34 Cheap Places to Travel in 2024 | Best Budget Destinations

Last Updated: April 12th, 2024

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Unfortunately for those with wanderlust, travel has become increasingly expensive in recent years. As the industry continues to recuperate from COVID-19 losses, costs are passed down to the consumer, A.K.A those with never-ending travel bucket lists like us!

The good news is you can still organize a relatively cheap trip–it’s all about choosing the right destinations.

Traditionally, locations in Southeast Asia and South or Central America have been known for their affordability, but there are also a surprising amount of destinations elsewhere in the world that also won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Traditionally cheap places can still be expensive if you like to splurge when you travel (guilty), but in the following destinations, you can also easily stick to your budget if you plan strategically–a feat that’s just not possible in some places.

So without further adieu, here are 34 of the cheapest places to travel right now, where you’ll get the most bang for your buck.

The 34 Cheap Places To Travel in 2024

1. Indonesia

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A classic rice field in the mountainous region of Ubud

One of the most popular Southeast Asian destinations, Indonesia is a staple when it comes to budget-friendly travel destinations.

As a rule of thumb, you can expect to get away with spending an average of $50 to $100 USD per day, including accommodation, though it’s possible to spend between $30 and $50 per day for more basic facilities and experiences.

The standout destination in Indonesia is the island of Bali, a tourist hotspot known for affordable resort-style accommodation and a party culture. To give you an idea of just how cost-effective accommodation can be in Bali, check out Bali Caps in the famous Kuta district, where you can get a bed in a mixed dorm for just $6.

While Bali doesn’t have to cost you a lot, it’s still an amazing destination with endless experiences on offer. The highlight of my Bali trip was the Monkey Forest Ubud, where weekday entrance costs just 80,000 IDR, or around $5.

Though some beaches do have entrance fees in Bali, the majority don’t, so those early-morning sunrise walks won’t cost you a thing.

2. Hungary

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Evening lights sparkling over the Danube River in Budapest

A pillar of Central Europe and a hub of culture, food, and history, Hungary is a surprisingly affordable destination to add to your travel itinerary this year. According to Danubius Hotels, you can get by on as little as 10 Hungarian Forints a day, which is the equivalent of around $30, not including accommodation.

While lodging isn’t as cheap as you’ll find in some Asian destinations, it’s pretty affordable by European standards. For example, at the Napsugár Szálló Baja which is located in Baja, you can have a single bed with an inner courtyard view for just $17. If you’re traveling as a couple or pair, a double costs $31 per night.

Budapest offers endless wonders for travelers, and many of them are free. This includes visiting the Hungarian National Gallery inside Buda Castle or taking a free walking tour around the city.

One of the most iconic things to do in Budapest is visit the Szechenyi Baths, however, the admission fee will set you back more than 40 Euros.

3. Mexico

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The stunning Palacio de Bellas Artes by night

If you’re traveling from the United States, Mexico is one of the most affordable and convenient destinations that you can visit right now.

If you’re traveling on a budget, it’s best to bring around $20 per day just for spending. The average amount of cash you’ll spend on a mid-range budget is around $40, while those who want to indulge can go through $60 per day and up.

In terms of accommodation, a good example of budget lodging is Hostal Amigo in Mexico City, which offers a double room for $24 per night. Otherwise, you can reserve a single bed for $18.

There are many free and cost-effective activities to add to your Mexican bucket list, including basking in the beauty of the murals at Palacio de Bellas Artes and checking out the largest city park in the Western Hemisphere: Chapultepec.

4. Poland

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Royal Castle Square in Warsaw

Easily one of the most underrated European destinations, Poland offers all the beauty of the many more expensive countries on the continent, but without the attached price tags. And given that it is so underrated, even the major cities of Warsaw and Krakow tend to be less crowded than equivalents in the West.

According to information recorded from real travelers on Budget Your Trip, the average daily cost of traveling to Poland is $65 per day. Accommodation can also be incredibly cheap–Hostel BTYOMSKA in the town of Września, for example, will set you back just $25 for two single beds.

