I think it’s safe to say that everyone enjoys going on vacation. It gives us a chance to explore new destinations, get out of our comfort zone and just relax. But, when money is tight and it seems like there’s just no way a vacation is possible, what is one to do? That’s where we come in to play. We’re here to show you the top 20 best budget-friendly travel destinations, so you can plan your next adventure without spending a fortune.
We are dying to take a trip to #18 and #6.
20. Belgrade, Serbia
The capital of Serbia and the second largest metropolitan city in Southeastern Europe, Belgrade is an extremely affordable place to visit. For just $30 a day, after hotel accommodations, you can enjoy all the city has to offer.
There are a lot of things to see and do on your visit to Belgrade including: the Kalemegdan Fortress, an astounding citadel overlooking the meeting of the rivers Danube and Sava; Knez Mihailova Street, the main pedestrian street in the city; St. Sava’s Temple, the largest Orthodox Church in the world. The city is also known to have the best nightlife in Europe, so make sure to bring your dancing shoes, or buy a brand new pair for just around $10!
Wait until you see how the next city lights up at night.
19. Yangon, Myanmar
Yangon is the biggest city and former capital of Myanmar. The city is most well-known for its breathtaking pagodas. There is a plethora of activities to partake in and attractions to see on a budget while in this city, like Sule Pagoda, Ye Le Pagoda, Maha Bandula Park and Royal Lake just to name a few.
18. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is often referred to as “the European Jerusalem” because it is home to the highest number of people of all three major Bosnian religions: Catholics, Orthodox Christians and Muslims.
This city survived a brutal 4-year war, and you can still see traces of the battle throughout the city. However, most of Sarajevo is becoming much more modernized. Some places of interest in Sarajevo include Baščaršija, an Ottoman city square, Ferhadija, the main pedestrianized street and many other interesting attractions. Oh, and did we mention you can get a head to toe brand new look for around $15 here? Take a look at the towering skyscrapers in our next pick!
17. Hanoi, Vietnam
The city is located on the Red River and tourists have over 1,000 years worth of history to explore and see. Hanoi is also the 4th cheapest city to visit in the world with $15 a day being more than enough to get by.
16. Krakow, Poland
As the oldest and second largest city Poland, Krakow is an incredible place to visit if you are interested in learning about history and seeing extremely old landmarks. Here, you can visit Wawel Castle, Saint Peter and Paul Church Cloth Hall and Juliusz Slowacki Theater. Oh, did we mention the epic horse and carriage rides that will cost you about the same price as buying your morning coffee?
Keep going to see what city makes it to #1!
15. Sofia, Bulgaria
Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria; however, it is one of the least visited European cities despite it’s affordability, beautiful scenery and rich history. If you come to Sofia, make sure to check out the Capital Fort, Statue of Saint Sofia, Largo and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Food here is also incredibly affordable…you can get a full meal for less than $3! Wait until you see the destination we have in store for you next.
14. Cairo, Egypt
I hate to break it to you, but visiting the Pyramids of Giza on a budget isn’t possible. However, Cairo, Egypt has so much more to offer than just the pyramids, and for only $22 a day you can take in all the sights and sounds. Tahrir Square, The Egyptian Museum and Al-Jam`e Al-Anwar are all great alternatives to the pyramids.
Check out what a cool city #13 is.
13. Chiang Mai, Thailand
In at number 5 on our list is Chiang Mai in Thailand. It is a city that is rich in historical landmarks and great cultural significance. The best places to journey to while in Chiang Mai include Wat Chiang Man–the city’s oldest Buddhist temple–, Tha Phae Gate and Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. This city is warm and inviting all year round, so come whenever you like.
12. Bucharest, Romania
The capital city of Romania is Bucharest. Located on the Dâmbovița River, Bucharest is one of the most affordable destinations in the world with even the most luxurious of hotels barely costing a thing. To get a real taste of what Bucharest has to offer, we suggest visiting the Romanian Athenaeum, the National Bank of Romania, the Palace of Justice and Floreasca Park. Taking in every single sight and sound would barely make a dent in your pocket.
