Many people believe that traveling is extremely expensive — and while this may be true if you’re expecting five-star hotels and luxury cruises, on the whole it’s a misconception. There are countries all over the world where, thanks to the low cost of living and (in some cases) strong U.S. dollar, it’s possible to get around on a very low budget.
Traveling on the cheap is certainly not for everyone and it often means making a few sacrifices, but choosing the right place to visit is half the battle. Here are seven countries where you can travel on $30 a day or less. (Willing to go a bit higher? See 7 Amazing International Destinations That Won’t Cost a Fortune.)
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Thailand is the original backpacker’s paradise. Its mix of stunning tropical islands, bustling cities, mouthwatering food, and vibrant night life has seen its popularity explode in recent decades. Despite this huge growth in visitor numbers, Thailand’s prices have remained extremely low and it’s still one of the cheapest countries to visit in the whole of Southeast Asia.
Hostel dorm beds are available for as little as $1.47 per night. While I was there in 2014 I found private double rooms for just $7 a night. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost $1.77, and a pint of domestic beer costs the same.
Top money saving tip: Take advantage of the amazing street food in Thailand. It’s famous for being some of the best in the world and is also some of the cheapest, with some meals costing as little as $1. (See also: How to Eat Street Food Safely While Traveling)