Not only is the natural Polish landscape sublime, but the nation is rich in history that, despite being heartbreaking at times, has shaped the country’s character today.

One of the most transforming experiences you can have in Poland is visiting the Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial and Museum, which is around two hours by train from Krakow airport. Admission is free but you can pay extra for a guided tour, which is recommended to fully understand the gravity and legacy of the former camp complex.

5. Vietnam

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The idyllic Halong Bay

A fascinating and culturally rich nation in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is easily one of the cheapest places to travel. While an average trip may cost between $60 and $100 per day, you can get away with $50 per day on a backpacker’s budget.

One of the reasons why Vietnam is so affordable is because of the large range of cheap accommodation. A bed in a mixed dorm at Nhi’s House in Ha Giang, for example, will only set you back $2 per night.

Vietnam offers travelers the perfect combination of delicious authentic food, picturesque scenery, and important historical landmarks, all in a tropical environment. Halong Bay to the east of Hanoi is the perfect setting for a boat tour, while you can also check out the Ban Gioc Waterfall at Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark.

Exploring Hanoi’s Old Quarter is free and a must for history buffs, while the Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City give insight into the realities of the Vietnam War.

6. Costa Rica

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The magical Rio Celeste Waterfall in Costa Rica

The Central American nation of Costa Rica is known for being home to some of the most heavenly and luscious landscapes on the planet. From the photos, you wouldn’t think that this paradise is also one of the cheapest places to travel.

The average daily cost for a mid-range traveler to Costa Rica is anywhere between $90 and $150, while backpackers can expect to pay between $45 and $80, per our Costa Rica hostel guide. However, if you have limited funds, you can manage to get by on just $25 per day, depending on factors like the time of year and your travel style.

For a double bed at Balbo’s in Liberia, you’re looking at $15 per night. Of course, there are much more expensive resorts to stay in for those who want to indulge, but the budget accommodation in Costa Rica is definitely worth considering if you want to save some pennies.

Costa Rica also happens to be an outdoor lover’s paradise, and you’ll find ample opportunities for activities like white water rafting, snorkeling, and zip lining.

However, if you’re looking for free ways to pass the time, the beaches of Costa Rica, both on the Caribbean Coast and the Pacific Coast, are free to enter and enjoy.

7. Portugal

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The iconic yellow tram in Lisbon

Nestled beside Spain, Portugal isn’t in the spotlight as much as some of its Western European neighbors. The lack of mass crowds may be why you can visit Portugal without having to pay unfair, exploitative prices.

On average, for a mid-range trip, you’re looking at anywhere between $100 and $150 per day in Portugal, accommodation included. However, budget travelers can spend as little as $50 to $70 per day. When you consider that the price range includes all accommodation, transportation, and food in this European nation, that’s pretty good!

At Albergue de São Bento in Seixas, two single beds will cost you $33 per night, and prices are usually cheaper for single travelers.

Portugal is full of historic landmarks and beautiful beaches, so it’s easy to fill your itinerary with sights and stops that won’t cost you a thing. Be sure to visit the mesmerizing Praça do Comércio in Lisbon, along with the stunning Porto Cathedral.

8. Romania

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The quiet streets of old Transylvania

Another often overlooked destination in Europe, Romania can be incredibly affordable to those traveling on a budget. Romania Experience confirms that you’re looking at 35 to 50 Euros per day, not including accommodation, for an average travel experience.

Lodging tends to be much more cost-effective in Romania than in more popular European destinations. A double bed at Cataleya Caffee in Rădăuţi, for example, costs just $20. And as is the case with other overlooked locations, you’ll often have the privilege of less crowded cities.

One of Romania’s main claims to fame is the legacy of the 15th-century ruler Vlad III, more famously known as Vlad Dracula. He earned a reputation as a fierce, villainous character due to his rumored taste for impaling his victims and then dipping his bread in their blood, per HistoryExtra. Whether the legends are true or not, you can visit the fortress known as Poenari Castle in Arges County, where Vlad once lived.

