Whether that place is a warm, sunny beach, a bustling city full of museums and restaurants, or the wonderful natural sights of the world, we’re here to help you find a place to visit that won’t break the bank for your next trip away.
If you want to find an entire country that will let you explore to your heart's content, might we humbly suggest Macedonia? Hidden in the Balkans, it features bustling villages, some delicious food, and a rich history that we bet you don't know the first thing about. It's also often called the cheapest European country to travel to.
The capital, Skopje, has grown and expanded recently, and it's also home to, oddly, a lot of statues. Fifteen kilometers outside the city, you'll find Matka Canyon, which is a great spot for hikers, bikers, and water lovers. It's one of the deepest lakes in Europe. You can find hostel accommodations for about ten euros a night.
Washington, DC, United States
Would you believe that this place is one of the most affordable vacation destinations in the United States? It's also a clear frontrunner for the most interesting place to visit in the country. There are oodles of museums and other places to visit, such as the country's capital, the Smithsonian, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and so, so much more.
Most of those places don't cost a dime, but if you have a little extra to spend, you can check out Mount Vernon, the Spy Museum, and Fort McHenry. You can even find a walking tour of the city that will tell you about the centuries of history.
Are you a fan of dashing fanged creatures? Then the historical site of Vlad Dracula should be on your list of places to visit. You'll find medieval watchtowers, winding cobblestone streets, and dazzling churches in the Baroque style. The Southern Carpathian mountains create a stirring backdrop to the entire place, and there are also plenty of nearby rolling fields and bustling forests.
Not only that, but you can visit the Prejmer fortified Church, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. You'll end up with more than enough pictures for all your slideshows. You can also tell people you've been to Transylvania. Start working on your vampire impressions.
Now we HAVE to be pulling your leg. Tokyo? One of the biggest metropolitan areas in the world? Cheap to travel to? Well, you'd be surprised. It might be expensive for the region, but it's still cheap compared to the Western world or much of Europe. You can get by spending about seventy-seven dollars a day here.
Plus, you'll NEVER run out of things to do. There are local temples and shrines, tons of local food spots, shopping centers, vibrant nightlife, a reconstructed kabuki theater, classical art museums, and all the history you can handle. Your trip to Tokyo will be engraved in your memory bank for years.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Despite being a tiny town on the South Island of New Zealand, Queenstown is still a beautiful, affordable location to pick for your next trip away. Getting the big point out the way first, it's right next to Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by mountains – practically every window will show you a breathtaking view.
There are a few places nearby for fans of the “Lord of the Rings” movies. There's skiing and snowboarding during the winter, and during the summer, you can take a chairlift to see some more amazing sights. It seems like anywhere you go near Queenstown is going to give you something amazing to look at.
Sometimes spelled Xi'an, the past and present collide in this amazing place. The distinct and memorable architectural styles and culture have permeated every inch, making it one of the more popular tourist destinations in the big country. Many consider it to be the birthplace of the Chinese civilization, which means it's a destination of note for any fan of ancient cultures.
The famous Terra Cotta Army is found nearby, which honors China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. Traveling there isn't too expensive, which means if you really want to get away from it all and see a new kind of place, the city of Xian deserves a spot on your list.
Gobi Desert, Mongolia
Most of the time, you want to visit a place that has buildings and stuff like that, but what if you need to see some wide open spaces? Well, there are few more wide open than a desert. You hopefully won't be surprised to find that travel to a desert is pretty cheap, but there is still a lot to do.
Visit Mongolia for a new country, and venture into the wild to get away from it all. Shining sand dunes, camels, and locals dot this landscape. Don't go too far – the Gobi Desert takes up more than five hundred thousand square miles. Plenty of space to get lost if you aren't careful.
If you want to visit the Middle East and splurge without really spending all that much, you should try out Isfahan. But what, exactly, is cheap in this city? How about the food, travel, hotels, and things to do? That's pretty much everything. As part of the ancient Persian civilization, there are a fair number of historical places to visit.
There are also the more modern Naqsh-e Jahan Square, the Jameh Mosque (which is the biggest in Isfahan), and the pair of stone bridges, Si O Se Pol and Khaju Bridge. There is affordable food and tea around every corner and some incredibly unique cultural experiences to watch.
Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
The entirety of Georgetown is a UNESCO World Heritage town on the island of Penang, and it's still a great budget vacation spot. Flights and places to sleep are numerous and affordable, and there are also some low-cost hotels that give you all the comfort you need without hurting your budget.
Highlights of this town include a huge street art scene – you can get free maps that let you spend the day walking around and enjoying the hard work that people have put into something unique and beautiful. Right outside the city, you can find the enormous Kek Lok Si Temple and Penang Hill.
Full of affordable places to stay, lots of tasty, cheap food, and some amazing activities during your visit, the South American city of Quito should be on your travel list. Let's dig in. Multi-course meals can be had for as little as five dollars, and there are lots of street vendors for a more cultural option.
