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Best Value Tourist Destinations for 2015 (Part I)

Lonely Planet, the world’s largest travel guide book publisher, has recently released a list of best value destinations for 2015. These places, according to the company, are guaranteed picturesque and amazing, but they won’t break the bank unlike other luxurious destinations.

Tunisia

It is good news to know that many travel warnings against this North African country have been dropped. In fact, a number of travelers, according to surveys, have been booking flights to visit this place next year.

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Al-Zaytuna Mosque

What to do there?

Stay at hotels in Tunis, visit the Star Wars set, and of course, heed to the Al-Zaytuna Mosque. This 5, 000 square-meter mosque, which literally means the Mosque of Olive, features multi-colored granite, marble, and porphyry and is considered one of Tunisia’s architectural pride.

South Africa

Aside from the fact that 1 US dollar is already equivalent to around 11 South African rand, many museums all over the country offer free entrance. Isn’t that amazing for history buffs that are in a budget? Well, South Africa is not only for ‘historians’, this place is great for animal lovers, too. We know that this part of the globe is gifted with rich wildlife.

Did you know?

South Africa is home to Table Mountain. Table Mountain is the only natural site on Earth to have a constellation named after it. The constellation is called Mensa, meaning table. Do you know that Table Mountain is one of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature”?

Shanghai, China

Dongtai Road, Shanghai

Dongtai Road, Shanghai

Behind the fact that China is the most populous country all over the world, it has managed to keep its cities peaceful. One of these cities is Shanghai, which offers many five star hotels.

What to do there?

According to TIME, “The joys of Shanghai are on the street level, where everyday life unfolds with bewildering variety.”

Some of the top activities tourists must experience when in Shanghai are: riding the magnetic-levitation train (Maglev Train), visiting the Shanghai Museum, walking around the Fuxing Park, and shopping for antique pieces at Dongtai Road.

Samoa

Survive the Samoan beaches!

Samoa

Samoa is an Oceanian country in the South Pacific Ocean. According to Wikipedia, tourism in this country is an expanding sector, accounting 25% of GDP (gross domestic product). Hop off from Australia or New Zealand by plane; this is the most convenient mode of transportation to get to the island.

Did you know?

Samoa has been the venue of the nineteenth season of the American competitive reality show Survivor. In addition to being featured in a popular TV show, this paradise has managed to uphold its ivory-white sand, crystal-clear waters, and secluded beaches.

Bali, Indonesia

According to a travel site, “Bali is a living postcard, an Indonesian paradise that feels like a fantasy.” Here is a three-minute video featuring the top 10 hotels and resorts in Bali.

 

Did you know?

In the year 2010, Bali received the Best Island award from Travel and Leisure, a travel magazine based in New York City with over four million readers.

Check out the second part of this article and discover four more heavenly yet surely budget friendly places to visit.

 

 

What do you think? Did we leave a place you love off of our Best Value Tourist Destinations for 2015? Check back for part two, and leave your comments below

-Happy Globetrotting