You want to travel the world but you don’t have a lot of money? Don’t worry. This post will be telling you about 30 places in the world which are cheap for traveling.
It is situated at the southern tip of the African continent. Cape Town has it all- good beaches, great weather, wine, and safaris nearby, not to mention an awesome blend of European and African culture. Cape Town may be far away, but once you’re there it’s one of the best overall destinations for your money.
Fifty years ago Vietnam was torn apart by war. Today it’s one of the top travel destinations on the planet. Ho Chi Minh, formerly known as Saigon, has tons of beautiful French colonial architecture. Hanoi has great street sidebars that serve Bia Pho, fresh beer that costs 25 cents a glass, and the one kind of expensive thing in Vietnam. It’s not the cheapest country in Asia but a motorcycle adventure from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi is totally worth it.
Ecuador, named after the Equator, is quite an incredible country. It has the Andes Mountains; it has the Galapagos Islands; it has the Amazon rainforest; colonial towns like Quito and surf. If you’re going to go anywhere in Latin America, you should go to Ecuador.
In Europe to save money, you should travel to the east. The Polish city of Krakow is one of the best value destinations on the continent. It’s got a solid old town with great nightlife, good restaurants, tons of hostels, and affordable prices across the board.
The capital city of the Canadian province of Quebec. Montreal combines French-Canadian heritage with great food, a killer music scene, and some of the best prices you will find in a North American city.
The classic budget travel destination has to go to India. It’s cheap as chips, and it has it all. It’s vegan-friendly. India have got Mumbai; Home to bollywood, Rajasthan; India’s largest and most colorful state, and of course the Himalaya where you can pose yoga, meditate Ajayan, and maybe even see the Dalai Lama. No matter where you go, you can travel in India for a whole month for the price of one week in Europe.
The vibrant capital of Mexico. It is full of amazing street art, architecture, and some of the best food on the planet. If you live in the United States, especially the southern border states, or if you’re from California, then Mexico is the closest and one of the cheapest locations in the world.
Personally, my favorite cities in Europe is Budapest. A stunning capital full of Art Nouveau and Baroque architecture from the golden days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Even better Budapest sits on top of 120 natural hot springs that bubble up into these bathhouses. All this can be done for as low as 35 Euros a day.
Nepal is the access point for the Himalaya. There’s a ton of stuff to do: you can go white water rafting, paragliding, explore the Buddhist monasteries, and even go on a wildlife safari in the jungles.
Sri Lanka is one of the most overlooked countries in Asia. So if you want something like India, but are looking for something more off the beaten path, Sri Lanka might be for you. This island nation was once ravaged by civil war but is now in peace. Travelers are discovering beautiful beaches, colorful culture, and the 5,000 elephants that are just wandering around the country.
Nicaragua is a Central American country that is a great alternative to Costa Rica. Costa Rica is an incredible country, but because it’s become so popular, it’s gotten much more expensive. That’s not the case with Nicaragua. Yet, it’s got undeveloped beaches, great surf, cheap beer and tons of adventure opportunities. But get down to Nicaragua before that all changes.
It is the capital of Argentina and a great place to visit. It’s super fun and a great deal. It’s got a blend of Italian and Spanish immigrants with French architecture that is uniquely Argentinean. The bohemian neighborhood of San Telmo is
especially popular with tourists, but it’s a really good place to stay, especially if you can find a nice Airbnb.
Thailand is the go-to destination for most backpackers and with good reason. Here you can get a private cabana on the beach for $10. The islands and beaches are starting to get a bit more expensive, but Chiang Mai in the north, Thailand’s second largest city, is still a great deal, especially if you’re trying
to do some trekking or volunteering at elephant sanctuaries. If you want to head up the islands, Koh Pipi is still a great deal and Krabi has some incredible rock-climbing overhanging the ocean.
Which is even cheaper and comes with a side of history that will snap you out of that daze from all those Thai messages. On one side you have Angkor Wat, one of the greatest achievements of mankind. On the other side, you have the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge in which one-quarter of Cambodia’s population was exterminated during one of the worst genocides of the last century.
