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28 Cheap Travel Destinations Worldwide

A list of cheap travel destinations and cheap places to visit in 2020

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Traveling around the world doesn’t have to be expensive. Did you know that it is possible to travel the world on $50 a day and even less? It is possible because there are a lot of destinations that are very affordable and yet unique and unforgettable.

First of all, choose cheap countries to visit, and secondly, implement numerous travel hacks to save money. To help you figure out what cheap place to visit next, I gathered a list of affordable countries where you can find incredible sights and unforgettable experiences.

Believe me, you’ll be amazed by the prices shown below. Just a little heads-up, I took into calculation cheap meals at a very simple local restaurants (not touristic places) and accommodations at hostels and guest houses. For every county, I added a link to a Booking.com web-site so you can check accommodation prices, reviews and look for other options. I tried to base the research only on properties that have a rating of 8+, so even if it is a hostel with a shared room, it is a good place to stay. Especially if you are looking for cheap places to visit.

Of course, you can spend thousands at every destination. But I wanted to show you that there are cheap and safe options to travel the world without spending tons of money.

From Asia to South America, choose the destination you can visit on a budget.

Cheap travel destinations in Asia: India, Nepal, Vietnam, Bali, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, China, South Korea, Philippines, Fiji

Cheap travel destinations in Europe: Czech Republic, Ukraine, Portugal, Turkey, Hungary, Georgia, Armenia, Romania, Poland, Latvia

Cheap travel destinations in Africa: Egypt, Ethiopia, Morocco

Cheap travel destinations in South and North America: Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Argentina

Cheap travel destinations in Asia

India

India is an excellent country with endless options to explore new destinations. A great idea to experience India as a backpacker. Plus, the backpacking style ensures that you spend less on accommodation and transport.

Food in India is very cheap and delicious: you can find local dishes around $1. A local tip: drink only bottled water to avoid food poisoning.

Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses start at $7.

Transportation includes very good public train system which costs a couple of dollars to go from one city to another.

Daily budget: $15 and up

Nepal

Call It AdventureFor those who would like to conquer the world-famous Mount Everest, Nepal is your destination. Or course, hiking the Everest takes time, very hard preparation and therefore money. Mostly because of costly equipment. But there are a lot of breathtaking self-guided hiking trails and  impressive sights in Nepal that can be explored on a budget. Check 10 Hiking Essentials For Beginners if you decide to go on adventures in the MOuntains of Nepal.

Local food based on rice, lentils, soups, and so much more that cost $1-3 per meal.

Accommodation starts at $7 per night per person.

Transportation is mostly buses that cost around $5.

Daily budget: $15 and up

Vietnam

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Oh, how many places around Vietnam that are worth visiting! Magnificent beaches, gorgeous hills, delicious food, and so much more to experience in Vietnam on a budget.

Food costs around $1-3 and up per dish, including world-famous Pho soups and Banh Mi sandwiches.

Accommodation is extremely cheap, starting at $11 per night per person at a hostel.

Transportation includes city buses or trains between cities that cost $5 and up.

Daily budget: $25 and up

Bali

Call It AdventureBali is a great destination for those who are into warm weather, surfing, spiritual search, and nice people. The flights to Bali may be expensive, but in general, the destination is very cheap when you mindfully plan the budget.

Local food costs $2-5 per meal.

Accommodation starts at $3 per night per person.

Transportation includes buses, taxi. But most people rent a scooter ($20 and up per day) to explore the island where they stay.

Daily budget: $10 and up. If you rent a bike, add approximately $20 per day.

Sri Lanka

Call It AdventureA surfers and tea fans paradise, Sri Lanka is another cheap place to visit in Asia. Here you can find beautiful waterfalls and nice beaches with warm weather most time of the year.

Local food costs $2-3 per meal.

Accommodation starts at $3 per night per person.

Transportation is basically busses or trains, and both will cost around $2 per ride

Daily budget: $15 and up

Thailand

Call It AdventureThailand, as I mentioned in the post about the world’s best romantic destinations, is the country you fall in love with and want to come back again. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to. Plus it is well known to be a cheap county to visit.

Local food costs $1-4 per meal. You can find fried rice with seafood for 1 dollar or curry for 2 dollars. Isn’t it a foodie paradise?

Accommodation starts at $4 per night per person.

Transportation is mostly buses that cost a couple of dollars per ride, even for a long distance. But I suggest renting a scooter to ride from one gorgeous beach to another.

Daily budget: $10 and up

Cambodia

If you wondered what to do in Cambodia, let me assure you, Cambodia has so much to offer – starting with beautiful landscapes and beaches to ancient villages and temples.

Local food costs $3-5 per meal.

Accommodation starts at $3 per night per person.

