19 Travel Destinations Where Your Dollar Goes the Furthest

Affordable Destinations Around the World

Thanks to a growing population of digital nomads and travel bloggers, the idea of traveling all around the world for less is more popular than ever. With careful planning and research, you can create a budget-friendly trip with an itinerary that suits your interests.

While transportation to your destination can be pricey, it’s good to know you can enjoy yourself on a shoestring budget once you get there. The key is knowing where to stay, eat and explore. Here are 19 destinations where your dollar goes the furthest.

Phuket, Thailand

If white sand beaches with aqua-colored water, delicious cuisine and friendly people are essential, put the island of Phuket, Thailand on your list. Besides being an affordable place to stay, this destination is a sightseeing dream. Check out Big Buddha and Wat Chalong Temple, or hike on Promthep Cape. All of these activities are free and a 5-star hotel can cost as little as $50 per night.

Coron, Philippines

Located in the province of Palawan, Coron is part of the Calamian Islands in the Philippines. While flying here can be on the pricey side, staying there won’t break the bank. The average daily cost for meals and transportation is around $34. You can also secure 3-star accommodations for less than $60 a night. Coron is also an excellent spot for snorkeling, diving or exploring.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal is a great destination for people who appreciate architecture, art and shopping at local markets like Feira da Ladra. You can get around the city by tram (particularly Tram 28) for less than $5 one way. The food is diverse, with everything from Michelin star restaurants to mom and pop cafes. Expect to spend about $35 per day, per person on meals. Three-star hotels will run you around $80 per night.

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

While La Fortuna means “The Fortune,” you won't need to spend one to stay here. Local Costa Ricasites like the La Fortuna Waterfall and the Arenal Volcano National Park can satisfy your sightseeing appetite. The area has a small town vibe with affordable dining, which means you can pay as little as $35 a day for meals. A 3-star hotel will cost you approximately $75 per night.

Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico is a mecca for food and culture, and you can choose from thousands of restaurants and free attractions when creating your itinerary. Uber provides an affordable choice for getting around, but the city is pedestrian-friendly. All total, look to spend roughly $140 per day on meals, transportation and lodging.

Agistri, Greece

Agistri, Greece is a small island with close access to Athens (less than an hour away). You can get around on the cheap by renting a motorbike, hopping public transport, or even taking a water taxi. Agistri is a leisurely locale that may be best for those who like to relax at the beach or soak up the scenery. In terms of budget accommodations, you can expect to pay about $800 per person for a week’s stay.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary is picturesque with a dramatic skyline and a mix of old and new sights. Check out the medieval bridges, cruise the Danube River, or grab a quick inexpensive meal or snack at the Great Market Hall. Unwind at Széchenyi Thermal Baths with a day pass for around $28. Expect to spend about $92 per day for all meals and transportation.

Marrakesh, Morocco

Marrakesh, Morocco offers vast marketplaces filled with unique crafts, beautiful architecture and food that’s true to the culture. For cheap accommodations ($10 or less per night), consider staying in a hostel that comes with a free breakfast. A traditional 3-star hotel will run you around $62 per night. For double that, you can stay in a riad (courtyard mansion).

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is a stunning locale for a getaway. This destination has a vibrant arts and nightlife scene, multi-cultural dining and breathtaking natural beauty. Catch a cable car round-trip to Table Mountain for around $22.50, and plan to spend around $50 per day, per person on meals. Staying at an affordable hotel (3-star) will cost about $63 per night.

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey is one of those places you just might fall head over heels for. It looks like a page out of a fairytale. Multi-colored hot air balloons rise with the sun each morning and the Red Valley is bathed in a fiery glow at sunset. You can plan your own sightseeing for free. Dining and transportation can run you $35 per day, and lodging for two can cost as little as $495 for a week.

Santiago, Chile

Santiago, Chile offers a mix of metropolitan views, culture-based cuisine (don't skip the empanadas) and thrilling nightlife. With $20 per day, you'll have enough for basic meals and transportation around town. Lodging is affordable as well, with 3- to 5-star accommodations ranging from $64 to $106 per night, respectively. You can rent some small apartments for as little as $73 a night.

São Paulo, Brazil

If you’re a fan of cityscapes, the view from the Edificio Italia in São Paulo, Brazil is a must-see. If you want to eat, shop and browse, head to Avenida Paulista. You can stay in 3-star hotels for around $33 per night, although an upgrade to 5-star lodging will run you around $112 per night. The average expense per day for meals and transportation works out to around $41 per person.

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, Egypt is home to some of the most iconic attractions in history. From the Pyramids of Giza to the Great Sphinx, there seems to be no end to what you can do and see. You’ll need several trips just to scratch the surface, but put the Egyptian Museum on your must-see list. Fortunately, a 3-star hotel can cost as little as $32 per night.

Kyiv, Ukraine

Kyiv, Ukraine is best for those who appreciate all things culture, religion, and architecture. You can get your fill of sightseeing by visiting ancient ruins and religious centers like The Holy Dormition Kyiv Caves Lavra, but you can also take advantage of the free tours to keep costs low. You can even find 3-star hotel stays for around $39 per night.

Delhi, India

Delhi, India is one of three cities in India’s Golden Triangle; Agra and Jaipur complete the equation. Delhi is the place to go if you hope to enjoy bazaars, inexpensive food vendors and tours of architecture during your trip. This destination is insanely affordable, as you can get a 3-star hotel for as low as $21 per night or splurge on a 5-star for about $60. You can even rent homes for as low as $88 per night.

Krakow, Poland

Krakow’s charm isn't blatant. This city in Poland is more a place to discover hidden treasures like Main Market Square. There are many contemporary art galleries there, as well as stark reminders of an inglorious past such as the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. You can expect to pay $74 per day for meals and transportation, and 3-star hotels can be booked for as little as $40 per night.

Kathmandu, Nepal

There’s so much to do and see in Kathmandu, Nepal, and the shrines, wood carvings, temples, gardens and marketplaces are just the introduction. Surrounded by the Himalayan mountains, the natural views are also a huge draw. Cuisine and transportation costs in Kathmandu can be as low as $48 per day with 3-star accommodations starting at around $26 per night.

Unguja, Tanzania

Also known as Zanzibar Island, Unguja, Tanzaniais known for its luxury resorts and breathtaking natural scenery. You can easily stick to your travel budget if you stay in a hostel in Stone Town (as low as $11 per night), and even a 3-star hotel will only set you back around $80 per night. The beach areas are beautiful but it’s much more expensive to eat and lodge there.

Medellin, Colombia

Medellin, Colombia is a travel hotspot right now, and it's easy to see why. This city draws backpackers, sightseers, foodies and those who seek adventure thanks to its extensive parks, tours, restaurants, markets and nightlife. Backpackers may be able to spend less than $25 per day with budget accommodations, and food options are inexpensive and plentiful.

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