Check Out The 25 Best Countries To Buy A Vacation House

What is best than going on a good, relaxing holiday? There are thousands of beautiful hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, and picking the next holiday destination can be hard when you have so many options to choose from. But do you know what the best idea is? Having your own vacation house! Can you imagine how great it must be to have your own permanent residence right next to the beach or amid the mountains? In this list, we’ll go over the best and most affordable countries that you should consider for your own vacation home.

#25. Slovenia

Slovenia is an amazing country full of forests, mountains, and lakes. Due to its natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes, it is often referred to as the “New Zealand of Europe“. But apart from its beauty, Slovenia is also known for its cheap prices! Not only is it affordable to travel through the country, but also to buy a property.

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You can obviously look for a cheap flat in the capital city of Ljubljana, but if you’re up for something less traditional, you can buy a wooden farmer’s cottage in the countryside! This way, you’ll be far from the capital’s chaos and near the country’s main national parks.

#24. Canada

Most people believe that Canada is a very expensive tourist destination. Although this may be true for popular cities like Montreal or Toronto, other regions of the country are way more affordable. For example, the province of Nova Scotia is full of nice colorful bungalows that are not costly at all.

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But why should you choose Nova Scotia, apart from its fairly good prices? This region is surrounded by sea, making it a great destination for sailing, whale watching, and tidal bore rafting. Besides, Nova Scotia’s towns are quite peaceful, since not a lot of tourists come here.

#23. Albania

Albania is one of the least visited countries in Europe. However, it has dozens of fascinating sites that many people don’t know exist. The southern tip of the country is packed with beautiful mountains, and it is home to the beautiful medieval cities of Berat and Gjirokaster. However, tourists prefer to head towards the western side of the country, since that’s where all the beaches are.

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West Albania is famous for its rugged coastline, where you can find plenty of traditional villages with golden beaches and turquoise waters. But do you know what the best part is? The prices of the properties are quite cheap! You can buy a simple flat on the coast for the same cost than a luxury family cruise. Doesn’t it sound like a great investment?

#22. Turkey

Turkey is a very unique country, mainly because it represents a blend of Western and Eastern cultures and traditions. Apart from that, it is home to several amazing sites, such as the thermal pools of Pamukkale and the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia.

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Turkey is also known for being a fairly cheap country. If you want to buy a vacation house, it’s advisable to look for one in Istambul. This city has a rich cultural heritage and a beautiful architecture, so why not buy a house here? It also has some of Europe’s most affordable mansions!

#21. Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a fascinating country since it combines beautiful ancient architecture and a breathtaking countryside landscape. The country is full of hidden treasures you can’t miss, from the medieval palaces and churches in Sofia to the snow-topped Pirin mountains.

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But apart from that, Bulgaria is one of the cheapest countries in the world. For just $1,500 a month, you’ll live like a king! You should definitely look into buying a cabin somewhere near the Pirins. That way, you’ll be surrounded by stunning views, but at the same time, you’ll be at a 2-hour distance from the country’s capital city.

#20. Poland

If you’re looking for an original vacation home, then look for one in Poland. To begin with, it’s one of the cheapest countries in Europe. But secondly, many of the apartments that people buy for their vacation homes have actually been converted from Polish breweries! How amazing is that?

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If you ask me, I would consider buying a house in Krakow. This city is often regarded as Poland’s cultural hub since it is full of interesting art and history museums. Besides, it features beautiful architecture and it is packed with colorful houses. But keep on reading the rest of the article… the next location is perfect for safari lovers!

#19. Kenya

During the last few decades, thousands of people from all over the world have purchased vacation houses in Kenya. But why? First of all, the prices are quite affordable. Second of all, it features some of Africa’s most spectacular beaches, especially in the coastline near Mombasa.

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But lastly, Kenya is one of the best safari destinations in the world. If this is what you’re interested in, then you should consider buying a house inland. Although you’ll be far from the beaches, you’ll be close to many of the country’s national parks, and this is where all the animals are!

#18. Germany

Germany is most famous for the cities of Munich and Berlin, which are beautiful but pricy. However, other German cities are equally beautiful but far less expensive. Therefore, we recommend buying a vacation house in East Germany, since here properties are up to half the price!

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For example, you can buy a house in Leipzig, the birthplace of the famous musician Richard Wagner and JS Bach. For a few thousand dollars, you may afford a flat in the Kleinzchocher district. And the best part is that Leipzig is super close to Poland and the Czech Republic!

