22+ Cheapest Countries To Backpack In The World! [2024]

Are you a budget traveler looking for your next destination? Well, you have come to the right place, so scroll down and find out the cheapest countries to travel that are backpacker friendly!

If you are like me and plan your next destination based on what the most affordable countries to travel to are, then this post is for you.

Seriously, if I had a dollar for each time I googled “cheapest countries to visit”, “cheap backpacking 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.

I have traveled to both expensive and extremely affordable countries and for some reason, I always have the best experiences in the cheapest places to backpack. If something goes wrong then I know that I will be able to afford to fix things without breaking the bank.

My monthly expenses are always cheaper than what they are even in my home country of New Zealand. I spent $4000.00 in Asia over 6 months, that amount also includes return flights and insurance. That same amount in somewhere like the United Kingdom might last me 2 months max if I am lucky!

But, until then I will keep marking off the cheapest countries to backpack off my must-visit list. So here are the cheapest countries to travel in 2024!

Two people sitting on top of a rock overlooking sri lanka.
admiring the view over to sigiriya rock in sri lanka

Cheap Backpacking Destinations In Asia

Let’s start with the most obvious continent, Asia. This is a region in the world which is famous for affordable holidays.

Accommodation, food, and activities are all cheap. Flying around Asia can also be extremely affordable with budget airlines galore.

Whether that is traveling the banana pancake trail in Southeast Asia or trekking in the Himalayas. You will certainly get a lot of bang for your buck in Asia, ultimately allowing you to travel better and longer.

However there are certainly some things worth knowing before traveling Asia, but let’s take it one step back and look out what countries you should visit!

Sri Lanka

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 the main towns and transport is crazy affordable! Enjoy some of the best meals of your life while sipping a beer on the beach.

Ever heard of Bentota? Well, you should have! This coastal town is the perfect way to spend a few days, there are so many fun things to do in Bentota!

Remember not to miss the gorgeous train journey between Kandy to Ella. Check out the impressive formation of Sigiriya.

Cost per day: $30.00

A backpacker standing on a dirt road with palm trees in the background, surrounded by the beauty of a backpacker-friendly country of sri lanka
enjoying the epic natural landscapes in sri lanka, an excellent backpacker friendly coutnry


Laos is a super up-and-coming country, slowly growing in popularity and making its mark within the Southeast Asia banana pancake trail.

Even though Laos is a landlocked 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!

I have been lucky enough to backpack Laos twice, completely from North to South discovering some hidden gems well worth visiting. One of my favorites is Kong Lor Cave which is a must if you have time!

Come read my Laos backpacking itinerary!

As Laos 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!

Unfortunately, Laos is one of the pricier destinations in Southeast Asia, well in comparison to Vietnam and Thailand.

However, compared to other best places to backpack around the world it is still one of the cheapest countries to travel to for 2024.

Cost per day: $30.00

Find out exactly how I backpacked Laos for $30.00 per day!

Exploring The Luang Prabang Night Market While In Luang Prabang, Laos
tasha amy is swimming in the water near kong lor cave in laos
getting off the beaten track to destinations such as kong lor is a great way to save money
tasha amy on a boat looking out over the mekong river in laos
watching life go by using the cheaper transport option to save money, a 2 day slow boat to luang prabang from thailand
A hidden waterfall called kuang si falls nestled within a lush jungle
kuang si falls, one of the highlights of exploring laos


Indonesia is no doubt one of the most affordable countries to travel. As well as being cheap it is also super stunning with surf beaches, rice paddies, and beautiful islands.

Whether you want to spend 2 weeks in Bali, or a couple of months, you will find plenty of incredible places to keep you busy.

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 of hiring a motorbike, there is no doubt Indonesia is a backpacker’s paradise.

You can even find yourself in a private bungalow for the same price as a hostel bed in Western Europe!

This has made it a super popular hangout for digital nomads (if you are interested in becoming a digital nomad have you thought about Remote Year?) and tourists from all over the world!

Just remember to eat local and get away from the tourist traps. Staying in Bali and eating at restaurants catering for Western tourists will result in you breaking the bank. I happened to find this out the hard way. Though on my most recent trip I explored Java, Flores, and Lombok and it was a lot more affordable!

