Champagne tastes on a beer budget

Have champagne tastes, but a beer budget for your next holiday? If you fancy a celebrity European or Mediterranean vacation, but are finding the costs out of your reach, here are some suggestions for a more affordable holiday closer to home.

Saint-Tropez vs Metung
Made popular back in the 50s and 60s by Brigitte Bardot, and more recently by celebrities such Rihanna and Tom Cruise, Saint-Tropez on the glorious French Riviera is a little too high end for many Australian tourists.

Closer to home, Metung is a stylish destination located near the Gippsland Lakes and sandy beaches – a great base for those who enjoy activities on the water, with many scenic walks nearby and plenty of restaurants serving delicious local fare.

Bora Bora vs Fiji
One of Bora Bora’s attractions is the over-the-water bungalows which have attracted celebrity guests Nicole Kidman and Sharon Stone in the past. Closer to home, with a flight time of around 4 ½ hours, is the perennial favourite, Fiji. Many of Fiji’s resorts have over-the-water bures at a fraction of the cost.

Aspen vs Mt Buller
Songbird Mariah Carey frequently skies there and Jack Nicholson owns a home nearby, but Mt Buller in the Victorian alpine region is offers world class facilities, and by choosing to ski in Australia you will probably be able to afford to stay for a week on the mountain rather than just a day or two in ritzy Aspen.

Maui vs The Cook Islands
While this Hawaiian island is an idyllic destination enjoyed by megastars Oprah Winfrey and Justin Bieber, the Cook Islands will capture your heart with its untouched charm.

Lake Como vs Lake Taupo
Let’s face it, not many of us are going to score an invite to George Clooney’s lakeside villa but a trip across the ditch to New Zealand’s Lake Taupo offers plenty of outdoor activities and attractions exclusively geared to the tourist.

Mallorca vs The Whitsundays
Celebs such as Antonio Banderas and Rod Stewart party on their yachts off the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, but our very own Whitsunday Islands here in Australia, with its world-famous Great Barrier Reef, gives this Spanish paradise more than a run for its money.

Reposted from YOURLifeChoices – 18 September 2014

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