Hostels will run about ten dollars a night, and hotels can be had for as little as forty. A lot of the sightseeing spots are free, or at least cheap, and walking tours will take you around to many of the city's historic locations. Even bus tours only cost about fifteen dollars, and you can see the whole city in comfort.
Hawaii, United States
It's one of the most famous places in the world to take a vacation, and for good reason. They have it all on this island state, no matter what you're looking for. There are beautiful beaches, plenty of surfing spots, lava flows to marvel at, some of the best ice cream you'll ever have, as well as cultural experiences such as traditional luaus, heritage sites, and more.
The place is practically built for tourism. Travel there might not be too expensive, but living there is hard to do – prices have soared in recent years. Still, it's a wonderful place to visit if you've never had the chance.
Bustling with good food, fun music, and hospitable locals, the city of Dakar is a backpacker's dream. It's both the capital and the largest city in the country, and it's situated on a peninsula, surrounded on almost all sides by the wide open Atlantic Ocean.
Beyond that, however, you can find amazing and beautiful mosques, museums with examples of local African art, warm, relaxing beaches, and lots of places to stretch your legs after a long flight. There are stadiums, zoological parks, churches, and at least one KFC. The customary bright, colorful attire of the locals gives this city an exotic and memorable look.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Everybody knows Rio de Janeiro as a party spot, but did you know that taking a vacation here will cost you far less than you might think? You'll be paying an average of about forty-seven dollars a day to enjoy the world-famous beaches and nightlife. In the past few years, food prices have dropped, and hotels have become the top-twenty price in the world.
You can visit Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, take a look at the incredible Christ the Redeemer statue, and take a look at the Carnival festival, one of the most legendary festivals in the world, and all for prices you'll find perfectly reasonable.
Hoi An, Vietnam
It might not be the cheapest place you can find in Southeast Asia, but the city of Hoi An in Vietnam is quite a bit cheaper than a lot of other places you can visit. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site old town, spend an afternoon tanning on one of the beaches, or enjoy some delicious local food for rock-bottom prices.
A good restaurant meal can cost as little as five dollars, and fresh beer can cost just pennies if you're brave enough. There are even bicycles to rent for around a dollar a day! We're also told the people of Vietnam are friendly and kind – another bonus to this place.
If you're a backpacker, you're always thinking about the cost of where you visit. Laos, in Southeast Asia, is one of the cheapest places possible, costing a mere thirty dollars a day. It costs only seven dollars to spend an entire day tubing down the Vang Vieng River, six dollars for a tiger balm massage, and a mere two fifty to see some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world.
You could even rent a motorbike for a little bit of money and drive around to different towns. Hostels cost about five dollars, hotels may be as high as thirty-five. Even the most expensive meals won't cost you more than ten dollars.
The cultural capital of Canada is a huge melting pot of cultures, languages, and styles. There are culinary delights from all around the world, plenty of arts such as theaters and museums to enjoy, heritage churches to marvel at, and plenty of other great options for spending your next vacation. Since it's one of the world's major metropolises, travel there is frequent and inexpensive (relatively).
You'll find there are tons of options for spending your time. Despite being in Canada, it's a French province, which means you can work on your skills in that famous romantic language, even though most people speak English perfectly well.
The ancient capital of China has an incredible amount of history to take in, but would you believe that it's pretty cheap, too? Sure, it has some of the most famous wonders of the ancient world, like the Great Wall of China, but booking a five-star hotel costs about a hundred dollars.
Traveling in the city costs a mere thirty cents, so seeing all the sites is simple. There are some more expensive options for food, but you can also find plenty of street vendors that will delight your taste buds and fill your belly. Despite the name, the Forbidden City only costs about ten dollars to get in, and you can even get an advance pass.
There aren't a lot of cheap places in Europe to travel to unless you're doing your homework, but you can copy ours. Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia, has been recovering a great deal lately after decades of tumult, reinventing itself into an affordable and beautiful place to visit.
If you happen to be visiting any nearby European country, you can find a cheap bus ride to this city for ten or twenty euros. Belgrade is quite a walkable city, which means you'll save on transportation while visiting. Food and drinks cost around half as much as in other countries, and the trams aren't even a full euro to ride.
Seoul, South Korea
What? A trip to the Far East can be cheap? We're just as surprised as you are, especially considering just how busy and bustling the capital of South Korea is. It's one of the world's biggest cultural and economic hubs, and it's able to blend ancient architecture with modern amenities.
Hotels and food might run you a little more than some of the other places on this list, but there are more than enough tourist spots and sightseeing locations that don't cost anything to get into. Just try not to pick up too many souvenirs, and your budget should have just as much fun as you do.
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
You may or may not be interested in visiting the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and the holiest site in Islam, but you should definitely be interested in the low prices that you can find in Mecca. If you're planning to take a trip to this city, be warned – only Muslims are allowed to enter.
If you aren't and they discover that, you could be fined or deported. Still, if you find yourself inside, you can see the Kaaba, the Masjid al-Haram, and plenty of other amazing sights. Each day you spend in Mecca will probably cost you about sixty dollars.
