31 Cheap Places to Travel When You’re On a Budget

Cheap places to travel in the world

If you think traveling is always expensive, think again. There are more than a fair share of cheap places to travel. Some of the cheapest places to travel are the most beautiful, too!

We’ve traveled to over 85 countries, and while many may think only rich people can accomplish this it couldn’t be further from the truth. Across every continent are places that budget travelers can easily enjoy.

So which countries off the most value to visitors? Where can you get the most bang for you buck? Let’s dig in.

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How to Save Money When Traveling

While this post is about the cheapest destinations you can travel around the world there are some things to note.

Traveling on a budget is all about how you travel

That’s right. Even the cheapest place in the entire world can turn expensive if you eat in the nicest restaurants, stay in the nicest places, fly business class, and are out on a paid activity every day. Staying cheap is all about how you go about saving your money. This post is all about maximizing your dollar in the most affordable destinations around the world. Because $50 spent in the Philippines goes a lot further than $50 spent in the USA. Here are some money-saving tips that apply to saving money wherever you are at. And when we say the bare-bones price you can get by on in some destinations, it’s by using these tips.

Share your expenses

Traveling with a companion is not always possible, but if you can expand your group you’ll save money on just about everything. While you don’t save money on individual bus tickets, car rental costs are lower, as well as splitting gas prices.

Don’t want to sleep in the dorm bed of a hostel? Splitting a private room is obviously cheaper than just one person staying in a private room. This is where traveling as a couple has its advantages.

And then of course if you are with a group you’ll be more likely to go to the grocery store on your travels and cook a larger meal rather than always going out to eat and spending money on each individual plate.

Stay in hostels

For the first three years of our travels we were in and out of hostels. If you are a solo traveler especially, staying in a hostel is the best way to keep your accommodation expense down, plus it’s a good way to meet people! A hostel bed usually costs anywhere from $10-30 per bed depending on where you are, which is often far cheaper than a private ensuite.

Eat local

Eating street food is the best way to save money on food when you travel, it’s also delicious and a good representation of local food. If you go out to eat at a nice restaurant every time it’s meal time you’re going to increase your expenses no matter where you are in the world.

Take local transit

Taking local transit like buses and trains is far cheaper than always hopping in a cab, especially if you are a solo traveler. It’s also the more adventurous way to travel!

Travel in the Off Season

The best way to score deals on accommodation, rental cars, and flights is to travel in the shoulder or off season. Make sure you plan our when you will be visiting accordingly. Most places have an idea time to visit and a less desirable time to visit. The less desirable time is typically the cheaper time.

Travel Slower

One of the biggest expenses you can incur when you travel is transportation. The more you hop around a destination the more money you are going to spend on moving from place to place. Staying in one destination longer not only helps you gather a deeper meaning for place, but will also save you money.

This also goes for country hopping. Traveling from say Vietnam to Greece is going to be very expensive (and bad for the environment). Try to focus on regional travel. Rather than flying across the world and spending a lot on airfare focus on local and regional. If you’re already in Vietnam, see what the cost to get to Laos or somewhere closer is rather than jet setting across the globe. Finally without further adieu…


Cheap Places to Travel Around World!

*For simplicity purposes most prices here will be noted in USD and are not factoring in the airfare to get there and back.


Cheap Destinations to Travel in North America

I’m not going to lie, North America is one of the most expensive places to travel in the world. The US and Canada are up there with Australia, and Western Europe, but not quite as expensive as Scandinavia. Still it is possible to have a cheap vacation in North America. Especially if you camp and partake on an epic road trip. Don’t forget – there is always Mexico! Which does offer visitors amazing food, drinks, and beaches for a very affordable price.


Mexico

$40 a day

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Mexico is an extraordinary country in North America that offers extensive coastlines, unique culture, and world-class food. It’s one of the those classic North America cheap places to travel.

Many people visit Mexico for its warm weather and beautiful beaches. Places like Cancun and Tulum are well known destinations in Mexico, but super touristy. Head to some other parts to really get cheaper. Areas around Oaxaca claim to have some of the best surfing in the world. This is where you find epic waves and golden sand beaches. If that sounds like your idea of heaven there’s no place you should rather be.

Mexico is honestly about as cheap as you can get in North America. Think $1 tacos mixed with $2 margaritas, nice accommodation for under $30 a night (and even cheaper if you go with hostels and fun activities for less than $20 a person.

  • Currency: Mexican Peso
  • Accommodation: $10-$15 per night in a hostel
  • Transport: $1-3 for bus rides, rental cars for $25 a day
  • Activities: Try surf camps for $100 a day (not the cheapest, but what can you expect with Americans flocking here in search of sun).
  • Meals: $5 per meal. Tacos and chips and salsa anyone?
  • Drinks: $1-2 for beer and happy hour cocktails
  • SIM card with data: Not cheap in Mexico. Tourist sim cards can be purchased for $10 for 2 GB
  • Flights: $300 Round trip from many North American destinations
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Snorkeling!

Low-budget travel: $30-40 USD per person per day

Mid-budget travel: $60-$80 USD per person per day

High-budget travel: $100-$200 USD per person per day


Alberta, Canada

$70 a day

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Canada is not a cheap destination in the world, but if you are dead set on heading to Canada on a budget the best province to head might be Alberta. Mainly because at 5% they easily have the cheapest tax rate across all of Canada.

If you’re coming from the USA you may also benefit from the currency conversion rate. At the time of writing it sits at about $1 USD = $1.40 CAD, so at times it feels like a 30-40% discount on everything. The best way to do Canada at a low cost though? Grab a buddy, rent a car or campervan, get a tent, visit in the summer, and road trip around. Don’t spend money on indoor accommodation, instead pay for campsites along the way and get out on endless hikes. Besides the cost of a Parks Canada pass nature is absolutely free!

  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Accommodation: $15 for a campsite
  • Transport: Off season rental car for $30 a day
  • Activities: Tourist activities are expensive. It’s $60 to take the Banff Gondola up Sulphur Mountain
  • Meals: $30 per day if eating out. Go grocery store shopping to safe money.
  • Drinks: $5-$10
  • SIM card with data: Some of the most expensive in the world ($5/100MB). Stick with free WiFi.
  • Flights: Deals to Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary can be found from many destinations.
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Hiking and nature is free!

