Top 10 places to travel on a budget (2016)

Shirley Liu 3 February 2016

10 of the world’s cheapest and best holiday destinations

Use this guide to learn how to save money on your next holiday. By learning to budget properly, you will be able to take more affordable trips. There’s a lot to consider when you go travelling. You have to budget for flights, accommodation, food and other general expenses. It takes a bit of research to find the best deals, but below is a list of some of the cheapest places to help you out.


Cambodia Southeast Asia has become more popular in the travel scene over the past few years. Backpackers, students and holidaymakers that are looking for an amazing experience for a cheap price are attracted to Cambodia. The Villa Paradiso offers good service for a remarkably cheap price of around $100 a night for a standard room. You can also visit the De La Paix Hotel which is one of the nicest hotels in Cambodia. Although it costs around $450 a night, you receive incredible service.

What to do in Cambodia?

The De La Paix hotel is just 10 minutes from the historical Angkor Wat Archaeological Park. It only costs $52 to enter the World Heritage site. With this price, you get access to the park and all of the temples for three days. However, the day-to-day costs in Cambodia are very cheap. If you’re on a budget, $20 will be the maximum amount you’ll need to spend every day, according to Budget Your Trip’s calculator.

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Vietnam Even though Vietnam has become increasingly popular, it still remains undeveloped and unspoiled. It’s a beautiful and affordable country to travel to. Vietnam is in a similar price range to Cambodia. You can sufficiently use $20 a day for all day-to-day purchases. This average price takes into account accommodation, food, internal travel and souvenirs. This country still retains a lot of its French flavour.

Where to visit in Vietnam

Hanoi’s Old Quarter, just around the corner from Hoan Kiem Lake is one of the best places to fall in love with the city’s post-colonial charm. Of course, one of the best places to visit is Ha Long Bay. The bay is located in the northeast of the country and is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands. This region is famous for scuba divers, rock climbers and hikers.

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India Now if you were to stay in an international hotel in Mumbai or Delhi, you would be paying the same price if you were to go to Dubai. If you get away from these capital cities and head on the road less travelled, you’ll find amazing places to stay for an amazing price. The best way to save money when you come to India is to plan which state, of the 29 in India, you want to go to.

Where are the good attractions?

Kick back in the white sandy beaches of Kerala. This region has a vibrant culture Kerala is located in the south of India. What makes Kerala different from most Indian regions? For a start, it’s the most literate and diverse area in India. You can go immerse yourself in churches, mosques and temples that have a rich history. It’s also the safest place to travel while in India. You’ll only need around $30 for your daily spending.

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Bolivia Bolivia is a very remote and landlocked country in South America. The capital of Bolivia is La Paz and it’s the highest capital city in the world. This wonderful place attracts many tourists that love adventure and excitement. The average daily cost in La Paz is around $15.

What adventures are in Bolivia?

The Death Road is a 64 kilometre mountain bike trip from La Cumbre to Coroico where the whole excitement of Bolivia is available for your enjoyment. Bolivia is also home to the largest salt flat in the world - Salar de Uyuni.

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Hungary Although this is a bit more expensive than the others on this list, this is still not to be missed. It’s a must when travelling to Europe. Budapest, the country capital, is rich in history and has incredible food. Indulge in beautiful cakes or fill your stomach with strong liquor and then sweat it out in the hot thermal spas. The goulash is the national dish in Hungary and can be found in most restaurants. It’s incredibly filling and can be shared. A typical day in Budapest will cost around $80. It may be a bit more expensive but it’s definitely worth it.

Top tourist attractions

The Szechenyi Baths opened in Pest and is a great place to experience the Hungarian baths. It opened in 1881. Castle Hill also called Varhegy is the most visited district in Budapest. This district includes the Royal Palace, museums and libraries. This area is a popular tourist area due to the high concentration of monuments and sights.

