No. of Recommendations: 9
Think apartment rental rather than hotels or hostels. You can rent a perfectly fine (small) apartment in many cities and towns, even fairly expensive ones, for $100/day or less, esp. in the off season. Check vrbo, tripadvisor, and similar reputable sites, but NOT craigslist (which is rife with rental scams).

We have rented in Paris, Nice, four Hawaiian Islands, Cinque Terre (Italy), Puerto Rico, and other places on your kind of budget. And in, e.g., Portugal, Spain, Croatia, and many other wonderful places, you can do even better.

Plus, you can relax over breakfast in your apt., have lunch out some days and dinner out on others, and begin to feel like a resident rather than just a tourist. Walk, take buses, enjoy parks, museums (which often have free days), beaches.

Language is not a big issue. You work it out. You learn some phrases as you go along. You point a lot. You smile.

You might try 3-4 weeks initially, unless the extra airfares are an issue. Not everyone enjoys being away for longer than that (although I do!).

Greg, too
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