Low-budget travel: $50-$70 USD per person per day

Mid-budget travel: $100-$150 USD per person per day

High-budget travel: $200+ USD per person per day


North Carolina

$80 a day

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Enjoying the beach in Wilmington!

Our home state of North Carolina is one of the cheapest you can have an awesome vacation in! We particularly love Wilmington and Carolina Beach, where you can enjoy the beautiful North Carolina coastline at a very affordable cost.

It’s here where you can find a range of accommodation options for under $100, but to really go cheap on accommodation in the summer you’re going to have to camp. Thankfully you can do that right on the freaking beach with a proper 4×4. In other great news going to the beach is free, and so is exploring the historic waterfront in Downtown Wilmington.

Fancy some mountain adventures? Head to Asheville on a road trip (with a buddy to cut costs) and go hiking – all free!

  • Currency: USD
  • Accommodation: $50-$100 a night in budget hotel
  • Transport: $35 a day for a rental car
  • Activities: Enjoy the beaches for free!
  • Meals: $10-$15 per meal plus tip. Eat in to save money.
  • Drinks: $5-$10
  • SIM card with data: 5GB for $30
  • Flights: Deals can be found to Charlotte International Airport
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Hiking in the mountains

Low-budget travel: $50-$70 USD per person per day

Mid-budget travel: $150-$200 USD per person per day

High-budget travel: $200+ USD per person per day


Cheap Destinations to Travel in Central America

Central America holds some of the cheapest travel you can find in the Americas. In many destinations you can enjoy the fantastic beaches, jungle, and wildlife without a high cost.


Guatemala

$30 a day

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I have a good friend that lives in Guatemala and everytime we mention traveling to Costa Rica, she proclaims that Guatemala is just the same as Costa Rica except BETTER and loads cheaper. And to be honest I can agree with her.

In Guatemala, you can have an epic time in the lush jungle, climb volcanos, and enjoy the coastline for a fraction of the cost of Costa Rica. They have unreal wildlife, surfing, amazing coffee, zip-lining, and ancient ruins. Don’t believe me? Just ask this guy.

In Costa Rica, a local meal of Casado (typical lunch with a meat, salad, cheese, gallo pinta, tomato, salsa, and plantains), can set you back $10. In Guatemala, it can be had for half the cost.

Cheap buses can get you around the country for $1-3, just be careful they can be a bit sketchy. These are called “chicken buses” and it’s hard to miss the colorful and decorated buses that crowd the streets of major cities and highways. These are a common way for locals and adventure tourists to travel, but they won’t exactly pass a safety test.

The safer buses are the intercity buses and they are more like $10 to ride. If you’re with a group it’s possible to rent a car to visit quiet and off the beaten path beaches and mountains.

  • Currency: Quetzal
  • Accommodation: $10-15 for a hostel
  • Transport: $1-3 for local buses, $25 a day for car rentals
  • Activities: Zip line tours for $60
  • Meals: Street food for $4-$5 a meal.
  • Drinks: Local beer for $2
  • SIM card with data: $4/500 MB
  • Flights: Budget flights available from the US or other Central American countries
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Enjoy the views at Lake Atitlan

Low-budget travel: $25-$45 USD per person per day

Mid-budget travel: $50-$70 USD per person per day

High-budget travel: $80-$100 USD per person per day


Nicaragua

$35 a day

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Nicaragua is another fantastic country to visit in Central America and one of the cheapest international places to travel. It’s similar to Costa Rica and Guatemala, but with cheaper prices than Costa Rica and about on par with Guatemala.

Nicaragua has secluded and world renowned beaches, a vibrant nightlife, and has been focusing heavily on eco-tourism. Tourism has been on the rise in Nicaragua, but that hasn’t been reflected in the prices yet.

Food is probably some of the best value you can find. A plate of street food will cost you all of 75-100 Cordova ($2-$3). Also – if you like plantains and rum you’re going to be in heaven here.

Accommodations are also a bargain in Nicaragua, it’s a country where you can rent out a hammock for $2 for the night if you prefer or you can go large for a private room for under $30.

  • Currency: Nicaraguan córdoba
  • Accommodation: $5-$15 for hostels
  • Transport: $1-3 for local transport. Under $10 for rental cars
  • Activities: Volcano hike for $20
  • Meals: $3-$5 per meal
  • Drinks: $1-$2 for local trips
  • SIM card with data: 3GB/$7
  • Flights: Cheap flights can be found from Southern USA
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Chilling on the beaches

Low-budget travel: $25-$40 USD per person per day

Mid-budget travel: $50-$60 USD per person per day

High-budget travel: $80-$100 USD per person per day


Panama

$45 a day

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Panama is a popular destination for backpackers on a budget to head. From enjoying two different oceans, epic islands, the rainforest and mountains, and learning about the native local people it’s really no wonder why Panama is so desirable to many.

The country is also home to world class scuba diving, sport fishing, kayaking, and pretty much any water activity you could ever take part in. It’s also a country you can rock climb, horseback ride, enjoy hot springs, and go on some amazing hikes.

The best part (you know I’m gonna say it) it’s affordable! For Westerners, Panama will be a very cheap country to travel to, not as cheap as Nicaragua and Guatemala, but cheaper than Costa Rica.

Even a top-end luxury hotel room will only run you $120. Panamanian meals can easily be had at inexpensive prices, you’ll get full off of $3-$10, and if you want to have a meal at a nice restaurant you can get by for under $40 for two people. However you may find some food to more expensive than even in the states if is not produced in Panama, so stick to local products.

A really good deal is on public transport, where a Metro Bus costs $.25 in Panama City. , however you need to be extremely vigilant as this is where you may get pickpocketed. Outside the city, you can get safe and cheap public transport without much threat. Bartering is also common practice here.

  • Currency: USD or (Panamanian Balboa)
  • Accommodation: $10-$20 for a hostel bed
  • Transport: Long distance bus for $10-$15, $5-$10 for car rentals
  • Activities: $30 for a hanging bridges tour
  • Meals: $5 per meal for cheap local food
  • Drinks: $1-$2 for local beer
  • SIM card with data: 2GB/$15
  • Flights: Cheap flights can be found from the Southern USA
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Explore the artisan markets for free

Low-budget travel: $25-$40 USD per person per day

Mid-budget travel: $50-$70 USD per person per day

High-budget travel: $80-$100+ USD per person per day


Cheap Places to Travel in South America

Depending on where you go and how you travel in South America, a good deal can be found!


