Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. Well, that effort will be to get to places where you can enjoy the scenery without having to check your wallet all the time. The situation may also arise when you want to go to many countries in one trip. So here we go with the countries where your dollar will take you pretty far. Rule of thumb: stay away from the capital city.
Peru inspires wonder, from the ruins of Machu Picchu and the mysterious Nazca Lines to the Cordillera Blanca’s soaring peaks and Lake Titicaca’s floating islands. And many other parts of this South American nation are equally stunning — not to mention affordable. Budget hotels or hostels are in great supply. A dorm room costs as low as $10 per night. Street stalls and markets have very cheap food at about a dollar a hit.
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. Plus they got “tubing parties,” where you basically float down a river and stop at tons of bars and “happy” restaurants along the way. So, of course, be responsible! You can get a room for about $10 to $30 a night (depending on how fancy you go), and you can get street food (like plates of sticky rice) for about $1.
While we are in the reason lets talk Malaysia. Fun activities like Legoland and waterparks aside spend the day with a traditional tribe or in a tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands or trek through the huge national parks. All made possible because traveling via air within the country is ultra cheap thanks to AirAsia. A round-trip flight from the capital, Kuala Lumpur, to the beautiful island of Langkawi can cost as little as US$33. English is widely spoken, local food is cheap and delicious and the weather is warm all year round. Be careful when taking a taxi, always agree before you set off.
It is known for its beaches, volcanoes and jungles sheltering elephants, tigers and Komodo dragons. On the island of Java lies Indonesia’s vibrant, sprawling capital, Jakarta, and the city of Yogyakarta, known for gamelan music and traditional puppetry. There is so much more to this beautiful country, including, it is majorly budget-friendly. A full dinner costs about 13,500 Indonesian rupiah, or $1.
Greece, the birthplace of Western civilization is in a bit of an economic crisis – if anything, the current financial situation is all the more reason to travel here. It also means that prices are currently cheaper than usual, which is just what you were looking for. Things costs half what they do in other parts of Europe. It’s warm; the food is delicious, there are beautiful islands, and lively and friendly locals. It’s the perfect summer destination.
There’s a reason why Thailand remains so popular with backpackers – it’s got idyllic islands, a rich culture, beach-huts aplenty, tantalising cuisine and adventures galore, and all available at often staggeringly low prices. Despite the well-trodden routes through the country, it’s not hard to get away from the crowds – check out Nakhon Si Thammarat for some of the very best food the country has to offer, or hire a motorbike to make the 600km trip along the Mae Hong Son Loop through the forested northern mountains.
Nepal is a heartthrob of budget travelers. The Himalayas, the temples, the diverse climate and wildlife, warm people , there is a lot to see and it’s only a small country. Walk or cycle as far as possible. Bargain a little and look around, you will be amazed with the options.
If you keep your wits, you’ll find that it’s easy to travel in this country for under $30/day, especially if staying in backpacker hostels or budget guesthouses. On a mid-range budget of around $50/day you can stay in some of the famous riads—courtyard mini-palaces offering wonderful relief from the sun and buzzing city streets. Morocco will give you a great taste of Northern Africa.
Croatia is one of the great European destinations so far as not breaking the bank is concerned. Take a scenic summer break on the Adriatic coast in Split and Dubrovnik. Or catch a ferry to the rustic island of Brac, home to Zlatni Rat, consistently ranked as one of the best beaches in Europe. Fifteen bucks for a night in a dorm and seven bucks for a meal is reasonable in Europe I’d say.
It is simply a majestic country in a dozen imaginable ways. And, if you know how to navigate your way around, you will be able to stretch your dollar to the max. A plate of hot lentil soup and rice, costs less than a dollar. And you can also get on a train and travel around for a few days at a time for just a couple bucks. It has got everything really. It’s a universe inside a country.
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