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20 Cheapest Countries For Your Next Travel Adventure 2020

Do you want to save money and still travel the world? You can!

Traveling does not have to be expensive. In fact, if you live in a big city, traveling the world can be cheaper than staying at home! How do I know this? Last year, Dan and I traveled for 4 weeks in Indonesia. Guess what? We end up spending less than staying at home. We also booked some amazing accommodations!

How is that possible? Can I hear you ask me? There are many destinations where you can get much more for your money! And these incredible countries offer not only great value but also unforgettable views and experiences. The trick is knowing where to go and spend your money wisely.

So …

To help you decide where to go, I convinced a group of travel bloggers to share their cheapest favorite countries to visit on a budget. Some of them spent months (or even years) in these countries and revealed the smartest ways to visit these amazing places without spending a fortune (we’re talking about $ 50 per day or less!).

The cheapest countries to visit Asia 2020

#1. Vietnam

In a region known for being budget-friendly, Vietnam is one of the main economic destinations in Southeast Asia. It is possible for a backpacker to survive with only $ 25 per day and still experience the best of what the country has to offer.

Most nationalities require a tourist visa to enter Vietnam. Do not let this initial cost get in the way: when you enter, everything becomes cheap. You can find a bed in a decent hostel in the largest cities or in a family home in rural Vietnam for only $ 10 per night.

Street food dominates in Vietnam, and a plate of pho, a plate of Banh Cuon or any of the other delicacies of the county cost less than $ 2. A glass of bia hoi (beer in a barrel) in Hanoi costs only 20 cents. Expect to pay between $ 5 and $ 35 for a bus or train ticket between cities, depending on the distance.

Obviously, there are many good reasons to travel to Vietnam in addition to the low costs. The country is incredibly diverse, from hiking in the magnificent hills of Ha Giang to boating in the waters of the Mekong Delta. An excellent way to get to know the country is to travel between Hanoi and Saigon on the Reunification Express train, stopping at the beaches, historic cities and national parks along the way.

I visited Vietnam twice: once as a backpacker in 2012 and again in 2017-2018 when I lived in Hanoi for a year. I did not notice much fluctuation in costs between these two visits, an encouraging sign that Vietnam will continue to be an economic destination in the coming years.

DAILY BUDGET: $25-$35 per person

#2. Myanmar

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is unlike any other country in Southeast Asia. As they have been open to tourism in the last decade, you will discover that infrastructure may be lacking and traveling can be a challenge. However, visitors will be rewarded with hundreds of temples, pagodas, and monasteries, in addition to, of course, some of the friendliest people in the world.

Myanmar may be a little more expensive than some of its neighbors in Southeast Asia, but not significantly. Most services are still quite cheap, including accommodation, transportation, and tours. Expect to pay around $ 3 for a basic meal, $ 2 for a bottle of beer, $ 10 for a bed in the bedroom and $ 2 for a short taxi ride. I would say that $ 25 or $ 30 per day is a fairly realistic budget.

DAILY BUDGET: $35-$45 per person

#3. Cambodia

Cambodia is a country we always return to. It has a lot to offer: the vitality and greatness of the capital Phnom Pehn, the incredible history exhibited in Angkor Wat, the charm of the old world of Battambang, the beautiful beaches of Sihanoukville, the stunning natural landscapes of the north, the opportunity to see dolphins from Irrawaddy on the Mekong River, delicious food and, above all, friendly people.

Despite its horrible recent history, Cambodians are open and welcoming to visitors, taking advantage of the opportunity to share the secrets of their homeland.

In addition to having all these incredible attractions, Cambodia is also a great place to visit if funds are limited. Independent travelers can spend only $ 10/12 per day on accommodation, food, and travel. For a budget of $ 20 to $ 30 per day, you can live very comfortably, staying in a room with a private bathroom in a guest house and eating street food ($ 1/2 for food) or in basic restaurants (USA). $ 3 to $ 5 for food).

DAILY BUDGET: $30-$40 per person

#4. India

India is a great destination for backpackers and tourists looking for one of the cheapest places to visit. First, you can spend a lot of time with a minimum budget. Secondly, he cannot be indifferent to India: he will love or hate him. Our first impressions were noise, confusion, and overcrowding. After a few days, he adapts quickly and learns to embrace organized chaos. Third: India is a mixture of different cultures, where everyone lives together in harmony. If you open your mind and forget your prejudices, India can offer you many experiences and beautiful landscapes.

India is perfect for backpackers because you can experience it all for very little money. During our trip to India, we stayed in small guest houses for $ 13 to $ 25 per night. In the spiritual city of Pushkar, we stayed at the Everest Hotel, located downtown, for only $ 23. Our room was very comfortable and we could share experiences with other backpackers on the terrace.

DAILY BUDGET: $25-$35 per person

#5. Nepal

From the snowy peaks of the Himalayas, the peaceful Buddhist temples and the green natural parks, Nepal really has something for everyone. Best of all, this hiker’s paradise is friendly and has a tight budget.

Backpackers can spend between $ 20 and 30 per day in total for a night bed, transportation, attraction prices, and food. The hostel’s beds are as cheap as $ 3 in Kathmandu or Pokhara and the economic pensions are $ 5 to $ 6 for a double room. As it is located in a mountainous country, buses are king here and generally cost $ 5 to 8 to reach their next destination.

If you’re hungry, Dal Bhat, or lentils with rice, is one of your favorite places and will cost less than $ 1.
Thukpa (noodle soup) and Momos (meatballs) are delicious Himalayan delicacies that you can’t miss for just $ 1-3 for food. Chai tea, a hot and spicy hot drink, costs only 20 cents!

DAILY BUDGET: $25-$35 per person

The cheapest countries to visit in South America 2020

#6. Ecuador

Ecuador is a paradise for budget travelers and remains one of the cheapest countries to visit in South America. It has islands, the Andes and the Amazon rainforest; colonial cities, lively markets, and a strong indigenous culture; hot springs, wild rivers, and unique wildlife.

There is an incredible variety of things you can do. The capital, Quito, is the most expensive city, but even there, you can easily get a cheap breakfast for $ 1.50 to $ 3, have lunch for $ 2 to $ 5 and dine at a cheap restaurant from $ 3.50 to $ 8. A bus in Quito it costs from $ 0.25 to $ 0.35 and taxis cost only a few dollars for the city center. A bed in a hostel costs between $ 10 and $ 15 and you can get a double room in a budget hotel for less than $ 40 per night with ease.

A typical daily expense for a low-budget traveler would be around $ 30 to $ 50 (more if you do more, of course).

One of my favorite activities is cycling through the Andes from Banos, and the bike rental costs $ 10 all day, so this is a cheap activity. There are also markets in many Andean cities, where you can get local crafts at very reasonable prices (although you need to negotiate to get a bargain!). It is even possible to travel through the Galapagos Islands (notoriously expensive) for around US $ 120 / day if traveling on a land budget.

DAILY BUDGET: $30-$50 per person

#7. Colombia

Like most countries in South America, Colombia is an absolutely incredible country and also a great economic destination! You see the world’s largest palm trees, tropical beaches, charming colonial cities, glorious mountains, ancient cultures and we can continue like this!

We are a family of 2 mothers and 1 daughter and our budget are somewhere between backpackers and mid-range (with occasional rest). Our average daily budget for Colombia for three of us was 200,000 COP ($ 62).

When we talk about accommodation, we want our rooms to be as cheap as possible, but with good hygiene, private bathroom and, if possible, with breakfast included. In Colombia, you can pay around $ 35 for a double room like this. As our breakfast is usually included, we have lunch and pick up something small in the supermarket or at a food stand for dinner. We spend around $ 15 per day on food.

DAILY BUDGET: $20-$30 per person

The cheapest countries to visit in Central America 2020

#8. El Salvador

El Salvador is a great country to visit when you have a budget for backpackers. One thing I really loved about El Salvador was the diversity and the number of things to see in such a small country. There are volcanoes, lakes, beaches and Mayan ruins, traditional cities, all waiting to be explored here.

