The 15 Cheapest Vacation Spots for 2019

A street in Mijas, located in Spain's Costa del Sol region.
A street in Mijas, located in Spain's Costa del Sol region.
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If you’re planning to take a vacation this year but don’t want to spend a fortune, the latest Holiday Money report from Post Office Travel Money might inspire an idea or two. Its round-up includes popular vacation destinations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Africa, and Asia where you’ll get the best deals in 2019, as Insider reports.

Post Office, a UK-based provider of foreign currency, created its rankings using data from tourist boards and tour operators. It compared the cost of eight items that tourists are likely to be shelling out money for, including dinner for two, a bottle of beer, a cup of coffee, and sunscreen. (This list accounts for local travel costs, but if you’re looking to save money, you’ll also need to factor airfare into the equation. This will vary, depending on which city you fly out of and into.)

Of the 42 resort towns and cities analyzed, Bulgaria’s aptly-named Sunny Beach is the place where your dollar will go the furthest. Located along the Black Sea, this tourist hub is known for its nightlife, amusement and water parks, and affordable hotels.

Next on the list is the Turkish resort town of Marmaris, situated along the Mediterranean coast. In addition to sun and sea, its proximity to a 16th-century castle and rock tombs may also appeal to history and architecture buffs.

For more travel ideas, check out the 15 cheapest destinations below. (Then read the full report here.)

1. Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
2. Marmaris, Turkey
3. Algarve, Portugal
4. Cape Town, South Africa
5. Costa del Sol, Spain
6. Tokyo, Japan
7. Mombasa, Kenya
8. Prague, Czech Republic
9. Paphos, Cyprus
10. Bali, Indonesia
11. Hoi An, Vietnam
12. Sliema, Malta
13. Cancun, Mexico
14. Orlando, Florida, USA
15. Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

[h/t Insider]

Here’s How Much a 5-Star Hotel Will Cost You in 100 Popular Travel Destinations Around the World

The Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai
The Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai
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Sometimes, you don’t mind roughing it in a tent for the sake of a budget-friendly vacation. Other times, you might want to splurge on a nicer hotel with a buffet breakfast and room service. Enjoying the finer things in life doesn’t necessarily mean breaking the bank, though.

A chart spotted by Thrillist breaks down the cost of 5-star hotels in 100 popular destinations around the world. Travel site Asher & Lyric crunched the numbers, using data from TripAdvisor on the average cost of a weeknight stay at the five top-rated hotels in each destination. The analysis accounted for fluctuating costs from one season to the next, and the chart shows what you might expect to pay during the high season compared to other times of year.

Places like Aspen and the Cayman Islands are predictably among the areas with the priciest hotels, but other vacation spots are surprisingly affordable. Take Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, for instance. This city of skyscrapers is a popular luxury destination—it’s called the “City of Gold,” after all—but its 5-star hotels are the third- cheapest ones on the chart, preceded only by Chennai in India and Manila in the Philippines.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you’d spend less money staying in a fancy hotel in New York City, Paris, or Rome during the high season than you’d pay to stay in Wyoming’s Jackson Hole. And if you’re looking to travel domestic, check out Las Vegas, Houston, and Atlanta. Of America's top destinations, these cities offer some of the cheapest 5-star hotels.

Scroll down to see the chart, and check out Asher & Lyric’s website for a detailed breakdown of their findings, including their top hotel picks.

How Much 5-Star Hotels Cost in the Top 100 Destinations Around the World - AsherFergusson.com - Infographic
Researched and developed by Asher & Lyric Fergusson

[h/t Thrillist]

Behr Will Pay Someone $10,000 to Travel the U.S. and Canada in Search of New Paint Colors

Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina
Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina
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Want to add a bit of color and excitement to your life? Behr has just the opportunity for you. The company wants to pay a “Color Explorer” $10,000 to visit vibrant destinations across the U.S. and Canada in search of new hues that will ultimately be turned into actual Behr paints.

“The Behr Color Explorer will kayak the glacial blues of Lake Louise in Banff [Alberta, Canada], people-watch at a vibrant music festival, take in the bold exteriors of Charleston’s Rainbow Row, and experience many more moments of positively pigmented wanderlust in between,” Behr writes in its job description.

Throughout their trip, the Color Explorer will take field notes and plenty of photos, and document their experiences on Behr’s blog and social media. After seeing all there is to see, this person will head to the company’s headquarters in Orange County, California, to work with Behr's marketing team on naming the new colors they uncovered.

Behr's paint names tend to range from the alliterative (see: “Bali Bliss” and “Barely Brown”) to the poetic (“Moth’s Wing”) to the straightforward but still somehow evocative (“Wheat Bread” and “Swiss Coffee”). The company's color of the year for 2019 is called Blueprint.

The ideal Color Explorer will be adventurous, interested in color, and knowledgeable about the latest trends, according to Behr.

In addition to providing a $10,000 stipend, the company will also cover all travel expenses, accommodation, and experiences. Would-be explorers can apply for the gig on Behr’s website by writing a short description of the color that inspires them most before the May 15 deadline. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and residents of the U.S. or Canada, and they must also have a valid passport.

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