Cost per day: $28.00

Sunrise at bromo mountain in indonesia.
an incredible sunrise over mt bromo in indonesia


Nepal is known as the cheapest place to backpack 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, backpacking 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 Face clothing for cheap.

If you want to hike in the Himalayas I highly recommend the Annapurna Circuit. It won’t 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.

Cost per day: $18.00

tasha amy looking out to the mountains in the annapurna circuit in nepal
hiking the annapurna circuit was surprisingly affordable with the deal of free accommodation in exchange for eating at the onsite restaurants
Nepal, located in the capital city of Kathmandu, is one of the cheapest countries to travel to.
kathmandu is one of the cheapest places to travel and is full of culture
A man standing on top of a rocky mountain on the annapurna circuit
looking out over the mountains in the annapurna circuit of nepal


You certainly cannot talk about the cheapest countries to backpack in Asia and not include Thailand! Phuket is the perfect place to visit post covid. And, as one of the best budget countries, Thailand is an absolute hub of international travelers and the perfect place to travel solo.

This is a country full of amazing people, beautiful landscapes, and white sandy beaches. Mix this in with a desirable travel scene and you are in heaven.

Arriving in the bustling city of Bangkok you cannot miss the backpacker hangout of Khao San Road, especially if you are a party person.

From there head up north to Chiang Mai to check out an elephant sanctuary or head south to the islands traveling from Bangkok to Koh Tao and enjoy the paradise beaches in Koh Phangan.

Hostels can be easily found in many towns where you can quickly meet new people. The famous 7/11 provides the most affordable toasted sandwiches you could ever imagine. It is seriously a major hang out spot for travelers at breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Cost per day: $22.00

tasha amy enjoys the scenic view atop a rock overlooking the ocean in a backpacker-friendly country of thailand
cheap activities are the best, such as walking up to this viewpoint in koh phi phi


Vietnam is an awesome country full of some amazing sights. Whether you want to check out the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay, the rice fields in Sapa, or discover rolling sand dunes, it is a country for everyone. Oh, and I must say the food in Vietnam is some of the best I have ever had.

There are trains that runs down the country, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh. This makes it extremely easy for travelers to move around with minimal stress. I took plenty of overnight trains in Vietnam and cannot recommend them enough!

Vietnam is also one of the street food capitals of the world. There are so many enticing dishes to get your taste buds watering.

All for just a few dollars as well! Hostels are plentiful here and many of them will have happy hour specials such as free beer!

No doubt Vietnam is one of the best countries to backpack and is a must-visit for any traveler wanting to experience a new destination.

Cost per day: $25.00

Find out exactly how I backpacked Vietnam for $25.00 per day!

A woman sitting on a cliff overlooking the ocean in ha long bay vietnam
checking out the views on our budget ha long bay tour in vietnam


A country filled with history and some of my favorite islands in the world, Cambodia is a must on the cheapest places to backpack list! There is an excellent backpacker scene here with hostels extremely easy to find and affordable nightly rates.

No doubt Cambodia holds a special place in my heart and I have backpacked around the country multiple times over various trips.

Make sure you head south to the islands and check out Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem. These best places to backpack have some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen and I spent over two weeks exploring these islands. Staying at Sunset Beach over of Koh Rong Samloem I even got to swim with stingrays, it’s a complete paradise.

Transport is extremely easy here and the majority of hostels will be able to organize it for you. In all but one trip in Cambodia we traveled around in minivans, rather than buses like you would in the rest of South East Asia.

As with many Southeast Asian countries, you will need to negotiate to receive a good price when hiring a tuk-tuk or purchasing souvenirs at a market. However, we managed to hire tuk-tuks for $9.00 for half a day on multiple occasions.

Make sure you don’t miss visiting the impressive Angkor Wat Archaeological Complex which is made up of the small circuit and grand circuit!

Cost per day: $22.00

A woman walking on a sandy beach in cambodia, one of the cheapest countries to travel.
hanging on the white sandy shores of koh rong samloem
A backpacker-friendly beach with palm trees and people walking along the sand.
life on the sandy beaches of koh rong in cambodia
sunrise at angkor wat in cambodia
experiencing sunrise at angkor wat is a must


Currently, the political situation in Myanmar is risky. I recommend checking out your home country’s list of ‘safe’ countries to see whether it has opened up again.