Transportation is a little bit expensive here comparing to other nearby counties. But buses are much more comfortable. Expect to pay around $10 for a bus ticket for a long-distance trip.

Daily budget: $25 and up

China

Call It AdventureI never considered china an interesting destination to visit until I read Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang. This is a book about three generations in the context of the history of China. The country turned out to be a complex destination with ancient history, brave people of numerous well-known landmarks, like The Great Wall of China. It is a very affordable country to visit if you plan your expenses wisely. Of course, you can spend a lot while visiting big cities like Hong Kong or Beijing, but small towns are very cheap.

Local food costs $4 per meal.

Accommodation starts at $14 per night per person.

Transportation is a couple of dollars for bus rides.

Daily budget: $30 and up.

South Korea

CallIt AdventureSouth Korea is an urban travel experience compared to another Asian travel destinations. But South Korea is a totally different culture and way of living that we are used to. I think it is a great place to visit if you like urban vacations and plan to travel on a budget.

Local food costs $4-6 per meal.

Accommodation starts at $8 per night per person.

Transportation will cost you a couple of dollars per day when you actively travel between points of interest.

Daily budget: $20 and up

Philippines

Call It AdventureWhile traveling around the Philippines, you can experience beaches, mountains, and cities all at once. It is as cheap as the rest of the South Asia region and nevertheless can surprise with its beauty even vivid travelers.

Local food costs $2-4 per meal.

Accommodation starts at $5 per night per person.

Transportation is cheap, less than a dollar per bus trip.

Daily budget: $15 and up

Fiji

Call It AdventureIf you on a budget but desperately need a great beach destination, go to Fiji. It is well known to be one of the world’s best places to experience a relaxed vacation at the beach near the ocean.

Local food costs $4 per meal.

Accommodation starts at $14 per night per person.

Transportation is mostly cheap public transport or taxi, which are also very affordable.

Daily budget: $30 and up

Cheap countries in Europe

Czech Republic

Call It AdventureEurope is a desired destination for a lot of people. While having some of the world’s most expensive destinations, there are so many European countries to visit on a budget. The Czech Republic is one of them. The Old Town of Prague is magical and charming, as well as very affordable as the rest of the country. Read more about Prague and the best time to visit it in here.

Local food costs $2 per sandwich and up around $7 per meal for a traditional dishes.

Accommodation starts at $12 per night per person.

Transportation here is very well developed. Public buses and tram tickets start at$1.5.

Daily budget: $35 and up

Ukraine

Call It AdventureUkraine is well-know for its cultural heritage, friendly people, and great food. Visit Ukraine to witness all of the above.

Local food costs $1-4 per meal.

Accommodation starts at $4 per night per person.

Transportation here is cheap as the rest of the activities. Even taxi can cost around $3.

Daily budget: $10 and up

Portugal

Call It AdventureThe most western country of Europe, Portugal, is actually a very cheap country to visit. Here everyone can find something to enjoy. Starting with great beaches for surfing, mountains for hiking, and busy urban life at vibrant Lisbon.

Local food costs $6-8 per meal.

Accommodation starts at $10 per night per person.

Transportation will cost you around $3 per ride in a city.

Daily budget: $31 and up

Turkey

Call It AdventureTurkey is a very diverse and vibrant country. There are so many things to do and places to visit due to Turkey’s long ancient and rich history. From the historic city of Istanbul to the best resorts in Antalya, Turkey can be explored on a budget.

Local food costs $2-6 per meal.

Accommodation starts at $10 per night per person.

Transportation is cheap, public transport cost less than a dollar rep ride. Taxi rides are cheap as well, costing around $2-10 dollars.

Daily budget: $22 and up

Hungary

Call It AdventureHungary is one of the most affordable European counties, and yet it is underrated. If you ever dreamed of visiting Paris, save money and visit Budapest. They say that Budapest is the Paris of East Europe.

Local food costs $2 per meal and up.

Accommodation starts at $9 per night per person.

Transportation within city limits costs $16 for 24-hours ticket.

Daily budget: $31 and up

Georgia

Call It AdventureGeorgia is well known for its magnificent nature landscapes, delicious food, and the best wine in the East Europe and Asia.

Local food costs $2-4 per meal.

Accommodation starts at $2 per night per person.

Transportation is well developed. Price is less than dollar for city bus ride.

Daily budget: $10 and up

Armenia

Call It AdventureArmenia is a very beautiful country with ancient history. It is claimed to be the birthplace of Christianity. Here, in Armenia, you can find ancient churches and monasteries hidden among magnificent mountains.

Local food costs $5 and up per meal.

Accommodation starts at $4 per night per person.

Transportation is cheap, a bus ticket will cost less than a dollar.

