Autumn is a great time to visit Europe. The overwhelming majority of people who descend on the region during the summer have left, the weather is cooling down, and peak tourist season prices, especially for hotel rooms and apartments, are also dropping.
Many people think about heading to Asia or South America in search of budget-friendly adventures. But traveling in Europe doesn't always have to mean expensive prices. Here are 5 of the most affordable countries in Europe to visit this fall:
Albania: Visitors to Albania are drawn to its untouched beaches. Just like its more famous neighbors Greece and Italy, Albania has beautiful beaches, both sandy and rocky, but at a fraction of the price.
Away from the coastline, the lively capital and creator of Albania is a wonderful place to explore the country's unique cultural heritage, and it's just as affordable. The average price of a hotel room in Albania is $49. You can pay an average of $81 for a five-star hotel room for a night.
You can also expect to pay $2 for a domestic beer, just under $1.50 for a cappuccino or mojito, and around $7 for a meal at a mid-range restaurant. It's no wonder that all the destinations on this list are in Eastern Europe. The same budget you can spend for a week in Western Europe can last up to a month in Eastern Europe.
Poland: Poland is home to extraordinarily beautiful nature, especially its mountains and forests. Poland boasts Europe's oldest forest, and its unique geography makes it a truly special place.
Warsaw is both the capital and the largest city in Poland. It takes pride in its beautiful old town and is full of cultural attractions. Poland is another Eastern European country that is affordable for tourists. A coffee in a café will cost you between $2-4, and lunch at a restaurant will cost you between $4-8.
The average price of a mid-range hotel room in Poland is $54 per night. You can secure a hotel room in the country for as low as $20 per night, while more expensive 5-star hotels will cost around $400 per night.
Latvia: Latvia is one of the less known vacation destinations in Eastern Europe. Most tourists go to its capital, Riga, although the whole country has much to offer.
From forests to beaches, Latvia is affordable and welcoming to travelers. If you're looking for budget-friendly vacations, then a bottle of water will cost around 70 cents, and a beer will be around $2.50 if you buy it at a bar. As for food, you can spend up to $23 for dinner for two.
The average cost of a hotel room in Latvia is $64 per night. If you're on a tight budget, the average price of a 2 to 3-star hotel room starts from $30 per night.
Hungary: Hungary is considered one of the grandest countries in Europe. This is especially true for its capital, Budapest, which boasts beautiful buildings and Gothic architecture.
The average price of a hotel in Hungary is $64 per night. For a luxury hotel room, you can expect to spend an average of $104 per night. You can enjoy a good meal for around $10, while a cup of coffee will cost you around $1.50.
Romania: Romania is a country with diverse geography. Visitors can explore snow-capped mountains, the Black Sea beaches, and Europe's most protected delta in one destination.
Romania also prides itself on its amazing heritage sites, and Romanians are very welcoming and friendly to tourists and travelers.
The average price for a hotel room in Romania is $50, and if you're on a tighter budget, the average price for a hotel room is $35.
Luxury accommodations in Romania are a fraction of the price of Western European destinations. The same applies to dining out, with a good quality lunch costing only $12.