Why go? A lush paradise in the Atlantic, this collection of islands is a wonderland of craters, caves, hot springs, dense vegetation, and rocky coastlines. Formerly one of Europe's best-kept secrets, Azores's popularity is on the rise, but the authenticity and affordability hasn't been compromised. Go for the diving, whale and dolphin watching, hiking, water sports, and striking scenery.
Accommodations: "These islands offer beautiful hiking trails and romantic resorts starting at just $63 per night. Food and wine is inexpensive, costing budget travelers as little as $8."