Boasting one of the most amazing pieces of government architecture in the world, Budapest is a place for anybody who likes amazing buildings. The Parliament Building is a standout example of architecture that has endured through the centuries. But there's a lot more to this city, too.
There are plenty of places to pick up new styles, some amazing restaurants, and lots of other noteworthy hotspots, such as the Budapest History Museum or the 13th-century Matthias Church. The turrets of the Fisherman's Bastion offer amazing views of this beautiful city. Even better, visiting this city is incredibly affordable, even though travel is a big chunk of change.
If you want to visit Pattaya, situated on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, it's usually just to take advantage of one specific feature: the huge beach. Still, there are lots of other ways to enjoy yourself in this bustling metropolis, and you can do it for less than thirty dollars a day.
The city is also known for its nightclub history and lots of fun shopping locales. Cabaret bars and twenty-four-hour clubs make sure you're never bored. It's also one of the cheapest options on this entire list. Not bad for all that beach. There is more to Thailand than Bangkok.
About three and a half hours west of Cancun lies a little town known as Merida. It's not very little, though – it's the largest city in the Yucatan peninsula. However, it's a lot more affordable, meaning it's started gaining traction as a vacation location. Buses can take you there from Cancun.
There are plenty of fun, affordable places to grab a bite to eat, as well as local museums that are either completely free or require only a small fee. You can also find free live music in the city's bustling central plaza. Find a walking tour to make sure you see all the sights.
Historically called Aintab and still informally referred to as Antep, Gaziantep is a major city in the south-central area of Turkey. What is this city most famous for? It's not what you'd think at first. It's the pistachios. Yes, the pistachios of Turkey really built this city – there are even sculptures of pistachios around the city.
It's one of eight UNESCO Creative Gastronomy Cities in the world. You can sample pistachio cheesecake, coffee, or baklava – already a famous Turkish dish. There are also plenty of museums, markets, and churches or mosques to explore. If you happen to be in Turkey, make sure to make a stop in this yummy city.
Province of Laguna, Philippines
While a bit less well-known than some of the other examples on this list, don't sleep on Laguna Province. Home to some of the oldest churches in the Philippines, such as the incredible San Agustin Parish Church, it's a great spot for any student of classic architecture.
Looking for more reasons? How about beautiful lakes, natural hot springs, and friendly people? What? Is that not enough yet? Well, just like so many other places on this list, you'll get some wonderful local dishes to sample. You can even go on tours of crypts full of nineteenth-century graves. You know, if that's your kind of thing.
If you want to make sure you find a place that is going to be affordable no matter what you want to do, Bali is the spot for you. Everything, including food, hotels, transportation, and activities, are affordable options for the thrifty traveler. The city is close to beaches, hiking spots, and ancient temples that just beg to be explored.
Hotels are available for under twenty dollars, and fabulous places with villas and private pools can be rented for about a hundred dollars. Restaurants and grocery markets are cheap, and massage parlors cost about six dollars an hour, and that's not even getting into the incredible natural beauty of the place.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
If you like watching World Cup Football, then Buenos Aires should absolutely be on your list of vacation spots. There is a ton of football and sports history to explore here, from Juan Martin del Potro to Lionel Messi, but if you aren't interested in sports, there are still plenty of things to do.
The city has a certain undeniable energy that will make you want to dance through the streets. It's a well-known spot for picking up a cone or cup of your favorite ice cream flavor, it has a big wine community, and it combines European and Latin design and layout styles like nowhere else in the world.
Touring Europe can be a big stress on your pocketbook, but if you pick the right place at the right time, you'll save a bundle and see an amazing place at the same time. Barcelona, the capital of Spain's Catalonia region, has something for everybody and won't drain your bank account.
There is something for the football fan, the person who loves great architecture, and those who need to be around artists and galleries. For some famous paintings, check out the Museu Picasso or the Fundació Joan Miró. You'll never go hungry, thanks to the La Boqueria market and the amazing restaurants that the city boasts for travelers.
Despite being the home of the famous Chocolate Hills and the tarsiers, this location in the Philippines is an affordable Southeast Asian option. You can rent a car and driver for less than forty USD for the entire day. Accommodations range from ultra-affordable and cheap to luxurious, but still less than you'd pay in a lot of other places.
Hop around the nearby islands and watch dolphins, go snorkeling, and visit untouched natural beauty on dry land. Renting a boat for island hopping costs about twenty dollars, just for the boat, not per person. If you have a bigger group, this is the option you should try.
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Sitting pretty on the shores of the Persian Gulf, Sharjah is a jewel of the United Arab Emirates. Families can have tons of fun at the theme parks and the extensive aquarium. The big and bustling waterfront has visitors of all kinds at all times, and you can get a great meal for a low price there.
Fans of architecture will be happy to know that the beautiful Al Noor Mosque and the Sharjah Museum have plenty of sights to see. According to “Time” Magazine, this city is one of the greatest places in the world to visit, and it's also one of the cheaper options.
