Le’ts face it, travel can be expensive. There are many ways to save on travel such as searching for the best deals on flights on google flights where you can find the cheapest travel dates. If you are looking to stretch your dollar during your trip then finding the cheapest countries to visit can save you loads of money. I have traveled to many affordable countries such as Portugal, Croatia, and Cuba and I am always amazed at how much more affordable it is to go out for dinner or to even buy a cup of coffee compared to some other destinations.
Besides the places I have traveled to, I have asked some fellow travel bloggers for recommendations of some of the cheapest countries to visit in the world. There are some surprising countries and many that were not even on my radar until now. It looks like my travel list just keeps getting longer. It is nice to know that there are still so many options for affordable countries to travel to. If you think you can’t afford to travel, then take a look at some of the suggestions below and start planning your dream vacation.
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The Cheapest Countries to Travel to This Year
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Cheapest Countries to Visit in Europe
If you want to visit one of the most affordable countries in Europe, then you absolutely cannot go wrong with the Republic of Georgia. Located in the Caucasus region on the eastern side of the Black Sea and bordering Russia to the north, Turkey to the southwest, Armenia to the south, and Azerbaijan to the east, Georgia is an up-and-coming tourist destination that still only receives a fraction of the international visitors it deserves.
Maggie Turansky of The World Was Here First
Georgia is also a heaven for budget travelers. Almost every aspect of travel in this beautiful nation is substantially discounted when compared to other European destinations. Known for its incredible food and wine, a meal in a hip Tbilisi restaurant will likely only cost you about $10 USD per person, and that is on the high end. Accommodation is equally as affordable — a private room with ensuite bathroom in a family-run guesthouse will rarely cost more than $20 per night, and a boutique hotel would be on the expensive side if it cost more than $50 per night.
Public transportation in Georgia is extensive and incredibly affordable, as well, with intercity minibus routes costing an average of $5 per person depending on the destination. Would you hire a private driver for a day? Expect to pay about $50 total. Taxis are also some of the most affordable in the world in Georgia, with a ride across the capital of Tbilisi averaging about $1.50 — less than a bus ride in most European cities!
All in all, prices in Georgia are very affordable and accessible for travelers of all budgets — plus, the food, wine, and hospitable people make it an excellent destination to visit!
Romania is the budget-friendly adventure you never knew that you needed in your life. Tucked away in eastern Europe, Romania has only recently started to gain traction in the travel sphere. And for a great reason: it’s so cheap to travel around Romania! Although Romania is a member of the European Union, the national currency is the Leu as of 2019. Once the country fulfills the necessary conditions, the currency will become the euro, so NOW is the time to visit Romania! As of 2019, the Romanian Leu to United States Dollar is 4 to 1.
Rachelle from Adventure is Never Far Away
Romanian food is highly underrated and extremely affordable. Even on the nights when you want to splurge and get the most expensive item on the menu, chances are you’ll be paying ¼ of what you would expect. Dinner in a highly-touristy area will cost about $10USD per person (without alcohol). Gelato stands are prevalent and a cone costs about $1USD. Accommodations in Romania are easy to come by and can be found on AirBnB, Booking.com, and other popular websites. $30USD per night is a reasonable budget and can get you a stay in some of the cutest and most central locations of even the biggest cities.
The countryside of Romania is dotted with numerous castles and citadels, instantly transporting visitors back to the medieval period. Castle-hopping through Romania is quite an adventure and something visitors can do on the cheap. Entrance fees to some of the larger castles such as Covin’s Castle in Hunedoara ($7USD), Bran Castle ($9USD), Peles ($7USD), and Rasnov Fortress ($3USD) are completely budget-friendly. Why not embark on an adventure to Romania that will not only leave you enchanted but will be easy on your wallet?
Montenegro is an amazingly beautiful country with a bay reminiscent of Norwegian fjords and several national parks in an area less than the US state of Connecticut. There are lots of things to do in Montenegro, and what’s even better is that Montenegro is still an affordable destination to visit!
Even though things are not quite as inexpensive as they were just a few years ago, Montenegro is still not as expensive as the neighboring countries of Croatia and Slovenia, for example. And it is definitely much less expensive than Italy or France or the UK.
Dhara from It’s Not About the Miles
Within Montenegro, the area around the Bay of Kotor and the Adriatic coast tend to be more expensive than areas inland. And the interior of the country is just as stunning as the coast, which means that exploring areas less visited can mean more money in your pocket.
In Kotor, which is the most popular base for visitors to Montenegro, a four-star hotel will run you between 100-150 Euros a night in months that are not peak season (June-August). That’s for a really nice room in the heart of the Old Town, steps from all the major attractions. Very nice apartments just outside town cost about 65-70 Euros per night, for units with views of the Bay of Kotor.
A nice meal for two in Kotor, with starters, mains, and dessert, will set you back about 50 Euros, but the same meal in Cetinje, for example, costs 25 Euros! But the most popular eatery in Kotor is a steakhouse that is very inexpensive and serves gigantic portions, so you do have good options for inexpensive eats.
A full-day private tour costs 150 Euros in Montenegro. We paid twice that in Italy and almost twice that in Slovenia. All in all, Montenegro is still a relatively affordable destination, so plan a trip soon!
If you are looking for a value-for-money destination in Europe, you will not go wrong picking Hungary. Although its capital Budapest has been on the tourist radars for a while, the rest of the country stays a rather well-kept secret. But it is one of the greatest affordable places to go in Europe for many activities.
Many have heard about Hungarian thermal spas, which while much cheaper, are no worse than famous German Baden Baden and others. But what about taking your spa experience to the next level? Then head to Heviz for some of the best spa experiences you can have in Europe. It is the second-largest thermal lake in the world, with many spa hotels around it.
Ana Rozanova, Merry-Go-Round. Slowly
Do you enjoy wine tasting? While significantly cheaper than wine-tasting experiences in France and California, Hungarian wines are definitely worth tasting. Check out regions of Eger or Balaton.
Speaking of Balaton, did you know that apart from many festivals, it is also a great place to try out wind- and kite-surfing. If you are just a beginner, the shallow and warm lake of Balaton might be a great place to start. Pick one of the many affordable places to stay around the lake.
And of course, Budapest is known as one of the best places for a cheap city break in Europe for a reason. With a great selection of restaurants, bars, historical coffee shops, massage parlors, spas, and hip hotels, you can have an amazing time without breaking the bank.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly destination for your next holiday, consider the small Balkan nation of Croatia. Located in Eastern Europe across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, Croatia’s vast coastline appears like it’s Italian neighbor minus the steep holiday price tag. Croatia is home to more than 1,200 islands with pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, as well as many stunning national parks like Krka or Plitvice which make it the perfect affordable vacation destination.
Meredith Fulford, The Longest Weekend
Put on most tourist’s radars in recent years by the filming locations for HBO’s Game of Thrones, only a generation ago Croatia was a very different place. Part of Yugoslavia until the civil war of the early 1990s, today Croatia is thriving and visitors will find it to be a very enjoyable, safe and inexpensive place to visit, particularly for Europe.
When planning a trip to Croatia, look outside of the major hotspots like Dubrovnik or the island of Hvar and instead head to some of Croatia’s other hidden gems. For holiday-goers, there are so many things to do in Šibenik, Vis or Korčula and many of the smaller island cities that will make for an amazing vacation – without breaking the bank.
In most places in Croatia, you’ll find the average cost of a delicious meal to range from 4 to 10 euros, with a local beer and glass of wine costing around 2 and 5 euros (respectively). As far as accommodation goes, you can snag a nice one-bedroom apartment typically for 30 to 45 euros per night, with private rooms costing even less.
Greece is one of my favorite affordable travel destinations. It has all the cache and notoriety of places like England and Ireland but on half (or less!) of the budget. While you certainly can find ways to spend money if you want to (things like day trips from Athens are on the pricier side), but if you want to see some of the most important sites on the planet without spending too much then Greece is the perfect destination.
Stephanie Craig of Sofia Adventures
Greek street food is famously delicious and affordable. From gyros that cost three Euros to souvlaki that can cost even less, you can keep your food costs low by alternating meals in tavernas with street food options.
For accommodations, you can find single and double hotel rooms starting around twenty-five dollars, so even budget travelers who want to avoid hostel dorms will find great budget options when looking for a place to stay.
