Most of us are broke nowadays. Those pennies just don’t seem to stretch very far. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy ourselves though, there is a whole world out there and it’s begging to be discovered by you, yes, YOU! Here are countries that you can travel on a tight budget, which we have deemed to be less than £30 per day. Note, our estimated daily cost is presuming you won’t be going crazy on the booze, if you plan on doing that then expect it to be higher.
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South East Asia
The much trodden route that makes you immediately think of the “Gap Yaah” crowd. But, there is a reason it’s so damn popular, and that’s because it’s a stupendously awesome area of the world to be. The travel is easy here, most people tend to use overnight buses and it’s all pretty much laid on a plate for you.
Not as cheap as it once was but still very reasonable. If you are with a friend then you can get by on £20/25 per day. Thailand has something for everyone, whether you want to go trekking through the jungle in the north, be bedazzled by the fast and furious Bangkok or seek paradise and parties on the islands in the south. If you can’t find fun in Thailand then maybe you’re no fun yourself.
It’s cheaper than Thailand, and the real penny pinchers could probably get by on as little as £10/15 per day. Cambodia’s crowning jewel is the phenomenal Angkor Wat. The nations capital, Phnom Penh, is an edgy assault on the senses, and Sihanoukville with it’s surrounding undeveloped islands is the place to go if your seeking some beach action. Cambodia has character, bags of the stuff, make sure you take your best smile with you.
Expect to get by on £20/25 per day. You can travel Vietnam in either direction, it’s essentially a long line connecting the two major cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. Both cities are vibrant, but this country has so much more to offer. Halong Bay is a must visit, cruise through the beach city of Nha Trang and pay a visit to the Cui Cui tunnels. Once you have crossed a road in Vietnam, all other roads will feel like small fry.
Other Asian Countries
One thing that you can guarantee with India is that you will never forget it. If South East Asia is a gentle introduction to Asia and a well trodden path, India is sure to throw you out of your comfort zone. You can get by on £15 per day. India is huge, like, MASSIVE. The most common way to travel long distances is the trains, and they are also part of the experience too. To even try and list India’s attractions is naive, but a few to look out for are the sacred city of Varanassi along the Ganges, the Taj Mahal in Agra, the beaches in Goa, and for those seeking peace and solitude look into an ashram stay in or near Rishikesh in the north. Where to go in India is often dictated by where the weather is good.
Nepal is generally a smidgen cheaper than India, unless you want to go trekking through the Himalaya’s then the costs can creep up on you. It seems silly to go all that way and not take a nosy around the greatest mountain range on the planet. If you wanted to trek into the Himalaya’s on either the Annapurna Trek or Everest Base Camp then budget £30 per day, maybe even more. As well as the treks, Kathmandu is well worth a visit and Pokhora is a wonderfully chilled and beautiful palce to spend some time.
A huge, traveller friendly continent. If you’re on a tight budget then countries such as Brazil and Argentina can get very expensive. Travel in South America is relatively easy, with buses being the most economical way of getting around.
You can get by in Colombia on £25 per day. The Caribean coast is hugely popular with backpackers doing the Lost City Trek and Tayrona National Park. Medellin is a pulsating, charismatic city, and Cali is the home of Salsa. For extreme sports visit San Gil and enjoy it’s beautiful surroundings. Ignore any age old stereotypes of Colombia being a dangerous place full of drug lords. Colombia has transformed itself into welcoming and exciting country.
In Peru you should be able to get by on £20 per day. Everyone, and rightly so, floods to Cusco and plans their trip to Machu Picchu. It’s also worth going to Arequipa and checking out Colca Canyon, and doing some sand boarding in Huachachina. Further north, past Lima, is where the best beaches in the country are.
In Bolivia you can expect to get by on £17/18 per day. La Paz sets the benchmark as the worlds highest city, and despite there not being much of it, there must be something in the air because it is one crazy place to hang out. In Bolivia where you can cycle down the worlds most dangerous road or take a side trip into the Amazon Basin. Probably the number one attraction in the country is the salt flats, where you can take incredible photos like the one above.
You can get by on a daily budget of £28 in Morocco, and there are no shortage of splendors that await. Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, chill out and catch some waves at the beach, or get a different perspective entirely and venture into the Sahara Desert.
It’s possible to get by on a daily budget of £25 here, but if you want to do some of the more adrenalin fueled activities expect the costs to hike up. You can enjoy the wildlife in Kruger National Park, hang around the incredible Cape Town, or go bungee jumping off of some ridiculously high bridges.
These are just a few of our suggestions for low budget travel adventures. It’s a big wide world out there, and we can’t cover them all. if you have any other recommendations then do suggest them in the comments.