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[Budget Travel] – The Ultimate Guide To Traveling Cheap

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You know that traveling abroad doesn’t need to break the bank, right?

People have spent years globetrotting on a shoestring budget while having the time of their lives meeting like-minded people from all over the world. Sure, budget travel can be a little difficult to plan, but don’t worry, this guide has you covered.

Not only are we going to tell you exactly how you can travel the world for cheap, but we’re also going to introduce you to the cheapest destinations for budget travelers.

Sound good? Let’s dive in and see how you can make your budget travel dreams a reality.

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How to Travel the World for Cheap

Travel is about so much more than five-star hotels and fine dining.

In fact, many of the best experiences you will have on the road won’t cost you a dime. But is it really possible to head out into the world without a decent chunk of savings?

The answer is yes, absolutely! In fact, there’s a whole community of people who have been enjoying budget travel for years and make the most of their creativity to see the world’s most beautiful places without climbing into massive amounts of debt.

This guide will present you with many ideas about how to travel the world for cheap, so some might not appeal to you. It will also be split into sections to make it easy to find tips that you’re interested in.

Let’s begin by looking at when you should hit the road.

Plan your trip out of season

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The first thing you need to avoid when planning your budget trip is peak season. Everything, including flights, accommodation, internal transport, and any activities that you want to do in the country, are all more expensive during peak season.

So, how do you know when peak season is?

It’s a good question, and it depends on the part of the world you’re traveling to. For instance, peak season in most of Europe tends to be their summer months from June through to September.

Conversely, if you’re planning to travel in Australia, the peak season runs from December through to March. When it comes to working out the best time to travel cheaply, you need to research what is considered peak season in your destination.

It’s a good idea to book your trip during a shoulder season – so in the build-up or the immediate aftermath of the peak season. If you plan your trip for the off-season, it’s likely to be considerably cheaper, but you will have to deal with rubbish weather, and you might even be one of the only people in a particular resort.

Know how to find cheap flights

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The most considerable expense any traveler faces is airfare. Knowing how to find the cheapest tickets is half the battle and really is the secret to traveling cheaply.

The first thing to realize about cheap flights is that they’re usually available off-season or in shoulder seasons, so bear that in mind when you begin your search.

To find the cheapest tickets, you need to know where to look. Here are some of the best websites that share budget-friendly airfares:

  • Travopo Flights Search: It’s our own booking search engine and the best one ofcourse. It scans, compares and shows you sites that provides cheapest flight ticket prices for any destination.
  • SecretFlying: This is one of the best sites we’ve found that shares details of so-called ‘error fares.’ You can also sign up for flight alerts for your desired destinations, and they will send you notifications when the prices for flights drop.
  • ITA Matrix: The most customizable search engine for flights, ITA Matrix allows you to search flights from various airports by using advanced codes. It’s definitely worth a try if you have the time.
  • Skyscanner: This is often many people’s first port of call when looking for flights. One of the best features of Skyscanner is the fact you can search for flights to a particular destination in the ‘cheapest month,’ which helps when planning your trip out of the peak season.
  • Kayak: Kayak is a bit like a compare the market for travel. The site brings together options from all over the internet and is an excellent place to begin your research.
  • FlightsFinder: Similar in some respects to SecretFlying, FlightsFinder is a simple search engine you can use to identify cheap flights to your preferred destination.

Although you probably won’t use all of these sites, it’s a good idea to mix things up and not always rely on the same one.

This is because they all work slightly differently, and you might find the same flights on each site for different prices. It’s good to use a couple at the same time when beginning your research.

