The world is full of beautiful places. There are historic cities, vibrant capitals of countries with their rich history, magnificent natural sites, pristine beaches, and magnificent mountains. But when some people think about visiting these places, they believe that they won't be able to go there, just because they won't afford such a trip. They think that any trip to a beautiful historical city, or a popular sea resort, or any other place with amazing landscapes, will cost them a fortune.
But what if I told you that these people are wrong? The trip you've dreamed of during your entire life doesn't necessarily have to break a bank. Keep in mind that most people, who travel the world, are not millionaires. They just know how to travel on a budget and they're aware of all the places they can visit without having to spend a fortune. And most of these places aren't only cheap. They are also incredibly beautiful!
Just think about it: You can see the cobblestone streets and the impressive architecture of Krakow, Lviv, and Prague. You can spend your days on the wonderful beaches of Koh Samui, Boracay, and Unawatuna. You may begin your way toward spiritual liberation in Rishikesh, explore the ancient ruins of Cusco, and climb the highest peak of South Africa in Drakensberg. And it all will be possible for around $10-$20 per night for accommodation and $5-$10 per meal at a decent place!
You might be thinking, "Is it even possible?!" Yes, it is! TheTravel is here to help you see some of the most beautiful places all over the world that you can certainly afford to visit!
25 Rishikesh, India
One of the sacred cities of India, Rishikesh is a perfect destination for those, who wish to see the real India, but want to escape excessive noise and piles of trash. This city is full of opportunities for the people, who want to do yoga, attend satsangs (gatherings with a spiritual teacher) and learn how to meditate. There are a lot of temples with marvelous architecture and ashrams, where you can stay to live for a petty nightly rate.
Shopping in Rishikesh is incredible - there are more interesting (and cheap) things to buy than you can imagine. And when it comes to eating something, several dollars might be enough to have a substantial meal.
24 Prague, Czech Republic
Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is one of the most picturesque, and, at the same time, cheapest cities in Europe. You will certainly like its charm if you're into walking on cobblestone streets, gazing at the palatial architecture, and attending world-class galleries. Be sure to attend Carl's Bridge, an incredibly beautiful bridge that crosses the Vltava River and features an alley of 30 statues made in the baroque style.
And if you're a beer lover, you'll certainly like Prague, because it's known for its sublime beer.
All this and Prague is also affordable for most people. You can find accommodation for as little as $10 and eat a good meal for $5.
23 Koh Samui, Thailand
Most people think about Phuket, when they plan to visit Thailand, but take my advice and go to Koh Samui instead. There are at least four reasons for it. First of all, it's has a lot of beautiful beaches (in my humble opinion, Lamai Beach is the best one). Secondly, it doesn't get as much visitors as Phuket, which makes its beaches even more beautiful. Third, it has a lot of interesting things to explore, such as Paradise Park - the best bird park I've ever attended in my life.
And fourth, you get it all for a much lower price - for $10 you can find accommodation located right on the beach and for $5 you can have a delicious hearty Thai meal. Yum!
22 Tbilisi, Georgia
No, we're not talking about the state of Georgia. We're talking about the country located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. Tbilisi, its capital, features a vibrant mix of European and Asian cultures because it's rather close to both of these regions. This vibrant city features a number of beautiful cathedrals, monasteries, fortresses, and gardens. Besides, you will find a lot of good food there, as well as great local wine for an inexpensive price. While tasting the local cuisine, don't forget to try khachapuri, lobio, tolma, as well as numerous great sauces!
Combined with cheap accommodation, it'll make Georgia your favorite country.
21 Boracay, Philippines
Boracay, a small island in the Philippines, is a nice touristic place for those people, who want to see a heaven on Earth, but don't want to spend thousands of dollars on their vacation. In Boracay, which was named the best island in the world by Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler, you can do a lot of things from scuba diving and snorkeling to parasailing, windsurfing, and even rock climbing.
Inexpensive accommodation options, cheap food, and transportation will make your vacation in this paradise even more enjoyable.
20 Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe, New Mexico, located at the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains has long been a place that attracts nature lovers and art enthusiasts due to its beauties. This city is over 400 years old and it's considered to be the oldest capital in the United States. And if you're into exploring the Native American, Hispanic and Anglo heritage, you will certainly enjoy visiting this place.
Surprisingly, Santa Fe isn't only beautiful. Accommodation, food, cooking classes, festivals, museums, and historic walking tours - you can afford it all and never regret your visit!
19 Krakow, Poland
Krakow is one of the cities, where you don't really have to do anything. If you just stroll its streets and peek into countless patios, you will enjoy your time to the fullest. Cobblestone streets, magnificent architecture, and beautiful churches are a real delight for your eyes. Numerous restaurants offer delicious local food for low prices, while nice hotels and hostels can give you a private room for as little as $20 per night.
And if just walking around isn't an option for you, you can take a tour with a guide that will cost less than you think.
18 Penang, Malaysia
Penang is one of the most popular vacation spots in Malaysia, and at the same time, it's really cheap. Very good accommodation options are offered for as little as $30 per night and a good meal at a nice place can cost you only $7.
Besides, Penang isn't only about pristine beaches. The biggest city of the island, George Town, features a mix of Malay, Indian, Chinese, and British cultures, so be ready to see the unique fusion of dining options and architecture, as well as the best street art of Southeast Asia and marvelous green forests.
Doesn't it all make Penang a perfect destination?
17 Drakensberg, South Africa
The Drakensberg is located in the central Southern African plateau. Its highest peak, Thabana Ntlenyana, is also the highest mountain in South Africa. Its elevation is 3,482 meters (11,424 feet). For this reason, and also because the Drakensberg is an extremely beautiful place that features a number of surreal landscapes, this area attracts a number of nature lovers, climbers, and camping enthusiasts.
