Many people still believe in the most persistent myth in the world of travel: that traveling necessarily has to be expensive (it’s okay, I used to think that myself). But it simply is not true at all. And the easiest way to travel for less (or to travel more) is definitely to choose a cheap destination, countries you can travel to for as little as C$25 per day total… yet most people always choose the most expensive destinations (like North America and Western Europe).
You know we at Flytrippers are experts at spotting cheap flight deals, but choosing to go to the cheapest countries is also one of our 5 most important tips to travel more for less, along with grabbing a few credit card welcome bonuses (worth hundreds of dollars in free travel each) every year.
That’s part of how we’ve managed to spend most of the last 4 years traveling around the world ourselves. In many places, the cost of living is infinitely lower than what we know (and are used to) as Canadians. That makes it possible (and easy) to travel without spending a lot of money, and allows you to see more parts of the world than you ever thought possible.
So we’re creating this ranking to help you choose the cheapest countries to travel to, so you can start planning now around these 40 countries where C$30 per day is enough (that’s under $1,000 for a month-long adventure)… and it’s even less than that, actually.
Here are the sections in this ultimate guide, with many more additions to come (bookmark this and sign up for free to get all our updates for travelers who want to save money).
Basics of our ranking of the cheapest countries to travel to
You can skip to the list the cheapest countries directly, but we suggest a few quick-yet-important things to keep in mind about this ranking of the cheapest countries to travel to (especially if you are new to being a budget-traveler):
- why choosing a cheap country matters
- what is included in the daily cost
- how the daily cost is calculated
- how to travel at such a low cost
- why the real cost is actually even cheaper
Why choosing a cheap country matters
It’s great to save money on your flight, as it’s the travel expense that will vary the most: the same seat can sell for $500 or $1,500, a 200% difference for the exact same thing (there’s nothing else quite like that in terms of variation).
That’s exactly what happened to me on my $499 roundtrip flight from Montreal to Singapore, as the guy in the middle seat next to me had paid $1,500 for the exact same route. Ouch.
But if I had spent 3 weeks in Singapore while he made his way to Malaysia or Indonesia (for less than $100 roundtrip from Singapore by bus, ferry, or plane), his trip would not have cost so much more than mine overall. Regardless of my initial $1,000 saving on the plane ticket price. Because Singapore is a much much more expensive country.
That’s why choosing the cheapest countries is very important if you want to travel for less.
In other words, even if the frequent deals we spot from Canada to Tokyo at $500 roundtrip are amazing… if you want to lower the total cost of your trip, you’re better off paying $300 more for a flight to Vietnam; you’ll save more money overall. Same for Western Europe versus Eastern Europe, and so on.
What is included in the daily cost
This ranking only looks at the cost once you’re there (like any daily travel cost resource).
Everything is included (including local transportation), just not the cost of transportation to get there—because of the aforementioned huge possible variation in the cost of getting to a country. But we’ll soon combine our cheap flight insights with this ranking for another post to help you choose the cheapest overall destinations too, specifically for Canadians.
If you’re super flexible, it’s easy to find cheap flights. So you can add just $300 for a roundtrip flight to get to Central America. If you’re not flexible, then maybe you’ll have to add $600 for the same flight.
The flight price also depends on which city you’re leaving from; there’s subjectivity. The cost once you’re there is the same no matter where you’re from.
That’s why the ranking is built this way. And of course, the cost varies within a country and even within a city, but this is the cost for the countries overall, for the most popular regions.
How the daily cost is calculated
Obviously, if you are not careful, if you don’t plan adequately, if you splurge too often, or if you don’t make traveling for less a priority… you can easily spend $400 per day in any country in the world. Even the cheapest countries. There’s no top limit. Anywhere.
So that’s why we focus on the bottom limit. The price you can very realistically expect if you want to travel for less as a budget traveler; an attainable fair baseline cost, a reasonable reference point.
It’s the cost for the average budget traveler… and a great way for you to get an idea of the cheapest destinations and how much money you need if you want to take up budget traveling. There are plenty of variables and how much you spend will depend on your choices, so you can then add on any luxuries and comforts to that cost if you don’t want to travel for the lowest price.
