Sounds like a perfect day, doesn’t it? And yet, there is so much more to do in this city thriving with an adventurous spirit.
Be surprised by the many faces of Jerusalem
You will be enchanted by the many secrets this iconic cradle of Christianity has to offer. Today, Israel’s capital city is the melting pot of many cultures, religions, and ethnicities. This multicultural city will leave you in awe when you somehow mysteriously transfer from an ultra-orthodox Jewish neighborhood and suddenly find yourself in a trendy tapas bar or a hipster hangout just around the corner. It would be best to arrange your visit around the major Jewish and Christian celebrations such as the High Holy Day and Passover because the feasts at the time are amazing.
Food lovers mustn’t miss out on the famous Machane Yehuda market which is situated in the heart of the city. This shuk has been around since the 19th century and has become the must-see sight in Jerusalem. Don’t forget to try the Bamba, Israel’s peanut flavored national snack which will leave you craving for more with each piece that melts in your mouth.
Behind the ancient city walls of Dubrovnik
You are not a true Game of Thrones fan if you don’t know that the majority of the series was filmed behind Dubrovnik’s ten-century-old walls. Dubrovnik is known as one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in the world, as it rivaled Venice as the most important trading port for centuries. The island is just a bus ride away from Montenegro and a ferry boat ride away from Italy, so you can also easily travel around to see more of the Adriatic coast.
Visiting local sights, important buildings, squares and monuments in the medieval Dubrovnik Old town is going to leave you with unforgettable memories and beautiful sightseeing pictures. If you ever wondered what it was like living in the medieval ages, then walking around Dubrovnik is the closest to this experience you can get. Another perk of Dubrovnik is that it’s surrounded by the most picturesque beaches with clear blue waters.
All of these destinations can be budget-friendly if you do a little research in advance. Now start packing and get prepared to enjoy the summer of a lifetime!