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Photos: Top 10 Best Budget Destinations 2013

We did the homework, now all yoiu have to do is pack your bags. Here, irresistable images of next year's affordable hotspots, chosen by the Budget Travel editors.

  1. Ancient sites like this amphitheater meet modern luxury in Antalya, Turkey, where hotel prices have dropped nearly 25 percent since last year.

    (Nikolai Sorokin / Dreamstime.com)
  2. Antalya's harbor and old city have drawn visitors from Eastern Europe for years. Now, Americans are discovering resorts with rates as low as $100 per night.

    (Jokerproproduction / Dreamstime.com)
  3. Prime time to visit Antalya is September through October, or May through June, when the temperatures are mild.

    (Gelia / Dreamstime.com)
  4. The iconic Toronto skyline announces that this cultural capital of Canada is ready for its closeup; but unlike most of the world, hotel prices here did not rise in 2012.

    (Retina2020 / Dreamstime.com)
  5. Yonge-Dundas Square is a favorite come-together spot in Toronto's shopping district, walking distance from the Theater District and many of the city's universities.

    (Peter Spirer / Dreamstime.com)
  6. Toronto remains a pedestrian-and public-transportation-friendly place, making a rental car unnecessary.

    (Valentino Visentini / Dreamstime.com)
  7. Ko Phi Phi, near Phuket in Thailand, is a paradise you can afford, with hotel rates having dropped 27 percent this year.

    (Steve Allen / Dreamstime.com)
  8. March and April are the best times to beat the crowds to Ko Phi Phi's turqoise waters.

    (Bidouze Stéphane / Dreamstime.com)
  9. After rebuilding in the wake of the 2004 tsunami, Ko Phi Phi is well on its way to becoming a luxury tourist spot—but for now it remains a bargain for smart travelers.

    (Mark Soskolne / Dreamstime.com)
  10. The Bahamas are an annual fixture on affordable-travel lists for good reason. This year saw a 4 percent drop in airfares here.

    (Ivan Cholakov / Dreamstime.com)
  11. Whether you choose a big resort such as Atlantis or something more modest, the Bahamas' prime visiting season is late fall, winter, and early spring.

    (Se7enimage / Dreamstime.com)
  12. Nassau is the Bahamas' major port, where you'll find chic shopping destinations and great food.

    (MorganOliver / Dreamstime.com)
  13. Nashville, TN, home of the Grand Ole Opry, is going heavier on the "grand" these days, but with more than 1,000 new hotel rooms under construction, rates are expected to fall here.

    (Steven Frame / Dreamstime.com)
  14. Nashville is not just Music City, but it's also home to a thriving museum scene.

    (Benkrut / Dreamstime.com)
  15. Nashville's natural beauty, including two lakes within the city, is one of its many charms. High season is in June, when the city plays host to the CMA Music Festival.

    (Kenn Stilger / Dreamstime.com)
  16. With serious Old World cred, including some of the most beautiful castles on earth, France's Loire Valley is surprisingly affordable, with the average hotel price dropping 19 percent this year.

    (Ams22 / Dreamstime.com)
  17. The Villandry Chateau near the town of Tours in the Loire Valley, is one of the many sites that have earned the region status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    (Steve Allen / Dreamstime.com)
  18. July and August are the hottest months in the Loire Valley, so visit in spring or fall—temperatures stay comfortably warm through September.

    (Nimblewit / Dreamstime.com)
  19. Boracay, in the Philippines, is a see-it-before-it's-packed destination. That says a lot about its beauty, considering that no tourist set foot here before the 1970s.

    (Alanchen / Dreamstime.com)
  20. Boracay's D'Mall is a bustling center for shoppers amid the swimming, sunbathing, and windsurfing scenes.

    (Junpinzon / Dreamstime.com)
  21. The white sand beaches of Boracay are just an hour's flight from Manila.

    (Donsimon / Dreamstime.com)
  22. Palm Springs, CA, is home to stylish hotels such as the Del Marcos. But this always-popular Southern California oasis is not out of reach: Airfares here fell 6 percent this year.

    (Courtesy Shaken Not Stirred)
  23. Winter and early spring are the best times to visit Palm Springs, when mild temperatures make outdoor dining, such as at Los Arboles, popular.

    (Courtesy Los Arboles)
  24. Known for its towering palms and countless swimming pools, Palm Springs will now be reachable via nonstop flights from New York starting in December.

    (Courtesy Saguaro Palm Springs)
  25. While religious and political strife once characterized Northern Ireland, the region is now at peace and is attracting visitors with both its ancient architecture and contemporary music scene.

    (Courtesy Ardfern/Wikimedia Commons)
  26. Derry/Londonderry became the United Kingdom's first City of Culture in 2013, beating out competitors such as Birmingham and Sheffield.

    (Courtesy Kanchelskis/Wikimedia Commons)
  27. Kosice, in east Slovakia, is a 2013 European Capital of Culture.

    (Rorem / Dreamstime.com)
  28. While Slovakia boasts many historical and architectural sites, in 2013 the emphasis will be on the future, with contemporary art, theater, and dance on display.

    (Oleksandr Dragunov / Dreamstime.com)
  29. Capital of Culture events are scheduled through 2013, making any month, including December with its holiday decorations, a good time to visit Slovakia.

    (Rorem / Dreamstime.com)

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