After the year 2020 has delivered us, we’re all looking forward to the time when we can travel internationally again. Travel costs have been rising in recent years, but there are still bargains to be found when it comes to booking a getaway. So whether you’re a savvy traveler looking for ideas, or desperate for a break and on a shoestring, read on for our travel guides to the 15 cheapest places to travel to.

We’ve sent our researchers trawling the globe to find hidden delights, family favorites, and luxurious travel destinations. Our team has done the hard work so all that’s left for you to do is sit back, read through our budget travel guide, and decide where you’re headed next around the world. Whether you’re hoping to travel to Europe, Asia, the Americas, or Australia, you’re sure to find a getaway to suit you in our article.

It’s not just air travel that’s predicted to rise this year, but hotel, accommodation, food, and activity costs too. So we’ve taken into account not only the price of traveling to our featured destinations, but also hotel rooms, food and drink, and attractions. Setting a low budget certainly doesn’t mean you’ll be missing out on the travel experience. These destinations offer excellent value for money, superb sightseeing opportunities, and fabulous culinary delights to try.

There’s plenty of inspiration for your next trip in our guide, as well as all the information and travel tips you need to make the most of planning your stay.

 

 

The 15 Cheapest Places to Travel To

1- Cali, Colombia

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Cali, in the Valle de Cauca region of Colombia, may be ranked as one of the most dangerous places in the world to travel to, but that doesn’t stop it from being well worth a visit. Off the beaten track and often overlooked in favor of Bogota and Medellin, Cali has some wonderful and low-cost activities. It’s known as the Salsa Capital and is host to many salsa clubs, particularly in the area of Juanchito, where you can watch or join in with the dancing if you’re feeling brave. Why not take a lesson and learn a new skill to show off back home? Cali is surrounded by beautiful scenery and rustic towns, easily accessible via public transport and taxis if you fancy an excursion while you’re there.

Key Attractions:

  • Don’t miss the beautiful white facade of the San Pedro Cathedral
  • Visit the hilltop Cristo Rey statue for a superb view
  • See twisting Gothic-style architecture at the La Ermita church
  • Get your modern art fix at the Museo La Tertulia

Why We Recommend It: 

Cali is a vibrant and lively city, bursting with interesting architecture and rich culture. The cost of living is much lower than we’re used to in the US, meaning accommodation, food, and travel (even Uber) are affordable even for budget travelers. Travelers will be able to make fantastic memories immersing themselves in the food, culture, and sights of the city. Venture to the nearby countryside for hikes and outdoor activities. If you desire a taste of Mexico but can’t stretch to resort living, Cali could be a great place for your next trip.

 

 

2- Bergamo, Italy

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When you think of affordable travel, Italy might not be the first place that comes to mind! It’s known for lavish cities such as Venice, Florence, and Rome, but venture off the tourist track and you’ll find plenty of more budget-friendly options. Bergamo is one of them, situated in the northern province of Lombardy, and perfect if you’re looking for rustic style. Venture up to its old town and you’ll discover gorgeous cobblestone streets and beautiful buildings surrounded by ancient city walls. Bergamo is located between Milan and Lake Como, so if you feel like venturing outside the city, there is plenty to explore.

Key Attractions:

  • Gorgeous white marble gatehouse at Porta San Giacomo, the old city gate
  • Don’t miss the detailed frescoes and gold decoration in the Basilica of St Mary Major
  • Experience picturesque European charm in the Piazza Vecchi (town square)
  • Take a walk along the Venetian walls in the old town and experience Italian history

Why We Recommend It:

Bergamo is a gorgeous and charming typical Italian city, less popular with tourists than nearby Milan, especially in the off-season. It’s easily accessible by budget airlines or Italy’s excellent train network from one of its larger regional airports. Bergamo is full of typical European structures, picturesque basilicas, and cultural heritage. And of course, being Italy, there are so many varieties of delicious pizza and pasta available to try. If you’re looking for an Italian escape but can’t stretch to Venice or Rome, take a look at Bergamo for a taste of local flavor. Not only is it gorgeous, but it’s also a cheap place to travel to within Europe.

 

 

3- Oaxaca, Mexico

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Mexico is a great choice for travelers seeking to get the most from their money, as the cost of living is much less than in the US. Oaxaca may not be the typical resort town you think of when you hear ‘Mexican vacation’, but it arguably offers much more, especially for the budget-conscious vacationer. A large city in one of the safest states in the country, it’s known for its colorful building facades and gastronomical delights. Immerse yourself in local culture and heritage, whether you’re interested in architecture, bohemian bars and cafes, or the city’s recent history of protests and activism. You’re sure to fill your vacation itinerary to the brim – without breaking the bank.

Key Attractions:

  • Step back in time at the Monte Alban archeological site, with structures from 500BC
  • Snap your shots for the ‘gram in front of brightly-painted buildings in the city’s historic center
  • Learn about Mexico’s diverse ecology at the Ethnobotanical Garden
  • Wander the stalls at the Central de Abastos market

Why We Recommend It:

Oaxaca is a great destination if you’re keen to experience authentic Mexico, or simply want a break from resort life. There’s so much to see and do in the city that it’s easy to fill up a week or a fortnight and still be hungry for more. Accommodation is extremely affordable, with many options under $100 a night. Make sure to plan plenty of time to eat – Oaxaca is famous for its mole (try all seven types), and for ultra-cheap fare look for tacos from as little as $0.75. Consider adding Cali to your list of cheap places for travel this year.

 

 

4- Budapest, Hungary

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One of the most gorgeous and picturesque destinations in Europe, Budapest is a much more affordable place than some of its Western counterparts. Situated in the Eastern European country of Hungary, the city is divided in two by the Danube River, and is known for being one of the most photogenic places in Europe. An excellent choice for price-conscious travelers, you’ll discover that everything from hotel rooms and Airbnbs to travel, shopping, and food costs significantly less than in other European cities. Budapest is easy to get around, on foot or via public transport – take a river cruise or hire a bike for a more interesting way to see the sights.

Key Attractions:

  • Stroll along the banks of the beautiful Danube River and marvel at the 19th century chain suspension bridge, which is illuminated at night
  • Visit the Fisherman’s Bastion, a 19th century fortress with panoramic views and a terrace cafe
  • See artworks, sculpture, and Gothic altars at the Hungarian National Gallery, housed in Buda Castle

Why We Recommend It:

Budapest has deserved its reputation as one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway or simply want to immerse yourself in European charm and culture, you can’t go wrong with this beautiful destination. There’s plenty to see and do as you make your way around the city, and your wallet will thank you – it’s as affordable as it is charming!

 

 

5- Siem Reap, Cambodia

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If you need a total getaway, look no further than Siem Reap, a resort town in the north west of Cambodia. It’s probably best known as a gateway to the Angkor Wat, the UNESCO World Heritage temple that’s not to be missed. But there’s more to Siem Reap than this huge site – it offers five-star accommodation at affordable prices so you can relax with complete peace of mind. With several hotel options, there’s something to suit every type of traveler, whether you’re looking for a poolside getaway or more rustic adventure. Explore the colonial frontages in the town’s Old French Quarter, and see the contrast with its Cambodian cultural village.

Key Attractions:

  • Marvel at the huge ornate temple of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage site, built in the 12th century
  • Wander through the Old Market and pick up diverse and unusual food items
  • At night, head to Pub Street and take your pick from a selection of bars, pubs, and clubs
  • The Cambodia Landmine Museum offers a low-cost look into the country’s past
  • If you’re into the outdoors, head to Phnom Kulen National Park for hiking trails

Why We Recommend It:

Siem Reap has so much to offer, especially if you’re looking for resort-style living without the five-star price tag. This is a destination guaranteeing a relaxing break to even the most discerning traveler. It’s an incredibly beautiful place, with a rich heritage. Head to the centre for a vibrant and lively atmosphere, especially at night. And if you’re an early riser (or night owl!), find a quiet spot to watch the sun rise over the temples.

 

 

6- Fiji

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The Pacific Islands might not spring to mind when you think of low cost travel, but you might want to think again. Fiji is one of the most affordable Pacific Island destinations, thanks to its thriving backpacker community. There are a number of luxury five-star resorts, complete with the price tag, but you can steer clear of these and still enjoy a fantastic beachside vacation. The Yasawa Islands in northwest Fiji are particularly highly rated for travelers on a shoestring, as they host cheap guesthouses and transportation. It’s a great destination for island-hopping, diving, or just laying on the beach!

Key Attractions:

  • The islands that make up Fiji have some incredible beaches. Take advantage of low-cost scuba diving, swim with manta rays, or simply relax in this tropical paradise
  • See historic colonial buildings in the capital of Suva
  • Immerse yourself in Hindu culture at the ornate Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple

Why We Recommend It:

When you think about Pacific Island paradises, you may immediately rule out such a vacation due to its reputation for being luxury and high cost. However, Fiji is a tropical dream, and a destination worth stretching your budget for. You’ll find value for money guesthouses, especially in the Yasawas, popular with backpackers. And as the airport is a stopover on Fiji Airlines routes, you can find airline deals for an even better value vacation.

