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16 Of The Cheapest Travel Destinations Around The World

Croatia is one of the cheapest travel destinations in the world. Photo by Sergii Gulenok on Unsplash

For many people, traveling is one of their big aspirations in life, something that they want to check off the bucket list before time runs out. And for good reason, as traveling can be an amazing experience that has many benefits: personal growth and learning, an expansion of perspective and lifelong memories of different cultures that will never fade. Despite all these upsides, taking trips comes with two big downsides in the forms of the cost and time needed. Time allotment will, unfortunately, have to vary by person, but not every trip has to be prohibitively expensive. This list will run down some of the cheapest travel destinations in the world.

16. Croatia

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Starting off the list is Croatia, located in central and southeastern Europe off the coast of the Adriatic Sea and bordering Hungary. This location is a popular tourism spot, with more than 19.7 million visitors in 2018 alone. The appeal of the vacation spot lies in a deep historical and cultural heritage complemented by its scenic location and temperate climates.

15. Czech Republic

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Another great spot to visit for cheap is the Czech Republic, with tons of tourists flocking to the country in recent years. Its most popular city is its capital Prague which in addition to beautiful architecture boasts a thriving and affordable nightlife that houses a ton of bars and clubs in close proximity.

14. Romania

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Romania, similar to many other entries on this list, is located in Europe, specifically in the southeastern portion, bordering Hungary, Serbia, and Bulgaria, among other countries. It is another popular tourist destination that boasts a variety of world heritage sites like the churches of Moldavia and the Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains. There’s also resort swimming and skiing to enjoy.

13. Vietnam

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Vietnam is one of several non-European entries on this list. It’s a spot that has seen increasing popularity with the number of visitors going up from 2.1 million in 2000 to 18 million in 2019. This is partly due to a long term plan by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism but is also tied into the many sites to see, like national parks and bustling cities.

12. Greece

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Back to Europe, Greece is the next cheap destination to visit. This coastal country is celebrated for its stunning ancient buildings, which are testaments to civilizations long gone. Emphasizing this fact is the variety of archaeological museums and sites that contain the remnants of these old cities. Its cultural focus is bolstered by a variety of ecotourism activities like hiking and caving.

11. Laos

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Laos is an Asian country known for its mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, settlements in the hills and Buddhist monasteries. Visitors can make their way to the capital, Vientiane, where they can witness the massive That Luang monument, the Patuxai war memorial and the bustling array of stalls and humans known as the Talat Sao or Morning Market.

10. Turkey

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Turkey is a country in the Middle East that holds ancient connections to the past empires of Greece, Persia, and Rome, among others. The tourist appeal of this location lies in the variety of historical sites that the country houses, especially in the realm of bazaars and classical buildings. It is also a good place to visit for its seaside resorts.

9. Indonesia

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Indonesia is officially known as the Republic of Indonesia and is located in Southeast Asia. Its fast-growing tourism sector is an important element of its economy, with its capital Jakarta ranking as one of the top 10 cities in regard to tourism growth in 2018. There’s a lot to enjoy in the country with its beautiful natural attractions and a rich variety of leisure activities to undertake.

8. Nepal

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The South Asian country of Nepal is a great spot to visit for thrillseekers. It boasts a variety of pursuits for the adventurous, with its most notable appeal lying in its excellent mountaineering opportunities—this country is where Mount Everest is located. Other fun wilderness activities include mountain biking, rock climbing, bungee jumping, and hiking.

7. Estonia

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This country is situated in Northern Europe and borders the Baltic Sea. A standout here is the vast number of islands included in its borders, making for an array of terrains that include rocky beaches and imposing forests. The landscape is littered with castles, churches, and old fortresses while the capital contains well-preserved architecture and a variety of museums.

6. Cambodia

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Another exceptionally affordable travel destination to visit is the Asia-located country of Cambodia. Its landscape includes low slung plains, a massive river delta, scenic coastlines and mountains dotted throughout. Visitors can make their way to the capital of Phnom Penh to check out the artsy Central Market, gorgeous Royal Palace and a whole set of ancient displays.

5. Nicaragua

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This entry is unlike the others due to its continental location, situated as it is in Central America. Tourism in the country is its second-largest industry with the city of Granada standing tall as one of the preferred spots to visit, due to its large vendor-filled central park, horse tours, and grassy islands. Make sure to check out the volcanoes while you’re there.

4. India

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Densely packed India is one of the world’s most populous countries and a great place to visit for travel. It has an array of world heritage sites and a luxuriant background culture of temples and palaces that make for a bunch of must-see locations while there. It also has beautiful natural vistas and national parks to round out its tourism profile.

3. Taiwan

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Taiwan’s political situation leaves its relationship to China unclear, but this should not be a deterrent for interested travelers who want to make a stop in Asia. Notable sites to visit include the Taipei 101 tower, the National Palace Museum, the Chian Kai-shek Memorial Hall and the Dadaocheng Wharf, all located in the capital Taipei.

