THE 32 CHEAPEST TRAVEL DESTINATIONS IN THE WORLD

We all want to travel the world – well, at least if you’re on this blog then it is likely that you want to travel the world! The biggest problem most of us face is the cost and expense. Yes, you can stay in hostels and eat street food but the trick is knowing what the cheapest travel destinations in the world are!

DA DA! Here are the 32 cheapest destinations – take your pick!

It is worth noting that some of the cheaper destinations around the world have not been included because of current safety warnings throughout the country.

india

India

Known for it’s incredible curry and amazing architecture, India is worth spending some quality time exploring. When you look past the Taj Mahal, India offers a wealth of history, national parks, forts and bustling markets. Read the full travel guide to India or learn more about travelling Goa on a budget.

Average prices for India

Daily cost: $20

Dorm per night: $2 -$7

Hotel per night: $6 – $10

Street food Meal: Under $1

Sit down meal for 2: $2 – $10

Pint of beer: $1.71

1L Water: $0.19

ukraine

Ukraine

Full of friendly locals, diverse landscapes, historic landmarks and incredible experiences, Ukraine is gaining popularity every year. Visit Odessa and Lviv or explore the haunting Chernobyl.

Average prices for Ukraine

Daily cost: $30

Dorm per night: $2.50 – $6

Hotel per night: $15 – $30

Street food Meal: $3+

Sit down meal for 2: $20 – $30

Pint of beer: $2.50

1L Water: $0.41

Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal

Extreme hikers may flock to Nepal but there is more to Nepal than it’s beautiful mountains. Think temples, colourful flags, jungles, traditional villages and rustic cities. Read the complete guide to visiting Nepal or read the day to day diaries from Hapa Roving and their hike to Everest Base Camp.

Average prices for Nepal

Daily cost: $22

Dorm per night: $4-$6

Hotel per night: $10 – $14

Street food Meal: $0.50 – $3

Sit down meal for 2: $4 – $6

Pint of beer: $2

1L Water: $0.37

Moldova

Moldova

This understated country provides unspoiled countryside in a quiet, somewhat secluded part of Europe. Visit the wineries and monasteries and mingle with the locals who bring this place to life. Explore Love Travel describe Moldova perfectly – making me want to pack up and go asap!

Average prices for Moldova

Daily cost: $40

Dorm per night: $10 – $20

Hotel per night: $25 – $40

Street food Meal: $2.50 – $4

Sit down meal for 2: $13 – $20

Pint of beer: $0.80

1L Water: $0.42

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Mountains, beaches, cities, history, art – there is so much more to Bulgaria than meets the eye. Head to the beautiful beaches of Sozopol or explore Sofia!

Average prices for Bulgaria

Daily cost: $35

Dorm per night: $10 – $18

Hotel per night: $25 – $50

Street food Meal: Around $1

Sit down meal for 2: $10 – $15

Pint of beer: $0.50 – $2.50

1L Water: $0.51

colombia

Colombia

Beaches, National parks and beautiful architecture is just some of the reasons to visit Colombia – don’t forget to check out the perfect coast!

Average prices for Colombia

Daily cost: $30

Dorm per night: $8 – $15

Hotel per night: $12 – $30

Street food Meal: Under $3

Sit down meal for 2: $15 – $25

Pint of beer: Under $1

1L Water: $0.85

macedonia

Macedonia

Picture yourself relaxing in the historic waterside town of Ohrid, surrounded by beautiful lakes or wander around the capital full of monuments and museums. Don’t forget to check out the Matka Canyon!

Average prices for Macedonia

Daily cost: $25

Dorm per night: $10 – $20

Hotel per night: $15 – $35

Street food Meal: Under $2

Sit down meal for 2: $2 – $10

Pint of beer: $1.50 – $2

1L Water: $0.60

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

O.K. I admit I first heard of this country from Borat but the capital actually looks incredible with futuristic skyscrapers that dominate the city. Or you can explore the villages and natural, untouched beauty of the country. Kazakhstan use to come with a price but not anymore! It is now one of the cheapest places to visit!

Average prices for Kazakhstan

Daily cost: $35

Dorm per night: $4 – $10

Hotel per night: $20 – $40

Street food Meal: Under $3

Sit down meal for 2: $5 – $15

Pint of beer: Under $2

1L Water: $0.32

Mexico

Mexico

Mexico is on my bucket list purely for my love of Tequila and Tacos! But of course, there is much more to Mexico than food and drink – the Mayan Ruins and fabulous beaches are popular tourist spots as is the amazing dive sites available.

