Think you can’t afford an international romantic escape? Being on a budget doesn’t mean you have to stay home or compromise on your travel goals. While money shouldn’t ever be an issue between you love birds and your wanderlust, here are some nice destinations that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. There are multiple (and fantastic) options for international romantic getaways on a budget.
Don’t believe us? Check out our list of cheap travel destinations, we promise that it will blow your mind!
9 Romantic (And Cheap) Weekend Getaways for Couples
It might occur to you, and for good reason, that travelling to a European destination on a budget is a myth. Respectfully, we beg to differ as Serbia is one of the MAJESTIC yet budget European romantic getaways. It is a country full of splendid monasteries, like the Studenica, Manasija and Ravanica. This southeast European gem has 5 enchanting national parks. At any time of the year, you can find cheap (yet luxurious) accommodation options here. A budget vacation for a week for a couple should cost you 400-500 AED per person. Cities you should look forward to visiting are Belgrade and Novi Sad. We’d suggest you prioritize Belgrade. Rich history, party-loving young crowd and the never-dying spirit of the city will leave an everlasting mark on you and your partner. The city is known for its Bohemian streets like Danube Street and Skadarlija, the Belgrade Fortress, Republic Square and Ada Ciganlija.
Currency value: 1 UAE Dirham = 29.08 din (approx.)
2. Czech Republic
Czech Republic is a promising budget-friendly European destination we promise your partner will absolutely love. You can easily find lavish hotels in the price range of 150 – 200 AED a night. Cities to cover include Prague and Brno. When in Czech Republic, visit the Prague castle, the Špilberk Castle and take a walk, hand-in-hand with your lover, across Charles Bridge.
Currency value: 1 UAE Dirham = 6.38 CZK (approx.)
Known for its 360-degree natural scenic beauty, Indonesia is an all-time favourite budget-friendly romantic getaway. Add the places Ubud, Bali, Yogyakarta, and Gili Islands to your list. Hop on a bike with your loved one and take a tour around the village of Bali, enjoy super-fun water sports and indulge in a couple-spa session! To make your trip vacation with your loved one a little more easy on the pocket, instead of hiring cabs, use local transport that’ll cost you 1-2 AED per person for one side!
Currency value: 1 UAE Dirham = 3827 IDR (approx.)
As charming as your lover, Vietnam is a destination that never fails to woo you. Cities demanding your attention are Hanoi, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh city. Halong Bay, though a delightful spot, is always crowded with tourists. A quieter, romantic alternative with an equally stunning view is Bai Tu Long Bay. Relax at the tiny beaches and hog on fresh succulent seafood here. Cruise away with your partner from Cai Be to Dong Hoa Hiep for as low as 200 AED per person!
Currency value: 1 UAE Dirham = 6318 VND (approx.)
One of the overlooked European destinations, Romania offers endless charming medieval cities and towns, majestic castles and paradisiacal natural beauty. We mean it! The idyllic scenery of Romania is something straight out of a dream, you might feel like you’ve brought your partner to a wonderland! Few of the things you CANNOT miss in Romania are the Bigar Waterfall (it is magnificent!), the Romanian tunnel of love and the Moss Swamp. Some places on Earth just make you forget the realities of life. Romania is undoubtedly one of those destinations! Must visit cities in Romania are Bucharest, Brașov and Transylvania. When travelling to the ‘Paris of the East’, Bucharest, make sure you visit Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum, Lipscani (the old town), the Revolution Square, Palatul Primăverii (the Spring Palace). Your daily budget per day can be anywhere between 150 – 200 AED per person.
Currency value: 1 UAE Dirham = 1.18 lei (approx.)
Pokhara, Kathmandu and Patan are the cities you must add to your itinerary. If you are a couple that loves trekking, Nepal is one of those cheap weekend getaways for couples that will fill your adventurous souls! Trek your heart out at the Himalayas. Be it short, beginner level treks like Poonhill trek or adrenaline-pumping, advanced level trek to the Everest like the Annapoorna-circuit, Nepal offers both. Even if you aren’t the ‘trekker’ kind of a couple, just spread a mat, sit beside each other and stare at the jaw-dropping view in Nepal! If you eat where the locals eat, you can relish in lip-smacking (and filling) meals for as low as 15 AED per person.
Currency value: 1 UAE Dirham = 19.55 BTN (approx.)
Be the happiest couple in the happiest country in the world! When in Bhutan, you must visit Paro, Thimphu and Punakha. The suspension bridge in Punakha Dzong, Takin Zoo, and the Folk Heritage Museum are a few places you should cover. If you are a couple who is always excited for thrilling activities, try river rafting and kayaking. Treat your taste buds with the staple Bhutanese dish – Ema Datshi. You can indulge in candlelight dinner at a mid-range restaurant and it would just cost you up to 50 AED! And we are talking about a wholesome, 3-course meal!
Currency value: 1 UAE Dirham = 19 BTN (approx.)
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8. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is an amalgamation of secluded romantic beaches, complex caves, grand forts, exotic wildlife and great history. Sri Lankan cities worth every second of your time are Colombo, Dambulla, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy and Bentota. Enjoy a low-key boat ride at Lake Gregory or you can also go surfing, scuba diving or snorkelling with your partner at Hikkaduwa on the southwest coast! If you travel in the off-season, you can get luxurious hotels for the price as low as 50 AED! Train rides in Sri Lanka are very scenic hence a must-have experience with your loved one. It is cheap as well, an hour ride from Ella to Badulla costs you under 1 AED! The country is overall very budget-friendly. It offers tonnes of experiences that you can have with your partner for less than 50 AED!
Currency value: 1 UAE Dirham = 49 LKR (approx.)
Known for its Soviet past, Ukraine is a cheap holiday destination for couples interested in world history. The capital ‘Kyiv’ is famous for its Orthodox churches and small puppet theatres. Kamianets-Podilskyi, the city with the old town vibes, has a grand fortress – ‘The Podolsky Castle’, and we bet just visiting this castle will give you the royal feels! We recommend visiting in April so you can experience the Kamianets hot air balloon festival as well, which is utterly beautiful! Food budget of 50 AED per day for both of you is enough if you chose to eat at regular places but if you decide to wine-and-dine, it might go as high as 70 AED at a mid-range restaurant.
Currency value: 1 UAE Dirham = 6.79 UAH (approx.)
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