You've been hard at work, slaving away for the better part of a year. All commitments and deadlines met, all schedules adhered to. What you crave now, is a vacation; some much-needed sand, surf and sun. One thing deters you though—the cost. Relax. Listed below, are eight destination options for your bucket list, that won't break the bank…
 

Tofo Beach, Mozambique

Tofo Beach, Mozambique

With an undisturbed shoreline, icy-blue waters, and sandy beaches, Tofo Beach provides an unforgettable, relaxing vacation. It boasts an enjoyable trek to the beach, several spots for scuba diving, and fresh seafood procured by the local fishermen. Hotels are available at ₹ 5,500 a night during off-season. And the best part? You get to dive with Humpback Whales and Whale Sharks that frequent Tofo's waters!

 

The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The inspiration behind Darwin's Theory of Evolution, The Galapagos Islands should definitely claim a spot on anyone's bucket list. Situated about 1,000 Kilometers off the coast of Ecuador, these islands are considered one of the world's best for wildlife viewing, as they give a glimpse of certain species found nowhere else on Earth. The islands offer a variety of budget hotels and island-hopping packages to choose from.

 

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Situated along the Pacific Coastline, the Oregon Coast offers some amazing sights and iconic landmarks such as Thor's Well, Cannon Beach and Coos Bay. Thor's Well, for example, at Cape Perpetua, appears to be a bottomless pit in the ocean. Also included, are Arch Rock, Astoria Column, the Sea-Lion Caves, and Wreck of the Peter Iredale, among others. Hotels are available at ₹ 6,500 a night.

 

Guadeloupe, Caribbean Islands

Guadeloupe, Caribbean Islands

Guadeloupe is a group of islands in the Southern Caribbean Sea, resembling a large butterfly. Those visiting these islands can enjoy water sports such as snorkeling and scuba diving, along with beach hiking, live jazz and scrumptious sea food. With a coastline surrounded by coral reefs, the islands also offer a plethora of historical sites to visit. Food can be a little costly, but hotels offer fares at ₹ 6,500 a night.

 

Alajuela, Costa Rica

Alajuela, Costa Rica

Alajuela offers some of the most picturesque beaches and natural treasures in the world. It comprises wildlife, thick rainforests, diverse ecosystems and active volcanoes. Be sure to visit the cascading waterfalls at La Paz, which appear to descend from Heaven itself. Situated near the water falls, are hotels available at reasonable prices with generous buffets.

 

Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv was founded around the ancient city of Jaffa. It's lively, round-the-clock nightlife and beach culture makes it famous among those who crave what's 'hot n happening'. It also has several museums, like the 'Eretz Israel Museum' and the 'Tel Aviv Museum of Art'. Sprawled out on the beach or spending the evenings at one of the many hot-spots, Tel Aviv is all about soaking up sun, culture and history. Hostels near the beach offer rooms at ₹ 4,000 a night.

 

Palawan, Philippines

Palawan, Philippines

Nicknamed "The Last Frontier", the Philippines have been voted one of the most amazing, beautiful places in the world. Once you get to the individual islands, budget stays are readily available. Palawan Village, for example, offers rustic rooms with prices as low as $11 a night. Book a day in advance for such fantastic experiences as going snorkeling at Honda Bay, where you get to spot sand dollars and star fish, among other marine life.

 

Tara River Canyon

Tara River Canyon

Between the countries of Bosnia and Herzegovina, lies the Tara River Canyon, also called The Tara River Gorge. Considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this canyon gives you the experience of a lifetime. Enjoy magical, stunning views via a river-rafting route which includes hours of magnificent natural beauty. Hotels are available at $45 a night, walking distance from the metro station and other amenities.