Peru

$40 a day

Machu Picchu

Peru literally has it all and is a cheap destination to travel to. Peru blew us away the first time we visited as it’s a very biodiverse country. A hot and humid rainforest of the Amazon, the soaring peaks and mystifying history of the Andes, bustling cities, and a surfer-friendly coastline.

Then there’s also Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail, and learning about ancient civilizations. I don’t think there are many other destinations as popular as Peru right now, and that’s for good reason – they have a lot to offer travelers.

The best news is you can travel to Peru for a pretty affordable price. We were shocked by the value we were getting. We stayed at a nice apartment Airbnb in Cusco for under $30 a night ($15/per person), lunch for under $5 per person, and sites like PeruHop will help you get around the country affordably!

  • Currency: Peruvian Sol
  • Accommodation: $15 for a hostel bed. $35 for private
  • Transport: Buses are a good value for a few dollars per ride, but safety is questionable, but some of the best transport options for tourists is PeruHop and Cruz Del Sur.
  • Activities: A one day permit to Machu Picchu will run you about $45.
  • Meals: Great meals can be found for $5-7.
  • Drinks: Local drinks can be had for $2-$3.
  • SIM card with data: 3GB/$3
  • Flights: There are many flights to Lima from around the world. Good deals for $500 can be found from North America.
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Hiking parts of the Inca Trail on your own!

Low-budget travel: $25-35 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $40-65 USD per day

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD per day


Ecuador

$40 a day

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Banos, Ecuador

Ecuador is one of the best places to travel to. I’ve now been twice, and will happily return.

Besides traveling to the Galapagos, Ecuador is a pretty cheap destination in the world to visit. Whether your visit Quito, or heading to the rainforest a good deal can be found almost anywhere. You can get buses that will take you across the country for between $5-10, a whole platter of fresh fruit for $3, chicken dinners for $2, and a hostel dorm room for under $15. To be honest, I backpacked the entire country for nine days for $400 total the first time I visited.

  • Currency: USD (Ecuador uses the USD as it’s currency)
  • Accommodation: $7-$15 for a hostel
  • Transport: $3-6 for local buses
  • Activities: Enjoy a Chocolate Making Tour for $6
  • Meals: $5-$10
  • Drinks: Smoothie for $1.50
  • SIM card with data: 3GB/$25
  • Flights: Round trip flights from NYC can be found for under $500
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Hiking around Banos!

Low-budget travel: $35-$40 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $50-70 USD per day

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD per day if going to the Galapagos over $200 a day


Cheap Countries in Europe

Europe may not be thought about as a cheap continent to visit. In general the most Western Europe you go, the more expensive. The most east you go the cheaper it gets. Southern Europe is somewhere in the middle, and places in Northern Europe like Scandinavia are budget breakers. For more details check out our guide to backpacking Europe.


Greece

$50 a day

Greece

The islands of Greece, are a long-time favorite of travelers. Greece has well over a hundred inhabited islands to explore. There is literally an island in Greece for everybody and every budget.

The historic Greek islands are full of epic beaches, charming seaside towns, delicious food, and rich culture. Speaking of that culture it’s tough to find a more hospitable or proud bunch than the Greeks. Romance is alive and well in Greece.

Aside from Mykonos and Santorini Greece is actually a pretty affordable vacation for young travelers. We particularly loved our time on Milos, Paros, and Naxos! Where you can find seaside accommodation for under $60 a night, and eat all the olives and tzatziki you want for a few euros! Even getting around the Greek islands is fairly affordable and efficient with an awesome ferry system. You can get from Rhodes to Kos for €25 and rent a car for a whole week for just €120 – €150.

Greece is long been known as a cheap beach destination for Europeans so you can find some great value on the islands, especially if you travel in the shoulder season like May and September. See the full breakdown of how much it costs to travel Greece here.

  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Accommodation: $15 for hostel rooms, $25 in the summer on more popular islands
  • Transport: $30 a day for car rental in Greece, $15 for am moped, $50 for a quad (a popular way to get around the Greek islands). Ferries between the islands range from $10-$150.
  • Activities: Rent your own boat for $160, plus $50 for gas. (Split this cost)
  • Meals: $5 for Gyros, $12 for fish dinner by the sea
  • Drinks: $4 for Greek wine
  • SIM card with data: 3GB/$12
  • Flights: It’s easy to get to many Greek islands for under $100 from mainland Europe with low cost carriers
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Beach time for free!

Low-budget travel: $50-65 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $70-100 USD per day

High-budget travel: $150 + USD


Croatia

$50 a day

Rock Climbing in Hvar

Croatia is a big draw for many honeymooners and even backpackers. It’s easy to see why! The country packs a whole lot of history, beautiful beaches, surreal sunsets, and outdoor activities in for a fraction of the cost of other destinations in Western Europe.

We’ve done a few Croatian road trips, and can definitely recommend Istria for great food, wine, and scenery while towns like Split, Hvar, and Dubrovnik in Southern Croatia are great for a beach getaway. As mentioned, Croatia is one of the more budget-friendly beach destinations in Europe. It’s where one can soak up the sun in Split, enjoy a coffee, wander the old town, and have a great meal with wine, and stay at a nice guesthouse for under $60 per person per day!

  • Currency: Croatian Kuna
  • Accommodation: $15-20 for hostel bed
  • Transport: Croatia has a great bus network $10-$15 for a ride
  • Activities: $50 a day for kayaking adventure
  • Meals: $6 for lunch, $10 for dinner
  • Drinks: $3 glasses of wine!
  • SIM card with data: 6GB/$15
  • Flights: There are regular flights to Zagreb and Dubrovnik for cheap around Europe
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Walk around the old cities of Dubrovnik and Split

Low-budget travel: $40-55 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $70-90 USD per day

High-budget travel: $100 + USD


Serbia

$35 a day

Things to know in Serbia
Hiking in Serbia

Serbia, a country that was part of former Yugoslavia, in Eastern Europe is actually one of the cheapest countries in Europe. While you may not think of Serbia as an ideal travel destination it actually has a lot going for it. For one the Serbian countryside, a part of the beautiful Balkans, remains relatively untouched by tourism. You might be alone with the locals drinking cheap wine and eating delicious food in a small town. It’s where one can have a truly authentic travel experience.

