Elephants walking near a creek

Best Places to Visit On A Low Budget

Vacations are a great way to break the monotony of daily life, take some time off, have a good time, and experience something new. However, they tend to be quite expensive. If you are on a budget, you always want to get the most from your money. A lot of things go into planning a vacation, and there many ways to save from flights to accommodation. Another way you can save is by selecting a different location. Here are some of the best places to visit on a low budget.

1. Northern Thailand

Northern Thailand

From its scenic islands, rich culture, fantastic cuisine, beaches, and adventure trails, it is not hard to see why Thailand has remained a popular destination for the budget-conscious traveler. There many things you can do, such as taking a local food tour, visiting the white temple, or go hiking. You can find cheap accommodation by staying at hostels, and as for meals you can stick to street food.

2. Indonesia

Your stay in Indonesia can be really cheap or expensive depending on one thing, transportation. Intercity travel can be both costly and time-consuming, so is traveling by private boat to other islands. You can save money by restricting your stay to one or two regions. There many things to do while in Indonesia, which includes taking a scooter or bike ride through the mountains, hiking, chasing waterfalls, or lounging at the beach. As for affordable accommodation there plenty of hostels available where you could meet some other travelers and interesting people.

3. Malaysia

Malaysia at night with beautiful skyscrapers

As one of the most developed Southeast Asian countries, many people assume it is quite expensive to stay there. But, what makes it one of the best places to visit on a low budget? First, there are many affordable activities to partake in while in the country. From exploring the Cameron Highlands, the Borneo jungle, and the many beautiful islands. You can also go scuba diving, and it is also one of the cheapest places to get a PADI scuba diving certification. Malaysian cuisine is delicious, and you can also find food from other cuisines, too, so this will help keep your food budget low.

4. South Africa

Elephants walking near a creek

The best thing about traveling to South Africa is having a safari experience. You get to see the Big Five without it costing you too much. You can see them and the white rhinos at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi reserve or take a hike to the Drakensberg. You can’t leave without spending a few days in Cape Town and check out all the tourist hotspots.

5. Vietnam

Salt harvesting in Vietnam

Despite being ravaged b war all those years ago, Vietnam is still a fantastic place to visit. From superb countryside scenery, waterways, limestone karsts of the north to the paddy fields of the Mekong Delta, there are so many places to see while in Vietnam. You can also visit the beaches and towns while interacting with the locals. As for food, you cannot leave Vietnam without having a bowl of pho at the many pho stalls all over the place.

6. India

Indian holiday

This is a popular destination for budget travelers because you can travel quite extensively and eat well on a low budget. With many attractions, you can visit such as the Taj Mahal or the beautiful beaches of Goa and Gokarna. When it comes to food, nothing beats the delicacies of Mumbai’s street stalls. You can also go to Jaisalmer and explore the Thar Desert.

7. Croatia


If you want blue water, sun, and parties, then this is the place for you. You can visit the many islands surrounding the mainland, which have excellent weather from May to October or visit attractions such as the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb. You will want to avoid going to Croatia during July and August as these are the busiest months. If you keep your island hopping to a minimum, you can avoid any extra charges from transfers. There plenty of hostels to stay at for affordable accommodation.

8. Nepal

Crossing a bridge in Nepal

This is one of the best places to visit on a low budget, with most of the food, accommodation and transport costs amounting to a few dollars, if you eat, sleep and travel using local options. Its biggest attraction is mount Everest but hiking the mountain can be quite costly. You can travel for less if you choose to stay at lower elevations.

A great tip to help you save while visiting any of these destinations is to book things yourself. You can book a hotel for a few days as you arrive, and if you walk into local guest houses, restaurants, or tour companies, you can easily get the same things at a lower price than what is quoted online. So there you have it, don’t let a low budget keep you from traveling and seeing the world.

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