The worst part about wanting to travel the world is debating whether or not you will be able to afford it. With any travel, especially international travel, counting your coins are a huge concern and finding the best way to travel without putting a strain on your pocket can become your focus.
If you are financially stable to the point where you can travel the world and only check your bank account once, then that's awesome and you may not relate to this as much. But if you are like me, checking your bank account 2 or 3 times a day before, during, and after your trip, then stay tuned for the TOP 10 INTERNATIONAL BUDGET-FRIENDLY DESTINATIONS! This list generalizes basic prices when traveling and should not take the place of your planning and should be used as reference.
'Financial Burden' should never be an excuse that holds you back from hopping on that plane and living out your travel dreams! So let's take flight and save our money while we do so.
ONE | India
This beautiful place is sure to give you a bang for your buck. With such rich culture, you'd be sure to enjoy yourself and the price only makes that so much easier. You can easily have a nice home to yourself for under $25 a day and could stay in a hostel or rent a room for around $5. You can easily pay under $2 per day on meals and if you wanted to go luxury, get a 3 course meal for around $7. India is definitely budget-friendly and is calling your name.
TWO | Indonesia
Even staying in the top tourist location, Bali, you could still stay within a pretty tight budget. Most stays in Indonesia are under $30 a day and offer private accommodations. You can always downsize the space (which downsizes the price) to help save you money. Eating in Indonesia is simply a blessing with simple meals around $1 or you can get fancy and only spend around $3.
THREE | Argentina
Although Argentina can be overlooked, it still stands as a beautiful place to visit. Want a nice home for under $30 or as low as $15, and a decent meal under $5, then Argentina may just be the place for you. A bonus is that the transportation and entertainment are extremely cheap.
FOUR | NepalCheck out the rich culture of Nepal and save your dollars while living the fancy life. The absolute best thing about visiting Nepal is that you can get a luxurious home with all the bells and whistles for around $40 and a pretty decent one around $20. The food is absolutely delicious and will only cost you around $6 for a 3 course meal.
FIVE | GuatemalaExperience Guatemala and all the amazing sights that it has to offer. Get a beautiful home for under $30 per day with an amazing view or downgrade and save, spending only $10 on a room. Daily meals are under $7 and well worth it. Plus, you can travel easily without spending much.
SIX | MalaysiaIf you haven't been to Malaysia, I recommend you check it out. Literally taking your breath away, Malaysia provides an experience that you will never forget. Book a luxurious home and live top notch for under $30 per day and spend around $4 per meal including a drink. Malaysia definitely belongs on this list and you deserve to see it!
SEVEN | NicaraguaStay in a hostel or rent a room for as low as $10 a night or gain privacy and rent an entire home for $40, your choice! Either way, Nicaragua is a great place to visit without feeling like you are in a tourist trap. If you eat at the local street market, you could look to spend less than $1.75 on a simple meal and up to $4 at a sit-in restaurant. Public transportation is only $0.25 meaning you can travel just about anywhere and not feel the burning of your wallet.
EIGHT | ColumbiaColumbia is making a comeback and there is no better time to go than now! Columbia offers incredible views and a unique culture all for a reasonable price. You almost will never spend more than $5 on a meal and can get a decent size home for as low as $22 a night and as much as $40 a night on a tight budget.
NINE | TurkeyLive in luxury with renting a place for only $40 a night or rent a room for as low as $7 a night. Turkey are one of those places that are easily overlooked as well, providing a great experience to soak it all in without feeling the pressure of a busy area. You can expect to spend under $5 on local meals.
TEN | Sri LankaVisit the majestic Sri Lanka and let loose a little. The homes can range from a small studio for $15 a day to a luxury pool home for $50 a day. Grab a nice bite to eat for as low as $2 and explore a lot of the free attractions and tours that Sri Lanka offers.
Whew! That was definitely a ton of savings and a ton to think about. Traveling doesn't have to be expensive at all. From experience, you tend to learn to shy away from touristy places and go for more rich experiences. These may have not been the most popular locations to travel to but they are definitely some of the most affordable which ultimately makes room in your budget to live your best life!
I know you are probably still going to be checking your account a few times a day, but at least do it with less stress on your budget. Let us know where you decide to travel or what places you have discovered that are budget-friendly. We can't wait to hear about all of the amazing things you are doing!
Until next time fellow travelers!