Laos is often referred to as the unspoilt heart of Asia, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s sparsely populated, mountainous, and has more trees than people, making it a haven for adventurers with a penchant for outdoor activities like trekking, climbing, cycling, kayaking, zip-lining and hot air ballooning. And of course these are all a total bargain in this verdant paradise. Average daily cost per person: 252,193 Laotian Kip or £23 ($28).
Past travelers have spent, in average £9 ($11) on meals for one day. Some typical Laotian dishes to try are Green Papaya Salad (Tam Mak Hoong), Steamed Fish (Mok Pa), Crispy Rice Salad (Naem Khao Tod) or Wet Noodles (Khao Piak Sen). The food can be spicy but not as much as Thai food.
The price per person for one night in a hostel is usually very low and starts at £2 ($3). The best accommodation in Laos for budget travelers is in the form of Guest Houses that generally offer a selection of different rooms (with fan, air-con, double or single) and cost about £3.30 ($4) a night.
You don’t need to spend much a day to see plenty of things. Here are some cool activities to try out:
– 3-day travel on a Mekong Riverboat – Definitely to add to your Laos bucket list – The cheapest tour we found was £31 ($38).
– Tubing in Vang Vieng – You can rent an inner tube in town for £5.70 ($7 USD) which includes a three-kilometer tuk-tuk ride to the start of the tubing route.
– Entrance to UNESCO World Heritage temple of Wat Phu – £3.30 ($4).
– Access on Don Khon island (to see the waterfall) – £2.40 ($3).
Argentina is a beautiful country and you’ll need a few weeks to make to most of it. Tango the night away in Buenos Aires, tuck into steak and Malbec in the Mendoza Valley, trek the Los Glaciares National Park, witness the majestic waterfalls of Foz do Iguacu and soak up the culture in Cordoba. Average daily cost per person: 2,665 Argentinian pesos or £32 ($39).
Past travelers have spent, in average £5.6 ($6.8) on meals for one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the famous Empanadas (fried or baked dough stuffed with meat), Choripan (chorizo sandwich ), Locro (traditional stew), Provoleta (grilled cheese) and the delicious Argentinian barbecue.
The price per person for one night in a hostel is usually below £10 ($12). Budget Hotels are also reasonably priced. Hotel Grand Brizo Buenos Aires, Hotel UOM Buenos Aires, and Tango de Mayo Hotel are some of the most popular budget hotels in Buenos Aires.
Argentina is just a marvel of outdoors activities and we couldn’t possibly list them all. But here is our top 5:
– -Los Glaciares National Park – Probably the best thing to view if you’re a nature lover. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of exceptional natural beauty, with rugged, towering mountains and numerous glacial lakes. The entry cost is £10.70 ($13).
– Iguazu Falls – One of the Argentinian natural wonders that you must see. Entry cost £2 ($2.50).
– Half-Day wine tour (Mendoza) – Walk among the vineyards and learn how the Mendoza Desert region was turned into an oasis, tasting some of the best wines in the region along the way. Cost £16 ($19.50).
– San Telmo Flea Market – Antiques market located in Buenos Aires’s historic center, Plaza Dorrego.
– La Boca – Neighborhood of Buenos Aires with a strong Italian influence.
With over 7000 stunning white sand fringed islands to choose from you won’t be surprised to hear that this is the destination of choice for beautifully exotic unspoiled beaches. Boracay and Palawan are the best known locations to find a slice of sandy paradise. Make sure to visit the ancient rice terraces in the north and explore the fascinating culture with its mix of Spanish, Asian and colonial influences. Average daily cost per person: 2,641 Philippines pesos or £43 ($52).
Past travelers have spent, in average £10 ($12) on meals for one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Chicken adobo, Kare Kare (oxtail stew), Kinilaw (raw fish salad), Sinigang (sour meat stew), Lechon (roasted suckling pig).
The price per person for one night is usually around £6 in hostels. There’s no official home stay program in the Philippines, but in rural areas where there may be no formal accommodation, you’ll often find people willing to put you up in their home for a small fee.
There are lots of cheap activities to do in Philippines. What will cost you the most is going around the island. You can spend up to £13 a day on local transportation, depending on what you’re planning of course, and £44 ($53.6) on traveling between the different cities.
– Tagaytay – Whether you want a day trip or a short weekend getaway, Tagaytay is awesome and offers lots of outdoor activities and you can usually do many of them for less than £16 ($19.50).
– Bolinao (Pangasinan) – Head to Bolinao if you want beautiful beaches without breaking the bank. You’ll find here affordable hotels and food.
– Manila – The capital of the Philippines offers colonial architecture, and the old town is an opportunity to immerse yourself with history. There are lots of places to visit for free and you’ll still find cheap accommodations in the capital.
Home of rum, sun and salsa, head over to Cuba whilst it still retains its unique charm and affordability. Soak up the culture in El Capitolio, see the vintage cars and sip a mojito in Havana and trek your way through the verdant Viñales Valley. Average daily cost per person: 924 Cuban pesos or £28 ($34).
Past travelers have spent, in average £7 ($8.5) on meals for one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Empanadas, Pastelitos (meat-stuffed, fried or baked turnovers similar to Italian calzones), Arroz con pollo (chicken and rice), Boliche (stuffed pot roast), Boniato con mojo (sweet potatoes in a garlic citrus sauce), Cocido de garbanzos (chickpea stew).
If you want to travel cheap, you can find plenty of hostels for £10 – £20 ($12 – $24) a night, even in Havana. Hotels are usually more expensive and it will be difficult to find a room cheaper than £50 ($70) a night. If you’re looking to travel really cheap and have an authentic stay, it might be a good idea to try and stay at hosts houses (homestay.com), so you’ll eat and live like a local.
There are tons of amazing things to do in Cuba, and lots are outdoors and free!
– Callejon de Hamel (Havana) – Narrow alley in Havana filled with lively colorful murals and sculptures made from bathtubs, hand pumps, and pinwheels. Great spot for your Instagram pictures.
– Go to the beach – Cuba has lots of beautiful white sand beaches. Our favourites are: Varadero Beach, Guardalavaca Beach, Ancon Beach, Santa Maria Beach, Playa Paraiso.
– Visit Morro Castle (Havana) – This 16th-century fort sits across the bay from Old Havana and is a great place to get city views. The entry fee is £5 pesos (£4).
– Stay in Trinidad – Trinidad must be on your travel bucket list. It’s a gorgeous Spanish colonial town and the old part of town is a UNESCO world heritage site. You can book an Air Bnb to not spend to much in accomodation. Spend the night at the Trinidad cave club and party in a cave! The entry cost is only 5 pesos.
Explore the souks of Marrakesh, hike the Atlas Mountains, lounge on roof terraces sipping mint tea, go surfing in Agadir and discover the legendary Casablanca. Morocco has it all, and is blessed with a year round temperate climate so it’s perfect for a dose of winter sun. Average daily cost per person: 395 Dirham or £33 ($40).
Past travelers have spent, in average £10 ($12) on meals for one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Couscous, Tajine, Fish Chermoula (fish marinade) and and Mint Tea (Moroccan mint tea is the best).
You won’t be able to find hostels everywhere. Marrakesh is where they are more common and you’ll find dorms for less than £10 a night. In Casablanca you’ll be able to find modest but comfortable hotels rooms for less than £30 a night. Rabat, the capital, is more expensive but you’ll be able to find decent rooms for £35 ($42). Homestay is also an option but there are very few listings.
Morocco has a lot to offer and you can do a lot for free.
– Visit the Souks of Marrakesh – Be prepared to firmly negotiate for items you’d like to buy as locals will try and sell them to you for twice the price.
– Explore Casablanca -The city is a Moroccan jewel, make sure to stop by Hassan II Mosque (entry cost £3).
– See the Medina in Fez – Fez is a thriving cultural scene – it’s filled with everything from artists galleries, history and amazing crafts.
– Visit Aït Benhaddou – This small little village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and looks like it’s carved within the mountain itself.
– Explore Marrakesh – Explore the markets and souks, the beautiful Jardin Majorelle and wander around Bahia Palace.
– See the Blue Village of Chefchaouen – Painted in a palette of mesmerizing blue hues Chefchaouen’s offers a thousand photo opportunities.
Visit the elegant Ho Chi Minh city, often referred to as the ‘Paris of Asia’, explore the vivid and authentic Hanoi, relax in Halong Bay and for the adventurers out there, scale the heights of Vietnam’s Stairway to Heaven. Average daily cost per person: 938,910 Vietnamese Dong or £33 ($40).
Past travelers have spent, in average £7 ($8.5) on meals for one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Morning Glory, the Pho, Noodle Soup, Fried rice, Nems and delicious Vietnamese coffee.
There are plenty of very decent hostels to choose from and for less than £10 a night. Staying in Vietnam offers a multitude of choices, from very affordable luxury hotels to cosy hostels for three times less than accommodations in Europe.
There are lots of great outdoors activities to do in Vietnam, and internal flights to travel from a city to another are very affordable (we used Vietnam airline). Vietnam is huge and there is way to much to explore to possibly list everything, but here are some things to have on your bucket list.
– Ha Long Bay – Going to Ha Long Bay isn’t the cheapest activity to do in Vietnam, but it’s just too amazing to be missed. There are plenty of options at different costs to choose from. We payed £160 ($195) per person for a private 6-hour trip with 2-hour return transfer from our hotel in Hanoi which isn’t bad at all. See the review of our tour.
– Happy hour at Polite & Co (Hanoi) – Don’t miss drinking fancy, good quality (and delicious) cocktails at this upscale speakeasy for an average of £3 during happy hour!
– Walk around Hoàn Kiếm Lake at night – The lake looks magical when the lights are switched on at night.
– Relax on Phú Quốc island – There are plenty of beaches to explore in Phu Quoc.
– Stay at Saigon – Saigon or Ho Chi Minh is a delightful experience, a mix of authentic and modern Vietnamese lifestyle. You’ll find here plenty of nice bars and restaurants. Make a stop at the post office and Notre Dame de Saigon cathedral.
Incredibly affordable, it doesn’t take many pesos to live well in Colombia. Visit the captivating cities of Medellin and Bogota, get back to nature in the Tayrona National Park, visit the colourful colonial city of Cartagena and relax at Playa Blanca. Average daily cost per person: 92,668 Colombian pesos or £20 ($24).
Past travelers have spent, in average £5 ($6) on meals for one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Bandeja Paisa (huge food platter with grilled meat, avocado and fried eggs), Arepas (flatbread made from cornmeal), Tamales (cooked corn dough filled with meat and vegetables, all wrapped up in banana leaves), Empenadas of course, and the famous Colombian coffee.
It’s just ultra cheap here. You’ll find plenty of Homestay or hostels for less than £10 a night and decent hotels aren’t much more expensive.
Where to start? There are so many great activities for all ages and budget. Here is our top 5:
– Walk Old Cartagena – The city center is a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, and one of the top things to do in Colombia for travelers from around the world.
– Relax in Parque Tayrona – Combine jungle and secluded beaches at this undeveloped national park located on the Caribbean coast about six hours east of Cartagena. You can also find really cheap accommodations around here.
– Explore Medelin – Medelin is a lovely city, famous for its coffee plantations, its flower farms, orchids and butterflies.
– Bogota – Bogota’s old town, is a must-wander. It’s where the museums, cobblestone streets, and government buildings are.
– Hike in Chingaza National Park – This is one of the biggest nature reserves in Colombia, home to more than 1,000 plant species and 187 bird species.
Georgia, land of rock and stone, medieval fortresses, ancient monasteries, verdant hills, majestic mountains, spectacular caves and rocky beaches. Explore Mtskheta, the spiritual heart of Georgia, visit the fantastical ancient cave city of Vardzia, take in the breathtaking views of the alpine villages of Svaneti and kayak at the stunning Martvili Canyon. Average daily cost per person: 46 Georgian Lari or £12 ($14).
Past travelers have spent, in average £4 ($5) on meals for one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Khinkali (stuffed dumpling), Khachapuri (cheese bread), Mtsvadi (skewer of meat), Mixed mushroom stew in clay pot.
Staying in Georgia is as cheap as it can gets. You’ll find here hostels for £2 a night! Higher standard places are still extremely affordable, and some 5 star places on booking cost around £50 a night.
Georgia is great if you like to drive around. You’ll be able to explore its dramatic landscape and medieval architecture.
– Explore Narikala Fortress – Narikala is a stunning ancient fortress overlooking Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.
– Gergeti Trinity Church – Medieval chapel set in mountainous dramatic scenery.
– Royal Baths of Tbilisi – Explore these historic bathhouses with pools of hot, sulfur-rich water, with optional private rooms & massage.
