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If you’re planning an international trip for the spring, you might experience sticker shock as you begin pricing out your dream vacation. Based on research by InsureMyTrip, overall travel costs are up an average of $1,800 in 2023.

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However, as a savvy shopper you can find bargains on travel to certain countries. InsureMyTrip found the cheapest spot to vacation this year will be Honduras, at $3,858 (on average) for a pre-paid, non-refundable trip. Meanwhile, Antarctica tops the list as most expensive, at $22,719 on average.

The figures are based on the past six months of travel insurance data and cover the costs for transportation, accommodations, flights, and more, per Meghan Walch, director of product for InsureMyTrip.

What are some of the best places to see — and things to do — in the top five low-cost international vacation spots? And how much will the trip cost?

Honduras ($3,858)

InsureMyTrip listed a vacation in Honduras at $3,858, on average. A trip to the country’s Bay Islands can bring you encounters with dolphins or whale sharks, birdwatching adventures, scuba diving and more. For a laid back day, consider a trip to the Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum and the Butterfly Gardens on Roatan.

Dominican Republic ($4,143)

A popular vacation destination for U.S. travelers, the Dominican Republic provides relaxing white sand beaches, a vibrant nightlife and family activities. You might consider an all-inclusive stay at a Punta Cana resort to help you stick to your budget during a trip. But be aware of what’s included — and what’s not — in your vacation package to help control costs.

Aruba ($4,466)

You wouldn’t be wrong to surmise that the Caribbean is

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