With the recent economic crisis bringing a tightening of budgets to most American families, it can be difficult to consider taking a vacation to a romantic European capital. There is, however, a budget-oriented alternative to Paris or Rome that is very different from other popular European cities and yet still captures the Old World charm that so many vacationers to Europe look for.
Hungary topped Forbes' list of countries where the dollar goes furthest, making Budapest an attractive vacation spot for those on a budget. The city has art, ancient architecture, an active nightlife and cozy cafes for prices far more affordable than more traditional European touristic destinations like Paris or Rome.
The main reason for this, according to the news source, is that the Hungary has not yet switched to the euro.
"You'll get a really unique look at European history without the high price tag associated with euro-based countries," Patrick Evans of STA Travel said.
The discounts may not last long, since Hungary is reportedly likely to switch to the euro in the next five years, so vacationers who want a low-priced trip may want to book tickets soon.
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