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: