Want to travel but your budget has other plans. Yeah. Welcome to the club. The good news is there are plenty of cheap places to travel. Whether you are looking to go to Asia, Europe or prefer the United States there is something for everyone.
With the help of a few of my fellow bloggers I put together a list of the best places to travel that won’t break the bank and will give you your best bang for your buck.
Cheap Places to Travel to Around the World
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Georgia in Eastern Europe is a lesser visited destination full of history, architecture and cultural
diversity. Tbilisi, guarded by hills is a cobbled street city with a perfect vintage vibe of the
eastern European culture. The exchange rates of Georgian Lari to USD make it a perfect pocket-
friendly city to travel on a budget. The city has many hotels and hostels and a night stay in a
hostel will cost on average around 10 to 15 dollars. Transportation is easy as the city is linked
with an underground metro network, which can be accessed by a 75 cents metro card. As Tbilisi
is widely famous for its culinary diversity, apart from Georgian food, American, Indian, and
Turkish food can be easily found in the city. One can have a big meal for a whopping price of $5.
Exploring Tbilisi is a unique experience which holds in own charm not to be found in any other
capital city in Eastern Europe.
Recommended by from Rahma from The Sane Adventurer
La Antigua, Guatemala
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One of the world’s most beautiful destinations also happens to be one of the most affordable. Whether you’re planning on studying Spanish at one of the many language schools, exploring colonial architecture or using it as a convenient jumping off point for taking day trips, tours and excursions to other regions of Guatemala, the atmospheric city of La Antigua Guatemala makes an ideal travel destination for budget travelers. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded in the 16th century and although largely destroyed by an earthquake in the 17th century, it was rebuilt and today features many Baroque monuments including churches, palaces and municipal buildings along its cobblestone streets. It costs nothing at all to enjoy this open air museum! Surrounded by spectacular volcanoes, it’s also home to a several of the most important festivals and celebrations in Guatemala including the famous Semana Santa processions taking place during Holy Week, the Dia del Diablo event in December and a bustling market featuring indigenous Mayan weavings as well as local produce, street food and handicrafts at bargain prices.
Recommended by Michele from A Taste For Travel.
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In a world where many destinations are getting more and more expensive, we were really happy to find that Sri Lanka is still bucking the trend. It’s a great value destination and you could easily survive on a budget of $20-30 USD per day and not have to rough it. If you are happy to do things on a real shoestring, we met people surviving on as low as $10-15 USD per day and still having a great time.
Sri Lanka becomes even better value when you visit around the fringes of the Yala Monsoon (May and June in particular are good months). During this time hotel prices plummet, and you’ll often find that you can get a really lovely private en-suite room for just $20. We even ended up having entire hotels to ourselves more than once! You can eat great local curries for a couple of dollars too.
Activities-wise, one of the most scenic train journeys in the world (Kandy to Ella in the Hill Country) is just $2 USD. That’s third class but hey, most people sit in the doorways anyway! The journey lasts around seven hours and takes you past vast tea plantations and lush jungle. If wildlife is your thing, Sri Lanka is also a great place to go on safari. You can witness an amazing wildlife phenomenon – the elephant gathering in Kaudulla – in your own private jeep for up to 8 people for $28 USD total. We saw over one hundred elephants on our trip.
Sri Lanka is one of the best value destinations we have been to, offering bucket list experiences for less than the price of a hotel room in many other countries!
Recommended by Cat from Walk My World. Read More about Sri Lanka Here.
I am a bit biased because Puerto Rico is where I am from. However the island speaks for itself with beautiful beaches, waterfalls and even a rain forest. While there are areas of Puerto Rico that can be pricey there are bargains to be had in an around the island.
Wander off the beaten path and you will be treated to mountain top accommodations, with views for days and all for under $35. Or visit the Kiosks in Luquillo where you can indulge in a wide variety of fritter for about $2 and wash it down with a Medalla (the best beer ever) or $1 or a fresh coconut for $1.50.
After you had your fill or some of the best food in the world (I know I am biased), head on over to the Rain Forest where you can spend the day chasing waterfalls. The best part. The Rainforest is free. There is no entrance fee.
To learn more head on over to this post that talks about reasons why you should visit Puerto Rico.
Most would disagree about Lisbon being on this list but it is all about your travel style. While you can easily spend a pretty penny in Lisbon it is not necessary with a few tips. We were able to get an airbnb for a long weekend with amazing views all for just over $100.
It is easy to get around Lisbon. Skip the guided tours and do your own walking tour. If walking is not your jam then opt for a 24 hour pass which gives you access to the Trams, Elevators and all public transportation within Lisbon. For €6.40 you will have a whole day of sightseeing. You cannot get any cheaper than that.
While food can get pricey in Lisbon there are a few options that will not break the bank.
Most places do sunset happy hours where you can get a glass of wine for under 3 euro. Or check out RC Restaurant where you can get a 2 course meal including wine for 6 Euro.
If you are looking for a place to visit in the US on a budget then check out Washington, DC. There are so many things to do in DC, however the best part of DC is the how many free things there are to do in DC.
You can definitely find hotels for under $100 on the weekends when most of the business travelers are long gone. Definitely not a bargain compared to the other cities on this list however you will make up for it with all the free things there are to do in the city.
Looking for more ideas. Check out our Ultimate Guide to New York City on a Budget.
Traveling on a Budget
No matter your travel budget there is something for everyone that wants to travel. With so many places and countries to visit this is only a handful of budget friendly destinations around the world.
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