2. Namibia

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This African country is home to a diverse set of wildlife that makes it a great spot for animal lovers. This includes birds, lions, and Rhinos, among many others. Non-native speakers also won’t have trouble getting along as many residents are versed in English. This place is safe, beautiful, and an excellent location to camp and soak in nature vibes.

1. Colombia

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This South American destination rounds out the list of cheap travel spots. Though its past has been checkered with conflict, it has in recent years turned into a calmer place to be. The capital Bogotá is booming with activity as new businesses open up. There’s a lot to tour around and see in the city, with exceptional street art and exquisite architecture.

100 Cheapest Places to Travel in the World in 2022

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Welcome to our annual report on the world’s most affordable travel destinations! We’ve updated our rankings for 2022, and we even have a new number one…but we’ll get to that in a bit!

Finding cheap vacation ideas can be frustrating. Getting the best travel deals typically takes hours of time-consuming research – including comparing hotels, finding cheap flights, and considering your meal options. And this is after you’ve spent weeks researching where to go.

So, we’ve taken the top 100 travel destinations in the world and ranked them according to price. You’re welcome.

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Cheapest Places to Travel: Destinations #1-#10

Without further ado, here’s our list of the cheapest places to travel in the world for 2022.

1) Hanoi, Vietnam

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Average Cost: $19.75/day

For the first time ever, Hanoi has managed to grab the top spot on our list of cheap places to travel. As the capital of Vietnam, the city is a cultural hub full of museums and important places of interest. The hectic Old Quarter is definitely something you don’t want to miss. Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, and Hoan Kiem Lake are also popular spots for tourists.

2) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Average Cost: $19.83/day

Known as Saigon before the Vietnam War, Ho Chi Minh City is home to a vibrant arts scene and loads of French colonial architecture. Many visitors enjoy spending time in the energetic Ben Thanh Market, where street vendors serve up local flavors at a price that can fit inside anyone’s budget. Those seeking quieter spaces will enjoy wandering through the Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground tunnels built by the Viet Cong during the war that span thousands of miles. It’s also worth noting that Ho Chi Minh City ranks in the top 6 cheapest places to travel for food and beverage prices, while it comes in at #2 for the cheapest places to stay.

3) Pattaya, Thailand

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Average Cost: $27.51/day

Sure, there are plenty of cultural activities for visitors to enjoy in Pattaya, Thailand. However, what people really come here for is the beach. Situated on the Gulf of Thailand, Pattaya’s is home to some of the most beautiful beaches you’ll find anywhere. The area is also famous for its lively nightlife and excellent shopping. Best of all, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to stay here. Pattaya ranks 4th on our list for the cheapest places to stay and 11th in daily food costs.

4) Phuket, Thailand

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Average Cost: $28.34/day

Do you love cheap vacation spots that are home to beautiful mountains, lush rainforests, and pristine beaches? Traveling to Phuket, Thailand may be for you. Although some luxury travel options are available, one of the best things about this island is that you don’t have to mortgage the house to stay here. There are plenty of 3 and 4-star accommodations from which to choose. In fact, of all the travel destinations we’ve surveyed, Phuket ranks #1 for cheapest hotel costs. As with other places in Thailand, the nightlife here won’t disappoint you either.

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5) Samui, Thailand

Average Cost: $29.18/day

Samui, Thailand continues the run for Thailand and is also the first of 20 new destinations to make our list. The second largest island in Thailand, Samui (a.k.a. “Ko Samui”) has become a bustling tourist destination. Resorts, bungalows, and private villas, grace the palm-lined beaches. Visitors should also check out the famous Big Buddha statue at Wat Phra Yai Temple.

6) Bangkok, Thailand

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Average Cost: $30.06/day

Bangkok ranks as the cheapest place to eat on our survey. That, in combination with its affordable hotels, helps the city land solidly inside our top ten for this year. The relatively high cost of beverages is the only thing keeping it from moving higher. Renowned for its exciting nightlife and entertainment, Bangkok isn’t just a party town. While you’re there, don’t miss out on the city’s amazing religious sites, including the Wat Phra Kaew – the most sacred Buddhist Temple in Thailand. There’s also the Grand Palace, the Wat Arun Temple, and some serious shopping for you to enjoy.

7) Krabi, Thailand

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Average Cost: $31.05/day

You know those beautiful photos of the jagged limestone cliffs you see on Instagram? Most of those are pictures of Thailand, and many of them come from Krabi province. Located just across the bay from Phuket, Krabi is a super cheap vacation idea. While it may cost a few bucks to get over there, Krabi ranks in the top 10 for both meals and accomodations. With those types of prices, Krabi has definitely been added to our bucket list!

8) Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Average Cost: $31.42/day

Chiang Mai is one of the most interesting places to travel in Thailand, and one of the world’s best bargain vacations. Chiang Mai offers the 5th cheapest food prices and the 9th most affordable accomodations of any destination on our list. Located in the mountains of northern Thailand, the city is home to countless Buddhist temples and sacred religious sites. Nature and wildlife tours are also popular excursions in Chiang Mai.

9) Delhi, India

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Average Cost: $36.70/day

Delhi scores high marks for its low prices across the board, which helps keep it in the top 10 on our list of the world’s cheapest places to travel. With an estimated 30.7 million inhabitants living in the metropolitan area, the city is also huge. Delhi is home to a ridiculous amount of important sacred and religious sites. At just 3.5 hours away by car, it’s also a decent starting point to explore the Taj Mahal. Be sure to check out the Chandni Chowk bazaar and the Red Fort as well.

10) Cusco, Peru

Average Cost: $37.24/day

Rounding our top 10 cheapest destinations in the world is Cusco, Peru. A newcomer to our list, Cusco also snags the distinction of being the cheapest place to travel in South America. This mountain town was once the capital of the Incan Empire and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city features well-preserved archeological sites as well as some great examples of Spanish colonial architecture.

Cheapest Places to Travel: Destinations #11-#20

11) Istanbul, Turkey

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Average Cost: $41.42/day

For more than 2,000 years, Istanbul has straddled the continents of Europe and Asia, making it one of the most important and culturally rich cities in the world. It is literally the point on the map where east and west collide. Thankfully, it is still one of the cheapest places to visit, too. Prices for hotels, food, and beverages all rank within the top 20 of our list.

12) Antalya, Turkey

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Average Cost: $43.93/day

Moving from the city to the beach, Antalya is a Turkish resort city located on the country’s Mediterranean coast. It’s also one of the cheapest vacation spots in the world. Known for its beaches and Old Harbor, the city serves as the gateway to Turkey’s “Turquoise Coast,” named for the beautiful blue waters that are found there. But, beaches aren’t the only thing that Antalya has going for it. The area is home to museums, ancient Roman ruins, and a variety of waterfalls that give Antalya a certain splash appeal.

13) Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

Average Cost: $46.20/day

Sharm El-Sheik is an Egyptian resort town located on the Siani Peninsula and sits directly on the Red Sea. The inviting sandy beaches and clear waters make this a great spot to kick back and relax. If you’re more adventurous, get up close and personal with a diverse aray of sealife wile enjoying a diving trip to Ras Muhammad National Park. When you’re done, be sure to grab a drink and a bite to eat while strolling along the promenade at Naama Bay.

14) Cairo, Egypt

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Average Cost: $46.70/day

If checking out some ancient Egyptian ruins is more your speed, Cairo may be the place for you. Luckily, if you enjoy budget travel, it still ranks as one of the cheapest places to travel in the world. While you’ll want to visit Tahrir Square and several of the city’s museums and mosques, Cario’s biggest tourist attraction is the nearby location of Giza – home of both the Giza Pyramids and the Great Sphinx.

15) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Average Cost: $47.47/day

Known throughout the world for its incredible beaches and nightlife, Rio de Janeiro is also one of the most affordable places to visit. Lucky for tourists, the pandemic appears to have made things even cheaper. Food prices have dropped in Rio, moving from the middle of the pack pre-pandemic to the top 25 today. Hotels have also gotten cheaper, ranking inside the top 20, while Rio ranks a stellar #9 for beverage prices. In addition to visiting Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, you’ll want to check out the famous “Christ the Redeemer” statue towering over the city from the mountains above. While attending the city’s Carnival festival (the world’s largest) may be on your bucket list, remember that prices during this time of year are significantly more expensive.

16) St. Petersburg, Russia

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Average Cost: $48.34/day

Serving as its capital for more than 200 years, St. Petersburg is one of the best places to travel in Russia. The city has a more European feel than other cities in the country, and that goes beyond just the architecture. St. Petersburg is filled with dozens of museums, churches, and historic sites. Prices for hotels in St. Petersburg are also the cheapest of any European city you’ll find on our list. Coming in as the 5th cheapest city for hotels is the main reason St. Petersburg tops our list as the cheapest European city to visit in 2022.

17) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Average Cost: $50.76/day

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and one of the most visited cities in the world. The city itself is instantly recognizable because of the Petronas Towers – the tallest twin skyscrapers in the world. Although Kuala Lumpur has plenty of notable sites, touring the Batu Caves makes for a great day trip outside the city.

18) Mexico City, Mexico

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Average Cost: $52.26/day

Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world, and – by our numbers – the cheapest place to travel in North America. With world-class museums, incredible architecture, and historical sites, Mexico City is a religious and cultural mecca that deserves a spot on your budget travel destinations list. While you’re there, take a day trip to the famed Aztec temple Teotihuacan – known as the “Pyramid of the Sun.” If you’re traveling with the kids, a stop by Six Flags Mexico may also be in order.

19) Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Average Cost: $53.18/day

Continuing it’s rise in both popularity and our rankings, Buenos Aires jumped inside the top 20 on our list of cheapest places to visit. Tourists will find Buenos Aires to be one of South America’s most cosmopolitan areas. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Casa Rosada, Argentina’s famous presidential palace. The Teatro Colon, a 2,500 seat opera house, is also worth a visit.

20) Zhuhai, China

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Average Cost: $54.25/day

Neighboring Macau, but significantly less expensive, is the thoroughly modern Chinese city of Zhuhai. While Macau offers more adult-themed entertainment (like casinos), Zhuhai can be considered more family friendly. In addition to golf courses and parks, the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom is one of the most popular attractions here. Thankfully, adults can still take advantage of the sites in nearby Macau but at a fraction of the cost.

Cheapest Places to Travel: Destinations #21-#30

21) Lima, Peru

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Average Cost: $55.35/day

As the capital of Peru, Lima is the nation’s largest city. Hotel prices in Lima rank inside the top 40. However, food and beverage prices speak to every budget traveler’s heart – ranking 14th and 24th, respectively. While spending time in Lima’s well-preserved town center is enjoyable, taking a trip to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu is a must while in Peru.

22) Hurghada, Egypt

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Average Cost: $55.79/day

Hurghada is the third Egyptian destination to make our top 25 cheapest places to travel. Located on the Red Sea, Hurghada’s sandy beaches occupy roughly 25 miles of coastline. Still, beaches and scuba diving isn’t all the city has to offer. This resort town is also known for its restaurants, nightclub scene, and even it’s old town known as El Dahar.

23) Beijing, China

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Average Cost: $59.41/day

For 2022, Beijing moves up 9 spots to #23 on our list of cheap places to travel. Although the city is roughly 3,000 years old, the Chinese capital offers an excellent blend of ancient and modern sites. Inside Beijing, visiting the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square are a must. You should also be sure to make the 1.5 hour drive to the Great Wall of China while you’re there. Don’t miss it.

24) Cancun, Mexico

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Average Cost: $59.76/day

Warm weather? Check. Beautiful sandy beaches? Check. Fantastic nightlife? Cancun has it all. Even better, it is one of the cheapest places to travel in North America. While you can find super-cheap hotels, if you want to stay in the hotel zone along the beach (and you definitely do), you’ll end up paying significantly more. Still, that’s right in line with most hotels throughout North America and Europe. Meals here still rank #45 overall, and prices for an adult beverage rank just outside the top 25 of all the destinations listed here. So, if you’re looking for cheap beach vacations, Cancun should be near the top of your list.

25) Mecca, Saudi Arabia

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Average Cost: $60.43/day

Mecca is the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and is Islam’s holiest site. Millions of muslims descend upon the city each year during the Hajj pilgrimage, making their way to the Kaaba – the most sacred shrine in all of Islam. Be aware that only muslims are allowed to enter this sacred city. Non-muslims could be fined or deported for trying to pass through.

26) Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Average Cost: $61.66/day

Located south of Cancun on the Yucatan Peninsula, Playa del Carmen is the crown jewel of Mexico’s Riviera Maya region. Famous for its incredible sandy beaches and thriving coral reefs, this exciting city is more than a simple beach town. Lively 5th Avenue and the city’s close proximity to several Mayan archeologial sites makes Playa del Carmen a great and cheap vacation destination for almost any type of traveler.

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27) Osaka, Japan

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Average Cost: $66.03/day

Osaka may be the 3rd largest city in Japan, but it makes the biggest jump forward on this years’s list – ranking as the 27th cheapest city in the world for 2022. The city is most famous for its popular entertainment district, but it is also packed with museums, a stunning castle, and a family-friendly aquarium. Universal Studios Japan is also located here.

28) Busan, South Korea

Average Cost: $66.85/day

Busan is the second most populous city in South Korea, but don’t believe for a second that it takes a backseat to the capital city of Seoul. Here, you can wander through the bustling international market or go ice skating inside the world’s largest department store. Want to hit the beach? Busan has got that too. Haeundae Beach boasts nearly a mile of beautiful sandy beach while Gwangalli Beach offers a quieter respite from the city (and beautiful views of the evening lightshow at Gwangan Bridge).

29) Prague, Czech Republic

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Average Cost: $66.93/day

When searching for affordable European holidays, be sure to put Prague near the top of your list. Why? For starters, it’s one of the cheapest place to travel in Europe, according to our methodology. Known for its cheap beer, affordable hotels, and reasonable meal prices, Prague is a great place to hang out. Sure, there is plenty to see – like visiting the Old Town Square and Prague Castle – but simply soaking up the atmosphere is the city’s main attraction.

