25 Cheapest Destinations For Budget Travel

 
Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

Travel for $40 a day or less

If you're like me, then you want to know where you can get the most bang for your buck when traveling. How far will the dollar go in certain countries and cities? It all depends! You may find a really good flight deal to Europe, but the cost of accommodations, food, and activities could be out of control and out of your budget. That doesn't mean all of Europe is expensive though.

I've compiled a list of the 25 cheapest destinations around the world you can travel to for $40 a day or less. Many are in Asia, but there are cheap destinations in Europe, Africa, North America, and South America too! As a note, these prices don't include flights, so make sure you set up some travel alerts!

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

25. Prague, Czech Republic — $40.29

The beautiful capital city of the Czech Republic just makes this list if we round down. Nicknamed "the City of a Hundred Spires," it offers a rich history to discover. Many sights in Prague are either free or budget-friendly like the Royal Route which includes the Old Town Square and Astrological Clock, Charles Bridge, and Prague Castle.

Hostel Bed: $8.53-$29.85

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $10

Food (3 budget meals): $12.21-$22.45

Transportation: Metro/Tram Ride - $0.95-$1.26; 24-Hour Metro/Tram Pass: $4.33

Attractions: $10.12-$28.42

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

24. Buenos Aires, Argentina — $39.39

People don't flock to Buenos Aires for iconic tourist sights. They go to Buenos Aires to simply explore the city. Food is a large part of the city's culture with spots featuring empanadas, pizza (37% of the population are of Italian descent), cannolis, and lively markets. You'll find a New York City feel when you explore the neighborhood Soho Palermo too.

Hostel Bed: $8.22-$20.60

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $13

Food (3 budget meals): $14.20-$25.25

Transportation: Subway/Bus Ride - $0.28-$0.36

Attractions: $4.73-$11.05

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

23. Seoul, Korea — $39.37

Seoul is one of the biggest cities in the world with a population of over 10 million people. Its modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways, pop culture, and world renown street food make this a destination you need to visit. It might be more work to find budget-friendly options in Seoul, but it's worth it!

Hostel Bed: $8.52-$11.93

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $12

Food (3 budget meals): $11.51-$24.72

Transportation: Subway Ride - $1.07-$1.15

Attractions: $2.65-$10.62

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

22. Amman, Jordan — $38.30

Amman is one of the oldest inhabited cities and is truly rich in history. It's become Jordan's center of culture and politics as well. You'll find the pillars of the Roman Temple of Hercules, the Roman Amphitheater, markets, mosques, and plenty of cafes. The Dead Sea is just two hours away as well.

Hostel Bed: $7.95-$12.66

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $10

Food (3 budget meals): $9.86-$21.13

Transportation: Bus Ride - $0.49

Attractions: $1.42-$7.04

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

21. Shanghai, China — $35.94

Shanghai is an enormous metropolis! In fact, it's the biggest city in China and is its global financial hub. Make sure you explore The Bund, which is the most popular spot to hang out either day or night. Visit the Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Gardens, Jade Buddha Temple, and M50 art district. And, of course, don't forget to eat some street food!

Hostel Bed: $8.92-$11.35

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $12

Food (3 budget meals): $8.70-$19.57

Transportation: Metro Ride - $0.43-$1.30; Bus Ride - $0.22-$0.29

Attractions: $5.93-$45.99

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

20. Antigua, Guatemala — $35.80

Antigua is a small colonial city in Guatemala surrounded by volcanoes. If you're up to, go hike one—there's even an active, lava-spewing one called Volcán Fuego. If you love chocolate, head to the Choco Museum where you'll learn how to make your own chocolate with cacao beans. Antigua also has an extremely lively Mercado where you can pretty much find anything you need! Guatemala is also well known for coffee, so make sure you grab a bag (or two) before you leave.

