Exploring the world is everyone’s dream. However, what always seems to hinder that dream from becoming a reality is money.
What if I told you that you could visit some of the world’s most beautiful places on a budget? You’d be over the moon, right? Well, your summer vacation ideas are about to take on a whole new level with our list of 10 affordable summer destinations to visit internationally below.
Are you looking to spend your vacations surfing, trekking through the jungle, and ingesting fantastic food? Well, head to the smaller countries located in the center of Central America. These include Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.
The hotels in these countries would set you back only around 15 bucks a night, and most bus journeys, a mere 3 bucks. Taking into account your everyday meals, you can easily get by on $40-50 a day
While China used to be a super-cheap summer destination for visitors back in the day, it still hasn’t lost its charm and still remains one of the most beautiful and low-budget tourist resorts.
However, there is a catch. To get the most out of your low-budget trip to China, you must steer clear of the big cities. In the smaller cities, after a bit of bargaining, hotels would cost around $20 and local transportation less than a buck. As for the food, it would cost around $2-5 per meal.
It’s worth mentioning that the outer side of China is where you’ll get access to the best travel deals.
Featuring historical landmarks, vibrant cities, and awe-inspiring temples, India is one must-go summer destination. In this culture-rich country, if you avoid five-star hotels and western food, you can easily get by each day for less than $40-50.
What stands out about India is that the locals are particularly welcoming to foreigners, and they’d love to guide you throughout your journey in the country.
And one more thing, while navigating your way from one part of the country to the other, be sure to stop at a Dhaba (a local restaurant). The Indian tea never disappoints!
While Europe is generally notorious for being an expensive tourist attraction, its far eastern side tells a whole other story.
In countries, such as Ukraine, Moldova, and Bulgaria, you can live large by spending no more than $50 a day. These include the expenses of a decent room, everyday meals, and transportation!
What is fantastic about Eastern Europe is that you can easily move from one place to the other by using different forms of public transportation.
The Eastern European region and Eurasia certainly have a lot to offer at a lower price point.
Moreover, since this region is off the beaten path, you’ll find it not only beautiful, like the rest of the West, but also serene.
Whether you are hunting for delicious food, heritage, dense jungle plains, or hikes through the rugged mountains (like the renowned Annapurna Circuit), Nepal has it all. Given its versatility as a tourist resort, it may come as a surprise to you knowing that this South Asian country is, in fact, one of the cheapest countries to visit.
When it comes to your stay in the country, just steer clear of luxury hotels, and your low budget would do just fine, with the private rooms costing no more than $13 a night.
And also, while you are visiting Nepal, don’t forget to feast on the delicious street food!
Another South Asian country, which makes it to our list of affordable summer destinations to visit, is Cambodia.
Cambodia has been growing in popularity in recent years as a tourist resort. However, its locals are incredibly hospitable, and you won’t have to spend more than a buck or two to get your hands on the tasty, steaming bowls of chicken broth and noodles.
A must-see and iconic sight in Cambodia is the sunrise behind the world-famous Angkor Wat temple, the vast Archaeological Park, so make sure that your alarm is set for the right time!
Full of historical attractions as well as adventure, you should definitely visit Turkey once in a lifetime on your budget-friendly voyage.
You can do all sorts of things in Turkey!
People tend to visit the Hagia Sophia (which is a mosque but was used as a church by the Byzantines). Then they go on a sailboat cruise on one of the golden beaches along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, or they might dig into the famous street-food, Balik Ekmek.
Spending a night in the small guesthouses won’t set you back more than $60.
If you are looking to get away from European holiday destinations, then this North African country is surely worth giving a try.
For crafts markets and ornate architecture, you can head to cities, like Casablanca and Marrakech, while for a breathtaking seaside resort, just make your way to the Essaouira on the west coast. And don’t worry, the transportation across the country is very affordable!
Apart from that, the Atlas Mountains are another sight in Morocco that is definitely worth your while.
Hotels in the country vary in terms of your luxury, just like any place else. However, you can easily find yourself a decent room for the night for less than 20 bucks.
Bolivia is the cheapest country to travel to in South America and one of the most reputed ones.
Start your venture by heading to the bustling capital La Paz. Whether you are after some adventure, architectural sights, or cozy accommodations, La Paz has it all.
After La Paz, you can take a boat to Isla Del Sol and then, hike across the island and relish in the awe-inspiring view of the lake.
While you are doing all this stuff, take out some time and treat yourself to the fresh trout, along the shore on Copacabana, for no more than 3 bucks.
Check out Sucre while you are there, too.
Normally considered an expensive tourist resort, with a few tips and tricks up your sleeve, you can easily make your dream come true and cruise around Sydney Harbor or watch the penguin parade on Phillip Island on budget.
Luckily for you, Australia’s government offers a great number of work exchange opportunities for you to avail. Once there, you can resort to couch-surfing and cheap groceries and make your stay as cheap as possible.
Moreover, the recent drop in the Australian dollar has made the country more affordable than ever.
Where are You Flying From?
It is important to think about where you are flying from, as flying costs will matter as well. When we talk about affordable summer destinations, we want to talk about the overall costs involved in it. The cost of travel can be broken down into:
- The flights to the destination
- Transportation within the destination
If you are able to ensure that you are keeping these initial costs low, booking at the right times, and doing a little extra planning, it is possible to have fantastic trip without breaking your bank account. It is not a good idea to let fears of a recession or other external conditions to make you hold back on trips.
The key point is to plan it out well, really well so you have an affordable summer destination trip.
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