Now you know where to look for flights, here are some other tips that can help you find the cheapest tickets:

  • Use a VPN when searching for cheap airfare. Flights vary considerably in price depending on where you book them from. It’s a good idea to search for flights from a destination with a high volume of air traffic, as these tend to offer the most competitive prices.
  • Open a frequent flyer account. If you’re planning lots of different flights, sign up for any frequent flyer program you can find. Collecting air miles will eventually result in free flights and, in the shorter term, may even result in upgrades to business class.
  • Sign up for flight alerts. Most flight comparison sites give you the option of signing up for flight alerts. This means they will notify you as soon as the price of a particular flight changes, which will undoubtedly save you money.
  • Don’t book directly with the airline. You rarely find the best price for a flight directly from the airline itself. While it’s helpful to check out an airline’s site for availability, you’re much better off booking your ticket through a third-party site.

Securing cheap flights is an essential first step towards traveling cheaply. When you’ve sorted your initial transportation, it’s time to look at where you’re going to sleep.

Be creative with your accommodation 

Budget travelers have so much choice these days when it comes to where to stay.

Thanks to the rise of the sharing community in recent years, you can now make use of websites that link you with local people who offer you free accommodation in your destination. The two most popular sites are:

  • Couchsurfing: Budget travelers utilize Couchsurfing to find free places to stay with friendly locals. People offer their spare bed or couch and welcome you into their homes. It’s totally free. Just be willing to take them out for a drink or meal to say thank you for their generosity!
  • Servas International: With more than 15,000 households in 100 countries, Servas is a not-for-profit organization aiming to build world peace, goodwill, and understanding by connecting people from different cultures. People can sign up as hosts or travelers and contact people in different parts of the world.

Both Couchsurfing and Servas International expect nothing in return from travelers other than, of course, common decency and the opportunity to connect! However, if you feel uncomfortable with staying for free in someone’s home, you could consider the following two options, which again offer free accommodation, but expect something in return:

  • WorkAwayYou can find opportunities on WorkAway to stay with people or families for free. In return, you might be asked to carry out particular tasks around the home (you might work as a childminder, for example). Some opportunities are more practical, and you might be asked to work on a particular project in exchange for food and board. It’s an excellent way to meet locals and contribute to wherever you find yourself in the world.
  • World Wide Opportunities on Organic FarmsAs the title suggests, this platform allows you to apply to work at organic farms in different parts of the world in exchange for your room and board. It’s an excellent way to experience communal living while contributing to a new country.

There is a wide variety of opportunities on each of these sites, so you should spend some time researching opportunities that are appealing to you.

The four sites we’ve introduced so far do offer free accommodation when traveling abroad and should be tried by anyone who wants to travel cheaply over a long period of time.

However, staying at people’s homes isn’t for everyone, which is fair enough. The cheapest alternative to these free options would be to stay in a hostel.

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Hostels come in many shapes and sizes and often have unique personalities that make them incredibly interesting places to stay. Hostel World is the best place to begin your research, as you can find accommodation listed in every corner of the world.

Here are some important tips to consider when choosing a hostel to stay in:

  • Dorm rooms provide the best value for money. If you’re comfortable sleeping in the same room as strangers, you can stay in dorm rooms for anywhere between $5 and $10 per night. The larger the dorm, the cheaper the price.
  • You can find a job at hostels. Travelers who plan to stay in one place for a considerable period of time opt to apply for hostels jobs. You can use a site like Hostel Jobs to find the perfect job for you.
  • Pay attention to security. Hostels are communal spaces, so security is important. Many hostels offer female-only dorms, and most provide lockers for your valuables. Pay attention to reviews on independent sites before booking into a hostel.

As well as providing excellent value for money, hostels also present the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded travelers from all over the world.

But what if you like your own space and don’t want to sleep in a dorm with strangers?

That’s okay, too, and there are several other options available to budget travelers, including:

  • Stay in a private room in a hostel. Hostels aren’t just about the dorms; many give you the option of staying in your own room. Although these are more expensive than beds in dorms, it gives you the chance to meet other travelers in hostels, while enjoying your own privacy at night. They’re usually considerably cheaper than hotel rooms.
  • Rent an apartment. Short-term apartment rentals can prove to be an excellent option for budget travelers, particularly if you’re traveling in a small group. Check out a site like Airbnb to see accommodation options in the city that you’re heading to. You will almost always find that split between two or more people; it will be cheaper than booking a hotel room.
  • Find discounted hotel rooms. If you enjoy staying in hotels, you should make the most of a comparison site like Agoda, where you can find discounted rooms at incredible prices.
  • Go camping.

