If you are planning a trip but you are on a budget, or you want to travel for an indefinite time, you need to look for cheap places to travel.
Why? Well, it’s simple: the cheaper the destination, the longer you can afford to stay, or the better your lifestyle can be during your trip.
It may be surprising seeing the different things you can do with the same budget in different destinations. For example, for $40 a night, you will be able to sleep in a very luxury hotel in some places – but certainly not in New York!
Also, you want to visit a country that has a lot to offer. There are more than 5 cheap places to travel around the world, but not all of them will wonder you like these.
So let’s do it! Here are the best 5 cheap places to travel around the world right now.
You will find Turkey in every list of cheap places to travel in 2018. The collapse of the Turkish lira gives travelers a great opportunity to travel cheap. It is at an all-time low against the dollar, so it is the best time to visit Turkey. There has been a 63% increase in bookings to Turkey last months, so it seems like a lot of people is taking this opportunity.
This economic crisis means you can now have breakfast for just $1.50, lunch for $2.50 and dinner for $3.50.
Now, I know what you are thinking. I must have made a mistake here. There is no way prices can be so low.
Well, no mistakes. These are the real prices. And yes, they are incredibly low. You can have a 10-course dinner at luxury Maiden’s tower for just $28. It is one of the most romantic and finest places to eat in the world.
Two of Istanbul’s most visited attractions (Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia) costed $11 just a year ago. Now, you can visit those places for just $6.50. Galata Tower is another great example: you can visit it for just $4.
Speaking of transportation, you can ride a taxi from Istanbul’s airport to the city centre for just $6.50. A single dollar will give you access to a one way ride using the public transportation (subway, buses, trams and the funicular).
I think you don’t need anything else to realize that visiting Turkey is one of the best choices you can do right now. But, in case you are not convinced yet, check out the awesome Natalie’s 5-day itinerary for Istanbul.
Indonesia is a very popular destination right now because it is very cheap and it has an unique natural beauty. There you will find stunning virgin beaches with massive rock formations, the best scuba diving in the world, beautiful corals and marine lives to see, but also temples, safari rides and volcanos. It is also a great destination for honeymoons and romantic getaways (yes, we all thought of Bali when reading that).
On top of this, Indonesia is really cheap. And I mean it. You will get incredible value for accommodation, food and transport in Indonesia.
With just $20 a night, you can sleep in a beautiful guest house room (usually set in pool villas). If you want a hotel, you can sleep in a good one for around $30 a night. You can eat great seafood for around $4, and to move around, you can rent a bike for just $2 a day (if you want a car, you will spend around $18 a day).
The only downside is the alcohol. With heavy tax on imported drinks, you will be spending around $20 for a decent bottle of wine. Local beer is affordable (around $2), but not very good.
So what are you waiting to visit Indonesia? You won’t regret it, it is definitely one of the most beautiful cheap places to travel around the world.
If you want to see more on what you can do in Indonesia, be sure to check this very complete guide from Sher She Goes.
Mexico is a beautiful destination for traveling cheap. It is a great, very big country that has a lot to offer.
You like mountains? You got it.
Wonderful beaches? Of course.
Surfing, diving and water sports? Yup.
And you know what else you will find in Mexico? Cenotes!
If you have never been to a cenote, you should visit one right away.
So Mexico is a beautiful country, you get it, but you are here looking for cheap countries. So, is Mexico cheap?
Sure it is. In past years it already had an affordable cost of living, but nowadays it is even more affordable because of its currency struggles.
If you really want to save money while visiting Mexico, be sure to avoid visiting the country during peak seasons (November to March). Accommodation prices can skyrocket during these months (especially in December).
But despite the month you choose, you will be surprised about prices in Mexico. You can eat street food for around $2, and sit in a restaurant for between $7 and $20, including food and drinks. Beers cost around $1 in general stores, and sometimes they will even hand you a lime for your Corona. In bars, you will spend about $5 dollars for a decent drink.
Accomodation is surprisingly cheap in Mexico. If you are a backpacker, be prepared to spend around $15 a night for a good hostel, but you can find some good ones for $8-$10 a night. If you are flashpacking and you want a bit more luxury, you will be spending between $20 to $30, which is still pretty good.
Speaking of transportation, you can move between cities in taxi “colectivos” (shared taxis) for really cheap! For example, a 2-hour trip from Playa del Carmen to Tulum will cost you just $4. If you speak some Spanish, you can also take the local buses, which are ridiculously cheap – like $15 for a 12-hour trip.
On top of the great prices for food and booze, Mexico has a lot of shops that North Americans love: Sams Club, Costco, Walmart, for example. You will also find some own brand of grocery stores, like Soriana, which you would visit if you want to cook yourself and save some extra money. Food in grocery stores is very, very affordable, so you should give it a try.
Check out this guide from RoadAffair where you will find the best 25 places to visit in Mexico.
This list wouldn’t make sense without India. A lot of people hate it, a lot of people love it. A lot of people love it today and will hate it tomorrow.
Whether you love or hate it, India is a great country to visit if you want to travel cheap. You can have street food for lunch for just 20 cents. If you want to eat more, you can eat at one of those “all you can eat” places for as little as $1.50.
Accommodation prices are also ridiculously low. You can get decent, basic double rooms for just $3 a night. If you stay in a hostel, you can save more, paying around $1.5 a night. And if you want free accommodation, you can stay at an ashram. It can’t get cheaper than that!
Getting around India is also unbelievably cheap. A 30-hour train ride from Mumbai to Kolkata, covering 1,968 km, costs just $11.
So you know, you love it or hate it, but you can’t argue that India is for sure one of the best cheap places to travel in the world.
Bulgaria is one of the most cheapest countries to visit in Europe. It is a beautiful country with lots to offer. Gorgeous old towns, great wine, lovely coastline and friendly people – you will get all that when visiting Bulgaria.
You can have dinner in a nice restaurant for just $12. If you like street food, you can have lunch for just $5. Speaking of accommodation, you can pay just $20 for a double hostel room in 200 year old, beautiful buildings.
Bulgarian wine is among the best around the world, and you will pay just $8 for a good quality bottle of wine.
If you want to visit Europe and travel cheap at the same time, Bulgaria is your best choice. You will experience history, meet very kind people and have one of the best wines in the world.
Here you have a guide to check the best places you must visit in Bulgaria.
So, Where Will You Go Next?
Travelling can be expensive. But thankfully, there are a lot of awesome destinations around the world that will offer you great value for your money. Most cheap countries are developing countries. This means you will see low prices, but also that you will have a better understanding of world economies and wealth disparities.
I’ve listed 5 of my favourite cheap places to travel around the world in this post, but of course there are a lot more countries out there.
So, do you agree with this list of cheap places to travel? Is there any other country you think is worth mentioning?
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