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What To Do With $30/Day? Visit These 30 Exotic And Cheap Cities Around The World

What To Do With $30/Day? Visit These 30 Exotic And Cheap Cities Around The World

Traveling to exotic places around the world doesn’t have to be something that costs hundreds of dollars everyday. Using a great tool called the “daily backpacker index” from priceoftravel.com, I found thirty cities that you can explore for less than thirty dollars per day!

These cities are all across the globe and are some of the coolest places to visit. So now that my work is done, it’s up to you, which one will you be traveling to first?

1. Pokhara, Nepal: $14.32/Day

    Flickr/Christophe

    This super cheap city is the tourist capital of Nepal. Pokhara is known for its treks, one of the most famous being Annapurna. You should only expect to pay a few dollars for every meal and beers can be found for less than two dollars!

    2. Kiev, Ukraine: $16.73/Day

    Kiev, Ukraine

      Flickr/Irisha

      This city is cheap compared to many other European cities which can cost upwards of seventy dollars per day. They struggle for tourists in this area of Europe since it’s off the main course that many travelers take. You can find attractions for less than a dollar per person.

      3. Phnom Penh, Cambodia: $21.95/Day

      Phnom Penh, Cambodia

        Flickr/Peter Collins

        This SE Asian city is the perfect place for anyone looking to travel on the cheap. Food is only a few dollars and things like bottled water can be found for only fifty cents. It would be a struggle to spend a lot of money here.

        4. Bangkok, Thailand: $22.33/Day

        Bangkok Canal

          Flickr/Eric Magnuson

          Things like attractions and even airfare can be found around here for cheap. The prices of attractions vary, but many temples cost less than two dollars. If you feel like going all out, you only have to pay fifteen dollars and you can visit the Grand Palace.

          5. La Paz, Bolivia: $22.24/Day

          La Paz, Bolivia

            Flickr/Ben Cumming

            The high towering city sits between 10,000 to 13,300 feet above sea level depending on the area. You can find transportation for as little as a few dimes depending on what kind you take. Taxi’s are a bit more expensive, so I suggest taking public transportation when possible, but even then the prices are not staggering.

            6. Chiang Mai, Thailand: $18.10/Day

            Kalare Night Bazaar - Chiang Mai, Thailand

              Flickr/AG Gilmore

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              The second largest city in Thailand boasts many free attractions and extremely cheap three-star hotel rooms. Transportation is only a few dollars per trip and beer can be found for less than a dollar.

              7. Cusco, Peru: $26.93/Day

              Cusco, Perú

                Flickr/Gustavo Vargas

                A very common tourist destination due to Machu Picchu, it’s also quite cheap. There are a few more expensive parts to the area like flights to Cusco as well as the train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Pichu, which can cost over a hundred dollars.

                8. Quito, Ecuador: $22.30/Day

                Quito-Ecuador

                  Flickr/Christian Cadena

                  The city has hostels and hotel rooms for very little as well as food. Many of their main attractions are free as well. It’s safe to say that a day exploring this city isn’t going to even come close to breaking the bank.

                  9. Vientiane, Laos: $21.32/Day

                  Pha That Luang, Vientiane, Laos I

                    Flickr/Samnang Danou

                    This city is known for being very modern, one of their attractions for example is a large water park that opened in 2008. You can find attractions that only cost a few dimes and you can find rice whiskey and beer for just over a dollar.

                    10. Manila, Philippines: $25.52/Day

                    Manila City View

                      Flickr/Joe Forjette

                      It’s easy to find free things to do in the massive city as well as transportation that can easily be found for less than a dollar. The hotels range in price from being very inexpensive to being very expensive.

                      11. Kathmandu, Nepal: $18.45/Day

                      Kathmandu Valley Sunset

                        Flickr/Mike Behnken

                        Depending on how picky you are, you can find some of the cheapest hostels and hotels on the planet, but they can come in pretty shady conditions. You only have to pay a little extra though to get something that is comfortable. Kathmandu is also less than one hundred miles away from Mt. Everest if you would like to see the giant.