30) Marrakech, Morocco

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Average Cost: $67.57/day

Located in western Morocco, Marrakech is an important economic and cultural center in North Africa. A former imperial city, one of the most popular things to do here is to tour the palaces and their gardens. Also consider getting lost in the chaotic streets of Medina, the walled medieval city within the city which is designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located relatively close to both the mountains and the desert, nature and wildlife tours are also popular.

Cheapest Places to Travel: Destinations #31-#40

31) Kiev, Ukraine

Average Cost: $68.67/day

Home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Kiev is more than just the capital of Ukraine. It is one of the most important cultural, educational, and industrial hubs in all of Eastern Europe. Packed with beautiful churches and a thriving street art scene, this city will delight art, history, and architecture lovers alike. Although political tensions in the region are currently running extremely high, be sure to put Kiev back on your travel bucket list once the tensions subside.

32) Seoul, South Korea

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Average Cost: $69.46/day

South Korea’s largest city, Seoul, is widely considered to be one of the world’s top cultural and economic hubs. Blending ancient cultures and architecture with modern skyscrapers and entertainment, Seoul provides a unique mix of the past meeting the present. In addition to visiting the area’s numerous palaces and temples, be sure to check out the incredible views at nearby Bukhansan National Park.

33) Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Average Cost: $69.49/day

If beautiful beach vacations are more your thing, Punta Cana may be a great fit for you. As one of the cheapest places to travel in the Caribbean, Punta Cana is an attractive option for budget travelers from the United States and Canada. With spectacular sandy beaches, relatively affordable prices, and the incredible turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sean, this place is sure to help you get your relax on.

34) Sapporo, Japan

Average Cost: $69.97/day

Known across the world for its beer, the Japanese mountain city of Sapporo is also one of the world’s most affordable travel destinations. Skiers come for the magnificent slopes while ice scupltors from around the world transform the city into a winter wonderland during the Sapporo Snow Festival. Check out the city’s fantastic museums, catch a game at the Sapporo Dome, and sample a local dish called “kegani” (hairy crab) while you’re there!

35) Budapest, Hungary

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Average Cost: $70.96/day

Central and Eastern Europe are full of cheap vacation ideas, and Hungary is one of the cheapest countries to visit. Budapest, the nation’s largest city and capital, is a delight for tourists – both for its sightseeing and the fact that it’s easy on their pocketbook. While food, hotel, and beverage prices are some of the cheapest you’ll find in all of Europe, taking a short cruise through town on the Danube River is something you’ll never forget.

36) Fukuoka, Japan

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Average Cost: $72.22/day

Situated on the northern coast of Kyushu Island, Fukuoka, Japan is known for more than just its beaches. It is a popular destination for shopping, boasting the enormous Canal City Hakata shopping center. You’ll also want to explore Fukuoka’s historic ancient temples and check out the view from the Fukuoka Tower observation deck – Japan’s tallest seaside tower.

37) Taipei, Taiwan

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Average Cost: $72.64/day

Taipei, Taiwan ranks as the 37th cheapest city in the world for 2022. With incredible night markets and tons of street food, Taipei is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. The city is also home to a host of temples and museums for tourists to enjoy. Elephant Mountain and Yangmingshan National Park make for great day trips from the city.

38) Moscow, Russia

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Average Cost: $74.87/day

Speaking of cheap places to travel, in terms of value, Russia’s capital city is one of the best places to visit in Europe. While you’ll definitely want to spend time visiting the Red Square and the Kremlin, Moscow is also a major cultural hub. Wander around the city’s cadre of art and history museums before catching a performance from the Bolshoi Ballet.

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39) Macau, Macau

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Average Cost: $75.74/day

Like its neighbor Hong Kong, Macau is an autonomous region of China located on the country’s south coast. As a former Portuguese territory, the area features a mix of cultural influences and tastes. The area is also home to several mega casinos, earning the nickname the “Las Vegas of China.” Unlike other areas known for their showy nature, food and hotel prices in Macau rank relatively affordable on our list. However, prices for adult beverages are more in line with what you’d find in Western Europe and North America.

40) Porto, Portugal

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Average Cost: $77.20/day

Slipping barely inside the top 40 of our cheapest places to travel list is Porto, Portugal. Located on Portugal’s northwestern coast, this city is known for its majestic bridges, cobbled streets, and port wine. While prices for accommodations and meals are some of the best you’ll find in Western Europe, beverage prices rank as some of the cheapest in the world. Porto ranks a solid 31st overall in the beverage category. We’ll drink to that!

Cheapest Places to Travel: Destinations #41-#50

41) Tokyo, Japan

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Average Cost: $77.56/day

Tokyo is another ultra-modern city that finds itself on our list. Although finding cheap places to travel in Asia is pretty easy, Tokyo ranks among the most expensive in the region. Still, Japan’s largest city is relatively affordable compared to many places in Europe and North America. With that said, Tokyo is one of the world’s hottest tourist destinations, ranking 15th overall on Euromonitor’s Top City Destinations Index for last year.