Traveling within the country is very easy, as there are many local buses that connect the cities. As the country is very small, the trips are also very fast. However, the capital receives traffic at peak times when nothing seems to move, so avoid traveling during these times. The cost of traveling through the country varies from $ 0.25 to $ 5, depending on the distances.

The food in El Salvador is extremely cheap. Pupusas, the national dish of the country, cost between $ 0.50 and $ 1. This delicious tortilla filled with cheese, fried beans and many other combinations of ingredients is served with coleslaw and tomato sauce. It is the perfect meal to go out for a glass of local beer.

DAILY BUDGET: $25-$35 per person

#9. Guatemala

Guatemala may seem like a destination off the road for some, but believe me, it’s amazing. What absolutely surprised me were the volcanoes. You can toast marshmallows on an active volcano, walk to see the sunrise over twin volcanoes and swim in a huge volcano crater lake.

In addition, you can visit the largest Mayan city in the world and visit the exclusive turquoise limestone pools in Semuc Champey. One of Guatemala’s largest exports is coffee, and you can visit the artisanal coffee farms in the country, tasting some of its best products.

But the best part of Guatemala is that it is incredibly cheap. It is perfect for anyone with a budget. For failed backpackers, expect to spend less than $ 30 per day. You can get dormitories in hostels for around $ 7, buy freshly cooked local food in Antigua’s markets for around $ 3 for food and buy a beer for less than $ 2 as well.

DAILY BUDGET: $30-$40 per person

#10. Nicaragua

Nicaragua is definitely one of the cheapest countries to visit in the world, the kind of place where your dollar has come a long way. More than that, Nicaragua is an incredibly interesting country to visit, which over time has maintained its raw character and that, partly due to political unrest, has not yet become a massive tourist destination.

Packed with beautiful beaches; an excellent destination to learn to surf; With colonial cities that make it even more interesting to explore and with jungles and volcanoes, Nicaragua is a true backpacker paradise that will have much to do for fun and just have to worry about managing your budget.

A daily budget of US $ 50 in Nicaragua will contribute greatly and will include activities such as volcanoes and more. If you decide that you are not interested in such things, you can survive with much less! Here is a cost analysis:

  • Bed in a bedroom in a good hostel = $ 5
  • A full meal at a local restaurant = $ 3
  • Breakfast = $ 1.50
  • Snack and street food for lunch = $ 2
  • Bus trip = $ 0.30 cents
  • Embark on the Cerro Negro volcano = up to $ 40 if purchased online, cheaper if purchased locally

DAILY BUDGET: $35-$50 per person

Cheapest countries to visit in North America 2020

#11. Cuba

Cuba is one of the most impressive places I’ve been to. I loved the cultural vibes and the history of Havana. Did you know that Cuba is also one of the cheap destinations in the Americas? Havana can be explored in 2-3 days, ideally covering Old Havana, taking a classic car tour, drinking mojitos and learning all about its history in its museums. And you don’t have to spend a lot.

There is a wide range of hotels available in Havana. Usually, one night costs $ 50 and more. Remember that the 3 stars in North America will be 4+ in Cuba (as a reference scale). The house details (like Airbnb) are also quite affordable, from $ 25 to $ 30 and more. And the food, for $ 6, can have a full meal with a drink, dessert and main course in Old Havana. Ice cream and mojitos at most food and palates in the house (private restaurants) cost about $ 3 to $ 4. If you want to queue and get food at a government-operated restaurant, you may end up paying less from $ 1).

DAILY BUDGET: $40-$60 per person

#12. Mexico

Mexico is one of those places for all budgets. From cheap backpackers to luxury travelers. We visit Mexico with both budgets, but no matter what our budget for the trip, we always have fun. One of our favorite places to visit in Playa del Carmen, we live there for 6 months and we love it.

The best tacos are usually in food trucks, with rows full of stores or holes in the wall like plastic chairs. Our favorite restaurant has Al Pastor tacos for 13 pesos ($ 0.60) each. Many places have good happy hour deals, where beers tend to be less than $ 2 and margaritas for $ 3.

