Canada, Mexico, Guatemala and Thailand also winners
There's something undeniably exciting about crossing the border into a new country, getting a new stamp in the passport and experiencing a completely new culture and history. International travel sounds expensive, but it doesn't have to be, especially if you're visiting one of our 10 winners of the title Best International Budget Destination.
For the past four weeks, USA TODAY 10Best readers have been voting daily for their favorite destination from a pool of 20 nominees. The votes have been tallied and we have a winner!
Something of a secret Europeans keep to themselves, Portugal – winner of the title Best International Budget Destination -- offers architecturally beautiful cities, a stunning coastline and rich cultural heritage all at affordable rates.
The top 10 winners in the category Best International Budget Destination are:
Additional nominees in this category included Argentina, Bolivia, China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Peru, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Kim Orlando (TravelingMom.com) and Lydia Schrandt (10Best Editor) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of international budget travel.
10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners.License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo