Feel like taking a short trip that won’t break the bank? Here are some options:

1. Egypt

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With beaches, monuments, gushing rivers, cosmopolitan cities, vast deserts and world-famous coral reef sites, Egypt is truly your one stop shop. In addition to being one of the most traveler-friendly countries in North Africa and the Middle East, Egypt is also wallet-friendly and a year-round destination. Whether you decide to spend your long weekend exploring the major sites in Cairo, or lounging by the beach in Dahab, be assured that you will leave with an unparalleled overseas experience.

2. Cyprus

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Characterized by many as a paradise on Earth, Cyprus is as famous for its archaeological treasures as it is for its year-round sun and lively beach resorts. Cyprus’ small size not only means you can cram a variety of attractions into a long weekend, but its magnificent scenery also makes the island a paradise for walkers and trekkers year round. However, while the country may be steeped in history and natural beauty, it is also well known for is brilliant nightlife, so if that is your thing, you will definitely not be disappointed. The best part? It’s pretty cheap as far as eating and drinking go!

3. Turkey


The perfect combination of natural phenomena and man-made wonders, as well as Eastern heritage and Western urbanization, Turkey is a country of beautiful contradictions. History, architecture and archaeology buffs will fall in love with Turkey’s treasure trove of historical ruins and architectural wonders, while its one-of-a-kind natural landscapes are bound to blow any nature lover’s mind. As for the food lovers, you are in luck, as Turkey is a gastronomical paradise of mouth-watering dishes and delicacies.

4. Greece

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With diversity in landscapes, experiences, alternative activities, gastronomy, wine and a culture starting from ancient times, Greece offers a plethora of reasons for which one should visit. Whether it’s your first time or your tenth, you will be taken away by the natural beauty, culture and history that this country has to offer. From the ancient cosmopolitan cities to agricultural plains full of olive and fig trees, to the beachy islands where the houses are all painted white and set against the backdrop of the bright blue sea, Greece is truly a dream destination.

5. Jordan

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Jordan offers a little bit of everything for every type of traveler and Amman, its capital, is one of the oldest capitals in the world as well as a vibrant and thriving modern city. However, if you’re looking for an incredible adventure off the beaten path and not too far from home, then Jordan should be on the top of your list. Follow the ancient paths through the bright orange sand in Wadi Rum and marvel as the bizarrely beautiful landscapes, snorkel in the beautiful waters of the Red Sea off of Aqaba, or visit the ancient and massive red stone city of Petra for experiences you will always remember.

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