9. Mongolia

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The mighty Equestrian Statue of Genghis Khan

Tucked away between two much larger countries–and two much bigger players on the world stage–Mongolia is often forgotten about amongst international travelers.

But this Central Asian nation has actually played a huge part in the history of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, owing to its most famous world contribution: Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire, which once covered 9 million square miles, all the way to the Persian Gulf, per Britannica.

Mongolia is arguably one of the most important countries in world history, and you can visit for around $30 per day on a budget, or up to $50 per day for a more comfortable trip.

Those price figures include accommodation, which tends to be very affordable in Mongolia. For $11 a night, you can get a bunk in a mixed dorm at Bolod Guesthouse and Tours, which is located in the Chingeltei district of the capital Ulaanbaatar.

Plus, there are lots of free things to do while in Mongolia, from visiting Sükhbaatar Square to viewing the impressive Equestrian Statue of Genghis Khan.

10. Bulgaria

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St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia

Another European nation that has managed to fly under the radar of most modern tourists is Bulgaria. This Balkan nation that is a stone’s throw from countries like Turkey, Greece, and Romania is one of the most affordable nations in Europe, perhaps due to the fact that overwhelming demand hasn’t pushed the prices up considerably.

Data collected on Budget Your Trip shows that the average price you can expect to pay for a day in Bulgaria is $70. However, several factors can make your trip cheaper or more expensive.

Perhaps the best way to save in any destination is through budget accommodation. In Bulgaria, you have quite a few options for affordable lodging, including the Hostel Shatrata in Bogomilovo, which offers a double room for $21.

Bulgaria has some beautiful churches that are free to visit, including the Rila Monastery and the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia. But easily, one of the unmissable wonders of the Balkan nation is Rila National Park, which is home to wondrous mountains and lakes.

11. Sri Lanka

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Herd of elephants in central Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a relatively overlooked Asian destination, but for anyone who loves spacious beaches, ancient ruins, delicious local food, and true hospitality, it should be a must.

And while you can certainly plan a higher-end trip to Sri Lanka, it’s one of the most affordable destinations of the year, making it a great choice for a traveler on a budget.

Including accommodation, you can expect to spend $30 to $40 per day in Sri Lanka and have a full, enjoyable trip. Now, for more lavish conditions, the daily budget may rise to anywhere between $100 and $200.

However, considering how low the budget accommodation prices are in Sri Lanka, that higher price range can take you very far indeed. For example, a triple room with a garden view costs just $2 per day at Funky Leopard Safari Lodge in Kataragama near Yala National Park.

12. Latvia

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Charming old square in the colorful town of Riga

Tucked away in northeastern Europe, Latvia is another nation that many travelers from the West tend to forget about when visiting the continent.

But including Latvia in your travel plans could help you to seriously save, since visiting the medieval towns, the charming capital of Riga, and the UNESCO World Heritage sites of this former Soviet country is quite affordable.

Data shows that the average person spends $124 per day in Latvia, including accommodation. But naturally, you could tailor your trip to your own budget and cut costs to reduce your overall expenditure.

Accommodation is particularly affordable–a budget twin room at the Strādnieku Viesnīca in Ventspils will set you back just $22.

13. Philippines

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Tropical heavenly beach in El-Nido, Palawan Island

There’s so much to love about the Philippines. This Southeast Asian nation is known for its tropical beaches that look like they were taken straight out of paradise, along with its rich culture (and food scene!). You need just $20 to $30 per day, including accommodation, to get by in the Philippines.

A standard backpacker budget is somewhere between $35 and $45 per day, while if you’re spending more than $50 per day, you’ll be treated “like royalty.” A double room with a terrace at Chloe’s Paradise Hotel in Batuan, for example, is only $9.

