Not everyone has a huge budget to afford on a holiday. Plus, the recent pandemic has taken a recent hit on everyone’s wallets. However, since we’ve been locked inside for so long, who doesn’t have a bit of wanderlust and adding a few cheap travel destinations to their bucketlist?
Even if you have to wait a little longer to travel – later in 2020 or even early 2021, you can still start adding towards you travel savings until you finally have enough to take that trip!
That’s why we have put together some of the best budget destinations for 2020 and 2021 where you can find beautiful locations, vibrant cultures, great food, awesome accommodation and more.
Make sure you also pack a travel drone to capture some beautiful images and video of your trip!
Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa features some of the most beautiful beaches and mountains, wildlife, alcohol (beer and wine), plus a vibrant nightlight and outdoor culture. If you enjoy hiking, camping and festivals this is the perfect place for you.
Europeans and Americans can benefit from a favorable exchange rate that offers great value for a summer holiday in South Africa. Cape Town in particular is a hotspot for tourists and it’s highly recommended to check out the entire Western Cape.
Average Airbnb price (per night): $53 – SEARCH NOW
Average price of beer (0.5L): $3.95
Average price of dinner: $2.15
When it comes to cheap travel destinations, Thailand is on everyone’s bucket list. Thailand is based in South East Asia, and offers great value-for-money with a favorable exchange rate.
The country has plenty to do including beautiful beaches, affordable hotels, friendly locals and absolutely delicious food (who doesn’t love Thai food!?)
If you want to check out a party, you’ll want to head to Koh Phangan for a vibrant nightlife. The most popular events, Full Moon Festival and Half Moon Festival, also frequently take place.
Average Airbnb price (per night): $50 – SEARCH NOW
Average price of beer (0.5L): $1.65
Average price of dinner: $1.95
India is a huge country with a population of over 1 billion people spread across the nation. There’s tons to do but we also recommend heading to Goa in particular. At this hotspot you will see some brilliant sightseeing, food, activities and party culture. If you’re looking for a party, head to North Goa which is known for its full-moon and regular beach parties.
Average Airbnb price (per night): $48 – SEARCH NOW
Average price of beer (0.5L): $1.07
Average price of dinner: $2.33
Sri Lanka provides a beautiful mixture of picturesque landscapes, tea plantations, beaches and archeological history. More recently, the country has experienced a boom in popularity.
Everything is pretty affordable in Sri Lanka including transpiration, food and accommodation.
Average Airbnb price (per night): $41
Average price of beer (0.5L): $0.69
Average price of dinner: $1.37
Poland is one of the cheapest major European tourist cities. It’s an excellent bargain with a ton of history and underground psychedelic parties. The low prices mean you’ll find affordable hostels, delicious food, tasty beer and apparently the people are really friendly, too.
Average Airbnb price (per night): $31
Average price of beer (0.5L): $2.66
Average price of dinner: $6.65
Portugal has grown into a popular tourist destination alongside neighbors Spain. Fortunately, prices are still relatively affordable in the country, unlike some other European countries.
Portugal boasts a beautiful climate, fabulous beaches, inexpensive apartment-style hotels. The prices for both food and wine are extremely reasonable; be sure to sample the wines of Portugal.
Lisbon is a city that offers everything you could ask for. However, it has become a bit more expensive. Explore some smaller cities and locations if you’re on a budget.
Average Airbnb price (per night): $47
Average price of beer (0.5L): $2.29
Average price of dinner: $6.86
The capital Budapest is cheap all year round and features castles and cathedrals that will make your eyes pop, sending you back inside a time machine.
You will be able to find cheap hostels within the city for backpacking before and after festivals with delicious food spots. There are also an endless amount of activities to partake in.
Average Airbnb price (per night): $54
Average price of beer (0.5L): $1.42
Average price of dinner: $5.13
Croatia features some of the most beautiful beach towns, as well as scenic routes inland. It’s fairly affordable by European standards, especially when compared to the likes of Italy. The country also has a thriving psychedelic community and is the home of popular Modem Festival.
Average Airbnb price (per night): $38
Average price of beer (0.5L): $2.23
Average price of dinner: $6.16
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I book cheap flights?
It’s best to use a flight search engine to find cheap flights. Two that are highly recommend include Travelstart and Skyscanner.
Where can I book accommodation?
It is recommended to make you accommodation booking via a trusted platform like Airbnb or Booking.com
Do I need to worry about travel insurance?
It is always recommended to have travel insurance. The last thing you want is to be stuck in a foreign country without it!
Is it safe to travel now due to COVID-19?
It is recommended to wait. However, check the travel restrictions of the country that you want to travel to. Some countries are accepting visitors from all places. Please make sure you are responsible.
If I fly on an airplane, should I wear a mask?
Yes! In fact, most airlines and airports require you to wear a mask at all times. They might also take you temperature among other precautions.