31 INSANELY AFFORDABLE Budget Travel Destinations to VISIT NOW

You want to travel the world but you
don’t have a lot of money? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
I’m MarKo. I’m Alex, and you’re watching Vagabrothers, your go-to guide for travel
tips inspiration and vlogs here on YouTube. This is part two of our series
on how to travel around the world for cheap. One of the most common questions
we get is where should I travel that’s not too expensive? In this video we made
a list of the coolest and cheapest travel destinations from around the
planet. Before we get started if you like this video make sure you give it a
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course, if you have travel tips of your own, please add them in the comment
section. All right listen up. These are the cheapest places to travel in the
world first up Cape Town, South Africa. Situated
at the southern tip of the African continent, Cape Town has it all- good
beaches, great weather, wine, and safaris nearby, not to mention an awesome blend
of European and African culture. Cape Town may be far away, but once you’re there it’s
one of the best overall destinations for your money. Number 2: Vietnam. Fifty years ago Vietnam was torn apart by war. Today it’s one of
the top travel destinations on the planet. Ho Chi Minh,
formerly known as Saigon, has tons of beautiful French colonial architecture.
Hanoi has great street side bars that serve Bia Pho, fresh beer that costs 25
cents a glass, and the one kind of expensive thing in Vietnam is sent
through Halong Bay, which is worth it. It’s not the cheapest country in Asia; it
doesn’t have the best beaches, but a motorcycle adventure from Ho Chi Minh
City to Hanoi is totally worth it. I did it on a bike I bought in a bar for
300 bucks. So can you. Next up: Ecuador Ecuador, named after the Equator, is quite
an incredible country. It has the Andes Mountains; it has the Galapagos Islands; it
has the Amazon rainforest not to mention beautiful colonial towns
like Quito…. and surf. If you’re going to go anywhere in Latin America,
you should go to Ecuador. Plus they use the dollar. Generally speaking, in Europe to
save money, you want to travel east. Polish city of Krakow is one of the best value
destinations on the continent. It’s got a solid old town with great nightlife, good
restaurants, tons of hostels, and affordable prices across the board.. Dude,
and dumplings Next up: Montreal. For a North American
bargain head to Montreal, the capital city of the Canadian province of Quebec.
Montreal combines French-Canadian heritage with great food, a killer music
scene, and some of the best prices you will find in a North American city.
Hands-down, the classic budget traveler destination has to go to India. It’s
cheap as chips, and it has it all. Does it have stunning scenery?
Dude, the Himalaya. Good food? The best. Plus, it’s vegan friendly. Instagram
potential? Of course, and you’ll have Tinder pics to last until marriage.
There’s so much to do, it’s hard to know where to even start. You’ve got Mumbai, home to Bollywood, Rajasthan India’s largest and most colorful state,
and of course the Himalaya where you can pose yoga, meditate Ajayan, and maybe
even see the Dalai Lama. No matter where you go, you can travel in India for a whole month for the price of one week in Europe. Forget Spring Break and go to
Mexico City. The vibrant capital of Mexico is full of amazing street art,
architecture, and some of the best food on the planet. For those of you in the
United States like ourselves especially people in California and the southern
border states, Mexico is extremely accessible. If you’re thinking about
Cancun, skip it and head down to Tulum for some boho beach vibes where you can pose yoga next to Mayan temples . If you live in the United States, especially
the southern border states, or if you’re from California like us, Mexico is the
closest and one of the cheapest locations in the world. Head down to Baja
California where you can surf, drink craft beer, eat lobster tacos ,and drink
amazing wines all for a fraction of the price that you would pay in the United
States. One of our favorite cities in Europe is Budapest, a stunning capital
full of Art Nouveau and Baroque architecture from the golden days of the
Austro-Hungarian Empire. Even better Budapest sits on top of 120 natural hot
springs that bubble up into these bathhouses. After soaking your bones all
day, scarf down a bowl of goulash and then go hit the ruined bars of the
Jewish Quarter. All this can be done for as low as 35 Euros a day. Feel
like a change of scenery? How about Nepal? Nepal is the access
point for the Himalaya, and even if you’re not trying to climb Mount Everest,
which I feel like most of us are, there’s a ton of stuff to do: you can go
whitewater rafting, paragliding, explore the Buddhist monasteries, and even go on
a wildlife safari in the jungles and see rhino. Yes, they have rhino in Nepal.
The country is still recovering from the 2015 earthquake, so your tourist dollars
will go a long way in rebuilding Nepal. Sri Lanka is one of the most overlooked
countries in Asia, so if you want something like India, but are looking for
