South Africa is one place where relatively cheap travel is possible, especially if you go during their off season. Summer in the U.S. is winter there, meaning places to stay are even more affordable than usual.
South Africa is a developed tourist destination and the exchange rate there is at a good level, meaning that everything will seem even cheaper. In Cape Town it’s often possible to get a luxury hotel room for $266, and using Airbnb to rent out local homes and residences can be even cheaper.
The flights on South African Airways can sell out quickly so it’s a good idea to start looking into flights with plenty of notice to get the best deals.
Interestingly, great quality wine can be cheaper than soda in South Africa, so visitors won’t be running up a bill on the booze.