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You’re hankering to see the world, but don’t want to wait till you’re rich to do it. Is that you? Well, here’s where you want to visit. Exotic to the point of sexy, even spiritually illuminating. But these places shouldn’t send you to the poorhouse.
The images we get from Canada are usually from Ontario, which doesn’t give the full picture. Try French Quebec. Try Vancouver, or the scenic West generally. There are spectacular natural sites here, too. That’s where the Mounties are.
Most of the news from Mexico isn’t happy, but it’s an inexpensive, fascinating destination with all sorts of widely varied environments: beaches and mountains, big city life and ancient sites.
Costa Rica is almost legendary as a Shangri-La for Americans who want to escape. The landscape is spectacular, the people friendly, and the price-tag very reasonable.
Come and enjoy the peace! The word is out about Vietnam being one of the hottest destinations in the world, but it isn’t overrun and touristy yet.
Belize is where you want to go if what you love is the water: everything from diving and snorkeling to sailing and fishing. This little speck sports 300 miles of beaches.
If you’re a typical ‘Hangover’ tourist, you already know what you’re going to do – just don’t get swallowed up by Bangkok! For the more serious type, you can have an authentic, spiritual adventure here for very little.
Vientane has 700,000 people, great dining, and most of the touristy trimmings. But get off the beaten path. Try Luang Prabang, a little, underdeveloped town that used to be the ancient capital.
Cambodia is accessible by bike or by bus, and it has must-see historic destinations such as Phnom Penh, the capitol. Beautiful statues and temples are everywhere.
Montenegro is about as close to medieval fairyland as you’re going to get on this planet. If you have even the slightest taste for that, put it on your list.
A Thessaloniki night scene. Take a look at Greece. There are bargains to be had in a place that mixes the best of the ancient with a vibrant club scene.