Top 10 vacation destinations to get the most bang for your buck

Staying in a vacation home is a great option for traveling on a budget, especially when traveling with a group of friends or family. Staying at vacation rentals allows you to split the cost of an entire home rather than booking multiple hotel rooms. Being together under one roof is also great for creating memories whether you're cooking breakfast together or gathering around the table for a board game.

The search for the perfect destination can be overwhelming, let alone finding somewhere affordable. Whether you’re seeking the solitude of the great outdoors or curing wanderlust with a European getaway, below are some of the least expensive but most amazing places to book a vacation home.

1. Tucson, Arizona - Sunny mountain getaway

Tucson is not only perfect for the outdoor lover with sunshine year-round and proximity to natural areas such as Saguaro National Park and Sabina Canyon Recreation Area. It’s also great for history lovers with petroglyphs (rock carvings) made by the prehistoric Hohokam in the park and Mission San Xavier del Bac, an 18th-century National Historic Landmark.

Vacation rentals in Tucson average $192 per night with options near town or with mountain views, such as this beautiful 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home that sits in the Catalina Foothills.

2. Branson, Missouri - Family-friendly fun

Things to do in Branson are endless. It's a great destination for families, with attractions such as the Silver Dollar City amusement park and Branson’s Promised Land Zoo. Kids love the exciting rides and slides of Silver Dollar City’s White Water, and parents can enjoy a slow float on the Aloha River.

End the day unwinding with a movie together on the couch of this beautiful 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo. Maybe watch the classic movie "Titanic" before visiting the Titanic Museum in Branson featuring hundreds of artifacts from the ship. Vacation rentals in Branson average $201 per night.

3. Moab, Utah - Thrilling desert adventure

Calling all thrill-seekers: Moab is home to not one, but two national parks. From whitewater rafting in the Colorado River to mountain biking on Porcupine Rim, you're sure to find an exciting challenge. Nothing beats the view from Dead Horse Point or seeing the natural sandstone arches and other geological formations in Arches National Park.

After a full day of adventure, you'll love coming home to your king-sized bed and WiFi to share your amazing photos with friends and family who couldn’t make the trip. Enjoy the comforts of this nearby townhome. Vacation rentals in Moab average $235 per night.

4. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - Classic beach vacation

Myrtle Beach is a great destination for celebrating an anniversary, planning a golf getaway with your buddies or taking the whole family on a beach vacation. The beach town has everything you need: 60 miles of beaches, more than 1,000 golf courses and plenty of seafood in the “seafood capital of South Carolina.”

Your beach house is waiting for you. Vacation rentals in Myrtle Beach average $238 per night. This 5-bedroom, 5-and-a-half bathroom 3-story home in The Golden Mile area is ideal for a multi-generational trip with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins to share space and make memories.

5. Porto, Portugal - Timeless hidden gem

Portugal’s second-largest city is a hidden gem of beauty with secret beaches and a lively night scene. The city is full of history, culture, vibrant colors and ornate buildings from the Clerigos Church to the Livraria Lello, a historic bookstore.

Vacation rentals in Porto average $154 per night. Save money by staying with a group of friends in this green beauty located perfectly for walking and seeing the town. Parking for two cars is available so you can drive to see the surrounding areas, including Portugal’s most famous wine region, Douro Valley.

6. Calgary, Canada - Scenic escape

Whether you’re enjoying Calgary’s craft breweries or exploring the underground tunnels of the last of 139 Drumheller coal mines at the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site, you and your group can make the most of Calgary’s best. Take you vacation outside with a day trip to Banff National Park for unbelievable scenery and nearly a thousand miles of trails.

Fire up the grill and enjoy the beautiful views from this 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom house overlooking a park. Vacation rentals in Calgary average $171 per night.

7. Tokyo, Japan - Bustling urban experience

Japan’s busy capital city is filled with countless sites to see such as Senso-ji, Imperial Palace and Menji Shrine. You can step into another world in Harajuku with colorful street art and eclectic fashions or experience the best cherry blossom views in Ueno.

This spacious, modern apartment is within walking distance of the train to take you to all the sites, and it provides a warm welcome home after a long day. When you’re not eating the local cuisine, cut costs and make your own in this full kitchen. Vacation rentals in Tokyo average $181 per night.

8. Carolina, Puerto Rico - Relaxing Caribbean retreat

When you’re not soaking up the rays on the many beaches of Carolina, bask in the rich history of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, built in the 1890s, or take the kids for a visit to Museo del Nino for interactive, educational fun! Puerto Rico's capital city, San Juan, is only a 20-minute drive away — perfect for a day trip.

Vacation rentals in Carolina average $183 per night. This family-friendly 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo features two living areas, enough space to spread out and relax and all the amenities you could ask for.

9. Seville, Spain - Architectural wonderland

Seville is a city of endless possibilities, from walking through the streets surrounded by picturesque, colorful buildings to exploring architectural masterpieces such as Real Alcázar and Catedral de Sevilla & Giralda. Be sure to catch a show in the city famous for flamenco at Casa de la Memoria and further immerse yourself in the local culture by staying in a vacation home.

Enjoy a private view — from your own private terrace — of the San Luis de los Franceses at this gorgeous penthouse filled with natural light in the historic district of San Luis de Seville. Vacation rentals in Seville average $187 per night.

10. Prague, Czech Republic - Culture trip

Prague is a center of history, culture and beer and known for its affordability, making it an ideal destination for travelers on a tight budget. Fully experience the city with essential activities including touring Prague Castle, walking across the Charles Bridge and shopping Old Time Square.

Vacation rentals in Prague average $195 per night from quaint city apartments to traditional homes in the city’s outskirts. Rent this charming apartment in Prague's Obecni Dvur neighborhood.

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