Western Europe might not be your first go-to for cheap vacations, but keep your eyes open, and you can find some gems. The key is finding somewhere that has a lot of options, and Valencia, on Spain's southeastern coast, is a perfect example. Just wandering through the city won't cost you a dime, and you'll see plenty of amazing sights and hear plenty of sounds.
Other budget options include visiting the seven hundred-year-old Valencia Cathedral, which is purported to be the location of the Holy Grail. Yeah, that Holy Grail. There's also the beach, of course, which borders the Mediterranean Sea. A Valencia City Card reduces the cost of these tourist spots.
If you've ever wanted to see the enormous pyramids of Egypt, but you've been worried about your budget, worry no longer. There are a lot of options for spending money in Cairo, but make the right choices, and you don't have to worry about your bank account.
Getting there is undoubtedly going to be the biggest expense, but there are some budget airlines you can look for. Inside the city, night stays, food, and activities aren't very expensive, and getting around is pretty cheap. Our best piece of advice is to stay away from the really touristy stuff like riding a camel.
Nepal's capital is set in a valley surrounded by mountains of the Himalayas. The heart of the ancient city, the maze-like Durbar square, turns into one of the most exciting places in the world during Indra Jatra, a religious festival that features masked dances.
If you're a fan of mountains or mountain climbing, this is maybe the cheapest place to get your fix – you can see Mt. Everest from the valley, and there are plenty of other mountains to choose from, too. There are palaces, Hindu temples, and, of course, plenty of fun new foods to try. Nepal deserves to be higher on must-travel lists.
Less than two hours south of Dubrovnik, this city in the Balkans is a far cry from the high prices of that Croatian city. Flights or bus rides to Kotor are both quite inexpensive and once you arrive, you have plenty of things to do. Take a walk around the winding streets of Old Town.
The old town is where you can find historic churches and wide squares that offer fun sights and plenty of people-watching. How about a trip to the St. John Fortress? You'll have a bit of a hike and a small entrance fee, but it's less than ten euros. After that, eat at one of the city's many cafes or restaurants.
The name of this city might be familiar if you love your Disney movies – yes, the character was partially named after this Peruvian city. It's also frequently ranked as one of the top cheapest places to visit in the WORLD. It was once the capital of the Incan empire, meaning there are tons of amazing places to visit for the history buff.
Sights range from expertly preserved archaeological sites to incredible examples of Spanish colonial architecture. Don't be surprised if you aren't even spending forty dollars a day to explore this millennia-old city. Be sure to check out the Plaza de Armas or the baroque-style Santo Domingo Convent.
There are a lot of guides for Athens that tell you to hit up the highlights and then leave, but you'd be missing a great deal of good stuff for low prices if that's what you did. It's practically the birthplace of Western culture, so there is a whole lot to appreciate.
Even better, it costs just a little more than eighty dollars a day to experience it. Sure, you'll want to visit places like the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the various museums, but don't forget to walk through the streets taking in the culture as it is now, not just what it was like then.
Take on an entire country with pocket change when you land in Singapore! If you've ever wanted to eat a meal with a Michelin star for under ten – or maybe even five – dollars, now you know where to go. This place is a food stall central, and one of them, Hawker Chen, is famous and delicious enough to have earned one of these legendary accolades.
There are plenty of amazing free attractions, such as a treetop walk, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and Fort Canning Park. It's even a nice place to take a family if you want to inspire your children to travel more.
The scenery has changed over the years, but Bangalore is still known as the Garden City of India. It's the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, and it has a ton of tourist destinations if you want to see something spectacular. These include the Tippu Sultan's Summer Palace, the Bangalore Palace, the Bangalore Fort, the Lal Bagh Botanical Garden, Bannerghatta Biological Park, and the Government Museum.
How about some shopping? Hit up Commercial Street for a cheap shopping spree. The malls are often popular hangout spots. Grab some of Southern India's great food, like shawarma, kati rolls, and kebabs. There are also plenty of nice, cheap cafes.
Here's an interesting fact: Poland is one of the few countries in the European Union that doesn't use the euro. We're sure there's a whole list of complicated reasons why, but the Polish zloty is four times cheaper, meaning spending a vacation there is easy on the pocketbook.
There are lots of places to check out, but Warsaw is the capital, and there are lots of things to do there. There's a bustling nightlife, some stunning architecture, museums full of history, and even some castles. It's a cheap place to visit, and there are plenty of fun sights for the nature-lover or the city fanatic.
Set on Turkey's Mediterranean coast, Antalya is a beautiful spot to get away from it all and relax without spending too much money. This resort city has a yacht-filled harbor and plenty of beaches surrounded by hotels. The blue waters of the sea are a sight to behold.
The city's history includes Hadrian's Gate, built to honor a Roman emperor who visited in 130 AD, and the 2nd-century Hidirlik Tower. That's not the only thing that this location has to offer, too – how do more ancient ruins and plenty of waterfalls sound to you, and all for about forty-four dollars a day?