One of my favorite countries, it is often considered one of the most expensive countries to backpack in Southeast Asia, but I am proof that it is possible.

From the temples in Bagan, the colonial architecture in Yangon, and the impressive U-Bien Bridge in Mandalay there are plenty of magical sights to keep you busy while exploring Myanmar.

In my personal opinion, what makes Myanmar a slightly more expensive country than its neighbors is the accommodation costs.

This is certainly not the land of $3.00 hostel beds, you will be paying at least $10.00 per night. However, I did notice that the overall quality of the hostels is much higher than in the rest of South East Asia.

Don’t be too concerned by the high cost as it balances out the overall cost per day thanks to the availability of extremely affordable food.

Cost per day: $26.00

Find out exactly how I backpacked Myanmar for $26.00 per day!

The back of a boat on a canal in Myanmar with houses in the background.
taking a super affordable boat tour in inle lake
tasha amy in a red dress walks through a field of pagodas at sunset.
a free activity, watching the sunrise in bagan over the beautiful pagodas
shwedagon pagoda in myanmar
the first country i backpacked solo was myanmar and it was incredible


The cheapest countries to travel list wouldn’t be complete without including India!

However, it may be a backpacker-friendly country it definitely isn’t somewhere I would recommend going on your first trip. The sights, smells, and noises can be extremely overwhelming, but for each negative experience you have, you will also have 100 positive ones.

With gorgeous sights such as the Taj Mahal and the backwaters of Kerala, India is certainly a country to visit if you are tight on money.

Make sure you cross off some bucket list items and check out the top things to do in Varanasi.

You can find rooms here for a few dollars per night, though up that budget slightly and you could be sleeping extremely comfortably.

This large country has an impressive train network to help you get around. It is honestly my favorite country in terms of transport, as it’s crazy easy and comfortable to get around.

There are a variety of tickets you can choose from at different price points. Though, if you are going to get the cheapest, just remember to expect the most basic comfort levels.

Nevertheless, it is worth traveling India just for the food alone. A delightful mix of spices it will get your mouth watering and have you excited for your next meal.

Street food is abundant here and is very affordable. Just make sure to eat where the locals do and if you are not comfortable with the hygiene levels just walk away.

Cost per day: $20.00

A woman sitting on a bench in front of the taj mahal.
some bucketlist experiences may not be cheap but are 100% worth it
A man sits on a bench in front of a building in jodphur
some of the incredible sights and colors while backpacking jodhpur in india
A woman sitting on a boat on the ganges river in varanasi.
a happy backpacker on a budget in one of the cheapest countries in the world, india

Cheapest Backpacking Destinations In The Americas

You certainly won’t find the cheapest countries to travel to in the Northern parts of the Americas. However, head further south, and the range of cheap backpacking destinations becomes plentiful.

With a whole new culture and language to discover Central and South America provide an excellent backpacker scene for travelers coming from all around the world.

Whether you are into pristine sandy white beaches, lush rainforests, or snow-capped mountain ranges, The Americas certainly have something for everyone.

Combining this with a low cost of travel, makes the places in this region some of the cheapest countries to travel to in 2024 for backpackers.


The popular backpacking destination of Guatemala may have been one of the cheapest destinations back in the day, though unfortunately, this is no more.

Myself and many other travelers I met were all surprised, but luckily compared with Costa Rica and Panama it is still an affordable option in Central America.

You will be sure to find plenty of other like-minded people traveling on a budget and exploring this picturesque country.

Honestly, this is somewhere I could easily see myself living, especially in Antigua. The climate is pleasant, the views are epic, it’s safe, and full of delicious food options.

Grab your meals at local restaurants called Commodores, 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. However, I would only recommend this if you can speak Spanish, and be cautious of your surroundings.

With stunning locations such as Semuc Champey, El Paredon, Flores, Lake Atitlan, Antigua, and Tikal you will surely be in awe of this amazing cheap country!

Cost per day: $43.00

Find out exactly how I backpacked Guatemala for $50.00 per day!

A woman sitting on a dock with volcanos in the background, enjoying the breathtaking natural scenery of lake atitlan
relaxing on the dock at lake atitlan smiling at guatemala is super cheap to travel


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 2024 list. Prices are currently affordable, though being a growing destination that 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.