DAILY BUDGET: $40-$50 per person

The cheapest countries to visit in Europe 2020

#13. Turkey

There is something for everyone in Turkey, from ancient sites and modern cities to endless turquoise beaches, majestic green mountains, travertine terraces in Pamukkale, the Cappadocia rock formations and one of the best kitchens in the world. Backpackers, culture addicts, luxury travelers, and cruise passengers find their ideal vacation here.

The Turkish people are friendly and welcoming, although, outside the main attractions, such as Istanbul and Antalya, they may not speak much English. Economically, Turkey has not done well in recent years, since the national currency, the lira, has depreciated dramatically. Currently, services are six times cheaper in Turkey compared to Europe; For example, if you paid $ 12 for a taxi ride in Vienna, the same distance would cost $ 1.50 in Istanbul.

DAILY BUDGET: $25-$35 per person

#14. Armenia

One of the cheapest countries to visit is definitely Armenia, a small country with approximately 3 million inhabitants located in the Caucasus. But the question that many tourists ask is: in which continent is Armenia? This question is difficult since Armenia is in central Asia and Europe and carries the customs and traditions of both continents at the same time. And geographically, it’s really part of both!

Armenia has a lot to offer travelers and is definitely one of the most promising tourist destinations in the world. The world’s first winery dates back to the Areni-1 caves, in the province of Vayots Dzor, in the country.

Armenia also claims to be the birthplace of Christianity and has several historical monasteries that dot its landscape. In addition, the gastronomic scene is spectacular. The products that the country has to offer are used in your kitchen in a really delicious way and even infused with wine. You can enjoy an excellent meal in a restaurant for around $ 5.

DAILY BUDGET: $20-$30 per person

#15. Georgia

There are two types of destinations. First, there are incredible and hard-to-reach countries, where vacations cost a fortune, then cheap and easy-to-discover countries, with large crowds fluttering with sticks for selfies. Oh, and there is Georgia. Surprisingly beautiful, exotic, diverse, friendly, one of the cheapest countries to visit in Europe and relatively unknown.

The only thing missing is the large shopping centers, which is a blessing as it keeps large groups of tourists away: there is more space for intrepid and individual travelers.

Its capital, Tbilisi, is full of extravagant buildings, sulfur baths, Orthodox churches, lively cafes. Only two hours by car to the east takes you to the wine region with hills and unique wine traditions. Did you know that the oldest wine in the world was found in 8,000-year-old pots in Georgia? No wonder the locals are so proud of their wines.

After exploring the pleasures of the city, head to the countryside, the true jewel of Georgia. The four most incredible villages are Mestia, Ushguli, Kazbegi, and Mtskheta.

It is easy to move in local minivans, marshrutkas. They don’t have exact hours, but they leave when they are full. Drivers take the road at high speed; Therefore, without decades of practice and strong nerves, you should not try to drive alone. But in Georgia, you really don’t need to rent a car. Public transport is ridiculously cheap, or you can participate in many tours of one to four days organized by small local agencies.

DAILY BUDGET: $20-$30 per person

#16. Croatia

Croatia has been put in the spotlight recently. Game of Thrones fans, filmed in Dubrovnik, know what I mean. And with the growing popularity of Croatia, you may wonder if Croatia can still be considered an economic destination. My answer to this question is yes!

Although places like Split and Hvar are not so cheap at the height of the high summer season, you can still find good prices if you go in late August and September. Temperatures will remain high, but softer, which I prefer, and you will still have a lot to do there.

I would avoid visiting Croatia between October and April: during this autumn/winter period, with the lower temperatures, a visit to Croatia can be a bit melancholic.

If you want to get the most out of your money, you would avoid visiting the most famous cities in Croatia. Explore the Istrian region, starting with the city of Rijeka, going up Opatija, going down to the historic city of Pula, with its Roman Colosseum, and even Pórec. This region inherited the rich history of the Roman Empire, as well as its delicious cuisine with many pizzas, local wines, and truffle dishes.

