Top 10 Budget Friendly Destinations of 2019


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    Why Vietnam? Offers incredible value despite a booming economy — and many parts of Vietnam remain relatively undiscovered. I think Vietnam is highly underrated. Sure, there is concern about over tourism in Sapa and Ha Long Bay, but these are just two tourist sites within a huge country. (Vietnam is as tall as the US West Coast!). I recently went back to Vietnam and was blown away by some of the less-known places. The northern province of Ha GiangHa Giang is still as pure as it gets and Tam Coc is an amazing alternative to Ha Long Bay. The town of Phong Nha is an incredible adventure tourism hotspot, home to several of the world’s largest caves. Despite an economic boom fueled in part by the US-China trade war, Vietnam remains ridiculously cheap. Eat local and you’ll struggle to spend more than a few dollars per meal, while locally brewed beers cost as little as $0.20 a glass. Hotel rooms offer incredible value; as little as $10 will get you a clean and comfortable place to stay. Something else I noticed: the locals seem less desperate for tourist money these days, so touting and other hassles appear to have dropped precipitously. Now is the perfect time to go. Backpacker Budget: $25 a day Mid-range Budget: $40 a day  


    Why Baltic States? Think ‘Scandinavia on a budget’. Often overlooked on the European travel trail, you’ll find the three small Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania tucked between the Nordic countries and Russia. It’s not surprising that the vibe is a mix of Slavic Europe and Scandinavian cool — but at around just a third the cost. Squint your eyes and the Baltics may well remind you of Finland with its many woodlands, peat bogs, lakes, and log cabins painted deep red. The people are similarly fond of cross-country skiing, saunas, and vodka. Estonia, in particular, is a post-Soviet success story, with its capital becoming a startup powerhouse. While I was sampling some local craft beers in Tallinn, a few friendly Esti’s were regaling me with tales of cryptocurrencies and IPOs.Those who say Estonia is expensive probably have only visited the half-square-kilometer old center of Tallinn with its inflated tourist prices. Anywhere else you can still have dinner for under 7 Euro or a hotel room for 30 to 40 Euro a night. That’s maybe not the cheapest in the world, but a terrific bargain compared to the eye-wateringly expensive Scandinavia. Backpacker Budget: $35 a day Mid-range Budget: $70 a day.  


    Why Georgia? One of the cheapest destinations in Europe, amazing for hiking, and just on the verge of being discovered. This small country in the Caucasus is one you’ll probably be hearing more about it in the years to come. It’s an incredible destination and easy to travel in… and very easy on the wallet, too. When I visited last year, it was love at first sight. It all starts in the eccentric capital of Tbilisi, where crumbling façades of traditional wooden Georgian houses stand next to Soviet-era architecture and daring contemporary designs. It’s a bit of a crazy architectural jumble, yet it has an amazing energy that will surely make you want to stay longer. From Tbilisi, you can explore the stunning Caucasian Mountain range, get your feet wet in the Black Sea, and visit ancient hilltop monasteries (and a few of them inside caves) all over the country. Oh yeah, Georgia is super cheap. In parts, it’s even cheaper than in Southeast Asia. You can easily find $5 backpacker dorms or $15 a night budget rooms. With easy to get 1-year visas-on-arrival, Georgia could well become the next digital nomad hotspot. Backpacker Budget: $20 a day Mid-range Budget: $40 a day  


  4000 Islands, Mekong River Why LAOS? It used to be known as a crazy party place in the early 2010s, mostly due to the town of Vang Vieng, but today Laos is all about authentic travel. Laos is sparsely populated, mountainous, and has nearly 70% forest coverage, and this makes it a paradise for outdoor activities like trekking, climbing, kayaking, zip-lining, and hot air ballooning — all at extreme budget prices. Thanks to improved infrastructure Laos has become more accessible, but not while losing its low-key rural vibe. If you want to escape the crowds and crave some authenticity, skip over touristed Thailand and go to Laos. You won’t regret it. Don’t miss: sleeping in tree huts and zip-lining through the jungle canopy at the infamous Gibbon Experience. infamous Gibbon Experience, or Laos’ most epic waterfalls in the Bolaven Plateau. Backpacker Budget: $20 a day Mid-range Budget: $40 a day.  


