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The Best Budget Travel Destinations for 2019

From Bogotá to Zanzibar, these locales promise an incredible trip for cheap.

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Santiago, Chile

With the excitement and cosmopolitan charm of Buenos Aires at a fraction of the cost, Chile's capital has a vibrant gastronomy scene, world-class museums, and a wealth of historical attractions. "One of the best ways to experience it all is on foot, strolling the many diverse neighborhoods," advises Hudson. Of course, you can't talk about Santiago without mentioning Cerro San Cristóbal, the hill in the center of the city that features a zoo, wine museum, and arguably the best panoramic view of Santiago. Learn the best secrets for traveling cheap, according to the experts.

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Oaxaca, Mexico

Dynamic, bohemian, always delicious—Oaxaca deserves a spot on every foodie's bucket list. Come hungry and prepare to chow down on gourmet delights, from tamales de frijol to mole negro for just a few pesos. This flavorful locale also serves up a hearty dose of art and indigenous culture. Museo Textil de Oaxaca offers free admission. Get your history fix at pre-Columbian archaeological sites just outside the city. Take a peek at these other top destinations you'll want to visit in Mexico.

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

While most people know Siem Reap as the gateway to Angkor Wat, few are familiar with what lies beyond this awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site. A mix of cuisines, chic shopping, and adventurous pursuits lures backpackers and well-heeled jetsetters alike. Don't worry, that hasn't jacked up prices. In fact, mid-range hotels average a very affordable $33 a night.

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Mi Teleferico is an aerial cable car urban transit system in the city of La Paz, Bolivia.saiko3p/Shutterstock

La Paz, Bolivia

Perched on the Altiplano plateau, the sky-high capital casts a spell with its unparalleled setting and colorful cultural offerings. Sure, it's gritty and chaotic, but that's all just part of La Paz. Haggle for mythical enchantments, folk remedies, and potions at the Witches' Market. Afterward, soak in the sweeping views with a ride on Mi Teleférico, the aerial cable car network. Next, read up on more unforgettable bucket list trips that won't break the bank.

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