The Best Affordable Vacations for Couples: Top 10 Picks


Business Insider did a study and calculated the cost of a couple’s holiday, finding the 10 affordable vacations for couples.

Your first holiday as a couple. Either you’ll remember them forever, or you’ll want to erase every inch of memory from your mind! What can you do to ensure you have an unforgettable time on your first couples trip? TheBudgetTraveling Team reveals how to plan the perfect trip for your first holiday together.

Everything seems magical at first and you can’t wait to set off on your first holiday with your partner. However, they say, the first holiday can either “fix” or “break up” a fresh couple. This is because you are in a different place for the first time just the two of you, spending all 24 hours of every day together. Your first vacation as a couple is probably the best trial period your relationship can go through. So what can you do to successfully pass the ‘first holiday test’?

Do you want to book a affordable vacations for couples? Are you looking for a not too expensive way to spend your honeymoon? If you have now answered “yes” to at least one of these questions, you can use this article for your research.

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10 Romantic Affordable Vacations for Couples

A backpacking vacation can actually be more romantic than you think. You can get to know each other even better and share adventures that will become beautiful memories together.


Affordable vacations for couples

Affordable vacations for couples

If your plan is to travel within Europe, Finland could be interesting. You can get there and back without stopping in between and with destination Helsinki from 72 euros. As a couple, it is certainly a nice experience to look at the northern lights in Lapland, for example, if you have the opportunity to do so.

hough the country is not cheap, you can get by with about 50 euros per day. The capital Helsinki with many museums and the fortress Suomenlinna, which is located on several connected islands in front of it, is very worth seeing. But also the city of Tampere with its open-air theater or Lapland with its national parks and sled dogs are in no way inferior.

One place where you can really save money is accommodation, because in Finland it is allowed to pitch your tent almost everywhere – so you can stay for free if it is not too cold for you. Prices for hostels start at 17 euros per person per night, so they are within reason.



Affordable vacations for couples

Affordable vacations for couples

If you want to travel with your partner to a place that has brilliant architecture as well as gorgeous swimming opportunities, Greece is highly recommended. There – actually to all islands as well as to the mainland – are many cheap non-stop flights available. Of course, the price depends on your destination and you can save if you are willing to make a stopover in Athens.

You can fly to Heraklion on the island of Crete for as little as 195 euros (return flight included). There’s plenty to see there – including the Arkadi Monastery, the city of Rethymnon, the impressive Samaria Gorge, the nearby former leper island of Spinalonga, or the city of Heraklion with its Archaeological Museum and its Venetian Koules Fortress.

A dream destination for couples, for example, is also the island of Zakynthos – round-trip flights are available from 162 euros. There are things not to be missed there, too: the magical Navagio Beach with its beached shipwreck, the Blue Grottoes and Marathonisi, the “Turtle Island”, are just a few of them.

Overnight stays in a hotel room can be booked from 28 euros per person, in hostels you can sleep for 15-20 euros. Of course, other islands and the mainland are also worth a visit.



Affordable vacations for couples

Affordable vacations for couples

The most intensive factor of a trip to Indonesia is clearly the flight to Jakarta with a stopover. This can cost 380 to 600 euros or even more. Otherwise, your partner and you can travel and live there very cheaply.

In the capital of the island state, Jakarta, you can, for example, visit numerous museums or the huge leisure and amusement park Taman Impian Jaya Ancol with a swimming pool, a bowling alley and much more. If you are planning a diving vacation for two, the island of Sulawesi is the place to be.

Bali is also a romantic destination. The temples there are impressive and the Monkey Forest in Ubud, which houses between 600 and 700 monkeys, is a must. But also the beaches are impressive and invite you to stay.

In guesthouses and hostels you can stay in Indonesia from 5 euros per night. But if you want a little more privacy, there are hotel rooms from 18 euros. Even villas with private pools can be booked from 49 euros if you want something more luxurious.



Affordable vacations for couples

Affordable vacations for couples

Nonstop roundtrip flights to Ireland can be booked for as little as 35 euros. It is also possible to travel by train – an Interrail ticket can then be used to travel around the country at a reasonable price.

There is a lot to see: the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, the Blarney Castle just outside Cork, the Connemara National Park in County Galway for nature lovers, etc.. The National Museum is also very interesting.

If you are a hobbyist and have converted a bus for camping vacations, you should definitely go to Ireland with it, because there are great spots to stay overnight and pitches from 17 euros. There are also plenty of tent sites – these cost between 10 and 15 euros per night and tent. In dormitories of hostels you can already spend the night for 18 euros.



Affordable vacations for couples

Affordable vacations for couples

You can get to Croatia either by plane or by train, or more precisely by Eurojet night train. For the first means of transport you pay for a return flight to Zagreb from 150 euros per person, a train ticket (several stops included), on the other hand, is available for 39 euros each way, if you choose the special offer. Here you have to decide whether you prefer to travel a little cheaper and slower or faster, more comfortable, but more expensive.