– Wander in Borjomi & Kharagauli National Park – This National Park is a protected area in central Georgia and one of the largest national parks in Georgia. It’s unique for its diversity of geographical and ecological zones, landscapes, historical monuments and rich flora and fauna.
– Spend the day at Martvili Canyon – Explore this marvelous natural attraction featuring waterfalls in a secluded river canyon with boat tours & walking routes. The entry costs £4 (17 Georgian Lari).
Warm and welcoming, enchanting Nepal will take your breath away. Visit Chitwan National Park home to Bengal tigers, explore bustling Kathmandu or of course trek to Annapurna if you are feeling adventurous. Nepal is as it happens one of the cheapest places to mountain climb in the world. Average daily cost per person: 2,901 Nepalese Rupees or £20 ($24).
Past travelers have spent, in average £6 ($7) on meals for one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Dal Bhat (rice with lentil soup and vegetable curry or chicken), Momo (Nepalese dumplings), Pulao (fried rice with turmeric and cumin) and Thukpa (noodle soup).
Hostels and Hotels are really cheap in Nepal. You can stay in most dorms for £2-£3 a night and in hotels rooms for about £10 a night. Homestay is also an option if you want an authentic experience.
Nepal is a beautiful country and you won’t spend much money as there is so much to see outdoors.
– Hike in Kathmandu Valley – You must hike around Kathmandu if you go to Nepal. The landscapes will take your breath away and you’ll be able to see how locals live.
– Visit Swayambhu Temple – The temple overlooks most parts of the valley giving visitors a panoramic view of the city. If you’re lucky you might spot some monkeys around. There are many other beautiful temples you can see around Kathmandu.
– Explore Pokhara Valley – This is the spot to see the Himalayan range and lakes.
– Go to Chitwan National Park – Go cycling to 20 Thousand Lake (Bis Hajar Tal) to spot wild crocodiles, monkeys, varieties of birds, deer, and perhaps rhinos.
It’s safer than you’d imagine, also a cultural hotspot and blessed with acres of white sandy beaches and turquoise seas. For the most affordable trip avoid the most popular resorts and head to less frequented destinations such as Valladolid for an authentic taste of Mexico that won’t break the bank. Average daily cost per person: 959 Mexican pesos or £33 ($40).
Past travelers have spent, in average £7 ($8.5) on meals for one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Chilaquiles (corn tortillas), Tacos, Tostadas (fried tortillas), Elote (corn on the cob), Enchiladas (filled tortillas) and of course Gacuamole.
You’ll spend between £5 and £15 for a night in hostels. Hotels are a bit more expensive, though you can find decent budget hotels for less than £30 a night. If you’d like a higher standard stay, there are also a few affordable 5 stars hotels like the Hotel Bardo in Tulum, offering rooms for less than £100 a night.
Mexico is a huge country and you’ll probably spend a bit of money travelling to different places, especially if you rent a car (you can always take buses which are cheaper).
– Explore Cenote Chaak Tun Caves – Chaak Tun has the most impressive stalactites formation than any other caves. You can swim and snorkel in the caves. Entrance fee £4 ($5).
– Relax on Tulum beaches – Tulum is famous for its beautiful white-sand beaches.
– Visit Mexico’s oldest beach town of Mazatlán – There is here 20km of sandy beaches to explore.
– Stay in Valladolid – Valladolid is an authentic little town and has a beautiful architecture. You’ll experience here the real Mexico.
– Isla Holbox, Mexico – This is a great place to unwind and relax on the beach. The best part is that you can view whale sharks on the island, (from May to September). The best way to get to Isla Holbox without spending too much money is by taking a ferry in Chiquilá for $200 pesos or £7.
Turkey is a big country and you might need to visit a few times to be able to make the most of it. Explore the capital Istanbul, a bustling city that straddles Asia and Europe, delve into the Ottoman and Byzantine history, ride in a hot air balloon over the fairytale land of Capadoccia, a firm favourite of the Instagram set and definitely a place for taking hundreds of photos. Average daily cost per person: 163 Turkish lira or £20 ($24).
Past travelers have spent, in average £4 ($5) on meals for one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Baklava (creamy pastry with pistachios), Döner Kebab, Köfte (Turkish meatballs), Meze (Large plate with different cold apetizers).
There are accommodations for all budgets in Turkey, and some very luxurious and expensive places. But if you’re travelling on a budget, you can plan to spend in average £12 in hostels or budget hotels.
Turkey is a gorgeous country, the weather is ideal and there is lots to see.
– Shop at Bodrum markets – the Bodrum weekly market is the next largest one on the Bodrum Peninsula. Our tip, go on Tuesday for gorgeous clothes, inexpensive jewelry, traditional handicrafts, and famous kilims and carpets are all to be found on the cobbled side streets or fashionable shopping malls.
– Day Trip to Kos – Combine Greece and Turkey! Kos is only 45 minutes boat from Bodrum. Cost £18 ($22).
– Try a local Hammam – Get 45 minutes of washing, traditional body scrubbing, foam wash and a massage for less than £50 ($61.5).
– Relax on the beach – There is a mutlitude of beaches in Turkey, but the best ones are perhaps around Antalya.
– Visit your local castle – There are beautiful castles in Turkey, some offering a gorgeous view of the coastline.
From white sand beaches, lofty rice terraces, ornate temples to lush rainforests where you can come face to face with orangutans, Indonesia has it all. Bali has long been a firm favourite but it is not always the cheapest, or the most authentic, option. Now we are favouring the neighbouring islands of Lombok and Java, the beautiful Komodo and Rinca Islands. Average daily cost per person: 545,185 Indonesian rupiah or £30 ($36).
Past travelers have spent, in average £10 ($12) on meals for one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Indonesian Satay (meat skewers), Fried Rice, Beef Rendang, Nasi Rawon (beef stew), Sop Buntut (Oxtail Soup).
Luxury tourism is really developed here, and there are incredible resorts in Ubud, though don’t panic, hostels and homestay are super cheap options here. You can find lots of rooms for less than £5, which is really good if you’re staying for a few weeks or backpacking the country.
It’s difficult to shortlist the activities in Indonesia, but here are some of Indonesia attractions that can’t be missed.
– Visit local markets – The Indonesian markets are full of beautiful fabrics and crafts, it’s really a shopping paradise.
– Visit Bandung and its surroundings – Bandung will give you a good feel of the Indonesian culture and it is a great starting point for visiting some of Indonesia tourist attractions.
– Go to the volcanoes around Bandung – At about 30 km north of Bandung, Tangkuban Perahu is a huge crater of an active volcano that last erupted in 1969.
– Visit Prambanan temple (Java) – This is a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest Hindu temple in Java.
– Watch the sun rise over Mount Bromo – Considered one of the bucket list destinations of Java, Mount Bromo definitely is one of the places to visit in Indonesia. You can also hike it for a guaranteed outstanding view.
Armenia is a magical land of hilltop monasteries, lush forests and crystal clear lakes. Relatively untouched by tourism it’s time to visit this beautiful country whilst it still retains its enchanting authenticity. Average daily cost per person: 9,156 Armenian Dram or £15 ($19).
Past travelers have spent, in average £8 ($10) on meals for one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Khorovats (neat skewers), Kyufta (minced meat with crushed wheat and onions), Ishkhan (fish dish) and Manti (baked dumplings in tomato sauce).
Pay as low as £5 for hostels rooms or Home stay. There are hundreds of options to choose from. Hotels are a bit more expensive, plan to pay about £20 a night for a decent room.
– See the dramatic views from the clifftop Tatev Monastery – This Armenian famous monastery is located on precipitous mountainsides leading on panoramic views of the rugged landscapes around.
– Sail the unspoiled Lake Sevan – Lake Sevan is a large, high-altitude lake known for its beaches. Set on a narrow peninsula, the Sevanavank Monastery has 2 stone churches dating to the 9th century, it’s a beautiful area to visit. Tour prices start at £30.
– Explore the nearby ancient fortress – Armenia is the right destination if you’re fond of history. There are hundreds of castle, ruins and medieval fortresses to explore here for a couple of quids.
– See the grand architecture of the capital city of Yerevan – Yerevan is the capital and largest city of Armenia as well as one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. It’s a beautiful medieval city to explore.
One of South America’s cheapest countries is also home to the most awe inspiring sights the continent has to offer, from the majestic peaks of the Andes to the glistening Lake Titicaca and the lunar landscape of Salar de Uyuni. Average daily cost per person: 190 Boliviano or £23 ($28).
Past travelers have spent, in average £8 ($10) on meals for one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Sanduíche de Chola (pork sandwich), Anticucho (skewered beef hearts), Cuñapé (cheesy breads), Papas rellenas (stuffed mashed potatoes) and spicy chicken.
Home Stay is pretty common is Bolivia and great to experience life as a local, but you can also find plenty of hostels for minimum £5. There are also plenty of decent hotels starting from £20.
– Visit Isla del Sol – This beautiful rocky island is located in the middle of Titicaca dotted in fascinating Inca ruins. Cost: about £10 for a day trip.
– Relax amongst the banana groves in Coroico – Explore the sleepy little town of Coroico, which nestles amid orange, banana groves and coffee plantations.
– Cruise down the Amazon in a dug out canoe on the Pampas tour – It’s best to do the same three-day, two-night pampas tour which can be booked in either La Paz or Rurrenabeque. Expect to pay around 1,000 Boliviano (£120 or $150) for the all-inclusive tour.
– Hike along the lake Titicaca in Copacabana – Lake Titicaca is a popular day trip from Bolivia’s largest city. Plan to spend between £10 and £15 on transport costs depending on where you’re travelling from.
– Visit the bustling capital city La Paz – Located at 3,500 m above sea level, La Paz is a busy, beautiful city. It’s so unique it’s hard to describe and you really have to see it for yourself!
– View Salar de Uyuni – Salar de Uyuni must be on your Bolivia travel bucket list. It’s a unique destination home to pink flamingos and its beautiful landscape changes according to the season. A one day tour in Salar de Uyuni can be as cheap as £16 ($20).
Magical and mysterious, Romania is a land of fairytale castles, the largest forests in Europe, wild bears and lynx, the majestic Carpathian mountains and charming medieval towns riddled in folklore and myth. Average daily cost per person: 308 Romanian Leu or £57 ($70).
Past travellers have spent, in average £20 ($24) on meals for one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Sarmale (Cabbage Rolls), Mici (Grilled Minced Meat Rolls), Cozonac (Sweet Bread) and Drob de miel (Lamb Drob).
A lot of campsites are available in Romania for as low as £3 a night. Homestay is a good option too, you’ll pay in average between £5 and £10. You’ll find hostels for the same price, though hostels accommodation are limited in Romania. 4 and 5 stars hotels prices are very reasonable compared to Western counrties. You can find nice rooms starting from £30 a night.
– Visit Dracula’s home of Bran Castle – Bran Castle is the country’s most famous medieval landmark and is also called Dracula’s Castle. Entry cost £10.
– Soak up the picturesque architecture of Brașov – Brasov’s beautiful Gothic architecture plays host to a range of cafes, bars, and restaurants.
– Relax on the white sand beaches of Mamaia – Probably the best beach in Romania.
– Party the night away in lively Bucharest – Bacharest is famous for its night life, it’s a great place to party on a budegt as alcohol is way cheaper here. A pint of beer costs from £1,30, a shot of vodka or whiskey (usually 40ml or 50ml) costs from £2,50, a cocktail is around £3,20.
Thailand is an eternally popular hotspot, yet there are still areas to visit where the cost of living is very low. As a general guide avoid the most popular tourist resorts and head off the beaten track. Average daily cost per person: 2,122 Thai Baht or £55 ($66).
Past travelers have spent, in average £12 ($15) on meals for one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup), Pad Thai (Stir-Fried Noodles), Gaeng Keow Wan Gai (Green Chicken Curry), Gaeng Daeng (Red Curry), Khao Phat or Khao Pad (Fried Rice) and Tom Kha Gai (Chicken in Coconut Soup).
You can easily spend a lot of money in Thailand, as there are expensive and luxurious resorts. However, if you’re looking at spending very little money you can. You’ll easily find dorms or guests house for as low as £3 a night.
The easiest way to not spend too much money in Thailand is to live like a local. Take the local buses, eat street food instead of standard restaurant food and visit less touristy cities and islands. There are many beautiful unspoiled areas. Our first tip is to book tours locally instead of online as you’ll get a cheaper rate.
– Take a cooking class – Learn how to cook delicious Thai food for a very reasonable amount (usually £5 to £10)
– Dive near the islands – Thailand is a great place to dive! You’ll see here beautiful corals and tropical fish.
– Watch Thai boxing – There are lots of places where you can watch muyai thai boxing. It’s free at the MBK Shopping Mall in Bangkok! You can also watch in stadium such as Lumpinee Stadium or Channel 7 Stadium.
– Explore majestic temples – There is an incredible amount of temples to visit and many are free. If you go to Bangkok, stop by the Wat Mangkorn Kamalawat, Wat Pathum Wanaram and the Wat Intharawihan temples.
– Visit local markets – You can buy silk for a bargain in Thailand. Silks scarves don;t cost more than £2 here.
– Explore local beaches – No need to go to the most popular beaches to enjoy the beauty of Thailand. There are also many beautiful beaches where tourists don’t flock such as Koh Talu, Koh Kood and Kho Mak. They are located on beautiful islands asking to be explored.
Guatemala, verdant land of lush rainforests, spectacular volcanoes and awe inspiring Mayan sites definitely worth a visit. Average daily cost per person: 274 Guatemalan Quetzal or £29 ($36).
Past travelers have spent, in average £8 ($11) on meals for one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Chicken pepián (spicy stew), Pupusas (filled corn tortillas), Kak’ik (turkey soup), Empenadas and Rellenitos (Guatemalan donuts).
Most hostels have dorm beds starting around £6. The cost of a private rooms in hostels usually starts at £20. Budget hotels will cost you around £25 per night for a double bed. Airbnb options are available in the larger cities, with shared accommodation starting around £8 per night. For an entire home or apartment, expect to pay at least £20 per night. Homestay is possible in the country but options are very limited.
Travelling around the country can be very cheap if you take Las camionetas (or “chicken buses”) which are old school buses and the most inexpensive way to get around Guatemala.
– Visit the ancient Mayan city of Tikal – The ruins are located in the massive park of Tikal, and it will take you the whole day to visit so the £20 entry cost is well-worth.
– Explore Lake Atitlán – You’ll probably spend a little money travelling here, but the sight really does worth it. It’s a beautiful lake located in a volcanic area.
– Swim in the stepped turquoise pools of Semuc Champey – These natural pools are so clear you can see through the water. It’s a beautiful park you can visit for a £6 entrance fee.
– Admire the architecture of the old city of Antigua – Antigua is a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasting awe-inspiring architecture, absorbing culture and impressive views.
Africa’s smallest country is home to beautiful powder white beaches, turquoise waters and lush rainforest home to a variety of flora and fauna. Visit the Chimp Rehabilitation Centre where you can see the primates in their natural habitat. Also make sure to witness the spectacular birdlife at Baobolong Wetland Reserve to bring out your inner ornithologist. Average daily cost per person: 2000 Gambian Dalasi or £30 ($40).
Past travelers have spent, in average £7 ($8) on meals for one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Benachin (rice cooked with meat or fish, vegetables and tomatoes), Domoda (meat stewed in peanut puree served with rice), Superkanja (mix of fish or meat, palm oil, onions and pepper boiled together), Chicken Yassa (chicken cooked with fresh lime, onions and ground black pepper).
A room in a guest house usually costs about £12, though sleeping in a boutique hotel is also way cheaper than in other countries, as you can spend as low as £55 ($70).
– Visit A Local Market – The best-known markets are at Serrekunda, the largest town in The Gambia, and the Royal Albert Market in the capital, Banjul.
– Wander in a fishing village – The Gambian fishing villages are colourful and vibrant places. Watch the multicoloured boats come in and unload the day’s catch.
– Take a Trip to Kachikally Sacred Crocodile Pool – The waters here are said to have magical powers and help with fertility. There are crocodiles around, but they aren’t aggressive at all as they are so used to visitors. Entry cost £1.
– Hike Bijilo Forest Park – The park is lush and beautiful and there is here a huge population of green Vervet monkeys to observe.
– Birdwatching – The Gambia is a bird lover paradise with over 560 species to observe. The best way to watch the birds is to hire an official guide. A half day with a guide usually costs around £20 p.p.
The Czech Republic is a land of enchanting fairytale castles, historic spa towns, fine restaurants and wide rivers to cruise along. The jewel in the crown has to be Prague which makes for a really fun weekend break without breaking the bank, especially if you are a night bird and don’t want to spend too much on drinks. Average daily cost per person: 1,956 Czech Koruna or £64 ($81).
Past travelers have spent, in average £15 ($19) on meals for one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Vepřo knedlo zelo (roasted pork), Sekaná pečeně (baked mincemeat), Česnečka (garlic soup), Guláš (goulash), Rajská omáčka (beef in tomato soup).
Although not as quite as cheap as they used to be, hotels in the Czech Republic are still an incredible bargain, especially when compared to other major European destinations. In Prague, a hotel in a central location can still be found for under $50 per night. There are also plenty of hostels to book from in the country and homestay is very popular (plan to spend about £15 a night).
– Spend 2 days in Prague – Prague features an amazing historical architecture. Just wander in the streets, grab a beer in an old pub and visit the magnificent Charles bridge and Prague’s castle.
– Visit Brno – Brno is nearby the Moravian wine country, an area that offers gorgeous nature and cheap, local wine tasting. The city combine a modern downtown full of stunning squares and churches as well as an authentic culture that holds onto its roots as a hard-partying student city.
– Indulge at Karlovy Vary – This is the place to go to for a fabulous spa treatment. The city also hosts one of the oldest film festival in the world.
– Camp in Cesky Raj – This beautiful forested nature preserve s located only 90 kilometres northeast of Prague, and offers activities for outdoor adventurers such as hiking, cycling, rafting, and climbing. You can stay in a guest house or private apartment for cheaper than in the city if you don’t fancy camping.
– Shop at farmers markets – Prague hosts farmers market nearly every day. You’ll find here lots of fresh produce along with food stands offering cheap and tasty burgers, sausages, soups, and cakes. It’s a great place to shop for a picnic.
India remains one of the ultimate destinations for travellers on a budget. Here you can travel extensively and eat incredibly well and still left with change. As with most places it pays to avoid the most popular resorts in lieu of lesser known quieter destinations. Average daily cost per person: 2,106 Rupees or £22 ($27).
Travelers can spend in average £5 ($6) in meals for just one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Chicken Tikka Masala, Murg Makhani (Butter Chicken), Rogan Josh (Red Lamb), Chole (Chickpea Curry), Palak Paneer (Spinach and Cottage Cheese).
Accommodation in India is really cheap. You can either book online or just book as you travel, as prices are low and it’s easy to find a room for the night, even last minute. However, make sure to always read online reviews as some places can be quite noisy and dirty. Plan to spend about £5 in a hostel and £10 in a hotel. Staying at locals is also common practice in India, which is great for an immersive trip.
India is a haven for nature lovers and bold travelers. Authenticity is the word if you travel to India, prepared to be marveled at what the country has to offer.
– Explore the temple town of Gokarna – And the spectacular beaches around. But really temples in India are all gorgeous so try to view a few.
– Wander in the Golden City of Jaisalmer – From here you can explore the endless sands of the enchanting Thar Desert.
– Visit Pondicherry – Stay for free in an ashram whilst giving your mind, body and soul a well needed escape from modernity.
– Try to spot a tiger! – The best national parks for seeing tigers are Bandhavgarh, Ranthambore, Kanha, Pench, Satpura and Corbett.
– Celebrate with locals – India hosts some of the most colourful festival you can find and each region has its own celebration, from kite flying and camel festivals to the ‘festival of lights’ (held between October and November). It’s a magical spectacle as over one million clay lamps light up cities and temples around India.
The mystical land of Cambodia is home to sprawling ancient temple sites, white powder beaches, a feast of culinary delights and a rich history. Soak up the culture of Siem Reap and Angkor Watt, explore the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh and its stunning Royal Palace. Visit quieter colonial cities of Kampot, Kampong Cham and Kratie for even more bang for your buck. Suggested Daily Budget: 143,673 Cambodian Riel or £28 ($35).
Travelers can spend on average £9 ($12) on meals for just one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Fish amok (steamed coconut fish in banana leaves), Samlor machu trey (sweet and sour soup with fish), Char kroeung sach ko (stir-fried lemongrass beef), Twa ko (Cambodian sausage) and Nom banh chok (Khmer noodles).
You can pay as low as £2 in hostels or homestay accommodations in Cambodia. Though if you’re looking for a little more comfort and budget, there are very decent hotels for about £30 a night.
With an amazing landscape, beautiful temples and a rich history, Cambodia is an amazing destination for intrepid travelers. Here is our top pick of activities on a budget:
– Visit Siem Reap – Siem Reap is a beautiful ancient city. It should be in your to do list if you go to Cambodia. It’s also good to spend the night here so you can get up early to admire the sunrise at the Angkor Wat view point, you’ll see, it’s absolutely stunning.
– Explore The Ratanakiri Province – This is a beautiful trek in a lush forest. You might even spot wild animals. ‘Highland Tour’ has good reviews and is better priced than other agencies (about $30 for a day trek).
– See the shiny sea in Koh Rong – In the cosy island of Koh Rong, you can observe a stunning sea of stars. Our tip – Have a few drinks by the nearby beach bars and when it’s night, walk towards the shore in the darkest area and stir the water a little bit. You will see the plankton glow in the water.
– Snorkel or scuba dive – Cambodia marine life is incredible. You’ll see here colourful coral reefs and tropical fish.
– Kayak down the Mekong – It’s a great way to see the scenic forest from the peaceful river.
Montenegro is arguably the jewel in the Balkan’s crown. Quieter and more affordable than neighbouring Croatia, it shares the same dramatically rugged coastline along the sparkling emerald green Adriatic coastline. Although popular with the superyacht crowd due to its beautiful sailing routes the prices in Montenegro don’t reflect this (yet!) so you can afford to dine well here and get about cheaply. Suggested Daily Budget: 59 Euros or £53 ($70).
Travelers can spend in average £19 ($25) for meals for just one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Punjene paprike (stuffed peppers), Ćufte (meatballs), Đuveč (cooked vegetables, similar to ratatouille), Musaka od Krtola (potato moussaka with minced meat), Sarma (rolls filled with minced pork and rice) and Chorba, the national dish made of meat, fish and poultry with vegetables or noodles.
If you want to pay as low as possible, it’s probably best to stay in guest houses, common in Montenegro. Plan to spend about £10 here. Hotels are more expensive, though you can find some budget hotels or rental apartments for as low as £30.
– The Castle of San Giovanni – It’s one of the best – and most stunning – view point of Montenegro. It’s a bit of a hilly walk to get here but it’s a must-do.
– The picturesque Bay of Kotor – This beautiful bay is dotted with coastal churches and medieval fortified towns such as Herceg Novi.
– Explore Durmitor National Park – Home to wild bears and wolves, this park encompasses towering limestone peaks, glacial blue lakes and the spectacular Tara River Canyon.
– Wander in the streets of Kotor’s Old Town – Kotor’s Old Town is picturesque and should be on your travel list. Half a day is enough here and morning is best to avoid tourists.
– Visit The town of Cetinje – It’s the old royal capital of Montenegro, a quiet historical, charming and colourful town which really worth a visit.
The beautiful Nicaragua is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and is famous for its dramatic terrain of lakes, volcanoes and long white beaches. Suggested Daily Budget: 1,110 Nicaraguan córdoba or £25 ($32).
Travelers can spend in average £7 ($9) in meals for just one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are Rosquillas (deep fried donughts), Arroz a la plancha (traditional rice), Baho (wrap made of beef and yuca) and Nacatamal (corn dough stuffed with chicken or pork).
Plan to spend about £7 to £10 ($12) in hostels or guest houses. Most hotels price usually starts at £30 ($39).
Nicaragua has a lot to offer. You’ll love it here if you like hiking, and are fascinated by volcanoes. There are so many to explore and even some actives ones!
– Explore Granada – Granada enchants with its Spanish colonial architecture and makes a great base for exploring.
– View the majestic Mombacho volcano – Nearby Granada is the majestic Mombacho volcano and an archipelago of islets home to a variety of tropical bird life.
– Take a pic at the active Masaya volcano – Masaya is an active volcano and probably most of the incredible activities in Nicaragua. Our tip – take a night tour for an even more impressive sight! (About £11 or $15).
– Unwind at San Juan del Sur – If surfing (or cheap cocktails) are your thing then head to San Juan del Sur for some of the best waves the country has to offer.
– Escape to the nearby Corn Islands – Corn islands are a true paradise amongst the turquoise ocean. Make sure to snorkel or scuba dive to observe the beautiful Caribbean marine life.
Belarus is a country in Eastern Europe. It’s a great location for a road trip as it is bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. The country is famed for its mix of Soviet architecture, grand baroque buildings, fairy tale castles and primeval forests. Suggested Daily Budget: 77 Belarusian Rouble or £24 ($31).