42) Johannesburg, South Africa

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Average Cost: $78.27/day

Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa and ranks as the #42 cheapest travel destination in the world for 2022. Beverage prices rank in the top 25%, but hotel and meal prices helped push the city further down the list (39th for accommodations, 56th in restaurant costs). Popular things to do in Johannesburg include visiting the Apartheid Museum, checking out the “Cradle of Humankind” UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoying nature safaris.

43) Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Average Cost: $79.06/day

Located in the UAE, Sharjah is a popular and affordable travel destination which sits on the shores of the Persian Gulf. Families love the fun-filled theme parks and aquarium. Architecture lovers and religious travelers enjoy the Al Noor Mosque and the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization. Of course, the bustling waterfront attracts travelers of all types.

44) Heraklion, Greece

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Average Cost: $80.26/day

Located on the island of Crete, Heraklion is a popular resort area in Greece. Heraklion remains a relatively cheap vacation spot in Europe, coming in at #44 overall. While families may come to enjoy a beach vacation, they can also soak up some of the area’s remarkable museums and ancient ruins. Just a few minutes from the city, tourists will find the ancient archaeological site of Knossos, believed to be Europe’s oldest city.

45) Krakow, Poland

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Average Cost: $80.66/day

Cracking the top half in two of our three categories, Krakow lands at #45 on our list of the cheapest places to travel in the world. The city is famous for its medieval town center, which is remarkably well preserved considering all of the political turmoil this country has faced throughout history. Wandering through the large Jewish quarter is also a must. Located within close proximity to Auschwitz-Birkenau, Krakow also makes a good home base for a journey there.

46) Athens, Greece

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Average Cost: $82.07/day

In my opinion, a trip to Greece represents one of the best value vacations in all of Europe. Although some tell you to hit the highlights in Athens and leave quickly, I disagree. The birthplace of western culture, Athens is an incredibly unique city, filled with some of the most amazing historical and cultural sites you’ll find anywhere. Sure, you’ll want to head out into the Greek countryside, but the gritty, lively streets of Athens are something you should consider taking a few days to enjoy.

47) Cape Town, South Africa

Average Cost: $82.45/day

The second largest city in South Africa, Cape Town is another newcomer to our list. This naturally beautiful seaside city is filled with fun things to do. It also serves as the home of South Africa’s parliament. Be sure to check out the various beaches, check out the Bo-kaap neighborhood, and ride the cable car to the top of Table Mountain for some breathtaking views.

48) Kyoto, Japan

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Average Cost: $85.81/day

Once the capital of the Japanese empire, Kyoto is now one of Japan’s best places to travel. Famous for its traditional wooden houses, buddhist temples, and imperial palaces, the city also provides beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. While you’re there, be sure to enjoy a kaiseki dinner and a geisha show.

49) Guangzhou, China

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Average Cost: $86.94/day

Located just to the northwest of Hong Kong and Shenzhen is Guangzhou, China. Like its neighbors, Guangzhou is a popular destination for tourists of all stripes. Adventure seekers may wish to go bungee jumping at nearby Baiyun Mountain. The Chimelong Safari Park and Chimelong International Circus tend to be popular for families traveling with children.

50) Medina, Saudi Arabia

Image of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi at dusk

Average Cost: $86.98/day

Located in western Saudi Arabia, Medina is an extremely popular destination for pilgrims. Inside the city, you’ll find the Al-Masjid an-Nabawi mosque. The mosque was originally built by the Prophet Muhammad in the year 622 and is considered to be the second-holiest site in Islam – containing the tomb of the the Prophet Muhammad himself. Medina is also home to another important mosque, Masjid al-Qiblatain. After the Prophet Muhammad received the revelation to change the direction of prayer, it was here that Muslims first began to pray toward Mecca instead of Jerusalem.

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32 Best CHEAP Places To Travel in 2022

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 and visit. Some of the cheapest places to travel to 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 offer the most value to visitors? Where can you get the most bang for your buck? Let’s dig into these fun, cheap places to travel.

How to Save Money (so You Can Enjoy These Places to Travel for Cheap)

While this post is about the cheapest places to 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 areas, 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 you’ll save money on just about everything if you can expand your group. 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 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 plate.

Stay in hostels

We were in and out of hostels for the first three years of our travels. If you are a solo traveler especially, staying in a hostel is the best way to keep your accommodation expense down, plus it’s an excellent 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 mealtime, you will 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 out when you will be visiting accordingly. Most places have an ideal time to visit and a less desirable time to visit. The less desirable time is typically the cheaper time.

Travel Slower

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Transportation is one of the most significant expenses you can incur when you travel. The more you hop around a destination, the more money you will spend moving from place to place. Staying in one destination longer helps you gather a deeper meaning for a place and will save you money.

