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22 Best Europe destinations in July for 2022

Finding a great destination in Europe in the month of July is quite easy, so narrowing down your choices is really the tricky part. This is the single most crowded month in most of Europe’s most touristy cities, although July (and August) can be less crowded than you might expect in the largest business cities such as Milan and Paris.

Those with a Europe trip to plan for July should even consider the Nordic countries because this is part of the short time of year that they have decent weather and the long daylight hours can make up for the high prices. Here are our best 22 suggestions for where to go in Europe in the month of July.

COVID-19 situation in 2022

For the first time in more than two years, more countries in Europe are opening to (vaccinated) visitors than closing. As of March, 2022, the COVID rates in some parts of Europe are fairly high, yet the UK, France, and many other countries are going through with dropping quarantines and other restrictions to vaccinated travelers.

Things could change, but as of now it seems very likely that the July, 2022 travel season in Europe will be much closer to normal than since 2019. Obviously it’s important to check the current situation in any country you plan on visiting, and to get and stay vaccinated if you want to visit at all.

Important July 2022 Holidays in Europe

  • July 6 – Jan Hus Day in Czechia (public holidays)
  • July 7 to 14 – Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain
  • July 14 – Bastille Day in France (major public holiday)

22 Best destinations in Europe in July

Rome, Italy

  • July avg high: 83F/28C
  • July avg low: 65F/18C
  • July avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

Rome is hot and crowded in the month of July, so if you can go in April, May, September, or October, you’ll be at least a bit better off. But Rome is also one of the world’s great cities and the evenings are cool enough that it’s still very enjoyable. Some of the cheaper hotels don’t have air-conditioning, so that’s something to consider before you book.

Most people head north from Rome to Florence and Venice (see below), but if you’ve got a bit more time you might consider visiting Sorrento, which is a bit south of Naples and it’s the ideal base for a day-trip to Naples as well as Pompeii, the island of Capri, and the Amalfi Coast. Sorrento will be much less crowded and more pleasant in July, so it’s a nice place to just relax and enjoy the food and scenery.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €54 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €67 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €14 per person

Florence, Italy

  • July avg high: 88F/31C
  • July avg low: 63F/17C
  • July avg precip: 1.6″/4.0cm

Florence does get hot in July and it’s very crowded all summer as well, but just as we mentioned with Rome (above), it’s just such an interesting and beautiful city that you shouldn’t skip it if you are doing a July Europe trip at all.

Another great thing about Florence is that it’s an ideal base for day trips to Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terre, and some lovely hill towns nearby, so this is a good place to pad your Italy trip. Hotel rates here are lower than in Rome and Venice as well, but again, cheaper hotels might not have air conditioning.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €56 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €94 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €22 per person

Venice, Italy

  • July avg high: 82F/28C
  • July avg low: 64F/18C
  • July avg precip: 2.5″/6.3cm

Since Venice is located on an island in a lagoon, it doesn’t get quite as hot as the other Italian cities on this list. Still, it’ll be hot and humid, and most of all insanely crowded. Nevertheless, if you are going to Europe in July and especially to Italy, you have to stop in Venice for at least a day or two.

The crowds in Venice are nightmarish even in the winter months, or at least they are during the day. So the trick to visiting is to book a hotel on the main island and do as much walking around and sightseeing in the early morning and evening as possible. Most of the daytime crowd heads off to buses or hotels on the mainland, so Venice is surprisingly peaceful in the off hours.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €84 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €138 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €33 per person

Reykjavik, Iceland

  • July avg high: 56F/13C
  • July avg low: 47F/8C
  • July avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

Even though Reykjavik somehow earned a reputation as a nightlife capital in recent years, it’s still not a place you want to linger in any longer than you have to. The magic of Iceland is the scenery all over this extremely photogenic volcanic island, and Reykjavik is the only plain-looking place here.

If you have at least a week you should consider driving a lap around the Ring Road in a rented car. You won’t believe your eyes. Even though the country has become more expensive in the last few years, you can still visit Iceland on the cheap with these tips. Food and accommodation are on the pricey side, but it’s worth it. As of 2020 the tourist numbers to Iceland seem to be dropping, partly because of the collapse of budget WOW Airlines, so crowds and prices could go down a bit.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €169 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €245 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €54 per person

Paris, France

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 61F/16C
  • July avg precip: 2.3″/5.8cm

Paris is obviously one of the world’s most popular tourist cities, but it’s also a major business city as well. And since there are very few meetings or conferences in July, most of the business hotels are less full than normal. So not only do you get the excellent weather, but sometimes you can find bargains at 4-star hotels in the city center.

August is a more popular month for French holidays, although some people do get the entire month of July off instead. This means that a few things will be closed, but all the attractions will be open and you’ll have no problem doing whatever you want to do this month.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €66 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €87 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €21 per person

Interlaken, Switzerland

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 56F/13C
  • July avg precip: 5.5″/13.8cm

If you want to visit the Swiss Alps to witness the most amazing scenery in all of Europe, Interlaken is the best place to go. This is the main reason I wrote an article called where to go in Switzerland on a short visit. July is actually one of the wettest months in this part of Switzerland so you might need your umbrella, but still it’ll be worth it.

The top attractions here are the mountaintop visits of Schilthorn and Jungfraujoch, which are reached by cable car and tourist train, respectively. Things can be foggy or wet up top even in July so it’s best to schedule your visits immediately once you know that things are clear at the moment. If you want to visit a second place in Switzerland to admire the unusual beauty, Lucerne is your best bet. For any visit to Switzerland of 3 days or more you should also consider the Swiss Travel Pass, which is pricey but will still usually save you money.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €77 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €206 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €31 per person

London, England

  • July avg high: 72F/22C
  • July avg low: 57F/14C
  • July avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

The London crowds in July can make you feel like you are in Disneyland, but it’s still one of the world’s great cities and it’s not so crowded that you should skip it if you are heading to Europe this month. The weather in July is actually quite good as well, which is something you can only say for a brief time in summer, so at least you’ll be able to spend most of your time outdoors.