Travelers can spend in average £8 ($10) in meals for just one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are Machanka (pork stew), local homemade sausages, draniki (thick potato pancakes), kletski (dumplings) and babka (baked grated potato pie).
The accommodation price range between £15 ($19) and £40 ($52) for budget hotels. If your budget is very tight, you’ll be able to find a bed in a hostel and pay between £5 and £10.
If you like history and notably Soviet history, you’ll find Belarus very interesting. There are here well-preserved vestiges of the occupation during WW2. Khatyn for instance is a memorial in the memory of an entire village burnt down by the German Army.
– Visit the capital Minsk – Don’t miss the iconic Independence Square flanked by the formidable KGB Headquarters.
– Marvel at Mir and Nesvizh – Outside of the hustle and bustle you can discover the magical castle complexes of Mir and Nesvizh, grand and enchanting royal retreats dating to the 15th and 16th centuries. Witness the opulent blend of Renaissance and baroque styles.
– Hike the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park – Nature lovers will enjoy walking in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park. These ancient forests are home to rare European bison and other spectacular flora and fauna.
– Have Diner in a Soviet-themed restaurant – If you visit the city of Brest, pop at Kafe Gagarin, a very quirky soviet cafe and one of the best local restaurant in town.
– Visit Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – You may not know that but Chernobyl radiations actually affected Belarus and more than 2,000 towns and villages were evacuated. You can take a guided tour of the exclusion zone if you’re looking for thrills.
South Africa’s long suffering currency of the Rand is making this an even more affordable destination to visit right now. Suggested Daily Budget: 1,347 South African Rand £59 ($77).
Travelers can spend in average £13 ($17) in meals for just one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are Biltong & Droewors (local cured meat), Cape Malay curry, Chakalaka & pap ( cold vegetable dish made of onions, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, beans and spices), Braai/Shisa nyama (barbecued street meat) and Amarula Don Pedro (liqueur made from the local Marula fruit).
Plan to spend in average £10 ($12) for a bed in a hostel, and £30 ($39) to £50 ($65) for a night in a budget hotel.
– If you love nature – Cape Town is the place to go to experience powder white sands, turquoise seas, lush forests, mountain views and gorgeous vineyards all in one afternoon.
– Visit the beach penguins in Simon’s Town – And climb (or jump in a cable car!) up Table Mountain for a spectacular view of the bay and beyond.
– View Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – Take in the flora and fauna at the stunning Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, one of the greatest in the world.
– Relax with a glass of wine and tapas in Constantia – Discover here the secret of South African wine, and drive down the Constantia Wine Route which links the many wineries dotting the Constantia Valley.
– Enjoy a waterfront dinner at the beautiful Camps Bay – Camps Bay is known for its fine white sand, natural rock swimming pool and views of the Twelve Apostles mountains. Behind the beach, posh seafood restaurants, mellow cafes and cocktail bars with patios overlook the gorgeous landscape.
This teardrop shaped island at the foot of India is famed for its endless white beaches, ancient ruins, smiling locals, elephants, surfing waves, tea plantations and delicious food. Suggested Daily Budget: 6,698 Sri Lankan Rupees or £30 ($39).
Travelers spend in average £6 ($7) on meals for just one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are Fish ambul thiyal (sour fish curry), Kukul mas curry (chicken curry), Parippu (dhal curry), Polos (green jackfruit curry), Wambatu moju (eggplant/brinjals pickle).
Backpackers can find beds for really cheap, as low as £2 in hostels. Though if you’re looking for a more comfortable setting, you’ll definitely be able to find some budget hotels for under £20.
Sri Lanka is a haven of lush forests, wildlife and beautiful beaches. There is so much to see on the island that you would need to stay several weeks to make the most of it.
– Wander in stunning Yala National Park – Prepared to be marveled at the sight of the abundant wildlife here. The park is home to 5,800 wild elephants and leopards.
– Catch the train from Colombo to Jaffna – For one of the most scenic journeys you’ll ever take.
– Hike the Ceylon tea plantations – The most popular places to visit tea plantations are Kandy, Ella, Haputale, and Nuwara Eliya.
– Scale the gargantuan boulder of ancient Sigiriya – Sigiriya is a rock fortress and a palace located in the Matale district. This impressive ruin is a World Heritage site surrounded by gardens, ponds and other structures.
– Relax at Unawatuna beach – Located in the south near Galle, Unawatuna is considered as the best beach in Sri Lanka.
This landlocked country in Central Europe may well be famed for its grand capital city of Budapest. With its opulent thermal baths, the majestic River Danube flanked by the gothic Parliament building and the fairytale palace overlooking the city you can see why it takes centre stage. Yet there is much more in Hungary to explore. Suggested Daily Budget: 25,160 Hungarian Forint or £60 ($78).
Travelers spend in average £15 ($19) on meals for just one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Goulash, Lángos (deep-fried flat bread), Főzelék (vegetable stew), Töltött Káposzta (stuffed cabbage leaves) and Somlói Galuska (sponge cake, layered with chocolate cream, walnut kernel, rum and whipped cream on the top).
The best options to travel on a budget in Hungary are hostels and Air BnB. Even in Budapest you can find appartments to rent for £30 a night which is a small fee if you share the price with a friend.
– Unwind at Budapest Thermal Bath – This is a must do if you go to Hungary. Budapest boasts very well-preserved ancient thermal baths. Gellért Thermal Bath is our favourite, it’s really spacious and the indoor pool is gorgeous and perfect for a great Instagram post. There is also a rooftop pool that you’ll really enjoy on a sunny day.
– View St. Stephen’s Basilica and Budapest castle – Whilst in Budapest you should really take a pick at these stunning historical monuments. The Basilica is one of the most beautiful we’ve seen in Europe.
– Visit the Ottoman city of Eger – Eger is a city in northern Hungary. Take a walk along the Eger River and visit the medieval Eger Castle overlooking the city.
– Hike the North Hungarian Mountains – The Northern Uplands is home to the highest peak in Hungary and a mysterious 300 year old forest.
– See the sparkling blue waters of Lake Balaton – This is a great area to visit with beaches, volcanic hills, resort towns and hotels.
Ethiopia is looking like a strong contender for Africa’s next top destination. This beautiful gem in the Horn of Africa, is a mountainous, verdant land divided by the majestic Great Rift Valley. Ethiopia’s place in the world as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ lends a magical touch to this already enchanting country. Suggested Daily Budget: 1,215 Ethiopian birr or £26 ($34).
