Every traveler dreams of visiting as much cities as they can. Whether those places are near or far, they will try and visit them no matter what. However, sometimes, travelling can be so incredibly expensive it can drain you out of your finances. This is why good planning is essential when travelling on a budget.
Luckily, there is the option to visit some of the world capitals and save money, at the same time. Here is a list of suggested budget-friendly capitals you can visit.
1. New Delhi, India
The capital of India has a very rich history. It is filled with remnants of its very history and the people who settled here, or just passed through. There are many monuments, buildings, and temples to be seen. One of the most popular attractions is The Lotus Temple. It is a gigantic building designed in the shape of a lotus flower. There are 27 petals made of marble surrounding it. The Temple is a worshiping centre for all religions. Once you get there through the beautiful gardens, you will be asked to take off your shoes and turn off your phone. When you do this, you will be allowed to enter and sit there in silence.
Another interesting site to visit is the India Gate, a war monument dedicated to the fallen Indian soldiers who fought for the British Army during World War I.
The cost of living here, is fairly cheap and affordable. A meal in a normal restaurant will cost you less than $5. Public transportation is cheap as well. A monthly pass is $9, while a taxi’s starting tariff is $0.45. Rent per month, for a one-bedroom apartment, in the city center is just above $250, while that price is doubled for a three-bedroom apartment in the same area. Surely, there are also low-priced hotels. All in all, the trip to New Delhi would be quite cheap.
2. Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw may not be a popular destination, nor is it as beautiful as some other cities in Europe, but it certainly deserves a visit. It will offer you centuries-old beauty that you can check out in the Old Town, for example. It is the oldest part of town. There are many things to see there. Other than the beautiful architecture of the surrounding buildings, you will also see a fair share of monuments scattered around it.
In case you like castles, you can pay a visit to the Royal Castle. The stunning red building served as a home to the Polish kings and queens. It is located at the beginning of the Old Town, in the Castle Square. However, if you prefer museums, you can always visit the Warsaw Rising Museum, dedicated to the Rising of 1944.
The prices of food, transportation, and accommodation are amazing too. If you want to save some money, but see something beautiful, then Warsaw should be your next choice. A meal in an inexpensive restaurant can cost you $5.31, or anywhere below $10. Food in the markets is also cheap. One kilogram of fruits and vegetables is just above $1. The normal taxi tariff begins at $2, while a monthly pass for public transportation is around $27. Hotel prices are also budget-friendly, if you are looking for a normal hotel. A 3-star hotel can cost you from $29 to $100. If you want to rent an apartment in the city center, a monthly rent will cost around $500, for a one-bedroom apartment.
3. Jakarta, Indonesia
If you are looking for something exotic and new, then you should go to Jakarta and enjoy a fun and wild holiday. Even though it is a big city, a few days in it would be enough to go around and visit all the bigger attractions. The first place all the tourists visit is the National Monument or the Monas Tower. It symbolizes the fight for Indonesia and its independence. You can climb to the observation deck and see the city from the top. It is one of the best views of the city. The ticket is just $1.25. Since you are already there, you can visit the National Museums too. Moreover, go to the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, a cultural park. You will get a chance to see religious buildings such as churches and mosques, or some museums and theatres. Additionally, you can experience the Indonesian culture through exhibits or take strolls through stunning gardens.
When you take a break from walking around the city, visit some of the restaurants and enjoy an inexpensive meal that can cost you less than $5 (or around $18 for two persons), in a fairly good restaurant. A normal taxi tariff starts from $0.54 – a liter of gasoline will cost you $0.62. A one-way ticket for public transportation is $0.29. Finally, you can find cheap hotels with a good deal, with prices as low as $20 per night.
4. Rome, Italy
If; however, you are looking for something more popular, yet still budget-friendly, perhaps giving a chance to Rome is a good idea. It is a historic, beauty filled place, with ancient sites and monuments. There is something for everyone here – from gorgeous food and rich culture, to various architectural wonders. You can go to the Fontana di Trevi and make a wish, or go to the Aventine Hill and take a look of the St. Peter’s Basilica through a keyhole. If you like museums, you can go to the Vatican Museums which are located within the Vatican City borders. Witness the huge collections the Popes have collected throughout the centuries. While you are there, you will see the famous Spiral Stairs, which were designed by Giuseppe Momo.
Even though Rome has a reputation for being expensive, you can still plan in advance and make the best deals for your trip there. A meal in an inexpensive restaurant can range from $10 – $20. Public transportation isn’t so expensive either. One-way tickets are $1.63, or a normal taxi tariff starts from $4.35. You can find cheap accommodation if you book in advance and get the cheapest offer. Or, if you stay longer, an average one-month rent for a one-bedroom apartment outside the city centre will be around $740.
Some of the places on this list might not be so famous, but they are inexpensive and easy on your budget. Just think of it this way, and you will be able to travel around the world, becoming a world-class traveler. Even more, you will do wonders for your finances. It is a win-win situation, don’t you think?