If you want to make up for lost travel time due to the pandemic but don’t have enough money to afford a dream destination, you’re not alone.
Any traveler who’s seen half the world with a backpack claims there’s no place too expensive. And after a few hours of research on the market, it turns out that it is true; there are new and cheap offers.
We collected the best travel destinations you can visit on a budget. Let’s see how prices for accommodation, food and transport vary from country to country.
Best destinations for traveling on a budget
Before you start with the list, go check your traveling documents. Is your passport still valid? If not, don’t be discouraged as you can speed up the process online.
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But first, you’ll need to decide which location you’ll visit next.
Thai islands look almost unrealistic in movies or photos on Instagram, but to our surprise, Thailand is one of the destinations that everyone can afford.
With a plane ticket (depending on your place of departure) reserved a few months earlier, you can discover Thailand at a low price.
And unlike the southern part, the opposite pole is quite affordable. If you just want to experience Thai cultural life, it’s nothing fancy; you can find dorms for $5 or less per night.
Street food is also affordable, as are sightseeing. You can hike, walk around the city or visit the famous White Temple for dirty money.
The locals here are super friendly and happy to help or keep you company.
If you are a wildlife fan, South Africa should be at the top of your list.
Although it sounds luxurious, prices in South Africa are quite affordable. You can find a safari and share a sunset with wild animals for a low price. Apart from safari, you can also go hiking.
Cape Town has a terrific nightlife you can’t miss, and being one of the most affordable is the best part of the story.
You can find decent apartments for low prices, like $9 on Booking or Airbnb.
India, the country with one of the most beloved cuisines in the world, is also among the countries you can visit on a budget list.
You can find rooms for just $3, but expect to shower with buckets or alternatives. However, you can find decent rooms at a reasonable price, or if you’re traveling with friends you can split the bill and get a fully furnished apartment.
One of the best ways to explore India on a budget is to organize everything yourself – no agents, no guides.
You can find decent accommodation just by walking around the streets – landlords offer accommodation all the time, so you can’t miss them. The same goes for city tours or excursions – you can even get half the quote in person, unlike booking online.
The northern zone is more affordable than the southern zone, but you shouldn’t miss the southern beaches. You can take a train or rent a car to see the beaches.
For all medieval and gothic fans, Romania is one of the most affordable destinations to visit that should already be on your list. Although you may be familiar with the land of Dracula, the medieval villages and architecture have such an inviting charm that it’s hard to ignore.
You can get great deals on Booking or Airbnb or by driving around town looking for accommodation in person. Some hostels start at $10 a night, which is around $15, but include breakfast.
If there’s one thing you need to know about tourism in Romania, the food is always tasty, whether you’re eating street food, in a restaurant or in a hostel.
It is also advisable to find a room with a kitchen where you can cook lunch and dinner as groceries are cheaper than in most countries.
Apart from the hostels, public transport is also very cheap and you can explore the cities for 60 cents per 90 minute trip.
If you want to experience the European spirit, Georgia is one of the countries you can visit on a low budget.
Here you can eat for less than $3 and get a minibus for less than $1, which is impressive on a tourist note.
But what’s even more exciting are tickets to museums or historical sites, because you can only learn more about the country from $2.
Also, if you want to explore the city, the locals are quite hospitable and ready to welcome any tourists they come across. You can even hike or sightsee with the locals.
As a country with cost-effective deals, tasting authentic Mexican food on a budget makes the whole meal tastier. Mexico has a rich culture and nature that must be seen and experienced.
If you’re a fan of tacos, tortillas, or quesadillas in Mexico, you can find them on the street for $3 or less. And they taste amazing.
Plus, you can visit the beaches for free and steal a sunset or two while enjoying your favorite taco.
However, the cost of accommodation varies in Mexico. You may have to look deeper to find a decent room or apartment on the cheap, but you will find it.
Don’t settle for low prices because most of the time they are scams. On that note, read reviews before booking a room/apartment.
Many avid travelers are stuck between their tight budget and a list of favorite trips. But not every destination in the world requires thousands of dollars in savings.
So to all the wanderlust – your trip is always a good plan and conscious arrangement.
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