The Cheapest International Travel Destinations Right Now

The cost of international travel is up by 25% in 2023, and travelers are feeling the strain.


We’ve already seen our friends and family go into debt and skip grocery shopping in order to pay for summer vacations this year. And while not everyone is having a European Summer, a whopping 85% of Americans are expected to take some sort of trip this season. For those of you traveling internationally, prices for a vacation are up 25% compared to last year and the average cost is more than $7,800 according to Squaremouth.

Even with all of the savings in the world, $7,800 is still a lot of money to spend on a trip. Squaremouth ran the numbers to determine which international destinations are actually affordable for a summer vacation, based on insured trip costs. Here are the 10 cheapest international vacation destinations, plus the average cost of trips there.

1. Colombia, $3,344
2. Mexico, $3,878
3. Puerto Rico, $3,907
4. Bermuda, $4,479
5. Dominican Republic, $4,497
6. Bahamas, $4,658
7. Jamaica, $4,698
8. Aruba, $4,917
9. Vietnam, $5,181
10. Philippines, $5,330

If this list of destinations looks appealing but you’re not sure where to start planning don’t worry. Thrillist has guides on what to do in Colombia, where to find your happy spot in Aruba, where to support small businesses in Puerto Rico, the undersung destinations in Mexico, and endless other sources of inspiration and essential information for every spot on this list.

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If you’re ready for an adventure but not sure where you’d like to go or what to do, we’re on it. The best new hotels opening up around the world. The most exciting places to travel without a passport. The world’s best beaches, as ranked by travel influencers. It’s all here along with all the travel news you need to stay informed and inspired.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTikTokTwitterFacebookPinterest, and YouTube.

Opheli Garcia Lawler is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @opheligarcia and Instagram @opheligarcia.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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