Your body is itching to travel… but you are short on cash! Story of every traveler! Yet, traveling is an important thing to do in life as it not just enriches your experiences, but also gives a new outlook towards life. When you’re on a strict budget, you would prefer staying at home. But what many of you don’t know is that there are a lot of stunning places which can be explored even when you don’t have enough bucks in your pocket. All those suffering from a serious case of wanderlust, you should check out the list of 12 affordable countries that are ideal for budget travelers.
For individual travelers and backpackers, Indonesia is a budget-friendly country of Southeast Asia that is marked for its white sand beaches, savannahs, and jungles. Consisting of around 17000 islands, Indonesia is the fourth most populated country in the world. A budget traveler can get accommodation for as low as $10 per night. Even eating on the street would cost less than $1 per person. Soups, noodles, and street snacks would keep your wallet fat!
Another budget-friendly Southeast Asian country which has gotten extremely touristy over the past few years is Thailand. You would love to gorge on all those Thai curries and explore opulent royal palaces and ornate temples, displaying figurines of Lord Buddha. Accommodation in the guesthouses in the countryside would cost around $4-$5.
You’ll be able to stretch your dollar to the max during your visit to India, which is an incredibly beautiful country. Unless you choose to eat only western meals, the staple dal roti plate would cost around 50 rupees – that’s about 75 cents. Some of the must-visit landmarks of the country include Red Fort, India Gate, Taj Mahal, Ganges of Varanasi, Jama Masjid, and Qutb Minar.
Cambodia is not just a safe and friendly country; it is also a budget-friendly country that is a staple go-to for budget travelers. It is a country with majestic history and rural charms. Once the seat of Khmer empire with magnificent temples, is now a hub for country’s tourism. From diving on cheap to exploring the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat – you can do it all in a strict budget! Just about everything is inexpensive in the country. Even a meal is under $5 per person.
China is a huge and fast-changing country that is pretty easy to commute from one place to another. The expanding country offers an opportunity to explore the amazing historical hotspots such as The Great Wall, The Terracotta Statue Army, Temple Of Heaven Park, and alike. Cheap transport and cheap cuisine characterize the country. Travelers can hire a taxi for as less as $1.
One of the coolest travel destinations that should be on every traveler’s bucket list is Machu Picchu. Not just that, Peru has numerous other stunning attractions – not to mention reasonable. Peru is marked worldwide as a culinary hotspot so the tourists would find themselves being treated to appetizing cuisines in a picturesque setting.
Wedged between the Indian plains and mighty Himalaya is a land of monasteries, snow peaks, as well as Sherpa – Nepal. There is a wide scope for fun and adventure in the country. Travelers can indulge in activities such as mountain-biking, paragliding, and rock-climbing when in Nepal. Being a budget-friendly country, one can relish a Nepalese meal for about $1.
Europe is an expensive continent, except Eastern Europe that is quite cheaper as compared to the western cousins. Bulgaria is an exception and it rewards exploration. From long traditional religious art, black sea beaches, to diverse mountain ranges, there is a lot to explore in the Bulgaria. And the best part – it is not really expensive. Believe it or not, but an entire liter of beer would cost around $1.5 in the country.
Astoundingly exotic and absolutely compelling, Vietnam is a country of beautiful sights such as Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam Museum Of Ethnology, West Lake, Imperial City, and Independence Palace. Traveling in and around Vietnam is quite affordable as transportation is cheap and even accommodation is not too over the top expensive. A simple meal for two won’t cost you more than $6.
Laos, a country untouched by the modern demands, is best known for its French colonial architecture, mountainous terrain, underground river caves, and Lao cuisine. Also poetically known as the ‘land of a million elephants’, accommodation in Laos would cost around $10 per night. Also, a plate of rice would cost about $1.
Sri Lanka, formerly known Ceylon is a tiny island nation that has a history spanning 3,000 years. It is a land of endless beaches, rugged land of rainforests, welcoming people, diverse wildlife, rolling surf, timeless ruins, and cheap prices. Cradled in the lap of Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is a great country to explore for the travelers who are on a budget trip.
Cradled between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea is the beautiful Central American nation, Nicaragua. A lot of people compare Nicaragua with Costa Rica as it has become an increasingly popular tourist destination. Once you arrive in the nation, you won’t have to think much about spending on high-adventure outdoor activities, accommodation, or food as everything is very much affordable. A dorm bed in Nicaragua would cost you as less as $5 per night.
Guatemala offers its visitors everything they hope for. This Central American country is marked for its steep volcanoes, lively Zona Viva nightlife, and ancient Mayan sites. It is an inexpensive country that has a lot to offer to the backpackers. Moreover, it is a budget destination where you can grab a meal for just about $3.