19 Underrated and Cheap Destinations to Travel

Here, there are nineteen countries which will adjust to your budget. These all countries are selected from my experience and opinion.

Bolivia

I spent two and a half weeks traveling throughout the country. I went to multiple cities, and it is the most physically gorgeous country that I have ever been to. But a lot of people have barely ever heard of it.

So make sure you go to Bolivia, and check out especially the salt flats ‘the Salar de Uyuni’. It’ll blow your mind. Bolivia is about to be one of the next big destinations, and it’s a place I’d really love to visit.

It’s got the Death Road, which is crazy to bike down. That’s an adventure it can be in itself. It’s got the salt flats. It’s the last place where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid went to. If you’re into adventure, you wouldn’t be the first, but you’re not going to be the last, either.

Romania

I think one of the most underrated destinations is probably Romania. I think not enough people go there. It’s beautiful. The people are cool. It’s cheap. There’s a lot of history there, a lot of natural beauty. People skip it, and you shouldn’t.

Romania is one of the greenest countries in Europe. Over 50 percent of the country is still forested. And it’s one of the last places in Europe that still has brown bears. Whether you’re into hiking backpacking or travel backpacking, it’s good for you because Bucharest is one of the cheapest cities in Europe. It’s really affordable. If you want to go to Europe and you’re trying to stretch your dollar, we’ve heard that is one of the best places to spend some time.

Russia

Russia is really different. It’s really surprising and I think there’s a lot to offer and a lot more to see that we don’t typically see in the media and in other forms of travel content. I traveled to Russia ten years ago on the Trans Siberian Railroad coming from Beijing going through Siberia stopping in Irkutsk and getting up to Moscow and Saint Petersburg Overall, I really loved Russia.

I actually found a lot of similarities between Russia and the United States, specifically in Siberia. It had kind of like a frontier culture that reminded me a lot of Wyoming and the Western United States. It’s beautiful. The Trans Siberian is a unique experience, and the cities of Moscow and St Petersburg are beautiful, especially Saint Petersburg.

It’s a gorgeous city and would love to go back, maybe not in the winter, but then again, maybe that’s the best way to see it at its heart.

Namibia

I would say a lot of African destinations, but specifically Namibia, it’s just naturally stunning. There’s so much to see and do. It’s inexpensive, just amazing, and a fascinating place. Half of it is desert, if not more than half. I just think more people ought to be going.

Namibia is one of the most unique places I’ve ever been in my life. It’s one of the most sparsely populated places on earth, after Siberia, but what it’s lacking in humans, it more than makes up for in incredible wildlife. It’s just a very nice place. You don’t see elephants walking through the middle of the desert very often. If you do get an opportunity to make it to Namibia, I highly recommend that you take it.

Uzbekistan

It was a fascinating place, especially if you’re into history, architecture, and food. Definitely a unique destination, unlike anywhere I’ve ever been before

If you visit Uzbekistan, you will never forget the trip. It’s kind of “frontier-ish” in certain aspects, but when you see these big, beautiful buildings, mausoleums, mosques, and minarets and you try the food and the friendly people, it’s just a place that will really imprint itself on you.

Turkey

I think that Turkey is super underrated and not just Istanbul, the entire country is so fascinating. The people are amazing. The food is so yummy. Nature is so cool. There’s tons of history.

I know that Turkey is much more than that, but it is a very fascinating city. It’s one of the coolest places I’ve ever visited. There’s something very unique about how cultures have blended together there. The Bosphorus, You’re in Europe looking at Asia of vice/versus and there’s just layer upon layer of the history there.

One of the things I loved most about it was walking down the street and having the feeling like “wow, this is like New York with the blend of cultures from all around the world,”. And there’s a lot of cool connections in this part of the world. As a traveler, you might find fascinating.

Sri Lanka

A lot of people go to the beaches of India, and all that kind of stuff, but don’t really give Sri Lanka the time of day. But it’s really incredible. The people are amazing. Great beaches, great surfing, great food, and great culture. It is an amazing destination.

I think Sri Lanka is definitely one of the coolest places that I’ve visited in quite a while. I had a spectacular time there. The landscape, the culture, the food, the people are super friendly. I loved it. It’s a totally underrated destination because it gets kind of overlooked.

There are fewer people in the whole country of Sri Lanka than I think some of the biggest cities like Delhi and Mumbai. So it’s way more chill and until now has really only been a destination that was frequented by surfers for the most part. They go looking for waves all around the world and a lot of surfers have found paradise there in Sri Lanka. Now, more tourists are catching on.

