Consider this your budget-friendly go list for the year

Denver through Union Station
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2019 has begun, which means it’s time to start planning your next adventure. But, traveling this year doesn’t have to break the bank thanks to sites like Kayak.

The booking site released its 2019 Travel Hacker Guide earlier this week and it’s chockfull of information, including the best times to book flights and hotels, trending destinations, and where travelers can go for a budget-friendly trip. And, best of all, heading to these spots will still make your trip feel like a million bucks.

To come to its final destination list, Kayak analyzed more than 1.5 billion annual travel searches and looked at flight and hotel prices to find the top cities to visit on a budget this year. Coming in at number one: Denver, Colorado.

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According to Kayak, traveling and staying in Denver in 2019 may be up to 55 percent less expensive than the average trip cost in 2018. In the city, the site recommends checking out exhibits at MCA Denver, which has an entry cost of just $8. To make the excursion even better, be sure to head up to the rooftop cafe to take in the city views for free. It also recommends would-be travelers book their flights about one month in advance for the best deal. As for where to say, check out the Hilton Denver City Center, which comes at a great price and has an excellent 8.7 rating out of more than 300 user reviews.

But, if Denver doesn’t fit your travel fancy there are still plenty of other good options, including Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. According to Kayak, travelers can save up to 54 percent on trips this year to the sunny destination versus last. As for a few budget-friendly activities, Kayak recommends spending time at the beach, which is free, or taking a hike at Myrtle Beach State Park, which costs just $5 for admission.

The other top destinations for budget-friendly travel in 2019 include Salt Lake CityLas VegasBostonBaltimoreCincinnatiClevelandHouston, and Fort Myers.

Of course, there are always options for when money is no object or for when you simply want to splurge on your next travel experience. For trips like that check out the 50 best places to travel in 2019.

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