 

 

7- Portugal

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Portugal is often overlooked by US travelers, in favor of its larger and better-known neighbor, Spain. However, vacationers who are unaware of this small gem are missing out. It’s a hotpot of culture, food, and history with a warm climate thanks to its southern European location and long coastline. Fly to Lisbon and spend a few days exploring the small but vibrant city, or visit Faro and Albufeira to get your beach fix. Your money will go further here than in many other European countries, as the cost of living is lower. Transport, accommodation, excursions, and food are all affordable in most areas of Portugal.

Key Attractions:

  • Historial Lisbon offers culinary delights – don’t miss salt-baked cod, a specialty!
  • Take the train from Lisbon to Sintra and wander around the fairytale castle and grounds
  • Book a getaway in the beach resorts of Faro or Albufeira and spend some time soaking up the sun

Why We Recommend It:

Portugal is on the edge of Europe and embodies the cultures of the continent, mixed with North African influences. It offers a huge amount of variety, from city stays to beach vacations, vibrant townscapes to rustic woodlands. It’s a small country with a rich culinary history – anything containing the super-fresh seafood is a particular delight. It’s affordable, easy to navigate with its excellent rail network, and offers plenty of accommodation options depending on where you decide to set your base.

 

 

8- Paris, France

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You may not think Paris belongs in a list of budget travel destinations, but hear us out. There’s more than one way to enjoy this star-studded city, and you don’t need to miss out because you’re not flush with cash! Though it is known for its luxury hotels and restaurants, there are plenty of low-budget options available for both sleeping and eating. If you don’t mind roughing it, there are hostels dotted around the city, or check out Airbnbs in the studenty Latin Quarter. Stop by the many carts offering crepes, hot dogs, or sandwiches for hearty mealtime fare, and look out for restaurants offering ‘menus touristiques’. The subway (‘metro’) is inexpensive and you can use tickets on the citywide bus network, too.

Key Attractions:

  • Many museums and galleries are free on the first Sunday of the month, including the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Musee Picasso, and Musee Rodin
  • The city’s many green spaces are free to explore – check out the expansive Jardins du Luxembourg and Parc de la Villette
  • Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur are the city’s best-known cathedrals – walk up to the latter and watch the sun set over the city’s skyline

Why We Recommend It:

When it comes to European destinations, Paris has to be top of most people’s lists. It’s a must-visit city and though it has a reputation for expensive luxe, there are still many places off the beaten track where your dollar will stretch far enough. If there are particular attractions or excursions you don’t want to miss, plan your trip around these and go for lower cost options for accommodation and dining. Check out a walking tour for an inexpensive way to see the sights!

 

 

9- Australia

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Luckily for foreigners, the Australian dollar has dropped in value in recent years, which means it’s a good time to visit, as US tourists will enjoy favorable exchange rates. That being said, the biggest barrier to getting there is the flight cost. There are deals to be found if you’re savvy about searching, and once you get there, the country’s popularity with backpackers goes to show that affordable Australian travel is possible. Life in the cities, like most other countries, is more expensive than regional areas, but if you’re willing to stay in hostels (or even couch surf!), it’s not out of the question. And you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous sights, world-renowned views, and culture that’s out of this world.

Key Attractions:

  • Sydney: this cosmopolitan city boasts the architectural gem of the Opera House, sweeping harbour, and world-class beaches
  • Melbourne: the capital of Victoria, here you can explore skyscrapers, botanical gardens, and a zoo with over 300 species
  • Uluru: don’t miss this massive sandstone rock formation, sacred to Aboriginal peoples

Why We Recommend It:

Australia has long been popular with backpackers, many of whom take months to work their way around the country. The culture, sights, and vibrant cities have long drawn visitors from all over the globe, not to mention the extensive beaches and tropical reefs. It may take a bit of planning to execute a bank-friendly trip to Australia, but it will be a vacation you’ll never forget.