Belgrade is also one of the most interesting capitals in Europe. The Balkan city has much more than first meets the eye. Once you delve deeper you’ll find a thriving arts community, awesome cafes, history, and an intense nightlife scene. To top it off it is one of Europe’s most affordable cities. We spent a month in the city and never ran out of things to do for crazy low prices. How low? Well, our month long two bedroom apartment in one of Belgrade’s hippest neighborhoods cost us a whopping $550. Tickets to the ballet set us back $3 a piece, and we had more than our fair share of cheap sushi.

Thanks to affordable flight connections within Europe it makes a weekend in Belgrade less expensive than just one day in common tourist staples like Paris or London.

  • Currency: Serbian Dinar
  • Accommodation: $7-10 a night in hostel $20 a night private
  • Transport: $5-10 bus and train travel
  • Activities: $3 for a ballet ticket – doesn’t get much better!
  • Meals: $5 per meal. $10 for a nice dinner
  • Drinks: $2-$3 for beer and cocktails
  • SIM card with data: 4GB/$4
  • Flights: Cheap flights via low cost carriers from Europe
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Hiking in Vojvodina

Low-budget travel: $35-50 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $50-70 USD per day

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD


Albania

$30 a day

Exploring Albania

Albania may be one of the most underrated destinations in Europe and should be a stop on the itinerary for anyone traveling the Balkan region. It may even be the number one cheap European destination.

Unlike France or Germany, Albania actually feels like a stepping foot onto a whole new continent – surely not Europe. This means a very unique visit that not many get to say they’be had.

Don’t know much about Albania? Neither did we, but here are some things we found out. Not many people in Albania speak English, transportation is a complete mystery and pain, and it is one of the least developed countries in Europe. Regardless of these minor setbacks Albania simply amazed us and is single-handedly one of the best Eastern European cities to visit and the cheapest. When we arrived in the capital city, we felt like we had completely departed Europe. Tirana feels more like a European Bangkok and is packed with things to do and see good eats, and amazing coffee shops (we are coffee snobs).

Tirana is a cheap European capital city, and you can easily live like a king here with a basic budget. Besides city life, the lakes and mountain regions are downright breathtaking and provide great hiking opportunities for the adventurous.

  • Currency: Albanian lek
  • Accommodation: $7-19 for hostel bed. $20-25 for private accommodation
  • Transport: $3-5 on local buses
  • Activities: Visit museums for $4
  • Meals: $5 per meal. $10 for nicer dinners
  • Drinks: $2-4 beer and cocktails
  • SIM card with data: 20GB/$15
  • Flights: Flights from around Europe can be found for under $50
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Hike in the Albanian Alps

Low-budget travel: $30-45 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $50-65 USD per day

High-budget travel: $70-95+ USD


Southern Italy

$50 a day

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Italy is one of my favorite countries of all time to travel. Cameron and I have traveled there together on a romantic trip more than a few times, we have also traveled with family before, and I even tackled the country on my own doing the solo female backpacker thing. There is really nothing not to love about the beautiful country.

A stunning Mediterranean coastline, rolling hills with vineyards, world-class cuisine, skiing in the Dolomites, and €1.30 cappuccinos? Italy may sound like it’s going to be an expensive vacation, but in reality, you can enjoy an Italian vacation at an affordable price.

First, you have the flights, which there are many from North America making them cheaper. Then there is always a wide range of accommodation options, transport options (train, bus, car rentals), and don’t you worry about the food. One can have a fantastic pizza with wine for easily under €10 a person and you can easily get from Rome – Florence for €20 – €30 on the train or €10-€15 via bus. A hostel bed in one of the main Italian cities can easily run you €15 a night. We break down exactly how much it will cost to travel Italy here.

  • Currency: Euro
  • Accommodation: $15-20 for hostel, $40-50 for private accommodation
  • Transport: $15-50+ for train travel, rent a car for $35 a day
  • Activities: $5-10 for museum entry
  • Meals: $5 paninis, $4 Margherita pizzas in Naples!
  • Drinks: $3-5 for a glass of vino
  • SIM card with data: 1GB/$6
  • Flights: There are many international flights from around the world flying to Rome, Milan, Florence, and Venice
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Enjoy wandering the streets of Rome

Low-budget travel: $50-70 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $75-100 USD per day

High-budget travel: $100-175+ USD


Bosnia & Herzegovina

$30 a day

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There’s going to be a few more former Yugoslav nations on this list of cheap destinations in the world. And that is because they are fun to travel and extremely affordable! Bosnia offers visitors a pleasant city experience in Sarajevo, as well as the stunning countryside that is home to medieval villages, rivers and lakes, and the Dinaric Alps.

It’s a tiny country that is culturally unique, has an awesome outdoor scene, and is very cheap to travel. You can easily have an awesome day in Bosnia for under $50. That includes drinks, food, activities, accommodation, and transport!

  • Currency: Bosnian Mark
  • Accommodation: $10-13 for a hostel bed, $20-30 for private accommodation
  • Transport: Great bus network for $3-10
  • Activities: $5 walking tour around Sarajevo
  • Meals: $5 per meal
  • Drinks: $2-5 for drinks
  • SIM card with data: 15GB/$10
  • Flights: There are a few flights to Sarajevo that you can find at affordable prices from elsewhere in the Balkans
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Enjoy beautiful Mostar for free

Low-budget travel: $30-50 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $50-70 USD per day

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD


Montenegro

$40 a day

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Another former Yugoslav country is Montenegro. The first time I visited Montenegro I was blown away by it’s beauty, and couldn’t believe it wasn’t more touristed. Seriously, we were staying in seaside villages overlooking the Adriatic for under $30 a night.

You can easily have a culturally interesting beach holiday in Montenegro for a very affordable price. A seven day beach vacation in Montenegro might only get you three days along the Almalfi Coast.

Another fantastic location to visit in Montenegro is Kotor, a must visit for everyone. The travel buzz about Kotor, Montenegro is swirling. When considering where to spend a summer in Montenegro, Kotor is an easy choice. This Adriatic gem is appearing on everyone’s travel radar and it was an easy destination decision for us on our Balkan tour. I’ve visited twice now and will happily return.