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    Camping divides opinion amongst the backpacker community. It’s undoubtedly a cheap option, but because you have to carry so much stuff (tent, sleeping bag, roll mat etc.), you really have to way up if it’s worth it. Also, you have the added hassle of having to set up and take it down every time you reach a new place. While it’s undoubtedly cost-effective, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Checkout the adventure essential checklist for stress-free packing.

When it comes to accommodation, every traveler has different preferences and chooses to stay in a comfortable and affordable place, depending on their needs.

If you’re new to budget travel, it’s a good idea to experience a variety of the options introduced here, so you can become familiar with the different approaches and see which are the best fit for you.

You might find that you enjoy mixing things up depending on where you are in the world. After all, there’s no one right way to travel, and you need to find out what’s best for you.  


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Tap into the sharing economy

If you’re hoping to be a successful budget traveler, you’re going to have to tap into the sharing economy. We’ve touched upon this a little already with our accommodation tips, but the sharing economy extends much further than only where to stay.

When it comes to sharing, the bottom line is that it is 99% likely to be cheaper than doing it yourself. It doesn’t matter if it’s travel, accommodation, food, or excursions, if you can split the bill with others, it will work out cheaper for you. Here are some excellent websites that you can tap into that help you make the most of the sharing economy:

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  • BlaBlaCar: A global ride-sharing app that connects you with drivers who have extra space in their vehicle. For a nominal fee, you can end up traversing a whole country in the comfort of a private car, instead of having to rough it on public transport. This is a valuable option instead of taking long buses on terrible roads in certain parts of the world.
  • CampSpace: If you’re camping your way around the world, CampSpace introduces you to small campsites near your location. These are often on private property and aren’t necessarily camp sites, so you can find all sorts of quirky opportunities.

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  • EatWith: You can connect with chefs in more than 130 countries and share a meal with people in their homes. It’s an awesome way to sample incredible cuisine from a particular place and meet new people at the same time.
  • Meetup: Before you arrive in a city, make sure you check out Meetup. You will find community groups that do all sorts of things from Yoga to five-a-side-football, and it’s the perfect way to get active with a community group in a place you’re unfamiliar with. While not all events are free, they are usually inexpensive.
  • Turo: If you want to rent a car while you’re in a particular city, but don’t want the hassle of renting a car from a rental agency, you will find what you’re looking for on Turo. You will save money and also connect to locals who are willing to share their ride with you.

As you can see, the sharing community is an incredible resource for budget travelers, with so many great options available for a small fee. While not everything will work out for you, if you’re prepared to try new things and approach everything with an open mind, you will find a resource that undoubtedly saves you money along the way.

Prepare your own food

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If you want to travel for the long term, it’s unsustainable to eat out every day of the week. Even if you’re in a country where meals are super cheap, it’s still more expensive than buying food from the local market or store and preparing it yourself.

You will end up saving hundreds of dollars a month if you elect to prepare your own food, so it’s really worth the extra effort. And it doesn’t matter where you stay, as you will find opportunities to prepare your own food wherever you are.

Most hostels have kitchen areas you can use, and if you’re Couchsurfing or renting a room in an apartment, you will likely have access to a food preparation space. If you decide to stay in a hotel for a few nights and don’t have access to a kitchen, you can always prepare some sandwiches or salads to save you money, as you don’t need a sit down meal all the time.

It’s really important that you get yourself into a routine when you’re on the road, and try and be as disciplined as possible with how and where you prepare your meals. While it’s great to treat yourself to a lovely meal once in a while, it shouldn’t be every day if you’re travelling on a budget.