14. Albania

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The historic city of Berat

By European standards, Albania is definitely a cheap place to travel to. All you need is 42 Euros a day, which is enough for your accommodation as well!

While there are nicer lodging options available, there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to hostels, guesthouses, and other budget-friendly accommodation. Staying in a mixed dorm at Hostel Central Shkoder in Shkodër is just $15 for two guests.

Many of the best sights in Albania are free, including Berat Castle (which is free outside of the 9 am to 6 pm visiting hours). If you’re visiting Tirana, be sure to go people-watching in Skanderbeg Square, and then check out the fascinating National Historical Museum.

15. India

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The famous Taj Mahal at Agra

If you’re not traveling on a budget, India can certainly be one of the most lavish travel destinations, not in the least due to the range of hotels that used to be actual palaces (via Architectural Digest India). However, it’s also an incredibly budget-friendly destination.

A budget trip to India will cost anywhere from $30 to $50 per day, including accommodation. That said, you can expect to pay between $50 and $90 per day for a mid-range experience.

In terms of accommodation, prices can be exceptionally low. Two bunk beds at Coexist Hostel in Jagatsukh will only cost you $3!

Of course, there’s no shortage of things to do in India, from visiting major landmarks like the Taj Mahal to embarking on a food tour, like Intrepid Travel’s Real Food Adventure.

16. Panama

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The stunning Panama Cathedral in Panama City

When booking a Central American trip, many travelers overlook Panama. But this destination has everything you could ask for, from tropical coastlines to dense rainforests to the thriving metropolis that is Panama City.

For a budget visit to Panama, you can spend anywhere from $30 to $50 per day, including accommodation (via Trip.com). If you want slightly more comfortable conditions, $80 to $150 per day is enough for a mid-range trip.

To stay in a double room with seven beds at the Casa Hotel in Panama City, you’re looking at just $11. And with accommodation being so affordable, you’ll have plenty of funds to allocate towards activities and food.

While in Panama, seeing the famous Panama Canal is a must, but don’t forget to also check out the idyllic white-sand beaches of Panama City.

17. Georgia

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The hilltop village of Adishi

Historically serving as a bridge between Europe and Asia, Georgia has a unique and fascinating past that has influenced the nation’s rich culture today.

Aside from traditional Georgian hospitality, one of the things that travelers love most about visiting this country is the irresistible food, from the iconic Khachapuri to the delicious Mtsvadi.

And since Georgia largely flies under the radar, it also happens to be super affordable. You’re looking at an average budget of just $33 per day here, including accommodation For example, a single bed at Hello Hostel in Tbilisi will cost you just $4.

What’s more, there are many great free and affordable things to see and do in Georgia, including the eye-catching Bridge of Peace and the ancient Narikala Fortress, both in Tbilisi.

18. Serbia

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Mesmerizing view over Tara National Park

Serbia is a hub of history, culture, art, architecture, and outstanding natural scenery, and still, many travelers fly right past it when hopping around Europe. But this Balkan country should definitely be on your bucket list, and right now, it happens to be one of Europe’s most affordable destinations

You can get away with spending just $30 per day in Serbia, including accommodation (via Finder). That said, for a slightly more luxurious experience, you can stretch it to $80 per day, which is still cheap by European standards.

At the Hostel Atrijum in Kladovo, a basic triple room will set you back only $17, so plenty of your budget can go towards experiences to enrich your trip.

19. Lithuania

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Ancient Trakai Castle in Lithuania

Wedged between Poland, Belarus, and Latvia, Lithuania is a tiny Baltic country that travelers often forget about entirely when visiting Europe. But according to the figures recorded by On the Go Tours, it also happens to be one of the cheapest destinations in Europe.

Your average daily budget in Lithuania will be around $50 per day, which you could adjust depending on what kind of experience you’re looking for. That price also includes accommodation, which is quite affordable in Lithuania. For example, at the Hostel Kornealita in Zarasai, you can reserve two single beds for $21.