  • Currency: Euro
  • Accommodation: $10-15 for a hostel, $30 for private acommodation
  • Transport: Main towns are connected with a great bus network! $5-10 for a ticket
  • Activities:
  • Meals: $20 per day
  • Drinks: $4-6 per cocktail
  • SIM card with data: 10GB/$10
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Climb Up to San Giovanni Fortress for free

Low-budget travel: $35-50 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $50-70 USD per day

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD


North Macedonia

$30 a day

Lake Ohrid Macedonia

On the short bus ride from Skopje to Ohrid, I came to realize how much I love traveling Macedonia. It’s safe to say that the Balkans are my favorite area to travel through in Europe.  With the friendly people, affordable prices, and awesome cafes we almost had to be ripped away from Serbia and Bosnia.  However the good news is that it continues into Macedonia as well.

Macedonia, or now North Macedonia, is a small country that packs a whole lot of punch for visitors. They have stunning lakes and high mountains to hike in. You can enjoy a cheap outdoor vacation here for under $50 a day easily!

  • Currency: Macedonian Denar
  • Accommodation: $7-15 for a hostel. $25-35 for private accommodation
  • Transport: Main towns are connected with a great bus network! $5-10 for a ticket.
  • Activities: $70 for a paraglide over Lake Ohrid
  • Meals: $5-10 for delicious food.
  • Drinks: $3-4 for wine
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Enjoy beautiful Lake Ohrid for free

Low-budget travel: $30-50 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $50-70 USD per day

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD


Poland

$35 a day

Zakopane, Poland
Hiking in Zakopane

Poland is another one of those awesome cheap European vacations spots I have come to love. Unlike Macedonia, Bosnia, or Montenegro above Poland is not located in the Balkans and is in Central Europe. Poland has a long and complex history, most recently WWII, where it’s economy, was completely destroyed.

But now it’s a lively country with a lot of things going for it. Cultural cities like Krakow make for interesting points to visit, while parks like Białowieża National Park are teeming with wildlife and nature, and Zakopane has cheap skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer months.

Poland is an inexpensive country to visit for most. It’s where one can easily enjoy a beer in a stylish bar for under $4. Accommodation is cheap as well as transport around the country, which is safe and easy to navigate on modern buses.

  • Currency: Polish Zloty
  • Accommodation: $5-15 for a dorm bed. $30 for private
  • Transport: Train and bus tickets can be bought for $5-10
  • Activities: Go skiing for $35
  • Meals: $5-10 per meal
  • Drinks: $3-5 per drink
  • SIM card with data: 15BG/$8
  • Flights: Cheap flights from Europe can be found going into Krakow and Warsaw
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Hiking in the high Tatras!

Low-budget travel: $30-50 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $50-70 USD per day

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD


Cheap Destinations in Africa

Spoiler alert – most of Africa is not considered to be cheap. Especially if you want to things like go on safari. Here are the cheapest African countries to visit.


South Africa

$40 a day

cheap places to travel
On horseback safari in South Africa

We spent three months traveling around South Africa. Heck, we even bought a car there! The country is vast and extremely varied from region to region making it one of the best places to visit in Africa.

A typical vacation in South Africa looks something like spending a few magical nights in a safari lodge only to be dining in one of the best wine regions in the world the next day – all at an inexpensive price!

Follow that up with a city escape in the iconic Cape Town and road trip down the amazing Garden Route. There is just so much to explore in South Africa. We also love lesser-known destinations like the Drakensberg, Kalahari, and Sunshine Coast. To make matters better traveling in South Africa makes for an affordable African trip as prices are some of the lowest in Africa. I’m not joking, a safari in Kruger National Park is one of the most affordable places in all of Africa, one where you can go on a self drive safari for less than $25. Would you like to have a cheap beach and city escape? You can easily enjoy a beach holiday in Cape Town for under $50 a day! Would you like to buy a bottle of world class wine? That will cost you well under $15 in Stellenbosch or less than $5 at a restaurant.

  • Currency: South African Rand
  • Accommodation: $12-20 for hostel room, $40-50 for private room
  • Transport: Rental car is the main way to get around and you can get one for under $30 a day.
  • Activities: Self drive Kruger National Park for $25
  • Meals: $30 per day
  • Drinks: $4-5 for a glass of world class wine
  • SIM card with data: 2GB/$20
  • Flights: South Africa is far and cheap flights to Joburg or Cape Town may be hard to come by.
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Hike up Lions Head

Low-budget travel: $45-60 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $65-85 USD per day

High-budget travel: $100+ USD


Namibia

$50 a day

Namibia -cheap places to travel

If you want to wake up among the world’s tallest and oldest sand dunes then a trip to Namibia should be in order. Namibia is an epic African travel destination that many know nothing about, even my parents haven’t even heard of it!

When we traveled there we were blown away by the beauty of the country. It almost didn’t even feel real! It’s a great place to enjoy an affordable honeymoon and enjoy some romantic solitude in the African desert.

My favorite part about Namibia is that it’s a budget friendly to travel. You can go on safari in Etosha National Park for under $10 a day! And even a luxury lodge like Wolwedans will only set you back $300 per person per night (a steal when we’re talking about luxury lodges in Africa).

  • Currency: Namibian Dollar
  • Accommodation: Campsites for $15, Private rooms for $50
  • Transport: Self Drive rental car for $50 a day. Limited train travel available for $10-20 a ticket.
  • Activities: Enjoy Etosha National Park for under $10.
  • Meals: Enjoy a great meal for $10
  • Drinks: $2-4 for beer
  • SIM card with data: 1GB/$10
  • Flights: Flights to Windhoek can be found from Germany and a few other destinations in Europe
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Sunrise over Sossusvlei

Low-budget travel: $45-60 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $65-85 USD per day

High-budget travel: $100+ USD


Mozambique

$40 a day

White Pearl Resort in Mozambique

Mozambique is truly one of the destinations in Africa. We have sung praises about Mozambique in the past. We went into the country uncertain of travel there and left with a strong desire to return immediately. Do you want to swim with whale sharks? Do you want to be a beach castaway in a faraway land without anyone else around? Then head to Mozambique!