Greece has a multitude of vacation destinations to pick from. While I love places like Athens, Crete, and Rhodes, you can find great deals on some of the country’s less-visited islands. Even if you do stick to the country’s most popular tourist destinations, there are still of ways to keep your budget in check, from free tours (but make sure to tip the tour guide!) to passes that include access to multiple archaeological sites to free entrance to places like the Acropolis on Greek national holidays.
One great way to save money in Greece is to pick one or two destinations and see them thoroughly. The biggest way I see people blowing through their budget in Greece is by having too many islands and cities on their itinerary. Not only does this increase transportation costs exponentially, but people also tend to overspend on food on travel days because they can’t plan ahead.
Albania is a marvelous country that is very affordable for every kind of traveler. It’s known for being a great holiday destination for people who don’t want to pay extortionate prices like it’s neighbor countries Greece and Italy.
A popular way to eat in Albania is by ordering a bunch of different dishes and sharing them altogether. Usually, people don’t order individual meals when they are with a group of friends. A full dinner which would include 2-4 dishes for 2 people, including wine can be just €5-10 depending on where in Albania you go.
It’s one of the cheapest countries in Europe and it’s also one that is relatively lesser known still to this day. Prices can rise in July and August in the Albanian Riviera, which is one of the most beautiful parts of Albania to hang out in the summertime. However, even during high season, you can grab a lovely apartment by the sea for only €50 and if you visit out of season you may only pay €25 for a 5-star hotel!
Usually, all accommodation includes breakfast too which Albanians always go above and beyond with.Attractions are also very affordable when you compare them with other countries. One of the best things to do in Saranda is to visit the nearby UNESCO city of Butrint which now costs 800 Lek (€6.50) to enter. This price is considered one of the highest for an attraction visit within the country but when you compare them with other countries, you would pay a lot more than that to visit one of the most beautiful ancient sites and parks ever!”
After the fall of the Soviet Empire in the early ’90s, Poland has worked steadily to increase its economic growth, bring tourism to the country and become a power player in the world. The country has come far in the last 30 years and continues to make a lot of strides.
Diana of The Elusive Family
Though it has joined the EU, it continues to use its own currency, allowing travelers to experience a lot of wonderful things in the country at a lower cost. As a result, Poland is relatively affordable to the average traveler. The currency, the zloty has a rough translation of 4 zloty to one US dollar, making food and accommodation affordable. A typical bottle of water at a grocery store can cost less than a zloty, while a normal meal at a restaurant can cost about 15 zloty, or less than 4 dollars.
Accommodation varies depending on which city you visit. The larger cities in Poland such as Krakow and Warsaw have been expanded and have been structuring their cities to further accommodate international travelers. Visiting Krakow, as an example has an average nightly rate of about 60 euros for 4 and 5-star accommodations.
Touring the country is also very inexpensive. Renting a car, traveling by train or bus is affordable and taking tours from major cities if a traveler is on a time crunch is also budget-friendly. Heading to smaller cities, the currency will get you even further as tourist prices begin to fall rapidly, even though they aren’t expensive in the first place. Smaller but beautiful cities to visit in Poland include Zakopane, Wroclaw, Lublin, and Torun.
The Czech Republic is one of our affordable countries to visit and the city of Prague in specific. Prague is one of our favorite cities in Europe and one that we can’t help but go back to. It’s known for its world-renowned beer, untouched medieval architecture, and historic cobbled streets. The city is huge on its own and is full of so many things to do and see. It is a tourist destination that should be on everyone’s European bucket list!
Hannah & Adam Lukaszewicz of Getting Stamped
While Prague has become an increasingly popular destination in the last few years, it is still possible to visit on a budget. As a bustling city, there is so much to see in Prague alone – most of the popular spots can be visited for free or very little money, like the Prague Castle and Charles Bridge.
There are plenty of hotels in Prague that aren’t going to break the bank either. Examples include Hotel Josef or Miss Sophies and the average cost per night is $65. There also are hundreds of Airbnb listings in Prague where you can rent an entire apartment for a fraction of a hotel price.
Let’s not forget about the food – Prague has a unique and affordable restaurant scene as well. From indulgent pastries in the morning, traditional dishes of svickova and goulash and pickled cheese, there’s lots to try in the city.
And if you’re looking for some nightlife – Prague is the place to be. Make sure to plan a late night out exploring the nightlife in Prague. Prague has over 600 bars and over 100 clubs, and going out isn’t going to cost you that much. Average beer prices are $1.50 a pint and if you’re not into beer, wine and cocktails aren’t too bad either, with an average cost of $7 for a bottle of wine.
Portugal is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, and yet most affordable too! Lisbon definitely caught my eye as one of the most affordable European city destinations and here is why.
First of all, the food and drinks are very high in quality and yet still relatively inexpensive. Especially if you compare the price of coffee, wine or beer to other European capitals like Oslo, London or Paris. Fun fact: Lisbon is the cheapest, out of all 36 cities in the Post Office’s Barometer for a cup of coffee; with a cup costing only £1.36.
Michelle Minnaar of Greedy Gourmet
Next, to enjoy the traditional fish cake (Pastel de Bacalhau), you won’t have to pay more than 5 euros. What’s best, a traditional Portuguese custard tart (Pastel del Nata), only costs 1 euro each. Whether you eat local food or at a fancy restaurant, you will never get the feeling that you’ve overpaid, trust me.
To make the trip more pleasurable, you should also opt for a travel card instead of paying for taxis. It’s really advantageous to get the travel card, also known as the Lisboa card. Depending on your length of stay, you can buy a 24-hour card (€19), a 48-hour card (€32) or a 72-hour card (€40). You’ll have unlimited travel on public transport (saving you tons on taxis). In addition, you will also receive a booklet, which lists 29 attractions you have free access to.
In terms of places to stay, the city is packed with affordable accommodation. Of course, the hotels with ocean views might not be the cheapest, so I recommend opting for anything within the city center.
To learn more information about my stay and experiences from my weekend in Lisbon, then check out my food and travel blog here.
Moldova is a small country in Eastern Europe few people have even heard about. In fact, it is the least visited country in Europe with even fewer visitors than the tiny nations of Liechtenstein or San Marino. But the fact that there are only a few tourists in Moldova, doesn’t mean that a visit isn’t worth it.
Mike of 197 Travel Stamps
The few travelers who make it there will be rewarded with incredible natural sceneries, friendly people, great food and great wine. And the best of it: it all comes with a very low price tag. A three-course meal in a fancy restaurant in the wineries south of the capital Chisinau cost us less than 20 USD – including a fair amount of delicious Moldovan wine.
Moldova is certainly a country for food and wine lovers. One of the must-visit attractions in Moldova is the wine cellars of Milestii Mici. The largest wine cellars in the world. A taxi that drove us there and throughout most of the country for an entire day was less than 80 USD. That is just around 20 USD if you are four people traveling.
One of our favorite places in Chisinau was the rooftop bar of the Radisson Hotel right in the city center. This is one of those places where prices for drinks would be ridiculously high in most other capital cities. But not in Chisinau. Here, a fancy cocktail prepared with the best ingredients is sold for around 5 USD. And the amazing views over the city of Chisinau are included in that price.
When looking for cheap destinations to travel to, Turkey has to be one of the best bets for anyone! Lying in both Asia and Europe, tourism in the country is due to being extremely affordable other than magnificent nature, history, and culture. Istanbul being the tourism capital of Turkey has some great affordable places to stay at!
The main tourist streets in the city, which include Sultanahmet, Karokay, Emininu, and Sisane have plenty of hotels that cost around $25 to $50 per night. The food scene in Turkey is great as well! One can get a filling Turkish Doner Kebab, Shawarma or a huge plate of Pite (Turkish Pizza) just under $5.
For getting around the city, Istanbul Metro is the best option. Getting around within the major cities is also quite easy as there is a well-connected train system established in the country. Moreover, the intercity flights as well are very affordable. I was able to fly from Istanbul to Cappadocia just for $25 back and forth.
Many tourists believe that visiting the unique city of Cappadocia can be quite expensive just like the popular hot air balloon rides, however, apart from that, there are plenty of free and cheap things to do in Cappadocia.
