Our favorite cheap place to travel to is the Philippines!
The archipelago is not only affordable to visit, but has some of the most beautiful beaches, kindest people, and incredible natural landmarks.
We spent 4 weeks in The Philippines, and could easily have spent 4 months as there’s so much to do!
Cost of visiting the Philippines: $30/day
Backpacking in The Philippines is incredibly affordable. For a bed in a dorm room, you can expect to pay about $7-$10.
Food is very affordable as well, and you can easily get by with spending $5-$15 a day on food. If you budget closer to $15/day on food, you’ll be able to have some really nice meals!
Drinks are super cheap, and you can expect to pay $1-$2/drink.
For activities and attractions, you can safely budget about $10/day. Visiting sights like waterfalls usually only costs a few dollars, and tours cost about $10-$20 max.
Keep in mind that the prices listed above are specifically for single budget travelers.
If you’re looking to get a private, air-conditioned room, it’ll likely cost closer to $20/night.
Things to do in the Philippines
Nacpan Beach is incredible. It’s massive, so you can always find solitude on it, and the crystal clear waters are absolutely amazing for swimming.
- Island Hopping in El Nido:
One of the best things to do in the Philippines is to go island hopping in El Nido! There are 4 different tour options, and you’ll get to see some incredible beaches and other natural landmarks like a blue lagoon.
- Bohol’s Chocolate Hills:
The chocolate hills in Bohol are a naturally occurring phenomenon and they’re incredibly cool to see. It’s also very affordable to visit them. They’re only ‘chocolate’ in the dry season though, in the wet season they turn green!
Visiting Cambugahay Falls was one of my favorite things to do in the Philippines. They’re free to visit, and interactive, meaning you can swim in them, and use the swings in the falls for a small fee.
2. Sri Lanka
With beautiful beaches, friendly locals, and vibrant jungles, backpacking Sri Lanka is an incredible experience.
It’s also one of the cheapest places to travel to, with so many world famous destinations like Anuradhapura, Arugam Bay, Ella, and Nuwara Eliya.
We recommend at least 3 weeks in Sri Lanka to truly take it all in. For such a small country, there really is SO much to do here.
Cost of visiting Sri Lanka: $30/day
For a single traveler on a budget, staying in dorm rooms, and eating local (but delicious!) food, Sri Lanka can easily be visited on a budget of $30/day.
Typically, a bed in a hostel will cost about $8-$15, and meals will cost $5-$10 a day. This leaves you with some money leftover for activities, transportation, and souvenirs.
There are a couple big ticket items in Sri Lanka you can do that will cost money, namely, taking a safari!
A safari in Sri Lanka can cost anywhere from $100, to several $100. If this is something you might want to do in Sri Lanka (and we highly recommend it!) then this will likely push your daily budget up from $30.
Things to do in Sri Lanka
Taking a safari is easily one of the best things to do in Sri Lanka. There are tons of options, and it’s not as pricey as some African safaris, and you’ll see loads of animals!
Sigiriya Rock is a unique rock formation that was created around 2 billion years ago from a mound of molten magma.
It’s great to visit, and the view from the top is amazing.
Because the water in Sri Lanka is so blue and clear, it’s a great place to snorkel! If you do it on your own, snorkeling is also free which is great.
While there are lots of great places in Sri Lanka to snorkel, if you do it along the south coast in Unawatuna, you’re bound to see some sea turtles.
Another one of the best cheap places to travel to is Nicaragua!
This warm, central American country boasts cheap prices, warm locals, a vibrant Latin culture, and some beautiful natural landmarks.
Be sure to explore top destinations like Leon, Granada, and Ometepe.
Cost of visiting Nicaragua: $25/day
Being one of the cheapest countries in Central America, you can get by pretty well in Nicaragua on a tiny daily budget. For a single traveler staying in dorms and eating local meals, you can get by on about $25/day.
In Nicaragua, the cost of a single bed in a dorm is around $10. Groceries are cheap, and local meals cost about $2-$5, so if you budget $5-10/day for food you’ll be able to eat pretty well.