If you have luxurious taste… obviously luxury will cost a lot less in these 40 cheapest countries compared to here or similarly expensive destinations. So this ranking is still very helpful for you too.
That said, it’s also possible to travel for even less than this cost if you want to stretch your savings as I do, since I want to travel more and I don’t spend much at all on activities and food. Exploring the less-touristy parts of a country can lower the cost too.
Others manage to lower these prices even further by lowering their quality standards for lodging, by Couchsurfing, or by hitchhiking. But we didn’t assume any freebies like that in the budget, so it also does not include any travel rewards you could easily get at all either.
As for the logistics behind the actual ranking, for now, we’ve taken into account many cost-of-living and cost-of-traveling sources and benchmarks and even included our own data from our experiences in 50+ countries each. In the longer term, we plan on tweaking this even more to give you more details, but just knowing the 40 cheapest countries to travel to will go a long way in getting you started on the planning of a low-cost trip.
How to travel at such a low cost
The short version is that travel is not expensive: it’s wanting travel to be convenient that can be. Being a budget traveler means making choices that are less practical and convenient, but allow you to either travel for a lot longer period or travel a lot more often. That’s a tradeoff we love personally, as we believe if you really are passionate about travel, you should act accordingly so you can do more of it.
And it’s not just cheaper to travel this way: it’s a lot more authentic and enriching. Talk about a win-win! We are confident you’ll find that being a budget traveler is just as fun, or even more fun. Especially when you take into account that it allows you to often travel two times more than before (or more).
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking “well I’m only traveling once this year, I might as well splurge”: that’s the best attitude to make sure you keep traveling just once per year, sadly. It’s fine if that’s what you want, but I personally much prefer the 12 international trips I took in 2019.
So here are the main assumptions for the daily cost (aka a budget traveling crash course):
- sleeping in shared rooms (if traveling solo)
- using mass transit or walking (but taxis are really cheap in some places)
- staying longer in each place (limiting the intercity transport costs)
- cooking some meals / eating street food / eating in the locals’ restaurants
- not doing every single expensive touristy activity there is
- avoiding airport taxis, always (please)
- doing some research to be well-prepared and informed
It’s really that simple. Traveling can be affordable if you want traveling to be affordable. Like anything in life, you need to make it a priority if you want to make it happen.
But as good a budget traveler as you’ll become, some destinations are just extremely expensive (looking at you, Iceland), so it’s easier to start with these 40 cheap countries.
Why the real cost is actually even cheaper
Keep in mind that this is the cost of what you’ll spend, but that’s much higher than what you need to budget to save for a trip. Why? You’ll be saving on some avoidable expenses by not being at home.
Normally spend $100 per person on food every week at home? The net cost of your week in the cheapest countries just went down by $14 a day!!! That’s HUGE if you’re in Vietnam,where $25 per day is enough. Your net cost is actually just $11 per day!
Check the gas/transport costs you’ll be saving by not being at home, the activities and leisure expenses you’ll be saving on, every discretionary expense you’ll be avoiding by being away… you might realize that with these cheap countries being so affordable, the overall net cost of a month-long epic trip might actually be just a few dollars a day!
That’s why it’s so important to be organized and financially responsible if you want to travel more, and not just to take advantage of the wonderful world of travel rewards. So track your expenses and be on top of your finances: you’ll obviously more easily spot quick ways to cut back on your spending to increase your travel budget. But you’ll also know exactly how much you’ll save by being away and how much can be deducted from your trip budget.
Some even rent out their home on Airbnb (or their car on Turo) while they’re gone and are therefore actually paid to travel since they make a profit with that income.
Bullet-point ranking of the 40 cheapest countries to travel to
As you’ll see, unsurprisingly, a good rule of thumb is that the more developed a country is, the more expensive it will be… but it’s not a 100% correlation either, for a variety of reasons.
We’ll give you a brief intro to each country below.
Under C$25 per day
Under C$30 per day
- Myanmar (Burma)
- Sri Lanka
(Countries with intros coming soon.)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- El Salvador
- North Macedonia
Under C$40/C$50 per day
Intro to each of the 40 cheapest countries
Here’s a teaser about each affordable country, along with our added value: pro tips on how to get there for less.