However, do what the locals do, by speaking Spanish and bargaining, drinking rum instead of fancy cocktails, and staying away from the touristy areas.

Cost per day: $47.00

A classic pink car is parked on a narrow street in havana.
the incredible streets in havana cuba


This vast country has so many landscapes and experiences to offer you could spend months here and not even see half of it. I have spent about 2 months in Mexico and have had a couple of different backpacking adventures there and still have so much left to see!

Spend your days on the beaches, checking out the unique things to do in Cancun, surfing in the Pacific, and learning the history by spending 4 days in Mexico City.

Everything you could ever want is available here, from beautiful beaches, sprawling cities, Mayan Riviera cenotes, and lush jungles. This is the only North American country that is on the best countries to backpack list.

There are plenty of hostels available while exploring Mexico, so you will have no problem meeting like-minded individuals and traveling on a budget.

It can also sometimes be difficult to explore a country where you do not speak the native language so you might find yourself a friend who even speaks Spanish.

Many people will start their travels in Mexico and backpack all the way down to Panama on the Gringo Trail. This allows you to see the best of Central America and some of the best places to backpack on offer.

Whether you are into big cities, exploring nature, or simply a foodie wanting to check out the best restaurants, there is something in Mexico for everyone!

So make sure to chuck some reef-safe sunscreen in that Tulum packing list, and get ready for a whole lot of cenotes, beaches, and incredible culture.

Cost per day: $45.00

tasha amy walking down a stone path near a palm tree in isla holbox
walking around the sandy streets of isla holbox in mexico
tasha amy standing in the middle of a cobblestone street with colorful streamers hanging above her
the colorful city of oaxaca in mexico is a great backpacker friendly country
A secluded cenote nestled within a lush jungle, surrounded by towering trees in mexico
the yucatan is more on the pricey side but worth it to experience the incredible cenotes


If you are traveling from Colombia to Central America make sure to catch a sailboat from Panama via the San Blas Islands for the ultimate paradise.

However, if you are arriving via the airport you may just find a bit of paradise here in one of the cheapest countries of 2024 that are backpacker-friendly.

Colombia is truly a country that seems to have it all. From the warm weather, colorful buildings, and gorgeous beaches to the ancient ruins, green rainforests, excellent coffee, and great culture.

It is hard to get bored in this destination which has exploded in the backpacker scene over the past couple of years.

There is an awesome vibe here and you can even find some of the best hostels in Colombia you will ever experience. They are located all around Colombia from large metropolitan cities to small rainforest towns.

The hostels are extremely affordable as well and oftentimes will include a delicious breakfast in the room rate, a good way to fill up for the day and save money on lunch.

Cost per day: $30.00

A woman backpacking down a narrow street in Colombia, one of the cheapest countries to travel.
wandering down the beautiful streets in colombia


No doubt one of the cheapest countries to backpack in The Americas is Bolivia. If you are a real adventure lover looking for a backpacker-friendly country you cannot beat Bolivia.

This hidden gem in the heart of South America has a variety of landscapes that will leave you in complete awe.

Explore the most untouched parts of the Amazon Rainforest, appreciate the gorgeous views in the Andes Mountains, and discover the many beautiful colonial towns.

If you are interested in exploring Bolivia but have hesitations such as the language barrier or are worried about heading to a new part of the world, there is no better way to travel than with a group tour.

There are plenty of different tours in Bolivia which will take you to various places such as the famous Uyuni Salt Flats.

Cost Per day: $25.00

Bolivia's salt flats, a backpacker friendly and one of the cheapest countries to travel.
the incredible landscapes in bolivia

Cheapest Backpacking Countries In Europe

Europe is a part of the world not often associated with affordability and definitely has some of the most expensive countries.

However, if you know where exactly to explore you can discover some of the cheapest countries to travel.

With budget airlines servicing the majority of the continent, not just you’re in-country expenses can be kept low, but your international flights as well.

Just make sure to read the fine print as when something is often cheap it is oftentimes never easy.


One of the cheapest countries to travel to in Western Europe is no doubt Portugal. This country borders Spain and the Atlantic Ocean so has an amazing culture and equally amazing beaches.