Some budget travelers think about how often they go out for a meal when they’re at home, and try and mirror that when they’re on the road. Just because you’re traveling, it doesn’t mean you need to splash out on lavish meals every night.

Get a job while you’re on the road

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There are so many opportunities to work while you’re traveling. Depending on the country you’re in, you will be able to find employment in seasonal jobs like bar work and fruit picking.

Although not a long-term solution, they’re an excellent way to build up some much-needed capital while you’re traveling, so you can set off from a particular place with some cash in the bank.

If working in a practical job doesn’t strike you as appealing, you can always sell your skills online by joining the digital nomad community. Some helpful websites where you can find work online by freelancing include:

  • Fiverr: The market place where you can find someone to do anything for five bucks (theoretically) is an excellent place to sell your services. Whether you can write blog posts, design websites, or edit PDFs, you will find a market for your services.
  • Upwork: A little more professional-focused than Fiverr, Upwork gives you the chance to find lots of work as a consultant. You can often charge more than you can on Fiverr.
  • Italki: If you speak a language fluently, you can sign up to Italki as a conversational tutor. You don’t need any teaching qualifications, you just need access to WIFI and patience. People pay you to help them improve their language skills. It’s also an excellent way to meet people all over the world.

You can also check the classifieds on Craigslist or Facebook, as people often post causal job vacancies they have at short notice. This could be anything from labouring to gardening, but it’s often a good way of picking up some cash in hand while you’re on the road.

As you can see, you can use so many tips and tricks to travel the world on a budget; you just need to be open-minded and willing to try new things. There’s a fantastic quote in The Alchemist, by Paolo Coelho, where the King says to Santiago:

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

This is true for budget travel. If you want it badly enough, you will find people all over the world that are willing to help you turn your dream into a reality.

Now that we’ve looked at how you can travel on a budget, we’re now going to introduce you to the cheapest countries in the world for budget travel.

This isn’t to say that you need to go to all of them or hop from one to another. It just provides you with an ideal starting point for your research, and it will help you plot your journey.

Cheapest Travel Destinations for Budget Travelers

In this section, we’re going to introduce you to nineteen of the cheapest travel destinations for budget travelers. We will give you a rough guide of how much you should budget for each day when in the country, but be mindful that prices are subject to change all the time!

We begin in Asia and take you around the world. As you will see, opportunities for budget travel abound, and even with a limited budget, you can see the very best the world has to offer.

Cheapest countries to visit in Asia

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In recent decades, Vietnam has become one of the most sought-after destinations for budget travelers in the world. If you’re careful, you can spend as little as $25 per day exploring the cities and countryside of one of Asia’s friendliest nations.

Hearty street food costs no more than a couple of dollars per plate, and you can enjoy a glass of local beer for less than 50 cents. In the cities, you will find a dorm bed for less than $10, and you won’t pay more than $50 for a train ticket that covers the length of the country.

Because there are so many other backpackers and budget travelers in the country, you can link up and split the cost of excursions out into the country and along the stunning beaches, making everything about Vietnam affordable and good value.

Approximate daily budget: $25-$35

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Cambodia is truly a budget travelers paradise. Few countries boast such a rich and fascinating history, combined with stunning vistas and beaches. You can travel between your destinations on air-conditioned buses for around $10 and take boat trips along the Mekong river for a similar price.

Food is a similar price to neighboring Vietnam, where you can enjoy delicious curries and rice dishes for a few dollars. You can find backpacker-friendly accommodation throughout the country for less than $10 per night, and if you want to splash out, you can even find 4- & 5-star accommodation for between $50-$100.

Perhaps the highest cost you will incur in Cambodia is the 3-day pass to Angkor Wat, which is currently $62. But overall, Cambodia is one of the cheapest countries in the world for budget travelers.

Approximate daily budget: (without Angkor Watt) $20-$30 (with Angkor Watt) $30-$40 

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It’s a little misleading to call India a country; it’s more of a sub-continent in truth. And because it’s so vast with such a variety of opportunities, budgets will vary from person to person. However, with some careful planning, you can stay in India for a long time while spending very little money.

