Looking for a cheap getaway in 2019? It might just be in your own backyard. Personal finance website GOBankingRates put Austin on its list of the 20 Best Travel Destinations for Your Money in 2019.
GOBankingRates determined the top affordable U.S. travel destinations by examining data provided by travel website Hipmunk for the average costs of flights, hotels, transportation, food, and drinks in 55 American cities. The Capital City shows up at No. 13, behind San Antonio at No. 5 and just before Houston at No. 14.
GOBankingRates says Austin offers round-trip airfare of $322 and a per-night hotel bill of $189, landing it near the top of America's most affordable vacation destinations.
“Once you get to Austin, it’s cheap to get around, with the average cost of public transportation per day at $8 — the lowest of any destination included on this list,” GOBankingRates notes. “While you’re there, catch a ballet, visit one of its world-class museums, go shopping, or spend the day paddling around Lady Bird Lake. And be sure to savor some of the local Tex-Mex and barbecue.”
GOBankingRates pegs the average cost of a meal in Austin at $15, and the typical cost of a domestic beer at $4.50.
In its ranking of San Antonio, GOBankingRates cites round-trip airfare of $338 and a per-night hotel rate of $151.
“San Antonio has some of the cheapest public transportation on this list, with the average daily cost at $16. It also has some of the cheapest beers, with the average cost of a domestic brew at $3.50. Food is also affordable, with the average meal costing $12,” GOBankingRates says.
At No. 14, Houston earns praise for some of the lowest airfare ($286) and per-night hotel costs ($131) in GOBankingRates’ 55-city study.
“Although Hurricane Harvey hurt the local tourism industry in 2017, the city is recovering. The city experienced more than 21 million visits in 2017 and is aiming to get 25 million annual visits by 2020,” GOBankingRates says.