Have a weekend in Lisbon, the country’s capital, or if you have enough time, explore all of Portugal, or perhaps even do a Spain and Portugal itinerary!

The prices of a hostel bed are super affordable, especially when considering Portugal’s location in the 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. If this sounds like a good option for you make sure you just out Portugal travel tips before visiting!

Cost per day: $42.00

A tram traveling down a narrow street in backpacker-friendly Lisbon.
portugal is an excellent choice for a cheaper country in western europe


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. However, if you want to eat out at a restaurant there are plenty of budget options in a wide range of cuisines that won’t break the bank.

Hungary has really been put on the map in the past couple of 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.

You will also be spoilt for choice when deciding where to go next. Why not hit up some lesser-visited backpacking spots such as Estonia, Belarus, or Russia (though make sure you check whether you need a visa for Russia).

Cost per day: $40.00

A view of the hungarian parliament building and the danube river.
A view of the hungarian parliament building and the danube river


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 I have visited and can certainly say it is possible to explore here on a budget.

Nonetheless, it can be surprisingly affordable, especially in comparison to nearby Croatia and Italy (be aware that come 2025 you will require an ETIAS to enter Croatia and other Schengen countries).

Greek food will be your saving grace here 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).

Cost per day: $40.00

A woman in a hat standing in front of a village in santorini.
checking out the sights in oia, a not so cheap spot to sleep in but you can find affordable options on the other side of island
A group of sailboats in the water near a hill in santorini
watching sunset over a red beach in santorini
The acropolis in Athens, Greece, is a must-visit destination for travelers seeking affordable experiences in one of the cheapest countries to travel.
checking out one of the squares in athens


If you are in Europe and running low on cash then there is no better way to stretch your bucks than to head to Bulgaria.

This underrated gem in Europe is a backpacker’s paradise, with cheap and delicious Bulgarian food, affordable accommodation, and a good party scene.

Don’t worry too much about the cost of international flights either! The infamous Ryanair and Whizzair both fly here.

Book ahead of time to get the lowest rates. You can also travel around the country with ease thanks to affordable public transport.

No matter what type of landscapes you love, you can find them in Bulgaria. From the beautiful mountains, the seaside towns, and big city living, you will love exploring this awesome country which has so much to offer!

Cost per day: $27.00

The old town of Sarajevo in SFR Yugoslavia is a backpacker-friendly destination.
beautiful towns in bulgaria


The amazing country of Turkey is extremely underrated. From the impressive mosques of Istanbul, the beaches along the coast, and the dream-worthy landscapes of Cappadocia, Turkey is a destination that more backpackers need to explore!

Buses here are an excellent way of traveling around. They are known for being extremely high quality, I’m talking entertainment units in the headrests!

However, if you are short on time like I was when exploring Turkey, internal flights are not too expensive. Just remember to book ahead to save money.

What really surprised me was how affordable hotels and backpacker hostels were while in Turkey. You can get a dorm room for less than $10.00 in the heart of the city.

Though, if you are like me and prefer a bit of privacy and traveling with someone else we found private rooms including a traditional Turkish breakfast for $30.00, that’s $15.00 each.

Cost per day: $32.00

Cappadocia, located in turkey, is a must-visit destination for backpackers. With its unique rock formations and fairy chimneys
the incredible landscapes of cappadocia in turkey
tasha amy sits on a bed with pillows and hot air balloons in the sky.
sometimes you have to splash out on a fancy bucketlist hotel for 1 night
The blue mosque in istanbul, turkey.
walking around the grounds of the blue mosque in turkey

Best Countries To Backpack In Africa

There is so much more in Africa than just South Africa where most backpackers seem to congregate in this area.

Head north to some other affordable countries such as Morocco and Egypt. These places are also just an easy flight from many international hubs in Europe.

Wanting a real adventure while in Africa? Why not do an overland tour traveling in a bus around this impressive continent with a bunch of like-minded people?

South Africa

Who knew South Africa is considered one of the cheapest places 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 go 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 can tick off those animals for your list.

To get around I highly recommend checking out Bazbus who provide a hop on and hop off bus service. It’s a great way to meet other backpackers and then go and explore a new town together.

Cost per day: $55.00

An aerial view showcasing the breathtaking beauty of Cape Town and Table Mountain - a must-visit destination for backpackers seeking unforgettable experiences.
looking out over capetown and table moutnain


One of the most beautiful destinations which often appears in the cheapest countries lists is Morocco.

