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3 Beautiful & Affordable Vacation Rentals We Love

Feeling overwhelmed and exhausted from the hustle-and-bustle of your everyday life? Here are some budget friendly vacation homes with top notch decor to whisk yourself away to.


Whether you like adventuring through the mountains, hanging amongst the trees, or simply sipping on some wine in a relaxing setting, there is something for everyone. 


Destination #1: Western Cape, South Africa


Tiny Home, Big Personality



First stop on your journey to the Western Cape? The tiny gem featured above. Known as the Tiny House in Stellenbosch, this quaint and stylish oasis is just what the doctor ordered for a romantic getaway. For just $74 a night you can relax by the build-in outdoor fire pit, take a trek through the nearby mountains, or sip your way through the multiple award winning wine estates. You can even enjoy some golf or simply take your pick of one or more of the delicious restaurants nearby. 


BONUS: This property comes equipped with an organic herb and veggie garden at your disposal!



South Africa is a true force to be reckoned with. Comprised of deserts, subtropical forests, grasslands, wetlands, bush, mountains and escarpments, this beautiful country leaves nothing to be desired.


How much should you budget for traveling within South Africa? Budget Your Trip recommends that you leave yourself roughly $50 (CAD) per person/day if you are looking for a more budget conscious experience and roughly $125 (CAD) if you don't mind the occasional splurge. Click the link above for a more thorough breakdown of expenses.


While in South Africa, don't forget to take a trek to Table Mountain —one of the oldest mountains in the world. There you will find over 2,200 plant species, 70% of which are native only to South Africa. The Western Cape (Karoo region specifically) is an archeologist's dream! Filled with some of the earliest and most intact dinosaur fossils in the world, it would be a shame to miss.


Are you curious about human origins? Look no further than South Africa's Cradle of Humankind. It is there, in the Sterkfontein Caves, where the oldest human remains were found, some dating as far back as 4.5 million years ago! While in South Africa, don't forget to take a ride down Route 62 —the longest wine route in the world. You will be amazed at the vast quantity of lush vines growing along this 850km expanse.


Here are some photos from our last adventure to South Africa!


Destination #2: Lisbon, Portugal


Old City, New Feel



Next, let us take you to the magical Alfama District of Lisbon, Portugal, where the wine is as plentiful as the trendy shops and cozy cafés. When you're there, you simply must stay at the stylish Alfama with Private Patio apartment. For $143 a night you get to experience all that Old City Portugal has to offer, including the bright colours and funky architecture designs the European city is known for. Fall in love with this apartments modern furnishings, vaulted ceilings and romantic private patio! 



Known for it's colourful cobbled streets, graffiti art and delicious pastel de nata (Portuguese pastry), Lisbon is a true treat to the senses. 


Cross this beautiful European city off of your bucket list. Budget Your Trip suggests allocating $60 per person/per day when travelling on a budget or $148 per person/per day for a more mid-range trip.


As one of the oldest cities in the world (the oldest in Western Europe), Lisbon has much to offer its travelers. From the Vasco da Gama Bridge (longest bridge in Europe) to the Tagus Is Iberia (largest river in Portugal), to the best Old World wines —you just can't go wrong. Love shopping or simply hopping from café to restaurant, giving your taste buds a treat? The Baixa district has what you need. For a highly unique experience, we recommend ascending the Ascensor de Santa Justa (street elevator). It connects Baixa to the higher Chiado district.  


Are you a European football fan? Visit one of the largest football venues in all of Europe — the Stadium of Light. More into the arts scene? We recommend a guided graffiti tour through Lisbon.


We love Portugal so much we have travelled there over 5 times. Here is a peek into the beautiful country.


Destination #3: Costa Rica


Tropical Escape, New Heights



The vacation doesn't stop until you hit the exotic warmth of Pueblo Verde, Costa Rica. There, you will find Casa del Árbol —a luxurious treehouse that will have you wishing you could stay up in the trees forever! Equipped with air conditioning, hot water, cable TV and modern amenities, it will have you feeling well-rested and recuperated. Let's not forget the modern furnishings and private plunge pool! 


BONUS: We hear howler monkey's like to make their frequent appearance.



Costa Rica is arguably one of the world's most stunning travel destinations. Overcome with greenery and 5% of the earths biodiversity, it is ideal for the outdoorsy type.


For the budget conscious traveller, expect to spend roughly $35 per person/per day while in this stunning oasis. If constant penny pinching is not in your repetoire, you can get away with a more moderate budget of $90 per person/per day. Check out the budget breakdown at Budget Your Trip.


While in Costa Rica, set your sights on Bahia Ballena (Whale Bay), where you can whale watch the day away. Fun fact: Whale Bay is shaped like the tail of the majestic creature it derives its name from. Make sure you don't forget to see one of Costa Rica's 5 active volcanoes or several of their over 100 protected areas! 


This was our favourite beach in Costa Rica where we could watch the skilled surfers catch major waves and similtaniously see cute baby turtles waddle into the ocean.



Do you have a beautiful vacation home destination you would like to share with us for another feature article? Or want to spruce up you own vacation spot? Contact us at whitedahliadesign.com. We would love to hear from you! 



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