#17. Vietnam

Vietnam is a country full of natural wonders. It has a really long coastline full of majestic beaches, but it is also full of breathtaking mountains and rice terraces. It is home to Ha Long Bay, a vast archipelago made up of over 700 islets, which happens to be one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.

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But above all, Vietnam is full of interesting housing options. You can find beach villas, apartments, and upmarket resorts, and all at affordable prices. Can you imagine having your own vacation home next to the country’s many natural wonders and white sand beaches?

#16. Montenegro

Montenegro is the newest country in Europe. But even though it doesn’t receive so many visitors, it is filled with unique sites waiting to be discovered. Have you ever heard of Mount Lovcén? This towering mountain is home to an ancient monastery and it offers spectacular views of the Lovcén National Park and the Adriatic Sea. It is also near Kotor Bay, the country’s most popular destination. Doesn’t it sound magical?

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Not only is Montenegro filled with fascinating sites like Mount Lovcén, but it is also one of the cheapest countries in Europe. If I were you, I would definitely consider buying a stone house or a seaside villa near Kotor Bay, especially if you’re a nature fan or a beach lover!

#15. Argentina

Argentina is the ideal country for nature lovers since it has tons of different ecosystems and landscapes. You’ll find multi-colored canyons in the north, tropical jungles in the northeast, and towering mountains with beautiful lakes in the west and in the south. What else do you need?

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But if you’re planning on buying a vacation home, I would suggest sticking to the northern and western regions, since that is where you’ll find the cheaper property prices. Wouldn’t you love to have a house in the western mountainous region of Cuyo, surrounded by the breathtaking Andes? Or in the northern province of Jujuy, surrounded by the seven-colored hills of Purmamarca?

#14. Portugal

Portugal is one of the best places in the world to buy a vacation home, especially if you’re a wine enthusiast! This small Western European nation is famous for its vineyards, many of which are located in mountainous areas.

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Near the vineyards, you will find plenty of affordable villas. Not only will you enjoy some of the best wines in the world, but also some of the best views in the country. You should look for a property near the northern part of the country, preferably near the majestic Douro Valley.

#13. Russia

Although Russia has freezing temperatures during winter, it is a perfect holiday destination during summer or spring. The Western half of the country is filled with ancient cities with beautiful Imperial palaces and Orthodox churches. What’s more, the properties are way cheaper than in most European countries.

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If you ask me, I would definitely consider buying a vacation home in St. Petersburg. This city is famous for its Winter Palace, one of the largest and most important art museums in the world. It also features several beautiful cathedrals, and charming channels cross the city.

#12. Italy

Without a doubt, Italy is one of the most visited countries in the world. Every year, millions of tourists travel to visit the ancient cities of Rome, Florence, Pisa, and Venice, among others. However, there are other less mainstream sites that are equally beautiful, but with more affordable prices.

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I personally suggest considering Puglia. This ancient city is packed with beautiful stone-built houses that make a great vacation home, and prices here are cheaper than in most of the country. Besides, this city is located in the Mediterranean Coast, and it features steep rocky cliffs and stunning beaches with pristine waters. What else can you ask for?

#11. Spain

Spain is the second most visited country in the world, only after France. While Madrid is its capital, its most visited city is Barcelona. This city is popular for its unique gothic and Baroque architecture and for Gaudi’s otherworldly creations.

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What’s more, Spain is one of the cheapest countries in Western Europe. So if you’re interested in buying a holiday home, you should know that cities like Barcelona have quite affordable prices. But if you’re a beach lover, you should look for a property in the area of San José in Ibiza.

#10. Austria

If you happen to be a mountain fan, then Austria is the place you wanna go to. To be more specific, you should head towards the beautiful village of Zell am See, which is surrounded by the towering mountains of the Alps. Winters are quite cold, which means that you can go skiing, while summers are quite warm, which makes it an ideal spot for hiking and trekking.

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But even though the country’s capital Vienna is one of the priciest cities in Europe, the western mountainous region is way more affordable. In fact, in Zel am See you’ll find several traditional wooden houses with reasonable prices. Besides, you can even rent your house to tourists when you’re not there and make some extra money!

#9. Mexico

Mexico is one of the most fascinating countries in Latin America. To begin with, it is home to the fascinating beach resorts of Cancun and Riviera Maya. It is also home to many Aztec and Mayan ruins, including the striking temple complexes of Tulum and Chichen Itza.

