We all dream of international destinations for our “someday” vacation, but with some savvy shopping for flights deals and affordable lodging, you can make that trip of a lifetime happen now. “Traveling on a budget” doesn’t have to mean sketchy hostels, cold showers, and uncomfortable beds. Here are 5 private accommodations for under $100/night on Airbnb that don’t sacrifice the comforts of life and will kick-start your search for that dream vacation… all within budget!
Home in the Mountains
Hatton, Sri Lanka
Located in the hilly countryside of central Sri Lanka, this spacious 6-bedroom bungalow would be perfect for a large family or group of friends to explore the world-famous Ceylon tea estates, or successfully summit Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada). A sacred Buddhist pilgrimage for over 1000 years, the hike to Adam’s Peak is about 5 miles and from December to May is often lined with pilgrims climbing the trail at night with a procession of candles. You could spend your vacation exploring Sri Lanka’s mountains, waterfalls or other nearby destinations like the “Little England of Sri Lanka” Nuwara Eliya, or simply stay in, enjoy prepared meals, and take in the amazing views of the mountains and a sea of clouds from the living room couch.
Room with a View
The small terrace in this apartment boasts sweeping views of Old Town Dubrovnik, its crystal clear Adriatic waters, and nearby Lokrum Island. The studio apartment isn’t large and is furnished with just the essentials, but you’ll be spending most of your time roaming the historic streets, city walls and forts, or visiting one of the city’s many historic churches or castles. To enjoy your studio with a view, you’ll be climbing stairs and faced with a 10-minute steep walk to and from Old Town, so be sure to bring comfortable shoes! For Game of Thrones fans, Dubrovnik’s scenery may look familiar as King’s Landing, capital of the Seven Kingdoms. With a little research, you can track down the exact filming locations and thoroughly explore one of the best-preserved medieval walled cities in the world.
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For a local, yet luxurious experience, this traditional Moroccan house, or riad, features a ground floor courtyard and rooftop terrace within the Medina, or old city. Included in the price is a dedicated housekeeper who can arrange meal services and transportation, though most tourist destinations are within walking distance from the house. The architectural details and interior decorations make the riad a travel destination in itself. Your private riad might inspire a shopping trip to the nearby souks, or open-air markets, to buy colorful textiles, glassware, jewelry, trickets, or ceramics to bring home. You’ll enjoy the hustle and bustle of Marrakech easily from this riad and probably spend the day visiting local architectural wonders like the Bahia Palace, but at night, you can relax in this peaceful and private retreat.
Mui Ne, Vietnam
With only three private bungalows on this enclosed lush garden property, you’ll feel like you’re at an exclusive resort. Located in Mui Ne, a beach town best known for kitesurfing, you’ll be close enough to local shops and cafes, but can always retreat to your quiet bungalow for some poolside relaxation. Though the property is not beachfront, it is just across the street, so in 2 minutes you can be at the beach to enjoy the sunset or watch the many kitesurfers brave the waves. The hosts can help you set up a private massage, yoga session, and even home cooked Western or Vietnamese meals. Also ask for directions to Mui Ne’s famous Red and White Sand Dunes, where you’ll enjoy a Sahara-esque experience by day, but can easily return to your tropical beach paradise by night.
A White Room
You’ll be in the heart of young and vibrant Taipei with this studio apartment, but its simplistic design and décor will make you feel like you’re staying in a contemporary art museum. The studio is located near Ximending, a dense shopping district, and two metro stations, so you can easily travel anywhere in the city. Check out the local night markets, some within walking distance, to experience authentic Taiwanese food. Beef noodle soup, stinky tofu, and oyster pancakes are not to be missed. After navigating Taipei’s busy sidewalks, night markets, restaurants, and public transportation system, you’ll quickly embrace the open, serene and clean white space of this urban dwelling.