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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

20 Best Budget Travel Destinations to Go At Least Once in Your Life

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20 Best Budget Travel Destinations to Go At Least Once in Your Life

If you’re planning your next travel adventure on a limited budget, there’s good news. Price of Travel published the Backpacker Index of 136 countries .

The index is based on the price for a group of things, per day, for each city. Included is a dorm bed at a good and low-cost hostel, three value-for-money meals, two public transportation rides, one paid cultural attraction and three cheap beers.

To ensure diversity in terms of countries represented, we have excluded countries that appear more than once in the top 20 of the index, selecting the next best option. Here are 20 best budget travel destinations based on July 20th, 2016 Exchange rates:

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1. Krakow, Poland

Krakow is one of Europes most interesting and affordable cities.

  1. Average daily budget: $24.83
  2. Main attractions/things to do
  • Auschwitz, the biggest Nazi German labour and concentration camp
  • Wawel Castle – this former castle is now a museum.
  • Bunker of Modern Art – museum located in the center of town.
  • Free walking tours daily

2. Kiev, Ukraine

  1. Average daily budget: $21.73
  2. Main attractions/things to do
  • Chernobyl Museum
  • Kiev’s Metro Stations, a byproduct of the Soviet era
  • Kievo-Pecherska Lavra – this monastery is one of the top attractions

3. Belgrade, Serbia

  1. Average daily budget: $27.03
  2. Main attractions/things to do
  • Kalemegdan – Belgrade Fortress – this citadel is a top tourist destination
  • Palace of Princess Ljubice
  • Nikola Tesla Museum dedicated towards the famous scientist and inventor.

4. Hanoi, Vietnam

Whilst Hanoi – the capital of Viet Nam – is more traditional, with less to do than the bigger Saigon, the busy city center makes up for this.

  1. Average daily budget: $17.14
  2. Main attractions/things to do
  • Overnight trips to the famous Halong Bay.
  • Hoa Lo Prison – this is where John McCain spent time during the American/Vietnam War.
  • The Water Puppet Theatre is one of the top attractions.
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum allows you to see this leaders preserved body as you walk through the tomb.

5. Goa, India

Beaches and bars. Need one say more.

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  1. Average daily budget: $18.42
  2. Main attractions/things to do
  • Paradiso Club in Anjuna – this is a famous disco in the area.
  • Beaches – take time to unwind on the many beaches in the area.

6. Chiang Mai, Thailand

After Bangkok, Chiang Mai is the second largest and second most popular cultural city.

  1. Average daily budget: $19.07
  2. Main attractions/things to do
  • Chiang Mai National Museum
  • Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders
  • Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep – this temple overlooks the city from the top of the mountain. There is a cable car which can take you up the last stretch.

7. Vientiane, Lao People’s Republic Democratic Republic

  1. Average daily budget: $20.00
  2. Main attractions/things to do
  • Lao National Museum – this is the countries largest and most comprehensive museum.
  • Patuxai (Victory Gate) – staircases through several gift shops guide you to majestic views.
  • Wat Si Saket/Sisaket Museum – known for the hundreds of small buddha statues.

8. Quito, Ecuador

Quito has spring-like weather all year round. This combined with high altitude gives it an exotic feel. Is is often the starting point of those who wish to venture to the Galapagos Islands.

  1. Average daily budget: $22.20
  2. Main attractions/things to do
  • Teleferico cable car – provides stunning views of the city.
  • Museo del Banco Central is the main museum, offering a mix of history and art.

9. Cairo, Egypt

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  1. Average daily budget: $23.03
  2. Main attractions/things to do
  • Great Pyramids & Sphinx
  • Great Pyramid of Khufu – the largest of the pyramids
  • Mummy exhibit – contained within the museum, this is a separate fee
  • Ride a camel
  • Egyptian Museum

10. Colombo, Sri-Lanka

  1. Average daily budget: $23.13
  2. Main attractions/things to do
  • Colombo Zoological Gardens

11. Phnom Phen, Cambodia

  1. Average daily budget: $23.75
  2. Main attractions/things to do
  • Royal Palace/Silver Pagoda – the main palace of the country.
  • Killing Fields of Choeung Ek – the memorial is to be found 20 min outside town. A must visit.
  • Wat Phnom – this is where the city gets its name from. This temple is the most impressive and is found on a mountain overlooking the town.

12. Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest is one of Europes cheaper larger cities.

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  1. Average daily budget: $23.94
  2. Main attractions/things to do
  • Parliament Palace – this Soviet-era structure is the second largest building in the world.
  • Museum of the Romanian Peasant – immensely popular.

13. Manila, Philippines

Manila is becoming increasingly popular among cultural travelers. And there is no shortage of things to do.

  1. Average daily budget: $24.68
  2. Main attractions/things to do
  • National Museum of the Philippines – displays of the history and the contemporary culture are too be found.
  • Ayala Museum – special exhibitions are often showcased here.

14. Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia is not a destination that many would of mentioned in the past, but this is changing rapidly as people explore post-soviet life and the history and culture of the city.

  1. Average daily budget: $25.99
  2. Main attractions/things to do
  • Walking tour of Sofia or bicycle tour – guided tour of the city to see the main sights
  • St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral museum – it is free to enter the orthodox cathedral, but there is a charge for entering the crypt.

15. Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara – the capital of Nepal – is often one of the first stops after arriving in Kathmandu and also the city with the most bang for your buck.

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  1. Average daily budget: $15.75
  2. Main attractions/things to do
  • Devis Falls – popular waterfall. Don’t bother during winter as the waterfall is merely a trickle.
  • Trekking – can add to the cost, but do some research and shop around. The Annapurna circuit is popular.
  • Huge choice of restaurants and bars serving a selection of food from around the world.

16. Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta is the main hub for accessing almost anywhere in Indonesia

  1. Average daily budget: $26.81
  2. Main attractions/things to do
  • Monas (National Monument) – Whilst the monument itself receives mixed reviews, the top of the tower offers the best views.

17. Yangon, Myanmar

  1. Average daily budget: $26.96
  2. Main attractions/things to do
  • Shwedagon Pagoda – this is the most important religious site in the country and should be on top of your list.

18. Mexico City, Mexico

  1. Average daily budget: $27.10
  2. Main attractions/things to do
  • Sightseeing bus tour – a tour that gives you hop-on, hop-off privileges
  • Chapultepec Castle – provides stunning city views
  • National Museum of Anthropology – visit the acclaimed museum.

19. Fez, Morocco

  1. Average daily budget: $27.13
  2. Main attractions/things to do
  • Shopping
  • Wander the complicated Medinas with a guide (recommended)

Cities excluded to allow for diversity of locations:
Saigon (Viet Nam), Kathmandu (Nepal), Luang Prabang (Lao People’s Democratic Republic), Delhi (India), Mumbai (India), Bangkok (Thailand), Hoi An (Viet Nam)

20. La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz has extreme altitude and a climate that never changes. It is regarded as one of the most unique cities in the world.

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  1. Average daily budget: $25.26
  2. Main attractions/things to do
  • Coca Museum – the cocaine trade is discussed.
  • Museum San Francisco – Bolivias historical artifacts can be found here.

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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