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A beautiful country, that many dream of visiting. Still a little less touristy than Thailand (for now at least), Vietnam is a perfect country to experience Southeast Asia for the first time… and it is very affordable.
The beaches are beautiful and even the cities are apparently amazing to visit. Flytrippers’ other co-founder Kevin enjoyed his time there, including at a 5-star Marriott hotel where you can get 5 free nights (instead of 8 free nights in other countries).
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How to get to Vietnam cheap
Deals for Hanoi (HAN) and Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) come up from time to time, between $500 and $900 depending on where you’re departing from. Otherwise, if there’s a deal for Malaysia, Thailand or Singapore, sometimes it’s worth seeing if you can save money by buying that deal and combining with an ultra low-cost flight (on a multi-ticket itinerary) since Asian flights are so cheap. It won’t always work, but depending on the price for the flight on a single itinerary, it’s worth the comparison. You can use the steps detailed in this article about custom flight searches to check it out.
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Let’s stay in Southeast Asia for this one, another fan-favorite destination that budget travelers love, Cambodia.
Located between Thailand and Vietnam, with a short coastline on the Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia is a little less popular than its neighbors, but just as pretty. There are many palaces and temples, including, of course, Angkor Wat shown above, the most recognized in the country (or is it the world?), and a must-see.
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How to get to Cambodia cheap
Deals for Phnom Penh (PNH) are much rarer, we only saw it a few times under the $1,000 mark. That said, you can get there relatively easily from Thailand or Vietnam, buses are less than $20, it can often be worthwhile for the savings as flights to those destinations are often more affordable.
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Already the last country in Southeast Asia, and no it’s not Thailand (can you believe it’s not even in the Top 3 cheapest countries in the area). Laos is the one. It is the only landlocked country in the region (no access to the sea) but it doesn’t mean that there aren’t any other charms in this country.
Also located between Thailand and Vietnam, Laos is less touristy but these majestic mountains make it just as pretty.
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How to get to Laos cheap
Deals for Vientiane (VTE), the capital and main hub, are very rare, tickets are often $1,000 and even more so again, knowing that we often have Thailand at around $500 to $700, sometimes it’s worth it to build yourself a 2-in-1 trip to see two awesome destinations and save money.
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India is a country on many travelers’ bucket list. Know that the financial aspect should not be too much of a problem if you are one of those who want to go there, as it is one of the most affordable countries in the world.
I don’t even need to describe this country too much, everyone has already seen pictures of the Taj Mahal. But you should know that there is much more to discover there, it’s great… and there are 1 billion people who live there!
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How to get to India cheap
Deals for India are quite common, be it Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and sometimes Mumbai and Kolkata. We are talking about $500 – $900 depending on the deal and your departing city.
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Nepal is best known for Mount Everest, but it’s a beautiful country that is a popular destination for a spiritual and relaxing journey.
Located between India and China, Nepal is a unique country… and also a very affordable one.
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How to get to Nepal cheap
Deals for Nepal are fairly common in the western part of the country but almost non-existent in the eastern part. New Delhi (India) is relatively close, so it’s an option if you come across very expensive dates in Kathmandu (or a good deal to New Delhi), it can be worth it.
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Asia is great, but this destination has the advantage of being closer to home. Nicaragua, in Central America, is one of the most popular countries for its coastlines, which are amazing for surfing.
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But there are also plenty of things and a lot of culture to discover in this country, located between Costa Rica and Honduras. It’s often said to be a touristic destination on the verge of becoming very popular!
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How to Get to Nicaragua Cheap
Deals for Nicaragua are not that frequent, but we have seen flights at around $450 sometimes, which isn’t too bad. Otherwise, the regular price is around $700 from most Canadian departure cities. Many love to explore Central America by bus, so if you can’t find cheap flights, Costa Rica is often cheaper to fly into and you could check if combining that with a bus ride would be more economical.
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The only destination in South America among the Top 10 most affordable countries to travel, Bolivia is a very diverse country. It is also the most indigenous country on the continent, with 60% of its population being of Native American ancestry.
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In the heart of the continent, it is a mountainous country that is quite isolated, but so beautiful. It is often called the “Tibet of the Americas” due to the importance of the Andes Mountains in the country.