You can eat freshly prepared meals for $1-$2 almost everywhere in India; just be mindful of the infamous Delhi belly! That being said, if you venture into a 5 star resort, you could pay more than $50 for the same food you can buy on the street outside for less than $5. India is a country of contrasts, so you need to be smart to stick to your budget.

There are hostels all over India with beds for under $10 per night, but small guest houses often represent the best value for money, with great quality and service for less than $20 per night. You can travel extensively by train, at approximately $10 per 200km, and it’s an excellent way to meet local people, too.

Approximate daily budget: $20-$30 

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The roof of the world, Nepal, is the number one travel destination to view the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. Even if you’re not motivated to climb Everest, the countless tracks through the Himalayan foothills provide unrivaled opportunities for hikes and climbs for everyone. If you’re happy to hike without a guide, you can save yourself a lot of money, but you need to plan your route in advance and be mindful of the fast-changing weather.

The capital city of Kathmandu is an intriguing hub of activity, and it’s the place where you can find everything you need for a trip into the mountains. Eating in Nepal is extremely cheap, and for less than $5, you can eat delicious local food, including Thukpa and Momos. To warm you up after a day’s trek, you can enjoy a cup of Chai for only 20 cents!

As for accommodation, you can find many cheap beds in dorms throughout Kathmandu, and you can find cheap accommodation throughout the countryside, too. You can expect to pay anywhere between $5 and $15 per night for a bed in a shared room.

Approximate daily budget (without guided treks): $20-$30  

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What’s not to love about this incredible nation with more than 17,000 islands for you to explore? Indonesia is a stunning destination, and you can relax on stunning beaches, visit ancient Buddhist temples, and explore underwater paradises all on the same day.

While many backpackers flock to Bali (and with good reason), if you cast your net a little further, you can explore the vast extremes between Java, Sumatra, and Lombok. While it’s perfectly possible to enjoy Indonesia on a budget, you have to be aware that there’s also a thriving high-end tourism market, too, so be careful not to fall into any tourist traps.

On most popular islands, you can find a bed in a shared room for between $10 and $20 per night, and if you’re willing to eat the delicious food served from local warungs (food stalls), you can expect to pay less than $2 for a hearty meal.

Approximate daily budget: $25-$35  

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The Mecca of independent travel, Thailand, is ideally set up for budget travel and has a vast network of backpacker hostels, public transport, and exciting points of interest that make it the perfect destination to explore.

Thailand is one of those countries that can work on a variety of budgets. For instance, if you’re super frugal and want to stay in dorm rooms, eat street food, and only visit free attractions, you could spend around $20 per day. But given the huge amount of attractions within the country, most people spend a fair amount of money on entrance fees and internal transport to move up and down the country.

Localized public transport is incredibly cheap and is likely to set you back a few dollars, but internal flights are also good value, usually less than $100 for return flights. However you decide to explore Thailand, it’s more than possible to do it on a budget.

Approximate daily budget: $20-$40 

Cheapest countries to visit in North America

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Cuba is relatively affordable, but prices do vary, depending on where you stay. Using Havana as a guide, you can find single accommodation for around $20-$30. Food in private restaurants will set you back $5-$10 per meal, but if you eat in a government restaurant, food can be as little as $1.

If you’re traveling on public transport, buses in Cuba are cheap and in relatively good condition, costing you no more than $3 per hour of travel. If you want to save money, you can always use provincial buses, but they’re not the most comfortable!

Approximate daily budget: $30-$40

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One of the great things about Mexico is that you can experience the country on a shoe-string budget. Even many of the tourist hotspots like Playa Del Carman can be enjoyed cheaply, with delicious tacos and refreshing mojitos setting you back no more than $5 if bought from the right place.

There’s such a range of accommodation throughout Mexico that you can find a cheap bed in a dorm for less than $10 or choose to enjoy a private room in a local hotel for around $25 per night.