Average prices for Mexico

Daily cost: $45

Dorm per night: $4 – $15

Hotel per night: $15 – $50

Street food Meal: Under $1.50

Sit down meal for 2: $4 – $10

Pint of beer: $1 – $2.50

1L Water: $0.60

poland

Poland

With so much history, Poland should definitely be on your travel bucket list. Spend some time exploring Krakow, visit Auschwitz or go camping at the Masurian Lake District. There are some fantastic countries in Europe that can be travelled to on a budget. 

Average prices for Poland

Daily cost: $35

Dorm per night: $5 – $10

Hotel per night: $25 – $40

Street food Meal: Under $5

Sit down meal for 2: $8 – $15

Pint of beer: $1.60+

1L Water: $0.70

bali

Indonesia

Relax on a beach, explore a national park or hike a volcano – Indonesia offers so much for tourists and travellers. It is a super cheap destination both for budget travellers but also for anyone looking for luxury on a budget. Villas with their own private pool can be rented for as little as $40 a night! and a day trip to Gili Island is a must!

It is worth noting that double rooms are often easier to find at a cheaper price that hostel dorm beds.

Average prices for Indonesia 

Daily cost: $25

Dorm per night: $5 – $15

Hotel per night: $5 – $17

Street food Meal: Under $2

Sit down meal for 2: $4 – $12

Pint of beer: $1.15 – $1.70

1L Water: $0.46

georgia

Georgia

Georgia is often overlooked but is home to adorable locals, beautiful landscapes and perfect, quaint and somewhat unexpected villages. Explore Tbilisi and it’s incredible view points, public baths and markets.

Average prices for Georgia

Daily cost: $40

Dorm per night: $5 – $15

Hotel per night: $20 – $45

Street food Meal: $3 – $5

Sit down meal for 2: $10 – $30

Pint of beer: $0.50 – $1.50

1L Water: $0.30

albania

Albania

Another overlooked destination but a super cheap one! Although underdeveloped compared to its European neighbours, Albania has a charm to it like no other. It is worth noting that you should try to use all your Albanian Lek before leaving the country as it can be very difficult to change it once leaving the country. Head to the beach, take an evening stroll and enjoy.

Average prices for Albania

Daily cost: $35

Dorm per night: $15 – $20

Hotel per night: $25 – $50

Street food Meal: $2 – $6

Sit down meal for 2: $15 – $30

Pint of beer: $1 – $2

1L Water: $0.45

morocco

Morocco

Mosques, markets and museums are a few of the things that make Morocco perfect. Couple that with the amazing hospitality, cheap prices and delicious food and you are on to a win! Morocco truly is inspirational!

Average prices for Morocco

Daily cost: $30

Dorm per night: $5+

Hotel per night: $15 – $30

Street food Meal: $0.40 – $3

Sit down meal for 2: $10 – $20

Pint of beer: $3 – $6 (Alcohol is not readily available in certain areas of Morocco)

1L Water: $0.80

philippines

Philippines

From bustling cities to beautiful beaches, Philippines has been on backpackers itineraries for years – with good reason! There is so much to see and do in Philippines, even if it is a bit pricier than other South East Asia Destinations. Visit Manila or relax in the many hideaways around the islands.

Average prices for Philippines

Daily cost: $45

Dorm per night: $8 – $20

Hotel per night: $18 – $30

Street food Meal: $1 – $2

Sit down meal for 2: $12+

Pint of beer: $0.70 – $2

1L Water: $0.33

Monthly summary

Iran

Explore the incredible mosques and ancient cities of Iran or take a trip across the desert! It is worth noting that Iran has a active couch surfing community to help you cut travel costs further.

Average prices for Iran

Daily cost: $28

Dorm per night: $10 – $30

Hotel per night: $20 – $50

Street food Meal: Under $6

Sit down meal for 2: $10 – $20

Pint of beer: $1 – $2 (Alcohol is not readily available in certain areas of Iran)

1L Water: $0.20

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Jungles, temples and beautiful resorts hidden away in national parks – this is why I want to visit Sri Lanka ASAP. Plus, the prices help! Read up on the things to know before travelling to Sri Lanka or check out this awesome guide to Sri Lanka!

Average prices for Sri Lanka

Daily cost: $25

Dorm per night: $10+ – Hostel dorms are hard to come by in most ares of Sri Lanka.

Hotel per night: $10 – $15

Street food Meal: Under $3 -$5

Sit down meal for 2: $3 – $14

Pint of beer: $2 – $3

1L Water: $0.40

uganda

Uganda

This African country offers some of the most beautiful national parks in the world. Hike through the forests, visit the gorillas in their natural habitat or go on safari.

