Whenever I travel, (especially when it is a personal trip) I always try to go the cheapest route possible (or the scenic route as I like to call it) — so connecting on flight after flights has never been an issue for me. If I have time and it’s cheaper to connect, then I’m going that option. I like the scenic routes! 😉
Whether it be travelling directly or indirect, you want to get the best bang for your buck.
I’ve curated a list of countries that you can travel to not only directly to but also countries that works out to be the cheapest when you combine the airfare+ the daily budget.
I mean, can you believe that you can usually fly from Jamaica directly to Germany cheaper than if you were supposed to fly from Jamaica to St.Lucia. This is so puzzling to me… Here are the 5 cheapest countries you can fly to directly (with 1 indirect) from Jamaica. Also, be sure to send me a message on Instagram if you have any questions.
From Jamaica to Antigua
I just visited Antigua a little over a month ago and I am actually surprised. If I’m being completely transparent with you; Antigua surprised me! It has some of the purest beaches I’ve ever seen, the locals are friendly, it has a good vibe. My goodness, these are just some of the things I look for when I travel. I want authenticity, great energy and good food. Antigua gots it!
You can fly directly with Caribbean Airlines from Kingston to St. Johns.
Flights operate outside of the Kingston airport only 2-times a week (on Mondays and Thursdays)
A typical return trip costs as low as $ 512, with a 1-way ticket being just $258 (like what?). Travelling Intra-Caribbean is not very cheap, (as most of us can already tell) so for this price, it’s a win!
A daily budget for the tiny but impressive island of approximately 90,000 people is: $80
You can substitute hotels for Airbnbs and guesthouses to scale down the budget as much as possible.
Check out: 10 Top Things To Do in Antigua
From Jamaica to Germany
Don’t be surprised! Are you? I was! You can fly directly to Germany at a cheaper rate than if you were supposed to fly Intra-Caribbean. I mean, this is a 10-hour flight! Who would have thought?!
Let me drop the details quickly. I just got back for a return trip between Montego Bay and Frankfurt flying directly with Condor Airlines. Guys, this is a direct flight to Europe without having to go through the US or connect anywhere. If this isn’t Winning big time, then I don’t know what else is. But wait, hear the price… Brace yourselves!
Currently, you can embark on this 10-hour flight journey for as low as $558 return trip. More European Adventures anyone? I just added 3 more European destinations to my list of places to visit before the ending of the year. My thought exactly: I’m here to make use of these direct, hassle-free flight; like, I’m here for this.
For those of you who are wondering, yes, you will need a visa. Don’t get all jittery now. I know that for some of us, once we hear the word “visa”, it’s a complete turn-off. But, I want to believe that applying for this visa is so much easier than applying for the others ( you all know what I’m trying to say here). Once you can present what they have asked for, then you should be in the Green. I just applied for my third (3rd) Schengen Visa (the other 2 are already used & expired) and the process was fairly easy.
Though, if you’ve never travelled before, I recommend you try to visit other visa-free countries first, as to have some sort of travel history to show. Your passport is like your resume, you want to show them that you are able to go places and return home without any mishaps.
Daily Budget for Germany: €100
*Consider booking budget accommodations with HostelWorld if you want to scale some prices down.
Check out: Flying With Condor Airlines Premium Class
From Jamaica to The Bahamas
I can’t begin to express how many messages and emails I’ve gotten asking about The Bahamas and visa. No! The two don’t go together. Jamaicans, you do not need a visa for The Bahamas. Check out my post on the 10 Best Countries To Visit on Jamaican Passport. It’s a Caricom country; it’s visa-free. I repeat… it’s visa-free.
Now, with that being said. Fly directly between Nassau and Kingston with Caribbean Airlines as low as $246 (oneway). Flights operate out of Kingston 3 times per week
Daily Budget: $100
From Jamaica to Cuba
Oh, Havana! If you’ve been following my travels long enough, you’ll know I’m head over heels for Cuba. (Cuba tiene mi corazón) LOL!
Let me break down Cuba for you. You can fly to Cuba on several different airlines, via several different countries (Panama, The Cayman Islands, The US)
You can fly direct to Havana or Santiago de Cuba with Aerogaviota. But here’s a cheaper way out, fly with Copa Airlines via Panama for $495 return trip to Havana. WINNING!
If you Cuba is on your radar and you’re looking for the cheapest way out… Copa is the way out! Also, it also not very expensive to travel around Cuba. When I visited Cuba in 2015 I stayed in “Casas” which ranged from $15-30 per night. Though, I’m assuming now prices must have gone up at least 20%.
Daily budget: $70
Enjoy Cuba! And tell me about it when you’ve visited.
From Jamaica to Peru
I had to drop a Latin country in the mix. Once again, if you’ve been following my adventures once again you’ll know I lived in South America for a little over two years. It has gained a special place in my heart.
Now, down to business. I’ll have to admit that travelling to Peru is not one of the cheapest, but it’s one of the cheapest outer-Caribbean trips from Jamaica.
Airfare might cost you a little more, but the daily budget for Perú is probably the cheapest on this list. I’d want to think that because of this, the overall budget will balance out.
For those with a US visa, you can fly to Perú via Miami, otherwise, you can fly via Panamá.
You can fly with America Airlines( via Miami) and with Copa Airlines (via Panamá) for $840 return.
Daily budget for Perú: $50
Check out: International Travel Insurance for Jamaicans
*Daily Budget includes Food, Transportation & Budget Accommodation.
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Happy Travels!… and message me about your travels. I’d love to hear all your experiences.