Santiago's star has been rising recently, and it's thanks to a bunch of different things. It has affordable prices for travelers – both daily food options and accommodations. There are numerous hillside parks to roam in the sunshine, plenty of classic architecture to admire, and plenty of museums that have all sorts of history and culture.
As the capital of Chile, it's also a big financial center. There are plenty of nearby destinations to visit if you're sick of the city, such as the Atacama Desert, the Andean Lakes, and the Chilean Patagonia. But trust us, you'll find plenty to explore and do in this capital city.
La Paz, Bolivia
Beautiful, exciting, and affordable, La Paz can help you get a feel for South America without spending too much. Just think about strolling around something called the witches' market, which doesn't cost a penny. Walking tours of the city don't cost a penny.
Traffic can be tough to navigate, but La Paz has recently added a network of cable cars – the highest in the world! You could just spend an entire day riding cable cars over the city, and it would only total up to the cost of about one taxi ride. Once you're done, there are lots of affordable hotels and restaurants to relax at.
Listed as the cheapest place to visit in the entire world in 2022, the capital of Vietnam is home to centuries of culture and architecture that you have to see to believe. It's a unique mix of Southeast Asian, Chinese, and French sensibilities, there are tons of little temples to visit and a tight and busy Old Quarter, which has alley-like streets arranged by trade.
You can find a place to stay, food to eat, and stuff to do for as little as twenty dollars a day. Remember, Vietnamese cuisine is nothing like what you are served in Vietnamese restaurants back home. Be prepared to be amazed by their kitchen!
Want to know just how affordable of a place Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is? You can get a standard meal for twenty rupees. Convert that into US dollars, and it's about a quarter. A quarter! And we haven't even started talking about the sights to see!
This city boasts the world's busiest cantilever bridge, as well as a fresh bundle of other amazing sights, including the St. Andrews Church, the Cathedral of the Holiest Rosary, Metcalfe Hall, Millennium Park, the RBI Coin Museum, the Magen David Synagogue, the Mallik Bazar flower market, which is Asia's largest flower market, and much more. Take a relaxing boat ride, view the old construction of the city, and more for pennies on the dollar.
St. Petersburg, Russia
You might be surprised to find that the hotels are (or, at least, were at one point) in the top five for cheapest in the entire WORLD in St. Petersburg. This city in Russia might be the cheapest city in the entire continent of Europe to visit.
Not only does it cost you less than fifty dollars a day to visit this city, but you'll get to find all sorts of amazing places like the Savior of Spilled Blood church, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Kazan Cathedral, and plenty of other places that will give you a sense of grandeur and history.
The country of Georgia, of course, not the state. This Asian country, formerly part of the Soviet bloc, has become a travel destination for many. Next to the stunning Mtkvari River and backed by a beautiful mountain range, Tbilisi has plenty to offer, even if you never venture outside the city limits.
Among the standard joys of traveling to a new city – fun construction and exciting new foods – you can also see the Narikala, a fourth-century fortress, the famous statue Kartlis Deda, and the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi. If that isn't enough, you can also enjoy some of their famous thermal baths.
If you spent an entire year in this Mexican city, you'd still only just barely have time to visit all the churches it boasts – if you visited one a day, that is. This includes one of the most famous churches in the world, the Our Lady of Remedies, a UNESCO World Heritage site that just might end up dazzling you.
But there's more than just religion – there are plenty of colorful homes to look at, famous Talavera pottery, and plenty of belly-filling and mouth-watering food to enjoy. There's even a place called Candy Street, which has got to be up there on the list of exciting places.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
As the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur has plenty of amenities and modern conveniences we've come to expect from capitals while also being a cheap place to visit. It's close to a number of other Southeast Asian countries, so travel is easy, and it will take you days to fully explore this metropolis.
Jump onto one of the GoKL buses that can take you from one location to the next. Check out Chinatown, the Bukit Bintang shopping market, Independence Square, and other places without paying a dime (other than what you buy, of course). There are lots of hostels and dorms with plenty of places to stay, and you might get a free breakfast, too.
There are lots of places on this list that are bustling, busy cities or resort towns... but what if you REALLY need to get away? Take a trip to Yerevan, in Armenia, and escape. It's still the capital of the country, so you're not on your own, but the natural beauty of this spot is something you'll have a hard time forgetting.
After you're done hiking through mountains and valleys, you can relax in European bars or historic teahouses. There's a vibrant street fashion community, and the Matenadaran library has thousands of ancient Greek and Armenian manuscripts. You might have never even heard of this place, but you should still visit.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Most of us might only know about Sri Lanka because of the tsunami that struck more than fifteen years ago. However, it turns out the commercial, legal, and executive capital of this island nation is a great place to visit if you're trying to save on your vacation.
There are tons of beautiful new buildings. There isn't a whole lot of space to explore since it's a pretty small island, but you can still discover some amazing sights, such as the Independence Memorial Hall. There isn't a huge culture shock since it was a British colony back in the day. The Indian Ocean is right there, and it can cost as little as five to ten dollars a day.