For those who are religious, or just interested in history, there are lots of cultural landmarks to behold, one of the most famous being the Gates of Dawn in the capital city of Vilnius.

A well-known pilgrimage site, the gates feature a painting of the Virgin Mary which is believed to possess magical powers by those in the Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Russian Orthodox churches.

20. Peru

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Market in Pisac, the Sacred Valley

Peru is famous worldwide for housing the wonder that is Machu Picchu, however, this Inca landmark can be on the expensive side, with tours starting at over $800 per person (via Ticket Machu Picchu). But Peru itself is actually an affordable destination.

Not including extras like a tour of the Inca Trail, the average daily budget is $35 to $40 including accommodation, according to Machu Travel Peru. That said, you can get away with $25 to $30 per day for a more basic trip, while $50 a day will get you a very luxurious experience.

Accommodation can be extremely affordable; just $11 at the Hostel Fuentes in Arequipa will get you an extra-large double bed.

21. Thailand

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Pha Nam Yod Waterfall, one of the most beautiful sights at Kaeng Krachan Phetchaburi

One of Southeast Asia’s most gorgeous and popular destinations filled with tropical serenity, hidden islands, and a vibrant culture, Thailand also happens to be incredibly cost-effective for travel this year.

You’ll need just $25 to $35 per day for a basic budget in Thailand while spending between $35 and $60 will take you to a higher level of comfort.

Like other Southeast Asian nations, Thailand offers seriously affordable accommodation. You can stay at the Mapping Hostel in Chiang Mai, for example, getting a double bed in a bungalow for just $5.

22. Montenegro

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Perast’s scenic Kotor Bay

Glancing around the old towns and cities of Montenegro, you might guess that you’re in Italy, Croatia, or the south of France.

But while these Western European nations can be notoriously expensive to visit, Montenegro happens to be one of the most affordable European destinations.

Trip.com advises budgeting $40 to $60 per day, including accommodation, for a basic experience in Montenegro. However, for a trip that is more mid-range, you could stretch that to anywhere between $80 and $120 per day. Staying at the Green Moonlight in Ulcinj, just $9 will get you a large double bed.

There are plenty of free sights to include in your itinerary, from the ancient Ostrog Orthodox Monastery to the beautiful Porto Montenegro.

23. Algeria

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Constantine, one of Algeria’s biggest cities

Bordering African nations like Morocco, Tunisia, and Mali, and sitting just across the Alboran Sea from Spain, Algeria is a unique destination where the Sahara meets the Mediterranean.

A North African gem, Algeria is a place where you’ll find Roman ruins, historic mosques and churches, and a wealth of museums and galleries. It also happens to be a cheap place for travel.

Accommodation averages at around $20 per day per person, while meals start from just $5, entrance fees from $5, and transport from $1. At the Hotel Plage d’Or in Jijel, which sits just 100 meters from the beach, you can reserve a deluxe family room for three guests for $41.

24. Nepal

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The lively Durbar Square in Kathmandu

Nepal has definitely at least one huge claim to fame. Home to the South Base Camp of Mount Everest, the Asian country is frequently visited by mountaineers hoping to climb the world’s largest peak. However, Nepal is also a great destination for budget travelers and remains one of the cheapest places to visit for backpackers.

Generally, daily expenses are around $25 in Nepal, not including accommodation. However, dorm accommodation starts from just $2, while nicer 3-star accommodation starts from a relatively affordable $15.

At the Thamel Hostel and Apartment in Kathmandu, you can have a double or single bed in a dorm, including breakfast, for just $5 a day.

If you aren’t a mountaineer, there’s still plenty to see and do in Nepal. The nation has a peaceful and spiritual ambiance due to the presence of several Buddhist and Hindu temples, while there’s also the magical and aptly named Garden of Dreams in Kathmandu, for which the entrance fee is about $3.

25. Estonia

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The Old Town of Tallinn seems taken from a Disney movie

A northern European nation that lies just across the sea from Finland, Estonia is relatively affordable when compared to other countries in the area. While the likes of Denmark and Norway are among the most expensive destinations on the continent, Estonia offers a unique travel experience at a fraction of the price.