Other popular places like Antalya and Pamakalle do have luxury resorts but there are plenty of affordable homestays and hotels to stay there as well. Moreover, these places are natural sites and do not have any entrance fee to explore. All in all, Turkey is a great place to visit on a budget and to experience the best of nature, culture, and food.
Madeira is often referred to as the island of eternal spring. It is true, that you can always expect pleasant temperatures thanks to its subtropical climate. Hiking in Madeira is a very popular activity. These are called Levada walks. Levadas are open canals that were originally built as the island’s irrigation system to distribute the water from the wet regions on the north of the island to the drier regions of the south.
Eniko Krix of Travel Hacker Girl
Nowadays however they are also used for recreational purposes. Madeira boasts of scenic views and impressive landscapes. It has striking mountain peaks, unique volcanic formations, beautiful coastline, interesting fauna and flora, delicious cuisine and countless waterfalls. Luckily you don’t need to break the bank to visit this exotic paradise. Madeira is actually really affordable. Lots of low-cost airlines fly to Funchal and you can get around the island by hiring a car, which is really cheap.
While driving is the best way to explore Madeira, if you are a nervous driver I suggest using public transport or group tours, as driving on the island can be challenging due to the narrow, steep roads. Public transport is really cheap as well. There are many affordable restaurants on the island.
You can expect to pay around 8-12 Euro for a pizza, 3-5 Euro for soups, 15-20 Euro for Espetada, which is a local specialty marinated beef on skewers. Accommodation is also affordable. You can rent an apartment with gorgeous views and a pool for as cheap as 50 Euro a night.
Lviv is Ukraine’s largest western city and one of its historic cultural centers. The center of Lviv is 14th century medieval and a UNESCO world heritage site. It is officially the city of lions, but many unofficially call it the Paris of Ukraine. It is also the most “European” city of Ukraine.
Alexa Meisler of 52 Perfect Days
The heart of the city is filled with charming old streets, fountains, an opera, quaint hotels, and wonderful restaurants. The medieval center is very walkable and where you’ll find world-class chocolate, a unique coffee mine tour, a secret anti-Russian restaurant that requires a password to enter and great shopping. If you head out of town a bit you’ll also find a wonderful brewery and St. George’s Cathedral.
While in Lviv, it’s a must to have a drink at the Drunken Cherry. They serve one cocktail; cherry-infused homebrew (vodka) with marinated cherries. Another must is a meal at the Ukrainian Insurgent Army Restaurant: Kryivka. It’s not an easy place to find as there are no signs for this secret bunker restaurant whose name means ‘clandestine shelter’.
Look for #14 on Market Square (Rynok Square) and then enter the alcove and look for a wooden door and knock loudly. An ‘armed’ guard will shout “Slava Ukraina”, to which you reply “Heroyam Slava!” – meaning “hail to our heroes” – and access will be granted to the red brick vaulted cellars (think Hogan’s Heroes).
This truly just scratches the surface of the many things you can experience in Lviv. As a bonus, Lviv, Ukraine is also affordable to visit. On average, Ukrainians earn $61 USD a week, so visiting from many other countries makes this a bargain vacation. For example, an average meal will cost just under $5 at most restaurants.
Where to stay: Vintage Boutique Hotel, is a charming B&B in the medieval city center and just a few minutes from the main market square.
Lithuania’s a fascinating, affordable country to visit that has something for everyone. City break lovers will have a great time in Vilnius, Lithuania’s quirky, beautiful and supremely walkable capital city or historic and cultured Kaunas, Lithuania’s second city.
Helen of Helen on Her Holidays
History buffs will appreciate Lithuania’s complex past – in the 15th century, it was the largest country in Europe, controlling present-day Belarus, Ukraine, and parts of Poland and Russia. Even beach lovers will be pleasantly surprised, as Lithuania boasts some beautiful sandy beaches, particularly along the Curonian Spit, a 60-mile-long natural wonder and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visiting Vilnius and Lithuania, in general, is brilliantly affordable. Vilnius’s pretty airport is served by a range of low-cost airlines, and both eating and sleeping are cheap in the city. Hotels are such good value that I was able to pick one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed at – a gorgeous 4-star hotel right in the historic center of Vilnius and with an amazing breakfast – for less than £100 per night. There’s a good range of restaurants in the city, offering hearty Lithuanian specialties or international dishes, and mostly at very reasonable prices, even in the pretty old town.
If you’re thinking of visiting Vilnius, it’s well worth timing your trip to coincide with one of the city’s free festivals and events. Street Music Day in May is a particularly great festival for budget-conscious travelers, with free entertainment all over the city. The concept has now spread to other cities in Lithuania, including Kaunas. Most of Vilnius’s museums and other attractions cost less than 5 Euro to enter, so it’s easy to have an action-packed and interesting trip on a budget.
Azerbaijan is a relatively unexplored destination for most western visitors, e-visas are making Azerbaijan more accessible than ever. A rich country built on oil, with a significant amount of investment currently underway, you’d be easily fooled for thinking Azerbaijan mighty be an expensive place to visit.
The capital Baku however, has a range of affordable accommodation options. We stayed in one of the pricier options, the iconic Fairmont at the Flame Towers. Around €150 per night gets you a stay in one of the most opulent rooms in Azerbaijan. A comparable room in western Europe would see your cost double. A number of hostels, guest houses, and smaller hotels also exist which offer which may suit travelers with thinner budgets.
Eating in Baku is also very easy on the wallet. An Azerbaijani feast (you must try dolma) with a drink will set you back between €6-€8 per person for more than enough food in a very good restaurant. Options which are less of a feast can see you escape with a meal costing no more than €4.
Given the current lack of tourism, most attractions are very affordable. The UNESCO protected Shirvinshah’s Palace will set you back ~€6 and the renowned carpet museum ~€4. Many of Baku’s key sights are also free. A stroll along Baku Boulevard, exploring the Old City and people-watching in the Governor’s Garden is completely free.
You won’t notice the cost of public transport should you choose to use buses or subway here. Tickets cost literally a few cents to get about. Our Uber trips during our stay set us back around €1-2 covering reasonable distances.
Azerbaijan may take some getting to with direct flights being rather limited from most major hubs, but you can be sure your bank balance won’t feel the pinch once you arrive.
When it comes to affordable countries, there are a few places that come to mind, but the first one that comes to mind is the one I’ve visited ten times. Serbia.
I’ve put together a detailed list of the beautiful places to see in Belgrade which not only takes advantage of the city’s hidden gems and beautiful people; it takes advantage of the low exchange rate.
Christopher Rudder of Rudderless Travel
Often mistaken with Syria, Serbia is in South-Eastern Europe and 100% safe. The largely underrated capital city Belgrade has so much to offer, and with an exchange rate that is lower than us in North America, your hard-earned dollars are sure to take you for a long and wild ride.
Street food is going to be your absolute best value as the quality of food is top-notch and incredibly delicious. The most popular food to eat amongst the locals is Pljeskavica (Hamburger), and Cevapi (sort of like mini grilled sausages in a bun). Both will run you about 4.00 CAD and fries for about 1.50 CAD extra. A slice of pizza and pop will cost you about 3.00 CAD, ice cream about 1.60 CAD, and coffee about 3.00 CAD.
Like most European countries, beer costs about the same as water – if not cheaper than what you expect to pay in North America.
I’ve checked out a few restaurants and various dishes involving beef, chicken, and lamb all average about 10.00 CAD less than what you would pay for similar meals in Canada. I do, however, highly recommend trying lamb in any ex-Yugoslavian country. It’s delicious.
The beautiful grounds of the Kalemagdon Fortress is free to enter. However, one tower in the fortress that offers excellent views of the confluence of the Dunabe and Sava rivers is about .60 CAD. Also on the fortress grounds is the Military museum which costs about 200dn to enter.
The National Museum In Belgrade ranges from 300 -500dn, the Nikola Tesla Museum is about 6.00 CAD for a guided tour, and the Nationa Museum In Belgrade ranges from 300 to 500dn depending on the exhibits you want to see.
Churches like the stunning St. Sava, St. Marks, and St. Petka (in Kalemagdon Fortress) are all free to enter, but you should consider giving a small donation
Accommodations range from 180 CAN to 200 CAN (or higher) per night depending on the hotel. However, if you enjoy using Airbnb, you can find well-designed apartments that can average about 40.00 CAD to 60.00 CAD per night, located in the center of the city.
