Top 15 Places You Should Never Visit If You’re on a Tight Budget

Dreaming of your next big trip? Hold on to your wallet! While the world is full of amazing places to explore, some destinations can really drain your savings. We all know that feeling of wanting to see everything, but sometimes, our bank accounts can’t keep up.

Below, I’ve put together a list of 15 places you might want to skip if you’re trying to save money.

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1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This city is known for its fancy hotels and tall buildings. Everything here is super expensive, from food to shopping. Even a simple hotel room can cost a lot. If you want to do fun things like visiting the top of the Burj Khalifa or going on a desert safari, be ready to spend big bucks.

2. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

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This island looks like paradise but has a huge price tag. Most hotels are on their tiny islands and cost a fortune. Getting there is also very expensive because it’s so far away. Even simple things like food and drinks cost more than expected.

3. Maldives

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The Maldives has beautiful beaches and clear blue water. But staying in those cool, overwater bungalows is super pricey. Food is also very expensive because almost everything has to be brought to the islands by boat or plane. Plus, you can’t really save money by choosing cheaper options – everything is costly here.

4. Tokyo, Japan

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Tokyo is an amazing city, but it can empty your wallet fast. Hotels are very expensive, especially if you want to stay in popular areas. Eating out costs a lot more than in many other cities, even at casual places. And if you want to try fun activities or visit popular spots, be ready to spend a good chunk of change.

5. New York City, USA

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The Big Apple is exciting, but it’s also one of the most expensive cities in the world. Hotels cost a ton, even if they’re not fancy. Eating out, seeing shows, and visiting famous places all add up quickly. Even using the subway or taking taxis can make a big dent in your budget.

6. Zurich, Switzerland

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Switzerland is known for being pricey, and Zurich tops the list. Hotels, restaurants, and shops here charge a lot. Even basic things like coffee or a sandwich can cost much more than expected. And if you want to do fun things like skiing or taking a boat ride on the lake, get ready to spend big.

7. London, United Kingdom

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London is full of history and cool things to see, but it’s also super expensive. Hotels in good areas cost a fortune. Eating out, using public transport, and visiting famous places like the Tower of London all add up fast. Even grabbing a quick bite or a pint at a pub can be surprisingly pricey.

8. Venice, Italy

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This floating city is beautiful, but it’s also a budget-buster. Hotels are very expensive, especially near famous spots. Eating at restaurants with canal views will cost you big time. Even simple things like riding a gondola or visiting St. Mark’s Basilica can add up quickly.

9. Paris, France

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The City of Light can quickly turn into the City of Empty Wallets. Hotels in nice areas are super expensive. Eating at cute cafes or fancy restaurants will cost you a lot. And if you want to visit famous places like the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre, be prepared to spend quite a bit on tickets.

10. Oslo, Norway

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Norway’s capital is known for its high prices. Hotels, food, and drinks are all very expensive here. Even basic things like public transport or a cup of coffee can shock you with their cost. And if you want to try fun activities or visit museums, your wallet will feel it.

11. Singapore

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This city-state is clean and modern, but it comes at a price. Hotels can be very expensive, especially in popular areas. Grabbing a bite at nice restaurants or trying local dishes at food courts can also cost quite a bit. And popular attractions like Gardens by the Bay or the Singapore Zoo aren’t cheap either.

12. Santorini, Greece

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This beautiful island is famous for its white buildings and blue domes. But staying here, especially during busy times, can cost a fortune. Hotels with good views are super expensive. Eating out, especially at sunset-viewed restaurants, will make your wallet much lighter.

13. Seychelles, East Africa

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These islands in the Indian Ocean are gorgeous but very pricey. Most hotels are luxury resorts that cost a lot per night. Getting there is also expensive because it’s so far from most places. Food and activities on the islands can also make your budget disappear quickly.

14. Hong Kong

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This busy city is exciting but can be hard on your wallet. Hotels in good areas are very expensive. Eating out, even at local places, can cost more than you’d think. And if you want to do fun things like visiting theme parks or taking the tram up to Victoria Peak, be ready to spend.

15. Aspen, Colorado, U.S.A.

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This famous ski town is beautiful, but it’s one of the most expensive places in America. Hotels and vacation rentals cost a ton, especially during ski season. Eating out is very pricey, even for simple meals. And, of course, if you want to ski or do other fun winter activities, you’ll need to spend a lot.

In Conclusion…

These 15 places are super expensive, so it’s best to avoid them if you’re trying to save money. Instead, you can look for cheaper places to visit that are just as fun. Remember, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a great time and make amazing memories!

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Victoria Omololu

Victoria Omololu is a fashionista exploring the world on a budget. She co-founded Only Earthlings in 2023 to show her travels in North America, Europe, Africa, and everywhere else. Victoria loves writing about travel tips, itineraries, packing guides, and taking photography from all over the world.

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