Cheapest Countries To Visit- The Ultimate List
If you are like me and basically plan your next destination based on what the most affordable countries to travel in are, then this post is for you. Seriously, if I had a dollar for each time I googled “cheapest countries to visit”, “affordable destinations to travel to” or “backpacker friendly countries” I would have enough money to fund my travels in those more expensive countries such as France, basically just so I can eat all the cheese.
But, until then I will keep marking off the cheapest countries off my must visit list. So here is the cheapest countries that are backpacker friendly round up!
I feel like India is on every single cheapest countries list, so I decided to mix it up and add in Sri Lanka instead. This teardrop shaped island is located off the southern coast of India, so it is super accessible and can also be easily reached thanks to cheap flights from Kuala Lumpur.
With rolling green hills, tea plantations, urban cities, surf beaches and wildlife safaris Sri Lanka seriously has something for everyone. It is a cheap country to travel to with backpacker hostels in all main towns and transport is crazy cheap! Enjoy some of the best meals of your life while sipping a beer on the beach.
Remember not to miss the gorgeous train journey between Ella and Kandy.
The popular backpacking destination of Guatemala is no doubt one of the cheapest countries in the world. You will be sure to find plenty other like minded people traveling on a budget and exploring this picturesque country.
Grab your meals to local restaurants called Comedores, order the ‘meal of the day’ at restaurants and eat cheap street foods. Taking chicken buses to get around rather than private transport will also cut down on costs. Though, watch to see what the locals are paying so you don’t get ripped off.
With stunning locations such as Semuc Champey, Flores and Tikal you will sure be in awe of this amazing cheap country!
One of the cheapest coutries to travel to in Western Europe is no doubt Portugal. This country borders Spain and the Atlantic Ocean, so has amazing culture and equally as amazing beaches.
The prices of a hostel bed are super affordable, especially when considering Portugal’s location in the more pricier part of the world. You will be able to find cheap food in bakeries and intercity public transport is super affordable. Also if you are confident enough give couchsurfing a try. There is an excellent couchsurfing community in Portugal and it is a great way to experience how the locals live.
Lastly, like the majority of Europe, thanks to budget airlines it is super affordable to travel to Portugal.
Who knew South Africa is considered one of the cheapest countries to visit, especially for such a developed country. Well, thanks to affordable accommodation, a well worn backpacker scene and cheap alcohol (and free wine tastings) it has resulted in South Africa being one of the cheapest countries to travel to as well as being extremely backpacker friendly.
One of the best things to do in Africa is going on a safari to see the big five, though with park fees and tours prices can quickly add up. Thankfully South Africa is the perfect place for finding affordable safaris, ensuring you are able to tick off those animals for your list (check out Tour Radar to find cheap group tours).
One of the most beautiful destinations which often appears in the cheapest countries lists is Morocco. From the Sarah Desert to the surf beaches and the mountains, Morocco is an affordable destination which will keep you amazed by the changing landscapes.
With beautiful and surprisingly affordable Riads to stay in you will be feeling like royalty as you fall asleep each night. Make sure to try the street food with delicious kefta meat and kebabs you certainly will not be going hungry!
Thanks to regularly flights from all around Europe you could be exploring a country in a whole new continent without having to spend that much money!
Laos is a super up and coming country, slowly growing in popularity and making its mark within the South East Asia banana pancake backpacking trail.
Even though Laos is a land locked country you will have no problem finding the perfect place for a swim. From the Mekong River which flows straight past Luang Prabang to the beautiful blue lagoons which are dotted around Vang Vieng and the amazing Kuang Si Falls, you will be spoiled for choice in activities that will help beat the heat.
As Laos is was colonized by the French prepare yourself for deliciously cheap baked goods and baguettes. I highly recommend checking out the Luang Prabang night market for the best danishes of your life!
Indonesia is not doubt one of the most affordable countries to travel. As well as being cheap it is also super stunning with surf beaches, rice paddies sprawling metropolises and beautiful islands. Your time in Indonesia will for sure be one to remember.
Thanks to cheap and delicious street food, super affordable backpacker hostels and the low cost to hire a motorbike, it is no doubt Indonesia is a backpackers paradise. You can even find yourself in a private bungalow for the same price as a hostel bed in Western Europe!
Just remember to eat local and get away from the touristy destinations. Staying in touristy Bali and eating at restaurants catering for western tourist will result in you breaking the bank!