The average daily cost of travel to Estonia is around $112, per Budget Your Trip.

While that may seem more expensive than cheaper destinations elsewhere in the world, note that accommodation can be incredibly affordable, so you’ll have more of your budget to allocate towards dining and experiences. A twin room at the Hostel Nele in Jõhvi, for example, costs just $28 for two people.

A must in Estonia is visiting Lahemaa National Park, which is abundant in natural beauty and tranquility, and also happens to be free!

26. South Africa

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The magnetic Victoria Falls

Home to amazing beaches, rugged mountains, and a thriving wine scene, South Africa offers visitors unrivaled beauty. It is one of the more affordable destinations to add to your bucket list, with the average daily budget sitting at just $89.

At the Secunda BackPackers in Secunda, two guests can sleep in an all-female dorm for just $14, so the accommodation is one of the areas in which you can really save in South Africa.

From the Pretoria Farmers Market to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, there’s so much to see and do. However, one of the most popular pastimes in South Africa is simply taking a scenic drive and enjoying the majestic landscape.

27. Laos

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Traditional Buddhist temple in Luang Prabang

Often skipped in favor of more popular Southeast Asian destinations, Laos is another nation you should consider visiting if you’re looking for cheap yet fantastic places to travel.

Home to dense jungle, peaceful lagoons, and bustling cities and villages, it offers visitors the perfect getaway and the chance to experience a unique and beautiful culture.

$20 per day is all you need in Laos, and that includes accommodation. If you want a trip that is slightly more high-end, you can extend that to $25 to $35 per day.

For only $11 per night, you can reserve a large double bed in a double room at the Don Som Riverside Guesthouse in Don Som.

28. El Salvador

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The colorful El Carmen Church in Santa Ana

Straddling the Pacific Ocean, El Salvador is another Central American destination that should be on your bucket list if you’re looking for affordable places to visit for travelers.

It will cost you an average of $46 per day to get by in El Salvador, but this may be cheaper or more expensive depending on your travel style.

If you’re looking at a budget twin or double room at Hostal Villa Marta in Santa Anna, you can expect to pay around $19 per night. However, for solo travelers, you might be able to get a single bed for even cheaper.

There are museums, shopping centers, and archeological sites to explore in El Salvador, but you can also pack your itinerary with loads of free things to see and do. Among them are the wonderful Devil’s Gate Lookout, which offers supreme views, and the striking Cathedral of Our Lady Saint Anne.

29. Morocco

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The city wall of Old Rabat

Due to its prime location in North Africa, just a short distance from major destinations in both Europe and the Middle East, Morocco has always been a popular location. In addition to a rich and unique culture and stunning landscapes that reflect both Mediterranean beaches and sweeping North African desert, Morocco is also a relatively affordable destination.

You should budget between $40 and $60 per day in Morocco, including accommodation. That will give you access to basic facilities and amenities. If you’re looking for something closer to a mid-range experience, however, set aside anywhere from $80 to $120 per day.

At Gite La Belle Vue Timichi in Timichi, you can get two single beds in a budget double room for just $13 per night.

30. Slovenia

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Lake Bled and St Mary’s Church of the Assumption ahead of the Alps

Truly one of the hidden jewels of Europe, Slovenia is a destination that needs to be seen to be believed. It’s home to fairytale castles, sparkling lakes, and romantic medieval towns that aren’t overrun with tourists. Despite all its strengths, Slovenia is also one of the cheaper locations to visit in Europe. The average budget for a day in Slovenia sits at around $102.

A standard budget double room is slightly more expensive in Cerklje na Gorenjskem than it would be in other destinations on this list, coming in at $39 per night at the Apartments Gubanec. However, even cheaper accommodation is available for those who seek it.

