Want to plan a trip where you get the most bang for your buck? Look no further than Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel top 10 best-value destinations for 2020. 

A volcanic crater is filled with blue water surrounded by a mountain.
Mount Kelimutu in East Nusa Tenggara © Afriandi / Getty Images

East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia 

Travellers who look past Bali will be rewarded with the thinner crowds in East Nusa Tenggara. These islands still offer up pristine beaches as well as great diving – and with more independent travellers and a “lower-key scene”, these islands will also offer up deals for budget travellers. 

A view of a Hungardian Parliament building through columns.
A view of the Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest © Peter Zelei Images / Getty Images

Budapest, Hungary 

This beautiful city offers up incredible experiences like thermal baths, edgy ‘ruin bars’, and amazing cafes. Soak up a glamorous European atmosphere without breaking the bank. 

A small monkey jumps across a road.
A northern plains langur in Madhya Pradesh © Mary Ann McDonald / Getty Images

Madhya Pradesh, India 

Ever wanted to see tigers, wild boar or langur monkeys? This state of India offers up wildlife-spotting at a lower cost than in Africa. It also boasts sites like Khajuraho’s temples with fewer crowds than neighbouring Rajasthan.

Buffalo, NY, USA

With more budget air routes to the city, travellers can head to this city to explore the recently restored Frank Lloyd Wright houses of the Graycliff Estate and Martin House Complex, or the Children’s Museum opening in 2020. Another bonus is that Niagara Falls is just half an hour away by bus, so you can sneak in an extra day trip. 

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The old town of Baku, Azerbaijan © Emad aljumah / Getty Images


Azerbaijan might not be what you envision when you think European holiday, but with high-quality accommodation, food and experiences for a low-cost, you can explore a fascinating and fast-changing destination. 


Outdoor adventures, spas and wineries, ancient monasteries and more are packed into this lesser-explored European country, which will give travellers great bang for their buck. 

A stacked Ghorfa home in Tunisia.
A Ghorfa, a Berber term used to describe a vaulted room used for storing grain, in Tunisia © Alison Lyons Photography / Getty Images


As Tunisia woos back visitors it's the perfect time to get a North African trip for a good value. Explore the medina of Tunis, or the ancient remains of Carthage or explore the Saharan dunes made famous in Star Wars.  

Cape wine region, South Africa

Just a short way from Cape Town, travellers can explore the wineries and restaurants that line this region. Beyond the friendly exchange rate, there’s also plenty of spots for safaris and wildlife spotting. 

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Athens, Greece © Sven Hansche / EyeEm / Getty Images

Athens, Greece

It doesn’t cost a penny to admire the Acropolis or wander the history-filled streets of Athens. With a pedestrianised centre, travellers can wander around, stop off at inexpensive restaurants or head off to the beach. 

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The beaches of Zanzibar © Nikada / Getty Images

Zanzibar, Tanzania 

Travellers can take a ferry from mainland Tanzania before heading off to explore the alleyways and affordable restaurants of Stone Town and on to the rest of Zanzibar. On the north and west coasts, you can stay beach-side for far less than you would for the same turquoise waters in the Caribbean or Pacific Islands.

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