Don’t you just wish you could leave everything behind (except the things you have to bring with you, of course) and travel around the world? Just think about it. See new places. Meet new people. Experience new cultures. Sound exciting?
But once you see how expensive plane tickets and hotels are, it makes you wonder how great it would be to travel around the world while you’re still living from paycheck to paycheck. #Adulting, am I right?
But don’t lose hope. There are amazing countries that you can visit without putting a dent in your bank account.
Here is my pick of top 10 countries to travel on a budget categorized by continent.
For $28 a day, you can go around the beautiful country of Morocco. This country is brimming with rich history and culture.
Famous for its pyramids, Egypt is also a place with a vibrant history. And apparently, you can spend $20-$30 per day and get clean, well-located accommodation, good food, and great beer.
When traveling through Egypt, there are a lot of things to see and do, but be sure to cruise down the Nile River and visit one of Egypt’s older flea markets, Khan El Khalili in Cairo.
In Cambodia, you will find one of the largest religious monuments in the world, Angkor Wat, which you can visit for $37.
The cheapest you can spend for accommodation is around $3 per night at a dorm. If you’re in for a food trip, they’ve got great street food that costs around $0.75 to $2. Or if you’re more into sit-down restaurants, you can get delicious food at $2 to $5.
If you’re already looking for options and itineraries, you might want to check this out.
While India is known for their Bollywood movies, they are also home to one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal.
In India, you can spend $5 per day and you can already get a comfortable bed and a great view. You can also buy delicious street food starting at $0.15. It’s perfect for a budget-friendly trip!
With more than 7,000 tropical islands, this country is perfect for your next summer vacation. My island of choice is Cebu. You can swim with whale sharks and go canyoneering through waterfalls.
If you’re going for a broke backpacker budget, you can do a lot for $20 a day. Other places might cost you more and you’ll probably end up spending only $35 a day. Not bad, right?
There are three ways to budget your trip to Thailand.
You can keep a tight budget and spend only $25-$35 per day. With this budget, you can get a shared room, eat delicious street food, join a couple of tours, chug a couple of drinks, and pay for transportation.
But if you want to get a little more comfortable, drink more, take more tours, and fly between destinations, you can spend over $50 per day.
And if you want to live like royalty, you can spend $100-$150 per day and do a lot of tours, stay in expensive hotels, shop ‘til you drop, and party hard.
But whatever your budget may be, there are a lot of places to see and things to do in Thailand.
The most you can spend in Vietnam is $40 per day (and that’s already after splurging). With $40 a day, you can visit the world heritage site, Halong Bay, get a room for $5, and eat delectable street for just $1.
If you’re already planning your backpacking adventure and don’t know where to start, there are a lot of travel guides that you can find online.
If you’re a movie buff and you’ve seen Mamma Mia!, then you’ve probably already wanted to visit Greece.
Home of Greek mythology, Greece is filled with rich architectural sites like The Acropolis Museum or the Parthenon that you absolutely must visit.
If you’re backpacking through Greece, the most you can spend is $45-$65 per day. But it also depends on your travel style. If you’re a luxurious traveler but still in a budget, you can spend up to $100+ a day.
Mexico is a great place to travel on a budget. If you didn’t know, here is where you can find Chichen Itza, a famous tourist site and the remnants of the Mayan Civilization.
Aside from Chichen Itza, you can backpack through Mexico and discover its beautiful history for only $48 a day.
For only $48 a day, you can enjoy this next country’s rich culture and tourist destinations.
If you’re looking for lost cities, beautiful beaches, salsa dancing, and unbelievable sights, then Colombia is the place to go. It’s one of the most popular South American destinations.
A journey through the Amazon, a dive in the tropical waters around San Andrés and Providencia, or a tour at one of the world’s best coffee plantations – the Finca El Ocaso Salento plantation – are just some of the things that you can do in Colombia.
There you have it!
These are the 10 countries that you can travel to if you’re on a budget. But if you really want to travel the world, you can always go to the places you’ve always wanted to see. It all depends on how you budget your money.
No more excuses. Go and plan that trip today!