Cheapest City to Visit for a Week?

>NYC
>Chicago
>New Orleans
>Lisbon
>Madrid
>Vancouver
>Sao Paulo

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Ranked from most expensive to least
    >NYC
    >Chicago
    >Vancouver
    >New Orleans
    >Madrid
    >Sao Paulo

    All great cities you could easily spend a week in though only come to Vancouver if like day hikes as the city itself is a shithole

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >All great cities you could easily spend a week in
      Agreed except New Orleans, which is basically an artificial 10-block "see how twee and European it is?" tourist district surrounded by one of the worst and ugliest ghettos in the developed world. There's no reason to spend more than a long weekend in New Orleans.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    is this purely hypothetical? airfare is going to be wildly different. answer above is correct except Vancouver is way more expensive than Chicago, not even close.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I'm choosing between these places and the flight/bus prices range from $200-1000. NYC is the cheapest to get to but I wanted to see if it is worth the extra 800 to go to Sao Paulo which I know is cheaper

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Depends if you can find a good hotel deal or not. I stayed on Wall Street for a weekend and the hotel was like $50/night. I'd think you would save money by going to NY for only a week. Divide that $800 by 7 and you're spending $114/day just for the flight. Not cheap at all regardless of the destination.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Sao Paulo is not what I would call cheap by any means, aside from transportation. And for what its worth fares on the SP Metro are going to be raised from a bit less than $1USD to about $1USD. Uber's were around R$20.

    Keep in mind the real is like the one currency globally that's currently pacing the dollar.

    Food was NOT CHEAP in Sao Paulo. I mean, some of it was but if you want to go to the popular places and have your fancy pizza or good sushi its going to cost you. We were eating for two and usually spent around R$100, but sometimes half that (and sometimes a lot more). Keep in mind I speak about a dozen words of Portuguese.

    Airbnb, which was a nice place in a very dodgy part of town (at least a night, during the day centro is fine), ran $30USD a night. I would stay in Vila Madalena or Paraiso even if it meant a few extra bucks.

    All my Brazil research went into Amazonia and Rio and SP basically turned in a four day thing at the end (and I probably would've skipped it had it not been the cheapest place to fly out of). That said it was a great city, a lovely surprise and somewhere I'd like to return to. I don't know if its as great as NYC, Chicago and New Orleans (literally my three favorite American cities), but I'd visit SP over Lisbon, Madrid or Vancouver even if it meant spending a lot more money. Its a cool city. Probably the only place in the world outside Asia that will give you true Megacity1 vibes.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Wtf? When were you last in Sao Paulo? Its not dirt cheap like Vietnam or even Colombia, but its certainly pretty cheap these days compared to anything you could do in the US. I know a few people onlime even who have ditched Southeast Asia for Brazil during COVID.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Well I was there four days ago, so this is incredibly recent.

        I would not say SP is expensive either. Its just that if you're coming from Lima, BA , the rest of Brazil or even Rio you will notice yourself spending a bit more in SP. If you're coming from Colombia, Peru (other than Lima and Cusco) or Bolivia you'll get a litlte bit of sticker shock. I don't know how to describe SP as anything other than adequately priced as far as non-Western sighsee destinations go (and to call SP non-western is a major stretch, SP feels extremely western and developed). Its good value, because even if you're spending more than you would elsewhere in South America you're getting a ton more too.

        For my mileage I preferred Rio a lot. More to do, more to see. I felt the gravitational pull of the beaches (which is a lot more than just Ipanema, Leblon and Copacabana btw), music and outdoor recreation much more so than SP's food and culture.

        And I just looked because this thread made me want to look at how much I spent in SP, it was $40 a night for that Airbnb not $30. And that was not the best part of town. So I was actually underrating its cheapenss earlier.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Against what most people here are probably going to say, NYC is large enough to find cheap options for hotels, food, drinks.
    >Pic related, was a $20 a night hostel just over the bridge in jersey, $5 five minute bus ride into the city and another ride back. I think they're closed but there's probably similar stuff to be found still I assume
    Plus it's the city you can have the most fun by just walking around without spending money.

    That said, New Orleans has some very cheap hotels just outside the city for most of the year, plus you can get world class food for casual dining prices and hear world class music for the cost of a few beers.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Same can be said for Chicago. The USA can be a good budget destination if you do it right.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    lisbon then madrid

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    why would anyone go to sao paulo lol

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      no flight to bangkok

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      well its the fourth largest city in the world. if you can't find anything to do there worthwhile probably says a lot more about you than it does about sao paulo, eh?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        How's the local English?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          You can communicate when you need to. Some people speak it very well. Everyone is eager to try and there is zero expectation for foreigners to speak a lick of Portuguese aside from "Ola, bom dia" and "Tchau, obrigad/a"

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Go to Montreal instead. Cheapest big city in Canada. Lots to see.

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