Vilanculos, for example, is the gateway to the stunning Bazaruto Archipelago. It is here that some of the last dugongs reside (and you may even get lucky and see one). Bazaruto Island is an isolated white sand island offering incredible views of the bright blue Indian Ocean.

Tofo Beach, is where you can yourself swimming among whale sharks. And not at one of those over touristy animal exploited places either. Here it is truly wild.

Getting to Mozambique will probably be your largest expense. But once you get to where you’re going you’ll find $1 beers, $4 crab curries, and heavenlike beaches. You can also find very affordable beach-chic lodges like Trevessia Beach Resort for under $200 a night, a resort that would easily cost you over $500 a night elsewhere in Africa.

  • Currency: Mozambican metical
  • Accommodation: $15-20 for hostel beds, $30-50 for private rooms
  • Transport: Chapas are the cheap transport here between $1-3, but they. are notoriously dangerous. Private transfers are expensive (over $100). If possible rent a car.
  • Activities: Excursions out to Vilankulos with snorkeling for $50.
  • Meals: $3 crab curry for lunch or diner
  • Drinks: $1 for a 2M (local beer)
  • SIM card with data: 5 GB/$7
  • Flights: Direct affordable flights can be found from Portugal to Maputo.
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Lounging on the wonderful empty beaches

Low-budget travel: $50-60 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $65-85 USD per day

High-budget travel: $100+ USD


Malawi

$30 a day

Lake Malawi
Stand Up Paddling on Lake Malawi

Besides the fact that Malawi is one of the smallest countries in Africa, and was directly on our overland route through Africa, Malawi was a country I knew little about. I’ve met people that had traveled to Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia, and all the other “popular” African nations – but never had I met anyone that had been to Malawi.

I knew that I had to visit Malawi while we were venturing around Africa. We crossed over the Chitipa Border Post from Zambia with very little expectations, and what we found shouldn’t be missed by anyone traveling around Southern and Eastern Africa.

Malawi is dubbed the “warm heart of Africa,” and once you arrive you will see why. The people here are known for being the friendliest in Africa. No one is pushy, most areas are safe, and locals just walk around with a smile on their face. There’s also a lake, a big one at that, called Lake Malawi which is where you’ll want to take a drip or go for a kayak. You may not consider this a dream destination, but once you see Lake Malawi for the first time you will certainly change your mind.

Malawi is an inexpensive travel destination in the world. Think private rooms for under $30 right on Lake Malawi, and delicious local meals for $2!

  • Currency: Malawian kwacha
  • Accommodation: $10 for a hostel bed, $15 for a campsite, $30 for private room
  • Transport: Minibuses are cheap but can take forever
  • Activities: Stand Up Paddleboard on Lake Malawi for $5
  • Meals: $3 per meal
  • Drinks: $2-3
  • SIM card with data: 1 GB/$3
  • Flights: There are some regional flights from around Africa into Lilongwe, but like much of plane travel around Africa finding a deal can be tough.
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Hike up to Livingstonia for free

Low-budget travel: $30-40 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $50-60 USD per day

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD


Egypt

$40 a day

Egypt - cheap places to travel

Egypt has so many wonderful things to do, places to eat, and ancient tourist attractions to visit it’s no wonder it’s at the top of everyone’s bucket list.

Egypt has a gorgeous coast and is home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Ancient Egypt, the Pyramids, and mummies make Egypt an easy destination in the world to say yes to. It’s easy to see why the country receives over 10 million visits a year planning out all their places to go to Egypt.

During and after the Egyptian Revolution in 2011 tourism plummeted to less than 9 million visitors. More than a 30% drop in the countries top sector hurt Egypt hard. What followed was a series of terrorist attacks that only crippled the country more. But now tourism is bouncing back. While it’s truly unfortunate news it does mean that prices to travel to Egypt are very low at the moment. With Cairo being an international hub in Africa there are many flight deals to be had. Once you land you’ll find cheap food, coffee, and tours. Do you like scuba diving? The Red Sea is one of the cheapest places in the world to get certifications and enjoy! We were able to spend full days in the Red Sea for under $100 with all equipment included!

  • Currency: Egyptian Pound
  • Accommodation: $30-50 for private accommodation
  • Transport: Ubers can be had around Cairo for under $2. Cross Country buses are cheap between $10-$15
  • Activities: Visit the Pyramids for $10
  • Meals: Delicious Egyptian for $5-10
  • Drinks: Alcohol can be tricky to find. In private bars you can find wine for $5-10 a glass
  • SIM card with data: 5 GB/$5
  • Flights: Cairo is well connected and you can find good deals on flights
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Snorkel in the Red Sea

Low-budget travel: $40-55 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $60-80USD per day

High-budget travel: $100+ USD


Morocco

$40 a day

What to wear in Morocco

From the moment you arrive in Morocco your senses are overwhelmed. The country is a dizzying array of faces, spices, details, and colors. It’s a country of contrasts moving from the scrambled maze of the medinas in Marrakesh and Fez to the silence of the Sahara desert. Motorbikes zip through narrow streets, hawkers sell their wares, and the sand blows across and an empty desert.

The landscape of the country is diverse and begs to be explored. It has wonderful beaches, rich valleys lined with quaint towns, and a plethora of mountain ranges such as the Rif and High Atlas Mountains. In many ways, Morocco feels as if you have stepped back in time to another world. Its medinas are a maze that has grown over a several millennia and the architecture is unique.

It comes with one caveat, Morocco has an ability to get under any travelers skin in both the best and worst of ways. Morocco will test you, but you’ll survive and will be a better traveler because of it.

Like Egypt, it’s the Arabic nation that many people enjoy traveling. Partially because it is so interesting, but also because it is a budget destination where you can enjoy suring in Essaouira for out of this world prices, and after you can sip on Moroccan mint for less than a $2 and have your senses teased with downright amazing tagine for under $5.

  • Currency: Moroccan Dirham
  • Accommodation: $10-$15 for a hostel bed, $30-50 for a Riad
  • Transport: Trains, local buses, and luxury buses. All are affordable so it’s best to opt for the train or luxury bus – skip the local unless you want an adventure
  • Activities: $3-5 for entrance into cultural sights
  • Meals: Amazing Moroccan food can be had for $5
  • Drinks: Alcohol will be a tough find unless you are in a private hotel
  • SIM card with data: 5GB/$5
  • Flights: Great deals on flights from Europe can be found right to Marrakech, Fez, and Rabat
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Wander the medinas in Marrakech for free!