It was one of the countries that were hardest hit by the 2008 financial crisis. It’s good for you as a traveler because prices there are very low. The real gems in Greece are the islands like Crete, the Instagram friendly island of Mykonos or Santorini and the backpacker party spot of Ios.
At the top of our bucket list is the Philippines. As we’ve mentioned, the beaches of Thailand have gotten relatively
expensive, but people say that the Philippines is twice as cool and half the price. Add in some of the friendliest locals on the planet, some cheap air connections and the Philippines is looking pretty good.
It is in South America. Colombia, the country that’s long been associated with Pablo Escobar, cocaine, and violence is finally getting the credit that it deserves as one of the best destinations in South America. This country has everything: beaches on the Pacific and the Caribbean, the Andes and the Amazon, the Candelaria Quarter in Bogota, the Spanish colonial port of Cartagena, and the unspoiled coastline.
Most travelers either don’t know what it is or think it’s part of Russia, but it’s a hidden gem. Tallinn, the capital, has an immaculately preserved old quarter that’s actually a Unesco World Heritage site. It’s also a cool part of town called Kalamaja.
Guatemala is an incredible country. It’s full of living Maya culture surrounded by rugged active volcanoes, and little towns like Antigua are an incredible place to visit and brush up on your Spanish.
Prague is an essential stop on any Europe trip with a storybook old town and beer that’s cheaper than water, literally. Cheaper and more beautiful still is Cesky Krumlov with far fewer crowds and much lower prices.
Egypt with constant political protests, military coups, plane crashes, and the occasional shark attack. I know it sounds bad, but Egypt does still have a lot to offer. Tourism has dropped by over 40 percent to Egypt in recent years. Now it does seem that things have cooled down there. So if you do go, chances are you’ll get the Pyramids of Giza all to yourself. The Pyramids of Giza are one of the only remaining 7 wonders of the ancient world.
It blends French and Caribbean culture with great music, and the food alone is worth the trip. Skip the crowds at Mardi Gras and hit the French Quarter in the shoulder season.
Croatia is the darling of most travelers, but unfortunately, its popularity has increased its price. Save money by spending time in lesser-known places like Vis, Plitvice National Park or its capital Zagreb.
It is also situated in Southeast Asia. The country’s leaders
have made a lot of progress towards democracy, and it’s a lot more popular now with travelers. The former capital of Rangoon is a funky mixture of old British colonial buildings, and it’s a great place to get your bearings before heading up to the Temples of Bagan or Inle Lake.
This landlocked Andean country is one of the best travel bets for South America. It’s got a bit of everything, from the world’s highest lake to the infamous death road, which you can do on a mountain bike, and the world-famous Uyuni Salt Flats. All of these are great places to visit, and supposedly Bolivia has one of the most incredible kinds of lunar martian landscapes.
It is the cheapest country in the region with the exception of its next-door neighbor Haiti. There’re great beaches, but the problem can be that it’s hard to find something that’s not an expensive resort, so check on Airbnb for a bungalow.
Which happens to be the home country of our good friend Raya, but also the home of the cheapest capital in Europe, Sofia. You can eat, drink, party, and sleep here for well under $40 a day. That’s why it’s making this list. But don’t forget that Bulgaria is on the Black Sea.
The capital Lisbon is one of the most enchanting cities in Europe. Seven hills dotted with colorful villas and crisscross with the iconic trolley. But it’s not just beautiful, it’s a great value. Accommodation, in particular, is cheap and easy to find because it’s still undiscovered by most tourists.
Bali the most popular island in Indonesia is no secret. But it’s still a good deal for those of you wanting to get away from it all without much hassle. Rent an inexpensive villa with a pool, an automatic motorbike, sign up for some yoga classes and you’re chillin’.
It’s Easy to reach from Europe, inexpensive, this North African paradise is the original bohemian getaway. It’s the safest country in North Africa. Tangier is the gritty port popularized by expats, like the Rolling Stones. Marrakech is the place to go if you want that vibey chilling. Next to a
Riyadh, which is those big courtyards with the fountain in the middle.