From Morocco desert camping in the Sahara Desert to the surf beaches and the mountains, Morocco is an affordable destination that will keep you amazed by the changing landscapes.

The seaside town of Essaouira is a popular beach spot, though if you are looking for a more relaxed vibe definitely check out Sidi Kaouki.

There are plenty of Morocco travel tips to know to make the most out of your stay. One of my favorite parts of the country was the 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 kafta meat and kebabs you certainly will not be going hungry!

Thanks to regular flights from all around Europe you could be exploring a country on a whole new continent without having to spend that much money!

No matter whether you are traveling solo, bikepacking Morocco with your partner, or even exploring Morocco with kids, you are in for an amazing time.

Cost per day: $40.00

tasha amy standing in front of an ornate door in fes
admiring the incredible decor in fes
A view of fes in morocco, one of the cheapest countries to travel, adorned with many buildings and tannery pools
be happy you can’t smell through photos as this tannery in fes was pungent
tasha amy standing on a sand dune at sunset in morocco
exploring the cheapest countries to travel that are backpacker friendly in morocco


Having unfortunately decreased in popularity in current years thanks to the situations in nearby countries, the affordable country of Egypt has unfortunately fallen off the radar a bit.

Luckily prices here are crazy cheap and I highly recommend you visit this amazingly cheap country. Book in at the Pyramids Loft in Cairo with a rooftop view overlooking 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 Pyramids only costing around $4.00!

Cost per day: $48.00

Cairo, Egypt is one of the cheapest countries to travel to.
egypt is another great choice for a backpacker friendly country to visit

FAQs About The Best Places To Backpack

Which is the cheapest European country to visit?

The cheapest European country to visit is often Bulgaria. It offers affordable accommodation, food, and attractions. Cities like Sofia and Plovdiv provide rich cultural experiences, historic sites, and vibrant local life without breaking the bank, making it a budget-friendly destination for travelers.

What is the cheapest state to visit?

Some of the cheapest states to visit include Indiana, West Virginia, Georgia, Iowa, Tennessee, Kansas, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and Mississippi.

Each of these states offers unique and affordable attractions for travelers who want to save money and have fun.

What is the best country for first-time backpackers?

Thailand is often considered the best country for first-time backpackers. It offers affordable travel, a well-trodden backpacker trail, friendly locals, and diverse experiences from bustling cities to serene beaches and cultural landmarks, making it an ideal and accessible destination for new travelers.

Where to Next? The Cheapest Countries to travel for backpackers in 2024!

No matter where you decide to explore during your adventures there are plenty of affordable countries to check out on a backpacker budget.

All around the globe, you will find some of these amazing destinations, offering some excellent landscapes, a new culture to discover, and plenty of new experiences to be made!

So which countries will you be traveling to in 2024 and do you have any other recommendations?


Seriously, if I had a dollar for each time I googled cheapest countries to visit, affordable destinations to travel 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 to backpack off my must-visit list.

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38 thoughts on “22+ Cheapest Countries To Backpack In The World! [2024]

  1. Avatar for Many
    Many says:

    Currently in Laos (January 2023) and visiting with my Thai relatives, they say food and massages are cheaper in Laos. But clothes are more expensive because imported from Thailand. When it comes to dorms in hostels, they’re about the same I guess.

  2. Avatar for JohnnyRoams
    JohnnyRoams says:

    Hey Tasha, thanks for the great guides. Just letting you know the “Cheapest Countries…” image on the right sidebar is incorrectly pointing to your Vietnam destinations page instead of this one!

  3. Avatar for Lily Safi
    Lily Safi says:

    This is great! We definitely picked to visit South Africa for our safari because 1) we wanted to see the awesome cities and wineries too and 2) it was much more affordable to get to and find a good priced safari!

    I know this is meant for backpackers, but I totally agree for honeymooners as well! You can get luxury for less and extend your stay when you go to more affordable countries! Love the blog and keep up the great work!

