12 of the World’s Cheapest Destinations to Travel on a Budget

Cheapest destination to travel on a budget

One of the first things people tell me when we talk about financial independence is:

“If I were financially independent, I would travel a lot”

Well the good news is you don’t necessarily need to become financially independent to travel to dream places.

To prove it let me share with you 12 of the world’s cheapest destinations to travel on a budget. Getting there might be a little bit expensive, but keep in mind that the cost of living in these countries is ridiculously low.

Thailand

Thailand cheapest destination travel Image source: Integral travel

Average cost of a basic Thai meal in a restaurant is $3 to $5

Average cost of hotels is $30/night

One way ticket (local transport) $0.62

Cambodia

Cambodia cheapest place to travel budget

Image source: I like to waste my time

Meal, inexpensive restaurant $3.25

Accommodation starts from as little as $2 to $5 in popular destinations

One-way ticket $1.22

Nepal

Nepal cheapest destination travel budget

Image source: Always 10 list

Meal, inexpensive restaurant $1.69

You can find very nice hotels starting at $20/night

One-way ticket (local transport) $0.25

Colombia

Colombia cheapest place to visit budget

Meal, inexpensive restaurant $4.05

Accommodation starts as little as $8/night

One-way ticket (local transport) $0.86

Czech Republic

Prague cheapest place to travel budget

Meal, inexpensive restaurant $4.67

Average cost of hotels is $50/night

One-way ticket (local transport) $1.21

Bolivia

Bolivia cheapest place to visit budget

Meal, inexpensive restaurant $2.17

You can find nice hotels starting at $20/night

One-way ticket $0.29

Portugal

Portugal cheapest place to visit budget

Image Source: Telegraph.uk

Meal, inexpensive restaurant $7

Cost of hotels is $50/night

One-way ticket (local transport) $1.50

Philippines

Philippines cheapest place to visit budget

Image source: Paradise in the world

Meal, inexpensive restaurant $2.69

Cost for a resort or standard hotel $70/night

One-way ticket (local transport) $0.20

India

India cheapest place to visit budget

Image source: Zastavki

Meal, inexpensive restaurant $1.64

Average cost of hotels is $20/night

One-way ticket (local transport) $0.25

Greece

Greece cheapest place to visit budget

Image source: DS World’s lands

Meal, inexpensive restaurant $12

Cost of hotels is $75/night

One-way ticket (local transport) $1.55

Vietnam

Vietnam cheapest place to visit budget Image source: Easia Travel

Meal, inexpensive restaurant $2.36

At $10-$20/night you get a standard hotel with everything you need.

One-way ticket (local transport) $0.24

Malaysia

Malaysia cheapest place to visit budget

Image source: Lushescapes

Meal, inexpensive restaurant $2.16

Average cost of standard hotels is $20

One-way ticket (local transport) $0.62

Now I want to know have you ever been in those places? What’s your favorite one? Let me know in the comments below (I read and answer all of them)

 

Simon Cave

23 comments… add one
  • Jay September 20, 2014, 4:10 pm

    This is awesome! I never thought to look up those details – kinda always put traveling on the back burner.

    Certainly will be planning a few trips for next year! 😉

    Thanks a million!

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    • The Becomer September 20, 2014, 4:34 pm

      No problem Jay, thanks for the comment!

      Reply
  • Godswill David September 20, 2014, 5:40 pm

    Malaysia and Czech my dream home i will like to be

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    • The Becomer September 22, 2014, 4:10 pm

      I’ve never been to Malaysia, I will definitely visit it one day!

      Reply
  • Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life September 22, 2014, 5:21 pm

    I feel like the trick with most of these is getting there. If you can get your flight covered, through a CC bonus, (or as I do, through working abroad and extending my trips), then it’s totally awesome.

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    • The Becomer September 24, 2014, 2:25 pm

      Good point Stefanie. CC bonus is an excellent way to do it. Btw if you want a complete guide about it, I strongly recommend you to visit hackthesystem.com. If you subscribe to the newsletter, you will get a free ebook that explains everything you need to know about traveling the world for free.

      Reply
  • Malia September 23, 2014, 12:55 am

    Yay GREECE! Always been on my bucket list; I’m gonna add Portugal and India to that list. Thanks Simon!

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    • The Becomer September 24, 2014, 2:25 pm

      Np problem Malia thanks for your comment 😉

      Reply
  • Dee @ Color Me Frugal September 23, 2014, 2:30 am

    I was expecting to see Ecuador on this list! The last time I was there I paid $4 per night for a hotel in Banos. I’ve always wanted to go to Greece and Portugal- definitely on my list to see some day! Thanks for sharing these details.

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    • The Becomer September 24, 2014, 2:27 pm

      Thanks for mentioning it! Ecuador is also a great place to travel on a budget you’re right.

      Reply
  • The Dame Intl September 24, 2014, 1:55 am

    I can attest to Thailand being very cheap, outside of the tourist towns, you can eat very well for even $1 a plate and great hotels cost the same as a hostel dorm room in the UK…

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    • The Becomer September 24, 2014, 2:31 pm

      I think that in any country you got to stay away from tourist places. I remember travelling to Capri (which is extremely touristic) and paying almost $20 dollar for the tiniest hotdog I had ever seen. I won’t do it again even if the island is fantastic.

      Reply
  • Michelle September 25, 2014, 11:28 pm

    We have been traveling a lot to Europe over the past couple of years. This gives us some new ideas!

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  • Matt October 2, 2014, 12:00 pm

    Awesome list! Very helpful as I plan my RTW trip! Certainly going to be heading to several of these countries!

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  • Fay October 21, 2014, 5:02 am

    Great list! I’ve travelled to Malaysia, Vietnam and Thialand all on numerous occasions. They are our favourite holiday destinations and close to get to from Australia. Plus I love going to Vietnam because then I get to visit the two brothers I have that call that country home now.

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    • The Becomer October 22, 2014, 7:26 am

      Thanks for your comment Fay, that’s great! 😉

      Reply
  • Michael Smith December 12, 2014, 10:55 am

    Trust me – India is not a cheap destination for non-Indian citizens (foreigners). Separate fees exist based on the colour of your skin or the failure to produce a National Indian ID Card. The Tourist visa for India is the most expensive in the world. Travelling to SE Asia every year, you might consider looking at Mynamar (Burma) as another destination

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  • David of the Debt Free Guys December 19, 2014, 12:16 pm

    We have to get some of these on our lists. We have so many free miles to use, going abroad can definitely be cheaper than staying in the US.

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  • Carolyn January 6, 2015, 7:19 pm

    Completely agree with Michael Smith’s comment about India not being cheap. Because of the poor living standards, staying in decent accomodations, and eating in reputable restaurants is a must, unless you’re prepared to spend at least part of your vacation sick. We found (in 2014) that we were gouged for meals, bottled water, etc. Prices were at least as expensive as in central Canada. While a beautiful and facinating country, we wouldn’t go back because of the how we were treated.

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    • The Becomer January 6, 2015, 7:27 pm

      Thanks for your great comment Carolyn!

      Reply
  • Michelle April 26, 2015, 3:54 pm

    We haven’t gone to any of these. We have traveled much of Europe, and I can tell you that it wasn’t cheap.

    Reply

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