Transportation is incredibly inexpensive in Nicaragua as well, and you can get around on local “chicken buses” for a very low price.
Things to do in Nicaragua
This coastal town in the far south of Nicaragua is known for its vibrant backpacking culture and proximity to some awesome beaches. Be sure to check out our full guide on what to do in San Juan Del Sur.
Nicaragua has some of the best surfing in the world. The water temperature also hovers right around 80 degrees, making it incredibly comfortable to be in the ocean.
Lake Nicaragua is incredible, and it has 2 volcanoes in the middle of it! It’s also the only freshwater lake to have ocean life, including bull sharks!
Next up on our list is Vietnam. We spent 3 weeks exploring Vietnam and had the most wonderful time.
This incredible Asian country has a lot to offer, from stunning crystal blue waters, delicious street food, and incredibly cheap prices.
Cost of visiting Vietnam: $25/day
A single person traveling on a budget in Vietnam can easily get by on $25/day.
A bed in a dorm costs about $4-$10 a night. You can get a meal for $1, or $4-$5 at a sit down restaurant.
Public buses cost less than $1.
Activities in Vietnam are also very affordable in Vietnam. A tour of Halong Bay starts at around $50, but most tours in Vietnam are much much less expensive.
Things to do in Vietnam
Riding a moped around Vietnam is by far one of the best things to do in Vietnam. It’s not only a great way to get around, but one of the best ways to take in all the amazing scenery!
Vietnam has some absolutely breathtaking waterfalls. Two of the best are Datanla Falls and Elephant Falls.
- Take a cruise in Halong Bay
Halong Bay is a Unesco World Heritage sight, and it’s absolutely incredible. We did a Halong Bay boat tour with Rosa Cruise and it was incredible.
Indonesia is another incredibly cheap yet amazing destination to travel to. While some things in Indonesia can be very expensive, it can also be traveled to at a very low cost, and you can still experience the beauty the islands like Java and Bali have to offer.
Cost of visiting Indonesia: $35/day
Backpacking in Indonesia, one person can get away with a budget of $35/day.
Accommodations in a dorm cost $10-$15/night, meals cost less than $5, and transportation costs are as low as $1 to get from town to town.
Drinks tend to be a little more expensive due to taxes levied by the government, and cocktails can cost up to $10! The local beers run about $2-$3.
Things to do in Indonesia
Bali is the most popular country in Indonesia amongst backpackers, and there are lots of super romantic things for couples to do.
Indonesia has TONS of beautiful waterfalls. One of our favorites is Tumpak Sewu in East Java.
The sunrise from Mount Bromo is one of the best in the world.
India is probably the cheapest place in the world to travel to. It’s certainly a chaotic place, but it’s also wonderful to visit, and you can live like kings and queens on a budget! We traveled India for 3 weeks and here’s what we discovered …
Cost of visiting India: $20/day
A single traveler can visit India on $20/day, and the slower you travel, the less expensive it will be!
A bed in a dorm goes from $4-$10, you can budget $4-$10 a day on food, transportation is incredibly affordable, and activities don’t cost much more than $5-$10.
Things to do in India
The Taj Mahal in Agra is one of the grandest sights to see in India, and a must-see for travelers.
Varanasi is the Holy City of India, and it’s an incredibly important site for Hinduism.
- Enjoy the beaches of Goa:
The beaches in Goa are absolutely incredible, featuring bright blue waters, palm trees, and even sea turtles at some!
Bosnia is a beautiful Mediterranean country, and is rich in both history and natural beauty. It’s also one of the most affordable countries in Europe to travel to!
Cost of visiting Bosnia: $40/day
A solo traveler backpacking in Bosnia, eating locally, cooking, staying in a dorm, and taking local transportation, can expect to spend $40 a day in Bosnia.
A bed in a dorm room runs for about $10-$15 a night. For food, you can easily get a meal for $4, and groceries are inexpensive.
