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10 Cheap-Ass Places To Visit Even If You’re Broke

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For the majority of people travel is seen as somewhat of an excessively expensive part of life. When taking into account the flights, accommodation, food and activities I would have to agree, it can get super expensive. But what is there to be done if you don’t have the thousands of dollars presumably needed to get away from the daily grind for a few weeks? Ruling out wishing you were rich, eating a tonne of ice-cream and crying yourself to sleep, your best bet is to find a cheap-ass flight to a cheap-ass country that’s within a close-ish proximity to your own.

With that in mind, here are my 10 cheap-ass places to visit even if you’re broke…

Morocco
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This country will cost you around $50 USD to fly to if you’re coming from Europe, which makes Morocco an absolute no-brainer if you’re looking for a cheap chance to get away. Unlimited sand comes compliments of Morocco.

Beer at a bar: $2.50 USD
Bed in a hostel: $5 USD/night
One-way Ticket (Local Transport): $0.50 USD
Restaurant meal: $3 USD

Poland
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This is a country best visited during the summer months of June through to August and is personally one of my favourite places to visit when I’m super low on cash. Awesome architecture, seriously tasty food and loads of vodka is a good enough excuse to keep me coming back for more economic travel fun.

Beer at a bar: $1.70 USD
Bed in a hostel: $10 USD/night
One-way Ticket (Local Transport): $0.80 USD
Restaurant meal: $4.80 USD

Vietnam
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Flights to and from Asia are pretty much always cheap when coming from most parts of the world and with prices like the ones below, this country should be affordable for even the tightest of budgets. Cheap street food, affordable accommodation and lots to see and do, what more could you want without the need of total credit card destruction?

Beer at a bar: $0.90 USD
Bed in a hostel: $8 USD/night
One-way Ticket (Local Transport): $0.30 USD
Restaurant meal: $1.80 USD

Venezuela
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Venezuela doesn’t always get the best rap from the media due to its high crime rates, but for anyone wanting a slight amount of risk for a rewarding cheap-ass adventure, I think we may just have a winner.

PS.The pricing below doesn’t take into account that according to various reports, the black market rate for U.S. dollars has increased to 1,000 Venezuelan bolivars per dollar, which is 100 times higher than the official government rate of 9.95 bolivar per dollar. Remember to bring your crisp $100 US bank notes for killer black market exchange rates. Holy Moly!

Beer at a bar: $0.80 USD
Bed in a hostel: $12 USD/night
One-way Ticket (Local Transport): $0.08 USD
Restaurant meal: $5.00 USD

Guatemala
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Another one of my favourite go-to destinations when I have next to no money. Volcanoes, lakes and good vibes, Guatemala is as colourful and scenic as it is cheap.

Beer at a bar: $1.60 USD
Bed in a hostel: $10 USD/night
One-way Ticket (Local Transport): $0.17 USD
Restaurant meal: $4.60 USD

Greece
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Although not as cheap as the the majority of countries on this list, the cost of living is still around 30% cheaper than the USA. The very thought of Greece’s beautiful beaches, friendly people and delicious food should have you trying to find the cheapest and, therefore, most uncomfortable flight to Greece on the internet.

Beer at a bar: $3.70 USD
Bed in a hostel: $13 USD/night
One-way Ticket (Local Transport): $1.40 USD
Restaurant meal: $10 USD

Philippines
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It’s definitely best to avoid the southern area of the Philippines at all cost due to the high risk of being murdered, kidnapped or… both, however the northern part is still as ready as ever for your arrival.

Beer at a bar: $0.90 USD
Bed in a hostel: $10 USD/night
One-way Ticket (Local Transport): $0.16 USD
Restaurant meal: $2.40 USD

Cambodia
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The most expensive part of a trip to Cambodia will definitely be the flights, but upon arrival you’ll be happy to see your money stretch further than you could ever imagine. Budget? What budget?

Beer at a bar: $1 USD
Bed in a hostel: $6 USD/night
One-way Ticket (Local Transport): $1 USD
Restaurant meal: $2.50 USD

Bolivia
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Incredible landscapes, and enough tour opportunities to drive even the most enthusiastic foreigner to insanity, Bolivia is seriously awesome.

Note: Drinking alcohol at Bolivian altitude is known to get you drunker quicker, like, 4 beers and you’re good type drunk. Good for your wallet, not so good for your general health and well-being. Good luck.

Beer at a bar: $2.60 USD
Bed in a hostel: $10 USD/night
One-way Ticket (Local Transport): $0.30 USD
Restaurant meal: $3.60 USD

Sri Lanka
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After the civil war ended in 2009 Sri Lanka is slowly becoming the new go-to country for budget backpacking. Put all your pennies in a pile, book a flight and just go. Do it. You won’t regret it for a second!

Beer at a bar: $1.90 USD
Bed in a hostel: $8 USD/night
One-way Ticket (Local Transport): $0.13 USD
Restaurant meal: $1.70 USD

– Jarrod

14 Comments

  1. India-lover!

    You missed India!

    • Jarrod

      I did, but I’ll be in India next year so I’ll be sure to do some post about India for sure 🙂

  2. This is a great list. Cheap destinations are awesome but be sure to get off the beaten path to save even more. Btw your photos are absolutely stunning!

  3. We were just talking about going to Morocco and Lisbon next year…it looks amazingly unique. Maybe Poland eventually, too…too many places to visit on my list 🙂

  4. Nice list, I like how you put together a list of important costs. They truly are affordable destinations. Loved your photo’s!

  5. Nice list. The flight tickets fare is a problem as I am based out of India. Everything else falls in place. Thailand is also missing.

  6. Interesting article and great for people on a budget (or broke as you say). This shows that there is some country in nearly every continent you can visit for little money.

  7. Damn and to think I have ONLY visited 3 – Sri lanka, Cambodia and Philippines from this list? I need to get to others before inflation gets to them 🙂 I am a firm believer of the fact that you dont need to be rich to travel the world, you just need passion 🙂

  8. Now these are the sorts of list i like, much better than a shopping list ! 😉

  9. I would agree that these places are somewhat cheaper than some, but I wish we could bring back the days of $5 a day or even $10 a day. Even in these countries you are paying a lot more than that.

  10. What a brilliant guide! I didn’t realise Greece was so cheap – but then I remembered the economic situation there of recent years and immediately understood! I think I’d be happy to visit any of these countries on this list…Will definitely be saving this for future reference!

  11. You should add El Salvador and Nepal to this list! They were super affordable!!

  12. It’s great to know the breakdown of all the important stuff. I didn’t realize Poland was so budget-friendly. I has just moved up on my list!

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