something more off the beaten path, Sri Lanka might be for you. This island
nation was once ravaged by civil war but is now in peace. Travelers are
discovering beautiful beaches, colorful culture, and the 5,000 elephants that are
just wandering around the country. Five thousand elephants just walking
around Sri Lanka. The only downside is because it’s still not very developed
for tourism, there aren’t a ton of options. So you might have to spend some time looking around, but here’s to adventure. Next up is Nicaragua
Nicaragua is a Central American country that is a great alternative to Costa
Rica. Costa Rica is an incredible country, but because it’s become so popular, it’s
gotten much more expensive. That’s not the case with Nicaragua. Yet, it’s got
undeveloped beaches, great surf, cheap beer and tons of adventure opportunities. Towns like San Juan del Sur are a great place to get started. But get down
to Nicaragua before that all changes. Buenos Aires, Argentina. The capital
of Argentina is a great place to visit. It’s super fun and a great deal. It’s got a
blend of Italian and Spanish immigrants with French architecture that is
uniquely Argentinean. The bohemian neighborhood of San Telmo is
especially popular with tourists, but it’s a really good place to stay, especially
if you can find a nice Airbnb. For fun think steak dinners every night, wash down with Malbec wine, and plenty of beautiful people teach you how to tango. Next up: Thailand. Thailand is the go-to
destination for most backpackers and with good reason.
Where else can you get a private cabana on the beach for 10 bucks, an hour-long
massage for 5 , and amazing street food for $1? Only in Thailand. The islands and
beaches are starting to get a bit more expensive, but Chiang Mai in the north,
Thailand’s second largest city ,is still a great deal, especially if you’re trying
to do some trekking or volunteering at elephant sanctuaries. If you want to head up the islands, Koh Pipi is still a great deal and Krabi has some incredible
rock-climbing overhanging the ocean. Next to Thailand is Cambodia, which is even
cheaper and comes with a side of history that will snap you out of that daze from
all those Thai messages. On one side you have Angkor Wat, one of the greatest
achievements of mankind. On the other side, you have the killing fields of the
Khmer Rouge in which one quarter of Cambodia’s population was exterminated
during one of the worst genocides of the last century. Thankfully, life has
returned to normal in Cambodia, and you can find a lot of the same stuff in
Thailand, but for cheaper. Back to Europe.. we’re going to talk about Greece.
Although Greece is on the Euro, it was one of the countries that was hardest
hit by the 2008 financial crisis. That’s bad for locals. It’s good for you
as a traveler because prices there are very low. The real gems in Greece are
the islands like Crete, the Instagram friendly island of Mykonos or Santorini
and the backpacker party spot of Ios. Mix and match your favorite islands
with a ferry trip, and you’re on your way. At the top of our bucket list is the
Philippines. As we’ve mentioned, the beaches of Thailand have gotten relatively
expensive, but people say that Philippines is twice as cool and half
the price. Add in some of the friendliest locals on the planet, some cheap air
connections, and the Philippines is looking pretty good. Heading to South America,
we’re talking about Colombia. Colombia, the country that’s long been associated with Pablo Escobar, cocaine, and violence is finally getting the credit that it
deserves as one of the best destinations in South America.. and about time because
this country has everything: beaches on the Pacific and the Caribbean, the Andes
and the Amazon, the Candelaria Quarter in Bogota, the Spanish colonial port of Cartagena, and the unspoiled coastline around Santa Marta are all on our bucket
list and should be on yours, as well. Next up: the Baltic nation of Estonia. Most travelers either don’t know what it is or think it’s part of Russia, but it’s a
hidden gem. Tallinn, the capital, has an immaculately preserved old quarter
that’s actually a Unesco World Heritage site, and it’s also a cool part of town
called Kalamaja, which has a bunch of new modern stuff. It gives you that Nordic vibe at way less money. Usually overshadowed by
its Central American neighbors, Guatemala is an incredible country. It’s
full of living Maya culture surrounded by rugged active volcanoes, and little
towns like Antigua are an incredible place to visit and brush up on your
Spanish. Czech Republic. Prague is an essential stop on any Europe trip with a
storybook old town and beer that’s cheaper than water, literally. Cheaper and
more beautiful still is Cesky Krumlov with far fewer crowds and much lower
prices. The next country on our list has had a tumultuous time in the past couple
of years, especially since the Arab Spring. I’m talking about Egypt with
constant political protests, military coups, plane crashes, and the occasional
shark attack. I know it sounds bad, but Egypt does still have a lot to offer.
Understandably, tourism has dropped by over 40 percent to Egypt in recent years.