Things to do in Bosnia
Mostar is an incredible town in Bosnia. And one of the best things to do in Mostar is to check out the super tall, 25 meter bridge! If you’re feeling daring, you can also jump off the Mostar Bridge.
Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia, and it’s incredibly rich in history and culture.
The massive Kravice Waterfalls are absolutely stunning, and a great place for outdoor recreation.
Beautiful islands, wild nightlife, and endless golden temples – Thailand is truly a traveler’s paradise. The best part?
It’s one of the cheapest places to travel to! Check out our 3 week Thailand itinerary for a full rundown of what we got up to here.
Cost of visiting Thailand: $25/day
It’s extremely cheap to travel around Thailand. Staying in hostels, taking public transportation, and eating the delicious street food will only run you about $25/day.
A bed in a hostel is only $5-$10, and you can eat tasty street food for less than $1 per meal.
Transportation is incredibly affordable, with taxis costing $3 or less, and buses costing under $1.
Tours are also fairly inexpensive in Thailand, typically running anywhere from $10-$35.
To get scuba dive certified in Thailand costs around $300.
Things to do in Thailand
- Visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok:
The Grand Palace is massive, and incredibly beautiful. Paying a visit to the Grand Palace is one of the most popular things to do in Bangkok.
When island hopping Thailand, be sure to stop at Koh Tao which has some of the best snorkeling in Thailand. With crystal clear waters and vibrant marine life, you’ll see tons of fish snorkeling here.
- Experience a floating market:
The floating markets are unlike anything else in the world, and a must-see in any Bangkok itinerary.
Guatemala is a small country in Central America with insane natural landmarks and beautiful colonial cities. It’s also incredibly affordable to visit, and is a great backpacking destination in Central America!
Cost of visiting Guatemala: $30
One person backpacking frugally in Guatemala, eating local meals, and staying in hostels can expect to spend around $30/day.
A bed in a dorm costs about $5-$12, local foods cost about $1-$4 a meal, and local transportation (buses and tuk tuks) is very cheap.
Activities typically are the most expensive cost, and include things like volcano hikes, coffee farm tours, and cooking classes.
Great places to visit, not listed below, include Lake Atitlan and Flores.
Things to do in Guatemala
Antigua is a lovely colonial city surrounded by mountains. It’s a great place to take Spanish immersion classes, and base yourself in Guatemala for longer trips.
Semuc Champey is a massive natural bridge in Guatemala. The pools are very refreshing, and you can take some beautiful photos.
Acatenango is a volcano you can hike up, and camp overnight near Antigua. From the top, you get an insane view of the Fuego Volcano erupting.
Cambodia is full of beautiful temples, friendly locals, and incredibly natural landmarks. It’s also incredibly cheap to travel to! Some of our favorite locations include Kampot and Battambang.
Cost of visiting Cambodia: $20/day
For $20/day, you can afford a bed in a dorm, basic meals, local transportation, and some activities.
A bed in a dorm runs for about $3-$10, meals cost $5-$10 a day, activities are very inexpensive and you can even rent a motorbike for less than $10/day depending on your haggling skills!
One of the most expensive things in Cambodia is a 3 day pass to Angkor Wat, which currently costs $62.
Things to do in Cambodia
Angkor Wat is a massive Buddhist Temple Complex. It’s also one of the best places to catch the sunrise in Cambodia.
- Adventure in the Cardamom Mountains:
The Cardamom Mountains are the largest rainforest in Southeast Asia. There are several treks you can do through the jungle here- but they aren’t for the faint of heart!
Cambodia has some incredibly beautiful beaches that are not overly touristed. Some great beaches to visit in Cambodia include Sihanoukville and Koh Rong.
Laos is a beautiful Asian country, and a true paradise for travelers on a budget. Laos also happens to be home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Southeast Asia.
Cost of visiting Laos: $30/day
On about $30/day, one person can afford a bed in a dorm, cook some and eat local meals, and do some fun activities like river tubing!