Daily budget: $20 and up

Romania

Call It AdventureRomania is an underestimated and cheap European destination. You can explore small villages in the Transylvania district or enjoy the old and vibrant capital of Romania Bucharest.

Local food costs starts at $5 per meal.

Accommodation starts at $7 per night per person.

Transportation is cheap and cost less than a dollar per city bus ride.

Daily budget: $25 and up

Poland

Call It AdventureI love Poland with all my heart because I had several scholarship programs there and had an opportunity to explore it. Being a very affordable county, Poland has numerous attractions – starting with salt caves and mountain lakes, to beautiful old cities and grand architecture.

Local food costs $2-4 per meal.

Accommodation starts at $7 per night per person.

Transportation is cheap. When you stay in major cities like Warsaw, Gdansk or Krakow, most of the sites are within walking distance. Bus tickets cost around one dollar.

Daily budget: $15 and up

Latvia

Call It AdventureLatvia is a Baltic country that has a rich history, beautiful old towns and villages. Visit Riga, and you will be amazed by how affordable yet enjoyable this place is with all the colorful houses and mixture of styles.

Local food costs $5 per meal.

Accommodation starts at $7 per night per person.

Transportation here is presented by buses that cost around $5 per person for 24 hours ticket.

Daily budget: $30 and up

Cheap travel destinations in Africa

Egypt

Call It AdventureWitness with your eyes the heritage of an ancient civilization. Visit Egypt to see ancient pyramids and enjoy the best sea world while diving, in my opinion. Plan around $20-50 per trip if you stay in Cairo and wish to visit pyramids.

A small tip here: Cairo and Alexandria are very busy cities and may seem chaotic. I would suggest booking an all-inclusive stay with at Sharm El-Sheikh or Hurghada. Here you can calmly enjoy the resort, sea and use it as a travel hub to discover all Egypt attractions. Even if you opt-out for an all-inclusive stay, Egypt will be a cheap place to visit.

Local food costs around $10 per meal.

Accommodation starts at $7 per night per person at a hostel.

Transportation here is hectic. Choose taxi that will cost $5-10 per ride.

Daily budget: $50 and up

Ethiopia

Call It AdventureEthiopia is famous for its coffee, Simien mountains that are a UNESCO Heritage Site, food, and wildlife.

Local food costs $5 and up per meal. Try local coffee. Local coffee culture is something extraordinary. They make coffee at street food locations, charge $1 or even less. But imagine, experiencing fresh Ethiopian coffee right where it comes from.

Accommodation starts at $15 per night per person.

Transportation option for tourists are mostly taxis that cost $5-10-15 per ride.

Daily budget: $45 and up

Morocco

Call It AdventureMorocco is a very authentic and beautiful place to visit. Here you can find colorful streets, noisy markets, and visit the Sahara desert.

Local food costs are $4-5 per meal.

Accommodation starts at $21 per night per person.

Transportation can be expensive and cost $10 per ride and more.

Daily budget: $46 and up

Cheap countries in South and North America

Cuba

Call It AdventureCuban vibe is something that people talk about. Visit Cuba and Havana to experience the spirit of freedom, its history, and maybe enjoy some of the Cuban cigars.

Local food costs $6 per meal and up.

Accommodation starts at $26 per night per person.

Transportation for tourists in Cuba and Havana is mostly taxi, which cost $10 and up per ride.

Daily budget: $54 and up

Mexico

Call It AdventureMexica most probably is the most popular Carribean destination for tourists from the USA. There are lots of reasons for that popularity: magnificent sea (when I saw pictures I thought it is a photoshop because the color of the water is just unreal), cenotes, ancient pyramids, and fresh Mexican food. While most visitors choose pricey all-inclusive hotels, you can visit Mexico on a budget.

Local food costs $5 and up per meal.

Accommodation starts at $7 per night per person.

Transportation for tourists and visitors alike are mostly taxis that cost $10 per ride and up.

Daily budget: $33 and up

Peru

Call It AdventureOne of the most popular places in South America, Peru, is a cheap country to visit. The most popular attraction is, of course, Machu Picchu and Inca Trail. These attractions are pricy. But there is so much more in Peru to explore when step off the beaten track.

Local food costs $1-2 per meal.

Accommodation starts at $5 per night per person.

Transportation depends on your needs. Most probably it will be taxi at a price of $5 and up

Daily budget: $17 and up

Argentina

Call It AdventureI saved you a wine destination for the end. Last but not least, Argentine, a country of Patagonia, wine, and excellent steaks.

Local food costs $10 and up per meal.

Accommodation starts at $8 per night per person.

Transportation depends on destination. Most tourist hail taxi or take local busses. Approximately it can cost around $10 per taxi ride.

Daily budget: $48 and up

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