There are lots of places on this list that are bustling, busy cities or resort towns… but what if you REALLY need to get away? Take a trip to Yerevan, in Armenia, and escape. It’s still the capital of the country, so you’re not on your own, but the natural beauty of this spot is something you’ll have a hard time forgetting.
After you’re done hiking through mountains and valleys, you can relax in European bars or historic teahouses. There’s a vibrant street fashion community, and the Matenadaran library has thousands of ancient Greek and Armenian manuscripts. You might have never even heard of this place, but you should still visit.
If you spent an entire year in this Mexican city, you'd still only just barely have time to visit all the churches it boasts – if you visited one a day, that is. This includes one of the most famous churches in the world, the Our Lady of Remedies, a UNESCO World Heritage site that just might end up dazzling you.
But there's more than just religion – there are plenty of colorful homes to look at, famous Talavera pottery, and plenty of belly-filling and mouth-watering food to enjoy. There's even a place called Candy Street, which has got to be up there on the list of exciting places.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
As the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur has plenty of amenities and modern conveniences we've come to expect from capitals while also being a cheap place to visit. It's close to a number of other Southeast Asian countries, so travel is easy, and it will take you days to fully explore this metropolis.
Jump onto one of the GoKL buses that can take you from one location to the next. Check out Chinatown, the Bukit Bintang shopping market, Independence Square, and other places without paying a dime (other than what you buy, of course). There are lots of hostels and dorms with plenty of places to stay, and you might get a free breakfast, too.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Most of us might only know about Sri Lanka because of the tsunami that struck more than fifteen years ago. However, it turns out the commercial, legal, and executive capital of this island nation is a great place to visit if you're trying to save on your vacation.
There are tons of beautiful new buildings. There isn't a whole lot of space to explore since it's a pretty small island, but you can still discover some amazing sights, such as the Independence Memorial Hall. There isn't a huge culture shock since it was a British colony back in the day. The Indian Ocean is right there, and it can cost as little as five to ten dollars a day.
France is already one of the places in the world that almost everybody wants to visit, at least a little bit, but most people head to Paris and call it good. They're missing so much! It's worth noting, though, that Alsace isn't a city, it is a cultural region in the country.
If you travel around this area, you're going to find timbered houses built in classic styles, beautiful mountain vistas, and some wines that would even make the most experienced sommelier smile with delight. Since it has to compete with Paris for tourism, the prices in this area aren't too bad – get the French experience without the French price tag.