In the United States, it’s relatively easy to burn through $100, whether you’re treating yourself to a night on the town or just filling up the gas tank. Have you ever wondered what a Benjamin will buy you around the world? We reached out to people – travelers, students, expats, bloggers and entrepreneurs – all around the globe, to find out some of the best buys for around $100. If you’ve got the itch for travel, check out these products, hotels, events and trips.
Ferdinand Goetzen, creator of the blog WirelessVagabond.com, explains that the budget-conscious traveler will feel right at home in Bali, Indonesia. “In terms of luxury, Bali is the place where $100 will go furthest,” says Goetzen. “You can get a double room in a 4-star hotel with an infinity pool for just $30 in Bali. It takes some shopping around, but the deals are there. Drinking is also cheap, and a meal costs less than $2.”
If a trip to Indonesia is up your alley, check out the Atanaya Hotel Bali: a 4-star hotel that rents for about $29 a night. Take a dip in the infinity pool and reflect on this amazing deal.
When visiting London, you should definitely try afternoon tea at The Ritz Hotel. Victoria Slater, who recently completed a Master of Science degree at the London School of Economics, says that for $100, you can enjoy champagne and a wide variety of teas, as well as unlimited finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and cake.
And if you’re not in the mood for a spot of tea, Slater added that $100 will also buy you a whopping “.2% of your tuition from the London School of Economics.” It’s hard to put a price on a good education.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
If you’re interested in lowering your rent, you may want to check out an apartment in Thailand. Kevin from AuthenticWanderer.com says that $100 can rent you “a small studio apartment near the old town in the trendy Nimmanhaemin district” for an entire month. This will free up your checking account to explore the rest of Thailand, where consumer prices are, on average, already 73.88% lower than they are in the U.S.
You don’t have to go far to see some great sights, and our neighbors to the north offer several options for under $100. Tessa Ferrier from Toronto suggests that you check out the CN Tower, which is one of the most famous landmarks in Canada.
For less than $100, you can purchase two adult tickets and one child’s ticket to the CN Tower, which includes access to the SkyPod. And if heights aren’t your thing, Ferrier also recommends dining at Canoe, known for highlighting Canada’s many flavors and ingredients. Here, a three-course meal can cost up to $100.
When you’re looking for luxury on a budget, Tasmania may be the place for you. According to Candice Refferty, owner of Tassie Pure, you can purchase a whole plate of fresh oysters and draft beers for $100 in Tasmania.
And if seafood isn’t your thing, you can use your $100 to buy either a half-day steam train journey or two VIP ferry tickets from downtown Hobart, Australia. Or, you could even purchase a handmade merino scarf. There are so many options when you’re under Down Under!
Susan Schenck, author of “Expats in Cuenca, Ecuador: The Magic & The Madness,” says the possibilities are nearly endless with $100 in Cuenca. Take your nine closest friends out to dinner with two drinks apiece. And if you’re not traveling with an entourage, $100 will also buy 400 bus or up to 50 cab rides, so you can take your time and explore all Ecuador has to offer.
While some travelers are looking for deals on hotels and meals, others are interested in purchasing products that are unique to each country or city. Florian Merdy of Tours, France, suggests visitors purchase Trésor Midnight Rose, a perfume. For less than $100, you, too, can, as the perfume’s description reads, “play the game of love with this bewitching fragrance.”
If you’re trying to spend your $100 in a single day, plan a trip to Switzerland. According to Tae Lee, CEO and founder of event-based trip planning tool TRAVO, your money doesn’t go very far in a place where a single bottle of water can cost up to $5.
“To stay on budget, avoid sit-down restaurants and look for a simple sandwich stand,” says Lee. “But even these can go up to $20-25; $100 is a strict budget in Switzerland, and between hostels, meals and entry fees, it can very easily be spent and exceeded in a single day.”
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