Most things to do with technology is expensive here. That said the internet is hugely cheap. On average For 2 to 3gb will set you back about 6.00 CAD.
Clothing from significant brands works out to be the same that you pay in Canada.
Cheap Countries to Visit in the Americas
Trinidad and Tobago
If you are looking for affordable destinations around the globe and you want to visit a lesser-known destination too, well then I recommend heading to the two-island state of Trinidad and Tobago.
If you are traveling on a budget, I recommend opting for Trinidad as Tobago is much more coveted. It’s home to many luxury resorts. However, in Trinidad, the bigger island of the state, you’ll still get great value for your money. And there are plenty of things to do in Trinidad island whether you are an outdoor lover, a beach babe or a foodie.
This mostly applies to food! For less than 6$ you can enjoy “doubles” or “roti” sold from one of the countless food stalls along the roads. Did you know that Trinidad has some of the best food in the Caribbean? Indeed, it boasts a unique mix of Indian, Caribbean, American and Spanish influences. On top, it’s really affordable. When looking for a place to stay I recommend staying in the surroundings of Port of Spain. The capital itself mostly offer more costly accommodation, but in Chaguanas or Chaguaramas, you’ll find plenty of cozy stay at a great value.
Mexico is a pretty vast country. The 14th largest in the world actually. So prices can vary a bit in certain areas.
Take for instance Puerto Vallarta. This city has become so popular with the retirement crowd, that prices have risen significantly there in the last few years. You can still visit relatively cheap compared to other places in the world. But Mexico has a lot of other cheaper choices.
The Mayan Riviera, San Miguel de Allende, Merida, Oaxaca, Guadalajara, Puerto Escondido are all excellent options. One of the best things about visiting Mexico is the affordability.
An average meal in a decent restaurant for two people is only $10 USD If you wanted to stay for a month, I’d budget about $500 a couple for food. Every town in Mexico has its weekly market, and this is where you can pick up enough produce for the week for $10. Buses are dirt cheap too. Usually, around 50 cents to get around town. And only $10 to travel great distances across the country.
It’s not hard to find beautiful, affordable, accommodations in Mexico either. You can get a condo to yourself, complete with a pool, and sometimes right on the beach, for $100 a night in the high season. Or a nice hotel room with a pool onsite for $50 a night. The high season runs from November to April in Mexico. So if you visited in the offseason, you could almost cut your costs in half.
Despite what you hear in the news, most of Mexico is very safe. The people are extremely friendly, the weather is amazing year-round, the architecture is beautiful, and everything is super affordable.
Of all the countries in Central America, Costa Rica is not usually considered to be a cheap destination. If you stay at all-inclusive resorts and don’t step foot outside the touristy establishments, you’ll end up paying the price, but if you choose to travel more like locals than Costa Rica can actually be quite affordable to visit.
The easiest way to keep costs down in Costa Rica is to eat like a local. Rent an Airbnb, stock up on some fresh, seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and prep your own meals, the way that locals do. If you want to try some local specialties, head to a “soda”, a type of local restaurant that serves great cheap eats.
Another simple thing you can do to save on your trip to Costa Rica is to spend time outdoors, visiting beaches and national parks, most of which can be accessed for free or for less than $10.
If you aren’t in a hurry, then extending your stay will also save you on accommodation. Taking public transit to get around the country instead of renting a car will make your trip not only more affordable but also more eco-conscious as well! And last, but certainly not least – make sure to plan your visit during the green season to get the best price on accommodation, activities, and tours.
If you’re thinking of visiting an affordable country in the Americas and going south, where do you start? For many, Guatemala has been a great option. Not only is it one of the most culturally rich places to visit in Central America, but here you can discover the best of what the country has to offer on a modest budget. One popular place to visit, and a great introduction to Guatemala, is Antigua. Known by many as a bustling UNESCO World Heritage site located in the Central Highlands.
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In Antigua, you can see the Baroque-influenced architecture which has been so well preserved, it is one of the many reasons people travel here year after year. Antigua is one of the more costly places to stay and even here you can expect to get a decent meal in a restaurant from $US5 and get a night’s stay in a 4-star hotel from $US60 per night.
Visiting Guatemala has become an idyllic getaway for travelers who want to be immersed in local culture and rural charm. In places like Antigua, you’ll even find some of the local restaurant chains you are used to seeing back home. These venues are well-infused within the culturally-rich settings and don’t subtract from the authenticity of the location. Safety in places like Antigua should be the least of your worries. Antigua as a tourist destination has increased over the years as more people visit to get involved with tourist activities. As a central hub, you can easily visit other parts of the country via a shuttle bus.
Argentina is one of the most affordable countries to visit, especially in recent years. Unfortunately for Argentinians, travelers can capitalize upon the exponential rates of inflation as the value of their peso gets less and less compared to the dollar.
Just under two years ago you could get 19 pesos to the dollar, and today it is almost 57! This means prices have dropped to rock bottom for nearly everything, for people who can convert their currency into Argentine pesos. Of course, some prices have risen as well, but not as much to keep up with the inflation.
Cheaper-hotels go from about 100 USD per night (with more luxurious hotels a bit more of course) and you have easily find meals for less than $5. Transportation is very affordable as well.
Why visit Argentina? Along with being affordable, it’s one of the most beautiful and geographically diverse countries in the world. From the icy mountains of Patagonia to the European streets of Buenos Aires to the impossibly colorful deserts of Salta and Jujuy… there are tons of things to do in Argentina. Capitalize on the prices when you can!
If you’re looking for an affordable country to visit, you can’t go wrong with Colombia. Many have the perception that Colombia is a dangerous cartel-filled crime zone. In reality, the main danger in Colombia is that you’ll never want to leave (coming from the guy who came for one month and stayed for 3+ years).
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One of the reasons people hate leaving Colombia is because your money stretches super far. Prices vary by location—with Bogota, Cartagena, and touristy islands being the most expensive—but overall, you’ll pay a fraction of what it costs to travel in Europe or the US.
A lunch special in Colombia will run you roughly $2.50-$3.50 USD. And we’re talking Thanksgiving-sized lunches—soup, salad, meat, rice, beans, fried plantains, juice, and sometimes even dessert. Unless you want a food coma, you can save half of your plate for dinner and save even more money.
Activities are also ridiculously cheap. For example, one of the best things to do in Cali, Colombia is taking salsa dancing classes. If purchased in packages, these classes will run you less than $1.50/hour for group classes (that’s 10-20x less than you’d pay at home).
Lastly, in Colombia, you really get a bang for your buck when it comes to accommodation. A dorm bed in a hostel will set you back $8-$12/night, or you can rent an entire apartment on Airbnb for $15-$30/night.
If you’re a traveler looking for an affordable country with excellent scenery, fascinating culture, and delicious food, Ecuador should be at the top of your bucket list. This small, South American country is full of surprises and is worth spending more time than just a stop en route to the Galapagos Islands. Accommodations, meals, and things to do in Quito and elsewhere in Ecuador are all very affordable.
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Accommodation throughout Ecuador is very affordable. In Quito, Ecuador’s exciting capital, a room in a centrally-located boutique hotel such as the Hotel Boutique Portal de Catuna costs around $50 USD per night. Luxury hotels in Quito are often quite inexpensive compared to luxury hotels in other cities worldwide, and large, perfectly-located Airbnbs can cost as low as $15 a night for a private home. If you’re visiting elsewhere in Ecuador, rooms are priced comparably or less than those in Quito. For example, in Mindo, a small village in Ecuador’s cloud forest, rooms in an eco-lodge run from $50 a night.
Like accommodation, meals throughout Ecuador are very cheap. If you enjoy sampling local fare, a multi-course meal at one of the many local markets will cost around $5 USD or less. These markets are perfect for trying several different dishes for an affordable price. If you’re wanting something fancier, nice meals tend to run around $15-20 USD. For a delicious meal within this price range that’s also in a unique environment, I highly recommend Cafe Plaza Grande in Quito. Make sure to order the cafe’s homemade ice cream for a surprise!
Bolivia has been gaining popularity with travelers for years. While it’s visibly less developed than many of its neighbors, the affordability of travel in Bolivia is a key factor in attracting tourists from all over the world. As of September 2019, 1 Boliviano is worth 0.14 US dollars, and it’s normal to find 2-course meals all over the country for as little as 10 Bolivianos.
