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11 Amazing Countries Anyone Can Travel To On A College Budget

11 Amazing Countries Anyone Can Travel To On A College Budget

Need a vacation but have a tiny travel budget? Planing a trip on a student budget might not be as restricting as you thought. There are countries in the world where travel costs can be a fraction of what you would pay in other destinations. I did a little research based on cost of living and budget travel costs in certain countries and found some astoundingly cheap places to visit. There are also lots of cheap and free things to do in these countries.

My findings are broken out like this for each country:

  • Cheapest dorm bed at a decent hostel in the Countries capital. If staying outside the capital I am pretty sure you would find even cheaper.
  • Two trips on public transit a day (the counties average price).
  • One paid attraction a day based on prices in the countries capital.
  • Three cheap meals a day.
  • Three domestic beers a day.
  • Adding all for mentioned together for a total daily budget.

Here are 11 countries anyone can travel to on a college budget:

1. Colombia

Colombia- travel on a college budget
    Photo via Flickr

    Colombia has Caribbean coast, towering Andean mountains and mysterious Amazon jungle making it one of the most exotic and alluring countries in South America. Caribbean, Spanish and Indigenous cultures combine to create delicious cuisine, striking colonial architecture and the warmest, beautiful people. To make Colombia even more enticing, it can be as easy on the wallet as it is on the eyes. Colombia has a lot of cheap accommodation options and is loaded with free and cheap things to do.

    Accommodation (hostel dorm bed) and attraction prices are based on prices in Cartagena and the rest is average pricing for Colombia.

    • Cheap accommodation- $11.77
    • Transportation- $1.62
    • Meals- $11.46
    • Drinks- $3.57
    • Attractions- $7.27
    • Daily budget- $35.69

    2. Ecuador

    Ecuador travel on a college budget
      Photo via Flickr

      Ecuador is Colonial architectural treasures, picturesque plazas and meandering cobbled streets. Coupled with misty Amazon rain forest, majestic volcanoes and you have all the makings of an adventurous fairy-tale. Whats even more surreal, travel to Ecuador can be quite cheap. Every city has many free and cheap things to do. Wander an open air market, they are free to visit and a great way to experience the culture in Ecuador or take a free walking tour and learn about the city you are visiting from a local guide.

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      Accommodation (hostel dorm bed) and attractions are based on prices in Quito and the rest is average cost of living in Ecuador.

      • Cheap accommodation- $10.75
      • Transportation- $0.50
      • Meals- $9
      • Drinks- $3
      • Attractions- $5.25
      • Daily budget- $28.50

      3. Bolivia

      Bolivia travel on a college budget
        Photo via Flickr

        Some say a little perplexing, rough around the edges even. Bolivia is unequivocally robust, complex and bewitching. One of the Earths best trekking countries, Bolivia offers towering peaks, swaths of dense jungle and sweeping forbidden expanses that beckon you even further into the wild. What this means is, Bolivia is unbelievable and one heck of a deal to explore. It is free or very cheap to visit most of Bolivia’s beautiful churches and Museums.Outdoor adventure activities abound in this intriguing country and are quite inexpensive as well.

        Accommodation (hostel dorm bed) and attractions are based on prices in La Paz and the rest is average cost of living in Bolivia.

        • Cheap accommodation- $9.78
        • Transportation- $0.60
        • Meals- $6.51
        • Drinks- $4.51
        • Attractions- $1.93
        • Daily budget- $23.33

        4. Nicaragua

        Nicaragua travel on a college budget
          Photos via Flickr

          Smoldering Volcano Conception spills smoke over Lake Nicaragua and gives birth to one of the worlds most exciting views. Nicaragua’s Conception is fire from earth, wind over water telling the swirling, passionate tale of elemental importance in the countries tumultuous, distant past. It sounds intriguing doesn’t it? Good news is, it’s inexpensive too.

          Accommodation (hotel) and attractions are based on prices in Managua and the rest is average cost of living in Nicaragua.

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          • Cheap accommodation- $18
          • Transportation- $0.30
          • Meals- $15
          • Drinks- $3
          • Attractions- $7
          • Daily budget- $43.30

          5. Costa Rica

          Hike through the rain forest, zip line through the canopy. Enjoy gushing white water rapids and epic world class surfing. Hike lofty trails and behold smoldering volcanoes. Given its compact size, you can experience all of this in Costa Rica without breaking the bank.

          Accommodation (hostel dorm bed) and attractions are based on prices in San Jose and the rest is average cost of living in Costa Rica.