More good news is that all of the United Kingdom is far more reasonably priced since the currency fell and stayed low following the Brexit vote. In fact, since every UK city outside of London is cheaper, this is a good time to tour the island. Bath and York are the two best other tourist towns in England, but really you should also head to Edinburgh (see below) in Scotland.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €121 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €137 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €58 per person

Edinburgh, Scotland

  • July avg high: 66F/19C
  • July avg low: 51F/11C
  • July avg precip: 2.3″/5.8cm

Many people know that London is famous for lousy weather almost the whole year round, but in Edinburgh it’s actually worse. Still, it won’t get any better than it is in July and this is a really wonderful place to visit. July is also much better than August because Edinburgh famously holds dozens of large festivals in August (including the Festival Fringe), pushing crowds and accommodation prices into the clouds.

Edinburgh is worth three nights if you can spare them, but you might also consider heading north from here up to Inverness, which is the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. Skip the dull Loch Ness tours and make your way to the Isle of Skye out west for some scenery you’ll never forget.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €75 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €106 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €30 per person

Dublin, Ireland

  • July avg high: 66F/19C
  • July avg low: 53F/12C
  • July avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

Dublin is a pleasant enough city for a couple days, but really it’s the rest of the island that you want to focus on for a summer trip. As you can see above, the weather is still a bit chilly even in July, but at least you get very long days and the Irish countryside is absolutely stunning.

Many people rent a car for a tour around Ireland, but you can see a lot by train or on coach tours as well. The smaller towns can be magical with historic stone pubs filled with local musicians most evenings. Galway is a good base for a couple days, and it’s easily reached by train from Dublin.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €107 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €128 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €30 per person

Lisbon, Portugal

  • July avg high: 82F/28C
  • July avg low: 64F/18C
  • July avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

We’ve removed Barcelona and Madrid from this list for the months of July and August, but Lisbon gets to stay all year because it’s got the best weather of all of them. This is a gorgeous and under appreciated city that is also surprisingly affordable.

In July you’ll find half of Britain packed into the hotels and flats in the Algarve, which is the southern coast of Portugal. It’s worth a look in July if you don’t mind crowds, but this is probably a better month to head north to Porto instead.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €46 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €74 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €20 per person

Berlin, Germany

  • July avg high: 75F/24C
  • July avg low: 58F/14C
  • July avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Berlin is no longer a secret, as its reputation for being among Europe’s most interesting cities seems to have reached everyone by now. So July will be crowded in Berlin, but this is a very large city that is rather spread out so crowds aren’t really a problem except for when you are in the ticket queue for an attraction.

Most of the interesting things to see are in the former East Berlin, especially when it comes to the famous nightlife. Another wonderful thing about Berlin is that it’s surprisingly cheap compared to other major European capitals and other cities within Germany. You can afford a nicer hotel here than you can in Rome or Paris, and the beer is much cheaper as well.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €62 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €69 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €11 per person

Salzburg, Austria

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 56F/15C
  • July avg precip: 6.2″/15.5cm

With its location at the base of the Alps, Salzburg does get a decent amount of rainfall in July, but it’s still the most lovely time of year to visit this stunning city and its surrounding area. You won’t find a more charming historic town center anywhere in this part of Europe, and the countryside (where The Sound of Music was filmed) is also extremely photogenic.

Obviously July is a busy month in Salzburg and there are some classical music festivals in July that could make visiting near the end of the month more expensive, but the home of Mozart is still worth a visit if you are anywhere near it in summer.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €84 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €97 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €31 per person

Vienna, Austria

  • July avg high: 78F/26C
  • July avg low: 60F/16C
  • July avg precip: 2.7″/6.8cm

Vienna is a major cultural capital, but most of the major operas and other performers take the summer off. Still, there are performances going on and plenty of other major sights so a July visit is very worthwhile. Many of the residents will have the month off as well, so crowds in certain areas will be less packed than usual.

This city is also known for its cafe culture, much more so than its nightlife, and the lovely July weather is a perfect time of year to spend parts of each day outdoors watching the city go by. The palaces here are also among the best in Europe.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €57 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €61 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €9 per person

Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • July avg high: 69F/21C
  • July avg low: 55F/13C
  • July avg precip: 2.5″/7.3cm

You won’t get many warm days in Amsterdam in any month, but at least in July you’ll get a few of them. The July days are also long with the sun still setting around 10pm, so this is an excellent time to have a Heineken in one of the outdoor cafes all over the city.

Residents of Amsterdam flock to the open areas in summer, hoping to get at least a bit of sun. So Vondelpark, Museumplein, Dam Square, and Leidseplein are all full of life this time of year. Things do get crowded around the Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum, but since there are so few busy streets in Amsterdams center, it can still feel peaceful. Amsterdam Gay Pride Festival (and its boat parade) is a really huge deal and it draws large crowds from all over. In 2020 it starts on July 25 and goes through August 2, so if you are coming during that time it’s best to book as early as possible.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €88 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €134 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €19 per person
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Bruges, Belgium

  • July avg high: 66F/19C
  • July avg low: 58F/14C
  • July avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

If you are visiting Amsterdam (see above) in July, you should also consider spending 2 or 3 nights in Bruges. Actually, both cities look quite alike since they were both built mostly in the 1600s and well preserved since then. But Bruges is more peaceful and less filled with the nightlife crowd, if you know what I mean.

On your way to Bruges you’ll almost certainly need to change trains in Brussels, and spending a few hours there is a good idea. It’s mostly a business and government city, but the area around the Grand Place (main square) is extremely impressive and interesting.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €84 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €99 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €20 per person

Copenhagen, Denmark

  • July avg high: 68F/20C
  • July avg low: 55F/13C
  • July avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Copenhagen is another one of those Northern European cities where the weather is almost never very good, but of course it won’t get better than July so this is the ideal time to visit. The city center is almost as beautiful as the local citizens, and that is saying something.