Average prices for Uganda

Daily cost: $30

Dorm per night: $10 – $20

Hotel per night: $20 – $30

Street food Meal: Under $2

Sit down meal for 2: $15 – $20

Pint of beer: $1.50- $1

1L Water: $0.35

romania

Romania

So many beautiful castles! If, like me, you love wandering around historical palaces (not dissimilar to your fave Disney princess) the Romania is for you!

Average prices for Romania

Daily cost: $25

Dorm per night: $5 – $14

Hotel per night: $12 – $35

Street food Meal: $0.30 – $1.30

Sit down meal for 2: $5 – $12

Pint of beer: $1 – $2.50

1L Water: $0.95

turkey

Turkey

From cultural cities to relaxing resorts, Turkey has a bit of everything and is a popular AND CHEAP destination for Europeans holidaying in the summer. Nothing beats explore the markets and mosques of Istanbul. 

Average prices for Turkey

Daily cost: $40

Dorm per night: $10 – $25

Hotel per night: $20 – $50

Street food Meal: Under $3

Sit down meal for 2: $10 – $20

Pint of beer: $1.20 – $2

1L Water: $0.50

laos

Laos

Laos is the place for partying or temple exploring – the perfect introduction to South East Asia. Plus, it is super cheap!

Average prices for Laos

Daily cost: $20

Dorm per night: $3 +

Hotel per night: $7 – $12

Street food Meal: Under $1

Sit down meal for 2: $6 – $18

Pint of beer: $1 – $1.80

1L Water: $0.60

montenegro

Montenegro

Known for it’s beautiful landscapes and rivers, Montenegro is cheaper and a lot less crowded than it’s European neighbours but is home to some of the best National Parks in the world.

Average prices for Montenegro

Daily cost: $45

Dorm per night: $10 – $20

Hotel per night: $20 – $50

Street food Meal: $2 – $4

Sit down meal for 2: $20 – $40

Pint of beer: $1 – $2

1L Water: $0.64

kenya

Kenya

Safaris galore, Kenya has fast become a popular tourist destination but it can still be visited on a budget! Don’t forget to read the travel advice before starting your adventure!

Average prices for Kenya

Daily cost: $20

Dorm per night: $3 +

Hotel per night: $7 – $12

Street food Meal: Under $1

Sit down meal for 2: $6 – $18

Pint of beer: $1 – $1.80

1L Water: $0.60

siem_reap_cambodia_4

Cambodia

You can’t help but fall in love with Cambodia! With the incredible Angkor Wat temples in Siem Reap to the historical city of Phnom Penh and it’s tragic history. Cambodia should definitely be on your list!

Average prices for Cambodia

Daily cost: $25

Dorm per night: $4 – $12

Hotel per night: $11 – $30

Street food Meal: Under $2

Sit down meal for 2: $8 – $25

Pint of beer: Around $1

1L Water: $0.70

peru

Peru

Famous for it’s wonder of the world Machu Picchu, Peru is a country full of unique opportunities, hikes and contrast. Hotels and Air B’n’Bs can be expensive during popular hiking seasons. Don’t forget to check out the Inca sites that are not Machu Picchu or enjoy the Chocolate Museum in Cusco Peru!

Average prices for Peru

Daily cost: $40

Dorm per night: $7 – $14

Hotel per night: $25 – $60

Street food Meal: Under $1

Sit down meal for 2: $8 – $28

Pint of beer: $2.10 – $3

1L Water: $0.34

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Vietnam

I do not shy away from declaring my love for Vietnam! The cities are busy and exciting, the towers of beer are cheap and the food is just amazing. Head to the beautiful Halong Bay, be inspired and visit the historical Cu Chi tunnels.

Average prices for Vietnam

Daily cost: $20

Dorm per night: $3.50 – $8

Hotel per night: $6 – $15

Street food Meal: Under $2

Sit down meal for 2: $5 – $20

Pint of beer: $0.70 – $1.40

1L Water: $.30

malaysia

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is a world renowned city full of top class restaurants, stunning architecture and fantastic neighbourhood with their own character and culture. Beyond KL, Malaysia offers golden beaches and must-do hikes through terrace fields, forests and mountains.

Average prices for Malaysia

Daily cost: $25

Dorm per night: $8 – $14

Hotel per night: $10 – $25

Street food Meal: Under $1

Sit down meal for 2: $3 – $14

Pint of beer: $2.20 – $5

1L Water: $0.23

prague

Czech Republic

Prague offers that picturesque, perfect city that comes to mind when you think of Europe whilst Brno is a less touristy and cheaper destination to head to. Head out of the city and explore ancient castles, boutique hotels and some stunning churches.

