If you are planning a major trip in 2018, here are some epic destinations that will be surprisingly affordable. Check your passport, pack your bags, and save.Malaysia

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A fantastic alternative to its more touristy neighbor Thailand, Malaysia has some of the best street food and night markets in the world. It also happens to be one of the top cheap vacation spots. “Spend some time in Kuala Lumpur, where three-star accommodations start at just $15 per night and $10 will cover three meals in one day,” says Jessica Bisesto, senior editor at the travel deals finder TravelPirates. “Looking for a cheap island destination? Head to beautiful Langkawi after you’ve spent a few days enjoying Penang. Offering the perfect combination of cities, highlands, beaches, and islands, Malaysia is an under-the-radar budget destination that offers something for everyone.”Argentina

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Argentina is an exciting, versatile country on the best cheap vacation spots list with something to offer for all tastes and travelers. “From wine country in Mendoza to Buenos Aires—which has been called ‘the Paris of South America’—to Patagonia’s gorgeous peaks and valleys, this is a country that’s bouncing back as a top destination for tourism,” says Diana Plazas, VP of branding, marketing, and digital for Marriott International in the Caribbean and Latin America. What’s especially attractive at this point in time is the exchange rate, which at around 17 Argentine pesos to the U.S. dollar, represents a bargain for the U.S. traveler; your money will go a very long way here. “Argentina lifted its VAT tax on hotel stays for international visitors, which represents a savings of 21 percent—that leaves you with more to spend at alluring tango shows, museums, vintage shops, and the country’s famous parrillas for authentic Argentinean barbecue,” says Plazas. You’ll be surprised at how affordable a steak dinner (with wine!) can be. To save even more, make sure you know these 11 secrets travel booking companies don’t want you to know.Slovenia

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With the hospitality of Italy, the gorgeous mountains of Austria, and gourmet delicacies of neighboring Istria, Slovenia has it all for a fraction of the price. “While much of southern Europe can come with tons of tourists and a too high price tag, you can have a five-star trip on a three-star budget in Slovenia,” says Collette Stohler, who runs the travel website Roamaroo. “You can have the elegance and gourmet delicacies of the Mediterranean at an Eastern European price. The best part is—you can visit the capital of Ljubljana, the beautiful lake town of Bled, Piran Beach on the Adriatic, and the Goriška Brda wine region all within two hours of each other.”

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