International Workers’ Day Weekend is approaching with all the warm weather and the holiday mood. Why not take advantage of this and prepare your next vacation in a breathtaking destination without spending a fortune?
Hotel price comparison website Trivago.com has selected the world’s top low-tax destinations inviting tourists to spend wisely in a well-deserved vacation.
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One of the tiniest countries in Europe, Andorra is settled in the Eastern Pyrenees, between France and Spain. Very popular with skiers, this hidden European gem has a lot to offer from beautiful landscape, all the way to fine dining, tax-free shopping, luxury accommodation and a wealth of other affordable benefits.
Regarded as a Tax Heaven, Andorra provides all the advantages of a European country without being an official member of the European Union. In 2011, Trivago Price Index has reported an annual average hotel price of 82$.
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Known as a Caribbean Tax Heaven, Belize offers visitors a dream location for the perfect vacation. From pristine beaches and amazing oceanic wonders, to abundant wildlife and remarkable Mayan ruins, the tropical destination situated in the Caribbean Sea, among other 450 islands and islets, is the only country in Central America where the official language is English. Home of the world’s second largest barrier reef – Belize Barrier Reef – and the site of the Great Blue Hole – a mysterious phenomenon which attracts constantly a huge number of scientists, divers and curious tourists every year – Belize, is the perfect tropical escape without the conventionally high costs.
3. New Hampshire, USA
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The natural beauty and the historical heritage of New Hampshire attract visitors every year, but few know that financial freedom is an important tourist drag. The scenic White Mountains, the Lake region and the ocean beaches are among the top reasons why people keep visit the American state, but with the intention of bringing more non-residents shoppers to improve local economy, New Hampshire ditched sales taxes.
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Known as the birthplace of Aphrodite – the Greek goddess of love – the Mediterranean island of Cyprus is a bountiful source of culture and history. Its archaeological treasures, white and picturesque fishing villages, and breathtaking beaches, make it one of the most charming and notable islands of the Mediterranean Sea.
Cyprus has only 15% VAT, being an affordable destination with very low taxes for non-residents.
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Diversity and a wide array of things to do and see transform Panama in one of the most attracting destinations in the world. Known as the “Crossroads of the Americas”, the Republic of Panama is located in the southernmost part of Central America, and offers lovely beaches, rain forests, tropical weather, vibrant festivals, rich local cuisine, an amazing bio-diversity, and modern capital with a wealth of entertainment opportunities for young and old.
The Panamanian “Balboa” is actually the U.S. dollar, but much stronger, that is why American tourists find in Panama not just an attractive dreamland, but also a financial paradise.
6. Isle of Man
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Isle of Man is a beautiful island blessed with spectacular natural landscapes, virgin beaches and a tranquil atmosphere. The island is ideally located between the coastlines of England, Scotland and Ireland of wales, in the Irish Sea. Providing a varied mix of family-friendly activities including fishing, rock climbing, hiking, biking and golfing; then some with more exotic appeal for adrenaline junkies, including swimming with sharks, diving the coasts or exploring the shipwrecks, the Isle of Man is still a great choice for travelers on a budget.
7. Nevada, USA
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Home of the controversial Sin City, the famous Mojave Desert, the Red Rock Canyon, Lake Tahoe, Hoover Dam and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Nevada is a beautiful destination, chosen by both American and foreign tourists for its exciting attractions and the low-priced accommodations.
Trivago Hotel Price Index has reported an average annual hotel price of 90$ for Nevada in 2011, which makes it an affordable destination also for 2012.
8. San Marino
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The beautiful Republic of San Marino is one of Europe’s smallest countries, after Vatican and Monaco. Situated 657m above the sea level, on the eastern side of the Apennine Mountains in the Italian Peninsula, San Marino provides many attractions such as: beautiful backdrops, rich culture, gastronomy and shopping. Due to its budget surplus and the fame of being the state with the lowest unemployment rates in Europe, San Marino manages to provide a fabulous shopping experience and a truly Italian environment, without the high prices. The world-famous traveler Rick Steves said about San Marino: “As sales tax is about half that of surrounding Italy, shoppers have long come here for the savings”.
9. Hong Kong, China
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With 0% VAT for tourists, no sales tax, no withholding tax, no tax on dividends and no capital gain tax, Hong Kong has developed into an international financial, trading and business center. But it is also an attractive travel destination. The densely populated Chinese region is well-known for its astonishing skyline, the natural harbor and the nearby islands of Taipa and Coloane.
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Luxembourg is a very small country bordered by Belgium, France and Germany and maybe the most famous “tax-free” destination in Europe. With an incredible variety of first-class chocolate and wine, a huge number of Michelin-starred restaurants, the healthiest population per capita, an enthralling mix of culture and natural beauty and a 15%VAT, Luxembourg welcomes every year tourists from all over the world, surprising them with its authentic flair.