The magnificence of expensive places has its charm, but let’s admit it: the more costly a destination is, the greater you have to cut back the duration of your stay the activities you participate in to push your budget.
There is a thing that is told about visiting cheap destinations, where you can stay in a great hotel for the same price as a hostel bed elsewhere— or where a complete dinner at a local restaurant charges the same as a film ticket back home.
Here is a list of some of the cheapest places in various countries across the world, as well as reasons you should consider visiting there.
- Nepal: Asia’s Cheapest Country
Unless you’re seeking a completely assisted climb up Mount Everest, which is not a cheap adventure, Nepal is amazingly affordable. Much better, you can still do a lot of hiking and even climbing for very little money. Even multi-day trips, as in an 11-day trek in Langtang Valley, will cost you only a few hundred bucks, less than a fraction of the cost of a hike to Everest Base Camp.
It is difficult to visit Nepal in the offseason, as many rainfalls, possible floods, and at times deadly landslides restrict track and make hiking difficult during the months between mid of June and mid of September. Furthermore, during these months, the weather is cloudy and foggy, so you often don’t have a good view of the mountains.
If you are not going to climb, it is a nice time to visit in winter (which lasts between the middle of December and the middle of February), as temperatures usually remain between 10 degrees Celsius in the city. Hiking can be challenging in winter when winter storms and snowfall are unpredictable. The ideal months to travel are from March to May and September to November – you will experience some of the loveliest weather and yet amazingly reasonable rates.
- Dominican Republic: The Cheapest Country in the Caribbean to Travel:
The Caribbean has become one of those places where using vacation packages and all-inclusive accommodations can often turn out to be quite affordable than spending on your own – and the Dominican Republic is no exception.
If you are traveling to Puerto Planta, Punta Cana, or other popular beach resorts, your major expense will be restaurants and motels, as prices increase markedly during the peak season, which lasts between the middle of December and the middle of April. In summer, it may benefit sun-lovers to visit since they don’t care about temperatures in the ’30s, a time that is off-season and considerably less expensive.
There are many free activities to do and see in the Dominican Republic. This involves going around to explore the colonial buildings and visiting offbeat museums like Santo Domingo’s free Museum of Chocolate. Playa Blanca of Punta Cana (White Beach) is ideal for diving; just carry your mask to avoid paying.
- Portugal: Cheapest Country in Western Europe
It is possible to travel throughout Portugal without much expenditure by decent bus, tram and train routes. Although Lisbon may be a bit more expensive, there is affordable food and entertainment everywhere across the country— even famous beach resorts like Camilo Beach in the Algarve are accessible on a dime if you organize a good tour and don’t have to sleep right next to the beach.
Portugal’s actual peak season takes just two months (June and July) thus you can seek cheap transportation and hotel packages outside those months that will help you save much more. Winter is also a terrific season for incredible discounts, particularly when you venture out to the cities – despite temperatures ranging between 15°C in January, Portugal is never very chilly.
The major attractions you must visit in Portugal are Sintra and Lisbon, where you will discover stuff like the Gothic Jerónimos Monastery, the medieval defensive Belem Tower, and the public square Praça do Comércio, which is accompanied by shops and food courts. Perhaps they are free to enter or extremely affordable.
Sintra houses several castles and palaces, including the spectacular hilltop medieval Fortress of the Moors, which do charge for entry, however avoiding the tours and simply save time wandering the grounds is just as beautiful and much affordable.
A trip to Portugal generally focuses more on exploring traditional foods, wandering all along coastline and attractions which maintain your expenses low so you can explore more about the country on a shoestring budget.
- Egypt: Cheapest Place for History Lovers
Several places throughout the world are more than just economical for people who are interested in ancient civilizations. You may visit India to see the magnificence of the Taj Mahal, Jordan to visit historic graveyards and shrines, or take a cruise to Peru to climb through the remains of the lost capital of Machu Picchu.
Egypt, however, with its pyramids, the Kings’ Valley, the Great Sphinx of Giza, & the Abu Simbel Temples, all from the 13th century BC, holds a major place on the list. Even a limited budget would go a long way in Egypt, where you may access the ancient Abu Simbel Temples, have a whole guided trip from the town of Luxor to the Kings’ Valley, or spend many hours enjoying excellent local warm drinks and desserts at one of Cairo’s various cafés for the price of a film ticket.
Though there are cheap hotels all around Egypt, you may save even more money by taking a three-night ferry from Aswan to Luxor. For the price of a pair of film tickets, you get accommodation, some of the finest sights of the coast’s temples and monuments, and often the opportunity to dive or swim in the Nile.
- Morocco: North African Cheapest Country to Visit
Morocco is among those destinations that can either cost a fortune or be affordable, based on your selections. Visiting Morocco’s legendary Marrakesh bazaar, for example, can get costly — especially if you’re looking for handcrafted carpets or painted glass — however, if you manage to negotiate as if your life is dependant on it, you will walk out with several affordable treasures.
Intercity 1st class train travel in Morocco will charge you approximately as much as you would pay for a Western metro tour. Moreover, at any of the important sights – like the Royal Saadien’s Tombs or the 12th Century Menara Gardens– you don’t have to pay for a tour guide because they are either easy to find on your own or an English-speaking tour guide is part of the fare.
Nothing matches the local delicacies for affordable foods, such as Kaab el Ghazal, a half-moon cookie loaded with almond paste (excellent as a light snack), tagine (a slow-cooked Moroccan stew), or couscous in a variety of forms. Dining at a restaurant in Morocco is sometimes more expensive, but having street food or buying anything from a local tea or coffee shop will offer you a sense of true Morocco while also saving you money.
You’ll also find lower-cost hotels if you avoid peak time (November to March). And you may wander for free through destinations like the white-&-blue Oudaias Kasbah community in Rabat or the sandy trails in the Rif Mountains.
- Uganda: Africa’s Cheapest Safari Country
The world’s wider picture safari locations are Tanzania and Kenya. The reserves of Maasai Mara and Serengeti hold the world’s highest giraffe, elephant, and lion population. But safari tents are not cheap, and both nations have inner conflict which means tourists sometimes have to go on organized trips outside of the city, which means additional charges which will eventually make the country less affordable.
On the other hand, Uganda is a stable and safe country with a lot of huge animals on the scene, as well as one very exceptional one: the ultimate gorilla trekking destination and the world’s only area where you will encounter huge mountain gorillas roaming free.
The laws for gorilla trekking are extremely tight, and visitors to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park must first get a trekking permit before proceeding on a group tour into the jungle. Although gorilla trekking permits are not simple or cheap to acquire (waiting period might last as long as 24 months due to the limited amount of permits authorized each year), however for lifetime wildlife viewing, a trip here is still quite cost-effective.
Visit between March and May, or between October and November, for even cheaper rates. Because these are the rainy months, the treks are more difficult and treacherous, however, the trekking plans and permits are also considerably cheaper.