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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 January 17, 2020

                                                              How to Eat Healthy on a Budget (The Definitive Guide)

                                                              How to Eat Healthy on a Budget (The Definitive Guide)

                                                              Have you ever looked at health gurus and wondered how on earth they can afford all that health food? Or maybe you’ve tried multiple times to start eating healthy only to find the $600 monthly budget overwhelming?

                                                              If you’re anything like me, you know exactly what I’m talking about! I absolutely understand the sinking feeling of looking back over a grocery budget and finding you went way over what you intended. And besides that, it can be hard to justify buying a tiny $5 bag of carrot chips while a $1 mound of potato chips is sitting right next door.

                                                              My husband and I recently ran into that struggle. We got married this past year and soon found ourselves trying to balance 12 hour work-days with keeping our relationship strong and trying to keep our personal businesses afloat. Granted, our budget was the one thing that took a hit! After we started tracking our spending, we were shocked to see we were spending over $1000 a month just on food! A little planning cleared that right up.

                                                              So, how to eat healthy on a budget?

                                                              Here’re the top tips I learned that helped us shave over $600 monthly off of our food budget so we could reinvest that in the areas that really mattered to us![1]

                                                              1. Meal Plan

                                                              You’ve probably heard the saying “Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail” right? Well, this saying couldn’t be any more true than in the area of healthy budgeting! The fact is, most healthy foods don’t actually cost that much… the pre-made time saving ones do!

                                                              If you go about creating a healthy meal plan within your budget, you could easily cut costs down to around the same price you are paying for junk food.

                                                              Meal planning is as simple as working in foods you already have in your fridge/freezer, adding in several meals with simple ingredients and seasonal veggies, and breaking it down into a shopping list.

                                                              Often, finding a few meals to make in big batches will save you the most money in the long run, which leads me to my next point.

                                                              2. Cook in Bulk

                                                              Not only will cooking in bulk save you a whole lot of time, it will save you a whole lot of money too! Believe it or not, if you find meals to make with similar ingredients, you can easily save more money than when you were eating unhealthy.

                                                              Don’t believe me? Just look at a $4 frozen pasta dinner. Now, sub that with a veggie pasta dinner. 5 zuchinni ($3), Pasta sauce ($2.50), and chicken ($5) could last you a full 5 meals which adds up to a whopping total of just over $1 per meal!

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                                                              That’s not even digging in to all the money you will save from fast-food. Trust me, a little $10 spent here and there add up! You’ll be saving a whopping amount from all the meal prep you will do!

                                                              3. Cook all Your Meals in One Day

                                                              The science behind this is 2-fold.

                                                              Number one, if you have lots of meals to grab and go, you will be far less likely to binge on pricier food when you get hungry. Let’s be real, you’re not going to spend 1 hour cooking when hub-n’-grub is at your bekon-call!

                                                              Number 2, meal prepping ahead of time will help you stick to your meal plan better when you’re not in the mood. Let’s face it, we’re all going to have days when protein and veggies doesn’t exactly sound appealing. But, if you have a full meal that’s quick to grab in the fridge, it will be easier for you to fill up on the good stuff rather than spending money on what you don’t really need.

                                                              4. Cut Back on Snacks and Specialty Items

                                                              I can almost hear you from across the screen. “But, I thought snacks were good for me!” Here’s the deal: Snacks are expensive! And healthy snacks, oh my goodness, say goodbye to your paycheck!

                                                              Look, I’m definitely not saying that healthy snacks are bad. Quite frankly, I would much rather you chow down on Halo Top than a triple-butterfinger-fudge sundae. It’s just that… healthy snacks are why eating healthy gets a bad rap for being expensive.

                                                              Look at it this way: You could either buy a week’s worth of groceries full of chicken, fish, beans, veggies, and fruits for $30. Or, you can spend that $30 on six snacks that will leave you hungry for more.

                                                              What’s more, the ingredients for gluten-free baked goods, sugar free substitutes, or protein powders alone will add up to you eating a full week’s budget in one sitting. By all means, if you want to work some yummy items into your budget, do it! But don’t confuse that extra monthly $300 of delicacies as a necessity. Your body and budget will thank you!

                                                              5. Satisfy Yourself with Your Favorite Subs

                                                              We all have an emotional tie to food. Maybe pasta reminds you of home! Or maybe a fresh-baked pizza is what gives you a feeling of comfort. Whatever you favorite food, find a way to work it into your budget in the best way.

                                                              We’re only human, and depriving ourselves of what we love will never end well. More often than not actually, it ends in take-out or a pricey-premade substitute.

                                                              Instead of finding yourself in this situation, find a way to make your favorite foods fit your budget. Zuchinni noodle pasta might just give you that feeling of home without breaking the bank. Or maybe you could google a healthy pizza alternative you would like that you could make at home. Often, something similar to your craving will be enough to give you a sense of satisfaction.

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                                                              Or, just buy your cheat meal and save it for a special day. That’s okay too!

