Traveling can be really expensive, especially if you want to go to different continents, do crazy long journeys and see as much as possible. Hotels, flights, food and activities can sum up to a very costly holiday. So, what do you do if you want to travel the world but you don’t have a lot of money? Don’t worry, cause we got you covered. Here are the cheap holiday places to travel that will still make it a cool and interesting experience.
Situated at the southern tip of the African continent, Cape Town has it all: good beaches, great weather, wine and safaris nearby. Not to mention it’s a good blend of European and African cultures. Cape Town may be far away, but once you are there its one of the best overall destinations for your money.
50 years ago, Vietnam was torn apart by war. Today its one of the top travel destinations on the planet. Ho Chi Minh, formerly known as Saigon, has tons of beautiful French colonial architecture. Hanoi has great street sidebars that serve Bia Pho, fresh beer that costs 25 cents a glass, and the one kind of expensive thing in Vietnam is Halong Bay, which is worth it. It’s not the cheapest country in Asia and it doesn’t have the best beaches, but it’s the one of the best destinations you can go to for your money.
Ecuador, named after the equator, is quite an incredible country. It has the Andes Mountains, the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon rainforest, not to mention beautiful colonial towns like Quito. If you are going anywhere in Latin America, you should go to Ecuador. Its the perfect place for your cheap holiday.
If you want to go somewhere in Europe, to save money you want to travel east. The Polish city of Krakow is one of the best value destinations on the continent. It’s got an old town with great nightlife, good restaurants, tons of hostels and affordable prices.
For a North American bargain head to Montreal, the capital city of the Canadian province of Quebec. Montreal combines French-Canadian heritage with great food, a killer music scene and some of the best prices you will find in a North American city.
India is the classic budget travel destination. It’s incredibly cheap and still has it all: the Himalaya mountains, good food, that is also vegan friendly (see we got everyone covered), outstanding scenery and its very Instagram worthy. There is so much to do in India that is hard to even decide where to start. You have Mumbai, home to Bollywood, Rajasthan, India’s largest and most colourful state, and of course the Himalaya where you can pose yoga, meditate Ajayan and maybe even see the Dalai Lama. No matter where you go, you can travel in India for a whole month for the price of one week in Europe and this makes the best a cheap holiday can be.
The vibrant capital, Mexico City, is full of amazing street art, architecture, and some of the best food on the planet. For people in the US especially, it’s incredibly accessible, which means cheaper travel expenses. If you are thinking about going to Cancun, skip it and head down to Tulum for some boho beach vibes where you can pose yoga next to Mayan temples. Head down to Baja California, where you can surf, drink cheap craft beer, eat lobster tacos, and drink amazing wines for a fraction of the normal prices in North America.
One of the best cities in Europe for a cheap holiday is Budapest, the stunning capital full of Art Nouveau and Baroque architecture from the golden days of the Astro-Hungarian Empire. Even better, Budapest sits on top of 120 natural hot springs that bubble up into these bathhouses. After soaking your bones all day, scarf down a bowl of goulash and then go hit the ruin bars of the Jewish Quarter. All this can be done for as low as 35 Euros a day.
Nepal is the access point for the Himalaya, and even if you are not trying to climb Mount Everest, which would be an incredible experience to check of your bucket list, there is a lot of other thing you can do: you can go whitewater rafting, paragliding, explore the Buddhist monasteries, and even go on a wildlife safari in the jungles and see rhinos. The country is still recovering from the 2015 earthquake, so your money will go a long way in rebuilding Nepal.
Sri Lanka is one of the most overlooked countries in Asia, so if you want something like India, but more on the downlow this is the place for you. This island nation was once ravaged by civil war but is now in peace. Travelers are discovering beautiful beaches, colourful culture and the 5000 elephants that are just wondering around the country. The only downside, because it’s still not very developed for tourism, there aren’t a ton of options, so you might have to spend some time looking around.