The picture perfect and one of the cheapest countries in Eastern Europe is Hungary. The capital Budapest is a beautiful fairy tale looking city with an excellent backpacker scene and super affordable hostels, at least by European standards. The street food is absolutely delicious and cheap. Though, if you are wanting to eat out at a restaurant there are plenty of budget options in a wide range of cuisines that wont break the bank.
Hungary has really been put on the map in the past couple years, securing its place on the European backpacker trail and thanks to its affordable prices even has a large expat community.
Hungary is also super accessible and you can find cheap flights there from nearly all major hubs in Europe. I book my cheap flights using Skyscanner!
Nepal is known as the cheapest country in the world and because of this it has an excellent backpacker scene. Hostels are in all major towns and if you are getting off the beaten track you will be able to find an affordable guesthouse with no issue.
The perfect country for the adventurous, Nepal will keep you constantly busy. Whether that is exploring a new city, hiking or checking out rhinos in the amazing Chitwan National Park. Home of the Himalayas and one of the best trekking scenes it is the perfect place to do shopping, with knock off Patagonia and North Faces clothing for cheap.
If you are wanting to hike in the Himalayas I highly recommend the Annapurna Circuit. It wont break the budget unlike the Everest Base Camp trek and the views are equally amazing thanks to the Annapurna Himalayas. You can even find yourself free tea houses to spend the night at, which these days even have wifi!
Make sure you try the cheesy momos and some delicious Indian curries. To say I ate well in Nepal would be an understatement.
With the famous Santorini and Athens, the European country of Greece is certainly more on the pricier side of the cheapest countries to travel scale. Though, nonetheless is can be surprisingly affordable, especially in comparison to the nearby Croatia and Italy.
Food will be your saving grace here is Greece and will certainly help you keep your costs down. You can find $1.00 gyros nearly everywhere, which will easily keep you going until the next meal. Just remember to splash out on a delicious gelato every now and then! Backpacker Hostels can be surprisingly affordable, even in the wanderlust destination of Santorini (though book a flight instead of a ferry to save money).
If you are thinking of booking flights to Greece check out Sky Scanner to find the best possible price. I recommend checking ‘entire month’ when inputting your date, as changing your flight dates by a couple days can make a surprisingly large difference!
Having unfortunately decreased in popularity in current years thanks to the situations in nearby countries, the cheap country of Egypt has unfortunately fallen off the radar a bit.
Luckily prices here are crazy cheap and I highly recommend you pay this amazingly cheap country a visit. Book in at the Pyramids Loft in Cairo with a rooftop view over looking the Great Pyramids of Giza for as little as $20.00 per night for a single room. Egypt is a place where you will get a lot of value for your money. The prime example of this is the entry fee to the Great Pryamids only costing around $4.00!
If you are wanting to backpack Egypt, but don’t feel comfortable doing it as a solo traveler, I highly recommend checking out Tour Radar and their Egypt tours. There are so many options which are SUPER affordable, with luxurious excursions and hotel stays.
Having become a lot more accessible in the past year, Cuba is welcoming travelers and sharing their amazing culture. This is why it has been added to the cheapest countries for 2018 list. Prices are currently affordable, though being a growing destination which has dramatically increased in popularity, the costs are beginning to reflect this.
Enjoy the sun, sand, cigars and vintage cars as you explore this amazing country. Check out the Paladres for cheap eats and great food, which will be a great relief to your budget as accommodation prices in Cuba are on the rise.
Though, do what the locals do, by speaking Spanish and bargaining, drinking rum instead of fancy cocktails and stay away from the touristy areas.
Cheapest Countries That Are Backpacker Friendly To Visit
So which countries will you be traveling to in 2018 and do you have any other recommendations ?
Let me know in the comments below if any of these destinations are on your list for the cheapest countries to visit in ? I know I will be exploring at least another four countries on the above list, on top of those which I have already traveled to. So maybe I will just see you there!
LIKE IT? PIN IT!
Want more travel inspiration? Check out….
BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS NOW WITH SKY SCANNER
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. So, if you click on it and purchase something, I get a small percentage at no extra cost to you. As always all opinions are my own and your support is much appreciated.
Photos: Featured Image, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Portugal, South Africa, Morocco, Indonesia, Hungary, Greece, Egypt and Cuba are free to use stock photographs from Unsplash. Unfortunately, as I am yet to visit all these destinations I need to source required photographs.