Destinations like Bora Bora and the Bahamas can offer Vitamin D, clear water, and all the amenities you can shake a cocktail stirrer at, but all that relaxation comes at a steep financial price, which means you may be more stressed when you actually come home. Get the most bang for your travel buck by following our lead to these beautiful and entirely affordable countries, where adventures and luxury won't put you in debt.
Africa's oldest independent country, Ethiopia has evolved into one of the continent's most fascinating, affordable, safe and friendly travel destinations since the end of the Eritrean-Ethiopian war in 2001. Lalibela, in the country's rugged north, mesmerizes with 900-year-old monolithic churches carved from the surrounding rock. Once you've admired the architecture, head off into the highlands of the surrounding Latsa Mountains with excellent tour operator Highland Trekking Ethiopia, run by a lively local named Daniel Melese. His tours, which cost thousands less than safaris in Tanzania or Kenya, can be as mild as day trips to see the Gelada Baboons in the highlands to four-day treks featuring homestays and pack mules to haul your luggage.
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