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    Theresa says:

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    Divya: Gone With A Whim says:

    AARGH what an amazing list. I have only been to Greece on this list and I’m itching to get back on the road. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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    Sue Davies says:

    Gorgeous photos. Nice to show people how to do these things affordably. Been to all but three of these (Nepal, Hungary and Guatemala). Need to get to those. Just was in Indonesia (Yogyakarta) in March and it is extremely affordable and fun.

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    Sanne Grieten says:

    Wow first of all, these photos are just spectacular!! And secondly; you gave me so much inspiration where to travel this year. Thank you!

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    Mirela says:

    Indonesia <3 <3 <3 miss this country so much! And totally agree it is cheap, apart from Bali. And is wonderful, the archipelagos and beaches and waters volcanos, I stayed one month and ever since I dream to spend six discovering as much. Some others in the list, agree with everything about the destinations I visited so far, like Portugal, Greece, or Morocco, Cuba. Still to see about half of the destinations :)

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    Kat Weiss says:

    This is great! We definitely picked to visit South Africa for our safari because 1) we wanted to see the awesome cities and wineries too and 2) it was much more affordable to get to and find a good priced safari!

    I know this is meant for backpackers, but I totally agree for honeymooners as well! You can get luxury for less and extend your stay when you go to more affordable countries! Love the blog and keep up the great work!

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    Prajakta | Mind's Musings says:

    It’s a great list.. I would love to visit all the countries in this list. So far, I have only been to Greece..

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    Valeria says:

    I am studying at Singapore which is the most expensive country in South East Asia but is good to have amazing and cheap neighbor countries, looking forward to visiting Indonesia and Laos this year.

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    hijabiglobetrotter says:

    What an awesome list you have! I would love to visit every single one of them. The image you have for Egypt is not Egypt but Granada, Spain.

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    Vanessa Day says:

    I’m seriously thinking about a trip to Egypt next year, and I’m glad to see it on this list. Pretty much all of these destinations are on my list, and it’s good to know they will be friendly to my wallet.

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    meljc says:

    I’m glad to see Greece and Portugal on the list! We’re planning to finish our trip around the world in those two countries :-D

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    Hannah Stein says:

    What gorgeous photos!! I’ve been to most of these countries but not all. I’d love to tick off the rest of them, especially Nepal and South Africa.

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    Janine DeVault says:

    I love this post! It’s a happy coincidence that almost all of these countries are near the top of my “To-travel” list! Guatemala is gorgeous, but the chicken buses can be a little scary on the narrow, cliffside highways. When I was there I commented to a local that Guatemalan drivers must be very talented not to crash. He informed me that crashes are actually not that rare :O Ack!!! Buuut, it IS the best way to get around!

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    Katelyn Brin Bossany says:

    I had no idea Hungary was one of the cheapest places to travel to. It’s been on my list forever, so I’m hoping I can check it off in 2018 now.

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    Tanmaya Godbole says:

    This is such a cool list!!! And there are so many countries on here that I really want to visit :)
    Thanks for putting together a very detailed list!

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    Savannah Ivy says:

    This is a great list! I would have never guessed South Africa would be on the list! And Nepal, oh I want to go there! Thanks for sharing!

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    Anna WouldBTraveller says:

    How have I never heard of the banana pancake backpacking trail before? It sounds right up my street!
    Thanks so much for sharing this list – I’ve been guilty of booking destinations regardless of price recently but I need to think about my budget in 2018!

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    Mille Mirah Seiersen says:

    I was in Indonesia a couple of months ago and it was so cheap! I was very pleasantly surprised! Great post!

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    Abbi @ spinthewindrose.com says:

    Aaaah this list is giving me such itchy feet!! So many places to choose from! I’m heading to Morocco in the new year so I’m glad to know it’s not going to break the bank. Totally agree about Sri Lanka, but South Africa really surprised me! Great list, saving for future travels!

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    Lindsey Messenger says:

    So many of these are already on my list! But I love having them all in one place. I also love seeing more photos. After traveling to Paris this fall I definitely need a more adventurous/cheap location to go to next year. Or more than once if I can! :)

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    Your Local Foreigner says:

    Wow! So many great places! I am just like you in that I literally choose travel destinations based on price. I am excited to continue my adventures by adding some of these places to my list! Cheers!

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    Krista says:

    You’ve just added some many destinations to my bucket list! Thank you! THANK YOU for this! love it so much! I am dying to get to Cuba and Egypt!

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