 

 

10- Ireland

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The Emerald Isle has a reputation for being one of the most expensive places in Europe to visit, but with a little bit of planning and research, you can take a trip that won’t cost the earth. There’s much to love about Ireland – the friendly locals, the rolling green countryside, and of course – the beer! Travel in the winter to keep flight costs down and check Airbnb for bargain accommodation, especially if you’re willing to stay outside the city centers. It’s a country of incredible beauty, from its rocky Atlantic coast to gorgeous green hills. Ireland is certainly worthy of a place on your budget travel bucket list.

Key Attractions:

  • Dublin: no trip to Ireland would be complete without a visit to its capital. There’s the National Museum of Archaeology, historical Trinity College, Guinness Storehouse, and Dublin Castle, plus plenty of Irish craic to soak up
  • Giant’s Causeway: this UNESCO World Heritage site and national nature reserve is a must-see. Legend has it that a giant built the thousands of stone columns to traverse the Irish Channel.
  • Belfast: the capital of Northern Ireland offers plenty to do, including the Titanic experience, St George’s Market, and Ulster Museum.

Why We Recommend It:

Ireland may not be the cheapest place on our list but it’s well worth a visit. You can find affordable flights and accommodation if you’re willing to travel out of season, and time spent looking off the beaten track will be bountifully rewarded. Dublin and Belfast have so much lively culture to offer, while the beauty of the Irish countryside is sure to make a lasting impression. The Emerald Isle has certainly earned its moniker and it would be hard to find a more gorgeous country to visit.

 

 

11- Etruscan Coast, Italy

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When you think of Tuscany, you probably think of rolling hills, rustic villas, and lush countryside. But did you know that there’s another side to the region? The Etruscan coast offers beautiful beaches, stunning vistas, and towns full of character. It’s also an affordable coastal destination in Europe, with flight and hotel deals ripe for the picking. The region is known for its fantastic culinary delights and viticulture, many of which are organically produced. You’ll find plenty of activities to fill your days, from exploring cobblestone streets to hiking in archeological parks. The Etruscan Coast is a wonderful budget travel destination if you’re looking to explore the lesser-known side of Italy.

Key Attractions:

  • Livorno: this port city is the capital of its province and boasts an impressive seaport, historic buildings, and beautiful facades. The old fortress dates from the 11th century and is a must-see
  • CavalinoMatto: a great family activity, this is the largest theme park in Tuscany. It’s sure to keep your little ones entertained for a day, with plenty of rides and excitement
  • Take a stroll along Terraza Mascagni, a beautiful seaside plaza with stunning views over the coastline

Why We Recommend It:

The Etruscan coast offers the true Italian experience you’d long for, without the high price tag. Whether you’re after a romantic getaway or family vacation, there are plenty of activities to please all tastes. Foodies will be in heaven here, as there are so many superior dining experiences to choose from, as well as producers’ estates to tour and vineyards where you can attend tastings. The Etruscan towns and beaches are truly beautiful, with plenty of history and culture to explore.

 

 

12- Thailand

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Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations and has built up a reputation among the budget travel community. Tip – if a place is popular with backpackers, you know it’s possible to travel there without breaking the bank! While it is possible to choose luxury accommodations and resort stays, the country also offers plenty by way of cheaper options. Stick to the northern parts of the country for a less touristy experience, where you’ll also be giving the local economy a much-needed boost. You’ll find stunning beaches, jungles, flavorful food, and friendly locals, all at prices much lower than you’re used to. If you want to venture further afield, Thailand is also an excellent base from which to explore Southeast Asia.

Key Attractions:

  • The Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) is an incredible structure that shouldn’t be missed. A privately-owned art exhibit opened in 1997.
  • Check out the night markets, offering local fare in a bustling and exciting atmosphere where you can mix with locals
  • Visit gorgeous temples, including the 13th century Wat Phra Kaew
  • Singha Park Chiang Rai is an expansive park with tea fields, trails to hike or bike, cafes, and even a zoo

Why We Recommend It:

Though vacation prices in Thailand have been on the rise in recent years, savvy vacationers can still enjoy a wonderful trip on a budget. Chiang Rai in the country’s north is an affordable area. It’s near the border with Burma and has a rich history – in the 1980s, refugees fled to the region to escape Burmese persecution. It’s a stunningly gorgeous area that’s well worth a visit, and your dollar will go further here than in the overly visited south.

