places/travel The Top Budget Destinations for 2013  

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2013 Budget Destinations: Sometimes you just can't afford a full-blown tour of the world. During lean times, an inexpensive vacation is very desirable. Of course, the top budget travel spots will likely be within the country, but places like Bogota, Colombia and Dublin, Ireland are also top locations for those living on a dime. For those that can and want to, the best countries to visit can also be done on a budget.

There's no perfect equation for saving money on travel, but there are certain things you can do (like consulting the top websites for saving money on travel) to keep your costs to a minimum. You can find out when a destination's peak tour season is and avoid it; travel on low-traffic days; stay a little further out of the city center if there's good, reliable public transport; and, above all, remember that businesses and services around the top tourist attractions will always cost more.

One more pro-tip: remember that airfare can be your best friend and your worst enemy. Many of the locations on this list of budget travel destinations are easy enough to get to (be it a vacation by car or a great buy on cheap airfare), but it's amazingly important to make sure there are reasonably priced services like grocery stores, transport, and restaurants in the surrounding area of your vacation destination. A cheap hotel that you can only get to by $100 taxi ride diminishes the value of a great vacation deal.