7 Best Vacation Spots For Couples On A Budget

You don’t have to be a millionaire to travel around the world these days. Just look at all of the Instagram couples who make a living out of travelling with little funds.

You do, however, need to know how to optimise your spending. And, part of that is knowing when to book flights, where to book them, and where to book them to. Modern-day budget travelling is all about the destination, which means that looking at vacation spots for couples on a budget is a whole lot easier than it used to be.

If you’re looking to take a cheap vacation with your bae this year, then here are our top picks for the seven best vacation spots for couples on a budget in 2020.

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1. Nashville, Tennessee

Welcome to the South! Nashville has become one of the most popular cities in the Southern United States, and it’s one of the best vacation spots for couples on a budget for a few good reasons.

The youthful party culture you’ll find downtown combines perfectly with the rich historical setting of the city. With more than a few top-notch bars to choose from, couples are able to drink and eat well, all while still having money left over to splurge on themselves.

Best Vacation Spots for Couples on a Budget 2020

2. San Juan, Puerto Rico

Interested in a Caribbean vacation but can’t afford to stay at the expensive hotels in Turks and Caicos? San Juan is your best bet as a budget traveller, both in terms of affordable beach vacations and cheap airfare.

With numerous direct flights from pretty much every major city, couples can get to San Juan without breaking the bank. Once they’re there, they’re able to enjoy a variety of romantic activities. Horseback riding, daily surf lessons, and romantic dinners are all fairly cheap here.

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Image: Hotel Convento San Juan

3. Havasupai, Arizona

If your idea of a romantic getaway includes a lot of adrenaline-pumping activities, then Havasupai is the place for you. When it comes to cheap vacations for couples, the Grand Canyon has long been high on the list of dream getaways.

And, due to the fact that Havasupai is a lesser-known area of the Grand Canyon, it still feels fairly secluded and romantic. Hike there and enjoy the highly Instagrammable scenery before settling in at a unique hotel for as cheap as $20/night.

Image: Wandering Wheatleys


4. Tulum, Mexico

Couples looking for affordable beach vacations have been heading to Mexico for years, but now the locals have caught on to the trend. Puerto Vallarta and Cancun are pretty touristy now, and therefore home to tourist prices.

For an affordable couples vacation on the beach, head to Tulum. Outstanding snorkelling and ancient ruins are just a small fraction of the wonder and magic you can expect to experience in Tulum. The rustic beach cabins are also some of the most beautiful in the region and cost a fraction of what you’d pay somewhere else in Mexico.

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5. Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca is a city filled with roses and romantic little side streets to wander down with your beau. On top of the passion-inducing setting, Cuenca is also extremely cheap. 

Flights to and from Ecuador are some of the cheapest that you’ll find in South America, and once you’re there, it costs next to nothing to enjoy couples activities such as hot springs, volcano hikes, rainforest treks, and romantic hotels.

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6. Budapest, Hungary

The most affordable European vacation for couples on a budget? Budapest! This Eastern European capital city is slated to become one of the hottest travel destinations in 2020.

From unique backpacker vibes to dirt cheap romantic dinner cruises along the Danube River, there’s something in Budapest for everybody. Head out to one of the local ruins bars an enjoy cheap drinks before wandering through the streets to get to your dinner cruise.

7. Transylvania, Romania

While you’re in Eastern Europe, we suggest planning a stop in Romania. Like Hungary, the country has been rebuilding over the past few decades and is just beginning to become popular on the tourist circuit.

Romania is even cheaper than Hungary and home to some of the most stunning landscapes in all of Europe. Rent a car and drive through the Carpathian Mountains as you make your way to Transylvania. Stay in the charming fairytale city of Brasov where you’ll be able to indulge in delicious food and quaint Airbnbs for cheap.

Elizabeth Thorn

Elizabeth has lived and worked in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, all of which have contributed to her passion for travel writing. When she's not writing, you can find her exploring little hideouts in Colombia or watching photography tutorials on YouTube.

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