A bed in a dorm runs for about $5-$10, meals will be around $3-$10/day, and you can rent a motorbike for under $15 a day.
Things to do in Laos
- Tube down the Vang Vieng River:
One of the most popular tourist activities in Laos is to tube down the Vang Vieng river. There are tons of other things to do in Vang Vieng as well!
- See the Kuang Si caves and waterfalls:
The Kuang Si waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Laos. You are also able to swim in the pools at the base!
The Buddhist temple Wat Phu is a Unesco World Heritage sight, and one of the oldest places of worship in Laos.
The mountainous country of Nepal is both incredibly cheap, and incredibly fun to travel to. Most necessities like food, accommodations, and transportation only cost a few dollars if you keep to the local options.
Cost of visiting Nepal: $25/day
Nepal is by far one of the most affordable places to travel to. On $25/day, you can afford a bed in hostels, do plenty of hikes (aside from Everest), and eat some delicious food.
On average, a bed in a dorm in Nepal costs about $5/night, food costs around $5/day, transportation is very cheap, and many hikes and activities are free.
Things to do in Nepal
Nepal is best known for its trekking. Home to the infamous Himalayan Mountains, there is a TON of trekking to be done in Nepal, including Mount Everest!
Aside from Everest, some of the most popular treks in Nepal include the Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara and the Gokyo Lakes Trek.
Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal, and it’s home to bustling city streets, temples, and delicious food. Check out more in our guide on the best places to see in Kathmandu.
- Visit Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park is a UNESCO sight and it’s home to some impressive wildlife such as elephants, pythons, Bengal tigers, and more!
Mexico is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with one of the most diverse landscapes. It’s home to some delicious food, friendly people, and it’s incredibly cheap to visit.
Cost of visiting Mexico: $40/day
Mexico is generally pretty cheap to visit, although its size makes transportation a bit more expensive.
Generally, a bed in a dorm costs $10-$15, street food costs $1-3$/meal, and the public bus only costs a few dollars.
Activities and entry fees are also inexpensive in Mexico, usually costing no more than a few dollars.
Things to do in Mexico
Mexican food is SO good, and it’s also very cheap. Tasty street tacos, tamales, burritos, and pozole are all cheap and delicious foods to try in Mexico.
Cenotes are natural sinkholes with underground pools of water. There are tons of them on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, and they’re super fun to visit and swim in. I recommend staying in Valladolid to best experience the sinkholes. This area is home to the famous Cenote Suytun.
Mexico has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Some of the most popular are in Cancun, Tulum, and Puerto Vallarta, but there are TONS more waiting to be explored.
Georgia is a beautiful and underrated European country that happens to be extremely cheap to travel to! It’s best known for its incredible Black Sea beaches, and Vardzia- a cave monastery.
Cost of visiting Georgia: $30/day
Europe is known for being a pretty expensive place to travel. However, Georgia is very affordable to visit and can be visited on a budget of $30/day.
A bed in a dorm in Georgia costs anywhere from $3-$15. I know that’s a pretty big range, and that’s because in Tbilisi, accommodations go for $10-$15/night, while in smaller cities it is much, much cheaper.
Food costs will be around $10-$15, and transportation is about $3 for local buses, and $10 for intercity buses.
Things to do in Georgia
- Wander the Tbilisi Old Town:
Old Town Tbilisi is full of ancient churches and other beautiful buildings that rest against a hillside. It’s a great place to explore and get lost in.
Vardzia is the remnants of a cave monastery site built in the 12th century.
- Hike in the Caucasus Mountains:
There are some incredible treks you can do in the Caucasus Mountains. It’s also the best way to take in the beautiful landscape of Georgia!
Malaysia is home to some incredible jungles, beautiful beaches, and temples! Not to mention delicious food….
And, Malaysia is incredibly affordable to visit!
Cost of visiting Malaysia: $35/day
While eating street food, taking local buses, and staying in hostels, Malaysia will run you about $35/day.
