Traveling to different parts of the world is not the outrageously expensive dream most people would like you to believe. You can definitely backpack to a plethora of countries for just a few dollars per day. Whether you want to visit Asia or Africa, you can easily immerse yourself in cultural and gastronomical experiences without breaking the bank. Here are 10 of the world’s most back-packer friendly destinations.
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Not only will get to see Mount Everest and the Durga Temple, you’ll also have the option to take a more spiritual route by visiting where Lord Buddha was born over some millennia ago — Lumbini. It’s been hailed as the typical destination for travelers on a budget because you can spend the night at the second cheapest hostel in the world in Kathmandu for only $2!
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December through February are the perfect months to travel to Nicaragua because they offer the best temperatures. They offer anything from the warm, bright blue volcanic waters of Laguna de Apoyo to the gorgeous colonial buildings of Granada. Their accommodations are so cheap that you can rent a dorm room for $10 a night in their most touristy towns. It’s also a wonderful place to do volunteer work. So if Costa Rica is well above your budget, Nicaragua is the perfect alternative to experience plenty of Central American charm.
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Peru is one of the most amazing places to visit because of all its world-famous rainforests, ruins, and beaches. You can do anything from hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu to partying in the beaches of Máncora. While it’s also wise to learn basic Spanish to get around quickly, you don’t have to worry. If you don’t have a game plan, you can always head to Peru’s capital, Lima.
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If you want to immerse yourself in a vibrant culture and world-class cuisine, head to Thailand. Budget-conscious backpackers can have a blast in Bangkok for as little as $20 a day, enjoying street food and authentic Thai iced tea. Thailand is full of architectural masterpieces and interesting Buddhist temples. If beaches are your thing, look no further for this place has a variety of beautiful exotic islands.
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As the bridge between Asia and Europe, no wonder people flock to Turkey to get their fair share of unique history and spectacular landscapes. You can also head down to its capital, Istanbul, for a day of head-spinning shopping spree in Grand Bazaar. Backpacking around the country will only set you back $40… minus the shopping, of course.
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It wasn’t too long ago when India became a haunt for backpackers who were going to an existential crisis, thanks to the book Eat, Pray, Love. Nowadays, it feels like it never lost its charm. If you’re willing to do away with the little luxuries that you’ve gotten used to, such as air conditioning and hot water pressure, you will be able to easily book hostels at $1 or $2 per night. Plus, you get to enjoy spending the rest of your money on activities, like desert safaris and a trip to the Taj Mahal.
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While Albania may not be the cheapest one on this list, it is still a cheaper alternative to Italy and Greece. They offer affordable accommodations at €9 to €15 a night and equally affordable food. While you’re there, you’ll get to enjoy gorgeous Mediterranean coastlines and Ottoman–Roman-influenced culture and architecture.
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If you stay in cheap hostels, avoid expensive sightseeing, eat at local cafes, and take public transportation, you will be able to survive Sri Lanka for a mere $20 a day. This monkey-ridden tropical island paradise has no shortage of cultural centers, archaeological sites, and national parks to choose from.
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You have to be careful when it comes to spending in Costa Rica. Because of the spike in tourism, it has become the most expensive destination in Central America. However, it would be a shame to miss it because of its natural hot springs, incredible biodiversity, beautiful shorelines, and active volcanoes. Find backpacker’s dorms that cost $10 a night, camp out in tents, or couch surf just to stretch your dollar even more.
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Indonesia has around 13 to 18 thousand islands ready to be explored by budget-minded travelers. Start by heading to Sumatra so you can enjoy the morning mist or read a book by a waterfall. Then you can proceed to Sumba Island for some beachside yoga, snorkeling, surfing, and fishing activities. Just be careful as travel expenses can add up. If you want to enjoy an authentic Indonesian backpacker experience and a full two-dollar dinner, head as far away from Ubud as possible.
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