It is sandwiched between Peru, Chile, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.
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How to Get to Bolivia Cheap
Deals for Bolivia are infrequent, sometimes around $600, but the only realastic alternative is finding a deal to Peru and crossing from there. You can cross by bus from Lake Titicaca, although it is unlikely to be that much cheaper than flying direct… and it will be much longer. But it’s worth the comparison, especially if you want to visit Peru too.
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Finally, for the last three countries where you can travel under $25 a day, we’re going to the African continent, often ignored by North American travelers. Yet it’s a place where you will be completely surrounded by a new environment.
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Ethiopia, in East Africa, is the second most populous country (of the 50+ in Africa). It’s the oldest country in Africa and the second-oldest Christian country in the world. There is a wide variety of experiences to be had.
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How to Get to Ethiopia Cheap
Deals for Africa as a whole are quite rare, we don’t often see prices under the $1,000 mark, except for Morocco, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. That’s why it’s still an expensive destination overall, despite the fact that the cost once you’re there is very low. Sometimes the departures from US airports (especially New York City) are much more affordable, so it’s worth taking a look at this alternative (for example using the multi-ticket technique and buying a NYC-Ethiopia ticket and then a ticket from your city to NYC, if you live on the East Coast).
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If you’d prefer to discover West Africa, Ghana is the most affordable option. This country with a beautiful coast on the Gulf of Guinea is surprising in many ways.
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Many travelers say this is the ideal country for a first visit to Africa. People are welcoming and the vibe of the place is very laid-back, while still feeling like a completely new experience.
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How to Get to Ghana Cheap
Again, deals are rare and the tickets are rather expensive (albeit less than Ethiopia) to Accra, the capital, and it’s relatively normal to see prices in the $1,200 to $1,500 range. Again, we have seen cheaper from US airports sometimes, which have more direct connections to the African continent.
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Finally, Malawi, a small country that you probably didn’t have on your bucket list, is a super affordable country that is an even cheaper alternative than its popular neighbor Tanzania (and Kenya a little further north).
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The nickname of the country is the “warm heart of Africa” because -you guessed it- people are warm and welcoming. The third-largest lake in Africa runs along the entire country and the scenery is beautiful.
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How to Get to Malawi Cheap
If the cost of living once there is affordable, plane tickets on the other hand are a different story. Hard to get there under $1,300 to $1,500 and deals are non-existent.
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A beautiful country, whose “cheap” reputation is already well-documented among travelers. In fact, like its neighbors Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, Thailand could even be in the Under $25 per day category without that much of an effort on your part… but in all cases you’ll easily manage to stay there for under $30.
It’s a dream destination for a lot of people, but that doesn’t mean it’s expensive. It’s really affordable, don’t miss our upcoming article specifically exploring how cheap Thailand is. Flytrippers’ co-founder Kevin spent a month there last year and really enjoyed the country… and how cheap it was! We both just spent a few days in Phuket actually but it was more of a work retreat, so we didn’t explore that much this time.
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If you like beaches, islands, nature, partying, urban adventures… there is truly something for everyone in Thailand. Whether it is in Ko Lanta, Ko Phi Phi, Chiang Mai, Phuket or Bangkok… you’ll love this Southeast Asia country.
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How To Get To Thailand Cheap
Flight deals to Thailand are relatively frequent, given how popular this destination is. Most often the deal is for Bangkok, although sometimes you’ll see Phuket, Chiang Mai or even Krabi. If you’re not flexible with your dates and there are no deals, you can use our multi-ticket itinerary tip, since flights within Southeast Asia are so cheap. Buy the cheapest flight to SE Asia, and from there, buy a flight to Thailand and it might come out cheaper than buying on one ticket.
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Let’s stay in Southeast Asia, as you already probably know, it’s one of the cheapest places on Earth. Another favorite of budget travelers is Indonesia. Sure, everyone’s thinking of Bali first and foremost (and I just spent a week there without visiting any other island, so I’m also guilty) but Indonesia is a huge country with a lot of different places to visit.
It’s actually the 4th most populous country in the world and is composed of over 13,000 islands, so there are a lot of truly incredible scenic spots outside of Bali.