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It is also a great destination for nature lovers, as it is full of mountains, jungles, rainforests, cenotes, and underground rivers. But above all, it is way cheaper than the rest of North America. Therefore, buying a vacation home in Mexico is quite inexpensive. Think no longer, pick Mexico!

#8. Estonia

It’s extremely difficult to find affordable property prices in European capitals. However, Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, seems to be one of the very few exceptions. You can even find affordable flats just a couple of blocks from the city’s ancient square of Raekoja.

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But if you prefer buying a house rather than an apartment flat, you should look into Oxford Park. This beautiful neighborhood is located in the middle of a forest and separated from the rest of the city by rivers. And even though it’s not so close from the center, it’s less than a half-an-hour bus ride.

#7. Ecuador

Ecuador is full of charming cities and quaint towns, but none is as captivating as its capital city, Quito! This city is famous for its stunning colonial architecture and interesting history museums. It is also known as “The Middle of the World” since the Equator crosses the city. In other words, you can visit the Southern and Western Hemisphere in one same afternoon! How crazy is that?

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Ecuador also uses US dollars, but it’s way cheaper than the US. In fact, did you know that eating in a restaurant in Quito costs even less than preparing your own meal in the United States? Not only this, but properties are also way cheaper than in the USA. So what are you waiting for?

#6. The Philippines

The Philippines is a very unique country made up of over 7,000 islands. It is particularly famous for the paradise beaches of El Nido and for the subterranean rivers of Puerto Princesa. However, it is also full of breathtaking mountains, volcanoes, and rice terraces.

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But this doesn’t end here. This tropical paradise is also one of the cheapest countries in the world. Therefore, you’ll find houses at reasonable prices in most of the country’s islands. If you’re a beach type of person, then look for a vacation home on the island of Palawan, but if you’re into hiking, go for Luzon!

#5. Hungary

During the past two decades, Hungary has become one of the most visited countries in Europe. In fact, its capital, Budapest, receives over 30 million tourists each year! What is more, the properties in Hungary are super cheap, especially when compared to most Western and Central European nations.

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But apart from the good prices, why choose Hungary? To begin with, the country is filled with ancient villages with medieval architecture. Besides, its people are extremely friendly. But if you’re an art lover, you should definitely buy your house in Budapest, since it has some incredible museums!

#4. Thailand

Thailand is home to some of the world’s most heavenly beaches. The island of Phuket is full of white sand beaches with turquoise waters and beautiful hillsides. But the best part is that the prices of the properties are quite cheap, both in Phuket as well as in other parts of the country.

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If you prefer mountains rather than beaches, then I would suggest looking for a vacation home in North Thailand, somewhere near Chaing Mai. This city is home to dozens of shocking Buddhist temples, and it is surrounded by many quaint mountainous villages that will blow your mind.

#3. Cambodia

Cambodia is one of the cheapest countries in the world. In fact, you may even find some beautiful villas that come with their own housekeeper at super affordable prices! With only $20,000, you may get a dashing 3-bedroom vacation house in practically any part of the country. But what’s the most beautiful part of the country?

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Well, if you’re planning on buying a vacation house, then Siem Reap is the place you’re looking for. To begin with, this town is way more peaceful and tourist-friendly than the chaotic capital of Phnom Penh. But above all, it is home to one of the most breathtaking ruins in the world: the one and only Angkor Wat Temple.

#2. Indonesia

Indonesia is a fascinating country made up of over 14,000 islands. It is also home to some of the world’s most spectacular beaches and mountains. But more importantly, the country is super affordable. Not only is the food cheap, but the properties as well! The country has plenty of homes that are available for purchase.

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If you ask me, I would consider buying a vacation home in the magical island of Bali. From the amazing beaches of Nusa Dua to the towering mountains and rice terraces in Ubud, this island has got it all. Last but not least, Bali has an incredible climate, which makes it a great holiday destination year-round!

#1. Greece

Greece is home to some of the most spectacular beaches and most amazing ruins in the world. But not only that: it is also regarded as one of the cheapest destinations in Europe. So if you’re not sure where to buy a vacation home, think no longer. Pick one of Greece’s amazing islands!

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The truth is that all of Greece’s islands are amazing, but we suggest looking into Crete. This island gets most of its income from farming, especially from grapes, wine, and olive oil. So one thing is for sure: if you spend your summers here, you’ll eat and drink like a god or goddess! Besides, the island is filled with lagoons and beaches with turquoise waters, so you’ll never run out of day trips!

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