This also goes for country hopping. Traveling from Vietnam to Greece will be very expensive (and bad for the environment). Try to focus on regional travel. Rather than flying worldwide and spending a lot on airfare, focus on local and regional. If you’re already in Vietnam, see the cost of getting to Laos or somewhere closer rather than jet-setting across the globe.

Finally, without further adieu, the cheapest places to visit worldwide. We’ll be breaking it down by continent. *For simplicity purposes, most prices here will be noted in USD and are not factoring in the airfare to get there and back.

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Cheap Places to Travel in North America

I’m not going to lie; North America is one of the world’s most expensive places to travel. 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 (ish) vacation in North America. Though if you are truly looking for places to travel for cheap, it’s best to look beyond Canada and the USA.

If you camp and partake in an epic road trip traveling cheap is certainly possible! Don’t forget – there is always Mexico! Which does offer visitors fantastic food, drinks, and beaches for a very affordable price.


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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 those classic North American 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 are super touristy. Head to some other parts to 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, friendly 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!

Average Travel Costs

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

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Far from the cheapest place to travel, but consider camping or visiting in the off season.

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 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 save 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!

Average Travel Costs

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

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Our home state of North Carolina is one of the cheapest you can have an incredible 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

Average Travel Costs

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 Places 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.


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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 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 precisely 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

Average Travel Costs

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


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Nicaragua is another wonderful country to visit in Central America and one of the cheapest international places to travel to. It’s similar to Costa Rica and Guatemala, but with more reasonable 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 rising 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
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Average Travel Costs

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


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Panama is a popular destination for backpackers on a budget to head and is one of those classic cheap places to travel. From enjoying two different oceans, epic islands, the rainforest, and mountains, and learning about the native local people, it’s 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 fantastic hikes.

The best part (you know I’m going to 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 low 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 be more expensive than even in the states if it 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 standard 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

Average Travel Costs

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

Costa Rica

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While all the countries I mentioned previously are cheaper than Costa Rica, I’m not saying that Costa Rica is expensive. It’s just one of the higher-cost places to travel in Central America. Still, you can easily get by in beautiful Costa Rica for around $50/day; you’ll just have to work harder on your budget than some other places in the world.

One can easily get surf shack-style accommodation for $50, spit with someone else that’s only $25 for private accommodation. Meals generally cost less than $10 unless you want a hip vegan meal somewhere. If you surf, then make sure to bring your own surfboard and head out to catch some waves for free!

  • Currency: Costa Rican colón
  • Accommodation: $50 for shared private accommodation
  • Transport: Long distance bus for $10-$15, $25 per day for car rentals
  • Activities: $60 surf lesson
  • Meals: $5-10 per meal for cheap local food
  • Drinks: $2-3 for local beer
  • Flights: Cheap flights can be found from the Southern USA
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Enjoy the beaches for free!

Average Travel Costs

Low-budget travel: $45-55 USD per person per day

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

High-budget travel: $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 to some cheap travel destinations!

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Machu Picchu

Peru 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 lovely 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!

Average Travel Costs

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

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

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


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what to do in Quito

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!

Average Travel Costs

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 Travel Destinations in Europe

Europe may not be thought about as a cheap continent to visit. In general, the more Western Europe you go to, the more expensive. The more 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.


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The islands of Greece are a long-time favorite of travelers. Greece has well over a hundred inhabited islands to explore. There is 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 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 relatively 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 has 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!

Average Day Costs

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

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

High-budget travel: $150 + USD


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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 for a fraction of the cost of other destinations in Western Europe.

We’ve done a few Croatian road trips and can 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 friendly 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

Average Travel Costs

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

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

High-budget travel: $100 + USD


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Things to know in Serbia

Hiking in Serbia

Serbia, a country that was part of former Yugoslavia, in Eastern Europe is one of the cheapest countries to visit 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 apiece, and we had more than our fair share of cheap sushi.

Thanks to affordable flight connections within Europe, 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

Average Travel Costs

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

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

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD


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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 and one of the cheapest countries to travel to!

Unlike France or Germany, Albania feels like a stepping foot onto a whole new continent – surely not Europe. This means a unique visit that not many get to say they’ve 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 utterly departed Europe. Tirana feels more like a European Bangkok and is packed with things to do and see good eats and fantastic 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 excellent 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

Average Travel Costs

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

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

High-budget travel: $70-95+ USD


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Italy is one of my favorite countries of all time to travel to. Cameron and I have traveled there together on a romantic trip more than a few times. We have also toured with family before, and I even tackled the country on my own doing the solo female backpacker thing. There is 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; you’re just going to have to work a bit harder to stay under budget than places in Eastern Europe.

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 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

Average Travel Costs

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

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

High-budget travel: $100-175+ USD

Bosnia & Herzegovina

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cheap places to travel

There will 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 – talk about one of the best cheap places to travel!

  • 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

Average Travel Costs

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

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

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD


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Montenegro is one of the best cheap places to travel!

