Cheap & Cheerful Travel Destinations

One of the biggest myths out there is that traveling is expensive. If you're flying to an expensive city, staying at a 5-star hotel, and eating at luxurious restaurants, then it definitely is. But some destinations give you a lot more bang for your buck. You may have to save a little extra for the ticket itself, but upon arrival you'll be living out all your frugal fantasies.

If you're looking for a tropical paradise…

  • Nicaragua.

Its pristine beaches are perfect for sunbathing or surfing. Accommodation can be found as low as $5 per night if you're willing to stay at a hostel, and your meals don't have to cost you more than $10 per day.

  • Honduras.

Come here for white-sand beaches and palm trees as far as the eye can see. You can spend about $35 a day here. If you want to splurge, a stay at a 3-star hotel with a pool will set you back about $30 a night.

  • Indonesia.

Certain islands in Indonesia have become very tourist-driven and expensive, but if you choose the island less followed you can get away with spending about $30 per day. Make sure to stick to only one or two islands, as inter-island travel is what gets expensive here.

If you're looking for nature and outdoor activities

  • Laos.

With accommodation going as low as $5 per night in a hostel, and meals for about $3, you'll have plenty of money leftover to visit breathtaking waterfalls and rivers. If you really want to splurge, you can find a nice hotel room for about $35 per night.

  • Malaysia.

This often-overlooked country has plenty to offer. Islands, jungles, and highlands for nature lovers, and a diverse food scene back in the cities. Cheap accommodation can be found at $10 per night, and delicious meals start at $5.

  • Nepal.

Home of Mount Everest, Nepal is a dream destination for mountain lovers. Just be sure to avoid tourist traps like … Mount Everest. Though the country is small, it still has a lot of other treks to offer. Accommodation at a guesthouse can start at $5, and so can a delicious meal at a local cafe.

  • Kyrgyzstan.

This landlocked Central Asian country is home to stunning mountain ranges and glacier lakes. Accommodation at a hostel or guesthouse can be found at $8, and meals start at $4. Also a special mention for public transportation, which only costs about $0.20!

If you're looking for a city break...

  • Kiev.

The Ukrainian capital boasts beautiful Orthodox churches, trendy bars and restaurants, and some pretty great shopping. You can find a room in a hostel for about $6 per night, and a hearty Ukrainian meal for the same price.

Plus, getting around the city is easy with a day pass on the train costing no more than $3. In general, eastern european cities are quite cheap (more well-known destinations like Prague and Budapest are becoming more expensive) so it's also worthwhile checking out cities in Poland and the Baltic states (Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia).

  • Cape Town.

Cheap & Cheerful Travel Destinations

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