Once you arrive at your destination, you can choose between numerous beautiful sights – you can visit the Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, various islands such as Krk, Hvar, Rab and Cres, or the cities of Zagreb and Dubrovnik with their architecturally impressive buildings.

So nature-loving backpackers are in particularly good hands here, because there are actually only beautiful places in Croatia. You can spend the night either on campsites in your own tent from 8 euros or – if it should be a bit more comfortable – in mobile homes from 45 euros.

Here, the price is often not calculated per person, but per day. Beds in hostels or whole apartments are also good options, with prices starting at 19 and 28 euros respectively.



Affordable vacations for couples

Affordable vacations for couples

This destination isn’t quite as cheap as some others mentioned here, but you can get by on a small daily budget if you plan well in advance. If you’re early enough, you can get flights to Marrakech starting at 150 euros per person both ways. However, there are no direct flights.

You will like the touristy capital Rabat with its fortress Kasbah des Oudaïas and its modern new town. Medieval Fez, with its splendid old town that includes souks, a university and the associated Al-Karaouine mosque, is also impressive. The parks of the Agdal Gardens and the Menara Gardens as well as a marketplace, souks and tanneries can be found in the famous city of Marrakech.

A beach promenade and beautiful mosques and churches can be seen in Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city. You can sleep in bed & breakfasts from 21 euros and in cheap hotels from 23 euros per person per night. A daily budget of 30 to 35 euros should be realistic due to the cheap food and relatively cheap public transportation.



Affordable vacations for couples

Affordable vacations for couples

You have the possibility to travel to Montenegro by train or by plane with an Interrail Global Pass from 185 Euros. For the flight there and back you pay from 133 Euro per person. In this case the second option is cheaper, if you don’t plan to travel by train anyway.

In the north of the country you will find the relatively unknown but incredible Tara Gorge, the deepest gorge in Europe. It is located in the Durmitor National Park, where you can go skiing in winter and hiking in summer, or simply enjoy the most beautiful beaches in Montenegro. In the picturesque coastal town of Budva on the Adriatic Sea and in the Bay of Kotor you can let your soul dangle, because there you will certainly get that vacation feeling.

The Ostrog Monastery near Danilovgrad and the capital Podgorica with its bridges, clock tower and citadel are also beautiful. Beds in hostel dormitories are available from 10 euros, apartments from 20 euros and tent sites from 10 euros per night.

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Affordable vacations for couples

Affordable vacations for couples

One destination you may not have immediately thought of when planning your vacation as a couple is the Netherlands. There are beautiful places there where you can relax and experience something at the same time. One of them is The Hague, where you can see the Mauritshuis (a painting gallery), the Scheveningen district with its beautiful lido and pier, and the Madurodam miniature buildings park.


You can easily reach the capital by plane for 50 euros upwards, but also by train at prices starting at 22.50 euros. In Amsterdam, the Heineken brewery, the Anne Frank House, the wax museum Madame Tussauds, the Royal Palace and the canals are very worth seeing.

But also the city of Rotterdam and the beaches of the West Frisian islands Terschelling, Schiermonnikog and Ameland have a lot to offer. In cheap hotels you can sleep from 35 euros a night, beds in dormitories of hostels you get for 9 euros upwards.



Affordable vacations for couples

Affordable vacations for couples

From 160 euros you can fly to the capital and back. Within Portugal it is possible to travel cheaply by public transport. Lisbon is definitely worth a trip – there you can visit the Hieronymus Monastery, the Ozenarium, the famous 25th of April Bridge or the Castelo de São Jorge, a fortress.

The Algarve region also has impressive places to offer – especially for surfing enthusiasts. In addition, there are great sights in Porto, such as the cathedral, the stock exchange palace or the old town.

Depending on the region, you can stay in hostels from 10 or 12 euros, apartments from 30 euros. If you prefer to pitch your tent, you can do so for 10 euros.



A roundtrip flight to or from Ljubljana can be booked from 173 euros. Alternatively, it is also possible to travel by train, for which you can purchase an Interrail Global Pass, for example. In the capital of Slovenia you can visit the old town, the St. Nicholas Cathedral, the National Library and various museums.

Piran with its picturesque harbor, old town and aquarium is also beautiful.   Also worth seeing is the small municipality of Bled – there is Lake Bled, which has an island in the middle with the Church of St. Mary, which you can visit. In addition, both the city of Maribor and the Triglav National Park have their very charming sides.

You can stay in Slovenia very cheaply in hostels – these take from 15 euros per night per person for a bed in a dorm. Apartments are available for rent from 30 euros.


Good to know

The travel period can massively influence the price of a vacation. It is clear that demand determines supply – so you can really benefit from a trip during the low season, as there are usually great discounts then. You can also take advantage of early booking discounts or last minute offers as well as public transportation to save money.