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Most local Bolivian restaurants have adopted the Menú del Día format, so a meal would typically include soup, a main dish (for example, a pork chop, rice, and corn), and drink for this price of $1.45 USD. When it comes to On average, you can expect a bus to cost approximately 10 Bolivianos per hour, so a 7-hour journey would likely cost only $10. However, due to the low quality of Bolivian buses, if you can afford to take a flight between cities, this would be advisable. An off-peak flight between the popular tourist destinations of La Paz and Sucre costs as little as $70 one-way.
But the savings don’t stop at transport and food! In terms of accommodation, Bolivia is also very affordable. Two adults sharing a double room can expect to pay $15-20pp a night for a superbly-rated guest house or hotel. A single traveler in a shared dorm might find a similarly-rated hostel for as little as $11 a night. For those with a higher budget, premium hotels and suites in the centers of major Bolivian cities are priced at $70+ per night, and there are some quirky boutique lodges to be found around Lake Titicaca, such as Ecolodge Las Olas, which offers lake-view suites in the shape of a snail shell for $70.
All in all, Bolivia is one of the cheapest countries to travel to in South America, and given its offering of such a range of must-dos, such as bathing in the orange river of Samaipata, cycling the North Yungas ‘Death’ Road, caving under dinosaur footprints in Torotoro, admiring colonial architecture in Sucre and, of course, exploring the epic Uyuni salt flats.
Chile is one of the most financially stable countries in South America. Chile’s financial independence doesn’t make Chile the cheapest country in Latin America, but Chile is still one of the most affordable countries in the world.
Priyanka of On My Canvas
If you are traveling to Chile on a budget, remember that the country has good public transport, affordable accommodations, and a range of food being sold in local markets to high-end restaurants.
Though big cities like Santiago are expensive than the smaller ones, food and stays are still available in all price ranges in plenty throughout the country. An average meal can cost you from USD 5/6 to anything upwards. Your food cost depends on whether you eat at a stall selling fresh cheese empanadas or a local feria selling local seafood or a fine-dining restaurant. But you have all the options.
Similarly, places to stay can range from anything USD 7/8 to upwards. Popular places like Castro have homestays that offer a room and meals for even 10 USD a day. Though Santiago would need a higher budget in its popular areas such as the area around Santa Lucia, places a bit further away from the center aren’t that costly (around USD 12 per day). Airbnb and booking remain the most popular accommodation-booking platforms in Chile, so compare your options well before reserving a place.
Chile offers a 90-days free visa to most of the countries so your visa costs are zero. Use the Banco Estado ATM’s for the least transaction fees on ATM withdrawal. Enjoy Chile for it is one of the most gorgeous countries in the world.
Cheap Countries to Visit in Africa
Several websites categorize Morocco as a Middle-Eastern Country. However, it is in North Africa with a vast cultural influence from the Arabs. This country is a top destination in Africa because it is one of the safest countries in Africa and is also a very affordable country to visit. The beauty of traveling to Morocco is you can vacation on a budget, luxury, and anything in between. However, the average cost of vacationing here is more affordable than other African destinations.
Lydia of Africa Wanderlust
Morocco is a top destination in Africa because it is one of the safest countries to visit in Africa and is also a very affordable country to visit. Although often categorize Morocco as a Middle-Eastern Country It is in North Africa with a vast cultural influence from the Arabs. The beauty of traveling to Morocco is you can vacation on a budget, luxury, and anything in between. However, the average cost of vacationing here is more affordable than other African destinations.
To give you an idea of how affordable this country is, I’ll share some cost breakdown below:
Flight: depending on where you live in the United States and the time of travel, I have seen return tickets a low as $350 from New York and $550 from Las Angeles airports. However, the average cost of a flight from the US to Morocco is around $700.
Meal: meals in Morocco are inexpensive. $10 – $20 per day is an average amount you can expect to spend on three meals.
Accommodation: the cost of housing varies depending on where you are staying, your style, and your preferences. Budget stays at a hostel costs about $25 per day. For a more comfortable stay, plan to spend about $45 per day on a hotel.
Transportation: With a cost of around $10 per day, the price of transportation in Morocco is very affordable. If you travel by train, your daily budget will be closer to $20 per day. You can opt to move around the city by bus for about $1 for a return trip.
Activities: This category is where most people’s budget get out of hand. There are lots of free events to do that are enjoyable as well as a guided tour that costs an average of $90 for a full-day tour.
Average Daily Budget: $35 – $70 per day
Morocco is a great country to visit because it is very affordable to visit without compromising the opportunity to have a unique experience. Be sure to add this country to our bucket list. You will be glad you did!
Contributed by Lydia from Africa Wanderlust, a travel blog created by African twin sisters to providing a comprehensive guide to stay, see and enjoy the untapped beauty of Africa like a local.
One great thing about South Africa is that you get so much quality for the amount you pay. From food to service and beyond, South Africa is a pretty affordable country to visit. To start, you can look at one of South Africa’s biggest exports, wine. Getting an award-winning bottle of wine for around US$8 is a steal no matter where you are. The same bottle in Asia will cost you upwards of $25, I’ve witnessed this myself.
Cal of Once in a Lifetime Journey
Beyond vino, a meal at the most expensive restaurant in the country, Test Kitchen, will cost you a maximum of $170, including a wine pairing. This is pricey no doubt, but when compared to Singapore’s Waku Ghin ($500pp), it’s super cheap, and the quality is superb. But not all meals will burn a hole in your pocket, going out will be on average between $5 (fast food) to $15 for a meal including beverages. Remember that South Africa has a tipping culture, so expect to add a 10%++ service fee if your waiter is any good.
Digital nomads can also rejoice as co-working spaces like WeWork in Cape Town or Johannesburg are on average around $150 cheaper per month than cities in major countries like Seoul or Tokyo. So if you’re earning money abroad, it makes things even cheaper.
If you’re looking for a place to stay, apart from some steals on Airbnb, there are hotels of all kinds. Visiting Johannesburg for business will place you in a standard business hotel like City Lodge Hotel Newtown for around $70/night. Tourists looking to explore the Mother City, can either splurge at luxury hotels like the One&Only ($700++/night) or stay somewhere that won’t break your bank like the Protea Hotel by Marriott at $100/night. There are even great budget options like the bustling Mojo Hotel, above the popular market of the same name, for around $25/night.
If you’re looking to feel as though you’ve been transported to another world (on a budget), there’s no place quite like Egypt! While it’s had a more turbulent recent history, with stability returning, tourism is on the rise again and there’s no better time to visit Egypt than now! Imagine having the last remaining wonder of the world, the Great Pyramids, (almost) all to yourself! Or picture yourself sailing down the Nile as you visit temples you’ve only seen in movies.
The capital city Cairo is a very budget-friendly city in particular, where you can live as frugally or as lavishly as you like. Compared to western standards, there’s a lot of luxury amenities like restaurants or hotels where you can get true luxury for a fraction of what something comparable would cost in any other major metropolis city.
There are many options for hotels, everything from pyramid view hotels like Le Meridien that would set you back about $100/night or choose to bask in five-star luxury while overlooking the Nile at a hotel like the Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah for about $200/night. On a given day you could expect to spend about $1 USD for a filling bowl of the beloved national Egyptian dish (and famous street food) koshary! Then wash down your dinner with a delicious local sugar cane juice for just $0.50.
Even though there was a recent devaluation of the Egyptian pound, Egypt as a whole for foreigners still remains a very affordable destination where you can comfortably travel around and make your money travel even further.
Malawi may not be on everyone’s bucket list for their next trip, but it is rich with beauty, home to some of the friendliest people you will ever meet, and highly affordable.
Malawi falls within the world’s poorest 10 countries, so when you travel there, you are contributing to an economy that will hugely benefit your custom, while also enjoying a trip that is easy on your wallet.
Seanna of Seanna’s World
The country’s brightest gem is Lake Malawi – a huge expanse of water covering nearly 30,000 square kilometers and home to an extraordinary range of fish, birds, and plants.
The popular lakeside town of Cape Maclear is an affordable but semi-luxurious place to base yourself, with its laid back beach vibes, craft markets, and access to wildlife, snorkeling, and dugout canoe trips. Staying in a locally run hotel will keep costs down even further while putting your money directly into the pockets of the community.
