5 affordable destinations to travel to in autumn

Travelling in the off-season has its perks, as autumn offers a better alternative to summer months with more affordable rates. From plane tickets to tours and hotels, prices tend to drop during this period, making it the perfect time to explore somewhere new. 

If you’re looking for an exciting yet affordable autumn vacation destination, consider planning a trip to places like Mexico, Greece, or Montenegro. While many of these destinations are budget-friendly year-round, the autumn season is even more wallet-friendly and adds the bonus of cooler temperatures and fewer tourist crowds. 

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Mexico

Sunset view of beautiful Playa Carizalillo Beach in Puerto Escondido.

Mexico is one of the world’s best places for an affordable getaway in autumn. Since it’s low season, you’ll have the chance to enjoy fewer crowds at the top sights and attractions, while idyllic temperatures make it easy to explore. You can still plan for a beach getaway, with discounted rates available in popular destinations such as Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. Alternatively, opt for big-city sights in Mexico City, explore the foodie scene in Oaxaca, or swim in cenotes in Tulum.

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Greece

Amazing view of a remote church on the cliff of the sea in Crete.

Greece offers an enticing mix of beautiful islands, delicious cuisine, and year-round sunshine. While many travellers dream of summers in Greece, you can get to know the country like a local during the autumn season without breaking the bank. Its warm waters are still comfortable enough for swimming, while grapes are harvested in September and make it a perfect time to explore local wineries. Islands are at their quietest during this time, with Corfu, Crete, and Rhodes some of the most popular off-peak destinations. 

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Estonia

Skyline view of the beautiful city of Tallinn in Estonia.

Autumn is a fantastic time to explore Estonia, as the heat of summer has disappeared in this charming Baltic country. Soak up the spectacular autumn scenery in its capital city Tallinn, along with its well-preserved medieval architecture and photogenic cobbled streets. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a road trip to discover Estonia’s pristine wilderness, beautiful coastline, and forested national parks. You’ll find affordable hotel prices within Tallinn’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, making it easy to explore this enchanting destination on a budget. 

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Ecuador

Spectacular nature views in Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands.

Ecuador might be tiny in size, but this top autumn destination packs a punch with its long list of impressive sights. This small Andean nation is primarily known for the Galapagos Islands, but you’ll find a long list of incredible UNESCO-listed cities, active volcanoes, and lush landscapes worthy of exploration. From the tropical Amazonian rainforest to the snow-peaked Andes, this country boasts a dazzling array of natural wonders. Best of all, it’s a fantastic budget destination. 

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Montenegro

Aerial view of Budva and sunny Adriatic Coast in Montenegro.

One of the most affordable destinations in Europe, Montenegro is a pleasant country to visit in autumn. Start your exploration in the fortified city of Kotor to experience its spectacular views, as this small Adriatic town is perched on the edge of a picturesque fjord-like bay. Next, stroll the picture-perfect beaches in Budva, see centuries-old fortresses in Herceg Novi, or join whitewater rafting tours in the Tara Canyon. If you have extra time, take a boat tour around Lake Skadar, the largest freshwater lake in the Balkans. 

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Budget-friendly autumn holidays

Appealing to your wallet and wanderlust, these affordable holiday destinations in autumn are perfect for a shoulder-season getaway. Not only will you discover discounted rates, but you’ll also have the chance to enjoy picture-perfect weather and incredible scenery. 

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