Low-budget travel: $40-55 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $60-80USD per day

High-budget travel: $100+ USD


Cheap Places to Travel in Asia

Asia, particularly Southeast Asia is where backpackers go in search of an affordable lifestyle and never leave. When I think cheap travel destinations, I instantly think of Asia first.


The Philippines

$30 a day

cheap places to travel

The Philippines is a wonderful country to visit, and it’s super cheap by Western standards! There’s a vibrant culture to discover on its hundreds of islands, with huge cities and beaches comprising the places you should be exploring in this Southeast Asian nation.

Besides the beautiful beaches, the Filipinos are among some of the friendliest people we have ever met. Imagine staying at a beautiful private guesthouse on the beach, waking up to a smoothie bowl and coffee set up for $5, and then enjoying world-class beaches next to amazing people. It might be hard to imagine, but if it can happen somewhere, it’s The Philippines!

For those into surfing and other watersports you can’t go wrong with a trip to Siargao, and places like Moalboal are great for waterfall exploring and scuba diving. Speaking of scuba diving, we were able to enjoy world-class diving in the Philippines for $30 a dive (including dive gear!).

  • Currency: Philippine peso
  • Accommodation: $10 for a hostel, $30-50 for private accommodation
  • Transport: Buses are the cheapest way to get around and can cost from $30-10 depending on distance
  • Activities: Take surf lessons for $30
  • Meals: $20 a day
  • Drinks: $2-4 a drink
  • SIM card with data: 2GB/$2
  • Flights: Flights to Manila can be found a good deal around Asia, from there you are well connected to the many islands.
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Go waterfall exploring!

Low-budget travel: $30-40 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $50-70 USD per day

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD


Sri Lanka

$30 a day

Tuk Tuks in Sri Lanka

When we were invited to explore Sri Lanka it was an easy decision to go. For one, Sri Lanka was a new unexplored country for us and we always love seeing new places. Secondly, Sri Lanka sounded and looked downright incredible – full of hospitable people, tasty food, and unique landscapes. Guess what? All of these things are true! Sri Lanka is an incredible cheap travel destination with delicious food and absolutely epic beaches.

Backpackers flock to Sri Lanka because it is an affordable destination that provides unique experiences. Things like the Ancient city of Sigiriya, the Ancient city of Polonnaruwa, and Pidurangala Vihara are culturally interesting and beautiful while beaches in Mirissi provide backpackers the chance to enjoy the sea, the yoga, and the smoothie bowl!

  • Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee
  • Accommodation: $10 for hostel, $30-40 for a private room
  • Transport: $3-$5 for a second-class cabin train ride between cities
  • Activities: Enjoy the Kaudulla National Park for under $20
  • Meals: $3-5 per meal
  • Drinks: $2-3 a drink
  • SIM card with data: 2GB/$2
  • Flights: Flights to Colombo are easy to find. You can last get to the Maldives for cheap from Sri Lanka!
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Swim in the calm waters

Low-budget travel: $30-40 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $50-70 USD per day

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD


Cambodia

$25 a day

cheap places to travel

Cambodia, another amazing Asian country to travel that is cheap to enjoy! We first visited Cambodia in 2013 and fell in love. First with the people, then the beaches, and then the $5 crab dinners, and then the $15 double occupancy rooms we were able to score in beach towns.

If you’re on a big Southeast Asia trip you have to add Cambodia to your list of budget destinations to visit. From seeing the sunrise at Angor Wat, to being humbled at the memorials in Phnom Penh Cambodia is truly a special place to travel.

  • Currency: Cambodian riel
  • Accommodation: $10 for a dorm bed, $20-30 for a private room.
  • Transport: Long journeys in Cambodia can be taken by bus, pickup truck or shared taxi for $5, but don’t travel at night. Bus drivers are notorious for falling asleep at the wheel. I’ve had good friends injured in bus rides in Cambodia
  • Activities: $37 to visit Angkor Wat
  • Meals: $5 per meal
  • Drinks: $1 per beer
  • SIM card with data: 4GB/$1 (Whoa!)
  • Flights: Flights into Cambodia are cheap via Air Asia and other low cost carriers from other Southeast Asian countries.
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Watch the Planktons Glow at Night in Koh Rong

Low-budget travel: $30-40 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $50-70 USD per day

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD


Thailand

$25 a day

Street food in Bangkok
Pad Thai in Thailand – Delicious, but not very good for you.

I’m not sure there is a more famous “cheap destination spot” than Thailand. Made famous by numerous travel movies and books, Thailand is a go-to beach spot for those looking to save money.

It’s here they have world class beaches, delicious Thai food, cheap massages, and mango sticky rice! Haven’t heard of mango sticky rice? Just get to Thailand and eat it all up.

In all seriousness though, couples can enjoy an affordable honeymoon to Thailand. We even stayed in a huge villa on in Koh Samui for under $100 a night! Don’t worry it’s not all romance and for couples though. Groups of friends can party their days away on Haad Rin at their famous full moon parties, and older travelers will enjoy the Ancient history and architecture in Chaing Mai.

The big budget breaker will be the flight to Bangkok, but with its popularity means loads of flight options and varying price points on transport.

  • Currency: Thai Baht
  • Accommodation: $10 for a dorm bed, $30-$40 for private accommodation
  • Transport: Thailand has an efficient bus and train network. You can get across the country for less than $20
  • Activities: Get open water dive certified for $350
  • Meals: Delicious and healthy meals can. behad for $5 and under
  • Drinks: A bottle of Chang beer for $1
  • SIM card with data: 15GB/$9
  • Flights: Bangkok is a major destination and there are flights from around the world. It’s often used as a hub for getting around Asia, making flights very affordable.
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Relaxing on the beaches for free!

Low-budget travel: $25-35 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $50-70 USD per day

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD


Bali

$35 a day

Bali packing list

It’s no secret that Bali has been an awesome cheap travel destination for decades. With the rise of social media just about everyone has seen videos and photos of the gorgeous island. The tiny Indonesian island is welcoming to foreigners and offers so much to tourists it’s hard to say no to a cheap vacation here.

The island is incredibly beautiful with lush green forests, clean beaches, and rich culture. It’s easy to escape to find your zen in places like Ubud, while still enjoying the coastal vibes and party atmosphere that many go to Southeast Asia in search of fun. One of the best parts? Even with it’s popularity Bali is still considered a cheap destination by Western standards to travel through so it’s a great budget destination! Seriously you could be staying a jungle villa for $50 a night, enjoy delicious healthy smoothie bowls for $4, and have the best 1.5 hour Balinese massage of your life for under $10.

  • Currency: Indonesian Rupiah
  • Accommodation: $10 dorm bed, $30-45 private accommodation
  • Transport: Perama bus company is good for budget travellers. You can grab a cross island bus for $1, but taxis are the preferred method as they are cheap and easy. Grab is a reliable option in Bali.
  • Activities: Get a Balinese massage for under $10
  • Meals: $5 for the most healthy meal of your life
  • Drinks: We forgot about alcohol on Bali and drank all the smoothies we could for $2.
  • SIM card with data: 4GB/$10
  • Flights: Denpasar has become a major hub for travelers and good flight deals can be found year round.
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Grab a motorbike and explore all the free things to do on Bali.

Low-budget travel: $25-40 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $50-70 USD per day

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD


Malaysia

$45 a day

Things to do in Langkawi

Malaysia is one of the more developed countries in Southeast Asia, but that doesn’t mean it’s that expensive. While it’s not as cheap as Thailand or Bali, good deals can still be had. I was unsure of what to expect when I arrived in Kuala Lumpur but was surprised that even more a modern capital city I was still finding good value on entertainment, food, and accommodation. I even enjoyed two date nights (with myself – ha) to enjoy the cinemas as it only cost me $4 to go see a movie with popcorn at the nicest theatre in the city.

Besides the city there is good value to be found in the highlands and even at beach destinations like Langkawi (which is considered one of the more expensive places to travel in Malaysia). I found delicious seafood for under $5 and beachfront accommodation for under $50 a night. Hostels cost way less, which is great for solo travelers.

  • Currency: Malaysian ringgit
  • Accommodation: $10 for dorm bed, $30-50 for private accommodation in Airbnb
  • Transport: The cheapest way to travel Malaysia is via bus, where tickets are less than $5
  • Activities: Visit beautiful mosque for $3
  • Meals: Enjoy a malay breakfast of nasi lemak and tea for $1
  • Drinks: Alcohol can be tough to find outside of private resorts and hotels. Find delicious fresh orange juice for $.25
  • SIM card with data: 1.5GB/$2
  • Flights: Thankfully KL is a major airport in Asia and hub for low cost carrier Air Asia. This means tons of cheap flights around Asia.
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Visit Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur for free

Low-budget travel: $30-40 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $50-70 USD per day

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD


Taiwan

$45/day

Travel Taiwan - Temples

Taiwan is a true pleasure to travel around as it is a country that still feels unique and untouched. If we were to make a list of undiscovered destinations that beg for more international attention Taiwan would be at the top for the list.

The original idea of Taiwan had been suggested to us by fellow digital nomads in a forum online. We’d been seeking a country in Asia that was developed, had natural beauty, an interesting culture, and was affordable to live.

The one place was repeated again and again to us was Taiwan. Truth be told it was not a “country” that had ever popped up on our radar. I never daydreamed about travel in Taiwan nor given it much thought. The funny thing about Taiwan is that it’s not your typical travel destination that elicits envy or desire.

It’s where one can enjoy a tea in a traditional teahouse overlooking the mountains, or if you fancy you can make a dash for $2 bubble tea – Taiwan is home to the bubble tea after all. Many historic buildings are free to enter, and a Taiwanese treat at the night markets won’t cost more than $3. The truth is you don’t need to spend much money to enjoy Taipei at all as just walking the streets is so darn mesmerizing.

  • Currency: New Taiwan dollar
  • Accommodation: $12-$18 for a dorm bed, $40-$50 private accommodation.
  • Transport: Taiwan has an extensive train and bus network. Tickets range between $5-20+ depending on distance covered.
  • Activities: Hike the Xiangshan Trail for free
  • Meals: Street food is the way to go here! You can get great meals for under $6
  • Drinks: Bubble tea for $2!
  • SIM card with data: 6GB/$20
  • Flights: Taiwan is well connected with nearby Japan and Korea and you can often find good deals here.
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Visit the many temples for a small donation

Low-budget travel: $40-50 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $50-70 USD per day

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD


Vietnam

$30 a day

Vietnam - cheap places to travel

Vietnam has so much to offer any traveler that ventures to it, and is a mix of chaos and calm from the contrasts of Ho Chi Minh City to the mountainous regions of the Northern Highlands.

At one moment you could find yourself cruising through the endless creeks and rivers of The Mekong Delta and the next, sitting beachside at Hue or Nha Trang.

Vietnam on a map is somewhat squeezed to the edge of the South China Sea to the east with China hugging the northernmost border of the country. While to the west Laos and Cambodia both share a large border with Vietnam.

Despite its rough history, Vietnam’s popularity to travellers far and wide has soared in recent years making it one of the most visited countries in South East Asia.

At first glance, Vietnam might seem to be a place of constant activity but if you go to the right places, you will find the most magnificent vistas, people, food, and a peaceful way of life. You’ll have a great time in Vietnam for under $50 a day easily. We stayed in a private room on the water in Ninh Binh for $30 a day, enjoyed endless Vietnamese coffee for $2, favorable food for $5, and train and bus travel is easy and affordable. If you want to go more luxury you can find great deals. We sailed Ha Long Bay on a luxury liner for under $500 for three days.

  • Currency: Vietnamese dong
  • Accommodation: $5-10 for hostel room, $30 for private accommodation
  • Transport: Vietnam has a great train network and bus network where you can easily get around for $5-10.
  • Activities: Sail Ha Long Bay for under $100 a night in a great ship
  • Meals: So. much. good. food. Enjoy Phở for under $2.
  • Drinks: Vietnamese coffee is where it’s at. Get it for under $2.
  • SIM card with data: Unlimited data/$10! (So cheap)
  • Flights: Flights to Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi are easy to find from elsewhere in Asia.
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Explore Ben Thanh Market for cultural immersion

Low-budget travel: $25-35 USD per day

Mid-budget travel: $40-60 USD per day

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD


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