          • Cheap accommodation- $12
          • Transportation- $1.48
          • Meals- $22.23
          • Drinks- $6
          • Attractions- $9.28
          • Daily budget- $50.99

          6. Mexico

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            Photo via Flickr

            Mexico has it all; deserts spotted with juicy cactus, lush jungles teaming with exotic wildlife, white sand beaches and idyllic lagoons. Oh, and lets not forget all of the food that will make your taste buds rejoice. Mexico is a bonafide thriller for the senses. Not so much for the bank account.

            Accommodation (hostel dorm bed) and attractions are based on prices in Mexico city and the rest is average cost of living in Mexico.

            • Cheap accommodation– $2
            • Transportation- $1.04
            • Meals- $13.26
            • Drinks- $4.41
            • Attractions- $6.32
            • Daily budget- $27.03

            7. Romania

            romania travel on a college budget
              Photo via Flickr

              Steeped in folk lore, Romania has all the trappings of a Grimms tale. There are heart-stopping castles perched ominously on jagged hilltops, villages that appear to have just stepped out of the middle ages and a small part of the population that still honestly believes in witchcraft. The stuff of fairy tales indeed.

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              Accommodation (hostel dorm bed) and attractions are based on prices in Bucharest and the rest is average cost of living in Romania.

              • Cheap accommodation- $12.85
              • Transportation- $1.12
              • Meals- $16.41
              • Drinks- $4.23
              • Attractions- $4.01
              • Daily budget- $38.62

              8. Thailand

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                Photo via Flickr

                Thailand has culture, history, shining temples, outstanding food, tropical beaches and buzzing cities with bumping nightlife. There is something for every budget no mater how small in the land famous for it’s peoples enchanting smiles.

                Accommodation (hostel dorm bed) and attractions are based on prices in Chang Mai and the rest is average cost of living in Thailand.

                • Cheap accommodation- $6.63
                • Transportation- $1.22
                • Meals- $5.01
                • Drinks- $5.49
                • Attractions- $3.34
                • Daily budget- $21.69

                9. Albania

                Albania travel on a college budget
                  Photo via Flickr

                  Europe is perceived to be expensive but some of its countries are great for travelers on a budget. Quite possibly Europe’s best kept secret, Albania is loaded with natural beauty, remarkable attractions and mountain villages seemingly frozen back in time (like the prices to visit this little gem).

                  Accommodation (hostel dorm bed) and attractions are based on prices in Tirana and the rest is average cost of living in Albania.

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                  • Cheap accommodation- $11.67
                  • Transportation- $0.54
                  • Meals- $18.66
                  • Drinks- $3.72
                  • Attractions- $6
                  • Daily budget- $40.59

                  10. Sri Lanka

                  sri lanka travel on a college budget
                    Photo via Flickr

                    Ahh, Sri Lanka; Savory food, limitless stretches of beach, enduring relics. Best known for it’s tea, I was surprised to learn tiny Sri Lanka has 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Distances between things are short so it’s easy to get around cheaply. There is much to see, mountains, lush tea plantations,rain forest teaming with wild life and spectacular temples. Sri Lanka is alluringly beautiful, and affordable.

                    Accommodation (hostel dorm bed) and attractions are based on prices in Colombo and the rest is average cost of living in Sri Lanka.

                    • Cheap accommodation- $16.02
                    • Transportation- $0.46
                    • Meals- $4.59
                    • Drinks- $4.14
                    • Attractions- $15
                    • Daily budget- $40.21

                    11. Indonesia

                    indonesia travel on a college budget
                      photo via Flickr

                      Indonesia is a land of intrigue. Boasting thousands of islands, hundreds of languages, white sand beaches and simmering volcanoes. Indonesians staggering diversity equals one heck of a grand adventure. With so much to offer travelers there are many free and cheap things to do to experience the best of Indonesia.

                      Accommodation (hostel dorm bed) and attractions are based on prices in Jakarta and the rest is average cost of living in Indonesia.

                      • Cheap accommodation- $17.22
                      • Transportation- $.58
                      • Meals- $6.12
                      • Drinks- $6.12
                      • Attractions- $1.02
                      • Daily budget- $31.06

                      Booking plane tickets is another budget challenge. Airlines adjust prices regularly so check prices early and frequently. They can change pricing multiple times within a week so check daily until you find a price you like. The best pricing is generally seven weeks in advance. You are likely to pay more booking last minute or too far in advance.

                      Featured photo credit: Pedro Szekely via flickr.com

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                      30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

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                      Summertime can be a real strain on your wallet. The sun is out, there are people to see, places to be; it’s no wonder you might be short of funds during these sunny months. Not everything has to cost you an arm and a leg.

                      Take some time to go through this list of 20 cheap summer activities and make some realistic goals to complete as many as you can.

