30+ Cheap Places To Travel Around the World


Traveling can be expensive. Sometimes you just want to try to find a way to stretch your dollar a little more, and one of the easiest ways to do that is by looking for cheap places to travel.

From Europe to Asia to South America, here are a whole bunch of affordable travel destinations for you to get the most bang for your buck.

Cheap Places To Travel in Europe

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Europe likely isn’t the first continent on your mind when you think of budget travel destinations. That said, depending on the country you pick, you can often spend less than $50 a day on your adventures.


Bucharest, Romania

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Known for castles and vampires, Romania is one of the cheapest – and coolest – places to visit in Europe.

As you wander through the country’s medieval towns and soaring mountains, you might even forget how good of a deal you’re getting.

Czech Republic

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The Czech Republic is a great place to travel while on a budget. You can easily get by on $40 USD a day – and that’s in the capital city of Prague.

Head outside of the city to find even lower rates, along with beautiful hikes and delicious meals.


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The little country of Georgia is on the border between Europe and Asia. Since it’s often overlooked, tourism prices haven’t spiked, which means you can enjoy food, hikes, and history for about $30 USD a day. Sounds like a deal to me.


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Just south of Georgia, you’ll find the country of Armenia. With monasteries and fortresses, cathedrals and wineries, this beautiful destination is more than worth a few of your hard-earned dollars.


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No list of the best cheap places to travel would be complete without at least one Balkan country. In this case, we’ve chosen Albania.

On the tightest of budgets, you can get by on $25 USD per day (although $35 USD is a little more realistic) – and you’ll get to enjoy stunning Albanian Alps, historic towns, and flavorful cuisine in return.


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While not as cheap as the Balkans or sections of Eastern Europe, Portugal is about as cheap as it gets in Western Europe. On a decently tight budget, you can get by at around $60 USD per day. With blissful beaches, beautiful architecture, and delicious food, I’d say that $60 is more than worth it.

Cheap Places To Travel in Asia

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Make your way to Asia for fun and affordable travel finds – from sunny beaches to cultural markets.


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Filled with delicious street food, bustling markets, and outdoor adventures, Vietnam is one of those places where you can get quite a lot of bang for your buck. You’ll only have to budget about $30 per day for this once-in-a-lifetime trip.


Khone Falls, Laos

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Want an affordable destination that’s a little more out of the box? Head to Laos.

This Southeast Asian country boasts amazing outdoor experiences – from ziplining in forests to swimming in picture-perfect lagoons.


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There’s so much to see in India, it’s hard to sum it all up. Depending on the region, you can see everything from rainforests to temples, palaces to deserts. In most spots, it’ll only cost you about $25 USD per day.

Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka is one of those countries that you can visit on the smallest of budgets – or blow your entire bank account.

The safaris, tours, and big-budget attractions can add up. That said, you can get by on $35 USD a day, including accommodations, transportation, food, and low-cost activities. Jaw-dropping hikes and golden beaches await.


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Speaking of hikes and beaches, Indonesia is another incredible, yet cheap place to travel for outdoor fun.

The hopping city of Bali is packed with loads of things to do while still keeping your wallet happy. But you can get a little more out-of-the-box – and a little more within budget – by visiting some of the lesser known Indonesian islands.


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The Philippines is another island country where you can get by on less than $40 per day. And on that budget, you can do everything from devouring local delicacies to snorkeling in the country’s turquoise waters. Don’t miss out on this affordable Asian vacation.


Wat Arun Temple at sunset landmark of Bangkok, Thailand

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You know those picture-perfect Thai beaches that you’ve seen on Instagram feeds and magazine spreads? You can visit those without breaking the bank.

Add rice fields, Buddhist temples, and ancient ruins to the mix, all for about $35 USD per day.


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Cambodia is one of those spots that makes it onto just about every list of cheap places to travel. For $30 USD a day, you can explore far more than just the famed Angkor Wat Temple. Delicious street food, hidden hikes, and gorgeous beaches are waiting for you.


Kathmandu, Nepal

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There are two ways to travel Nepal – trekking the mountains or exploring everything else that the country has to offer. Surprisingly, both options are affordable.

If you want to hike the Himalayas, you can get by on $15 USD per day. If you choose to stick to the country’s towns and temples, $30 USD per day should do the trick.

Cheap Places To Travel in Africa

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Africa’s most affordable destinations await. From rolling sand dunes to animal-filled savannah’s, you’ve got quite the array of landscapes to explore – while still staying on budget.


Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco

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Make your way to Morocco for a whole new culture at a surprisingly affordable price. Wander through the famed markets, dine on beloved local dishes, or try your hand at sandboarding on the country’s rolling orange sand dunes.