France is already one of the places in the world that almost everybody wants to visit, at least a little bit, but most people head to Paris and call it good. They're missing so much! It's worth noting, though, that Alsace isn't a city, it is a cultural region in the country.
If you travel around this area, you're going to find timbered houses built in classic styles, beautiful mountain vistas, and some wines that would even make the most experienced sommelier smile with delight. Since it has to compete with Paris for tourism, the prices in this area aren't too bad – get the French experience without the French price tag.
So, what and where is Macau, Macau? Well, it's a Special administrative region of China found on the south coast of the country, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong, where it was a Portuguese territory until all the way back in... 1999. Thanks to its collection of giant casinos, huge malls, and fancy restaurants, it's become known as the Las Vegas of Asia.
You'll have an easier time saving money here than in actual Las Vegas since hotels and restaurants are so much cheaper. There are also plenty of great things to do that aren't gambling, and this is living proof that you don't always need the real thing and the second best can do.
Despite being the place where we get lima beans from, there are lots of good things in the capital of Peru to enjoy. To start with, it's incredibly affordable, with big Airbnb locations going for only about eighty dollars a night. Nice hostels will cost a fraction of that, some even only nine dollars a night.
City buses are half a dollar, private transportation is three bucks, and there are plenty of historical sites to visit that won't cost a penny. Explore some neighborhoods, and you'll spend about fifteen dollars a day on food, and have plenty to eat, too.
If you've ever wanted to visit the Taj Mahal, now's your chance. This stirring piece of romantic architecture is located near Agra, in India, and plenty of people flock there practically year-round. Not only that, but you get to visit a country that is full of beauty, splendor, and color of all kinds.
Sample some vivid and memorable food, see natural beauty like rivers and mountains, and take in its sprawling, expansive cities. The Taj Mahal was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and it's impossible not to at least take a look if you're in the area. If you can, visit during a night with a full moon.
Herceg Novi, Montenegro
Not sure where this location is? Well, what if we told you that it's snuggled in between Mount Orjen and the Bay of Kotor on the Adriatic Sea? No? Okay, Montenegro is in the Balkans, in Southeastern Europe. It's said to be an incredibly welcoming city, with picturesque mountains, a beautiful sea next door, and plenty of hospitality.
You can take a dip in a healing sea mud spa, as well as other well-known wellness options. Look in the right spots, and you just might find some hidden beaches. There are also some historic spots that will give you your fill of this relatively unknown culture.
One of the most affordable destinations when it comes to European countries is one right near the edge: Bosnia-Herzegovina. This country is even affordable compared to some of its more cost-effective neighbors like Croatia or Montenegro. You can get a full dinner from a street vendor for just a few dollars.
There are plenty of memorable views to see, and you can take a free walking tour around the city (though tipping is always recommended), or you could visit one of the day trip options, like Kravice Falls, with a small entrance fee. Even during the tourist season, prices are still affordable. As a bonus, there's plenty of great scenery.
How about a trip to a beautiful island off the coast of Africa? Zanzibar might just turn into your dream destination if you like to play in beautiful blue water with plenty of shallow sandbars for amazing pictures or some true relaxation. The Indian Ocean teems with beautiful boats, and the island has plenty of inexpensive bed and breakfast spots to keep your budget happy.
There's even a UNESCO World Heritage site on the island – Stone Town, in Zanzibar City's Old Quarter, which has some amazing sights and buildings. This place seems like a location that is made for relaxing after a few months of hard work.
You might not expect one of Asia's biggest metropolises to be so affordable, but here we are. There are plenty of options that won't land you in the poorhouse while you take in this amazing Taiwanese location. The most famous landmark is probably the skyscraper Taipei 101, but there is plenty of history and other sights to see.
Like many other Asian cities, this place is well-connected, with easy and cheap subways and buses. Be sure to check out the great food this city can offer – many street stalls will fill you up for less than five bucks. Once the sun goes down, check out the night markets for an incredible experience.
Head to the island of Crete (which is where the word “Cretan” originated from) to visit the city of Heraklion, which is home to an amazing resort spot. Families will love visiting the beaches and museums, and fans of history will find a lot more at the ancient ruins that dot the island.
Travel just a few minutes outside the city of Heraklion, and you'll find the archaeological site of Knossos, which some believe to be the oldest city on the entire European continent. Even if you don't, you can still relax with some good food, authentic Greek music, and amazing sights.
No doubt you know of some of the places you can visit when you head to the capital of the largest country on Earth. You can take a look at the expansive Kremlin or journey to the Red Square, which also houses the beautiful and unique St. Basil's Cathedral.
However, there are also lots of art museums for history and art that you can visit, and accommodations aren't too expensive. You can catch a performance at the Bolshoi Ballet if you want to splurge, but there are lots of other cultural events that don't cost as much right around the corner.
Found on Portugal's northwestern coast, the city of Porto is home to majestic bridges, old-style cobblestone streets, and lots of wine. Let's talk prices: food and places to stay are some of the cheapest in Western Europe, but it's the beverage prices that will really make your eyes pop. In a good way, since they're some of the cheapest in the world.
