For many people, traveling is one of their big aspirations in life, something that they want to check off the bucket list before time runs out. And for good reason, as traveling can be an amazing experience that has many benefits: personal growth and learning, an expansion of perspective and lifelong memories of different cultures that will never fade. Despite all these upsides, taking trips comes with two big downsides in the forms of the cost and time needed. Time allotment will, unfortunately, have to vary by person, but not every trip has to be prohibitively expensive. This list will run down some of the cheapest travel destinations in the world.
Starting off the list is Croatia, located in central and southeastern Europe off the coast of the Adriatic Sea and bordering Hungary. This location is a popular tourism spot, with more than 19.7 million visitors in 2018 alone. The appeal of the vacation spot lies in a deep historical and cultural heritage complemented by its scenic location and temperate climates.
15. Czech Republic
Another great spot to visit for cheap is the Czech Republic, with tons of tourists flocking to the country in recent years. Its most popular city is its capital Prague which in addition to beautiful architecture boasts a thriving and affordable nightlife that houses a ton of bars and clubs in close proximity.
Romania, similar to many other entries on this list, is located in Europe, specifically in the southeastern portion, bordering Hungary, Serbia, and Bulgaria, among other countries. It is another popular tourist destination that boasts a variety of world heritage sites like the churches of Moldavia and the Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains. There’s also resort swimming and skiing to enjoy.
Vietnam is one of several non-European entries on this list. It’s a spot that has seen increasing popularity with the number of visitors going up from 2.1 million in 2000 to 18 million in 2019. This is partly due to a long term plan by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism but is also tied into the many sites to see, like national parks and bustling cities.
Back to Europe, Greece is the next cheap destination to visit. This coastal country is celebrated for its stunning ancient buildings, which are testaments to civilizations long gone. Emphasizing this fact is the variety of archaeological museums and sites that contain the remnants of these old cities. Its cultural focus is bolstered by a variety of ecotourism activities like hiking and caving.
Laos is an Asian country known for its mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, settlements in the hills and Buddhist monasteries. Visitors can make their way to the capital, Vientiane, where they can witness the massive That Luang monument, the Patuxai war memorial and the bustling array of stalls and humans known as the Talat Sao or Morning Market.
Turkey is a country in the Middle East that holds ancient connections to the past empires of Greece, Persia, and Rome, among others. The tourist appeal of this location lies in the variety of historical sites that the country houses, especially in the realm of bazaars and classical buildings. It is also a good place to visit for its seaside resorts.
Indonesia is officially known as the Republic of Indonesia and is located in Southeast Asia. Its fast-growing tourism sector is an important element of its economy, with its capital Jakarta ranking as one of the top 10 cities in regard to tourism growth in 2018. There’s a lot to enjoy in the country with its beautiful natural attractions and a rich variety of leisure activities to undertake.
The South Asian country of Nepal is a great spot to visit for thrillseekers. It boasts a variety of pursuits for the adventurous, with its most notable appeal lying in its excellent mountaineering opportunities—this country is where Mount Everest is located. Other fun wilderness activities include mountain biking, rock climbing, bungee jumping, and hiking.
This country is situated in Northern Europe and borders the Baltic Sea. A standout here is the vast number of islands included in its borders, making for an array of terrains that include rocky beaches and imposing forests. The landscape is littered with castles, churches, and old fortresses while the capital contains well-preserved architecture and a variety of museums.
Another exceptionally affordable travel destination to visit is the Asia-located country of Cambodia. Its landscape includes low slung plains, a massive river delta, scenic coastlines and mountains dotted throughout. Visitors can make their way to the capital of Phnom Penh to check out the artsy Central Market, gorgeous Royal Palace and a whole set of ancient displays.
This entry is unlike the others due to its continental location, situated as it is in Central America. Tourism in the country is its second-largest industry with the city of Granada standing tall as one of the preferred spots to visit, due to its large vendor-filled central park, horse tours, and grassy islands. Make sure to check out the volcanoes while you’re there.
Densely packed India is one of the world’s most populous countries and a great place to visit for travel. It has an array of world heritage sites and a luxuriant background culture of temples and palaces that make for a bunch of must-see locations while there. It also has beautiful natural vistas and national parks to round out its tourism profile.
Taiwan’s political situation leaves its relationship to China unclear, but this should not be a deterrent for interested travelers who want to make a stop in Asia. Notable sites to visit include the Taipei 101 tower, the National Palace Museum, the Chian Kai-shek Memorial Hall and the Dadaocheng Wharf, all located in the capital Taipei.
This African country is home to a diverse set of wildlife that makes it a great spot for animal lovers. This includes birds, lions, and Rhinos, among many others. Non-native speakers also won’t have trouble getting along as many residents are versed in English. This place is safe, beautiful, and an excellent location to camp and soak in nature vibes.
This South American destination rounds out the list of cheap travel spots. Though its past has been checkered with conflict, it has in recent years turned into a calmer place to be. The capital Bogotá is booming with activity as new businesses open up. There’s a lot to tour around and see in the city, with exceptional street art and exquisite architecture.