Now it does seem that things have cooled down there. So if you do go, chances are
you’ll get the Pyramids of Giza all to yourself. And just so you know, the
Pyramids of Giza are one of the only remaining 7 wonders of the ancient world.
If you’re planning a visit here or anywhere in this region, it’s always a
good bet to check with your foreign office or if you’re from the United
States, the State Department. Moving back stateside, we’re going to New Orleans, Louisiana, my favorite city in the United States. It blends French and Caribbean
culture with great music, and the food alone is worth the trip. Skip the crowds at
Mardi Gras and hit the French Quarter in the shoulder season. There’re way
fewer crowds, but Frenchmen Street and all the live music bars that are on it
are still popping. Croatia is the darling of most travelers, but unfortunately its popularity has increased its price.. King’s Landing. Save money by spending time in lesser-known places like Vis, Plitvice National Park or its capital Zagreb. Sorry that I
mispronounced all three of those. Better yet, check out the Bay of Kotor and
Montenegro, the beaches of Albania, or Sarajevo in Bosnia. Moving back to
Southeast Asia, we have Myanmar or Burma. I was here in 2009 when this country
was largely closed off to the rest of the world. There were no ATMs and very
little foreign money. A lot has changed since then. The country’s leaders
have made a lot of progress towards democracy, and it’s a lot more popular
now with travelers. The former capital of Rangoon is a funky mixture of old
British colonial buildings, and it’s a great place to get your bearings before
heading up to the Temples of Bagan or Inle Lake. Heading back to
South America, let’s talk about Bolivia. This landlocked Andean country is one of
the best travel bets for South America. Plus, it’s got a bit of everything, from
the world’s highest lake to the infamous death road, which you can do on a
mountain bike, and the world-famous Uyuni Salt Flats… all of these are great
places to visit, and supposedly Bolivia has one of the most incredible kind of
lunar martian landscapes. For the Caribbean, we’re recommending Dominican Republic. It is the cheapest country in the region with the exception of its next-door neighbor Haiti. D.R. is much safer than Haiti and has a lot better
tourism infrastructure, so hence a recommendation. There’re great beaches,
but the problem can be that it’s hard to find something that’s not an expensive
resort, so check on Airbnb for a bungalow. Heading back to Eastern Europe, we’re
going to Bulgaria, which happens to be the home country of our good friend Raya,
but also the home of the cheapest capital in Europe, Sofia. You can eat,
drink, party, and sleep here for well under $40 a day. That’s why it’s making
this list. But don’t forget that Bulgaria is on the Black Sea. It has beaches,
islands ,mountains, not to mention UNESCO sites like Nessebar with incredible
architecture. The best kept secret in Western Europe is hands-down Portugal.
The capital Lisbon is one of the most enchanting cities in Europe. Seven hills
dotted with colorful villas and crisscross with iconic trolley. But
it’s not just beautiful, it’s great value. Good luck trying to find a coffee over
one euro Accommodation in particular is cheap and
easy to find because it’s still undiscovered by most tourists. The only
downside is there’s not a lot of direct flights to Lisbon from other countries
outside of Europe, so you might have to fly through Madrid and then take a train.
Heading back to Australasia, let’s go to Bali. Bali the most popular island in
Indonesia is no secret… thanks Eat Pray Love. Nor is it the
cheapest… thanks Australia, but it’s still a good deal for those of you wanting to
get away from it all without much hassle. Rent an inexpensive villa with a pool, an
automatic motorbike, sign up for some yoga classes and you’re chillin’. Most
people stick to Abood, but if you are a surfer, head down to the south. Waves like Uluwatu are some of the best in the world. And if you get bored of Bali.
don’t worry there’s 17,000 other islands in Indonesia and all of them are cheaper
than Bali. Last but not least, Morocco. Easy to reach from Europe, inexpensive, this North
African paradise is the original bohemian getaway. It’s the safest country
in North Africa; it’s got tons of style. Tangier is the gritty port popularized
by expats, like the Rolling Stones. Essaouira is the vibey surf town, complete
with a Portuguese castle and former home of Jimi Hendrix. Marrakech is the
place to go if you want that vibey Instagram photo of you chillin’ next to a
Riyadh, which are those big courtyards with the fountain in the middle. All
right. That’s our list. If you guys have been to any of these places, if you have
a favorite, please let us know by adding a comment in the comment section. That’s how all of us travelers get information these days, you know, the old-fashioned
way by using the Internet. Word of mouth, baby. If you liked
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every single week. All right you guys, in the meantime remember to stay curious,
keep exploring, and we will see you guys and girls on the road. Peace.

