Traveling around the world can certainly cost a lot. But seeing the world doesn’t have to eat up all of your savings!
There are actually plenty of affordable destinations out there, and you just need to know where to look. Sometimes, even destinations that we often think of as expensive can be budget-friendly, as long as you know a few tips and tricks.
Check out these five budget-friendly countries from across the globe!
Until recently, the Czech Republic has been a hidden gem in terms of tourism. Maybe it’s because it has been kind of overshadowed by other tourist destinations in Europe. Luckily, people are starting to wake up to how amazing it is!
Prague is the capital and largest city, and it’s beautiful. Dubbed the “Paris of the East,” this stunning city is known for unique medieval architecture, cobblestone streets, and impressive towers and church spires reaching into the sky.
The incredible architecture alone is enough for me, but there’s so much more to see and do. You’ll also find a vibrant city full of nightlife, music, art, and fine dining. And unlike some of the more popular European destinations to the west of Prague, you’ll find everything much more affordable here.
As an added bonus, most of the locals also speak English!
Peru is stacked with things to experience and do. It’s probably most famous to tourists for Machu Picchu, the ancient Incan citadel sitting high in the Andes mountains. If you come to Peru in hopes to hike the Inca Trail to see the ruins, you’ll spend a pretty penny. Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t see Machu Picchu, because it’s absolutely worth it. It just doesn’t really belong on a list of cheap destinations!
If you get slightly off the beaten tourist path, you’ll find Peru is much more budget-friendly. You just have to do it right. As with anywhere, you can find luxury accommodations. But if you aim for budget-friendly guest houses, hostels, and mid-range hotels, you can really get a lot of bang for your buck.
You’ll find that food is incredibly affordable, although it’s slightly higher in big cities like Lima and Cusco. For the most part, you’ll find yourself spending $20 or less on food for an entire day!
As for experiences: don’t miss wandering through local markets. There are also tons of beautiful trails to hike, and Peru is rich in archaeological sites. And if you’re ready for fun in the sun, you can enjoy surfing, swimming, and relaxing at the beach.
Central America is full of budget-friendly destinations, so it’s kind of hard to choose one. Some of the smaller countries, like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, are all incredibly affordable. However, you can’t beat Costa Rica when it comes to the ultimate vacation destination.
Sure, Costa Rica is home to one of the top resorts in the world, but that doesn’t mean that Costa Rica can’t be a budget-friendly destination. There are plenty of low-cost lodging options here, including locally-owned guest houses, hostels, and small hotels. Local food is also extremely affordable, so opt for family-run spots over big restaurants aimed at tourists.
What really makes Costa Rica special, though, is that there is no shortage of things to do. Personally, I prefer to spend my time lounging on beautiful beaches and eating local cuisine. But Costa Rica also offers 30 national parks, giving adrenaline junkies more zip-lining, hiking, surfing, and bungee jumping than they know what to do with.
Is South Korea one of the most underrated travel destinations out there? Probably! While the capital city, Seoul, is relatively pricey, you’ll find that most other destinations are much more affordable. Skip the big city prices in favor of smaller towns, and you’ll find South Korea a very budget-friendly destination.
It’s worth noting that South Korea has an excellent public transportation system, and you can travel to just about anywhere in the country in a few hours. That means that you can still see Seoul without paying for luxury Seoul lodging. If you would rather stay in big cities like Busan and Seoul, you can find budget hotels and hostels in a variety of price ranges.
Tableside grills, markets, and street food stalls make eating affordable (and tasty!). And you will also find a ton of things to do for free, like checking out the Seoul Global Cultural Center, exploring Bukchon Hanok Village, or seeing tons of amazing museums and Buddhist temples.
Like many other international destinations on this list, you can spend a ton of money in India if you stay at five-star resorts. India excels in luxury. After all, one of the most luxurious spas in the world, Ananda in the Himalayas, is located in India.
But if you really want an authentic experience, you don’t need to spend a ton in India. In fact, you’ll find that accommodations, transportation, food, and even service are relatively inexpensive in most parts of the country. The key to keeping spending lower is avoiding big cities that tourists flock to, like Mumbai. Besides, you’ll be able to see more and have a more peaceful experience if you avoid the tourist crowds!
India is a wonderful destination with a rich cultural history, so there will be no shortage of things to experience. Visit the Swaminarayan Akshardham, walk through the Historical Silk Route, or relax at Palolem Beach. Don’t miss checking out local food from street food vendors. And if you don’t know which one to choose, look for long lines or ask a local!