Central Europe has beautiful landscapes and lakes, snow-capped mountains – and above all, cheap prices, according to a travel expert.
Slovenia has topped the list of best holiday destinations – with Thailand and Bali also making the top five.
The Central European country was chosen as a favorite by the world’s sports enthusiast, Monica Stott, because of its impressive rivers and streams, snow-covered mountains for skiers – and its possibilities.
With accommodation starting at around £18 per night, and local one-way tickets costing as little as $1.15, Slovenia has been labeled a “low-cost” destination for backpackers.
And while eating out won’t cost money, a three-course meal for two costs around £36, while a pint of beer usually costs £2.47.
And because of its low crime rate, it’s also among the safest places to visit, making it ideal for people who are just starting out packing or finding their feet at the start of their gap year.
Meanwhile, long-time favorites Australia and New Zealand remain on the bucket list for middle-aged travelers – and the latter is especially recommended for those who love the outdoors.
The site was revealed as it was seen that interest in cargo travel is on the rise, with Google searches for the two terms up 49% from last year.
Monica Stott, also known as “The Travel Hack”, teamed up with Post Office Travel Insurance to reveal the most popular travel destinations.
Monica said: “Slovenia is one of the cheapest places I’ve been to as a backpacker.
“It is one of the smallest and safest places in Europe. See beautiful cities like Ljubljana, and natural attractions like Lake Bled, at a fraction of the cost of other European countries.
Another option for potential backpackers is Thailand – it’s a South Asian country that can have good food.
Monica said: “Thailand has been popular with backpackers for years, thanks to its amazing beaches. The locals are friendly and welcoming, and they know how to cook and throw a great party.
“Thailand is cheap, and you’ll make friends with backpackers from everywhere.”
Currently, Australia is very popular with those who want to go away for a year and earn extra money while traveling – and Monica doesn’t think that will change anytime soon.
He said: “If you are under 30, you can easily apply for a Working Holiday visa, which allows you to work for one year in Australia.
“Try something new and work as a fruit picker on a rural farm, be brave in Sydney, or join the cool kids in Melbourne.
“I was swimming during the day and waiting tables at night – the island life was a great way to save money.”
Finally, Monica also believes that Bali is popular for those working around Australia, because they can get “bang for the buck” there – and be an “Instagram dream” because of its waterfalls, clean. beaches, and tropical forests.
Monica added: “Choosing your gap year destination is the most exciting part of planning your trip.
“Many backpackers choose destinations that are completely different from home, giving them unique opportunities and exposure to new cultures – and it’s important to choose a destination based on safety.”
And Paul Paddock, head of travel and security at the Post Office, which provides insurance to travelers aged 18-60, said: “Taking out a year of unlimited travel is one of the most exciting trips a lifestyle enthusiast can take, especially if you are going. carrying a bag .
“There are many good places to consider, as we have discussed in our previous Travel Safety Index.
“But even with that thought, it’s important to choose the right insurance for your trip before you go — whether it’s a backpack, multi-trip, or single-trip policy — to give you peace of mind while you’re on the road.”
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