                        12. Bali, Indonesia $27.66/Day
                        Bali, Indonesia

                          Flickr/Armando Torrealba

                          Home to Kuta, which is one of the best places to find travel deals, you can relax on the beach all day. They are known for their awesome nightlife and for surfing. You can rent out a surfboard for between two and seven dollars.

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                          13. Phuket, Thailand: $26.75/Day

                          Phuket, Thailand

                            Flickr/Jeremy Jones

                            Known for its excellent beaches, Phuket is an island that is in the southern part of Thailand. You can find attractions for only a few dollars or go all out on an all-day snorkeling tour for less than eighty dollars.

                            14. Krakow, Poland: $27.86/Day

                            Krakow, Poland

                              Flickr/Nick Salmond

                              No matter how little your budget is, you will be able to explore the cities main attractions like museums and palaces. You can get into the Wawel Castle for less than six dollars and if you go at the right time, you can get in for free!

                              15. Yangon, Myanmar: $27.83/Day

                              MYANMAR (BIRMANIA-BURMA) YANGON (RANGUN) SWEDAGON PAYA

                                Flickr/Jose Javier Martin Espartosa

                                The largest city in Myanmar has been rising in prices recently, but is still very cheap. It’s actually a fairly new tourist city since the tourism boycott was lifted in 2012. Hotels are now just beginning to pop up!

                                16. San Jose, Costa Rica: $29.43/Day

                                Parque Morazán Hidden Behind the Trees

                                  Flickr/Richie Diesterheft

                                  Although it’s one of the more expensive cities in Central America, it’s still pretty cheap. You can find all three meals for only a few dollars each and beers for less than two. You can also get a ‘Guaro shot,’ which is sugar-cane alcohol served with a lime wedge for fifty cents if you want to get your drink on.

                                  17. Cairo, Egypt: $26.76/Day

                                  Islamic Cairo

                                    Flickr/Joonas Plaan

                                    One of the greatest skills you can have on the road is the ability to bargain and that comes in handy while in Cairo. You can get a car to be at your service for an entire day for an affordable price, cheaper food, and you can pick up even better deals at hotels.

                                    18. Sofia, Bulgaria: $25.42/Day

                                    Sofia, Bulgaria, Vitosha Boul

                                      Flickr/Stella

                                      Eastern Europe is a cheap area all around and Sofia isn’t any different. You can get into many free attractions, find reasonable prices on food, and find comfortable hotels. Transportation can be a bit expensive, so I suggest watching which method you take to get around the city.

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                                      19. Panama City, Panama: $27.72/Day

                                      HDR of Panama City, Panama

                                        Flickr/Matthew Straubmuller

                                        This city has been a tourist favorite of late, so the best time to go to assure low prices is right now, in case they increase as the popularity of the area does. Right now you can find food and transportation for only a few dollars.

                                        20. Hoi An, Vietnam: $23.13/Day

                                        Danang or Hoi An Vietnam 153

                                          Flickr/Joseph Hunkins

                                          It’s easy to have a good night out here as the beer is only a few dimes (if not less) and they have dollar cocktails. The food is also extremely cheap. You can get a room with AC, cable, fridge, and Wi-Fi for next to nothing.

                                          21  Marrakesh, Morocco: $29.94/Day

                                          Place Jemaa el-Fna - Marrakech - Morocco - Maroc - Maroko - Μαρόκο - Fas - Marruecos - Marokko - Марокко - Night - Nuit - Photo Image Photography

                                            Flickr/Grand Parc – Bordeaux, France

                                            The overall prices of this city are very cheap, but you have to be careful where you book your rooms since they can be very low quality. The best places to get food are at street carts and the local restaurants.

                                            22. Delhi, India: $21.54/Day

                                            Connaught Place sunset

                                              Flickr/Ville Miettinen

                                              Another massive city, it can be explored for relatively cheap if you plan ahead. You can get into Humayaun’s Tomb for only four dollars and the Taj Mahal for a little over twelve.

