If you want to get the maximum bang for your buck, this is when you need to travel.
Travel booking site trivago.com.au has analysed the data and found the spots that have been rapidly gaining popularity in searches over the last two years, as well as the cheapest (and most expensive) times to visit them.
The costs have been determined via the trivago Hotel Price Index, which tracks fluctuations in prices from over 200 booking sites and 1.3 million hotels around the world.
10. Torrevieja, Spain
Cheapest time to visit: March (average hotel price of $88)
Most expensive time to visit: August ($173)
An up-and-coming resort town on the Costa Blanca coastline, Torrevieja is becoming a favourite with families thanks to its colourful salt lakes and stunning nature park trails.
9. Crikvenica, Croatia
Cheapest time to visit: March (average hotel price of $89)
Most expensive time to visit: August ($177)
A picturesque fishing village with a population of just 12,000 people, this Balkan gem is recommended for seasoned European travellers who have already had their fill of the better-known Pula and Dubrovnik.
8. Cape Town, South Africa
Cheapest time to visit: July (average hotel price of $136)
Most expensive time to visit: December ($217)
A popular destination for outdoors types, Cape Town is packed with must-do activities and experiences, and boasts a diverse array of cuisines, cultures and history. The beach isn’t bad, either.
7. Cancun, Mexico
Cheapest time to visit: October (average hotel price of $183)
Most expensive time to visit: January ($258)
Best known for its notorious spring break parties, Cancun’s downtown district also boasts a strong local salsa scene, while stunning turquoise-coloured beaches will help you nurse a hangover in style.
6. Cartagena, Colombia
Cheapest time to visit: December (average hotel price of $99)
Most expensive time to visit: May ($117)
Virtually gift-wrapped for travel photographers, Cartagena bursts with colours, historic cobblestone streets, white-sand beaches, palm trees and a stunning cathedral.
5. Malacca, Malaysia
Cheapest time to visit: March & April (average hotel price of $54)
Most expensive time to visit: May (average hotel price of $67)
Fancy a stroll? Malacca’s riverside promenades, art galleries, antique shops and night markets will fit the bill. Once overshadowed by Singapore as a travel hot spot, Malacca has been making a comeback in popularity over the last two years.
4. Alicante, Spain
Cheapest time to visit: November & January (average hotel price of $93)
Most expensive time to visit: August ($161)
Renowned for its nightlife, Alicante’s el Barrio boasts an abundance of bars, terraces and restaurants, and famously appeals to writers and poets. While you’re in this 7,000-year-old city, visit the Castle of Santa Barbara atop Mount Benacantil, a landmark that locals see as the protector of the city.
3. Fethiye, Turkey
Once a well-kept secret, Fethiye isn’t so secret anymore after its turquoise waters made an appearance in James Bond blockbuster Skyfall. It’s known as a yacht haven, but you won’t need Bond’s seemingly unlimited funds to enjoy Fethiye if you time your trip right.
2. Varadero, Cuba
Varadero has got one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, and the locals know it — the 20km coastal strip is lined with hotels and spa complexes. If you can tear yourself away from the beach, hit up the ancient burial cave at the Reserva Ecologica Varahicacos.
1. Reykjavik, Iceland
From snowy mountaintops to geothermal pools, the serene beauty of Reykjavik has to be seen to be believed. But the city has more to offer than a pretty face — if you’re a history buff, you’ll find some of the most valuable artefacts from the time of the Vikings here.
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