A lot of people want to get into full time travel. Quit your dead end job and head out to see the world. Why the hell not?? I really feel that life is too short to just pay bills and be stressed to the max.

I am selling my crap this year and giving into my wanderlust to just travel. Screw it.

I will be a budget traveler. Saving money and being frugal is paramount. So what are some countries and regions for getting the most value for your money, meeting friendly locals and travelers, eating well, and having fun.

Keep in mind that all destinations have pros AND cons. What works for one person may not work for you when traveling to a certain country or region.


Here are just 9 of the best budget travel destinations for you to consider for your itinerary.



thailand travel

Thailand is at the heart of  budget backpacking in Southeast Asia, and you can get by on between $25-30 a day thanks to cheap guesthouses and hostels, street food, local buses, and attractions.



australia travelBudget travel in Australia may seem unlikely it should be considered thanks to a lot of work exchange opportunities, a well-worn budget backpacker trail, lots of Couchsurfing hosts, and relatively cheap groceries.


Central America

central america travel Ancient ruins, trek through the jungle, surf, and eat delicious food with few tourists around. Oh, and you can do it cheaply. Budget hotels for around $15 per night, meals for $3, most bus journeys for the same price, and beer for less than a dollar. Sign me up.


Eastern Europe

eastern europe travelUkraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova is the cheapest part of the continent for budget traveling. Eastern Europe has the charm and beauty of the West without the high prices or hordes of tourists.



india travelA popular destination for the budget travel. In India you can get by on $30 per day by staying in cheap guest houses, taking second-class trains, and avoiding Western food


South Korea

south korea travelTravel in South Korea is high tech, the food is wonderful, the countryside is beautiful, and the nightlife is out of this world. The South Korean currency at 1,100 won per $1 USD and most everything costs only a few thousand won. A budget travel destination not considered enough.



portugal travelOn my list of amazing places to see. Portugal is one of the bargain countries in Europe where your money can take you far. Beautiful beaches, wine country, stunning cliffs, delicious food, jovial locals, and historic cities on a backpacker budget.



Cambodia travel Cambodia is one of people’s favorite countries in the region — it’s affordable, beautiful, and the locals are incredibly hospitable. It has a slower pace than Thailand, which many folks appreciate. You can get a private, air-conditioned room for $20 USD, street food for $2, and transportation across the country for $20.



fiji travelIF you can get there, you can find cheap guesthouses, transportation, and activities, especially in the popular Yasawa Islands. Fiji is one of the best budget destinations in the region and not to be missed.


These are just a few of the budget travel destinations you can consider if you are looking to save money while traveling.


What places have I missed? Where are you planning on traveling this year? Be sure to let us know in the comments.




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13 thoughts on “9 of the Top Destinations For Budget Travel

  1. Especially India for budget travel. Even as an expat here buying western food it’s a great place to be on a budget – so many daily activities that are next to nothing. laying on the beach getting a 30 min foot massage and drinking a fresh pineapple juice = $3

  2. My son and I just left Australia, and were in New Zealand prior to that. Groceries very inexpensive in NZ, but more comparable to US in Oz. Booze pricey in oz too. We stayed with friends, so that helped. We are currently in Japan, where food is plentiful and inexpensive, including liquor. Staying at hostels affordable and very comfortable and friendly. Can’t wait to get to Thailand! Good to read other’s tips. Agree that Czech and Portugal is inexpensive and beautiful!

  3. Cambodia was my home for several months. Food is delicious and there is a huge variety, and the people are hospitable. I stayed in a Phnom Penh hotel for $15 a night; it had AC and free laundry service. Tuk-tuk is a main form of transportation — besides walking, which can be a bit dangerous due to the proliferation of rude SUV drivers. Massages in Cambodia are fabulous and inexpensive: $8 for foot reflexology and $11-13 for full body. A draft Angkor beer is 75 cents during happy hour.

    Be sure to include Serbia on any trip to Eastern/Central Europe! The cafe society is wonderful, and beer is plentiful. If you like pork, you’ll love Serbia! It’s a country filled with beautiful scenery and historic monasteries. There is lots to explore. Belgrade is a good city to visit, but it’s only if you leave it for smaller venues that you’ll get to really experience Serbia.

  4. Taiwan is a great place for budget travel. There are a lot of secret waterfalls and countryside that most travelers don’t know about. Especially in the south. Kenting National Park is also a beautiful place and there are a lot of great smaller islands you can visit, too. Vietnam, and Thailand have actually become more expensive (and less authentic) than their equally beautiful counterparts Malaysia and the Philippines. All of these places are great though, and travel is travel!

  5. Agreed with Cambodia. Last time i got $3 hostel with breakfast included.
    I think Indonesia is also the best destination for budget traveler. I know that’s my nationality, but you can ask a testimony from those who had visited Indonesia. meet local travelers and you’re gonna save your money during the trip.

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