                                              23. Beijing, China: $28.41/Day

                                              People Relaxing in a Beijing Park

                                                Flickr/Gordon McMullan

                                                Planning ahead to figure out where you want to stay and which attractions you want to go to is the best method to travel here, since they can get rather expensive if you’re not careful. One great place to go is the Forbidden city which only costs ten dollars!

                                                24. Hanoi, Vietnam: $15.79/Day

                                                Hanoi dawn

                                                  Flickr/Yen H Nguyen

                                                  One of the cheapest cities on this list, Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam. You can explore the Hoa Lo Prison where many people, including John McCain, served time in, for less than a dollar.

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                                                  25. Saigon, Vietnam $18.16/Day

                                                  Ho Chi Minh City District 1

                                                    Flickr/Tim Lam

                                                    Also known as Ho Chi Minh City, it’s another extremely cheap city in Vietnam. You can take a one hour cyclo ride for only  two or three dollars and find food and alcohol for less than five dollars.

                                                    26. Luang Prabang, Laos: $21.65/Day

                                                    Luangprabang 15

                                                      Flickr/Attila Terbócs

                                                      You can find some great guesthouses around the city as well as many different types of hotels for you to choose from, depending on how much luxury you want on your trip. There are also many great and cheap restaurants in the city that you can enjoy.

                                                      27. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: $28.48/Day

                                                      Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina - bridge over the Miljacka

                                                        Flickr/jaime.silva

                                                        The European city is very cheap and is trying to get more tourists after recovering the the mid-90s wars, which makes it a great place to find cheap food and accommodation. You can eat three meals here for as little as ten dollars.

                                                        28. Belgrade, Serbia: $27.52/Day

                                                        Belgrade Cityscape

                                                          Flickr/Jovan Marković

                                                          Like Sarajevo, they are also struggling to bring in tourists. You can find hotels and hostels for a good mix of comfort and price. Attractions and food are also very cheap.

                                                          29. Bucharest, Romania: $24.24/Day

                                                          Dambovita, Bucuresti, Romania

                                                            Flickr/Gaspar Serrano

                                                            This is the next big destination on my travel bucket list because of the prices. You can explore the village museum for only three dollars and even less if you’re a student. The Parliament Palace (the second largest building in the world) is less than eight dollars and that even includes a tour.

                                                            30. Jakarta, Indonesia: $25.25/Day

                                                            Jakarta Rooftopping At Night.

                                                              Flickr/kaybee07

                                                              Jakarta is a massive city that is known for being hot and humid, but the prices are excellent. Food and attractions are only a few dollars and the hotels are inexpensive as well.

                                                              Now that you know about all of these amazing places, how about checking out my other article to learn how you can travel them for even less? I wrote about some of my favorite budget travel tips and you can find that article here:40 Budget Travel Tips That Every Wanderlust Should Know.

                                                              Featured photo credit: kaybee07 via flickr.com

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                                                              Published on September 17, 2018

                                                              How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                                                              How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                                                              Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

                                                              With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

                                                              So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

                                                              1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

                                                              It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

                                                              You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

                                                              So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

                                                              2. When you want something big, wait

                                                              Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

                                                              It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

                                                              We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

                                                              A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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                                                              So, you get the itch.

                                                              You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

                                                              Here’s where you have to take a step back.

                                                              Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

                                                              Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

                                                              It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

                                                              The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

                                                              3. Live smaller than you can afford

                                                              You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

                                                              You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

                                                              That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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                                                              Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

                                                              Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

                                                              The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

                                                              But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

                                                              4. Practice smart grocery shopping

                                                              Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

                                                              But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

                                                              Create a grocery budget

                                                              Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

                                                              Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

                                                              I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

                                                              Make a list… and never deviate

                                                              Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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                                                              You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

                                                              These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

                                                              Eat before going grocery shopping

                                                              It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

                                                              If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

                                                              After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

                                                              Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

                                                              However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

                                                              This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

                                                              5. Cancel your gym membership

                                                              Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

                                                              The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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                                                              Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

                                                              I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

                                                              Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

                                                              Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

                                                              For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

                                                              Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

                                                              There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

                                                              It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

                                                              I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

                                                              Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

                                                              The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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