A bed in a dorm costs $5-$15, you can easily spend less than $10/day on food, and buses only cost a few dollars.
Things to do in Malaysia
- Visit the Cameron Highlands:
Tea lovers rejoice- the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia produce tons of tea, and they’re also an incredibly beautiful place to explore.
The limestone Batu Caves are an important site for Hindu Pilgrims. They are also fun to explore, and there are also tons of rock climbing routes around them!
- Hop around the Perhentian Islands:
The Perhentian are some of the most beautiful in Asia. There is also lots of awesome snorkeling here, as well as some of the cheapest Scuba Diving certification there is.
Ecuador is a beautiful and affordable country in South America to travel to! It’s home to the Amazon rainforest, Andes, and even the Galapagos Islands.
Cost of visiting Ecuador: $25/day
For $25/day in Ecuador, you can afford a bed in a dorm, local meals & transportation, and some fun activities.
A bed in a dorm in Ecuador goes for about $10-$15, you can get by on $10/day with groceries and local meals, and transportation activities are all pretty cheap in Ecuador!
Things to do in Ecuador
Ecuador is one of the best places to learn Spanish due to cheap classes, and an easy accent to understand.
The Quilotoa Loop is one of the best ways to see some of the incredible natural sights Ecuador has to offer, such as stunning lakes and mountains.
Banos is the adventure capital of Ecuador! There are incredible waterfalls, mountain biking, and one of the most popular things- the swing at Casa De Arbol!
Peru is yet another incredible country to visit on a budget! This South American backpacking gem is known for its food, Machu Picchu, Amazon rainforest, and rainbow mountains.
Cost of visiting Peru: $25/day
With a budget of $25/day, one person can afford a bed in a dorm, a mix of groceries and local meals, budget transportation, and some fun activities!
Overall, Peru is a very affordable place to travel to. A bed in a dorm ranges from $6-$15, food costs are about $5-$10/day, and most activities are free or very cheap.
One of the most expensive things in Peru is to see Machu Picchu, which typically starts at $250.
Things to do in Peru
While it may be pricey, it’s definitely worth it- the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu is incredible, and either a trek or a visit to it is by far one of the best things to do in Peru.
- See the rainbow mountains:
The hike there may be strenuous, but it is entirely worth it to see the magnificent rainbow mountains.
Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the entire world, and is home to the famous floating houses!
Romania is another incredible yet cheap country to travel to. It’s full of exciting places to visit, including charming towns, medieval villages, and is known for folklore like Dracula.
It’s also one of the most budget-friendly places to visit in Europe!
Cost of visiting Romania: $35/day
With a budget of $35/day, a single traveler can travel throughout Romania staying in dorms, eating from local markets and shops, and traveling slowly using local transportation.
In Romania, hostels go for about $10-$15/night, food costs run about $10-$15/night, and a full day transportation will run you about $10.
Things to do in Romania
Romania is FULL of beautiful castles. Some of the best to see include Bran Castle, Peles Castle, and Corvin Castle.
Romania’s capital is full of charm and rich history. It also isn’t over touristed like many other European capital cities, making it wonderful for exploring.
- Chase the Dracula folklore in Sighisoara:
Sighisoara is said to be the home of Dracula. Even if you aren’t entranced by the folklore, it’s still a really cool town to visit, and the town center is even a UNESCO world heritage sight.
19. Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is (surprisingly) another of the best, cheap places to travel to in. This fun Central European country has some culturally rich cities, beautiful mountains, and tasty cuisine to discover!
Cost of visiting the Czech Republic: $40/day
With a budget of about $40/day, you can afford to travel in the Czech Republic while staying in dorms, eating locally, and traveling slowly.
In the Czech Republic, a room in a dorm goes for about $10-$20, and you can eat pretty well with a food budget of $10-$15/day.
It also only costs about $15-$20 to take a bus from city to city, and the slower you travel, the less your travel costs will be per day!
Things to do in the Czech Republic
Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, and an incredible European city to explore.