Travelers spend in average £6 ($8) on meals for just one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the njera (sourdough flatbread), Tibs (sautéed meat chunks), Shiro be Kibbe (legume stew), Berbere (typical spice blend), Kitfo (Ethiopian beef tartare) and of course the famed Ethiopian coffee.
Accommodations in Ethiopia are a bit rough. You’ll find plenty of guest houses for a cheap rate, however, bear in mind that hygiene standard here are pretty low and you should definitely book instead in the ‘city hotels’ which will be clean and provide modern appliances. Hostels aren’t common here neither as luxury accommodations.
– Visit the magnificent churches of Lalibela – Lalibela rock cut churches are stunning and date from the 12th century.
– Marvel at the carved obelisks and castles of Aksum – Aksum is a UNESCO world heritage centre. It boasts massive ruins, dating from between the 1st and the 13th century A.D., include monolithic obelisks, giant stelae, royal tombs and the ruins of ancient castles.
– Hike the Simien Mountains – The Semien Mountains, located in northern Ethiopia, are a World Heritage Site and include the Simien Mountains National Park. It’s a breathtaking view that well-worth the trip.
– Visit bustling Addis Ababa – And enjoy a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
– View the active volcano of Erta Ale – Erta Ale is one of the few volcanoes on the world that have an almost persistent lava lake. You’ll have to take a group tour to view the volcano which is usually a three or four days tour as the volcano is located in the desert. Price starts at £320 ($418) which isn’t bad for an excursion of this type.
Poland offers a more affordable alternative to its other European neighbours and lacks none of the charm. Foodies will enjoy the flavoured local food, so much cheaper than in Europe. Suggested Daily Budget: 275 Polish Zloty or £45 ($59)
Travelers spend in average £20 ($26) on meals for just one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Pierogi (dumplings), Ogorki (pickled cucumber), Zurek (sour rye soup), Smalec (lard) and Oscypek (sheep cheese).
You’ll find plenty of cheap accomodations in Poland and decent Air BnB for less than £30 a night. There are lots of cheap hotel rooms for less than £20 a night, but luxury is very affordable here, so you might get tempted and spoil yourself.
From lush nature to medieval cities, Poland really has it all and is a country that worth a visit.
– Visit the Enchanting medieval city of Krakow – You must visit Krakow if you go to Poland, this historical city is beautiful. Stop by the castle, eat at some local restaurants and try to find Krakow’s secret bar for a cool 20’s vibe and the best cocktails in town.
– Explore Wieliczka Salt Mine – Not far from Krakow, the Wieliczka salt mine was excavated from the 13th century and produced table salt continuously until 2007, as one of the world’s oldest operating salt mines.
– See Warsaw’s ancient royal palace – Warsaw is only an hour from Krakow and its palace is an impressive piece of architecture.
– Hike Białowieża Forest – It’s one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain and home to 800 European bison.
– Wander in Słowiński National Park – Słowiński National Park is on Poland’s Baltic coastline and is known for its huge shifting sand dunes shaped by wind. It’s a really impressive sight. One of the dunes even have a view of the Baltic sea.
This verdant, castle studded land on the Ionian and Adriatic coastlines has often been overshadowed by its famous neighbour Greece, but this is changing fast as Albania becomes more popular. Suggested Daily Budget: £5,149 Albanian Lek or £37 ($48).
Travelers spend in average £11 ($14) on meals for just one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are theveal stew (ferges), roast beef in fermented milk sauce (rosto-misalche-kosi), cabbage rolls (sarma), and sheep pluck stuffed with meat and vegetables (kukurech).
Albania offers a decent selection of clean, good-value hotels and you should be able to find a double room for under £30. There are also hostels in bigger cities where you should get a room for £12 ($15) in average.
– The Albanian Riveria – It’s a great place for beautiful stretches of golden beaches, turquoise seas and even a music festival or two.
– Visit the Capital Tirana – The city is famed for its colourful Ottoman-, Fascist- and Soviet-era architecture. Pastel buildings surround the city’s focal point, Skanderbeg Square, which is named for its equestrian statue of a national hero. Don’t miss the National History Museum, covering prehistoric times through Communist rule and the anti-Communist uprisings of the 1990s.
– Explore the Llogara National Park – Try and spot the golden eagles, European wildcats and fallow deer.
– Wander in the city of Berat – See the ancient architecture in the 14th century town of Berat; ‘the City of a Thousand Windows’.
– Marvel at the sight of the ‘Blue Eye’ – The “Blue Eye” is a water spring and natural phenomenon located in southern Albania. The clear blue water of the river bubbles forth from a depth of more than fifty metres. It’s a mysterious place as no one knows what the actual depth of the karst hole is.
From the opulent architecture and azure coastline of Odessa to the cultural hotspot that is Lviv, Ukraine has it all. As of yet still relatively untouched by mass tourism this beautiful country is surprisingly affordable. Average daily cost per person: 750 Ukrainian Hryvnia or £23 ($28).
Food in Ukraine is really cheap. Past travelers have spent, in average £5.54 ($6.75) on meals for one day. Some typical Ukrainian dishes to try are borsh (a bright beet-focused soup containing veggies and meat), varenyky (filled dumplings, similar to pierogies), holubtsi (stuffed cabbage), kovbasa (sausage), and deruny (potato pancakes).
The price per person for one night is usually below £10 ($13) in hostels and below £30 ($39) in budget hotels. but expect a slightly higher cost in Kiev and Lviv. The best way to book your hostel is Hostelworld and you’ll find the cheapest hotel rates on Booking.com. For the same price you can book entire accommodations on Air BnB, however you won’t find many listings.
– St. Sophia’s Cathedral (Kiev) – a beautiful baroque cathedral, also UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cost 3Hr (less than £1).
– Lviv Historic Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site also called ‘the Paris of Ukraine’. Guided tour can be expensive so it’s best to make your own itinerary.
– Wander in a sunflower field – You will find enormous fields of the flowers all over the country as sunflower oil is one of Ukraine’s largest exports.
– Visit a local outdoor market – You’ll find here many Ukrainian typical items, like embroidered blouses, hand towels and Russian dolls.
– Kamenets Podolsky Castle – it’s a fortress located in the historic city of Kamianets-Podilskyi (western part of the country). The city is really nice to visit, especially the old town. Entrance cost about 3Hr (less than £1)
– The Odessa Opera and Ballet – Visitors can take here shows like Swan Lake or Madame Butterfly, all for about the price of a cup of coffee in Western countries.