Budget-Friendly Destinations

by Thursday, April 28, 2016

Are you looking for a budget-friendly holiday destination that offers a beautiful cultural experience, stunning coastlines or something a little different? You’ve come to the right post! I’ve gathered a list of wonderful places to visit that are kind on the wallet! Bon Voyage!

 

INDIA

Travelling within Mumbai is done cheapest by public transport. In a regular public transport bus (called a BEST bus), one can buy an all-day ticket for around 15 rupees (which is about 25 euro cents) and then travel within the city as many times as one wishes, within a day.

Some must-see sites include the iconic Taj Mahal – the Mughal Mausoleum and the Humayun’s Tomb – a palatial 16th century sight.

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GREECE

Now is definitely the time to go to Greece. Mykonos, Santorini, and Chania in Crete are tourist favourites. You can book boutique hotel rooms for around 35-45 euros a night! Greece definitely needs the tourism support at the moment and is one of the cheapest countries to visit in Europe.

Greece also offers some of the best food in the entire world! Traditional tzatziki is a crowd favourite, as is Tsoureki (a very popular sweet bread, similar to brioche.)

 

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MALAWI

Malawi or “The Warm Heart of Africa” is a landlocked country in the African Southeast. You can easily find meals for $1 and live off merely $10 a day. It’s bordered by Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique, therefore making it an easy base to start exploring other countries in Africa (with similar budgets).

There are plenty of lakes and national parks to explore, including the beautiful Lake Chilwa which is home to an ecosystem of wetlands, swaps, fisheries and marshes.

 

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THE PHILIPPINES 

Perfect beaches, friendly locals and surrounded by nature at it’s finest, what’s not to love?! It’s dirt cheap with coffee at around 11 cents per cup, a meal $2.50 and hostels can work out to be around $9 per person.

It’s also home to Palawan which offers beautiful waterfalls and beaches and is an amazing honeymoon destination. Palawan is home to Boracay Beach, a stunning location where you can scuba dive, parasail and kitesurf till your heart’s content. San Agustin Church is another historical landmark to add to the itinerary.

 

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CAMBODIA

The country is lush with lovely beaches and so much history! It’s home to the must-see Angkor Wat Temple. With beds for as little as $2 per night, and a meal even cheaper, it’s no surprise Cambodia has made its way onto every backpackers list. Even for luxury travel, it’s easy to find a 5-star villa for a quarter of the price you would normally expect to pay.

If you’re keen to delve into the darker side of Cambodia’s history, you’ll find the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum: a confronting but relevant educational experience.

 

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LAOS

Laos is a Southeast Asian country traversed by the Mekong River and is known for its mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements and Buddhist monasteries. It’s easy to find rooms for $5 – $8 per night, and it’s even cheaper if you’re sharing.

 

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VIETNAM

Vietnam has cheap food and a beautiful landscape. You can easily live on $20 per day – which includes food, transport and accommodation. If you’re a bit tight in the budget, stick to the North as it’s cheaper than the South.

Some sights to check out include Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica – a beautiful, 19th century, European Style cathedral and The War Remnants Museum – containing exhibits relating to the Vietnam War.

 

INDONESIA

If you stay at accommodation with air conditioning and are a bit of a night-owl the cost of traveling in Indonesia might hover to $25 – $30 per day. But if you’re on a budget, you can easily get by on $15 per day.

If you stay at accommodation with air conditioning and are a bit of a night-owl, the cost of traveling in Indonesia might hover to $25 – $30 per day. But if you’re on a budget, you can easily get by on $15 per day.

Think beyond Bali. There are lots of other gorgeous islands to explore. Gili Islands is stunning – off the coast of Lombok and Kai Island in Maluku has clear, clean waters and is great for snorkelling adventures. While Raja Ampat which has some of the best diving and snorkelling spots in the world.

 

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VENEZUELA 

Venezuela’s currency quickly collapsed in 2014. Accommodation prices dropped from $12 per night to around $5 per night. A meal at a decent restaurant is around $3 (that’s with a beer and tips included).

The beaches and national parks are a sight for sore eyes, including Morrocoy National Park where you can snorkel, fish and enjoy the picturesque scenery. Mochima National Park is a gorgeous location for honeymooners to take note of!

 

PERU

The Machu Picchu ruins is a very popular sight to see for most travellers heading to South America. Besides Machu Picchu, there are many gorgeous Andean Highland towns that are fascinating to explore. You can find meals for $5 and accommodation for $8 in some places! All in all, $20-$25 a day is quite a reasonable budget. If you’re an avid hiker, why not give the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu a go?

 

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NEPAL

Nepal is still rebuilding from the 2015 earthquake and there is a lot this wonderful country has to offer. If you’re on a budget, like most places on this list, you can get by on $20 per day.

Hinduism and Buddhism are the two main religions followed throughout Nepal, which are reflected in the several temples and monasteries dotted throughout the country.

Hanuman Dhoka and Bhaktapur Durbar Square are two sites full of history, amazing culture and mind-blowing architecture.

 

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BOLIVIA

Bolivia is a country in central South America which has a gorgeously varied terrain. It has the Andes mountains, the Atacama Desert and Amazon Basin rainforest – all in one! It’s also home to the world’s largest salt lake flats.

The cost of eating out, sleeping at a budget hotel, and going for a night out in the town is all very affordable. You can score a night at the famous salt hotel for $25 per night, or a budget hotel for $8 per night. The Witches’ Market in Llama is well worth a visit – you can pick up a potion made by a local witch doctor!

 

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PARAGUAY

Paraguay seems to be a little-visited or known about country that is too often passed over by travellers.  Street food can be bought for $2 and a meal at a restaurant is around $3-$5. A budget traveller will get by on $15 per day, but if you’re looking to stay a while, there’s one bedroom apartments for rent around $200 a month in Asuncion. That’s only $6 per day.

Sites to see include the National Pantheon of the Heroes – which all ancient history buffs will love. Also the Casa de la independencia Museum is a fascinating historical experience.

Happy Travelling!