The Christmas markets in the Czech Republic are so fun to explore. They run from late November to early January.
Less than a 3 hour train ride from Prague Cesky Krumlov is a fairytale-esque city with castles, gardens, and a magnificent old town.
Turkey is a unique travel destination, with a rich history and buzzing culture. It’s one of the cheapest places to travel to, and there is a lot to see in this mysterious country!
Cost of visiting Turkey: $30/night
Turkey can be quite cheap to travel to, depending on how you do it. With $30/night, you can sleep in a dorm, sample delicious Turkish foods, travel locally, and explore many of the churches and architectural wonders in Turkey.
Generally, a bed in a dorm costs $5-$15/night, food costs $10-$15 a day, and taxis only cost a few dollars a ride.
Things to do in Turkey
Istanbul is a bustling city filled with marvelous sights like Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar.
- Explore the caves in Cappadocia:
Cappadocia has one of the most unique landscapes in the world, filled with caves and cone-chapped rock formations known as “fairy chimneys.”
Ephesus is one of many incredible architectural sights in Turkey. Exploring Ephesus, and any other architectural sights in Turkey will allow you to travel through time back to the Ancient World.
This Baltic country is known for its lovely cities, exciting nightlife, and beautiful, untouched forests and national parks.
It’s also incredibly affordable to visit, and can be traveled to on a budget as little as $35/day!
For more of an idea of what to expect, read our guide on the best things to do in Estonia.
Cost of visiting Estonia: $35/day
Spending $35/day in Estonia, you can sleep in dorms, eat a mix of cooked and local meals, wander the cities and explore the national parks.
Typically, a bed in a dorm in Estonia goes for about $8-$15 a night, food costs range from $4-$15 daily.
Bus tickets only cost a few dollars, and activities are free or very inexpensive.
Things to do in Estonia
Over half of Estonia is forested, which means there is a lot of natural beauty in this Baltic country. Some of the best national parks to explore are Lahemaa National Park and Soomaa National Park.
Tallinn is the lcapital of Estonia, and it has a vibrant nightlife. It’s also fun to explore the Old Town, and check out the Gothic Town Hall! Plus these other cool things to do there.
Estonia is full of awesome medieval castles. Toompea and Helme Castle are two of many that are worth paying a visit to!
Latvia is a beautiful and affordable country, best known for its lovely beaches, castles, and forests!
There are so many great things to do in Latvia, and as an added bonus, it’s cheap to travel to.
Cost of visiting Latvia: $40/day
For $40/day, you can easily travel around Latvia while staying in hostels, cooking, eating out some meals, and exploring castles and dense, magical forests.
A bed in a dorm typically goes for about $8-$12/night, meals will cost about $12-$15 a day, and transportation costs less than $5 locally, and only $10-$15 for intercity rides.
Some of the best things to do in Latvia are also free, like wandering Riga, and exploring the forests, which is another reason why Latvia is such a budget friendly travel destination.
Things to do in Latvia
- Explore the coffee shops in Riga’s Old Town
Riga is the capital of Latvia, and the Old Town is lovely with cobbled streets and painted houses.
The coffee in Riga is delicious, and sitting with a cup of coffee in the old town is a peaceful and inexpensive way to take in the sights.
- Wander Gauja National Park:
While there are a number of awesome national parks in Latvia, Gauja National Park is one of the best.
It’s also easy to explore, as it has plenty of walking trails suitable for all abilities!
Turaida Castle is nestled right in the middle of a dense forest, and it’s truly beautiful to visit. Plus, if you go in the fall, the leaves will be changing color and it will be that much more beautiful.
Colombia is one of the most colorful and exciting countries in the world to travel to. It’s also one of the cheapest travel destinations, and a small budget can go a long way there.
Cost of visiting Colombia: $35/day
With a budget of $35/day, you can live pretty well in Colombia. That would be plenty of money to sleep in dorms, enjoy a mix of cooked meals and meals in restaurants, and enjoy some of the incredible beaches and cities Colombia has to offer!
