Most of us would be traveling for the rest of our lives, if only traveling was not so expensive. But there is no need for you to cut down on the number of holidays you’re having this year. What you need to do is find the best places for you to travel to on a budget. Below are some of the 10 cheapest places to travel to in 2017!
Bolivia (above image)
Bolivia is a stunning landlocked country, where you can get the ultimate experience of the South American lifestyle. The Spanish influence on Bolivia is obvious when you wander the streets of La Paz, or Calle Jaen. Bolivia has numerous museums as well, and the best part? They are ridiculously cheap! If you want to explore the cold, head to the mountains at Antipano, or enjoy a more cultural experience during the Carnival, held in February or March! It doesn’t matter when you’re going – it’s still one of the cheapest destinations of 2017! However, don’t forget to check our guide to the best time to visit Bolivia with details on the seasons.
If Bolivia is not your cup of tea, and you’d much rather be vacationing around the Caribbean, relaxing on the white sand beaches, Honduras is the destination for you. Honduras is a pretty cheap place – drinks, food, and accommodation are all very affordable. Puerto Cortes, the bustling port area, is the most popular area in the country, and is the place for you to visit if you love being a beach bum. If you’re looking for something more cultural in orientation, you don’t have to worry – there are plenty of Spanish forts and houses to explore in Tegucigalpa, Comayagua, and more!
Great seafood, beautiful beaches, and amazing jungle treks await you in Sri Lanka. It is definitely one of the cheaper places to travel to as well – it will be possible for you to live in luxury hotels and resorts for as little as $70 a night! If you don’t want to spend that much money, you can find hostels, and smaller hotels for as little as $20 a day. You can just spend the day exploring Anuradhapura, or go adventuring in Habarana Lake as well! It still does not draw in a lot of tourist crowd, so you will be able to enjoy the country without too much of a tourist rush as well! Here are the best times to plan your Sri Lanka escape if you’re after beaches, culture or wildlife spotting.
It might be surprising to see Hungary on the list of ‘cheap places to travel to in 2017’. It is located in the most expensive continent on the planet, after all. However, Hungary is the country where you get rooms for as little as $20, and beer for about $5 each! This is definitely a bargain! You can get a travel card to use the public transport throughout the country, and save quite a few bucks on that as well. Spend a few nights in Budapest, or head out to the northern hills, where you can hike, and swim in the crystal clear lakes!
There was a time when Greece was incredibly expensive, but due to its current economic problems, Greece has become quite cheap to travel to. Price of accommodation and sustenance is at an all-time low, so this might definitely be a great time for you to visit! There are some areas of the country that will be expensive – like Santorini, or Mykonos, but if you just want to explore local Greece culture, by traversing the streets of Greece, or adventuring across the smaller islands around, like Kefalonia, or Piraeus, or Los!
Vietnam still remains an unspoiled tourist destination, one that has invited some of the best tourists in the world – those who are truly passionate about Vietnamese culture and ethos. Vietnam is an incredibly cheap country – it will cost less than $20 a day for your accommodation, food, and transport. The French influence on Vietnam has been immense, so don’t be surprised if you see a lot of fine French cuisine and architecture on the streets of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. You could also go off the beaten road, and explore the serene and silent countryside, at the Da Lat Resort as well! Fortunately, regardless of when you visit Vietnam, it is an incredible year-round destination.
Cuba is a country for the passionate. There is a reason why Ernest Hemingway was a huge fan, after all! Go to Cuba now, and soak in the rich atmosphere, where the tunes of salsa always float in the air. Explore the salsa clubs in Havana, or soak in the Caribbean Ocean along the Varadero Beach. For a more riotous holiday, go to Santiago during the famous July Carnival! The best part? You can do all of this under a strict budget, as Cuba is one of the cheapest countries to travel to, as accommodation and transport are both incredibly affordable!
It might be surprising that one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations is on this list. Egypt attracts millions of travellers every single year, but it still remains quite a cheap country. Luxury hotels and resorts are still rather expensive, but Egypt is quite an easy country to travel on a budget. You should keep in mind that the bigger attractions, like Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, or Abu Simbel, would not be cheap, but otherwise, food and accommodation are temptingly cheap!
Guatemala is a tragically unexplored country. Due to past strife, it has not attracted a lot of tourist traffic. Thankfully, now, people are starting to realize the value of the country, with its natural beauty, incredible Mayan ruins, and splendid beaches! Head out to Antigua, or be wowed by the amazing Mayan temples at Tikal – it will all cost you less than $20 for the entire day!
A lot of people have not heard of the Gambia – it is Africa’s smallest country, after all. However, off late, Gambia has gained a bit of a reputation because of its beautiful beaches and natural life. It is still completely off the grid, and does not get a lot of tourists, making it an incredibly cheap location. You’ll be able to do an entire Gambia trip with less than $20 a day. Visit the amazing and adorable Chimp Rehabilitation Centre in the River Gambia National Park, or test your knowledge of birds at the Baobolong Wetland Reserve. The Gambia is the best place to soak in some nature, without having to pay a bomb for it, after all!
So how are you planning to save money on your travels this year? Let us know using the comments below.