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  1. What's up Vagabonds! Hope you enjoy our video and if you're not already subscribed, hit that subscribe button so you don't miss out on any future uploads. Please share other topics you'd like us to make videos about. Stay curious and keep exploring!

  2. Don’t go to Greece, too many scammers on the streets. They target foreigners and they are very bad. It is hard to trust people in the streets. Greece is a very corrupt country. Stay away from it.

  3. If you're planning on Sri Lanka, a few tips:
    1. It has a history of over 2,400 years and its kingdoms (the most famous ones are Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy) are home to some of the most beautiful temples in the world. Seriously, Sri Lanka has a rich history that is just as interesting as European royal history and I definitely recommend buying a book on Sri Lanka's royal dynasties if you visit any of the old kingdoms.
    2. It has a wide plethora of gorgeous beaches. It's an island nation so the beaches are a given, with the most popular one being the Trincomalee beach.
    3. It has wildlife in abundance. Even in the major cities you can see the occasional cow. But if you go to the villages, there is a high chance you'll see the elephants. You can of course go on safaris too, but sometimes it's just nice to spontaneously see an animal you won't usually see in a major Western city. 
    4. The food is amazing (but it depends on how much you can handle the spices). It's heavily based on South Indian cuisine but some of the spices used are different, so it has its own unique qualities. 
    5. If you happen to go around the first week of May, you'll be there for Vesak – the most important Buddhist holy day. What I love about this specific holiday is that the whole country kind of lights up because of it. You'll get to see extravagant yet intricate lanterns all over the place, you'll get to have tons of free food because free food stalls pop up simply everywhere (the lines are long but worth the wait) and at night, the temples are lit up beautifully with gorgeous light displays. Plus, there's this general sense of clam around Vesak. Much like how you would feel nostalgic but content around Christmas, you tend to feel calm and hopeful during Vesak. Maybe I'm biased and projecting a little, but I've always felt that way. I'm not particularly religious (I'm a Buddhist but I tend to celebrate every holiday because I just like the festivities that go along with those holidays) but there is something truly magical about Sri Lanka during Vesak. I live in Australia now and it's something I really truly miss about Sri Lanka.
    6. If you're not there for Vesak in May, Esala in July is also a great time. There are elaborate elephant parades across the country (there are fire breathers, stilt walkers, Kandyan dancers and acrobats too!) but the most notable one is in Kandy in the beginning of August. It's one of those things you have to be there to experience. 
    7. The people are generally rather wonderful to tourists. One might even say they tend to go a bit overboard with their hospitality towards tourists (as a native, I've often been a bit jealous of this actually. I've seen restaurant/hotel staff bend over backwards to make sure every need of a tourist has been met whereas I only get about half that service being Sri Lankan and all. Ah well). 
    8. Sri Lanka has quite a lot of man-made lakes (or 'tanks'). Sri Lankan kings mainly solidified their popularity by doing two things: building temples and building tanks. A lot of the tanks you see will have their own rather interesting history attached to it. My favourite is Kala Wawe (wawe = tank) in Anuradhapura. The story goes that King Datusena (the king who made Kala Wawe) was usurped by his son Kasyapa, who wanted to know where he kept his treasure. King Datusena asked his son to take him to Kala Wawe and told him the tank was his treasure because it provided water to his subjects. Kasyapa had his father killed which makes it all rather tragic, but I’ve always loved the fact that the king acknowledged the tank as his most important treasure. Because to many Sri Lankan people in the past, these tanks made by kings were their lifeline. The tanks not only kept them alive, they provided water to their farms and fields. For an agricultural-based society, access to water was everything and Sri Lankan kings were aware of this from the very beginning. That’s why many of the kings who made the biggest tanks are revered as demi-gods. For example, King Mahasena (who ruled during the end of the 3rdcentury) was hated by pretty much everyone in the country during his reign. But he also built Minneriya Wawe and for that single fact, he attained god-like status for the people in that region. But they were the only ones who truly liked him. You don’t see many castles in Sri Lanka. The big one you’ll see if the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy which is more like Sri Lanka’s version of St Peter’s Basilica (though nowhere near as grand). All the other castles are in ruins but the main takeaway is that the legacy of Sri Lankan royalty lies with the temples and tanks they created for the people rather than the buildings they created for themselves.  
    9. You might be there for the beaches or the wildlife or the forests but I cannot stress this enough: the historical side is completely worth it. Particularly in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Seriously, in Anuradhapura, wherever you go, you are bound to see some sort of stone sculpture that is close to two thousand years old. They are just lying about all over the place. It's one of those areas that truly feels like you are living and breathing the past. It's wonderful.
    10. The hotels are relatively cheap but are very luxurious. I miss them to be honest. You only get motels for the same price in Australia and trust, those are nowhere near as good as the hotels in Sri Lanka.