You could save a bit of money by visiting Copenhagen in the shoulder season, but it may not be worth it because summers here are so much more alive than the rest of the year, with a sun that barely even sets before heading back up into the sky again. Copenhagen is expensive, so it’s helpful that it’s usually easy to get cheap flights on one of the local airlines.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €87 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €109 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €18 per person

Stockholm, Sweden

  • July avg high: 71F/22C
  • July avg low: 56F/13C
  • July avg precip: 2.8″/7.0cm

If you read the description of Copenhagen (above), then pretty much everything also applies to Stockholm. The cities are both gorgeous and well organized, yet fortunately they look almost nothing alike since Stockholm is a collection of islands.

The bit about the summer sun certainly applies here, and since the weather is so terrible most of the year, the whole city pulses with energy during the short summers. In fact, many attractions are only open in July and August, so it’s probably better to join the crowds and soak it all in.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €77 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €111 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €19 per person

Bergen, Norway

  • July avg high: 66F/19C
  • July avg low: 54F/12C
  • July avg precip: 3.5″/8.8cm

Speaking of expensive northern cities, Bergen is another one not to miss if you are going to be in the area. The sun barely sets at all in July, so the whole city has a glow that lasts all but just a few hours when everyone is asleep. Oslo is obviously the capital of Norway, but honestly Bergen is the better city to visit if you have to pick one.

Located on a lovely harbor, Bergen is also known as the gateway to the fjords. If you want to see the stunning scenery up Norway’s jagged coastline, this is the place to come for boat tours or even the Hurtigruten that goes all the way into the Arctic Circle. Food and drinks here are expensive, but hotels are pretty good value because quality is high.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €121 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €159 for two people

Krakow, Poland

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 59F/15C
  • July avg precip: 3.5″/8.8cm

If you are looking for Europe’s best bargain destination, you’ve found it in Krakow. This lovely and historic city somehow manages to be near the top of the cheap cities in Europe list, even as it’s one of the more pleasant and interesting cities as well.

The July weather will make spending time in the abundant parks and open areas all the nicer. You can expect some crowds in the main town square, but overall Krakow is still far enough off the main trails that it doesn’t get overwhelmed like so many others on this list can in summer.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €37 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €62 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €11 per person

Prague, Czechia

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 58F/14C
  • July avg precip: 2.6″/6.5cm

Similar to Venice, Prague is ridiculously crowded pretty much all year round. And in July it’s at least a bit worse. Still, it’s a pretty big city so once you walk a few blocks off the main tourist corridor stretching from the castle to the Charles Bridge into the main square, you can still enjoy yourself.

Hotels here can feel pricey, but there are affordable apartments and food is still good value even if prices have gone up in recent years. With 2 or 3 more days in you should consider a side trip to the wonderful small town of Cesky Krumlov, which is 3 hours away on a scenic bus ride or train.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €42 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €59 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €12 per person

Budapest, Hungary

  • July avg high: 80F/27C
  • July avg low: 60F/16C
  • July avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

Budapest and Prague (see above) have a lot in common, but fortunately Budapest doesn’t get nearly as crowded as Prague, so it can feel a bit more pleasant in summer. The main attractions along the river on both sides can feel full, and prices of nearby hotels and restaurants can be pricey as well, but if you go a bit inland on the Pest side of the river, crowds are smaller and prices are lower.

This city has its fair share of outdoor cafes and bars, so you can take advantage of the unusually low drink prices to spend a long evening in one. The famous “ruin pubs” have an open-air courtyard in the center, so they are particularly enjoyable during the summer months.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €47 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €73 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €14 per person

Istanbul, Turkey

  • July avg high: 83F/28C
  • July avg low: 65F/18C
  • July avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

You might expect Istanbul to be outrageously hot in July, but it’s actually surrounded by water that keeps it mild. This would normally be a very crowded month, though in recent years Istanbul has struggled to draw tourists due to some protests that have made international headlines. At this point things are safe and calm, so it can be a good time to explore the city with smaller crowds than normal.

Another reason to consider a visit to Turkey is that the currency has plunged in recent years, so now everything here is a bargain once again. In fact, Istanbul will feel fairly cheap, and literally every other place in the country is even cheaper. It will be warm in Cappadocia or Antalya, but when you see how wonderful and cheap those places are at this point, it’ll be worth the visit.

8 Cheap European Countries to Visit in 2022 A Budget Guide to Traveling in Europe

When we think of traveling in Europe, we often think of expensive vacations that you can only do once or twice a year but like many regions in the world, if you look carefully enough, you will find that there are several countries within Europe that are as beautiful as France or the Netherlands, some even more beautiful, but cost half of those countries.

After spending more than 6 months exploring Europe on separate trips, I have decided to compile a list of the cheapest European countries that I found both beautiful and affordable, but first, let’s begin and take a look at ways we can travel in Europe cheaply with tips and tricks that I found saved me the most during my trip Europe.

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How to Travel Cheaply in Europe

Even if you decided to visit these cheap European Cities, the cost can balloon up quite quickly if you are not careful so here are some of the ways you can save cost even more when traveling in Europe.

These tips can also be used in expensive European countries as well to save more money from your expensive vacations so be sure to give them a try on your next trip to Europe.

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How to Find Cheap Flights in Europe

What I found most surprising in Europe is that even though, traveling in Europe is expensive, domestic flights can be extremely cheap, like 25 EUR for a flight from Poland to Spain, cheap.

I was able to get this price during RyanAir’s promotion period which often runs right before summer and you will save a ton of money if you book a flight during this promotional period.

There are several low-cost airlines in Europe that often run promotions that you should keep an eye on. There are RyanAir, Vueling, EasyJet, and Wizz Air, which I often found myself using when I was in Europe.

Keep an eye out for seasonal promotions using these links for each airline that offers the route you want to travel:

If none of the links show any discount during the period you want to fly, it is also worthwhile to browse through Skyscanner or Expedia for platform-specific discounts.

All in all, there are many ways you can travel long distances in Europe without losing an arm and a leg. Domestic flights are faster and sometimes even cheaper than speed trains and buses, so be sure to keep an eye out for these discounts.