We can’t wait to share #11 with you. Keep going!!
11. Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok is Thailand’s capital and most populated city. While it has a reputation for being a rather expensive place, it is actually quite affordable. From the shopping to the food, it’s all cheap!
Lumpini Park, Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Benchamabophit and Wat Arun are all great places to visit on a budget. We also hear that the nightlife can get a little wild and crazy, too. The next city will have you grabbing your passport instantly.
10. Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang, Laos is one of the most sacred places on Earth. It is famous for its Buddhist monks and exceptional monasteries. Some of the best places to visit on a trip here are the Haw Kham Royal Palace Museum, Kuang Si Falls, and there are some amazing culinary experiences to be had here if cooking is your passion. Submerse yourself in culture for a fraction of anywhere else!
9. Hoi An, Vietnam
Since 1999, Hoi An has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the most popular and affordable attractions in this city is the Hoi An Ancient Town where you can purchase some amazingly beautiful lanterns and other cultural treasures of this Asian city. From tourist knickknacks to authentic souvenirs, this place will meet your budget no problem.
Up next is real gem of a city.
8. Quito, Ecuador
Quito is not only the capital of Ecuador, but it is also one of the highest capital cities in the world with an elevation of more than 9,350 feet above sea level. If you can handle high elevations like this, then some places that would be great for you to visit are Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús, Iglesia y Monasterio de San Francisco and Parque La Carolina.
Up next at #7 is a place you’ll be dying to get to.
7. La Paz, Bolivia
Just like #9, La Paz is one of the highest cities in the world. It is also the capital and biggest city in Bolivia. For a very budget-friendly price, here you can visit places such as the Palace of the Plurinational Legislative Assembly, San Francisco Church and the Government Palace. This is a city rich in history and a great place to come and educate your mind.
6. New Delhi, India
New Delhi is the capital city of India. This city is one of the most populated in the world with nearly 20,000,000 inhabitants.
The best and most affordable places to visit in New Delhi include the India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Secretariat Building, the Connaught Palace and the Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum. The streets are also lined with people selling all sorts of beautiful fabrics and cheap trinkets you’ll definitely want to get your hands on.
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5. Vientiane, Laos
The second entry on our list from Laos is located on the Mekong River. Vientiane is the capital and largest city in Laos. Some attractions that see that will be easy on the wallet are the Lao National Museum, Wat Si Saket, That Dam and the Talat Sao Morning market. Are you ready to see what city made it to #4 on the list?
4. Kiev, Ukraine
Kiev, Ukraine will transport you right back into the past of the Soviet Union. Unfortunately, not many tourists visit the city, but that’s okay. It will just give you a more relaxed and easy-going experience.
Some of the top affordable destinations to see while in Kiev are the House with Chimaeras, Kiev Pechersk Lavra and the Red University Building. You can also take a hot air balloon ride to get a great overview of the wonderful city. Up next, #3!
3. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
This city is widely-regarded as the most beautiful and captivating city in Vietnam. Anyone who visits Ho Chi Minh City, also commonly known as Saigon, has so much to experience and see for a very low price. While visiting, you should take a trip to the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, Independence Palace and Bến Thành Market.
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2. Pokhara, Nepal
The second most affordable destination in the world to travel to is Pokhara, Nepal. Here, you can live off of $14 a day. Here, you can take beautiful boat trips, visit the World Peace Pagoda and journey to the Talbarahi Mandir all while being surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes the world has to offer.
1. Manila, Philippines
As the capital city of the Philippines, Manila is located in Manila Bay. It has more than 1,500,000 inhabitants and is bursting with amazing tourist attractions for travelers on a strict budget. Accommodation here is also easy to find and relatively cheap due to the abundance of hostels throughout the city.
For just $25 a day, you can have an amazing day in Manila visiting places like Manila City Hall, Tondo Church, Binondo and the Rizal Monument.