The Cape Maclear Eco Lodge was a fantastic find. It’s a far cry from the Shangri La, but you can expect a mid-range style stay in an idyllic lakeside location, but at backpacker prices. A clean and comfortable double en suite room on the lake is a steal at $45 a night.
A meal in Cape Maclear will set you back around $2-3, and for $5 you can eat like royalty. Restaurants serve a mixture of Malawian and western food, with locally grown fruits and vegetables and fish caught from the lake that day.
Adventure activities are also highly budget-friendly. After some haggling with a local business owner, I got a private half-day trip in a dug-out canoe, with plenty of time for snorkeling and spotting different fish species, for only $20. And to top it off, my guide, Dudu, invited me to eat dinner with his family that evening for a true Malawian experience.
There is some fantastic hiking around, with entry to Lake Malawi National Park costing $10, and giving you the freedom to roam the area, and summit the Nkhunguni Peak with a spectacular viewpoint over the lake. You don’t need a guide, but if you’re a rookie hiker, it’s only around $15 to hire someone privately, and this can be negotiated.
Malawi is so affordable that it can really enhance the quality of your trip, allowing you to do things that might usually be outside of your budget range.
Cheapest Countries to Travel to in Asia
Vietnam is one of the most affordable countries I had the luck to travel to. The country is beautiful and there are many places to see in Vietnam, so you should definitely plan at least 2-3 weeks for your trip there.
Bilyana of Owl Over The World
When I traveled around SE Asia in 2018, I spend 19 days in Vietnam and spend only 270 USD in total (flights excl.). Accommodation in Vietnam is very affordable. You can easily find good hotels for the price of around 35 USD for 2 persons per night in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and even cheaper in other smaller cities.
Transportation in Vietnam is not expensive as well. Long-distance buses will cost you between 8 and 25 USD. One of the most popular ways to travel around Vietnam is by motorbike. During my visit to Vietnam, I did the amazing Ha Giang Extreme Motorbike Loop and for 3 days, including the motorbike rent, accommodation, gas, food, etc, this experience cost me only 61.44 USD.
The food in Vietnam is cheap, too. A good meal in a restaurant can cost you as little as 5 USD. You can have a decent breakfast out for just 1-2 USD.
If you’re a coffee fan then you’ll love Vietnamese coffee. There is a big coffee culture in Vietnam and your favorite drink typically costs less than 1 USD. The beer could be even cheaper. A pint of beer on the street in Hanoi will hurt your budget at only 0.50 USD.
In my opinion, what you get is an absolutely great value for your money. Vietnam is an awesome affordable country to visit!
Sri Lanka is a beautiful island nation in South East Asia. It is affordable to visit but also gorgeous and one of my personal favorite countries I’ve ever traveled to!
Bailey of Destinationless Tavel
One of the reasons it is so cheap to travel is that many of the most amazing things to do in Sri Lanka are free or only a couple of dollars! Hiking the tea fields in central Sri Lanka is free, snorkeling pristine beaches with giant sea turtles is free, going on a wildlife safari can cost as little as $30 USD, and taking one of the most scenic train rides in the world costs less than $20! You can do so much in Sri Lanka for very little cost.
Sri Lanka also has very affordable food and accommodation. Or course, like most tourist destinations, you can find pricey places to stay and eat but there are always more affordable options out there too.
Many families in Sri Lanka run guesthouses in their homes. A nice clean double room with a bathroom and air conditioning will often cost less than $20 USD per night. Most of these guest houses can be found very easily on Booking.com and include breakfast.
The food in Sri Lanka is amazing! The locals most often eat a variety of vegetable curries. For about 600 LKR (about $3.30 USD) you can get a large meal of 3-4 different vegetable curries, rice, as well as papadums or roti. For the tastiest and affordable meals be sure to seek out small local restaurants, or even just eat at your guesthouse – I found my hosts were always more than happy to have me join them for dinner for a very cheap price!
Most tourists visit Cambodia in its two major cities – the country’s capital Phnom Penh, and the ancient capital of Khmer kingdom Siem Reap.
Siem Reap is not only Cambodia’s most popular travel destination but also Southeast Asia. The city is a historic center and the Angkor National Museum is a good place to start discovering Khmer Empire’s past, and Buddhist and Hindu religions. Tourists can cover most of the city’s highlights with the Small Tour and the Grand Tour.
Kenny of Knycx Journeying
A 1, 3, and 7 consecutive passes cost about US$20, US$40, and US$60 respectively and they cover the entire ground of the Angkor Archaeological Park. The park stretches over 400 square kilometers, including the forested area. Therefore, it is recommended to rent a bicycle or hire a tuk-tuk to travel from point to point. For a 1-day Small Tour with a tuk-tuk, it costs about US$15 to $20, and for Grand Tour, it costs about US$25 to $30.
Each temple in the park has its own unique character that it’s really difficult to pick a favorite: The Grand Tour covers Pre-Rup Temple, Ta Som Temple, Neak Poan Temple, Preah Khan Temple, Banteay Srei Temple, and Banteay Samré Temple. The Small Tour covers a lot of Khmer classics like Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei, and the iconic Angkor Wat.
Phnom Penh’s sights and attractions mainly focus on its French colonial past and Khmer Rouge. It has a different tone walking through the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Visit some of the most impressive royal historical monuments from the Royal Palace of Cambodia, Wat Phnom, to the Independence Monument. Shop at the Russian Market. Learn in the National Museum of Cambodia.
The living standard in Phnom Penh is generally low as compared with many major Southeast Asian capitals, making it one of the most affordable cities in the region to get around, to eat, to stay, and to shop, and to have a spa treatment. If you are really adventurous you can try eating insects in Cambodia.
Thailand has long been a favorite destination for budget travelers due to how affordable it is. However, it’s a location that has something for everyone. Thailand is home to both my favorite temple, the White Temple in Chiang Rai, and one of my favorite waterfalls in the world, Huay Mae Khamin Waterfall. Plus let’s not forget its stunning tropical islands with pristine white-sand beaches. Whether you’re looking for an adventure, something cultural, or a relaxing break, you’ll find it in Thailand without breaking the bank.
I personally feel that Thailand has some of the best food in the world, and even better, it comes with an excellent price tag. A meal in a restaurant will cost you between 80-200 baht ($2.60-$6.50). However, I’d highly recommend trying food from any of the local markets, it’s often an even better quality and will rarely cost more than 100 baht ($3.25) for a meal. You’ll often find pad Thai, a common delicious noodle dish, or curry and rice for as little as 35 baht ($1.10).
As for accommodation, you can stay in a hostel for as little as $3 in a shared dormitory. If you prefer a bit more comfort, you’ll find plenty of mid-range 3-star accommodation options for around $20-30. If you really fancy splurging, a night in the 5-star luxury Le Meridien in Bangkok or Chiang Mai will only set you back $150. To put that into perspective, a night at Le Meridien in NYC would cost you upwards of $500.
Prices do vary throughout Thailand, generally speaking with the south and the islands being more expensive than the north. As with any country, the more touristy a location is, the more prices creep up. However, with that said, you will absolutely find affordable options all over Thailand.
Located in Southeast Asia’s famed “Coral Triangle” close to Malaysia and Indonesia, the Philippines is comprised of more than 7,600 islands. The country is basically divided into three geographical sections, with Luzon in the north, the Visayas in the center, and Mindanao in the south.
Covering around 120,000 square miles, with a population of over 100 million people, the Philippines is the fifth-largest island nation in the world. The locals you’ll meet there during your travels easily rank among the most friendly and welcoming people we’ve ever met. Their rich cultural background includes a mixture of indigenous Negritos, Polynesian, Asian, and even Spanish influences.
The islands of the Philippines are notoriously breathtaking, with gorgeous ocean views, dynamic landscapes, and an impressive array of wildlife, not to mention some of the world’s best Scuba diving. Some of the more noteworthy ecotourism hotspots include Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with 300+ types of coral and 600 fish species, and the beautiful beaches of the Hundred Islands National Park.
We spent most of our time exploring Coron, Palawan, which has been voted the #1 island in the world by Travel + Leisure readers multiple times in recent years. It’s easy to see why Filipinos’ eyes light up when you mention the Coron area: It’s arguably the most breathtaking part of Palawan, from the verdant hills that surround Mount Tapyas and dramatic karst landscapes everywhere you turn to pristine beaches without another soul in sight.