Hostel Bed: $6.82-$12.65

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $13

Food (3 budget meals): $11.68-$23.90

Transportation: Short Taxi Ride - $1.06-$1.59

Attractions: $5.30-$24.90

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

19. Santiago, Chile — $35.47

Santiago, the capital city of Chile, can be viewed as a gateway city to further destinations in South America. It's more than just that though! There are so many museums here to wander around in, shopping at artisan markets, loads of wine and food, and beautiful views from Cerro San Cristobal. A Chilean empanada is a must on your foodie list.

Hostel Bed: $9.84-$18.47

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $13

Food (3 budget meals): $10.16-$17.44

Transportation: Metro/Bus Ride - $0.93-$1.09

Attractions: $2.28-$7.58

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

18. Zagreb, Croatia — $32.78

If you're visiting Croatia, make sure you don't skip over the country's capital city. This city is less touristy than most and includes a lot of cute restaurants and cafes, green spaces, and a relaxing vibe. If you're feeling some type of way, visit the Museum of Broken Relationships, which contains different items that people have donated from their ended relationships. It's a very neat city, so don't skip it on your way to the Adriatic Coast!

Hostel Bed: $6.90-$21.81

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $16

Food (3 budget meals): $8.14-$16.28

Transportation: Tram/Train/Bus Ride - $1.16

Attractions: $2.33-$8.14

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

17. Taipei, Taiwan — $32.45

Taipei is a city that blends a lot of different cultures in Asia: orderly, but filled with incredible street food, scooters, and night markets. Head up to Elephant Hill to see some spectacular views of Taipei 101 (the tall building above) and the city below. You really won't run out of things to do here!

Hostel Bed: $16.32-$23.99

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $12

Food (3 budget meals): $5.38-$17.42

Transportation: Metro Ride - $0.693-$2.06; Bus Ride - $0.48-$0.95

Attractions: $7.92-$15.84

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

16. Boracay Islands, Philippines — $31.85

The Boracay Islands in Philippines have been a longtime favorite to travelers because of its white sand beaches and clear blue waters. Snorkeling is a must-do activity to spot marine life. Don't miss out on the gorgeous sunsets too. It is seriously one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

Hostel Bed: $9.18-$15.15

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $23

Food (3 budget meals): $10.23-$18.77

Transportation: Tuk Tuk - $0.42-$1.25

Attractions: $6.26-$15.64

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

15. Istanbul, Turkey — $31.84

A trip to Istanbul isn't complete without visiting the city's numerous beautiful mosques. The Blue Mosque is perhaps the most famous. Remember to dress conservatively if you're a woman, including a head scarf. If you head to the Grand Bazaar, make sure you haggle the prices! For fashionistas, stroll down the streets of Nisantasi.

Hostel Bed: $24.47-$55.57

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $21

Food (3 budget meals): $6.88-$12.96

Transportation: Metro/Tram Ride - $1.06

Attractions: $5.29-$10.58

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

14. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — $31.75

Kuala Lumpur is a major airport hub in Asia, but that doesn't mean you should skip it! Make sure you get a peak of the Petronas Towers. There's also a park behind it and a mall underneath it, if you want to go shopping. The towers offer a beautiful panoramic view of the city that is a must for a first time visit! The city is also home to an art deco Central Market and a Chinatown that includes the must-see Petaling Street.

Hostel Bed: $2.87-$19.14

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $13

Food (3 budget meals): $8.61-$15.55

Transportation: Light Rail Ride - $0.24-$0.67; Monorail Ride - $0.29-$1.27

Attractions: $5.74-$20.33

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

13. Cartagena, Colombia — $31.46

I've written about Colombia before and how it's a beautiful up-and-coming city for tourism. Staying in the old city area can get quite expensive, so opt for staying just outside for budget-friendly options. Soak in the colorful colonial architecture and eat as much ceviche as you can here!

Hostel Bed: $8.41-$8.34

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $12

Food (3 budget meals): $9.01-$15.64

Transportation: Bus Ride - $0.48

Attractions: $2.72-$5.44

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

12. Bali, Indonesia — $31.03

Bali has been on my bucket list forever. It's just so lush and beautiful and it'll make you feel refreshed and recharged. While it's known for being a romantic destination, it's also perfect for solo traveling. Rent some bikes or ATVs and explore the Tegallalang Rice Terraces. Bali is also known for its Instagram-worthy infinity pools!

Hostel Bed: $8.61-$12.48

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $10

Food (3 budget meals): $9.22-$16.14

Transportation: 3km Taxi Ride - $1.54-$2.31

Attractions: $2.31-$52.04

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

11. Cusco, Peru — $30.53

Cusco, Peru once was the capital of an enormous empire in South America. It's the perfect base for taking a day trip to Machu Picchu (above). There is seriously so much history everywhere here from the Plaza de Armas to Qurikancha or the Convent of Santo Domingo, which was once the most important temple in the Incan Empire.

Hostel Bed: $7.44-$17

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $10

Food (3 budget meals): $7.72-$10.09

Transportation: 3km Taxi Ride - $0.59-$1.48

Attractions: $8.90-$48.07

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

10. Siem Reap, Cambodia — $29.50

Siem Reap, which was the center of the Khmer Empire for 500 years, is your basecamp for exploring Angkor, one of my ultimate bucket list destinations. Accommodations are extremely affordable in Siem Reap along with the food. You can choose to hire a tour guide or explore on your own. Popular temples to visit are, of course, Angkor Wat, The Bayon, The Baphuon, Ta Keo, and Ta Prohm.

Hostel Bed: $6-$8.80

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $10

Food (3 budget meals): $7.50-$16

Transportation: All Day Tuk Tuk Ride in Angkor Wat - $15; Sunset Tuk Tuk Ride in Angkor Wat- $5; 3km Tuk Tuk Ride - $1-$2

Attractions: $5-$20

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

9. Phuket, Thailand — $29.40

Phuket, one of the most popular destinations in Thailand can be visited at an extremely low cost. There is truly something for everyone on this island that is budget-friendly to ultra-luxury. There are a ton of adventurous activities, wellness spots, and a seriously lively nightlife. Did I mention the beaches?!

Hostel Bed: $4.66-$13.97

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $17

Food (3 budget meals): $8.01-$18.57

Transportation: 3km Tuk Tuk Ride - $8.57-$11.43; Bus Ride - $0.71-$1.14

Attractions: $2.86-$25.71

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

8. Budapest, Hungary — $29.43

Budapest is a more vintage and retro version of Vienna, but it's much cheaper to visit! Originally, Budapest was two cities separated by the Danube river: Buda and Pest. Buda is the hilly and more historical part of Budapest with the Buda Castle, Matthias Church, and Fisherman's Bastion. Pest, on the other hand, is flat and has a livelier scene with a thriving nightlife and business scene. Visit the Hungarian Parliament and Central Market for some epic food tours.

Hostel Bed: $13.19-$22.53

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $12

Food (3 budget meals): $9.25-$16.01

Transportation: Metro/Tram/Bus Ride - $1.25-$1.89; 24-Hour Pass - $5.87

Attractions: $4.27-$8.96

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

7. Marrakech, Morocco — $26.50

Marrakech has been everywhere lately, but for good reason. It's simply beautiful. Explore the lively markets, stare in amazement at the snake charmers, smell the spices, and take in the vibrant colors. For an authentic Moroccan experience, book your stay in a riad, a traditional Moroccan house. If you're purchasing anything at the souks, make sure you haggle! You'll find a lot of affordable food options all over the city too.

Hostel Bed: $5.35-$23.27

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $16

Food (3 budget meals): $10.42-$20.83

Transportation: Bus Ride - $0.20-$0.50; 3km Taxi Ride - $0.99-$1.98

Attractions: $0.99-$69.44

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

6. La Paz, Bolivia — $24.20

La Paz is really unlike other cities in that feels like it's stuck in time—but in a good way. You'll still see women in Cholita attire walking down the street and chickens in wired cages on street corners. The city has been a hit with backpackers as its a great jumping off point to other destinations in South America. To get the full experience, simply wander.

