Getting to Thailand will be the most expensive part of your trip. However, this is a trip that should be on everyone’s bucket list, and once you’re there, it’s very affordable. You can find accommodation there for as low as $20 per night.
If you’re on a budget, you may want to skip the costlier island of Santorini and head over to Crete. Crete boasts the same magnificent turquoise Mediterranean waters and beautiful architecture, but it’ll be kinder on your wallet. Greece is still in an economic crisis, so prices are low throughout the country, but Crete will be your best bet for the island experience.
Lisbon’s prices are similar to Madrid’s, but the upside is that it’s a coastal city. You can enjoy the magnificent views, colorful historic buildings and get a glute workout on those steep streets all without breaking the bank.
If you’re traveling from the U.S. direct tickets to Morocco can be expensive. But, if you’re already doing a Euro trip, it won’t set you back much to get a flight to Morocco from Paris or Madrid. It’s one of the cheapest flights to Africa you’ll find (from the U.S. and elsewhere). Once in the country, the food is inexpensive. You can get a meal for two for as little as $2.50. Marrakech is also a vegetarian’s paradise, offering affordable, diverse and tasty plant-based dining options.
Costa Rica has a lot to offer the budget traveler. It is one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth, and is relatively affordable. During off season in the fall, you can buy a round-trip ticket to the country for just over $300. Manuel Antonio is located on the Pacific side of the country, and the park offers stunning views and you’ll find yourself surrounded by Capuchin and howler monkeys, sloths and iguanas. You can also take a bus over to the Caribbean side in Puerto Limon, where accommodation is as cheap as $18 a night.
Bulgaria is one of the most overlooked destinations in Europe, it’s also one of the most affordable. If you’re looking for a different European beach experience, check out Varna, the largest city located on the Black Sea. Food and accommodation in Bulgaria is among the least expensive options you’ll find in Europe.
I was an expat in Madrid for four years and can speak first-hand to its affordability. The city is full of culture, art and has an exceptional nightlife. A glass of wine out on the town will cost you €2. You can buy a bottle to drink for about €4, and enjoy it in La Latina plaza. The food is very inexpensive. You can get a three-course lunch for about €9. Spain, in general, is one of the cheapest destinations in Western Europe.
Saranda is a gorgeous and often overlooked Mediterranean destination. The coastal town boasts crystal clear waters and gorgeous white villas, that will leave you thinking you’re on a Greek Island instead of an Eastern European country. The country is so inexpensive, you can find accommodation starting at just $5 per person.
Like the other Southeast Asian countries, the expense that will set you back the most is your plane ticket. But, this is a trip one can’t pass up on. Once in Hanoi, you can find accommodation as cheap as $12 per night.
Santiago, Chile is beautifully situated in a valley surrounded by the Andes. The bustling city boasts extraordinary views, delicious food and affordable accommodation. You can find a room for as cheap as $12 a night.
If you want a low-budget taste of the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is your best bet. If you go during low season, between April and December, you’ll be able to find flights for as little as $200 round-trip (especially from the east coast). Also, you don’t even need a passport to get here as it’s a U.S. territory.
For the East Coast crowd, Montreal can be a perfect and inexpensive destination for a weekend getaway. You can get that European vibe (they speak French) without having the cost of a European plane ticket. You can also find cheap accommodation between $40-60 per night. Also the dollar is stronger than the Canadian dollar, so you can expect up to a 25 percent discount on prices.
Most people travel through Cusco on their way to Machu Picchu, but you should stick around in this vibrant city. Not only is it chock full of culture, it’s also ridiculously inexpensive. The dining experience is a steal. You can get a plate of ceviche for as little as $3. Also, you can buy those textiles Peru is famous for almost next to nothing.