My friend and I were traveling through Eastern Europe last year and Budapest was one of our stops along the way. I had read about this city but never really gave it much thought, but all that's changed now. This city was beautiful, and extremely cheap. The exchange rate was awesome; probably the best value for the dollar to any place I've been. The equivalent of 2 mixed drinks and 7 shots was only $20. We rented an apartment on Airbnb for $36/night and it was right next to the Opera House. City center, $36/night and it was a gorgeous apartment. The host was an interior designer and it really showed. I can't wait to go back.