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We’ve all heard of the top wine destinations like Napa Valley, Bordeaux, and Tuscany, which are on the bucket list for many wine connoisseurs, but there are plenty of wine regions around the globe that are more off the beaten path. And where there is good wine, there is warm weather and great food pairings, a recipe for a perfect vacation. Here are the top romantic wine destination ideas suitable for a getaway on all budgets.

1. Napa Valley, California

Napa Valley California, one of the most romantic wine destinations in the world

Napa Valley, one of the most famous romantic wine destinations in the world, offers lush-green vineyards and stunning views. Napa Valley is home to hundreds of wineries along the hillsides and is home to famous wine varietals like California Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

Some of the most famous vineyards in Napa Valley include Castello di Amorosa, Spottswoode, and Inglenook Winery, where you can sample your share of the Napa red blend wine and satiate the budding sommelier within. If you’re fond of robust red wines or crisp sparkling wines, you must book a wine tour in the Napa Valley region.

While visiting Napa, you can even hop on board the Napa Valley Wine Train, which allows you to make stops at the best Napa wineries without worrying about transportation.

2. Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico

Another one of the top wine destination ideas on North America’s West Coast is Valle De Guadalupe in Mexico. With over a hundred wineries and multiple wines to choose from, the wine region is quite popular among wine lovers.

You can book a wine tour in the area and learn about high-quality wine-making procedures. The diverse wine grape varieties to try in this region are Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Syrah, and Vermentino.

At famous wineries, you are likely to experience multi-course meals with farm-to-table serving methods. Be sure to pre-book your wine tours for the best experience on an affordable budget. 

3. Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux, France, one of the most romantic wine destinations in the world

Every amateur sommelier wishes to learn about the art of wine-making and the history behind every bottle. If you want to visit the heart of the French wine country, you may choose a wine tour in Bordeaux.

With romantic vineyards and calm surroundings, the place is a haven for wine enthusiasts. While visiting the famous wine region, you should save time to explore the popular attractions in Bordeaux city like Basilique Saint-Michel, Musée des Beaux-Arts, and Musée d’Aquitaine.

4. Tuscany, Italy

If your idea of perfection is a warm evening, a glass of wine, and a stunning sunset over rolling hills, you should plan a trip to the Tuscany wine region in Italy.

The grapevines in this region have been cultivated for over 3000 years, and the native varietals like Sangiovese and Chianti are still produced with a nod to ancient traditions. From day one, you’ll be immersed in the romantic Italian lifestyle with its vintage vibe and its focus on the small pleasures of day-to-day life.

Some popular wineries famous for authentic tasting experiences are Fattoria del Colle – Cantine, and Azienda Agricola Capanna di Cencioni. Once you’ve had your share of countryside life, you can head to nearby famous sights like Florence, Cinque Terre, and Pisa’s Leaning Tower. 

5. Piedmont, Virginia

Deep in the heart of Thomas Jefferson’s former home on the east coast, Piedmont, Virginia now offers the perfect wine getaway to the tourists. The region is home to more than 30 authentic wineries amid the river valleys and rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

You can grab your share of local wines like Grignolino and Pelaverga and spend relaxing evenings with your loved ones. Some of the best wineries to explore in the region are Abellonio Cascina Piccaluga and Cinque Terre Wine. Make sure to enjoy a glass of Barolo at the majestic Isola Bella to round out your wine vacation in Virginia. 

6. Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

The basic requirements for a top wine destination are authentic wine-tasting experiences and breath-taking surroundings. One such destination is Uco Valley in the famous Mendoza wine region in Argentina.

If you wish to taste the native wines like Malbec, then you must book a tour in the Uco Valley, which is known for producing the best Malbec in the world. Some famous wineries to consider are Andeluna and Salentein, where you can taste different styles of wine and take a tour of the facilities.

If you’re up for an outdoor adventure, you can embark on the hiking trail to the popular Aconcagua peak where you’ll enjoy stunning views of the entire Mendoza region.

7. Tenerife, Spain

Tenerife, Spain is famous for delicious wines and stunning views

Spain is well known for its stunning architecture, tapas, and vibrant culture. But if you’re looking for something more off the beaten path, you might consider a trip to the wine-making region on the island of Tenerife.

Tenerife is part of the Canary Islands located off the coast of Morocco, but as an official part of Spain, there are frequent flight connections from all major Spanish cities. Tenerife offers local wine varieties like Listán Blanco for the whites and Listán Negro and Tempranillo for the red wine lovers.

Also, you can enjoy your drink amidst the serene island locations like Costa Adeje and Puerto de la Cruz. For a vacation that’s out of the ordinary, plan your next wine getaway to this Spanish island famous for its wines and turquoise waters. 

Planning your Next Romantic Wine Destination

If you’re a wine lover, you may want to plan your next getaway to one of the many top wine destination ideas around the world. Lucky for wine-lovers, the best vines are found in sunny locations with great weather, making them a perfect place for a long vacation.

Whether you choose a world-famous wine destination like Tuscany, Mendoza, or Napa Valley, or want to get more off the beaten path in Valle De Guadalupe or Piedmont, there are countless places on earth where you can sample top-notch wines amidst stunning landscapes.

The romantic charm of rolling vineyards and the luxury of fine wines make a wine vacation a great option, whether you’re traveling with a partner or a group of friends. Cheers!

With 2021 full of hope, it’s time to dust off your backpack and think about where to go next. If you’re on a budget, you may be wondering about the cheapest countries for backpacking travel. The thing is, especially if you’ve been aching to get back out there, ‘budget travel’ can be a bit of an oxymoron. People go traveling to see something new, and once it finally becomes possible to go backpacking in 2021, the last thing you want to do is restrict yourself.

The way to travel on a budget without feeling too limited is to go backpacking in countries where food, accommodation, and transport are cheap. This will allow you to stretch your budget and splurge on the occasional special activity to get the most out of your trip. The good news is, after you figure out a cheap way to get to your destination, it is possible to travel around some of the most beautiful destinations on earth for less than $20 a day. Believe it or not, it can sometimes be cheaper to be on the road than to stay at home considering your normal rent and daily expenses! 

So without further ado, here is our updated list of the cheapest backpacking countries for 2021.

Bulgaria – The best Eastern European country for budget travel

Even though Bulgaria is the cheapest backpacking country to visit in Eastern Europe, it has an abundance of gorgeous landscapes that rival its neighbors. During our 5 days in Bulgaria were able to see Alpine mountains, forested countryside, sandy beaches on the Black Sea, plus beautiful cities like Sofia and Veliko Tărnovo.

The Rila Monastery near Sofia in Bulgaria, one of the cheapest backpacking countries in the world

The Rila Monastery near Sofia, Bulgaria

Because we were traveling in the off season, we were able to splurge on the occasional high-end luxury accommodation for less than $100 a night. Of course, you can always find cheaper hostels in Bulgaria. Food and drink are also super affordable, with the average price of a beer being about a dollar.

Learn more: Backpacking in Bulgaria

India

India is one of those countries where budget travel is almost entirely dependent on your willingness to haggle. If you strike the right tone, India can be one of the cheapest backpacking countries in the world.

When booking guesthouses, you’ll most certainly get a better price by booking directly with the guest house versus booking online through an agency. Transportation-wise, it is super cheap to get around in India. In the big cities, we recommend using Uber it’s actually much cheaper than the prices you’ll be quoted for a tuk-tuk ride. For intercity travel, trains cost between $8 – $30, and you can even find flights within that price range!

Learn more: Backpacking in India

Portugal – The cheapest backpacking country in Western Europe

Portugal is a great option in Western Europe for travelers on a budget. You’ll be able to experience the vibrant European culture as well as world-famous food and wine at a fraction of the cost of what you’d pay in France or Spain. 

Learn more: Backpacking in Portugal

Cambodia

Cambodia has so much to offer, and you can travel there for about $20 a day. Private rooms in a nice guesthouse will cost you about $10, and tuk-tuk rides are a savvy way to get around. Our guest house helped us arrange a private tuk-tuk driver to help us visit the many temples of Angkor Wat for just $12!  You can even get a 30-day SIM card with 1.5 GB of data for $2.

Ta Prohm Temple in the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Cambodia, one of the cheapest backpacking countries

Ta Prohm Temple in the Angkor Wat Temple Complex

Learn more: Backpacking in Cambodia

Georgia

With medieval fortresses, majestic mountains, and friendly locals, the country of Georgia should be much higher on the list of top backpacking destinations. And with delicious meals starting at $3, and $1 local buses, it’s one of the best countries for budget travel. You don’t have to withhold on the cultural activities here, since most entrance tickets cost around $2.

The Caucasus Mountains in Georgia

The Caucasus Mountains in Georgia

Learn more: Backpacking in Georgia

The Czech Republic

In the Czech Republic, the old trope ‘beer is cheaper than water’ is actually true. While the Czech Republic boasts much of the same beauty as its neighbors like Germany and Austria, it’s possible to travel here at a fraction of the cost.

Learn more: Backpacking in the Czech Republic

Bolivia – the cheapest backpacking country in South America

Bolivia is one of the cheapest backpacking countries in the world and is very popular with adventurers. Here, it is possible to get a 3-course meal for less than $2. Accommodation in a hostel dorm room costs between $8-$12 a night, and local and long-distance buses are a cheap way to get around. Even the most famous backpacker destination in Bolivia, the Uyuni Salt Flats, won’t break the bank, costing around $200 for 3 days, which is relatively cheap for this bucket-list destination!

Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia

Learn more: Backpacking in Bolivia

Nepal

Trekking in Nepal doesn’t have to cost as much as you might imagine. Other than the Everest Base Camp Trek (an exorbitant expense), there are plenty of beautiful Himalayan treks where it is possible to go by yourself. The Short Annapurna Circuit, for example, is well-marked with guesthouses along the path for about $5 a night, so you won’t have to carry tons of gear. (If you want to go all the way to Annapurna Base Camp, you’ll need to go with a guide). Food and drink in Nepal are also very affordable, with meals costing between $2-$3.

Learn more: Backpacking in Nepal

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is certainly one of those countries where you can travel on a budget or live in the lap of luxury for relatively affordable prices. Their infamous train system (a bucket-list item in itself) is the cheapest way to get around the country. Or, you could hire a private taxi to travel between cities with a few other people from your hostel. Keep a special travel budget set aside for entrance fees to nature reserves and UNESCO Heritage sites!

Learn more: Backpacking in Sri Lanka

Colombia

One of our favorite backpacking destinations because of the friendly locals, diverse landscapes, and of course, affordability. You could easily backpack in Colombia for a month with just $1000 in your bank account. By taking long-distance buses, staying in hostel dorm rooms, and cooking your own food in the hostel kitchens, you can visit destinations like Medellín, Cartagena, and Salento on a budget.

The Cocora Valley near Salento, Colombia

The Cocora Valley near Salento, Colombia

Learn more: Backpacking in Colombia

Honorable Mention

Denmark

This country certainly doesn’t scream ‘budget travel’ but it’s the cheapest country in Scandinavia. If visiting this part of the world has been a dream of yours, we can definitely recommend Denmark in comparison with its more expensive Scandinavian neighbors Norway, Sweden, or Finland.

Nyhavn Canal in Copenhagen, Denmark, one of the cheapest backpacking countries in Scandinavia

Nyhavn Canal in Copenhagen, Denmark

Learn more: Backpacking in Denmark