A site in the campground will cost you only $10, dining options are offered for as little as $5-$10, and entrance fees to the attractions are also very cheap.
16 Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
Unawatuna is a coastal town in Sri Lanka and it's one of the main attractions of this island country. Back in the days before the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that swept away a number of beaches, Unawatuna was claimed to be one of the 12 most beautiful beaches in the world. But since the tsunami ruined part of the beach and marred its natural beauty, now it's among the 100 world's best beaches (which sounds good, too).
Like most other Southeast Asia countries, Sri Lanka is extremely cheap, and even such popular place as Unawatuna offers inexpensive accommodation and food options.
15 Cusco, Peru
Cusco was capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th to the 16th century. The ancient ruins it holds don't look like anything else in this world and they attract a lot of tourists to this historic city. Machu Picchu, one of the most famous ruins in this area, is considered the UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
But not only the surroundings of Cusco are worth your attention. You'll also like walking around the city and gazing at its cathedrals and other pieces of architectural heritage.
All this, plus, Cusco is a really affordable and accessible destination!
14 Willemstad, Curacao
Curacao is one of the must-visit islands in the Caribbean. Willemstad, its capital city, will amaze you with its bright Dutch architecture and the Old Town area that was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. It has a lot of interesting things to offer to its numerous tourists, from diving and exploring the caves, to walking and hiking around its parks.
Your daily budget for visiting Willemstad can be as little as $60 per day. And if you know how to travel on a budget, you can make this sum even smaller!
13 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
If you're looking at the photo above and think that it got there by mistake, because it doesn't look like Vietnam at all, you're wrong. Yes, the cathedral in front looks more like a European one, while the high-rise buildings in the background resemble the United States. But the mixture of these two styles can be encountered only in Asia!
Ho Chi Minh is a great city to visit, especially if you've never been to Vietnam. Located right in the middle of other popular destinations in this country, it doesn't only offer you a number of historical and cultural landmarks, but also an access to nature. Plus, everything in Ho Chi Minh ranges from cheap to extremely cheap!
12 Lviv, Ukraine
Think about affordable travels to Eastern Europe and Ukraine will immediately come to your mind. One of the best cities to visit there (except for Kyiv, the country's capital), is Lviv. Located in Western Ukraine, this city was under the Polish rule not so long time ago, and for this reason, it features the architecture that reflects European styles. Numerous cathedrals, monuments, and historic buildings will certainly attract the attention of an architecture lover.
Countless hostels in Lviv provide extremely cheap accommodation, while numerous restaurants feature local and European cuisine for petty prices.
11 Naples, Italy
Naples has long been considered only a gateway to such touristic destinations in Italy as Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, and Capri, but now it seems to be gaining more well-deserved popularity.
Let me share several facts about Naples with you that will certainly inspire you to visit it. First of all, it's the oldest city on the European continent and it's filled with amazingly beautiful architecture. Secondly, it's considered a birthplace of pizza and it boasts one of the country's most-cherished cuisines. Thirdly, visiting Naples is much cheaper than you think. For example, you can rent accommodation for only $5 and it's even likely to have a view of Mount Vesuvius or the Bay of Naples!
10 Surabaya, Indonesia
If you think that you shouldn't go to Indonesia, because Bali is overrated, you should know that there is more than one island in this country. In fact, Indonesia has thousands of inhabited islands! Just choose another, less touristic island, and you'll realize your dream of attending paradise on Earth.
Let's take Surabaya, for example. It's a port city located on the island of Java and it's actually much more developed than Bali. It has the sea, beautiful beaches, interesting architecture, ludicrously cheap food, and inexpensive accommodation. Is there anything else you want?
9 Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is one of the most popular destinations for the people, who live in Europe. But for those unfamiliar with the region, it's often overlooked. In fact, this city deserves much more attention, because it's not only beautiful, but it's also incredibly cheap.
Just think about it: you can eat a meal for only $5 or $7, even if you go to a restaurant. You may find very nice accommodation for as little as $20. And after having a free walking tour around the city and marveling at its architecture, you can take a thermal bath and pay just $20 for it! Isn't it a dream come true?
8 Pokhara, Nepal
Nepal is an incredibly cheap country, whether you come to Kathmandu (the capital) or Pokhara (the second largest city in the country). Let's talk about Pokhara. Did you know that it's considered the tourism capital of Nepal? Well, now you do and you should also know that it has so many things to offer to its visitors, from trekking to the Himalayas, world's most magnificent mountains, to visiting its numerous parks.
A bed in a hostel in Pokhara will cost you only $6, while food options can be as cheap as $2 per person! Even at a restaurant, you can eat a wholesome meal for only $6.
7 Albufeira, Portugal
If you want to have an affordable, sun-soaked vacation, keep the Algarve region of Portugal on your radar! Pay special attention to the city of Albufeira. It has a very good climate and features pristine beaches, as well as inexpensive accommodation options. Numerous restaurants that serve delicious meals at low prices, traditional Portuguese streets in the city center, and the charming Old Town - you can find it all in Albufeira.
And if you want to visit any other places in Portugal, you can easily reach them from Albufeira.
6 Cobán, Guatemala
Cobán is a city that can be called a dream destination for every nature lover. A must-visit place there is Las Victorias National Park that will provide you with countless hiking options and amaze you with its marvelous views. Besides, you're going to see many beautiful waterfalls and surreal caves lucked among the lavish forests. And unlike other parts of Guatemala, where attractions are located far away from each other, Cobán is the area you can explore forever.
This city is perfect for those, who want to see as many beautiful sites as possible, at the same time saving their money.