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Honduras There are plenty of countries in Central America worth visiting and that are cheap. Honduras is definitely the country with the best value for money. Although it’s not on the well-travelled list, it has amazing beaches and mega cheap food and drink outlets. If you decide to pay a little more than low budget prices, you can find some of the best hotels in Honduras. The average cost you would have to pay for finding the best hotels would be $45 a day. This price also includes food and other amenities too.

What are the best things to do in Honduras?

The Copan Ruinas are some of the oldest ruins dating back to the great Mayan civilization, 1000 years ago. They are found in western Honduras and this site is the major tourist attraction in Honduras. Roatan is one of Honduras’ famous bay islands that is found in the Caribbean Sea. It is located next to the second largest barrier reef, the first being the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

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Greece Since the Greek financial crisis, travelling to this beautiful country is now a lot cheaper. Come to Greece and experience the impressive history, culture and cuisine. The breathtaking landscapes will… well they’ll take your breath away. If you want to find better and cheaper deals, stay away from the tourist traps like the Greek Isles. Find local places when you eat. If you go down a block or so, you’ll find a restaurant that will have better food and it’ll be cheaper since it’s not a tourist trap. The daily cost in Greece, if you avoid the touristy areas will be around $55.

The sites in Greece

The Temple of Poseidon was built in 444 BC and is located at Cape Sounion. The Temple itself is very impressive but the view from the top of the hill is not to be missed. If you want to experience a taste of the Greek Isles but for a cheaper price, try visiting Hydra. Hydra is a small island located near Athens and gives you a glimpse of island life.

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Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic The Dominican Republic makes up two-thirds of the Caribbean Islands and is composed of beautiful mountains, valleys and beaches. The DR has an adventure for all traveller types. If you want adventure, explore the beautiful tropical rainforests, sandy deserts, alpine ranges and mangrove swamps. If you're a mountain biker, a hiker or a water sport enthusiast, you'll never get bored in the DR. If you’re looking for a more relaxing, beach-type holiday, have no fear. The DR sports plenty of white beach towns where you can relish the Caribbean music, dance, local cuisine and culture. The best part about all of this - it is very affordable. Your average daily cost will be around $76 but there are plenty of ways to cut down on this cheap price. Public transport is the cheapest way to move around and can be a good way to visit the sights in one go.

What to do in the Dominican Republic

The Playa del Macao are a set of beaches that are ideal for relaxing and soaking in the hot sun whilst having a surf at some of the country's best beaches. Scuba diving classes often pay a visit to the nearby shipwreck and El Macao, a fishing village, which is a fantastic spot to dive into a little history. The Colonial City is an historic area which is part of the original settlement made by Christopher Columbus back in the 1500s. It’s now a World Heritage site and it’s located in the western corner of the Ozama River.

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Argentina Argentina is the world’s eighth largest country and there are many things to see and do. The city lights don’t get any brighter than they do in Buenos Aires which has justly coined its reputation as a party city which never fails to excite a tourist. In Buenos Aires, you can get a glimpse of the Latin American culture such as the local music and cuisines. The city life in Argentina is a relatively cheap one with average daily costs totalling $15.

The attractions

Casa Rosada is the country’s government house. The Plaza de Mayo in the front is also worth a visit. Other notable landmarks include the Obelisco, Confiteria Ideal, Palacio Barolo, Casa de la Cultura, Librería La Calesita and La Botica del Angel.

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Travelling around the tropical island of Sri Lanka is a fun experience. It has a diverse culture and people. There are two major languages, neither of which is English, but if you go to a major city, you’ll find someone who can help you out. The most popular places to visit include the North Central Province the Southern Province and the Western Province. The best way to get around Sri Lanka is the trishaw or three wheeler transportation. This motor vehicle is similar to a tuk tuk in neighbouring countries. The average daily cost in Sri Lanka is around $19.

The tourist attractions

Arugam Bay is a city that has a good beach peninsula that attracts multiple tourists. It’s located on Sri Lanka’s east coast and the region is very accomodating to travellers. It’s a popular spot for surfing or taking it easy despite being hit by tsunami in 2004. Yala National Park is for going on a safari in Sri Lanka. It’s the favourite park in the country because it has the highest number of visitors.

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