For some people, taking a break from the daily routine and going on holiday means taking in cultural attractions or participating in exhilarating activities. For others, it is all about seeking out warmer climes to top up the tan and let oneâ€™s hair down.
However, even if this sounds like an idyllic and ideal scenario, you wonâ€™t want to pay over the odds for your heavenly beach retreat. Thankfully, there are numerous package holidays available that promise the ultimate in sun, sea and sand at an affordable price.
But where should you be making your next beautiful budget beach getaway? Well, here are five suggestions for inspiration.
Steeped in history but more than capable of providing todayâ€™s tourists with everything you could possibly want, Paphos is an ever-present and inexpensive all inclusive holiday destinations. If you can tear yourself away from the Blue Flag Bijou beach located right in the town centre, there is plenty to see and do as well.
The Temple of Aphrodite affords panoramic sea views, while the UNESCO listed Tomb of the Kings offers an insight into Paphosâ€™ past. Alternatively, explore the old townâ€™s cobbled streets and the modern harbour at your own leisurely pace.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
For the vast majority of tourists heading to Mexico, the lively landscape of Cancun will be too tempting to resist. But holidaymakers wanting a bit more peace, quiet and tranquillity should consider Playa del Carmen instead.
Budget conscious travellers have various low-price resorts to choose from but can still take capitalise on pristine beaches and the alluring ocean. But if this gets a bit tiresome or tedious, excursions to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum are bound to impress and amaze.
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Situated off the northwest coast of Africa, the Canary Islands benefit from a mild yearlong climate that scores of holidaymakers take full advantage of. But for the ultimate in a budget-friendly break with great beaches and plenty to do, choose Tenerife ahead of the alternatives.
You can rest assured you will get superb value for money from your accommodation, whereas the cost of food and drink is cheap too. Aside from lying on the beach, some of which comprises of volcanic black sand, you can go snorkelling off the coast or mountain biking inland.
In the Gulf of Thailand, you will find the famous party islands of KoSamui, KoPhaNgan, and Ko Tao, which are bound to top the list of late-night unremitting revellers. But for those wanting daytime serenity as well, Phuket is probably a better option.
Luxurious accommodation is on offer for bargain prices and you will hardly be paying over the odds to eat out at impressive restaurants. As for entertainment, elephant trekking in the jungle makes for a great afternoon activity, but exploring the eye-opening Patong Beach at night should not be missed either.
Due to the phenomenal rise in popularity of Croatiaâ€™s captivating coastline in recent years, prices arenâ€™t as cheap as they once were. But if you concentrate your search around Split, some fantastic deals can be had.
It is one of the countryâ€™s largest resort towns, which means youâ€™ll be presented with various accommodation options. And if you ever get sick of the alluring Adriatic Sea, you can hop on a bus and arrive at mesmerising Dubrovnik within a few hours.
So, with a fair few beautiful budget beach destinations to choose from, you wonâ€™t have to worry about money but might struggle to make a definite decision on where to go.