Average prices for Czech Republic

Daily cost: $35

Dorm per night: $10 – $18

Hotel per night: $40+ (You can save money with Air b’n’b when staying in Prague as hotels are costly)

Street food Meal: $0.80 – $5

Sit down meal for 2: $18 – $30

Pint of beer: $1.30 – $2

1L Water: $0.90

russia

Russia

An enchanting country that really needs to be on everyones bucket list! From the history of Moscow to the ballets of St Petersburg (Dance graduate sorry!), Russia is high on my list!

Average prices for Russia

Daily cost: $45

Dorm per night: $11 – $20

Hotel per night: $30 – $45

Street food Meal: $3 – $5

Sit down meal for 2: $20 +

Pint of beer: Around $4

1L Water: $1.05

Budapest

Hungary

I am falling in love with Budapest! It is high on my European Bucket list with it’s fantastic view points, delicious food, cheap beer and gorgeous riverways.

Average prices for Hungary

Daily cost: $40

Dorm per night: $10 – $20

Hotel per night: $25 – $35

Street food Meal: Around $4

Sit down meal for 2: $20 – $35

Pint of beer: $1.60

1L Water: $1

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South Africa

South Africa is a diverse city offering an intriguing capital along with national parks and safaris galore. There is so much to see and do in Cape Town or why not relax at a Safari Lodge – make sure you read this insider guide to Cape Town!

Average prices for South Africa 

Daily cost: $45

Dorm per night: $8 – $14

Hotel per night: $30+

Street food Meal: Under $5

Sit down meal for 2: $20 – $40

Pint of beer: $1.70

1L Water: $0.90

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Thailand

Last but definitely not least, Thailand is the number 1 backpackers choice in Asia! And for good reason. Bangkok offers every experience you could ask for while the north shares the traditional Thai lifestyle. Want to relax by a private pool or on a beautiful beach for as little as $10 a night – head to the Southern islands of Thailand! Don’t forget to enjoy the amazing local food!

Average prices for Thailand

Daily cost: $30

Dorm per night: $4 – $10

Hotel per night: $14 +

Street food Meal: Under $1

Sit down meal for 2: $4 – $10

Pint of beer: Around $2

1L Water: $0.25

So, that’s it! The cheapest destinations to travel to in the world – all offering something beautiful, unique and down right amazing!

Where are you travelling to next?! Share your plans in the comments below.

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  • yukti
    Reply

    Actual representation of information in an efficient way. From your list I have seen 4 places. I am from India and other 3 are Georgia- my favourite, Sri Lanka and Czek Republic

    • Katie
      Reply

      Sounds amazing! So happy to hear you enjoyed the post!

  • Pericles Rosa
    Reply

    Thanks for putting on this destinations together.
    This is a really good and handy list!
    I just came back from Asia, and Nepal, India, Thailand, and specially Cambodia, are really really cheap 😉

    • Katie
      Reply

      Wow what an adventure! Hope you had an incredible time!

  • Sylvanmist
    Reply

    I love seeing price breakdowns from different countries. Really good to know that things can be cheap and travel can be affordable in certain places. I’d love to visit most of these places…out of all of them I’ve only been to Romania, and yes the food and hotels are indeed on the cheaper side.

    • Katie
      Reply

      Glad to hear it helped! Yes Romania looks amazing and I can’t help but fall in love with a place with amazing, cheap food!

  • Bruce Schinkel
    Reply

    Really great list. I love that it’s a mix of places most people want to go, and others that tend to get overlooked.

    • Katie
      Reply

      So happy you enjoyed the list, yeah there is a mixture on there – I personally would love to visit them all at some point!

  • Nina
    Reply

    I love that this includes countries on all continents!
    I’m going to Poland next month and planning to go to Bulgaria and Hungary later this year. 🙂

    • Katie
      Reply

      Wow sounds incredible, have a fantastic time! 🙂

  • Jennifer
    Reply

    I would love to visit all of these places eventually. The way you break down the costs of each country is really helpful for planning and comparing prices. It’s time for me to get some money in the bank and take advantage of these budget destinations!

    • Katie
      Reply

      yes definitely! You can pair up some of these countries too as there are some inexpensive travel options between many of them!

  • Natasha Haley
    Reply

    This is a fantastic article. I love how you broke down the costs for each place. I am not going to lie there are some places on there I did not expect to see, and some I am visiting real soon!