Just strolling around the capital of Ljubljana is one of the greatest ways to pass the time in Slovenia (when you’re done exploring the mountains and ski resorts!). The storybook city and its old-world cafes ooze with charm.

31. Czech Republic

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A view of the Charles Bridge in June, 2023

One of the most beautiful destinations in Central Europe, the Czech Republic isn’t exactly an unknown country, but it’s definitely overlooked next to more bustling locations on the continent.

The fact that it’s not overrun with tourists means that you don’t have to pay exorbitant prices and can actually get away with quite a decent budget.

Expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $70 per day in the Czech Republic, including accommodation, for basic budget facilities. Meanwhile, a mid-range budget increases slightly to between $80 and $120 per day.

Even in the capital of Prague, accommodation can be very affordable. For a single bed in a dorm at Plus Prague, you’re looking at just $16. Many of the best sights of the country are totally free, including the regal Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square in Prague, and Šumava National Park.

32. Turkey

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Hot air balloons flying over Cappadocia

An enchanting destination that marks the boundary between East and West, Turkey appears on the bucket list of everyone who loves history, beaches, architecture, and delicious street food. And luckily for those aspiring travelers, Turkey is also pretty affordable.

One National Travel explains that the basic budget to expect in Turkey is between $50 and $100 per day, and that includes accommodation. Seeing as you can get some incredibly cheap lodging at hostels throughout the country, that leaves you plenty to spend on dining and recreation.

Rosa Hostel in Mardin offers a bed for one for just $15 per day, while two people can lodge at the hostel for $22 in a double room.

Now, there are a few expensive activities to explore in Turkey, including the famed Cappadocia hot air balloons, which can be over 280 Euros per person. However, you’ll also find lots of cheap and even free things to do. Be sure to stroll through Sultanahmet Square and browse the Grand Bazaar market in Istanbul.

33. Namibia

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Herd of giraffes in Etosha National Park

Located on the southwestern coast of Africa, Namibia is less well-known as a tourist destination than its popular African counterparts of Tanzania, Kenya, and Botswana. However, the nation is home to a wealth of stunning scenery and iconic outdoor experiences, including many opportunities to spot native wildlife.

For a basic bare-essentials-only budget in Namibia, you’re looking at between $50 and $70 per day. However, if you’d prefer a slightly more comfortable trip, it could set you back to anywhere between $100 and $150 per day.

At Paradise Garden BackPackers in Windhoek, $26 per day will get you a single bed, while $32 per day is enough for a double bed.

Safaris tend to be among the most expensive activities to enjoy in Africa, however, they’re often once-in-a-lifetime experiences and well worth it. Depending on your finances, there are slightly more affordable options available. For example, a three-day budget Etosha National Park Lodge Safari begins at $723.

34. Taiwan

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Taipei by night

Officially known as the Republic of China (not to be confused with the People’s Republic of China), Taiwan is an East Asian country off the coast of China. While other nations in the area, including Japan and South Korea, tend to be more expensive destinations, Taiwan is relatively cheap to visit.

A 2022 survey from Statista found that people spent an average of $95 per day in Taiwan, however, you can spend as little as $40 per day. Lodging seems to be about on par with other relatively affordable destinations, as a double bed in a dorm at Hostel Jiizu in Taipei costs $30, or $15 per person.

You’ll find loads of free and affordable cultural landmarks to visit in Taiwan, including Taroko National Park, Bangka Longshan Temple, and Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.

About The Author

Vanessa is an Australian-based freelance writer and editor with a BA in Creative Writing. She’s passionate about creating travel content that inspires her readers to take a leap of faith and power through their bucket lists. When she’s not writing (with her border collie asleep at her feet), she’s devouring books, exploring the world, or planning her next trip.

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Vanessa Elle

Vanessa is an Australian-based freelance writer and editor with a BA in Creative Writing. She’s passionate about creating travel content that inspires her readers to take a leap of faith and power through their bucket lists.

When she’s not writing (with her border collie asleep at her feet), she’s devouring books, exploring the world, or planning her next trip.

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