The Great Pyramid of Giza

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Egypt is overflowing with history – from the many museums and ancient temples to the famed Pyramids of Giza. You can see all of these 4,000-year-old finds at a budget of about $40 USD per day.


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Kenya has been dealing with a little bit of a tourism slump for these past few years, and the prices have done the same. So now you can see all of the coolest savannah animals at a pretty affordable price.

That said, let’s be clear – safaris aren’t the cheapest excursion around. While you can visit Kenya for about $50 USD a day, this rate is more for exploring the cities, like Nairobi or Mombasa. You’ll need to budget a bit more to add a safari to the itinerary.

South Africa

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Even though South Africa is one of the most visited countries in Africa, it’s still surprisingly one of the cheapest places to travel on the continent. For about $50 USD per day, you can explore the best that the country has to offer, including beaches, national parks, and vineyards, just to start.

Cheap Places To Travel in Central America & the Caribbean

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Budget-friendly beaches and islands are waiting in Central America and the Caribbean.

Costa Rica

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Loads of Americans travel – or even move – to Costa Rica, simply because it’s so affordable. For just $40 USD a day, you can lounge on sunny beaches and experience the best of Central America’s ecotourism in this little Country.


Little Corn Island, Nicaragua

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Nicaragua is sometimes nicknamed the next Costa Rica. That means, with its budget-friendly accommodations and transportation, as well as its sunny beaches and abundant wildlife, more people than ever are realizing that Nicaragua is one of the best cheap places to travel.


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Mexico is quite a diverse country – with bustling cities, hidden cenotes, tropical beaches, and everything in between.

If you do it right, you can see it all for just $40 USD per day. 

El Salvador

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El Salvador is in the same price realm as Costa Rica and Nicaragua – you can get a meal for $5 USD and a beer for $1 USD. But this little Central American country sets itself apart from the crowd with its volcanoes.

Also known as the Land of Volcanoes, El Salvador is the perfect place to hike to the top of a volcanic peak or even get a glimpse of an eruption from afar.


Roatan Island, Honduras

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For a great blend of nature, food, and history – all at an affordable price – head to Honduras. The country’s breathtaking beaches, lively rainforests, tasty street food, and ancient Mayan ruins are great for every type of traveler.


San Blas Islands Panama

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Budget yourself $40 USD per day for a trip to lovely Panama. With that saved up cash, you can snorkel your way through thriving coral reefs, surf epic waves, hike to cascading waterfalls, and stroll through the historic streets of Casco Viejo, just to start.


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Belize is another great, affordable Central American country filled with beaches, ruins, jungles, and dive spots galore. It is a smidge pricier than other countries in the region, so you’ll want to budget about $50 to $60 USD per day. But that added cost is all worth it, considering the incredible adventures that Belize has to offer.



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Looking for a cheap island getaway? Check out Curacao. This Caribbean island is known for its beaches and coral reefs – and it doesn’t cost all that much to snorkel and tan your days away. $60 USD a day should do it.


Beautiful sandy beach with palm and a sailing boat in the turquoise sea on Jamaica Paradise island.

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Jamaica is another fantastic Caribbean island to consider visiting while on a budget. Beyond the beaches, Jamaica is also home to lovely mountains and rainforests, so there’s lots of nature to explore. You just have to budget yourself $45 USD a day, and you can head out.

Cheap Places To Travel in South America

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Even South America has a few cheap places for you to travel, so get ready to book your flights.


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Make your way to Colombia for an epic adventure for just $30 USD a day. From animal-filled rainforests and sunny beaches to mouthwatering restaurants and exciting festivals, don’t skip on visiting Colombia. It’s definitely more than worth the price.


Salar de Uyuni bolivia

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Requiring about $20 per day, Bolivia is one of the cheapest places to travel – and one of the coolest. Explore the Uyuni Salt Flats, the high-altitude Lake Titicaca, and experience La Paz’s Witch Market, just to start.


Machu Picchu, a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. One of the New Seven Wonders of the World

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Combine your trip to Bolivia with a trip to Peru for even more value per dollar. Plus, this affordable South American country is great for all sorts of next-level adventures, from hiking to Machu Picchu to touring through the Amazon Rainforest.

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From historic temples and thriving food markets to beautiful beaches and animal-filled safaris, there are so many adventures you can have while still staying on a budget.

Many cheap places to travel are just underrated or under-the-radar spots that still have incredible things to see and do. So whenever your bank account is ready, these destinations will be waiting for you.

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Sarah Etinas

Sarah Etinas is a full-time travel writer and avid adventurer. She has written for dozens of renowned publications, including Time Out, Insider, Honolulu Magazine, and TripAdvisor. When she's not writing, Sarah practices what she preaches by traveling to new destinations, hiking to beautiful waterfalls, and exploring her home. You can find more of her professional work on her portfolio website and follow her adventures on her Hawaii travel website.