    • Katie
      Reply

      Thanks so much Natasha, really glad it helped! Yeah there are some places that you wouldn’t expect to be so cheap!

  • Kevan
    Reply

    It looks like you could put together and incredible tour of Eastern Europe and the Balkans with places like Montenegro, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, Albania, and Czech Republic. I have a feeling these are underappreciated areas that once word gets out won’t be so inexpensive.

    • Katie
      Reply

      Agreed – making it the perfect excuse to get travelling NOW! 🙂

  • Tania Mukherjee
    Reply

    I am from India and I can vouch for how cheap it is to live and travel here. I have been to Nepal and frankly speaking the daily budget is almost the same! Your list is very handy and I can understand the incredible amount of research which went into creating it. Thank you so much for putting this together to help your readers. I wish Indian passport was strong enough and we could travel freely. Unfortunately we need a visa to travel 80% of the world’s countries. 🙁

    • Katie
      Reply

      That is so frustrating, coming from the UK we are lucky with visas but they can still be tricky! Some areas, especially in Asia, have fairly cheap Visas too 🙂

  • Reply

    Poland was an unexpected one! Also, I’m traveling to Vietnam this summer and omg soooo cheap. I can’t believe how lowly priced the hotels are! I’m so excited to save money haha

    • Katie
      Reply

      Yeah Vietnam was amazing and so cheap! we stayed in cute and clean private hotel rooms in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for less than £15 a night!

  • Reply

    This is such a comprehensive list! I have been thinking of going to Europe but not sure where is the cheapest one. Then, I found your post. I am interested to know more about Poland and Albania. They both look beautiful and interesting.

    • Katie
      Reply

      Don’t they! Albania is a surprising one, you don’t hear much about it!

  • Reply

    What a great list! I love how you included the cost of everything and made it very easy to follow and compare between the countries. Would love to visit all of these countries, so so budget friendly!

  • Reply

    Great list – I love the breakdown you’ve provided for each country, super helpful for travel planning!

  • Emily
    Reply

    This is a great post! I have been to a few of these, and a few are already on my list, but you have given me lots more places to think about! I have shared this and will definitely save for future ref!

    • Katie
      Reply

      Thank you so much Emily!

  • Caroline
    Reply

    Very handy list! Bulgaria is fantastic – I want to see more of Eastern Europe and it’s all so incredibly cheap!

  • Bri
    Reply

    I love the breakdown of the prices, very useful! From this list, I’ve only crossed of Mexico but I hope to cross off all of them soon! 🙂

  • Heraa
    Reply

    Great list .. I am looking forward to travel there and this list will surely be very helpful 🙂
    Thank you

  • Kate and Kris
    Reply

    $2.50 for a beer in Ukraine?? That must be quite an expensive place. You can get a beer for less than $1.

    • Katie
      Reply

      Yeah it is an average for beer price 🙂 There are deffo cheaper alternatives like you say!

  • Zoe
    Reply

    Thanks for the time you put into putting this together. Very helpful guide and I love the breakdowns. It’s gotten me excited about Africa as it’s always been portrayed as so expensive to travel there from Australia, but now I know there is a couple of cheaper options! Thanks again

  • Rachel Heller
    Reply

    Very useful list! We chose Romania for our next trip because it’s so cheap!

  • Lisa
    Reply

    Very nice list and actually very useful with all the prizes. Maybe you could add a table for the quick overview?!

  • Kaila YU
    Reply

    Wow this is really an epic list, great work! I visited Thailand recently and it definitely was affordable, headed to Sri Lanka and Vietnam soon!

  • Rahul Khurana
    Reply

    I am saving this list if get to travel to these countries in future. Nice work to collect all the information. When I saw the title, I knew India would be on this list for sure and there you go – it was the first to be mentioned. 🙂 I would love to go to European countries.

  • Reply

    Great post. It’s very informative. I totally agree about Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria. I love those countries and they are extremely cheap. I’m currently in Luxembourg, Next Austria, Hungary, Croatia, etc Travel on!

    • Katie
      Reply

      Wow enjoy your travels Olga! 🙂

  • Maria
    Reply

    Most helpful this kind of posts. The only problem is that I always end up spending much more 😉 A nice hotel, a great lunch, a drink or two!!!!

  • Gloria Gregory
    Reply

    Thailand Was Amazing. We Chose Thailand For Our Next Trip. Thanks for the great information. Superb Blog!

    • Katie
      Reply

      Thank you so much Gloria! Yeah Thailand is fantastic and great for budget travellers!

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