Despite its luxurious tropical beauty, the entire area is surprisingly affordable. You can eat pretty well for around $10 US per day per person, and it’s fairly easy to find 3- and even a few 4-star hotels for under $100 US a night (and some closer to the $50 a night range). We stayed at Club Paradise, a fairly upscale all-inclusive Palawan resort located on its own private island, and even there a traditional Filipino Hilot massage for couples was just $30 an hour! At those prices, we felt no guilt for splurging on three sessions during our week at the resort.
With budget-friendly prices like these, you should have plenty of money left in your budget for seeing the sights, including island-hopping tours, swimming in Asia’s cleanest lake (Kayangan), soaking in Maniquit Hot Springs, Scuba diving the massive Apo Reef, and snorkeling with Dugongs (a relative of the Manatee).
Southeast Asia is an incredibly popular backpacker destination, in part because of how affordable it is to travel here. Laos is one still-somewhat-under-the-radar country in the region, and in some respects actually more affordable than many of its neighbors!
Of course, budget is super personal, and just because something is the cheapest doesn’t mean it’s the best value. Value is what matters, and I found Laos’ accommodations, activities, and food to be some of the best values I’ve ever encountered!
Before I break down the budget, please know that these are all averages. Prices are a little higher in Luang Prabang, Vientiane, or even Vang Vieng, and a little lower in smaller towns. Some of my favorite experiences in Laos were in rural Northern towns; they have a lovely, slow-paced local feel to them.
The average meal in Laos will run you about $2-4, with domestic beers floating around $1 apiece. This isn’t street food, but pretty standard tasty restaurant fare with huge portions. High-quality guest houses with air conditioning, breakfast, and other amenities like pools and laundry, can easily be found for under $20. For a couple who only needs one bed, you can plan on closer to $10 for your comfortable private room which is pretty darn awesome.
It’s not just the prices that are wonderful in Laos, but also the quality of everything. That’s what I mean by excellent value. The standard of these affordable meals and accommodations simply rock, and the people working there have never been anything but utterly kind, generous, and helpful.
The average backpacker could plan on a $35/day budget (I think my average was even closer to $30), including activities and a super comfortable travel style. Laos is, therefore, one of my favorite affordable countries to visit
I don’t know about you but one of the things that can really let down an otherwise awesome country is the costs. It’s hard to relax when you’re constantly checking your bank account and counting the money you’ve been shelling out. In Indonesia, this won’t be the case.
Josh & Sarah of Veggie Vagabonds
Obviously, with such a big country (and nearly 20,000 islands) the prices can vary from one part to another, so this information is for Java: one of the best parts for budget travelers. Note, Jakarta is, like most capitals, a lot more expensive than the rest of the island. If you’re wanting to travel on the cheap move away from this city quickly!
For accommodation, you have quite a wide choice and an incredible variety of budget options. Outside of Jakarta, you can easily find hostels for less than £5 a night, plenty will be even cheaper (we found some for £2!). As you upgrade a bit you’re looking at less than £10 for budget hotels and for £20+ you can find some really nice options.
Food in Java is cheap and seriously delicious, though you do need to know where to look. If you eat like a local, with street food and in local hawker stalls, meals will cost you no more than £1-£2. Look out for the local sambal, it’ll blow your head off! A nasi campur (traditional plate with a variety of dishes) will cost around £1.50 and should also definitely be tried.
Other costs like transport and shopping are also comparably low. One thing which does stand out as being more expensive is tourist hotspots like Borobudur and Prambanan near Yogya. Both are very expensive compared to the rest of the costs in the country, though mighty impressive to see.
Overall, you can comfortably get by with less than £20 a day, and if you’re really wanting to go super budget, even less than £10 would be possible!
Traveling in Nepal is extremely affordable. While backpackers are able to survive on as little as $15 a day, a comfortable trip can be done on a $30-$50 a day budget including food, accommodations, and activities. Hotels cost an average of $25-$80 a night if you want modern comforts, but you can find a beautiful guest house with a private room/bathroom for as low as $15 a night.
Michelle Della Giovanna of Full Time Explorer
If you plan to trek with a guide and a porter in the mountains, you can experience the Himalayas for less than $100 a day. Those who choose to trek alone can do it for less than $30 a day. Accommodations in these areas are extremely basic and only cost $5 a night, but most trekking can be done without camping. Even adventure sports are a fraction of the price in Nepal with bungee jumping, parasailing, zip-lining, and rafting all being offered under $100.
Nepal is not well known for its food, but don’t let that fool you. Nepalese food is incredibly flavorful and unique, and it’s not at all expensive. Dining at one of the fanciest restaurants in Kathmandu might run you $25 a person while most places will only cost $5 for a filling meal. Overall, Nepal is an incredible place for those who want a budget-friendly trip without limitations.
If you’re looking for an affordable country to visit, India has got to be high on your bucket list. Oozing with a phenomenally rich culture, India has so much to offer. From the stunning desert landscapes of Jaisalmer to the phenomenally ornate palaces of Jaipur, you really can do so much with your money on an adventure to India. I recently spent three weeks traveling around Rajasthan, exploring and living comfortably on a budget of just $30 (US) per day.
Annie of Off Goes Annie
Firstly, India’s rail system is incredibly well developed, allowing you to travel huge distances for a small fee. Second or Third class (with AC) is perfectly comfortable for tourists, where overnight sleeper trains can kill two birds with one stone of transport and a night’s accommodation.
These must be booked in advance, but will always remain perfectly affordable. Buying food in cafes and restaurants averages at about $2-3 for dinner, giving you the opportunity to try a multitude of exquisite local cuisine. Twin/double comfortable and clean guesthouses can be booked for around $20 per night.
Most of the activities whilst visiting India center around seeing the beautiful palaces. These are usually paid entry, and although tourists often pay three times the local rate, this rarely exceeds $5. The only thing which has comparatively inflated prices is alcohol – expect to pay the same amount of money for one beer as you would for your whole meal. During your visit, you need to visit the amazing hill stations available here.
For years I avoided visiting India for fear of needing more money to ‘do it properly’, but I couldn’t have been wrong – it’s a beautiful, safe, and easily affordable country to travel around, that really should be on your bucket list!
Taiwan is perhaps the most underrated travel destination in East Asia. The Portuguese sailors first charted this island country as Il Formosa (The Beautiful Island) in the 14th century, attributing to its natural beauty. Besides its lush greenery and stunning coastlines, the Formosa island is also comfortably affordable to live and travel for a developed country.
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Affordability is subjective. However, if you ask local expats, they would agree that Taiwan is an affordable (and charming) travel destination. Taiwan has been ranking No. 1 as the best place to live for expats for two consecutive years according to Expat Insider 2018-2019 Surveys. The main reasons for the crown are the friendliness of the locals, its affordable cost of living and its healthcare.
To give you a better idea, a bottle of water at convenience stores costs NT$20-30 (roughly USD 1). If you eat like a local – let’s say, a bowl of beef noodle soup, your lunch could cost you as little as NT$200 (USD 6). A bubble tea, Taiwan’s most famous export, sets you back NT$55 (USD 2). Taipei MRT and taxi are also affordable, respectively starting at NT$20 (USD 0.60) and NT$70 (USD 2.20).
Although not everything is cheap as in Southeast Asia, Taiwan is a more affordable place to visit, compared to its neighboring Korea or Japan. Whether you are a budget-minded traveler or a first-time visitor in Asia, Taiwan is a charming destination you want to add in your travel bucket list!
China is often missed out on the list of cheap countries to visit, but it really is a super affordable and enjoyable place!
Even if you’re spending a week in the larger cities like Beijing and Shanghai, there are reasonably priced yet high-quality hotels to stay in; good authentic food for low prices and many attractions are free or inexpensive.
Jade Mortimer of Two Tall Travellers
If you go off the beaten path a little, or even to some of the smaller cities like Xi’an or Chengdu, then China gets even more affordable!
If you want to spend your holiday in China in a decent hotel, then you can usually find places costing around $20 for a private double room in a large city. You can find local homestays and guesthouses across the country for less than $15 and often they serve a complimentary breakfast too.
