“Travel is never a matter of money but of courage” – Paulo Coelho .. So now you are a solo backpacker or a group of friends with a mid-range budget or even a couple of honeymooners, who want to travel on budget to some of the most beautiful destinations in the world all on a low budget? All right we got you covered. In this article, we bring you the 7 best countries to visit and the cheapest tourist destinations worldwide so that you can get the most value for your money, meet friendly locals, eat delicious food, and have fun. Keep reading to find a quick overview of every country, places to visit there, things to do, some tips and tricks and the average range of a day cost in each country.
Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia that borders China in the north and India in the south, east, and west. This beautiful country has eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. Traveling to Nepal is very popular because it is one of the world’s cheapest places for mountain trekking, whether guided or independent. However, take care when it comes to trekking as Mt. Everest, in particular, costs too much money.
There are routes throughout the Himalayas that are very well-supported and have many tea houses where you can eat and sleep. A private room in a tea house and three delicious meals a day costs about $20. Usually, when you stay in a tea house, you can negotiate to have your room for free if you agree to eat at the tea house! Don’t miss visiting Pashupatinath Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Located in Southeast Asia, Cambodia is bordered by Thailand to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, and Vietnam to the east. Cambodia is one of the cheapest places to travel in the world as you can easily spend a month in Cambodia with just $1000.
One of Cambodia’s main attractions is Angkor Thom which was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. Several monuments from earlier eras are located within Angkor Thom such as Bapuon, Phimeanakas, and the Royal Palace. You can also enjoy swinging in a hammock on the quiet island of Koh Rong Sanloem, or river boating and hiking in the Cardamom Mountains. A day in Cambodia usually costs between $25 and $45.
Vietnam is one of the mind-blowing spots in Southeast Asia which shares its land borders with China to the north, and Laos and Cambodia to the west. Vietnam is popular for the best, healthiest, and cheapest street food you will ever taste. You are going to fall for the soup with rice noodles, cilantro, and the amazing broth.
Vietnam’s top attractions include Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Cu Chi Tunnels, Hoàn Kiếm Lake, and Ha Long Bay. The magic here is that Vietnam is really one of the cheapest travel destinations where you can spend a day for only $25, including a guest house, food, transport, and more!
Sri Lanka is an island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal and to the southeast of the Arabian Sea. Sri Lanka’s must-visit spots are the Buddhist Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the rock fortress of Sigiriya, Royal Botanical Gardens, Horton Plains National Park, Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, and Golden Temple.
A Day in Sri Lanka can be spent on closer to $30 including food, transport, accommodation, and the Internet. Here’s to mention that there are some expensive activities you might want to consider such as safaris and admission into the UNESCO World Heritage sites. A train ride in Sri Lanka is really worth it, not only is it the cheapest transportation, but it is also very delightful and relaxing.
From renowned historical attractions to world-class dive sites, golden Mediterranean and Red Sea beaches, desert oases, and natural alternative healing spots, Egypt has something for almost everyone. While the most famous landmark is The Pyramids and all Pharaohs, Roman and Greek monuments, Egypt has so many underrated spots of entertainment which are considered one of the best in the world, especially reef beaches, islands, and natural reserves. However, the cost of travel in Egypt is so cheap and full of value too, with a rich cultural history, top-class delicious food, helpful locals, incredible regional diversity, great tea, wild nightlife, and a lot to do.
Egypt is considered the cheapest country to visit. A day in Egypt might cost from $20 and it increases according to the type of activity you want to do as Egypt is one of the most countries in the world that has an endless list of entertaining, exciting, and fun activities to offer.
India is one of the cheapest travel destinations in the world that is a must-visit, as it is even way cheaper than neighboring Nepal. Occupying the greater part of South Asia, you might spend a couple of years backpacking across India and not be able to finish half of what this amazing country has to offer. From Taj Mahal to Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Amber Palace, Hawa Mahal, and the breathtaking Ganges, it will be one of the most unforgettable experiences in your entire life.
Similar to Nepal, if you walk into local guesthouses, restaurants, and tour companies, you could easily get the same things in person for half the quoted price online. A day in India would cost about $30 or less in case of staying in cheap guest houses, taking second-class trains, and avoiding Western food. Of course, prices vary according to the comfort level you’re seeking. It also has the cheapest 5 star hotels in the world.
Being a transcontinental country that lies in both Asia and Europe and links between East and West, traveling to Turkey is an epic way to travel overland from Europe to Asia. You’ll enjoy seeing a lot of Roman ruins and cave cities as Turkey was once home to the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Moreover, it is popular for its buzzing bazaars and plenty of golden Mediterranean beaches where a traditional gimlet sailboat cruise is a must.
The stunning Blue Mosque in Istanbul and the breathtaking white travertines in Pamukkale, are relatively affordable to enter, as a dip in the thermal pools in Pamukkale costs about $5. As for the bit costly historical places, you can save your cash and buy a five-day Museum Pass, which gets you into 12 sites with discounts at lots more. Street food is so delicious and cheap (Don’t miss trying the Balik Ekmek). A day in turkey might cost between $30 and $50.