7 of the Cheapest Travel Destinations in the World

Posted on October 31, 2012 by

Travel has a reputation for being expensive, but whilst that’s often the case it’s equally true that there are some exceptional bargains around if you’re willing to spread your wings a bit further. In many parts of the world it’s possible to live on only a few pounds a day – or in luxury for the same amount of money as you would spend at home. Here are seven of the cheapest destinations in the world, based on our own experiences and research.

1. India

This huge, sprawling country has an incredible amount to offer. Although there are plenty of tourist traps in the big cities, you’ll find super-low prices as well as a more authentic cultural experience once you veer off the beaten path. Most parts of India are highly affordable, from Mumbai to Rajasthan and everywhere in between. All in all, you should be able to exist very comfortably for £10 a day.

Taj Mahal

2. Tunisia

Tunisia’s capital is consistently ranked among the world’s cheapest cities by Mercer who conducts an annual survey on worldwide cost. The coastal city is where the Mediterranean meets North Africa, with the best of both cultures at a fraction of the price you might expect from nearby countries such as Italy. It continues to be the cheapest city in the region of Middle East and Africa.

Souk in TunisFlickr image by liketearsintherain

3. Eastern Europe

You can expect to pay comparable prices to those home in Western Europe, but a little further east and you’ll find a very different picture. Food and accommodation are excellent value and they’re often cheap to fly to from European hubs like London and Paris. There is plenty to see and do for free here as well as historically-rich sites to visit. Head for some of the quieter spots in Slovakia, Albania or Macedonia; you’ll find the capitals are reasonable value but further afield prices are truly outstanding.

Lake Ohrid, Macedonia

4. Vietnam and Cambodia

These are well-known tourist destinations thanks to their stunning scenery and cultural heritage, but their popularity among backpackers means that there are plenty of places where prices are ideal for the budget traveler. It’s possible to get an excellent meal – including beer – for $3, and a decent hotel won’t cost much more. There’s so much to see: from beautiful Sapa n Northern Vietnam to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, you can easily spend months exploring this region.

Sapa, Vietnam

5. Thailand

In fact, Southeast Asia is good value all over, and Thailand is another destination where it’s possible to stretch your money almost twice as far as at home. Recent flooding and political problems have driven prices lower still, and you’ll be helping to boost the local economy. Whether you head to the beach or inland into the jungles, Thailand has all sorts of adventure for the budget traveler

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temple in Chiangmai

6. Mexico

On a similar theme, Mexico has had plenty of bad publicity recently thanks to a series of high-profile drug killings. Unfortunately the whole country has been tainted by association, despite the fact that its beautiful stretches of beaches and quaint towns are nowhere near the violence and remain completely unaffected.

Tulum

7. Greece 

One to watch. Already cheap due to its struggling economy, if Greece crashes out of the Euro and reverts to the Drachma then your dollars could suddenly go literally twice as far against the vastly devalued currency. Public transport and other services may be shaky for a while longer, so make contingency plans – or build some flexibility into your timetable and stay longer.

AthensFlickr photo by Arian Zwegers

 


 

 

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72 Responses to “7 of the Cheapest Travel Destinations in the World”

  1. midlifewanderlust1965 November 1, 2012 3:34 pm
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    Thank you for that list.

  2. Laurience November 3, 2012 8:45 pm
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    Vietnam and Cambodia are really interesting places to visit especially Cambodia. Love this post and a nice list

  3. waysofwanderers November 3, 2012 9:53 pm
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    Great list – I love that you covered a variety of places all over the world. I would definitely add Laos along with the other destinations in SE Asia. It's even cheaper than Thailand, but equally as fascinating.

  4. Rauszeit November 4, 2012 10:40 am
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    Great list :-) At some point you might want to add Morocco to it. For us one of the most inexpensive place to be.

  5. Joseph November 15, 2012 11:54 pm
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    Hi. Such a valuable post for traveling freaks. I love to go Mexico.

  6. Vacation November 22, 2012 3:10 am
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    This is a great list of resources. This article provides a brief information about some of most popular and cheapest travel destinations in the world. India is the home to numerous tourist destinations which are full of tourists’ delight. There are so many tourist destinations in india like- Kerala, Delhi, Agra, Goa, etc..

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  10. Couponlava December 14, 2012 4:24 am
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    I am an Indian and belong to Jaipur, Rajasthan. I think among all these places, the cheapest is undoubtedly Agra, India where you will be able to visit one of the eight wonders of the world – The Taj Mahal. Thank you for posting this.

    @Everest trek, how does it cost for a trip to Everest Gokyo Lake trek from Kathmandu?

  11. Migration Expert December 19, 2012 8:39 pm
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    I’ve been to Thailand and I can say that all their products are cheap from clothes, foods and etc. We tried the elephant ride and it is very fun! I recommend that you should go there.

  12. Claudia January 8, 2013 2:39 pm
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    The places are cheap for sure, but the real problem is the airfare. It's getting much more expensive to fly these days and I feel I spend more on the ticket than on hotels and eating out. It's depressing.

  13. Mike's Road Trip January 11, 2013 11:55 am
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    Great list! I don't know how cheap eastern Europe still is, but I was there in the late 90s and it was fantastic! S.E. Asia is probably the best place to go for the buck in my opinion.

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    Mexico is among the cheapest yet best places to go and visit. They have exciting tourist destinations like beaches which lures and wants you to live in there.

  15. town January 18, 2013 3:22 am
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    Wow! Most of these countries are in Asia. Philippines is also a great place to visit to and to choose from.

  16. Andy January 19, 2013 9:39 pm
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    Number 3 is a definite… I paid like low prices for a night in hostel throughout eastern Europe. Very worth it, some of the nicer ones that I have stayed in oddly enough. Hope to visit the others one day…

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  19. Arnar Olaffson January 23, 2013 8:52 am
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  20. Compass February 11, 2013 3:51 am
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  23. island February 19, 2013 10:40 pm
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    Wow! Most of these countries are in Asia. Philippines is also a great place to visit to and to choose from,visit Camiguin Island and you'll see.

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  25. Mika February 27, 2013 3:37 am
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  26. Diana February 27, 2013 7:12 am
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    I was talking to an Indian friend a couple of days ago about traveling to India. I thought it was pretty expensive to travel there but he said it's not. And he's right. The only thing that's expensive is the plane ticket. Once you get there you need around 10 euros/day

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  28. Sylvia Jordan March 1, 2013 5:22 am
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    Great list! This is what I'm looking for. I've been hunting for top holiday destinations that are wallet-friendly. I'm a backpacker and, as you know, backpackers are awfully not financially endowed. I'm writing these destinations in my travel checklist.

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    Have seen a lot of Western Europe, but am hungry to get to Eastern Europe….and all the better if it's less expensive!

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  43. Cries Mark April 17, 2013 8:28 am
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  44. orchardbliss April 19, 2013 5:44 am
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    Good list you have here. I was wondering how cheap Greece is at the moment. I am going to Europe in a few months and as much as I wanted to go there, especially the islands, I didn't think it was cheap, even with its financial issues.

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  48. Aptraveler May 3, 2013 9:02 am
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    Great list, it show the variety of places around the world that are really affordable to visit and explore. I would add Laos to your Vietnam Cambodia suggestion.

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  51. Vinnie May 15, 2013 10:23 am
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    You have taken Greece to your list? We were there a few years ago and it was one of the most expensive countries we have been. Because of the crisis there was shortage of goods in shops and prices very high. And credit cards were not accepted anywhere complicating travelling. Also renting was very expensive in Athens at the time. If you want an inexpensive travel destination in Europe, Sicily is excellent. We ended up living there over one year in Messina and Trapani.

    If Greece will drop out of Euro, the shortages are likely to get out of hand and hike the prices. Same happened in Venezuela a few months ago. We went there just after devaluation expecting cheaper prices, but the black market currency exchange rates had changed accordingly so that everything was more expensive, about the same amount that the devaluation percentage was. For the locals devaluation did not change anything.

  57. Kori June 9, 2013 1:23 pm
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    This is a great list! When I travel international, it's normally to eastern Europe as I have found that the prices are greatly cheaper than many other countries in Europe. My next plan is to go to India. Great Post!

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    I love SE Asia for the affordability of travel. I think Vietnam is probably cheaper than Cambodia, though – and considerably cheaper than Thailand. I'm going to Mexico later this year as part of my honeymoon; it had better be a cheap destination because the wedding in New Zealand is going to be very expensive!

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    The places are cheap for sure, but the real problem is the airfare. It’s getting much more expensive to fly these days and I feel I spend more on the ticket than on hotels and eating out. It’s depressing.

  65. Ros August 28, 2013 4:05 pm
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    Nice post. I think Bolivia should be on the list. Unbelievably cheap.

    • Nellie August 29, 2013 11:19 am
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      True! We had a beef steak for only €1 in Tupiza. Love how cheap it was!

  66. Elsa September 11, 2013 1:07 am
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    Indonesia is cheap too.

  67. Frank September 21, 2013 8:25 am
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    Nice post Nellie – never considered Tunisia as a cheap destination and I haven't been in 30 years. I've also heard really good things about Algeria…but I'm always a bit nervous about that part of the world.
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  68. Thai Women December 7, 2013 12:18 pm
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    Thank you for letting us know these places. Atleast we could have ideas where to be at our vacation. :)

  69. hotel deals February 20, 2014 8:17 pm
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    Great list! Thailand is actually our next destination. I think countries in South East Asia generally are cheap. We've only been to Hong Kong, Philippines and Kuala Lumpur but I heard the other countries are also affordable and going to any of those places is really worth it.