DALLAS – October 20, 2015 –U.S. travelers are always looking to visit the most sought-after international destinations of London, Paris and Rome, but there are under-the-radar destinations beyond these top locales that travelers may not consider. The Hotels.com® Hotel Price Index ™ (HPI®) identified alternative vacation spots that travelers can visit offering equally exciting adventures on a budget.
In the first half of 2015, U.S. travelers paid an average of $164 a night for international hotel stays according to the HPI. In the first half of 2014, the average was $179 a night when going abroad. Similarly, 13 out of the 15 unique locations below experienced a price drop this year in relation to the first six months of last year, and a third of these destinations experienced a substantial decrease of over a 10%. It’s become less expensive to get an adventure fix, or touch relaxation at some of these underestimated destinations around the world.
|City||Country||H1 of 2015 Price||H1 of 2014 Price||YoY % Change|
Bali, Indonesia ($138)*
Nicknamed “Island of Peace,” Bali is renowned for its array of beautiful temples, stunning beaches and vibrant coral reefs. The vast cultural treasures found in Bali allow guests to explore the island from a multitude of perspectives. The Pura Tanah Lot Temple, uniquely perched on top of an offshore bluff is surrounded by the crystal blue waters and takes travelers to a rare oasis. After viewing one of the most iconic sunsets in Bali, travelers can enjoy the Kecak Dance Show on shore, a traditional fire dance dating back to the 1930s and bursting with cultural pride.
Cusco, Peru ($96)*
The former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, is now known for its unique architecture and archaeological remains. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, one of the most famous treks in South America, is sure to satisfy both the thrill seeking and history loving travelers. Hikers can take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the Peruvian Andes, while also touring ancient Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels.
Guadalajara, Mexico ($89)*
A city known for tequila and affinity for mariachi music, Guadalajara knows how to give visitors a once in a lifetime experience. Guests can take a trip to back in time on a luxury passenger train educational tequila tours. Here, visitors will travel across the infamous agave landscapes while being served traditional food and of course, tequila cocktails.
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*Average prices paid per night inclusive of taxes and fees and based on data from the first six months of 2015.