  4. Hey Glad to see Nepal not only cheapest but one of the beautiful country on the list … You got the pic of Fewa Lake of Nepal in Myanmar Lake lol 😂😂😂

  5. Cusco, Peru. Wonderful food, extremely safe, a lot to do, cheap. The food, omg 😋

    Istanbul, Turkey. Beautiful, full of history, cheap, safe.

    Dubai, wonderful, beautiful, safe, Not expensive.

    Tel-Aviv, Israel. Love it. ( Expensive)

    The Greek islands are expensive, especially Mykonos and Santorini.

  6. Thanks so much, I'm looking for travel next year…A question to travel to Europe in 2020 that I need to get a Visa?
    A few friends told me, next year all American need to get Visa. Is true?

  7. Egypt is safe now and has more than Giza pyramids to visit, just discover Cairo, north cost,Alexandra, Luxur, Aswan,Sharmelshikh, Dahab. thanks for this great video.

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  11. HAHAHA. I was waiting for the last country. And when I found out it's Morocco, I decided not to travel anywhere since I'm Moroccan. I think there is no need for me to travel anywhere.

  12. Europe is really good if you're looking for a really long trip. Moving between the countries in the EU can be as cheap as 1$ for a place in a bus, and one-time flight to and then from Europe is affordable enough for, for example, a month-long trip even if you live really far. Then, once you're in, hostels, public transport and large food stores are your friends.

  13. Needs a bit of fact checkin on those pictures sources. The castle you portrait for Bulgaria is actually Peleș castle in Romania

  14. The concept of being cheap is largely relevant. For a Swiss person, most of the countries are cheap and reachable whereas a person from Uganda, almost all of the countries will be expensive and unreachable by touristic means (except being an asylum seeker or a refugee). The reality is that where you were born and to which family matters (unfortunately).

  15. Pales Castle is located in Romania, not in Bulgaria. Also there are lots of places cheeper than you included in this list 😉

  16. Brothers ths picture you used to show himalayas in India is actually Mount Amadabalam which is located bang inside Nepal. Use Nanda Devi picture instead – beautiful mountain in Uttarakhand India

  17. Guatemala has pools warmed by volcanic veins that run underground. I used to live there one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen!

  18. Loved this thank you….want to travel in December during Christmas
    My LDR and I want to get the most best price for two week stay in another country. We both like the beach. I'm in Oregon, he's in South Africa. I like Mexico to….seems visas are exspensive depends on country. Is it that way when you two travel in another country for fun? What's the best place with the beach, bungalows, internet.. tropical too. Easy for foreigners to travel into for vacation, with not alot of exspenses?

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  20. Negros Oriental in the Philippines, great people, beautiful country, mountains and beaches and super cheap. I stayed in a beach front bungalow at a small dive resort 5 * Padi Certified owned by Europeans for $35US/night. When I wasn't working on my dive certification at the resort or out on the boat diving, Lions Dive Resort didn't have a great beach it had lawn and beach was rocky so I'd take a tricycle (motorcycle with attach seating) down the road to a beach resort that had a bar and restaurant beach side, comfy lounge chairs. Didn't cost anything to be there if you bought lunch or drinks just chillin' on the beach. Also cheap to ride quads up the mountain to hot springs and waterfall. Great place to visit if you don't mind 22 hours travel time lol

  21. Im one of your thumbs down of hopefully more to come. Why would i go to South Africa for European culture, Vietnam and Ecuador for "Colonial" European architecture?!?! You colonists are ridiculous. Take those thumbs up and have a seat.

  22. I have not been to any of these places. Do you have videos on woman friendly visits as I m wiling to travel on my own alot.

  23. Low prices in Greece?!? That has to be FAR from the typical tourist destinations, if even true at all. I went to Crete just a month ago, and it's one of the most expensive vacations I've ever had, and I have been to more than 30 countries.

  24. Been to India, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Egypt and Philippines where I am from. Love this vlog 🙂

  25. I love how cheap Southeast Asia is. That area of the world is so beautiful.
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