While you're there, you can visit the former stock market Palacio de Bolsa or the Sao Francisco Church, which boasts some amazing baroque designs with gilded carvings. Finally, take a walk down the narrow streets in the Ribeira district to sample food and drinks at your leisure.
Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
If you aren't familiar with Krong Siem Reap at all, join the club. However, this place has recently become a center of Cambodian tourism. As a gateway to the ruins of Angkor, visiting this resort town is step one of seeing some of the most amazing construction ever. Angkor Wat, the main temple, is on Cambodia's flag.
History is a big part of this place, but that's not the only thing you can get when you visit. The second-largest city in Cambodia also boasts traditional Apsara dance performances, a cultural village, handicraft shops, silk farms, and much more. The combination of French colonial and Chinese styles of architecture makes it a unique and unforgettable place.
Nestled up against the surprisingly blue Red Sea, Hurghada, Egypt, gives us twenty-five miles of coastline to enjoy. You're also going to get plenty of nightclubs for your party lifestyle. The biggest thing that this African city is known for is its scuba diving, with plenty of shops and schools where you can learn from the best instructors.
The old town, El Dahar, has lots of traditional coffee shops that will give you something special to sample. The resort hotels on the beach might cost a pretty penny, but there are a lot of much cheaper options if you're trying to save.
To call Krabi exotic almost doesn't do the location justice. A resort town near the Andaman coast, there are plenty of places of natural beauty to visit while you're there. There are tons of locally bought and prepared seafood that might just change your mind about the fruits of the sea.
You can also take an island tour to see the awe-inspiring sights of islands such as Phra Nang Cave, Tup Island, and Koh Gai, which is also known as Chicken Island. Nearby Tiger Cave Temple is a Buddhist site with stunning architecture and panoramic views. Whether by walking or by ferry, every destination is close enough for a day trip
Found in the Malaysian section of Borneo, this spot is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to the absolutely astounding natural rock formations. Surrounded by jungle in every direction, Mulu is the place for people who want to explore without breaking the bank.
You can get into the Deer Cave (known for the three million bats that funnel out of it nightly) and Lang Cave system for less than ten dollars, explore a staggering canopy skywalk for a little more than ten dollars, and then get back to your twelve-dollar homestay at night. If you truly want an adventure, go during the rainy season!
Johannesburg, South Africa
Ranked as the forty-second cheapest travel destination during 2022, Johannesburg is a choice for someone who wants to see how quickly a city can grow. This place began as a farm that had discovered gold back in 1886. Now, not even two hundred years later, it has over fourteen million inhabitants and is one of the biggest cities in the world.
It's also one of the cheapest in the world, with reasonable prices all around, though you may be paying more for drinks. For activities, see the Brixton Tower, the FNB Stadium, the Nelson Mandela Bridge, and the Johannesburg Art Gallery.
Your next trip to the Far East doesn't have to drain your wallet. If you go to Osaka, the third-largest city in Japan, you can get by spending just sixty-six dollars a day. It was the twenty-seventh cheapest city in the world in 2022 if you can believe that. Highlights of this Japanese destination include plenty of museums, a 16th-century Shogunate castle, an aquarium, Universal Studios Japan, and much more.
There are traditional food vendors and, fancy restaurants, lots of hotels, and it's easy and cheap to get around the city thanks to the numerous methods of public transportation. Finally, take a trip to one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines, Sumiyoshi-Taisha.
Part of the Macaronesia Archipelago (west of Morocco in the Atlantic Ocean), the island of Madeira is so beautiful it's known as the island of eternal spring. If you're visiting Portugal or Spain, why not take a day to see this amazing place? Most of the main attractions are nature walks like the Cabo Girao Skywalk, hiking to the Pico Ruivo, and seeing the Ponta de Sao Lourenco, a breathtakingly rocky coast.
It isn't a well-known tourist destination, so hotels are cheap and numerous, and there's no worry about the weather, ever – it's never dropped below sixty-four degrees. That means you can even go during the quiet months of November or February and enjoy the climate.
Founded almost three thousand years ago, the city of Fez (or Fes, occasionally) is primarily famous for the small, unique hats that bear the same name. Trust us, you'll see plenty of people wearing one, and you'll feel tempted to pick up your own, too. It's one of the go-to places in Morocco.
A mix of old styles and modern conveniences has helped Fez become a popular destination recently, with narrow alleyways, ancient buildings, and a never-ending flow of people. Enjoy lively visits to souks and traditional Arab marketplaces and marvel at medieval Marinid architecture. The main spot to visit, however, is the walled medina, the Fes El Bali.
If you want to visit a place that feels like it's right out of history, this city in Guatemala might just be the place. It's likely the best-conserved Spanish colonial city, which means there are tons of classic buildings to marvel at. There are also plenty of historical ruins, bright cobblestone streets, and even some UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The place is surrounded by volcanoes, it has some notable architecture, such as the baroque La Merced church. You might not want to spend too much time outside at night, but the Land of Eternal Spring is still a place many should visit.
