There is nothing as adventurous as backpacking through some of the best countries in the world. But traveling with just a bag on the back can either be a rout of discover or a struggle of the budget, sometimes a little of both. So having this scenario in mind, here we bring you the ten cheapest countries for the backpackers to visit.
Bali is by far the best-equipped place to accommodate backpackers who have been hanging around since the 1980s. The competition between the hotels is fierce, so the rates are particularly low. By cons, forget the changing scenery, tourists are everywhere you look at. But places like Java Island are much cheaper to travel to, and much more authentic.
With over 7,000 islands (not all accessible), the Philippines have more than enough to take a few weeks of you and your backpack. It is a kind of compressed sample of all Asia can offer you, among rice terraces, heavenly beaches, sprawling towns, and villages lost in the middle of nowhere. Count about 5 dollars per night, 3 dollar per meal, the rest to booze and you’re more than ready to go to one of the best countries in Asia.
China is a very big country, where live up to 1.3 billion people – That’s right, ‘billion’ with a ‘B’. So, it may be better to avoid big cities if you want to save your budget and keep your mental health. Elsewhere, life is beautiful, and the cost of living affordable for your tight budget. And as Antoine de Maximy once said, the hardest thing in the world is getting lost, whereas it is at this very moment that the real journey begins.
Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations for its unparalleled beauty and ancient culture. For a tourist with big pockets, Thailand has all the luxuries one can hope for. But if you are on a budget, Thailand can be very cost effective as well. A bed in a dormitory can cost you 4 dollars per night. As for transportation, opt for local buses that are significantly cheaper than those reserved for the tourists. A must-go destination for cross-country backpacking in Asia.
The advantage of countries that have a bad reputation, sometimes unjustified like the case of Colombia, is the absence of tourists. Still, one best country to visit in South America, not just for traveling, but to live in. The prices in Colombia are unusually low, especially for street food – a must for backpackers adventuring through the nation of colorful villages. You can start planning your next visit to the country right now.
Nepal is the Makkah for climbers. If you’re too not willing to climb a Mount Everest that will cost you thousands of dollars, backpacking through Kathmandu is a very economical alternative, having one of the cheapest hotels in the world.
One of the best countries to visit in Africa, Malawi is the smallest country in the southern continent and the poorest country in the region. It has large rivers, green mountains, and routes entirely covered by the jungle. Being close to nature won’t be any cheaper.
Vietnam is a great place to go for backpackers. Staying at the motel, eating a myriad of street foods, impregnating of the culture is among the best to do here. As a little advice: public buses are way cheaper than taking the train. You won’t be able to get a better experience for a low cost anywhere else in Asia.
It is commonly said that India is the country of the ‘Arabian Nights,’ but you do not have to be a full-fledged Prince to enjoy it. On average, the cost of living in the Crown of the Indian Ocean is 63% lower than in France. Although, is noteworthy that there are tons of tourist traps and overly expensive transportation waiting to swindle you – so be careful. Just a little bit of more attention, and you will be able to experience off the best experiences of your life.
Tunisia is not just a country for vacation clubs and retirees searching for sunshine, but also one of the best backpacking destinations in the Old Continent, as it is one of the cheapest countries in Europe. The prices are particularly accessible since attacks and troubles of recent years, so a lot of tourists have fled. But if you put aside your apprehension and inquire about the situation on the place, you will see that Tunisia has much more to offer than a deckchair and cocktails by the pool. One of the best countries to visit in Europe – and surely the cheapest.
Sadly we couldn’t add here other awesome destinations we liked to – Not all countries are as affordable as others. But if you want to see more travel ideas for your all-world-round bucket list adventure, you should definitely see our post on anime-inspired travel destinations.