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I knew it was a cheap country but even so, I still couldn’t believe how affordable everything was honestly. Really nice luxury hotels for a ridiculous price, nice hostels for $5 a night, food for next to nothing, Ubers (well it’s called Grab there) for such a low price… everything is affordable.
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How To Get To Indonesia Cheap
Deals to Bali are a bit harder to come by. However, as mentioned earlier, flights within Asia are so cheap. For example, I found a great deal from Montreal to Singapore for $499 roundtrip, and from Singapore my extra flights to Bali were only $130 roundtrip. So spot a deal to Singapore or other SE Asia cities for your dates if the flight is expensive when bought in one piece.
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Another cheap destination in SE Asia, Malaysia is probably less popular than the others but having just spent a week there in April, I can tell you it is really an amazing place.
It’s very similar to the two neighboring (and beloved) countries, Indonesia and Thailand, but with the added benefit of being a bit less touristy and being even cheaper I found.
Very cheap for everything from accommodation to food to transport, so much so that I already can’t wait to go back. And it really is less overcrowded with tourists.
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You can explore the incredible city of Kuala Lumpur, the nearby caves, the beaches all over the country, the incredible nature on Borneo… there is something for everyone in Malaysia.
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How To Get To Malaysia Cheap
Again, same as Indonesia. There are sometimes deals to KL, but they are pretty rare. Combine tickets to save, especially for Malaysia, since KL is the main hub for one of the world’s largest Ultra Low-Cost Carriers, Air Asia.
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Even though some would say it’s not the best time to visit, we’ve read many many reports of people exploring Burma recently with absolutely no issues. It’s usually safe to assume that governmental warnings are often overly cautious.
Yes, you need to be careful (but then again, that’s true all the time and everywhere) and avoid specific regions, but most of the country seems quite safe to visit according to what travelers themselves seem to be saying online. Just use you common sense and plan your itinerary carefully.
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In all cases, Myanmar is a really affordable country that seems so rich culturally. Whether you go now or wait to go later, it’s definitely a country to discover.
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How To Get To Myanmar Cheap
Deals to Myanmar do pop up sometimes from most Canadian cities, but then again, if not, just see our explanations up here with Indonesia, the same is true for Myanmar.
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Our last country in the first part of this Under $30/day category, Bangladesh is not so much in Southeast Asia as it is in South Asia, but it’s still really cheap.
Did you know it is the world’s 8th most populous country? Yeah, there are a lot of people in Bangladesh. It was once known as East Pakistan, until it gained its independence.
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Located near India, one of the cheapest countries to visit overall, Bangladesh is a destination that is definitely less common and touristy, yet still has much to offer. It is known for having the world’s largest delta, and water is an important part of the geology there. The world’s longest unbroken sea beach is also in Bangladesh, as is the largest mangrove forest in the world. It goes to show that every single country has amazing attractions, and it’s a real mistake to just visit the “popular” countries.
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How To Get To Bangladesh Cheap
Deals to Bangladesh directly are pretty rare, however deals to India are much more frequent. If you want to save, sometimes it can work out cheaper to grab a train between India and Bangladesh, but as always, it depends on the price for your dates. Just know that that train ride might just be the most memorable one you’ll ever try.
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I was there last summer, and Kevin (Flytrippers’ other co-founder) went last fall. We can tell you it’s definitely a very interesting destination. It is a very popular destination but it can still be quite affordable. Just to be clear, Machu Picchu is a must-see (one of the 7 wonders) and the entry price is a bit steep and will make you go over budget. But the rest of Peru is quite affordable if you want to explore the country as a budget traveler.
Some readers have told us about travel packages to Peru that were over $6,000 for two weeks, which almost made us have a heart attack. It cost us less than 3 times that amount, budget travel is almost always the way to go if you want to save money, not organized tours.
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I will be posting blogs about my trip to Peru soon, I had a blast visiting Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, exploring Cusco and Lima, surfing on sand dunes at the Huacachina desert oasis and finally seeing some penguins off the coast. It’s a very varied country, and I didn’t even visit the Northern part or the Lake Titicaca region!