Another former Yugoslav country is Montenegro, and it’s one of the best cheap places to travel. The first time I visited Montenegro, I was blown away by its 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 accommodation.
  • 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

Average Travel Costs

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

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

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD

North Macedonia

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Lake Ohrid Macedonia

I realized how much I love traveling in Macedonia on the short bus ride from Skopje to Ohrid. It’s safe to say that the Balkans are my favorite area to travel through in Europe because they are some of the cheapest places to travel right now. We almost had to be ripped away from Serbia and Bosnia with the friendly people, affordable prices, and awesome cafes. 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

Average Travel Costs

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

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

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD


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Zakopane, Poland

Hiking in Zakopane

Poland is another one of those awesome cheap European vacation 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 its economy was utterly 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. Zakopane has cheap skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer months.

Poland is one of the best places to travel on a budget. 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!

Average Travel Costs

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

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

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD

Cheap Places to Visit in Africa

Spoiler alert – most of Africa is not considered to be cheap. Especially if you want to do things like go on safari. However some countries are a bargain – here are the best cheap places to visit in Africa.

South Africa

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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 a low price!

Follow that up with a city escape in the iconic Cape Town and road trip down the wondrous 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

Average Travel Cost

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

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

High-budget travel: $100+ USD


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Namibia -cheap places to travel

Another one of the best cheap places to travel is beautiful Namibia!

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 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 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

Average Travel Cost

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

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

High-budget travel: $100+ USD


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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.

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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 most considerable 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

Average Travel Costs

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

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

High-budget travel: $100+ USD


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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. Little did I know it was going to be among the cheapest places to visit in the world.

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 few 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,” 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 walk around with a smile on their faces.

There’s also a lake, a big one at that, called Lake Malawi, 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 undoubtedly change your mind.

Malawi tops this list of cheap beautiful places to travel, although given its location, it most definitely is not one of the cheapest places to fly. You’ll likely have to combine it with another African country to get the best bang for buck. But once you get there, you’ll find 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 a 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

Average Travel Costs

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

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

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD


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Egypt - cheap places to travel

Egypt has so many beautiful 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 and is considered one of those fantastic cheap places to go. Being one of the main hubs on the African continent, it’s also one of the cheapest places to fly in Africa!

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 spent 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

Average Travel Costs

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

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

High-budget travel: $100+ USD


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Visit Morocco with your tax refund

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 many 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 several millennia, and the architecture is unique.

It comes with one caveat; Morocco has the ability to get under any traveler’s 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 surfing in Essaouira for out of this world prices, and after you can sip on Moroccan mint in the blue city of Chefchaouen for less than $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!

Average Travel Costs

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

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

High-budget travel: $100+ USD

Cool 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 of cheap travel destinations, I instantly think of Asia first.

The Philippines

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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!). Yes, the Philippines are truly one of the cheapest places to travel in the world!

  • 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!

Average Travel Costs

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

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

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD

Sri Lanka

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Tuk Tuks in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka probably doesn’t come to mind when thinking about the cheapest countries to visit. 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! It’s a cheap place to visit that you will easily fall in love with.

  • 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

Average Travel Costs

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

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

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD


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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

Average Travel Costs

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

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

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD


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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 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!

Average Travel Costs

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

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

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD

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bali clothes

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 cheap vacations here.

The island is lovely, 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 its 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 in 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 travelers. 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.

Average Travel Costs

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

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

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD


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Where to Stay Langkawi - Casa Del Mar Garden

Malaysia is one of the more developed countries in Southeast Asia, but that doesn’t mean it’s expensive. While it’s not as cheap as Thailand or Bali, good deals can still be had.

When I arrived in Kuala Lumpur, I was unsure of what to expect 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 see a movie with popcorn at the nicest theatre in the city.

Besides the city, there is good value 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

Average Travel Costs

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

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

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD



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 of 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 in.

The one place that 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 for 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

Average Travel Costs

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

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

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD


$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 travelers far and wide has soared in recent years, making it one of the most visited Southeast Asia countries.

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 was 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 $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 elsewhere in Asia.
  • Fun and Cheap Activity: Explore Ben Thanh Market for cultural immersion.

Average Travel Costs

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

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

High-budget travel: $70-100+ USD

Plan For Your Trip

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  • Travel Adapter: Make sure you find a good adapter to keep your personal electronics charged. Otherwise, you may be paying for a cheap one once you land. Purchase one here.
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About Natasha

Natasha is the co-founder of The World Pursuit. She is an expert in travel, budgeting, and finding unique experiences. She loves to be outside, hiking in the mountains, playing in the snow on her snowboard, and biking. She has been traveling for over 10 years experiencing unique cultures, new food, and meeting fantastic people. She strives to make travel planning and traveling easier for all. Her advice about international travel, outdoor sports, and African safari has been featured on Lonely Planet, Business Insider, and Reader’s Digest.

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