One of the biggest myths out there is that traveling is expensive. If you’re flying to an expensive city, staying at a 5 star hotel, and eating at luxurious restaurants, then it definitely is. But some destinations give you a lot more bang for your buck. You may have to save a little extra for the ticket itself, but upon arrival you’ll be living out all your frugal fantasies.
If you’re looking for a tropical paradise…
Its pristine beaches are perfect for sunbathing or surfing. Accommodation can be found as low as $5 per night if you’re willing to stay at a hostel, and your meals don’t have to cost you more than $10 per day.
Come here for white sand beaches and palm trees as far as the eye can see. You can spend about $35 a day here. If you want to splurge, a stay at a 3-star hotel with a pool will set you back about $30 a night.
Certain islands in Indonesia have become very tourist-driven and expensive, but if you choose the island less followed you can get away with spending about $30 per day. Make sure to stick to only one or two islands, as inter-island travel is what gets expensive here.
If you’re looking for nature and outdoor activities
With accomodation going as low as $5 per night in a hostel, and meals for about $3, you’ll have plenty of money leftover to visit breathtaking waterfalls and rivers. If you really want to splurge, you can find a nice hotel room for about $35 per night.
This often overlooked country has plenty to offer. Islands, jungles, and highlands for nature lovers, and a diverse food scene back in the cities. Cheap accommodation can be found at $10 per night, and delicious meals start at $5.
Home of Mount Everest, Nepal is a dream destination for mountain lovers. Just be sure to avoid tourist traps like … Mount Everest. Though the country is small, it still has a lot of other treks to offer. Accomodation at a guesthouse can start at $5, and so can a delicious meal at a local cafe.
This landlocked central Asian country is home to stunning mountain ranges and glacier lakes. Accommodation at a hostel or guesthouse can be found at $8, and meals start at $4. Also special mention to public transportation, which only costs about $0.20!
If you’re looking for a city break...
The Ukrainian capital boasts beautiful Orthodox churches, trendy bars and restaurants, and some pretty great shopping. You can find a room in a hostel for about $6 per night, and a hearty Ukrainian meal for the same price.
Plus, getting around the city is easy with a day pass on the train costing no more than $3. In general, eastern european cities are quite cheap (more well-known destinations like Prague and Budapest are becoming more expensive) so it’s also worthwhile checking out cities in Poland and the Baltic states (Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia).
Sandy beaches, stunning mountains, safaris, and vineyards. Cape Town has it all at very low costs. You can stay at a hostel for about $12 per night, and have a feast at a nice restaurant: a well-portioned main will only set you back about $8!