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                      1. Visit a strawberry festival

                      Summer is prime time for tasting strawberries. More often than not, an area that grows strawberries will have a strawberry festival. Indulge yourself in strawberry pies, jams, cakes and more!

                      2. Have a picnic

                      Take your partner or your family to the local park and enjoy a relaxing picnic. Designate each person to bring one food item of their choice to add to the fun.

                      3. Camp in your back yard

                        The summer heat can sometimes make it hard to sleep. Why not enjoy the heat outside in the yard? Pitch a tent or gaze into the night sky.

                        4. Take long walks

                        Discover something new where you live. Take the afternoon off from your chores and go for a long walk. You may be surprised by what you discover.

                        5. Break a world record

                        Breaking a world record doesn’t have to be time-consuming. You could even break one on your lunch hour. Give it a go!

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                        6. Go on a bike ride

                        The number of bike paths on roads in big cities has increased dramatically over the years. Take advantage, and enjoy the summer breeze.

                        7. Join a gym class

                          The gym is not everyone’s idea of a good time, but why not go with a friend a join a class? Spinning, yoga and step classes are always more fun with friends, and a lot of gyms allow you to pay-as-you-go.

                          8. Find a new hobby

                          The summer is the perfect time to find a new hobby. Serotonin (our body’s natural “happy” hormone) is produced by the sunshine and will be at a yearly high, which is great for when we want to tackle something new.

                          9. Join a sports team

                          Not all sports teams are competitive and require huge amounts of your time. Join in the fun with like-minded people, get fit, stay healthy and make some friends along the way.

                          10. Make a slip ‘n slide

                            Gather your friends, some plastic sheeting, a hose, washing up liquid if desired, and make a huge slip ‘n slide just like these guys. Granted, yours won’t be as big, but you get the idea… it’s fun!

                            11. Make a treasure hunt for your kids

                            Today’s digital world sees our children more often than not playing inside than outside. Why not create a sense of adventure by making a treasure hunt? Only rule? It has to be outside.

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                            12. Visit a free festival

                            Towns and cities are awash with free festivals, with themes from film to science. Scout your local area and discover something new.

                            13. Visit the zoo

                              Let’s face it: we love animals. While browsing news websites and social media networks you’re bound to come across a few pictures of cats. Take a trip to your local zoo for a better experience.

                              14. Take a road trip

                              Enjoy the open road with a few friends and take a road trip somewhere–anywhere. Just go out and enjoy the sunshine!

                              15. Play ultimate frisbee in the park

                                Frisbee is always great fun down the park, but why not turn it into more of a competitive sport by playing ultimate frisbee?

                                16. Make your own ice cream

                                Ice cream is a very versatile dessert. Make a sandwich, enjoy a cone, or simply just enjoy a bowl full. Better yet, making your own ice cream allows you to create any flavor you want.

                                17. Invite your neighbors over for a BBQ

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                                  18. Get a summer job

                                  For many students, summer is the time for relaxation and fun. But who said earning money and being productive isn’t fun? You only get out what you put into a situation.

                                  19. Attend a charity event

                                  Attending a charity event is a great way to raise funds and awareness for a cause, meet new people, and generally have a good time. Search for your local charity event today.

                                  20. Visit a national park

                                  National parks are a great way to explore nature and learn something new. You could even volunteer and make a difference in helping restore natural habitats.

                                  21. Visit your local comedy club

                                    Local comedy clubs are extremely underrated. They are cheap to attend and no doubt you’ll have a barrel of laughs.

                                    22. Make your own hammock

                                      Hammocks are very relaxing, are perfect for summer afternoons and are surprisingly easy to make.

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                                      23. Read in your new hammock

                                      Now you have your very own hammock, the only thing left to do is enjoy it. Grab your favorite book and read to your heart’s content.

                                      24. Watch a movie outside

                                      Movies are great. Relaxing outside in the evening is great. Put them together and you’ve got a perfect combination. In D.C, Maryland and Virginia this summer, for example, you can enjoy a huge number of movies outside.

                                      25. Take a hike

                                        Hikes are a great way to keep fit and see more of Mother Nature. There are countless trails available for you to explore. Why not try some this summer?

                                        26. Learn how to fly a kite

                                        As a child, you probably had a kite and haven’t touched it since. Why not dust it off and attempt to fly it? It’s tricky, but well worth the challenge.

                                        27. Work out at the park

                                        American cities are full of parks with ample space for a work out session. No doubt you’ll be happier to work out in the sun rather than a crowded gym.

                                        28. Take your dog to the beach

                                          One of the many joys of owning a dog is taking him or her for long walks during the summertime. This joy is enhanced when visiting the beach, for both you and your dog.

                                          29. Make a summer smoothie

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                                          30. Attend a free yoga session at the beach

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