How to Find Cheap Accommodations in Europe

If you are looking for cheap accommodations in Europe, hostels and Airbnb are the answers you are looking for.

If you are looking for a fun vibe where you can meet new people while you are in Europe and you want to save a ton, hostels are the way to go with a comfy bed costing as low as 10 USD. You can find good hostel deals here.

For a more comfortable stay with private rooms, Airbnb is the way to go. You will be able to save a ton while having most of the comfort you get from staying in a hotel but at half the price. You can look for cheap Airbnb here.

How to Get Around Cheaply in Europe

Most European cities often have their tourist attractions concentrated in one area, mostly the old town area and you can save a ton if you explore these cities on foot.

You can also rent a bike to explore the city which is often offered as rentals in hostels around Europe or they can direct you to a place that you can rent one.

For traveling between cities, Flixbus or any kinds of buses will be the cheapest option for you and there are many websites you can browse through for cheaper fares such as

Trains are also a great way to get around Europe cheaply especially if you can find good deals on OMIO. They are often on time, less hectic, and you are sure to be dropped off in the middle of old towns where all the tourist attractions are so you save a bit more money as you won’t have to travel far to get to your accommodation.

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How to Eat Cheaply in Europe

Food can be extremely expensive in Europe especially if you eat our every day but if you wish to travel cheaply in Europe, cooking for yourself will save you a fortune.

Ingredients are cheap in Europe and you can buy them at anywhere as there are supermarkets on almost every corner in Europe and if you are staying at hostels or Airbnb, you are sure to have access to the kitchen.

Food and accommodation are some of the most expensive expenses when it comes to traveling in Europe and if you can save on these 2 fronts, then you are golden.

Now that we have laid out all the tips you can utilize to travel in Europe cheaply, here are the cheapest European countries you can visit that are cheap, but also extremely beautiful. Let’s begin with one of my favorite countries in Europe, Albania.

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Albania is a country full of surprises. It is a place where you will find stunning mountains like the Albanian Alps, rich history like the towns of Berat and Gjirokaster, and stunning beaches like in the Albanian Riviera.

With so much to offer, you’d think that tourists would flock to this paradise, but I am happy to report that that is not the case. Albania is still one of the few hidden gems in Europe that are both beautiful as well as affordable to travel in.

With the food costing around 5 USD per meal and accommodation costing as low as 9 USD per night, Albania is one of the cheapest and most beautiful countries to visit in Europe and if you are looking for a place to travel in Europe that has everything and half the price, this is the place to be.

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Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia (the Baltic States)

I would have listed these countries separately but since they are rather small and you can do all 3 countries in a week, I have decided to combine them all into one as the Baltic States.

These Baltic countries are often forgotten by most travelers who are traveling in Europe and what they may not realize is that these Baltic countries can offer an authentic experience to the forgotten history of Europe you can’t get anywhere while also offering a fairy-tale-like experience throughout its small towns and forests, all at a very affordable price.

Out of all the 3 Baltic Countries, Lithuania is the cheapest and Estonia is the most expensive but all in all, you can expect to pay around 6 USD for a meal and around 14 USD for accommodation.

This is a pretty good deal especially if you consider just how beautiful places like Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn are. I highly recommend you visit the Baltic Countries if you are looking for a unique experience in Europe.

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Note: Due to the ongoing conflict with Russia, it will be quite a while before we can travel to Ukraine again but the country remains one of my favorites in Europe and when the country opens up again, they are going to need tourists more than ever so when that happens, be sure to consider visiting Ukraine.

Ukraine is another of my favorite European countries that offer uniquely beautiful sceneries and activities to do at an affordable price. I spent a good one month in the country exploring from west to south to east, from the historical city of Kyiv to the laid-back city by the Black Sea, Odesa.

What I saw on that trip to Ukraine is beyond amazing. The unique Eastern Orthodox architectural-style in Kyiv is a must-see, the lively vibe of Lviv, the most European city in Ukraine is another hidden gem that you will love, and all the Soviet-era architectures in Kharkiv are something I will never get bored of.

Accommodation in Ukraine is probably one of the cheapest you will find in Europe with a good hostel costing only 5 USD per night. The food in Ukraine also costs around 4 USD per meal which is as cheap as it gets. If you are looking for a unique place to explore in Europe with a beautiful blend between nature and culture, Ukraine is highly recommended.

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Poland is a country with all the facilities and development of Western Europe but cost at half the price. With its colorful architectural-style, its incredible history, and fairy-tale-like castles, Poland is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe you can visit.

Cities like Krakow and Warsaw are the type of cities that perfectly blends their unique quirky features with their rich and often time, dark history that will make you want to stay longer and find out more.

The mountains in the south like Zakopane also offers a view that rivals those mountains in the Alps in Western Europe. Poland is a country that has all of the things you would come to expect when you travel to Europe, the colonial history and the snowy mountains, and they are way cheaper than their western counterparts.

Food in Poland costs around 6 USD per meal and the accommodation starts at 8 USD per night in a hostel. If you are looking for a country with a familiar feel of Western Europe but at an affordable price, Poland is the place to be.

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Neighboring to the South of Poland, Slovakia is also another country that is beautiful and cheap to visit. It may not be as big or has a ton of things to do like in Poland but its size, the culture, and the friendly people are what made Slovakia so attractive to visit.

Home to the Tatra Mountains, you can spend some time hiking in the north as well as explore the old city of Kosice where you will be able to discover many old and beautiful architectures and fortresses that rarely get any visitors.

The food in Slovakia costs about 6 USD per meal and the accommodation costs around 17 USD per night. If you are looking for a less touristy and affordable country to visit, Slovakia is a great place to be.

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Even though Georgia is almost at the edge of what I consider Europe, the country is still worth mentioning as it is home to many beautiful sights and hipster scenes that are unique to the country.

Tbilisi, the capital city, is one awesome creative city full of young population that crave creativity and good vibes and the city really reflects that with many fun outlets and creative restaurants you can indulge yourself in.