Typically, a bed in a dorm goes for about $10/night, food costs range from $10-$15, and local transportation will only run on a few bucks to get around town, and $10-$15 for longer intercity trips.
Things to do in Colombia
Colombia has some of the nicest beaches in the Americas. Cartagena, and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona have some incredible blue beaches with sparkling waters.
Colombia has vibrant nightlife, and salsa dancing is one of the best things to do here.
- Trek to the Ciudad Perdida:
Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) takes a dense, lush, tropical jungle multi-day hike to reach it, and the journey there is just as incredible as the destination.
Bolivia is a cheap backpacking destination in South America that is not for the faint of heart. It’s chock full of breathtaking scenery, magnificent landscapes, and opportunities for adventure.
Cost of visiting Bolivia: $35/night
$35/night in Bolivia is more than enough to get you a bed in a dorm, eat at local restaurants, take public transportation, and limit alcohol intake.
In Bolivia, a bed in a dorm room goes for about $10. You can get a full sit down meal at a local restaurant for less than $3, and most of the paid activities only cost $5-$10, with the exception of a visit to the Salt Flats, which starts at $87 USD.
Things to do in Bolivia
The Bolivian Salt Flats are absolutely incredible. It’s the largest salt flat in the world, and the remnants of a prehistoric lake.
One of the most infamous and exciting things you can do in Bolivia is the Death Road bicycle trip. It’ll take you along for some jaw-dropping views, but with sheer ledges and drastic elevation changes, it is not for the faint of heart.
Some scientists believe these ruins are as old as 17,000 years, and housed up to 50,000 people. The archaeological site is incredibly interesting and worth a visit!
25. South Africa
Safaris, excellent hiking, and incredible beaches– South Africa is incredible, and one of the cheapest places to travel to.
Cost of visiting South Africa: $40/day
On a budget of $40/day you can get a bed in a dorm, hike, explore beaches, while cooking most of your meals.
If you plan to get out in nature, and do a lot of free activities like hiking and surfing (if you have a board), your money will stretch a lot further.
One of the most expensive yet worthwhile things to do in South Africa is take a safari, which starts at about $125/night.
Things to do in South Africa
If you want to see the “Big 5” (elephant, rhino, leopard, lion, African buffalo), you can do so on a South African Safari.
South Africa is really well known for its surfing scene. Cape Town and Jefferey’s Bay have some excellent surfing.
Cape Town is a lively city with tons of music, restaurants, and a fun waterfront to explore.
Cuba has pretty recently opened its doors for travelers to explore a perfectly preserved town with unique Cuban culture. It boasts some incredible beaches, and lively nightlife!
Cost of visiting Cuba: $40/night
With $40/night you can sleep in dorms, enjoy local meals, and take public transportation. A lot of the best things to do in Cuba (like hit the beaches!) are free, so your budget will go a long way as far as activities go.
On average, a bed in a dorm costs $7-$15 in Cuba, groceries are inexpensive, and a meal in an inexpensive restaurant costs about $7.
Things to do in Cuba
Havana has a rich culture, with plenty of old cars and colorful buildings to explore.
A few-hour hike will reveal these awesome waterfalls.
Cuba has some beautiful beaches– some of the best to visit are Havana, Cayo Coco, and Playa Paraiso.
Portugal is a beautiful country in western Europe known for its wines, delicious foods, lovely beaches and quaint European cities.
Unlike many other countries in western Europe, it happens to be fairly affordable to travel to!
Cost of visiting Portugal: $40/day
While a trip to Portugal can cost much much more, it can be visited on a budget of $40/day!
You just have to stick to dorm rooms, cook some, and take local transportation.
In Portugal, dorms go for about $15/night, and with a food budget of $10-$15 you can enjoy a mix of cooked meals, and going out.
Our top tip would be to rent a campervan in Portugal and explore the epic coastline for at least a couple weeks. This will cost more upfront, but save money on transport and accommodation in the long run.