    Why Mexico? Newsflash… there is more to Mexico than Tulum! And it’s really cheap. Mexico is such an oft-misunderstood travel destination. Either it’s portrayed as a dangerous place in sensationalized news reports, or all its 2 million km² seem to have been reduced to just the overrated hipster enclave of Tulum. The thing is: most of Mexico is perfectly safe to visit. And there’s a wealth of culture and adventure to unlock. The classic travel route runs from the buzzing Mexico City to Oaxaca and Chiapas states, ending on the Yucatan Peninsula. Due to the plunging value of the Mexican peso, you can get almost twice as many pesos per Dollar or Euro today than you could just five years ago. Backpacker Budget: $40 a day Mid-range Budget: $60 a day.  


    Why Argentina? Economic troubles make this an absolute steal for a developed country.Poor Argentina. Its economy has seen more ups and downs than a yo-yo. But for foreign travelers with Western currency (and despite inflation), it still means Argentina is ridiculously cheap. While flights to Argentina may cover quite a distance, you’ll enjoy incredible value once you get there. At the time of writing, a backpacker hostel dorm bed in the capital costs as little as $7 a night, with basic private rooms from about $25. Some of the prices are similar to Southeast Asia, while the level of development is similar to Europe or North America. Oh, and Argentina is a delightful country to travel, of course! I explored the north—including Cordoba, Salta, Buenos Aires and the epic waterfalls of Foz do Iguacu—and loved every bit of it. And don’t miss the Patagonia mountain region in the far south, famed for its snowy peaks at Torres del Paine and the chance to see penguins and whales. Backpacker Budget: $30 a day Mid-range Budget: $50 a day Note: the Argentina peso fluctuates all the time. Be sure to check the latest situation.  


    Why Nepal? Cheap (and very well-supported) mountain trekking in the Himalayas. Oh, Nepal… you had me at “namaste.” The kind-hearted nature of the Nepalese and the wonderful bustle of Kathmandu instantly enchanted me when I visited a few years ago. Nepal also happens to be one of the world’s cheapest places for mountain trekking, whether guided or independent. There are routes throughout the Himalayas that are very well-supported and have many tea houses where you can eat and sleep. When doing the epic 7-day trek to Annapurna Base Camp I spent just under $20 a day. Report this adBackpacker Budget: $20 a day Mid-range Budget: $40 a day   If you are planning a family vacation? Then check out these children friendly hotels  


    Why Romania? Leave your preconceptions at home and discover one of Europe’s travel secrets — and ultimate bargain. Whatever you think Romania is, it probably isn’t. The spectacular Transylvania region, in particular, defies expectations — with its cute medieval towns, ancient fortified churches, and spectacular Carpathian mountain range. It’s simply one of my favorite destinations in Europe. Let’s be honest: some folks out there have pretty bad stereotypes about Romania. No, it’s not dangerous. No, it’s not just full of grey Soviet-era buildings. Go and see for yourself. You can easily get by on a backpacker budget of about $30 – $40 a day. If you’re on a holiday, you can find stylish B&Bs starting at $30/night. Even in a fancy restaurant in Brasov, I struggled to spend more than $25 a person. Backpacker Budget: $40 a day Mid-range Budget: $60 a day  


  Why Istanbul? A weaker currency makes it a very cheap place to travel right now. Recent political controversy aside, Turkey is a fascinating travel destination. Better yet, you get about twice as much lira for your Dollar or Euro now than just two years ago. I revisited Turkey last year on a stopover in Istanbul and was reminded of what a great cultural destination it is. Located between East and West and once home to the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, you’ll find Roman ruins, cave cities, buzzing bazaars, and of course plenty of Mediterranean beaches. Backpacker Budget: $30 a day Mid-range Budget: $50 a day   Check out some of our picks for Hotels in South Carolina  


  Why Indonesia? Yes, Bali may have jumped the shark. But the rest of Indonesia is amazing… and much cheaper, too. Bali has long been the tourist hot-spot, but I think it may have gotten too popular for its own good. Reports of dirty beaches and increases in theft abound. I think the best of Indonesia can be found away from Bali: try adjacent islands like Lombok and Java, the spectacular Komodo islands and rural Flores, or go further into Sumatra, West Nusa Tenggara, or Sulawesi. From white sand beaches to jungles and savannahs, and from blue flame spewing volcanoes to remote rainforests where you can meet orangutans in the wild… Indonesia is a whole world to discover.Backpacker Budget: $25 a day (* outside Bali) Mid-range Budget: $50 a day References: