The 15 Cheapest Countries to Visit for Budget Travel

Traveling on a budget? Well, you’re certainly not alone. Discover these great low-budget places to travel, where you can spend as little as $10 a day!


15. Thailand

Thailand is very similar to Malaysia in terms of everyday living costs, but Thailand does prove to be that bit more expensive (unless you’re drinking, then Thailand will probably be cheaper). You can find budget accommodation for $15 a night and live off another $20 a day for food and drinks. Also, FULL MOON PARTIES. I’m sold.


14. Malaysia

A lot of people seem to have a misconception about Malaysia that it is not very affordable. Admittedly, it’s not as affordable as Cambodia or Vietnam, but it is still a very cheap country. I’ve talked to many travel bloggers and backpackers about this and we all agree it is possible to get by on $30 a day. The only downside is they have the highest alcohol tax in the world. Basically if you’re planning on partying every night, you may want to reconsider your budget.


13. Peru

The Machu Picchu ruins are enough for me to want to visit Peru, but as a bonus, it’s also an incredibly affordable country. It’s a must see for most travelers heading to South America. Besides Machu Picchu, there are many Andrean Highland towns that are fascinating to explore. You can find meals for $5 and accommodation for $8 in some places! All in all, $20-$25 a day is quite a reasonable budget.

Ghandrung Village and Annapurna South, Nepal, Himalaya

12. Nepal

Nepal is still rebuilding from the earthquake that happened in 2015, but there is a lot the country has to offer. Plus, if you’re on a budget, like most places on this list you can get by on $20 a day. A friend of mine actually returned from Nepal a few months ago and I was shocked to hear she lived on $300 for a month! Here’s a great breakdown of all the costs you might encounter in Nepal.


11. India

I believe India should be on everyone’s bucket list. It may be a culture shock but there is SO much beauty in the country. Much of your travel budget here will depend on where you go and your travel style, as well as how much shopping you want to do. On average, most backpackers go by around $20 a day.


10. Indonesia

If you stay at accommodation with air condition and party many nights, the cost of traveling in Indonesia might hover from $25 – $30 per day. But if you’re on a budget, you can get by on $15 per day. Apart from the most popular Bali, there are a lot of other gorgeous islands to take note of, including Lombok and the Gili islands.


9. The Philippines

Perfect beaches, friendly locals and beautiful nature. Similar to many other countries in Southeast Asia, the price of living is ridiculously cheap. Coffee is 11 cents, a meal is $2.50 and hostels can work out to be $9 per person. Also, it’s home to Palawan, which I think should be reason enough to visit!


8. Venezuela

With the value of Venezuela’s currency quickly collapsing, Vanezuela was voted the cheapest country in the world back in 2014. Prices have dropped from $12 a night to $5 a night, a meal at a decent restaurant costs around $3, and that’s with a beer and tips included. And the best part? Domestic flights around the country range from $7- $20, making it easy to travel around.


7. Egypt

Ever fancy seeing the pyramids? Well, you might be in luck because according to this comprehensive travel guide, it’s on average $22 a day to travel Egypt. Vegetarian meals can be eaten for less than $1 per meal and beds can be bought for around $4 a night.


6. Bolivia

Bolivia is a country in central South America, with a varied terrain spanning Andes mountains, the Atacama Desert and Amazon Basin rainforest. It’s also home to the worlds largest salt lake flats. The cost of eating out, sleeping at a budget hotel, and going for a night out in the town is all very affordable. You can score a night at the famous salt hotel for $25 a night, or a budget hotel for $8 a night.


5. Paraguay

Paraguary seems to be a little-visited and little-known country that is too often passed over by travelers. Many people assume the lack of attractions means there’s nothing to see, but it’s ideal for those keen to experience a truly authentic South American experience. Street food can be bought for $2 and a meal at restaurants around $3-$5. A budget traveler will get by on $15 a day (extreme budget travelers even less!) but if you’re looking to stay a while, there’s one bedroom apartments for rent around $200 a month in Asuncion. That’s only $6 a day (!!).

blue lagoon laos

4. Laos

Laos is a Southeast Asian country traversed by the Mekong River and known for its mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements and Buddhist monasteries. It’s easy to find rooms for $5 – $8 a night and even cheaper if you’re sharing.


3. Vietnam

Despite its rise in popularity in the last few years, Vietnam is still super cheap, as well as a beautiful country. I’ve had lots of friends who have backpacked through Vietnam and lived on just $20 a day (yes, including food, transport AND accommodation). Keep in mind accommodation is cheaper in the north but more expensive in the south.


2. Cambodia

With beds as little as £1 a night and a meal even cheaper, it’s no surprise Cambodia has made its way onto every backpackers radar. Even for luxury travel, it’s easy to find 5-star villas for a quarter of the price you would normally. The country is lush with lovely beaches and home to the Angkor Wat temple. Oh, and alcohol is as little as 25 cents. I’m down, anyone else?


1. Malawi

Malawi has been dubbed “The Warm Heart of Africa” and is a landlocked country in the southeast region. To give you some idea of how cheap this country is, the average monthly salary is about $27. Roughly 0.72 cents – $1 a day. It’s hard to wrap my head around in all honesty. You can easily find meals for $1 and live off merely $10 a day. A backpackers paradise. It’s bordered byb Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique so it’s an easy base to start exploring other countries in Africa with similar budgets.


15 cheapest countries for budget travel