And Georgian food is amazing! If you have not tried it, I highly recommend you give it a go. They are delicious, unique, and best of all cheap. Food in Georgia costs around 2 USD per meal and the accommodation costs around 9 USD per night which is probably as cheap as it gets in Europe.

If you are looking for an adventurous country to visit in Europe, Georgia and its hipster culture and its proximity to the beautiful mountains of Kazbegi in the north, are some of the best places to visit in Europe.

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Southern Spain

Southern Spain or more specifically Granada, is my favorite city to explore in Spain so much so that I decided to skip Barcelona and Valencia and spent a week just in Granada on my first visit to Spain.

From the stunning Alhambra Fortress to the beautiful sunset spot I often frequented when I was in Granada at the top of Sacromonte (Mirador De La Vereda De Enmedio), there are plenty of things you can do in Southern Spain. It is full of history and beautiful scenery waiting for you to discover.

Unlike the rest of Spain, Granada and Southern Spain are still very affordable to travel to. From the delicious 2 EUR beer + one tapas deal in a restaurant, I found to the cheap accommodation at only 17 USD, Southern Spain is one of the best places to travel to if you are looking to experience the typical European vacation but at a much more affordable price point.

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Last but not least, Hungary is another cheap European countries that offer a similar experience to those of expensive cities in Western Europe like Berlin with its countless ruin bars, its rich history, and the stunning architecture like the Hungarian Parliament Building that you can visit.

An average meal in Hungary costs about 7 USD but you can find a sizable portion of falafel for only 3 USD if you look hard enough. The accommodation cost around 13 USD per night in a hostel which is considerably cheaper than in Western Europe.

If you are looking for a cheap European country that offers a similar vibe and feels similar to countries like France and Germany, Hungary is an awesome and cheap alternative country to visit.

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And there you have it, 8 cheapest and most beautiful countries to visit in Europe. Are you planning to visit any of these countries this year? If you have any questions regarding traveling to these cheap European countries, do not hesitate to ask me in the comments below.

Now that we have all the information we need, it’s time to plan your trip to Europe! Here are some resources to help you get your trip going:

What to Pack: To help you get started on packing, here are 60 essential travel gear I carried with me on my trip to Europe.

Flights: Skyscanner and Expedia are the best places to start looking for cheap flights and great deals from your home country.

Accommodation: Hostelworld,, and are the ultimate go-to platforms to search for amazing hostels and hotels at an affordable price.

Homestays: Vrbo is the best platform to look for a more local experience staying in Europe. This way, I get to meet a local first-hand and have access to local information I wouldn’t have otherwise.

Transportation: For bus, I always go with Busbud when traveling in Europe while for trains, Omio is my go-to place to book all my train travels in advanced.

Internet: Airalo is the best way to get a sim card and have reliable internet access for your trip to Europe. All you need is an esim compatible smartphone, install it on your phone prior to your trip, and you are all set.

Day Trips & Tours: Viator, GetYourGuide and TripAdvisor are great platforms to search for activities to do in Europe.

Tickets & Deals: Klook is always my go-to website when I want to find cheaper deals for entrance tickets to tourist attractions in Europe.

Are you planning to travel to Europe independently? Be sure to check out my guide on How To Plan A Backpacking Trip here.

Further Reading for Europe

I hope you found this Europe travel guide useful. If you want to read more about Europe, I have a ton more articles you might like:

  • Looking for a complete backpacking itinerary for Europe? Here is the 3 Months Itinerary for Europe.
  • Packing for a trip to visit a region as big as Europe is extremely daunting. Here’s a packing guide to help you: What to Pack for Europe – The Essential Packing List.
  • Want to visit Europe in winter? Better prepare for the cold. Here’s a winter packing guide to help you: What to Pack for Europe in Winter – The Essential Packing List.
  • Spain is a great place to start your European journey. If you are looking for a complete travel guide and itinerary for Spain, check out our 10 days itinerary for Spain.
  • France is a big country that requires great planning if you wish to maximize the things you see with limited time. Here’s a complete itinerary and a travel guide for spending 2 weeks in France.
  • Switzerland may be expensive but hiking is free and camping is often cheap. Check out my Switzerland travel guide page for complete travel and hiking guides in Switzerland.
  • Germany is not all about beers and Schuhplattler dance. It is so much more than Bavaria and you will need a good travel guide to see Germany in its true self. Check out my 2 – 3 weeks backpacking itinerary for Germany here.
  • Poland has it all with beautiful architectures, cheap cost of travel and full of important European history for you to learn about. Visit my 2 weeks backpacking itinerary for Poland for more info.
  • The Baltic Countries are often forgotten when it comes to traveling in Europe but that makes it even better to visit the there are more untouched places waiting to explore, considerably fewer tourists and remain cheap. If you are heading north, be sure to check out my one-week itinerary for the Baltic Countries.
  • There is a ton more to do in Northern Europe, all can be done in a week such as a day island-hopping in Helsinki, 3 days exploring Stockholm and spending one full day in Copenhagen.
  • Not convinced by my words? Here are 125 photos that will inspire you to visit Europe.
  • Looking for more travel guides for Europe? You can find more on my Europe Travel Guide page.
  • For more of my travel guides like this, visit my Destinations page.

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21 Cheap destinations for 2022 with great weather in July

The summer of 2022 marks the first time the world has had some normalcy back in the travel scene as the pandemic seems to be fading away and people are no longer willing to stay home forever. Obviously COVID is still out there, but a surprising number of the most popular countries for travel have dropped all restrictions, including vaccine restrictions.

It’s true that jet fuel prices are way up this year, and that means that airfares are up quite a bit in most places as well, but at least it’s possible to leave the house and see something new for the first time in years. The list below contains many countries that have dropped the COVID restrictions, while some other still require some combination of testing and proof of vaccination. Needless to say, it’s important to check the situation in a country before you book a ticket.

COVID-19 update in 2022

As of late June, 2022, it’s possible to go to the most popular countries in Europe including the UK, Italy, Greece, and all of Scandinavia. France is still among the countries that require some testing, but it’s not nearly as strict as it was last year.

Obviously it will be important to check the situation in any country you may consider visiting, but after two years it looks like summer vacations are very possible and these countries are going to be very welcoming to vaccinated visitors.

Important July 2022 Holidays

  • July 1 – Canada Day(major public holiday)
  • July 4 – Independence Day in the USA (major public holiday)
  • July 6 – Jan Hus Day in Czechia (public holidays)
  • July 7 to 14 – Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain
  • July 9 – Argentine Independence Day (major public holiday)
  • July 14 – Bastille Day in France (major public holiday)
  • July 28 – King Vajiralongkorn’s Birthday Holiday in Thailand.

The Americas

July is a tough time for great-weather bargains in the Americas. All the northern cities that actually have lovely weather during the peak of summer would be too expensive to make this list, and the subtropical cities in South America are obviously having their winter now. The rainy season in much of Central America keeps things from being ideal there as well. The best places to visit in July can still be found in many different areas, however.

The Caribbean

Most of the list below is interesting and affordable cities around the world, but if your main goal is to simply relax on a beach or by a pool you might consider the Caribbean. Prices at resorts and particularly at all-inclusive resorts are shockingly low in July even though the weather is still warm and dry for the most part. There are also some colonial cities such as San Juan that are worth exploring to mix things up a bit.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • July avg high: 90°F/32°C
  • July avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • July avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

Montego Bay, located in Jamaica’s northwest corner, is one of the Caribbean’s most popular hubs for flights as well as beach resorts. The days in July are quite warm, and the nights are too, but when you are spending most of your time in the ocean breezes, it’s actually more comfortable than you’d expect. The best news is that rates at the larger resorts, including the abundant all-inclusive resorts, are near their annual lows. In fact, an all-inclusive resort here is probably one of the cheaper options on this whole list, and you can really live it up here for very little if that’s the sort of summer trip you are after.

It’s also worth noting that Jamaica is on the list of countries that require no COVID testing or proof of vaccination, so it’s back to how things were in 2019.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$83 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$242 per night for two people

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • July avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • July avg low: 77°F/25°C
  • July avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

Featuring a gorgeous and fairly isolated location out on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana has become a powerhouse among Caribbean resort destinations. It has lovely sandy, white beaches to go along with over 100 resorts that draw in guests from all over North America and Europe. July is a warm month, but it’s dry and the ocean breezes keep it very comfortable day and night. This is also one of the cheapest periods of the year for resort prices, so you can find very nice all-inclusive beach hotels starting well under US$200 per night for two people.

The Dominican Republic also requires no COVID testing or proof of vaccination as of summer 2022. The all inclusive resorts are looking like amazing bargains this July as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$52 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$149 per night for two people

Cancun, Mexico

  • July avg high: 92°F/33°C
  • July avg low: 77°F/25°C
  • July avg precip: 3.0″/7.5cm

You’ll definitely get warm temperatures in Cancun during the month of July, but you’ll also get pleasant sea breezes pretty much wherever you’ll be spending time, so it’s nicer than you’d probably think. Even better news is that July is one of the slower and cheaper months for hotels in this area, so really good bargains are available even at some of the nicer beach-front resorts in the middle of the Hotel Zone.

Better still, there are quite a few all-inclusive resorts in the greater Cancun area (which also includes Playa del Carmen and the island of Cozumel just to the south), and those are often at bargain prices as well. Most people forget about places like Cancun during the warmest summer months, which is exactly why you get great value along with pleasant warm weather. And by the way, while July is technically part of the wet season, it’s actually pretty dry so you’d be unlucky to even get some afternoon showers, much less a real thunderstorm in July. Consider Tulum, which is a bit south of Playa del Carmen, if you’d prefer a smaller and more creative resort town.

Mexico is also on the list of countries that have dropped COVID testing and vaccination requirements as of summer of 2022, so this is a perfect time to book. You’ll be spending almost every minute of your trip in the outdoors (when you aren’t in your hotel room), so it’s not a high risk COVID situation anyway.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$56 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$128 per night for two people

Mexico City, Mexico

  • July avg high: 73°F/23°C
  • July avg low: 53°F/12°C
  • July avg precip: 6.9″/17.3cm

Mexico City does get a bit of rain in July, but it’s usually not too bad and this is somewhat of an indoor city anyway, with great restaurants and a long list of cultural attractions. Also, the high altitude means that temperatures will be moderate, so it’s a nice place to get out of the scorching heat everywhere else. Mexico City is vastly underrated by most people, and the huge city center is very safe as well. If you’ve been thinking about going, you’ll be happy that you did.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$48 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$64 per night for two people

Cartagena, Colombia

  • July avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • July avg low: 79°F/26°C
  • July avg precip: 4.2″/8.5cm

Cartagena makes the list again because the rain doesn’t tend to accumulate much during July, so it’s an ideal cheapo beach vacation if you’ve got a week or two off. The flight from wherever you are starting is bound to cost more than to get to a closer beach destination, but in just a few days here you’ll have saved all that money by having such minimal expenses.

It rarely gets too scorching here in July, and there are plenty of indoor activities in the gorgeous walled Old Town to indulge in during the middle of the day if you do need a break. Food and drinks here are amazing bargains, and the attractions and taxi prices are low as well. Budget-minded travelers wanting to know where to go in July should strongly consider this one.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$75 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$93 per night for two people

Quito, Ecuador

  • July avg high: 67°F/19°C
  • July avg low: 49°F/9°C
  • July avg precip: 0.8″/2.0cm

It might be hard to describe Quito’s weather as “great” during July, but this is actually the warmest and driest month, so at least it won’t get any better than this. The bad news, perhaps, is that the temperatures in Quito are almost the exact same every day of the year, and it’s never all that warm.

The positive thing here is that Quito is very cheap, and certainly not too spoiled by over visiting or commercialization. Anyone considering a trip to the northern part of South America could do a lot worse than Ecuador’s capital in July.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$66 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$87 per night for two people
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • July avg high: 81°F/27°C
  • July avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • July avg precip: 1.6″/4.0cm

The July weather in Rio de Janeiro is just about perfect, with days that are plenty warm enough for the beach, and nights that are cool enough to need a sweater when going out. The rain is very minimal in July as well, so this tropical city has its best stretch of weather for the year during this period.

Brazil had become somewhat expensive in recent years, but the currency has dropped against most others once again and it’s quite a bargain in 2022. As you probably know, Brazil was hit pretty hard by COVID so this is one to check the news before you book.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$77 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$99 per night for two people


This list is all about “cheap destinations” and most of Europe, especially in the north, is anything but cheap. The other complication is that most Europeans themselves take month-long holidays in July or August, so most of the better destinations in their south will have peak-season hotel rates. Still, there are a few worth looking into.

Most of Europe’s beach areas are packed and expensive in July, but some are still affordable. Check our list of the cheapest beach destinations in Europe for some good possibilities.

Barcelona, Spain

  • July avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • July avg low: 65°F/18°C
  • July avg precip: 0.8″/2.0cm

Barcelona is another that makes this list only because it’s marginally better than most of the others in its neighborhood. Madrid, which is mostly concrete and landlocked, can get crazy hot during July, but Barcelona and its coastal location is actually quite nice for most of the month. This Mediterranean city also has nice beaches within the city limits, although you can expect them to be pretty packed during July.

Obviously this is a very popular destination for Europeans and even the Spanish themselves during summer, so booking early is the key once again. If you just turn up and try to go door to door you’ll probably end up paying a shocking amount for a place that isn’t all that great. It’s worth noting that summer crowds in Barcelona have become almost overwhelming in recent years, so it might be better to consider Valencia or somewhere else a bit less popular. Valencia also has beaches within the city limit and it’s WAY less crowded than Barcelona.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$109 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$158 per night for two people

Lisbon, Portugal

  • July avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • July avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • July avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

Unlike nearby Madrid, Lisbon actually maintains reasonable temperatures all summer, due partly to the nice sea breezes that wind through the city center. Lisbon remains something of a mystery in Europe because it’s one of the cheapest major capitals in spite of the fact that it has arguably the nicest climates and it’s a really interesting place. It’s just a bit out of the way, so no one winds up here by accident.

One of the other features of Lisbon is a group is hostels that try to outdo each other and are very popular as a result. Even if you aren’t normally a hostel person this might be a place to give one a try. The private rooms are cheaper than budget hotel rooms, and you still get all the other benefits like shared kitchens and planned activities.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$87 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$109 per night for two people

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • July avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • July avg low: 69°F/21°C
  • July avg precip: 0.0″/0.5cm

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and also the one where most English-speaking tourists go, but there are other islands that are also worth a look in July. This is part of the high season because so many Europeans have the month off, but Tenerife is still quite affordable with great deals on food and drinks. If you don’t speak much Spanish then you’ll be most comfortable in the southern towns of Los Cristianos and Playa de la Americas, where you’ll be surrounded by other English speakers and some Germans. It’s worth noting that Tenerife is mostly pretty quiet at night, so it’s not a great place for anyone looking for an Ibiza alternative.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$78 per night for two people

Budapest, Hungary

  • July avg high: 80°F/27°C
  • July avg low: 60°F/16°C
  • July avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

Budapest is a very similar situation with Krakow (below) in that it’s famously one of the cheaper cities and it tends to attract its biggest crowds during July and August. Still, it’s quite a good bargain compared to London or Paris since those places also have peak-season prices going too. This is a large and very grand city on a major river, with amazing architecture and history. Budapest is also famous for having quite a number of spas with hot springs right in the city, with many being shockingly affordable and accessible.

Again, it’s best to find a hotel or hostel here as early as possible and then lock it in. During summer prices tend to go higher and higher, and your chances of actually stumbling upon a bargain by going door to door are very low.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$73 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$117 per night for two people

Istanbul, Turkey

  • July avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • July avg low: 65°F/18°C
  • July avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

Istanbul can definitely get quite warm during July, but it rarely gets sizzling, and there tends to be very little rainfall. The coastal destinations in southern Turkey are normally better bargains, but they after often scorching and very crowded during July and August, so not really ideal.

This city had been getting a bit expensive until a few years ago when economic troubles started pushing the currency down and discouraging some visitors, and now Istanbul is an amazing bargain again. The well located hotels and hostels are actually relatively expensive during summer, although still cheap by most standards. If your budget is tight you’ll want to book early for the best deals in the best locations. Many potential tourists have decided to avoid Turkey while there seems to be a bit of political instability, but the tourist areas all seem to be safe so I would check the headlines and then visit anyway.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$33 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$47 per night for two people

Prague, Czechia

  • July avg high: 76°F/24°C
  • July avg low: 58°F/14°C
  • July avg precip: 2.6″/6.5cm

We all love to complain about Prague and its awesome crowds and rising prices, but still this city remains a bargain compared to Berlin or Munich, so it’s still worth considering during summer. Hotel prices have gone up more than food or drinks or attractions, so if you can find a cheap hostel or an acceptable budget hotel then you can do very well here, even during summer.

The crowds, however, will be ridiculous during July and August. Prague is almost like Venice in that all the main thoroughfares are so jammed with fellow tourists that it can nearly take the fun out of things. With this in mind, it’s wise to start early for the main attractions and then go to some of the weird places in the afternoons.

Czechia is on the list of countries with no COVID restrictions or vaccine requirement as of summer 2022, so it’s a good choice for many people.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$58 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$94 per night for two people

Krakow, Poland

  • July avg high: 76°F/24°C
  • July avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • July avg precip: 3.5″/8.8cm

Krakow actually gets more rain in July than any other month of the year, but still it doesn’t add up to much and it’s accompanied by the year’s warmest temperatures, of course. This is definitely the most crowded time for Krakow, so hotel and hostel prices are at their peak, but are still great bargains compared to almost everywhere else in Europe.

The strategy here would be to make a reservation for a hotel or hostel as early as possible to lock something in. Especially during July and August, it could cost you if you just turn up and start going door to door. When all the popular places are full the less popular ones will jack their prices up.