Hostel Bed: $5.35-$23.27

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $10

Food (3 budget meals): $9.48-$18.22

Transportation: Bus Ride - $0.19-$0.51; 3km Taxi Ride - $0.87-$2.92

Attractions: $1.46-$2.92

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

5. Mexico City, Mexico — $23.71

Mexico City is must-visit for foodies, travelers interested in history, and art enthusiasts. Surrounding the city are incredible Aztec ruins and volcanoes to explore and climb. If you're wary of street stalls, don't be. They're known for being the some of the best foods you can get! There are so many neighborhoods to explore that will match everyone's style.

Hostel Bed: $7.8-$18.84

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $16

Food (3 budget meals): $17.85-$14.30

Transportation: Metro Ride - $0.23; 3km Taxi Ride - $0.74-$1.15

Attractions: $3-$6.46

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

4. Phnom Penh, Cambodia — $22.50

Phnom Penh is a bustling, but laid back city that's been described as the Wild West of Asia. This is a city that you should opt to walk around as so much life is happening on the sidewalks. Make sure you watch your step as there are bikes and dogs everywhere. The Central Market, Royal Palace, Independence Monument, and Wat Phnom are major attractions in the city.

Hostel Bed: $4-$5.90

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $10

Food (3 budget meals): $17.85-$14.30

Transportation: Tuk Tuk Ride All Day - $20-$25; 3km Tuk Tuk Ride - $1-$3

Attractions: $1-$40

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

3. Hoi An, Vietnam — $22.41

Hoi An has become more touristy over the years, but it still hasn't lost its charm. You'll still experience street vendors, lanterns, and the crumbling mustard yellow buildings. To get off the beaten trail, rent a motorbike and explore the countryside where you'll find temples, waterfalls, mountains, and rice paddies.

Hostel Bed: $8-$21

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $10

Food (3 budget meals): $6.86-$11.08

Transportation: 3km Tuk Tuk Ride - $1.77-$2.66

Attractions: $0.53-$5.32

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

2. Chiang Mai, Thailand — $18.27

Chiang Mai, Thailand is one of my favorite cities in the world. As a child, I really dug it since I loathed the Thai heat, but Chiang Mai was so much cooler than anywhere else. Heading up to Doi Suthep is an absolute must. If you can't walk up the steps, there are trams that can take you up. Make sure you ring all the bells for good luck and take in the gorgeous view of the city. As a note, many elephant riding places mistreat their elephants, so opt for visiting an elephant sanctuary instead.

Hostel Bed: $3.73-$9.53

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $10

Food (3 budget meals): $4.66-$10.03

Transportation: Bus Ride - $0.57; 3km Taxi Ride - $4.24; 3km Tuk Tuk Ride - $1.13-$1.41

Attractions: $0.85-$2.83

Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!

1. Cairo, Egypt — $17.97

Who doesn't dream of gazing up at the Great Pyramids of Giza or touring the elaborate crypts of the pharaohs? Make sure you haggle hard when you purchase your camel ride. You can easily spend a few hours wandering around the enchanting Khan el-Khalili bazaar. If you're interested in something adventurous, rent some ATVs and head out into the dessert! The Red Sea is about 2 hours from Cairo, which is a must!

Hostel Bed: $3.49-$10.46

Airbnb (private or shared room): Starting at $16

Food (3 budget meals): $3.70-$8.47

Transportation: Metro Ride - $0.05; 3km Taxi Ride - $0.34-$0.45

Attractions: $3.17-$10.58

Where are your favorite budget travel destinations? Let me know in the comments!

 
Can't decide where to go next, but on a budget? Don't worry. I've compiled 25 of the cheapest destinations that won't break the bank. These destinations are $40 a day or less and include a few surprise cities! Your money will go a long way in these destinations!