Buses tend to travel from city to city with fares between $10 and $20 and are generally comfortable. For longer distances, you can pick up cheap tickets for internal flights, which saves you lots of time on the road.

Approximate daily budget: $25-$35 

Cheapest countries to visit in Central America

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El Salvador offers travelers access to stunning lakes, volcanoes, beaches, and Mayan ruins, making it one of the most interesting countries to explore in Central America. What’s more, the great news is that it’s incredibly cheap.

Buses connect all the considerable points of interest, and you can get almost anywhere for less than $10. The national dish of the country is ‘Pupusas,’ which is a delightful tortilla filled with cheese and refried beans. You can enjoy it alongside a glass of local beer for less than $1.50, which is a common meal choice for budget travelers.

You will find that accommodation is great value, too, and you can book into a private room at a local hotel for around $10.

Approximate daily budget: $20-$30 

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Your money goes a long way in Nicaragua. You can stay in quaint accommodation on glorious, sun-soaked beaches or in boutique hotels nestled in quiet streets in colonial cities. A bed in a dorm will cost you around $5, while you can get a private room in local hotels for around $15.

Food is very cheap and delicious, with a full meal costing less than $5, and lunch on the go is available for $2. Buses move freely around the countryside and can cost as little as $0.50 for short journeys and up to $10 for longer connections.

Approximate daily budget: $25-$35

Cheapest countries to visit in South America

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Arguably the cheapest country for travelers in South America, Ecuador is the ideal place to visit stunning tropical islands, snow-capped mountains, and the Amazon rainforest. In Quito, you can find a dorm bed in a hostel for less than $15 and can expect to pay less than $10 per day on food.

You can move around cities for a few dollars, and buses travel long distances for reasonable rates ($10-$30, depending on where you’re heading).

Costs in the countryside are cheaper, but consider the fact that any nature-based excursions are likely to cost you a fair bit, particularly if you’re on your own. If you want to tour the Galapagos islands, you should budget a minimum of $120 per day, more if you’re alone.

Approximate daily budget: $30-$40 

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You can spend time wandering the streets of fabulous colonial towns before heading out to enjoy some of the continent’s most pristine beaches that Colombia is world-famous for.

Food is extremely reasonable in all cities, and you can eat well for around $5 per meal. As for accommodation, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to budget-friendly options, with a bed in a dorm room costing no more than $15 per night.

Intercity travel on buses is cheap, too, and you can travel from place to place for anywhere between $10 and $40. As Colombia is all about nature, you will find lots of free activities to do, so you won’t have to spend a great deal on excursions.

Approximate daily budget: $30-$40 

Cheapest countries to visit in Europe

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Although not the cheapest destination in Europe, Croatia must provide the best value for money, with so many wonderful sights to explore, including the fascinating city of Dubrovnik. While touristy cities like Hvar and Split can be expensive during the height of summer, traveling out of season will be significantly cheaper.

You will find a dorm bed in most places for less than $15, and you will be pushed to spend more than $10 on food. You can enjoy some of the cheapest (and most delicious) espresso in all of Europe, too. Bus travel between cities can be less than $5, and you can even rent a car for around $20 per day if you feel so inclined.

Approximate daily budget: $35-$45 

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Georgia is an absolute gem of a country, often known only as the birthplace of Joseph Stalin. Yet should you visit Georgia, you will enjoy a country that is exotic, incredibly friendly, and largely undiscovered.

You can travel from the capital Tbilisi onto other interesting towns by packing into a marshrutka (local minivan) that leaves when it’s full. Travel costs around $5 per hour and is an experience in itself! You can find really cheap accommodation across Georgia, from as little as $20 per night for a private room in a decent hotel.

You should visit Georgia sometime soon before it becomes too commercialized like some of its neighbours. Right now, it’s one of Europe’s hidden gems and offers great value for money.

Approximate daily budget: $25-$35 

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Lithuania sits at the tip of Europe and is the gateway to the Baltic region. The country is home to stunning beaches and extremely friendly locals, and there is so much to discover off the beaten track.

