10 Affordable Countries That Are Budget Travelers Dream

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.

1. Peru

Emerging From The Fog by Erich Schultz on 500px.com

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.

2. Laos

Namsong river by TanDS Le on 500px.com

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.

3. Malaysia

An Epic Sunset by Mohamad Zaidi Photography on 500px.com

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.

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4. Indonesia

Borobudur before sunrise by Andrey Orlov on 500px.com

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.

5. Greece

Symi, Greece by Septimiu Catona on 500px.com

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.

6. Thailand

Floating markets are a common tradition throughout Southeast Asia. Bangkok, Thailand. by Mint Images on 500px.com

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.

7. Nepal

2.- Kathmandu Durbar Square by David Ruiz Luna on 500px.com

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.

8. Morocco

9. Croatia

Coastal town of Rovinj, Istria, Croatia. by Matej Kastelic on 500px.com

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.

10. India

The Taj Mahal by Amit Tekwani on 500px.com

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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