We’ve all been in that dreaded situation. Your friends are booking trips to all corners of the world and you’re sat at home, broke and jealous of all the amazing things they will experience. Luckily for you, there are some great and affordable travel options out there. Obviously the cost of a trip largely depends on flights and therefore varies according to where you are flying from. The following countries are all places that are cheap to stay in one you are there.
Albania isn’t exactly the most obvious or common tourist destination, but it is a country that is heavily investing into its tourist infrastructure and already boasts a couple hundred thousand tourists every year.
As a former communist country that was completely cut off from the rest of the world, Albania is like a time capsule and a fascinating place to visit. Despite the reputation the people might have, Albanians are some of the friendliest and most hospitable people.
The key attraction in Albania is the coast. Whilst nearby Croatia is famous for its coast, Albania boasts some of the finest beaches on the Adriatic. Not only are Albania’s beaches often as nice, if not nicer, than others in Europe, but you can holiday there for a fraction of the cost. Albania is by far one of the cheapest countries in Europe.
Thailand is not too expensive, but travelers are often surprised by the fct that Cambodia is more expensive despite being lest touristy. This is largely due to the fact that the country uses USD, which bumps up the prices. Travelling through Vietnam is incredibly cheap with meals and drinks often costing less than $3 and hostels available from $5 onwards. Buses, trains and flights throughout the country are also plentiful and more than affordable.
Though flights to Vietnam are usually quite expensive, you can always fly to Thailand or Singapore and take another flight with local budget airlines such as TigerAir, AirAsia and Jest Star.
The Americas: Honduras
Most of Central America is very affordable, but in terms of activities and attractions, Honduras tops it. Not only does the paradise island of Utila offer one of the cheapest diving licenses in the world, but simple things like food and accommodation are also cheap. Food and alcohol can be found for less than a couple of bucks and hostels and buses are also cheap.
Despite what you might expect, some countries in Africa can be quite expensive; South Africa and Angola to name just a couple of examples. If you’re looking to travel somewhere off the beaten track that is safe, stable and has all of Africa’s beauty to show, have a look at Malawi.
The tourist industry in Malawi is basically non-existent, but the country has everything to offer in terms of wildlife, nature and culture. Tourism is so uncommon in this untouched gem, that most people won’t even think of trying to rip you off. Accommodation, food and drinks are all incredibly cheap, as are attractions and travelling around the country.
Australia and the countries in the pacific are famous for being expensive destinations. By far the most affordable paradise island in the pacific is Fiji. It might not be as cheap as other places on this list, but if you avoid the big resorts, you can enjoy cheap local food and decently priced backpacker accommodation.