Things to do in Portugal
- Go wine tasting in the Douro Valley:
This is one of our favorite things to do in Portugal. The wine is delicious, and you learn so much about the process!
The Algarve is a beautiful region in Southern Portugal with some incredible beaches. Definitely a key part of any Portugal road trip.
The city of Sintra has some amazing castles to see, and it’s only an hour away from Lisbon, Portugal’s capital.
Panamas has beautiful beaches, jungles, and a vibrant capital city. It’s a great place to visit, and one of the cheapest places to travel to.
Cost of visiting Panama: $35/day
$35/night will be enough for a dorm room, a mix of cooking and local meals, local transportation, and will leave you with some leftovers for activities!
Panama is a pretty cheap country, and meals, drinks, and other activities are very affordable.
Things to do in Panama
These islands are gorgeous, affordable, and full of other backpackers to meet.
- Visit a coffee plantation:
Panama is known for its coffee, and a tour of a coffee plantation in Boquete is a great way to learn more about the crop, and taste some delicious coffee!
Isla Coiba National Park has some awesome snorkeling.
29. Costa Rica
Costa Rica is one of the safest places to visit in Latin America, and it’s home to beautiful beaches, the rainforest, and incredibly friendly locals.
Cost of visiting Costa Rica: $40/day
While Costa Rica is more expensive than some of its neighbors like Guatemala and Nicaragua, it’s still a cheap place to travel to!
With a budget of $40/day, you can afford beds in nice dorms, tasty local casados and gallo pinto, and have plenty leftover for activities.
Things to do in Costa Rica
Costa Rica has some of the best surfing in the world. If you’re a surfer, it’s worth bringing your board, and if not, you can always take a lesson, as it’s a great place to learn!
- Explore the cloud forest:
The cloud forest is beautiful in Costa Rica, and a visit to Monteverde will allow you to explore it to your heart’s content.
This park is full of sloths, monkeys, exotic birds, and more! It’s one of the best places to see wildlife up close and personal in Costa Rica. It also neighbors some absolutely gorgeous beaches.
Croatia has sparkling blue waters, delicious seafood, and marvelous waterfalls- and is cheap to travel to!
Cost of visiting Croatia: $40/day
With a budget of $40/day, you’ll have enough money to sleep in dorms, eat local meals, and enjoy all the natural beauty Croatia has to offer.
On average, dorms in Croatia cost about $15/night. $10-$15/day on food will provide enough for groceries and eating out.
Things to do in Croatia
Krka National Park has some of the most stunning waterfalls in all of Europe.
The city of Dubrovnik has classic European charm, and is a fun place to explore for a day or two.
Croatia has some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, with absolutely STUNNING turquoise waters. In fact one of the best things to do in Split is to head over to Brac Island for a day or two.
Morocco is cheap to visit and also beautiful, and full of amazing natural landscapes, colorful and unique cities, and lovely beaches.
Cost of visiting Morocco: $30/day
On a budget of $30/day, you can afford a bed in a hostel, meals from street stalls, limited drinking, and some budget activities.
On average, a bed in a dorm costs about $9/night, and most meals cost under $5.
Museums and other entrance fees typically cost less than $5 as well.
Things to do in Morocco:
We love Marrakech, and some of our favorite things to do there were to visit Saadian’s tombs, take a city walking tour, and view The Koutoubia Mosque & Gardens. Or check out one of these awesome Marrakech day trips.
This small city in the Rif mountains has vibrant blue streets and stairways.
Seeing the Sahara desert is definitely a bucket-list, must do activity in Morocco.
Which of these cheap places will you visit next?
That concludes our list of the best and cheapest places to visit this year.
I hope that this list has given you some trip planning inspiration, and showed you that traveling doesn’t have to be insanely expensive.
If you believe we’ve left anything out, or have a favorite cheap place to travel to that you want to recommend, please drop a comment below!
Now over to you….
Which of these places will you travel to?
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