So, your bank account has been cleared out, eh? Maybe you had a little too much fun popping bottles on big nights out. Maybe you had a LOT of trouble sticking to your budget or maybe all those adult responsibilities (like paying bills) took over. Heck, maybe you’re just saving up for something great and need to cut back on your spending. Does that mean you shouldn’t travel at all? Ah, no, it definitely does not. Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t travel, you just have to be a little more thoughtful with choosing the right destinations. To help you plan your broke-ass adventures for the next 12 months, here are 11 Super cheap destinations perfect for broke-ass travellers (that’s you!)
You can spend a few days on a junk ship, sailing through the turquoise waters of Ha Long Bay for as little as $100 (or even less! Read how to choose a great Ha Long Bay Cruise here) Zip around Ho Chi Minh on the back of a scooter, wander the streets of Hanoi or explore the French influence on the streets of Hoi An. In Vietnam, you can get yourself a great hotel room for $15 – $30AU per night. You can also eat really delicious food for $1AU a plate, washed down with a 25cent beer. So cheap you may never want to leave.
Another great budget-friendly South-East Asian gem, you’ll find Nepal the perfect spot for those who love mountains, wide open spaces and beautiful people. This relaxing, peaceful place is the perfect spot for a vacay with a bit of adventure and none of the budget-busting problems travellers fears. Your broke a$$ can scoop up a room on the cheap from $2.50 to $30AU per night, depending on your level of fanciness. Street food here is super cheap too, costing around $1AU a plate, or dine at a restaurant for around $10AU.
Explore the ancient wonder of Angkor Wat, go diving and laze around on the pristine beaches. Buzz around Siem Reap and Phom Penh, cruise down rivers and explore coastal towns (Find out the best, must-do things in Cambodia here). Cambodia offers million-dollar-holidays for significantly less. You can scoop up great deals on cheap accommodation, like $20AU a night for a really nice place. Food is also incredibly affordable, 25 cents for a beer and $5AU for a delicious dinner. When it comes to budget-friendly holidays in beautiful places, Cambodia really delivers.
Even by the insanely affordable standards of South East Asia, Laos stands out from the crowd. This beautiful place offers a relaxing atmosphere, perfect for the budget traveller in need of a relaxing vacay. Travel outside of Luang Prabang to a place called Nong Kiau Riverside and set yourself up in a bungalow by the river for $50 per night in high season or $25 per night in low season. Elsewhere, a hotel room should cost around $15AU per night, a restaurant meal $3AU and a big bottle of Beer Lao for $1.50AU.
Watch my video from my trip to Cambodia and Laos!
While visiting Europe can immediately set dollar signs off in your eyeballs like a cartoon character, Greece is one of the exceptions. Broke travellers can scoop up a bed for $15 to $25AU per night. Getting stuck into Gyros and other cheap street food should only cost you around $10AU per day or $30AU if you prefer your meals at nice restaurants. With such affordable prices, you’ll be to swim in the Aegean Sea, explore islands by day and party all night.
If you love picture-perfect beaches and insanely great hospitality, look no further than the Philippines (Find out the best place to visit here). Places like Palawan are going to be your go-to destinations, while a side trip to check out Manila should also be on the cards. If you eat at the local markets, getting stuck into street food, you’ll be able to find a feast for two for $10AU. A room in Palawan will cost you around $15 – $30AU per night and you can grab a nice cold beer for 90cents.
Watch our video from our trip to the Philippines!
Bolivia happens to be one of the cheapest destinations in South America, perfect for broke travellers in need of affordable adventures. The great thing, you can get yourself on a cheap tour for around $240 to take you around for 3 or 4 days. A night at a hotel will set you back $10 to $25AU for a budget-friendly room. Grab a meal for $5AU and a nice cold beer for $2.50AU.
A favourite among travellers, the key to enjoying Indonesia is to break away from the lure of Kuta and search for the beauty waiting to be found elsewhere in Indonesia. Spend a week at an all-inclusive surf camp in Sumbawa. Climb aboard a boat and sail around Komodo National Park for a week or seek refuge in Bali in places like Canggu. As always, Indonesia offers really affordable accommodation to suit all budgets as well as cheap eats and great drink prices… Bintang!
When it comes to travelling ridiculously cheaply, India is a great destination. You can easily survive on a daily budget of $19AU per day. Spend your time meeting friendly locals, eating delicious food, being immersed in a world of bright colours and new flavours and unique scents. Move from place to place using the train and you’ll spend very little, giving you the chance to see the world from a new angle. Crash in a hotel for around $5-$10AU per night and grab a plate of hot dhal and tie for dinner for around $1AU.
As always, Thailand continues to offer travellers a friendly, beautiful and happy place to visit for a fraction of the cost. In places like Ao Nang (find out everything you need to know about Ao Nang here) you can spend your days on the beachfront, swimming and sunning yourself, sipping on Chang. Rooms here can go as cheap as $16AU a night for basic digs or $30AU a night for something a little nicer. Meals are delicious and affordable, setting you back $2AU for the best dang Pad Thai of your life.
Watch my video from my trip to Thailand…
It is surprisingly affordable to explore China, which means this could be your chance to visit the Great Wall or discover hidden pockets of tradition and culture in the backstreets of Beijing. Getting across the country is made affordable with cheap flights or even using the bus and train to get around. You can scoop up affordable accommodation from $20-$30AU per night and eat at local spots for around $10AU. The hot tip in China is to get out of the major cities and into places like Huangshan and Tunxi.
Watch our video from our trip to China!
Phoebe Lee is a travel writer and award-winning blogger with a love for storytelling. Phoebe creates practical, fun and engaging written content designed to inspire and energise travel-lovers and dreamers. Follow her and Matt’s adventures at home and around the world, right here on Little Grey Box and through Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.