You will find a bed in a dorm in a hostel for between $10 and $15 in the capital of Vilnius, and you can travel up-country on buses for between $10 and $30, depending on where you go.

Food is also cheap in Lithuania, and you can enjoy a meal and a beer for around $6. With so much to see and do, Lithuania is a great ‘off-the-beaten-track location,’ one that is ideal for budget travelers.

Approximate daily budget: $30-$40 

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Perhaps because of its problems under ruthless dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in recent history, Romania is a country that is often overlooked by travelers. Bucharest is described as ‘The Paris of the East’ and is a beautiful city to explore, with many lively bars, restaurants, and excellent value for money accommodation options.

Away from the city, you can explore the quaint Transylvanian villages that inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula and be amazed at the stunning natural beauty of this eastern European gem. On top of all of this, Romania is incredibly cheap, perhaps one of the cheapest countries to visit in the whole of Europe.

Beer and coffee cost about $1, and you can get one-way bus tickets to various destinations from Bucharest for less than $5. As for accommodation, you can spend less than $5 on a dorm room in Bucharest or book a private room elsewhere for less than $30. Romania is a true gem and one that you should definitely explore if you’re on a tight budget.

Approximate daily budget: $20-$30

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There’s something for everyone in Turkey. Culture lovers flock to the ancient city of Istanbul and marvel at the historic mosques, intricate souks, and the mouth-watering cuisine that the city’s famous for. Outside of Istanbul, there are stunning beach resorts, mammoth mountain ranges, and quaint countryside villages for you to explore.

Because the Turkish Lira has depreciated in value in recent times, Turkey is currently one of the cheapest places in Europe to visit. One-way bus tickets cost only a few dollars, and you can rent a car for less than $20 per day. Wherever you are in the country, you can enjoy delicious Turkish food like doner and falafel, which can be enjoyed for less than $3.

As for accommodation, there are so many options to choose from, and you can find a bed in a shared room in Istanbul for less than $15 per night. Turkey is an incredibly interesting destination to explore and is perfect for budget travelers.

Approximate daily budget: $25-$35 

Cheapest countries to visit in Africa

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It surprises people that Africa isn’t the cheapest continent to discover. However, Morocco serves as a gateway to the continent and can definitely be explored on a budget!

You can stay in beautiful homestays in Marrakech for around $20 per night while enjoying street food or meals at local restaurants for between $5-$10. Bus travel to the Atlas mountains and other places of interest can cost between $30-$40 one way, so it’s not the cheapest you will encounter.

Morocco is a land of many contrasts and a welcoming introduction to Africa, so it’s a great place to begin your budget travel in the continent.

Approximate daily budget: $40-$50

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You might be surprised to see South Africa on this list, but it represents incredible value for money. You can enjoy juicy steaks and delightful red wine for less than $20 per person, and if you enjoy local street food, expect to eat on less than $5 per day.

Guesthouse accommodation is super cheap across the country and can be as little as $20 per night. Dorms in hostels go for $10 and are an excellent place to meet other travelers.

As for intercity travel, internal flights in South Africa go for as little as $30 and can save you huge amounts of time. However, you can also book a ticket on the sleeper train which takes you from Joburg to Cape Town for just $50. Whatever you get up to in South Africa, it’s a great place to explore on a budget.

Approximate daily budget: $35-$45 

Final Note

As you have hopefully learned from this comprehensive guide, you don’t have to empty your savings to travel around the world.

Providing you research your flights well and are willing to get creative when it comes to accommodation and food while on the road, you will be able to manage your costs and find excellent value for money.

What’s more, if you head to one of the fourteen countries that we’ve introduced, you will find your dollars go a lot further than they do at home, which is great news if you’re hoping to see the world as cheaply as you can.

We hope this guide helps you to plan your trip around the world and gives you the inspiration to see that affordable, budget travel is possible when you put your mind to it.

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