 

 

13- Vietnam

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Vietnam in Southeast Asia has a rich history and is known for its distinctive pagodas, unspoiled beaches, scenic riverscapes, and bustling modern cities. It’s also an extremely affordable destination where your budget travel fund will stretch considerably. Accommodation is inexpensive, and whether you choose to stay in one of the country’s many hostels, find a bargain hotel, or rent an Aibnb, you’re sure to have a unique stay. Getting around is cheap, too – why not rent a motorbike for an unusual and unique way to see the sights? You’ll also find it easy to pick up cheap meals, especially if you choose to buy from street vendors selling local specialties. Whether you’re after a city break with a twist or looking to chill on one of the country’s beautiful beaches, you’ll get so much for your money in Vietnam.

Key Attractions:

  • In the capital Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll find landmarks harking back to French colonial days as well as Vietnam War museums and tunnels formerly used by the Viet Cong
  • Hanoi boasts historical Buddhist temples, beautiful pagodas, and Đồng Xuân Market, a huge covered market selling everything from clothing to food to household essentials
  • If you’re after gorgeous natural scenery, head to Hạ Long Bay, which features limestone islands, unique caves, and traditional Vietnamese floating villages

Why We Recommend It:

Compared with some of its more frequented counterparts in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is somewhat of a hidden gem. Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are bustling, modern metropolises, but travel outside of their centers and you’re sure to find more secluded and quiet spots. The country is, in general, an inexpensive place to visit, with many accommodation options that won’t break the bank. Travel, activities, and food are also rather cheap, meaning you can enjoy an action-packed break on a shoestring.

 

 

14- Greece

It is possible to travel Greece on a budget, although it requires a bit more planning than some of our other featured destinations. Firstly, avoid travel in the peak season. In July and August, tourists flock to the Greek islands, which pushes flight and hotel prices sky-high. Go for self-catering accommodation over resorts, and book separately rather than going for package holidays. When it comes to food, supermarkets and produce stalls in Greece are inexpensive compared with American produce, so make the most of it and enjoy the fresh local food. If you want to island-hop, prioritize travel to a few places to visit to cut down on transfer costs, or stick to the mainland and explore everything Greece has to offer. You’ll find ancient ruins juxtaposed with modern life in this truly unique and special country.

Key Attractions:

  • Don’t miss the Acropolis of Athens, a temple monument dating from the 5th century BC. It’s one of the country’s most famous landmarks and is a spectacular sight
  • The Parthenon is another landmark synonymous with Greece – history buffs will love exploring the Athenian temple ruins
  • Mount Olympus is known as the home of the Greek gods, and its national park offers outdoor activities like climbing, hiking, and canoeing
  • For something a little different, check out Meteora, a UNESCO-listed site housing a historical monastery complex

Why We Recommend It:

Greece is on many people’s travel bucket lists, and we wanted to include tips on traveling to and around the country without spending too much. It can be pricey to stay here, but with a little bit of research and visiting outside the peak summer months, you can enjoy a lower cost holiday. Making budget choices such as cooking your own food can help, and narrowing down the islands that you’d like to visit is another good budget tip.

 

 

15- Malaysia

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It’s one of the lesser-visited countries in Southeast Asia, but Malaysia has a lot to offer even for the budget-conscious vacationer. With the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur, to its pristine beaches and tropical jungles, there’s so much to explore yet the country is often overlooked in favor of its neighbors. While it’s not the cheapest option in the region, the living cost is less than in the US, meaning your dollar will stretch during your trip. Especially in Kuala Lumpur, there are many free and cheap activities and attractions, like walking tours and local markets, where you can soak up the culture. Further afield, you can find once in a lifetime experiences like hiking through the jungle and meeting wild orangutans in Borneo.

Key Attractions:

  • Stay in Kuala Lumpur and explore this modern urban metropolis, where you can take free walking tours, sample local street food, and shop until you drop. Don’t miss the Petronas Tower, one of the most iconic skyscrapers in the world
  • Sunbathe on Langkawi Island, where the beaches are popular with backpackers and locals alike
  • Spot wildlife in Borneo, including tigers, orangutans, and rhinos. Beautiful national parks offer opportunities for jungle hikes. Choose a day tour for a wallet-friendly budget option.

Why We Recommend It:

Malaysia is an incredible mix of modernity and nature and should definitely be on your travel list. You can find inexpensive places to stay, cheap or even free activities, and memorable experiences in this Southeast Asian paradise. From bustling cities to beautiful beaches and wildlife-filled jungles, it has it all. And in case that’s not enough of a draw, the country’s food is absolutely amazing! Choose local and regional specialties for an authentic culinary experience.

 

 

Budget Travel Guide: Top 5 Tips for Finding the Cheapest Travel Destinations

If you’re looking for budget destinations to travel to, you’ll find plenty of tips and inspiration in this guide. However, we also want to give you some general tips and tricks for finding cheap travel destinations, no matter where you’re headed. Read on for our suggestions, taken from years of experience planning budget vacations.

 

1-Scan flight comparison sites

There is a wealth of flight comparison sites and search engines out there, and it’s worth checking at least one before you book your travel. Not only can you find the lowest cost for your air travel, but if you’re flexible on dates and destinations you can find rock bottom fares and discover somewhere completely new. Skyscanner, for example, has a function where you can see which months are the priciest and which are the cheapest. Make sure to check all airports within a reasonable distance of your home location for one of the best chances of getting low fares. You can also check hotel comparison sites to find bargain accommodation.

 

2- Travel off the beaten track

You’ll have much better luck finding cheap travel if you are willing to stay outside the typical tourist destinations. For example, in this guide, we suggest Bergamo or the Etruscan Coast in Italy, rather than the pricier (and more popular) Venice or Rome. Look for little-known places and explore the local culture! The same goes for less popular countries, for example, you’ll find your budget goes further in Portugal than its European neighbors.

 

3-Choose self-catering or Airbnb

By avoiding package vacations and all-inclusive resorts, you’ll save a ton. Airbnb has popularised self-catering stays, meaning you can live like the locals on your trip. Produce in other countries tends to be cheaper than in the US, so explore the local markets and stores and cook up some culinary delights. Airbnb hosts can often act as concierges, offering you lots of tips for making the most of your stay.

 

4-Go outside peak season

It might seem like an obvious one, but traveling off-peak can help you save a packet. Check when the peak tourist seasons are for your chosen destination, and seek out flights outside popular months. Skyscanner and Google will help with researching the best and worst times to visit. Don’t forget to check the climate, so you’re not expecting bright sunshine only to end up with monsoons! By traveling off-peak, not only will you be saving money, but your destination will be a lot quieter and more relaxed.

 

5-Research

If like us, you love nothing more than planning your next trip, this one will be easy as pie. However, even if you don’t love spending hours researching accommodation and attractions, the time you put into the planning stage will surely pay off. Pinterest and Instagram are great resources for planning budget vacations, especially if you’re open to ideas on destinations. What’s more, there are many bloggers and travel writers focusing on low-cost travel. You’ll be able to pick up tips and tricks for everything from booking cheap flights, finding little-known destinations, and making the most of your stay.

 

 

FAQs

Let’s take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to finding cheap travel places.

Where is the cheapest place to travel?

Of course, when considering the cheapest place to travel, there are a number of factors to look at. For example, the most important factor for consideration is what you look for in a trip. In this guide, we have recommended a wide range of destinations, from city breaks to more secluded trips. Do you seek adventure on your holiday, or do you prefer a relaxing trip? Answering these questions will help you to narrow down the selection and find the perfect cheap vacation destination that suits your needs.

 

What is the cheapest country to fly to?

If you’re traveling from the US, you’ll find a site like Skyscanner essential in finding the cheapest country to fly to. For a short-haul flight, you can’t go wrong with Mexico, so take a look at our recommendation of Oaxaca, which is a cheap place to travel to, without spending hours on a flight. Further afield, you can look at Southeast Asia, for example, Vietnam and Cambodia, for a tropical vacation that won’t break the bank.

Don’t discount countries you feel have a more expensive reputation, for example, Italy and France. With plenty of research and a bit of flexibility, you can plan a budget trip to any destination.

 

What is the cheapest and safest country to visit?

Safety is of course an important consideration when planning a trip. However, those destinations deemed to be less safe are often the cheapest. It’s important to balance safety with a budget and work out what you’re comfortable with. If safety is a concern, look to European destinations such as Ireland or Portugal but travel out of season to avoid high airline fares.

We’ve included destinations in our list that may be considered dangerous to travel to, but at the same time, they offer superlative culture and heritage. It’s important to not take the ‘danger level’ at face value, and instead, do your own research to find out what the travel advice is.

 

What is the cheapest country to vacation in?

The cheapest destinations in our guide are Cali in Colombia, Cambodia, and Vietnam, but of course, the cost of your trip will vary depending on the type of accommodation and activities you plan. In actual fact, any vacation can be adapted to traveling on a budget, with the right amount of research and planning in advance.

We recommend checking flight comparison sites, being flexible with your destination choices, and being willing to travel out of season, in order to save the most money. If you’re willing to travel around using public transport and walking, you’ll save even more.

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