Canada

A lot of people don’t think of Nova Scotia. They think of Ireland and Scotland when they want that culture. But you get a great same East Coast vibe on Nova Scotia with beautiful scenery, great cliffs and a lot of wildlife and fantastic fun people to party with. There’s tons of wildlife, and there’s a great culture in the rural areas.

Malaysia

It’s quite popular among backpackers, but I don’t see a lot of non-backpackers going there. Every time I go, I have an amazing time. Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Cameron Highland, the people, the food, the culture, the weather. It’s an amazing destination.

I backpacked through Southeast Asia, and one of the things that drew me to that country was the Jungle Railroad. It is a slow moving, the scenic train that goes through the jungles in the heart of the peninsula, the Malaysian Peninsula. It is beautiful. I went to the Cameron Highlands, Taman Negara National Park. Also, to the Perhentian Islands, which are just north in the ocean right there. It’s a great place that blends together all sorts of different influences from Malaysian, Indian, English, Chinese all in one place, and it is delicious.

Greenland

One of my favorite countries or islands. You’d think it’s covered in ice, but around the coast, there’s lots of actual green and lots of adventure activities. It’s got a really cool and interesting culture. It’s not high on a lot of people’s list, but I think it should be.

Iran

I went there last year, and I was really amazed because Iran literally has everything. There is a desert, beautiful architecture, great food, and people are extremely nice. I spent there about three weeks, and I still maybe only saw a tiny fraction of the country.

Prague

I’ve spent a few time there with the most delicious food all around. In the summer months, it can be a little overcrowded, but if you hit it in the offseason, it will be the perfect destination.  I think it’s an awesome city. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it’s underrated because it’s got quite a lot of people who visit. And people even use the word, “Oh this is the new Prague” because it’s like the new Berlin.

These places are super popular. But I do agree that they’re popular for a reason. It’s an excellent place with wonderful architecture, fun vibe, and beer that’s cheaper than water.

Budapest

Hot springs, great nightlife, beautiful architecture, beautiful people, really good food, not that expensive. It’s got a beautiful color palette. They have 120 hot springs in the center of the city. I personally don’t feel like I’m on vacation until I’ve dipped my toes in a hot spring.

If you’re going to visit Budapest, have fun, experience the nightlife, but you can’t skip out on the “party.” There was a lot of weird stuff floating around in that pool that you don’t want to know what it is. Mostly bodily fluids.

Oman

 

Oman is a really friendly country, predominantly Muslim, but with incredible beaches, incredible laws that favor women. Tourists are safe there, and it’s a great place to visit. Oman is a great country. I just really loved the balance of a country that is able to preserve its traditions while also being open to foreigners. That’s very rare, especially in the Middle East. It’s a friendly, stable country, and locals are genuinely interested in foreigners and want to show off the beauty of their culture.

I think Oman really breaks all the stereotypes that you have of the Middle East and of the Arabian Peninsula. Yes, there is the desert. Oman has part of the Empty Quarter, one of the largest stretches of desert in the Middle East. But it’s also home to huge, green mountains, “wadis” that are full of water, and there’re beaches with surf. It actually catches the tail end of the monsoon. It’s a place that we highly recommend that you go visit.

Qatar

I can testify that it’s one of the best countries for solo, family and if you want to do some adventure on your trip. It’s so much smaller and intimate. You can meet friendly locals. You can have great local food. And you can just get a real sense of what it is to be in a Muslim, Arabian country.

Sao Paulo, Brazil

It’s a phenomenal city of 20 million Brazilians. It’s exhilarating and also exciting. Obviously, you have to like cities. Maybe, it’s your type of city. I love Sao Paolo, and I think more people should spend time there.

Western Australia

I don’t think enough people venture west of Melbourne or Adelaide when they go. Although Perth feels a little bit like San Diego or Miami, the countryside southwest has giants trees and the Karri Forest and the surf waves they have in the southern and western coasts. It’s kind of a great area. It is like a New Zealand area that I wish more people would visit because it’s pretty cool.

USA

We have so much to see and do here in the United States. I’d say the midwest. I love traveling in the midwest. Some of my best trips have been in Iowa. It’s hard to pick favorites, especially amongst the fifty states. Obviously kind of a toss up between Hawaii, Alaska, and California, but lately I’ve been really digging the Four Corners area of where Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona all come together.

The Southwest is an incredibly beautiful place and visiting in the fall, the winter, the spring, you kind of avoid that desert heat and you can explore all of the national parks that are out there. I am really interested in the south, in Louisiana, specifically. I think it’s one of the coolest cities in the world.

Poland

I obviously have a soft spot for the country. People go to Krakow sometimes, but they forget Warsaw, the Banks, a really beautiful place in Poland. The mountains in the south are spectacular. So I would say Poland is underrated. Warsaw has a great craft beer scene.

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