Talking of food, authentic Chinese cuisine is probably not what you’re used to, but it’s great nonetheless. In a Western country, a takeaway meal from a local restaurant will probably be quite costly if you are buying for a while family! When you’re actually in China though, you can easily feed a group of 4 people on less than $25!
Getting around China is super easy and super cheap. Domestic flights can vary, but the train system is fantastic and you can travel for long distances for very little money. A subway ride in Beijing will cost no more than $0.70 and the buses are even cheaper! China is a fantastic and underrated country – start exploring now before the secret gets out!
Mongolia is not on the radar for most travelers, apart from those who are traveling overland on the Trans-Mongolian Express train from Russia to China or vice versa. Those who do venture here, though, are rewarded with stunning landscapes and a unique nomadic culture that has remained staunchly intact in the face of global modernization.
To reach most of the interesting things to see and do in Mongolia, you will need to join a tour or hire a vehicle and driver. The country is very sparsely populated, with little public transportation. While you could take a public bus to some of the larger settlements, the real magic of Mongolia is in the countryside, where there are barely any roads, not to mention public transport.
However, a tour here doesn’t have to be expensive. The more budget-oriented tour operators offer multi-day tours for about US$ 65 per person per day, including all meals, accommodation and entrance fees. On a tour of this type, you will be staying in gers (yurts) with nomadic families, so keep in mind that there aren’t many comforts out in the steppe land. Toilets are in the form of long-drop outhouses, and showers will not be available every day (Mongolian nomads generally shower once per week at the most).
Near some of the more popular attractions, tourist ger camps that offer facilities more like what Westerners are used to having been set up. You could pay a bit more for a tour with overnight stays in this style of accommodation, but it may limit which parts of the country you are able to see.
While on tour, all your meals will be included. In the capital, Ulaanbaatar, you can expect to pay about 4 to 6 dollars per person for a meal in a restaurant.
Up until a few years ago, Korea wasn’t on many people’s radars as an affordable travel destination. But with the rise of Korean music, cosmetics, and TV shows, traveling to Korea has become quite the goal for many people. The attraction of its capital city, beyond the endless shopping, is also the abundance of free & cheap things to do in Seoul as well as the overall affordable accommodation.
Seoul Metro runs from 5:30 am to midnight every day, and getting directly from the airport to the city center costs just $4USD each way. From there, all rides on the metro or public buses cost just one or two dollars, and taxi fares start at $3USD. This comes in handy when heading north to hike up the city’s largest mountain, or heading downtown to hit up the clubs. During the day, my favorite activity is to just wander around the main neighborhoods, stopping in at cute local cafes or exploring some of the historic temples scattered across Seoul.
In the evening, I love grabbing street food in the traditional neighborhood of Insadong, indulging in a few different dishes for just a few bucks each. Eating local dishes won’t cost much, either, with a bowl of bibimbap (mixed rice with veggies) in a sit-down spot setting you back just $5-6USD, or maybe $9USD for all you can eat Korean barbeque. You could easily visit Korea for $50USD a day, as a mid-range hotel room for two people is $60USD a night, or even less if booked in advance. Most temples are free to visit, many museums are just a few dollars to enter, and the nightlife along the streets is unbeatable every night of the week.
Uzbekistan has just opened its doors for tourism. Many nationalities can now enter Uzbekistan without a visa and the government is trying to promote its heritage. For sure Uzbekistan has a lot to offer with its ancient Silk Road cities and friendly people. In fact, Samarkand and Bukhara are among the oldest cities in the world. They are full of blue-tiled mosques, shrines, and madrassahs.
Ellis of Backpack Adventures
Because tourism is still developing, Uzbekistan is still a very affordable country to visit. Many tourist attractions are still free. Simply wandering through the narrow ancient streets of Khiva and Bukhara doesn’t cost you anything. If you do need to buy a ticket to enter a mosque or madrassah they only cost you a few dollars. Considering the beauty of places like the famous Registan in Samarkand you get a lot in return for what you pay.
Even the restaurants that cater to foreign travelers are relatively inexpensive. I never paid more than 10 dollars for a meal including drinks in a midrange restaurant. From sizzling shaslycks to hearty vegetable stews and rice with carrots and nuts cooked in sheep’s fat. Uzbekistan can be a culinary experience as well.
Getting between the major cities is easy. There are now high-speed trains that connect Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva. The train is the most comfortable and safest way to travel around the country. It is also the cheapest. A ticket in economy class from Khiva to Bukhara is a little less than 10 dollars. Even traveling by taxi in the cities is very affordable as long as you use a taxi app like Yandex.
Your biggest costs will be accommodation. Expect to pay between 20 or 30 dollars for a double room in a mid-range hotel or guesthouse. This will often include a filling breakfast. There are some really nice and small boutique style hotels where it almost feels more like a homestay and the people that run them do everything to make you happy. Everywhere I went to Uzbekistan I received a warm welcome.
There are many reasons you should visit Malaysia: cultural diversity, exotic islands, wonderful rain forests, colonial architecture, delicious local food, etc. Most importantly, it’s one of the most affordable holiday destinations on earth, especially by western standards. Here’s what to expect when it comes to planning your budget for a trip to Malaysia:
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Accommodation: A typical double room at a mid-range hotel costs between RM100-400 (~USD24 to 95).
Airbnb is available throughout the country. A private room starts from RM50 (~USD12) per night, and an entire apartment starts from RM81 (~USD19) per night.
Note that the cost is estimated based on the average cost in larger cities like Kuala Lumpur, Georgetown and popular islands (eg. Redang, Tioman, and Langkawi). Accommodation is relatively cheaper in small towns such as Ipoh and Melaka.
Food: The way to enjoy Malaysia is to indulge yourself in delicious local food. A typical dish will cost you between RM3 (~USD 0.70) to RM15 (~USD 3.60).
To give you some ideas, one of the nation’s favorite breakfast, Roti Canai (An Indian style buffed bread served with spiced gravy) cost RM1.50 (~ USD 0.36). A bowl of Chinese styled noodle soups is typically priced at RM 5 (~USD 1.20)
If you prefer to dine in a mid-range restaurant or cafe, a meal (including a non-alcoholic drink) will cost RM 20 (~USD 4.80) to RM50 ( ~USD 12).
Transportation: A ride with a bus or metro should cost less than RM5 (~USD 1.20). Grabcar, the Malaysian version of Uber is also extremely popular and it’s cheaper than metered Taxi. At the date of writing, a ride with Grabcar is priced at RM1.10 (~RM 0.26) /KM.
If you want to visit a country that is culturally immersive, naturally beautiful, having warm locals and yet quite affordable to visit, then Myanmar can be a perfect choice. Myanmar is one of the most culturally exciting places in Southeast Asia. The country was once not visited by many because of its military rule from 1996 to 2011. But after liberalization and free elections in 2015, Myanmar is gradually opening and warming up to tourists from all over the world.
Amrita & Agniswar of Tale of 2 Backpackers
The main places to visit in Myanmar would definitely be Bagan, the archaeological heaven, the ancient city of Mandalay, the busy and bustling Yangon and the beautiful and laidback Inle Lake. All these places have a charm of their own. And the best part is that Myanmar is quite affordable to travel. You can get accommodations in any of the tourist destinations from USD 10 onwards.
The food is also quite cheap there. A typical meal would cost you around USD 10-15. Traveling around Myanmar is also not steep. All the cities are well connected by a network of buses. Bus journeys between cities costs between USD 10-20 depending on the distance. We have done a Myanmar trip for 10 days within USD 500.
Mandalay and Yangon are comparatively less expensive than Bagan and Inle Lake. Most of these places offer e-bike for USD 4-5 for a full day to explore the place. For both Bagan and Inle Lake, you need to pay a Zone fee that usually costs around USD 15. But, if you want to go for a hot air balloon in Bagan or Inle Lake, then that definitely costs a bomb (almost USD 310 per person).
Myanmar is a lovely place to visit. The locals are warm and helpful, the landscape is beautiful and is still one of the cheapest countries to visit in Southeast Asia.
Cheapest Countries to Visit in the World Conclusion
There is a diverse range of countries to visit around the world for every budget. I hope this list has inspired you to get out there and explore the world. There are so many amazing countries to discover, no matter what your budget is.
Do you have a favorite affordable country to visit?
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Note: All prices in this article are approximate and will likely vary, as costs and exchange rates change over time.
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