10 of the Cheapest Countries to Travel in


1) Vietnam

Vying with India as the cheapest of them all, Vietnam goes for a snip. Delicious street food, vibrant paddy fields and smiling locals are just a few reasons to pack your bag and head for this enchanting country. Additionally, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh are two of the most dynamic cities in the world, not to mention Vietnam’s Most popular destination, stunning Halong Bay.

A luxury hotel suite in historical Hue goes for $20.00. A guided tour to My Son temple ruins, complete with lunch and a boat trip? That will put you back $5.00! There are bargains galore to be had.

Nimbin, Vietnam

2) India

Although not quite the rock bottom bargain that it used to be, India is still up there in the ‘cheapest countries to visit’ list. 

Travelling in India is akin to being in a psychedelic dream. You will not believe some of the sights you will see, both beautiful and shocking. From the Himalayas to the beaches of Kerala, every day in India is an assault on the senses.

Travel, accommodation and food costs are all low and budget travelers will get by comfortably for $20.00 a day. If you are spiritually inclined, many ashrams are free to stay in.

The Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab

3) Nepal

Nepal is still recovering from the earthquake it suffered in 2015, but it is well and truly open for business. It’s a worthy destination to put your dollars into and still one of the cheapest countries to travel in.

The country is not only one of the most affordable places in the world to travel in, it is also one of the most stunning. Eight of the top ten highest mountains are located in Nepal. Additionally, Kathmandu is a fascinating city full of medieval temples, mischievous monkeys and ancient alleyways.

The district of Thamel is backpackers central, offering cheap eats and hotel rooms aplenty.

The Monkey Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal

4) Thailand

There is a reason that Thailand is a consistently popular destination for budget travelers. Apart from the beautiful beaches, fabulous temples, lively night life and a captivating culture, it’s easy to explore. From the backpacker’s mecca of Khao San Road, buses run tourists all over the country to the most popular spots.

Sure, it’s a well beaten path, but it’s also the perfect destination for rookie backpackers who are in the process of finding their travelling feet. It’s cheap, cheerful and colorful and a few baht will take you far.

The Grand Palace, Bangkok

5) Nicaragua

Nicaragua has pretty much everything Costa Rica has for about a third of the price! Colonial cities, volcanoes, beaches, jungles and even sloths are all part of the Nicaragua experience.

If you are traveling on an ultra-tight budget, you could get by on $15.00 a day. Pitch a tent or string up a hammock for a couple of bucks, live off tasty street food, travel by chicken bus and you will be winging it. Even the entrance fees to the National Parks are only two or three dollars. Vive Nicaragua!

Cathedral-Basilica of the Assumption, Leon, Nicaragua

6) Cambodia

Despite the fact that Cambodia now caters to top end tourists, it is still light on the wallet for backpackers. These days, many hotels and restaurants charge in US dollars, sometimes adding to the cost, but generally speaking Cambodia remains one of the great bargains of the travel world.

Angkor Wat, the country’s crowning glory, is high on the hit list for most travellers, and rightly so. There are however, many delights beyond the iconic ruins.

Bayon Temple, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

7) Turkey

Although not so cheap as many Asian and Latin American countries, Turkey offers a reasonable alternative when travelling in Europe.

Istanbul is an enthralling city full of history and culture. Visiting the major attractions will set you back a bit as entrance fees can be high. It’s therefore best to pick and choose to save yourself a few dollars. Just wandering the streets and visiting the Grand Bazaar is a fascinating experience.

Street food, such as a simit (similar to a bagel) is very cheap. Accommodation and transport are all good value. Hiking in captivating Cappadocia is perfect for budget travellers. There are only accommodation and food expenses to cover, and the rest of the time is spent in nature.

8) Guatemala

Guatemala is another Central American country offering some amazing travel experiences at cool low prices. Additionally, it is one of the cheapest places in the world to learn Spanish – there are many reputable schools that run value for money courses.

Known for its colorful markets, you may be enticed to part with more cash than intended! However, with its monkey infested jungles, ancient temples and enchanting towns, Guatemala remains a favorite destination for many backpackers.

Semuc Champey, Languin, Guatemala

9) Bolivia

Without doubt, Bolivia is the best value South American destination for shoestring travelers. If you can live, eat and travel as the locals do, you can survive on a few bucks a day. Tours can potentially add to the cost as some of the attractions are not easily accessible e.g. the Uyuni Salt Flats and Valle de la Luna.

Even taking this into account, it is still an inexpensive country to explore. The colorful markets, spectacular deserts, fascinating mining towns, mountains and jungles await in the bargain basement of South America.

10) Mexico

Mexico is easy on the pocket in addition to being a fabulously fun and bewitching country to explore. Follow the usual rules regarding eating street food and staying in basic hotel rooms or hostels. Additionally, take the local buses and you will happily get by on less than $30.00 a day.

The Mexico City metro is excellent and is one of the cheapest in the world. A trip to Mexico wouldn’t break the bank and it’s a colourful and compelling country to visit.

Palacio De Bellas Artes, Mexico City

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