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How To Get To Peru Cheap
Flight deals to Peru (Lima) are relatively frequent from most parts of Canada around $450 to $550 roundtrip. I paid $389 roundtrip from Montreal but that was a one-off incredible deal we haven’t seen again since. You can also use our tips to find the cheapest dates if you are flexible.
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Another popular destination, one of the trendiest for 2018 in fact, is Colombia. The country is no longer dangerous for tourists. You still have to use caution (like most places in the world), but Colombia is now safer than many US cities.
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It’s also even cheaper than Peru in Kevin’s experience. Flytrippers’ other co-founder spent a month there last fall for less than $500, much less than $30 a day, but he mostly stayed in Medellín.
It’s more affordable than ever to visit this country. It has a variety of landscapes, from many different and exciting cities to several hundred kilometers of coastline. In fact, Colombia was Kevin’s favorite country out of the 3 he explored in Northern South America last year.
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How To Get To Colombia Cheap
Colombia is by far the cheapest destination to fly to in South America, with frequent deals in the $400s or $500s. Bogota is the city most often discounted, but sometimes Medellín, Cartagena or even Cali are reasonably priced. Again, you can also use our tips to find the cheapest dates if you are flexible (and also the cheapest airport).
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The country located in between Peru and Colombia is Ecuador, another one that is quite affordable. This destination isn’t the first one that comes to mind for travelers, but it is where you will find the unique Galápagos Islands. Just be careful, while mainland Ecuador is very affordable, the Islands are quite expensive. Even just getting there is expensive, as the government wants to protect them from over-tourism.
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Kevin visited both Quito and the Galápagos Islands, he will share an overview of his experience soon as we develop our travel inspiration section more and more every week.
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How To Get To Ecuador Cheap
This one is the most expensive to get to, out of the 3 neighboring nations. Quito is rarely on sale, and short-haul flights between countries are quite expensive in Ecuador. The other alternative is to take a very long bus ride from either Colombia or Peru. You can also get there with travel hacking, as it only costs 7500 Avios Points from Lima to Quito (each way). For example, you can get 25,000 Avios completely free with the occasional credit card offer during the year.
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The Republic of Paraguay is definitely not the first country that travelers think of when dreaming of South America. There’s no shame in admitting it, it’s quite normal, it surely is an under-the-radar country. With Bolivia, it is the only landlocked country on the continent. Located between Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina, Paraguay is a cool outside-of-the-box destination that can be visited on a budget!
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How To Get To Paraguay Cheap
That region of the continent is still extremely expensive to fly to unfortunately. Flights to Asunción, the capital and main gateway, are always over $1,000. It could be worth it to fly to Bolivia if there’s a decent price, and then to combine another ticket, but not often. Short flights are still expensive in South America, unlike in Europe, Southeast Asia or the US.
Another alternative is a very long bus ride from Bolivia (long bus rides are a recurring theme in South America travel) and finally another multi-ticket tip that is worth at least checking out is how two separate tickets would cost via the US (Miami, New York, etc.) since in case you haven’t noticed, Canada is one of the most expensive countries in the world for air travel and some US hubs might have better prices to Asunción.
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As you can see, the South America theme is over. We really wanted to stick with 5 countries per article so here is the leftover from the Asia portion of the under $30 countries.
It is a country that really deserves the attention, beautiful Sri Lanka, an island-nation in Asia.
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An island in the Indian Ocean off the Southeastern tip of India, all those who have visited this small country have been charmed by its natural beauty and its inhabitants. And of course, since it’s on this list, it’s quite affordable once you’re there!
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How To Get To Sri Lanka Cheap
Deals to Colombo are somewhat rare, so the alternative is if you find a good deal to either India, Malaysia or Singapore, sometimes the total cost of the two tickets might save you a bit of money compared to buying the whole itinerary on one ticket. But as is the case with any multi-ticket situation, whether it comes out cheaper or not really depends on your dates.
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Let’s start with Georgia. The country, not the US state (although the city of Savannah in the US looks beautiful, traveling there is definitely not $30 a day)
Georgia is Flytrippers’ co-founder Kevin’s new bucket-list country, just because during our last trip to Europe there was a lengthy (and inspiring) story about the country in the Wizz Air in-flight magazine. Yeah, that’s a bit random.