DAILY BUDGET: $40-$50 per person

The cheapest countries to visit in Africa 2020

#17. Kenya

Africa is full of cheap destinations, but it is clear that not all of these destinations are completely safe to visit. Kenya, the power of East Africa, is a notable exception. The country can be visited at a low price and travel is generally considered safe.

What makes Kenya so special is the fusion of local culture and pure and natural beauty. We love that you can see some of the most incredible national parks in the world on a safari, watching wild animals such as lions and giraffes roaming freely in famous sanctuaries such as the Masai Mara or Amboseli. If you do it right, you can even see one of the largest natural migrations in the world: 1.5 million wildebeest and zebras crossing the country.

In addition to seeing animals in the wild, you can relax on the beaches of Kenya, climb the incredible Mount Kenya or even go river rafting. If it is a city you are looking for, Nairobi, the capital, offers a vision of African life with its hectic streets and its colorful and noisy culture.

DAILY BUDGET: $50-$80 per person

#18. Ethiopia

Ethiopia is one of the cheapest countries to visit in the world and has something for everyone. It is a diverse country, with much to offer culture, history, food, and wildlife. You can find a hotel room in Ethiopia for $ 10 per night. Ethiopia is one of the cheapest countries to travel in Africa and you can get a meal for less than $ 5.

Gondar, in Ethiopia, is the starting point for hiking in the Simien Mountains, in northern Ethiopia, in search of the Gelada baboon, which is only found there. This was a highlight for me. The landscape is spectacular after millions of years of erosion that has created deep valleys and irregular peaks.

There are several walks in the Simien mountains that offer incredible landscapes and lots of wildlife, such as the mountain goat (a wild goat that does not exist anywhere else in the world), the Caracal and Ethiopian wolves. The Simien Mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are worth a visit, as it is like nowhere else in the world.

DAILY BUDGET: $15-$25 per person

#19. Morocco

In general, Africa can be an expensive continent to visit, but Morocco with a budget is definitely possible, especially with an average budget (around $ 50 per day)! Traveling in this incredibly photogenic and interesting country is really quite affordable. A meal can cost from $ 1 for a simple street food sandwich to around $ 4-5 for a meal in a non-tourist location. The most sophisticated dinners with shows can cost up to $ 20 or more. Alcohol is not illegal in Morocco, but it is generally not sold and, when it is, it is not cheap, so if you have a budget, I recommend you not to drink. A pleasant and comfortable riad for two costs around $ 20 per night or more.

Transportation can be a bit expensive, with a multi-hour bus, train, or taxi between cities with an average of $ 20 to 40 at the bottom end and you can hop on if you use a more sophisticated company like CTM or buy a first-class ticket. However, excursions are extremely affordable, with a 3-day excursion in the Sahara desert, with an average of approximately $ 40 per day per person or less.

DAILY BUDGET: $50-$70 per person

#20. Egypt

I always had the dream of being in front of the Giza pyramids someday. Seeing with my own eyes what an ancient civilization could achieve more than 5,000 years ago was something I really wanted to experience. And I must say: it was one of the most incredible things I did in my life.

Despite the recent civil unrest, if you remain safe and travel in tourist destinations, you will not be in danger in Egypt. People are friendly and want you to experience what your amazing country has to offer.

While Cairo is quite polluted and chaotic, you absolutely have to visit the Egyptian museum. It is one of my favorite museums in the world and I have seen many. Luxor is also extraordinary. I always admired each view: it is difficult to forget the Valley of the Kings and the Karnak Temple. You can end your day on a felucca cruise on the Nile during sunset: so romantic!

DAILY BUDGET: $40-$50 per person

Ready to travel to some of the cheapest countries in the world?

If you have cheaper places to suggest, I’d love to hear from you! This list just scratches the surface! There are so many amazing destinations around the world where you can travel on a limited budget. You don’t really have to spend a lot to spend an amazing time on your next vacation. And if you travel with friends or as a couple, you can save much more on accommodation by sharing the cost!

Traveling and exploring the world is very rewarding! So what are you waiting for?

Now is the perfect time to go!

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