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Gdansk is one of Poland’s many under-appreciated highlights

POLAND

Poland somehow manages to remain affordable and relatively under-visited. Sure, Kraków grabs the crowds but you can explore here for less than in Prague or Berlin. Beyond Kraków is a roll call of Europe’s least-appreciated highlights. In the north, explore Gdansk’s rebuilt old town and haunting coastal scenery.

Elsewhere, Lublin, Torun and Tarnów’s historical beauty (free from large numbers of visitors) can form the basis of a wonderful week. If you have more time, consider exploring the mountain playground around budget-friendly Zakopane or go bison spotting in Bialowieza National Park.

Inexpensive train and bus connections, keenly priced food and beer, plus budget places to stay complete the picture. Point-to-point rail travel in Poland is good value, meaning a rail pass isn’t generally needed.

Poland tourism: poland.travel

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA

Spectacularly situated at 12,000ft, La Paz is one of South America’s best value places to linger, whether you’re keen on acclimatising, learning Spanish or simply enjoying the colourful street life and Andean setting. Budget-conscious travellers can get by on less than £22 a day, eating at unforgettable markets and taking hiking and biking trips.

La Paz also has a fast-emerging yet affordable upscale scene, epitomised by superb dining at Wandering the world needn’t cost the Earth.

Consider one of these value destinations as revealed in LONELY PLANET’s new Best In Travel 2018 book FROM PREVIOUS PAGE places such as Gustu, founded by Noma’s Claus Meyer. Boutique hotels and hip coffee joints are popping up too, all at lower prices than their equivalents elsewhere. Move fast as La Paz is on the rise.

Explore the ancient Witches’ Market, ride the cable cars and soak up the colonial architecture.

Bolivia tourism: visitbolivia.org

ALAMY

Bolivia’s capital city stands at 12,000ft

ALAMY

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TALLINN, ESTONIA

Estonia’s capital is compact, fashionable and terrific value. Explore one of Eastern Europe’s loveliest old towns on foot for free, stay in goodvalue dorms, guest houses or private homes and take in Baltic Sea views and a superb panorama of the city from the flat roof of the vast Linnahall (one of Tallinn’s best free things to do).

Connected by budget flights from around Europe, the city isn’t a secret – but if you want a taste of Tallinn to yourself then head to Kalamaja, a…

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