He’ll be glad to learn that Georgia is very affordable, as you all are I’m sure. It’s definitely not the most tourist-y place, but it seems like it has a lot to offer. The coastal part in the West looks stunning.
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How To Go To Georgia For Cheap
Flight deals to Georgia are pretty rare, as is the case for most of this part of the world. But since the country has Ultra Low-Cost Carriers connecting it with Europe, you can save a lot of money by combining two tickets (since flights in the area are so cheap).
By buying a cheap roundtrip to London and then combining that with a separate London-Tbilisi or a London-Kutaisi roundtrip, you might save hundreds of dollars.
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Let’s stay nearby with this next very budget-friendly country. For less than $30 a day, you can explore a surprising and beautiful country, Armenia.
Fun fact (I love fun facts): Armenia has a population of less than 3 million (less than the Toronto or Montreal metropolitan areas) but they have their own unique alphabet that they are the only ones to use. Fascinating.
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Okay so what might actually be of interest to you is the fact that Armenia’s capital city Yerevan is full of history. Armenia is the world’s oldest Christian nation by the way. If you like the outdoors, you’ll appreciate the many charming landscapes in this little country.
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How To Go To Armenia For Cheap
Unlike its neighbor Georgia, Armenia isn’t served by any ULCCs, so it’s tougher to get there cheap. The total cost of a Canada-London and a London-Yerevan itinerary could still be cheaper if bought separately though.
If not, you could consider a unique experience: flying to Georgia and then taking a sleeper-train ride from Tbilisi, Georgia to Yerevan. It’s really affordable too. We rode from Sofia, Bulgaria to Istanbul, Turkey and loved our sleeper-train experience.
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Before you ask “Azerbai-what“, let me remind you that the least “popular” countries are often the most beautiful. And Azerbaijan really does look nice!
You might have noticed, we love the more obscure countries. We actually made our way to the middle of the island of Borneo in SE Asia this spring, just to visit a country called Brunei that you might never have heard of.
Anyway, like the two previous countries, Azerbaijan is also located in the Caucasus region (this is the last one, I promise) and even if it isn’t the most visited country, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth a visit.
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Not only does the country have an interesting blend of cultures and a long history thanks to its geographic location, it is also a mountainous country perfect for nature lovers (there’s even a desert). And Baku, the capital and largest city, is a fast-growing and surprising modern metropolis along the Caspian Sea.
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How To Go To Azerbaijan For Cheap
Like Georgia, Azerbaijan is now served by ULCCs (in Baku), so the multi-ticket tip could work here too. It’s not the cheapest place to fly to, even from within Europe, but you might find a good deal. If not, there’s an affordable train from Tbilisi too.
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The world has a lot of countries whose names end in -stan, so here is the first one to be featured in our ranking: Uzbekistan. Located in Central Asia, this is another country that makes up for what it lacks in tourists with a lot of surprises.
If you want to go outside of your comfort zone and go where most tourists don’t go, this is definitely a good place for you. Perfect for those who’ve been to many countries already and feel like they want something more unique.
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How To Go To Uzbekistan For Cheap
This is a hard one. This whole area is very hard to get to at a low price, flights are pretty expensive. There are long train rides from Moscow or Almaty, that’s pretty much the only viable alternative.
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Okay, we’re getting far from Central Asia, but we have to have 5 countries per article so here we are. Mongolia neighbors China to the North, but it’s still not that far East from Central Asia.
The famous Gobi Desert is one of Mongolia’s main attractions and this is a country that is very sparsely populated. The least-densely populated in the world in fact.
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With about 30% of its population being nomadic or semi-nomadic, Mongolia is pretty unique. It is also a landlocked country with only two neighbors, but two important ones: China and Russia (although in the West, Mongolia and Kazakhstan are only 37 kilometers apart, they don’t share a border).
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How To Go To Mongolia For Cheap
Deals to Ulaanbaatar are pretty rare and prices are very steep. One alternative is through Beijing, a city that is often quite cheap to fly to. You’d then have a very long bus ride to Mongolia (and I mean, reallyyyyy long). But other than that, it isn’t an easy country to get to on a budget.
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