Poland is also on the list of countries with no more COVID restrictions in 2022, so you might even think about exploring Warsaw a bit as well. The rest of the country is nice, but not really that interesting for most tourists to be honest.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$61 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$84 per night for two people

Split, Croatia

  • July avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • July avg low: 71°F/22°C
  • July avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

We used to include Dubrovnik on this list, but it’s now too expensive to qualify. Fortunately, Split is much cheaper, at least as interesting, and way less touristy because it’s not always jammed with cruise passengers like Dubrovnik. There are also nearby islands and beaches to consider, so this is an excellent hub for visits to other places in Croatia. July is part of the high season so it will be crowded, but still good value compared to Italy or France. Apartments (called sobas) are far more abundant than traditional hotels, so they are usually the cheapest and best option.

All of coastal Croatia is jammed during July and August, but in 2022 it might be less jammed than usual, even though Croatia has also scrapped all of its COVID restrictions for incoming visitors.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$98 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$273 per night for two people


Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

  • July average high: 100°F/37°C
  • July average low: 80°F/27°C
  • July avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

July will be hot in this Red Sea resort town, but it is on the coast so you will usually get pleasant breezes to help out. Speaking of the hottest places in July, Egypt will be on your list, even though it’s more comfortable than you probably fear. Egypt has had its problems in recent years and for a while almost no one was willing to visit, but that has changed once again. In 2019 it was possible to book a beach resort for as little as US$20 per night, and unfortunately those days are over for now. Still, it’s an amazing bargain and quite an interesting place to visit.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$40 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$77 per night for two people

Asia is usually the king of cheap destinations with great weather for most of the year, but July is still in the middle of the rainy season for most of the tropical cities, as well as for Beijing and Hong Kong. Those who like to take their chances could actually have a great and cheap trip by going almost anywhere in Southeast Asia. It’s a bit cooler than in April and May, and most of the rainfall comes suddenly, plus it’s usually easy to get out of the way.

Nha Trang, Vietnam

  • July avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • July avg low: 79°F/26°C
  • July avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

Nha Trang, down on Vietnam’s southeastern coast, has its own unique weather pattern, with very little rain during summer. This makes it quite a nice place to go if you are in, say, Australia or New Zealand and you are looking to warm up a bit. The problem is that Vietnam is mostly for touring and rain can be a problem in most of the rest of the country during July.

Still, if you are looking for a cheap place to spend a few weeks on a nice beach during July, it would be hard to do better than Nha Trang. Hotels for around US$15 are easy to find, although they’ll be at least a block or two from the beach. The drinks are cheap and the nightlife is good here, so it’s worth considering for the right type of cheapskate traveler.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$36 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$54 per night for two people
  • July avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • July avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • July avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

Bali is slightly below the equator so it might not be surprising that July is actually its coolest month, by a bit. It’s also the second-driest month, so it’s the perfect time for a visit if you can afford the flight itself. Hotel prices start to rise in July, at least at the places that are favored by European package tourists. The good news is that most of the hotels that aren’t listed online tend to be cheaper and don’t raise their prices much.

One challenge that Bali does have these days is traffic problems, so it’s probably best to minimize overall touring of the island, or at least the triangle between Kuta, Sanur, and Ubud. There are plenty of lesser-known beach areas around the perimeter, so those just wanting to soak up the sun have lots of great options. Some of the best beaches in July can be found on Bali, however it’s still probably better to choose one place and spend most of your time there to avoid the traffic.

Bali had been almost completely closed during the first two years of the pandemic, and its tourism industry almost collapsed. Now that they are welcoming visitors again the prices are lower and the crowds are smaller as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$31 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$52 per night for two people

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • July avg high: 90°F/32°C
  • July avg low: 74°F/23°C
  • July avg precip: 5.0″/12.5cm

Kuala Lumpur is another city that makes this list for perhaps unusual reasons. Being just north of the equator, it’s sizzling hot pretty much every day of the year, but at least July is one of its drier months. For a big and modern cosmopolitan city, Kuala Lumpur is very cheap any time of the year. Unfortunately, July is one of the more expensive months for hotels.

Nevertheless, those who book hotels in advance can often get great deals even during the high season. This city curiously has some of the cheapest 5-star hotels in the world, so those who really want to indulge themselves on more of a 3-star budget should look into the high-range options here. It’s also worth noting that KL is built for its climate and you can travel long distances in the city center in elevated tunnels and within malls, so you can easily avoid the heat or rain if you need to.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$31 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$49 per night for two people

Middle East

Much of the Middle East is crazy hot during July, and even those places can get crowded this month, but there are still a few good choices to consider.

Beirut, Lebanon

  • July avg high: 84°F/29°C
  • July avg low: 73°F/23°C
  • July avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

Beirut has warm evenings during summer, but the daytime temperatures rarely get out of control. More good news comes in the fact that there is rarely any measurable rainfall during July, so you can leave the umbrella and jacket at home.

This is one of the more expensive months for hotels in Beirut, so you should definitely try to book as far in advance as possible. There are some bargains out there, but they are likely to be full well in advance. Beirut actually has a couple of fairly cheap hostels, so that’s something to consider if the hotels in your price range are looking sold out.

NOTE: As of 2022, Lebanon is a country that you don’t want to visit for kicks due to political turmoil, shortages, and general instability. We will keep it on the list for the moment and hope that it’s better in 2023.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$56 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$68 per night for two people

Tel Aviv, Israel

  • July avg high: 85°F/29°C
  • July avg low: 73°F/23°C
  • July avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

Similar to Beirut only quite a bit more expensive, Tel Aviv is a popular summer destination where daytime temperatures are usually very nice. The challenge here is that only the lowest tier of hotels could be considered cheap, and even those get pretty expensive during summer.

The strategy is the same, with booking as early as possible advised, and looking into the hostel scene if the hotels appear to be out of your price range. At least the food prices stay quite reasonable during summer, so once you find a bed things shouldn’t get too out of hand.




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