Prague, Czech Republic
A beer in a Prague pub costs, at most, three dollars. A night's stay in a hostel will run you about ten bucks. Just those simple facts alone will put this city near the top of your list of affordable European destinations. Add in some cheap meal options, even if you're choosing the better plates, and it's a money-saving adventure.
This city has the Prague Astronomical Clock, the Charles Bridge, and the Prague Castle – must-see options for someone who is visiting this sprawling, beautiful location. Plus, if you're a night owl, there are lots of clubs and other hot spots to enjoy.
This next city might be the best-kept secret of Central America. Sure, the city itself might not be huge – a mere one hundred and thirty-one thousand people – but there's still plenty to do for tourists. You can explore the historic heart of the town, take a trip up to a volcano, check out the ziplines, try a bit of sailing, or get immersed in the local culture.
This photographic little locale is flush with beaches and plenty of colonial-era buildings that will take you back in time. You can even learn about local landmarks that survived pirate invasions and we all know that anyone who says that old-time pirates aren't interesting is lying.
Port Salut, Haiti
It's hard to get away from the bad news when it comes to Haiti, but there are plenty of good points, too. Port Salut, for instance, is home to amazing views of the blue-green sea all around it. There are white sandy beaches, palm trees that are heavy with coconuts, and more endearing sights.
It's not even a town – it's merely a coastal commune in the Sud department of Haiti. Even locals enjoy the place for its natural beauty. Like almost anywhere in Haiti, this place won't be too hard on your wallet, either. If you go during May or the summer, flight prices are rock-bottom, too.
If you want to get away but need to keep your budget healthy, Costa Rica might be the pick for you. It's quickly become a popular budget destination, but the well-developed infrastructure and many tourist options make it a great place to visit.
How many other countries have waterfalls, cave exploration, white, sandy beaches, amazing local seafood, wildlife like crocodiles and monkeys, and surfing? Not that many. Plus, the weather is welcoming year-round, which means no matter when you visit, it will be comfortable. It's a prime place to visit if you want to explore the outdoors or soak up the sun.
There's something about Austro-Hungarian architecture that really gives your mind a sense of size. It's expansive and beautiful, and the city of Zagreb in Croatia is a great place to see a lot of it. There is a wide variety of museums and restaurants to sample, the city is surrounded by huge mountains that create an exotic feeling.
It also has a burgeoning community of street artists – they create colorful murals that are just begging people to explore on foot. It’s the capital of Croatia, set along the picturesque Sava river. One of the highlights is the 13th-century St. Mark's Church.
The most famous detail of this Polish town is the medieval town center, but there are a lot of other places that have survived this city's tumultuous history. Take a trip to St. Mary's Basilica, a beautiful fourteenth-century Gothic church. If you want to see some even heavier history, Krakow isn't far from Auschwitz-Birkenau.
There are lots of other nearby locations you can travel to without much hassle. Plus, you can find accommodations and food for low prices since the Polish zloty is a lot less than the euro or dollar. The city's been around for almost eight hundred years – you're sure to find something.
Combine Silk Road cities, ancient Islamic architecture, and a recently opened country for tourism, and you get Uzbekistan. You can find some really cheap boutique hotels for you to stay in, in this oft-forgotten country, and there is a railway system for getting between all of the cities. While you're there, try the national dish, plov: rice with carrots and mutton. Sounds tasty.
There are also oodles of cheap and delicious varieties of tea. The most you'll spend is on your accommodations, and that will probably only be about fifteen dollars a day. Mosques and madrassahs are usually free to enter, and walking around these historic towns costs nothing.
Cape Town, South Africa
A relatively new entry on the list of cheapest places to travel, Cape Town is also the second-largest city in South Africa and a city that is chock full of beauty. Not only is it the location of South Africa's parliament, but there are enough beaches for even the biggest fan of the sand.
Other highlights include the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood and the cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain. The prison that once held Nelson Mandela, Robben Island, is now a museum that teaches you about some of this country's history. Pick up food from anywhere, and once you're done for the day, relax at a cheap hotel.
How much does it cost to spend a month in Pakistan, even if you're just visiting? A mere five hundred dollars if our sources are to be believed. Buses and trains connect the entire nation, so travel is simple. Reasonable hotels cost about five or ten dollars per night, but Couchsurfing is also a popular option.
You can climb K2 (the world's second-highest mountain), go backpacking to discover some truly wild sights, and try out some surprising food. You don't even need to be worried about safety – the country has made great strides in recent years in getting rid of security issues.
For people living in the United States, traveling halfway around the world will always seem expensive. However, you might be surprised to find an intercontinental trip to Bangkok is pretty cheap. Once you land in this capital city, you'll find areas well-connected thanks to rails and underground subways.
The nice accommodations – really nice – will only cost you fifty dollars. The cost of food is almost non-existent since there are plenty of food stands with competitive prices and delicious options – you might not even spend two dollars a day. For the cost of spending two days in Paris, you could easily spend two weeks in this city.