                                                              6. Stick to the Cheaper Proteins

                                                              Okay, I know we all love steak. Unfortunately, buying pre-cooked or expensive cuts of meat are one of the easiest ways to drain a budget.

                                                              Instead of purchasing those, try buying frozen chicken or eggs. A 5 lb bag of frozen chicken can be as cheap as $5, and you can buy a whole weeks worth of eggs for just over $1. You could even try going vegetarian for a few meals if you really want to cut down on costs!

                                                              7. Buy Frozen Fruits and Veggies

                                                              I know, we all love our fresh fruits and veggies! However, sometimes frozen might be the way to go if you’re looking to cut costs!

                                                              Fruits and veggies are easiest to ship when frozen, making them a much cheaper option. Contrary to popular belief, scientists have actually found that frozen might be better for you too![2]

                                                              The reason is, frozen produce is picked at its prime and shipped immediately. Fresh fruit tends to be picked much earlier so it will ripen while being shipped. Not only does this make it less nutrient dense, but sometimes the fruits are actually pumped with artificial flavors to make up for the lack of real nutrients.

                                                              While I’m all for fresh fruits and veggies, don’t feel guilty if you opt for frozen foods due to a budget.

                                                              8. Bump up the Calories with Rice and Beans

                                                              The problem some people find when trying to eat healthy is that it can be hard to get the amount of calories you need without relying on expensive “specialty” items. Instead of stocking up on pricey gluten-free breads and pasta, I say stick to simple rice and beans as the bulk of your meals.

                                                              Brown Rice is very cheap and easy to use as a base for bowls and dishes. Likewise, beans can add a bit of fiber making you feel full and satisfied without having to spend a lot of money.

                                                              If you are trying to cut on body fat, use extra veggies as the bulk of your meal and add in rice and beans as a filler.

                                                              9. Try Acai Bowls

                                                              Acai Bowls can be a really cheap and satisfying meal as long as you do it right.

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                                                              You can find cheap fruits at most stores or just freeze your fresh fruits before it goes bad.

                                                              Making your own granola can save you a lot of money as well. The total cost for this delicious meal should only add up to a few dollars compared to triple that price if you were to buy one pre-made.

                                                              10. Make Your Own Meal Kits

                                                              Do you like your meals freshly cooked? Sending meal kits to your doorstep is an easy way to drain your budget. Instead, try making your meal kit at home! Not only is it fun, you will easily get a delicious taste.

                                                              Simply find a few simple meal cards or print some out and fill a ziplock with the ingredients for each specific day. Don’t know what recipe to make? Another option is to order one month of meal kits and recycle the recipe into ingredients for the upcoming months with ingredients you picked up from the store.

                                                              11. Don’t Drink Your Calories

                                                              A few dollars spent here and there can really add up! Just as with specialty items, healthy drinks can be a blackhole for you. An energy drink and kombucha and coffee each day could easily have you spending and extra $300 each month!

                                                              I you really need a special drink fix, try making your favorites at home. Bring a coffee in, make kombucha, or even try making lemonade with stevia or a healthy soda. You’ll be surprised w hat a big difference such a small change can make on your budget!

                                                              12. Buy Cheap Online

                                                              Just like anything else, it pays to be prepared. Buying foods from online retailers can be a really affordable way to save money as long as you’re prepared.

                                                              Plan ahead for those more expensive specialty items you can’t live without. It will save you tons of money compared to having to buy food from a specialty store.

                                                              13. Don’t Fret about the Clean Fifteen

                                                              One of the huge things that can mess with a person’s budget is eating organic. For the record, I am 110% all for eating organic whenever you can. However, for some people, it can be hard to make organic food fit into a budget.

                                                              Instead of scratching healthy eating for a smaller budget, try to buy meat and the dirty dozen organic, and don’t go crazy about the rest. The clean fifteen are the fifteen safest foods to buy that aren’t organic! Meanwhile, the dirty dozen is the most worthwhile avoiding. According to Produce Retailer, these are the dirty dozens:[3]

                                                              1. Strawberries
                                                              2. Spinach
                                                              3. Kale
                                                              4. Nectarines
                                                              5. Apples
                                                              6. Grapes
                                                              7. Peaches
                                                              8. Cherries
                                                              9. Pears
                                                              10. Tomatoes
                                                              11. Celery
                                                              12. Potatoes

                                                              14. Pay Attention to Storage

                                                              Keeping the food you have is just as important as how much food is in the first place. Try to stay on top of how much produce you can actually use before it goes bad. It might not be a bad idea to pencil an extra shopping trip in the middle of the week to keep food fresh.

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                                                              Investing in good food storage containers could go a long way in saving you in the long run as well.

                                                              15. Freeze Food Before it Goes Bad

                                                              Instead of getting mad at yourself at the end of the week for all the wilted produce you need to throw out, try freezing it before you get to that point.

                                                              Most frozen veggies will taste delicious in stir fries and soups. You can freeze fruits to make sorbet or smoothies. Frozen greens can be chopped up and tossed into just about anything for a nutrient boost!

                                                              16. Consider Ditching Most Supplements and Powders

                                                              I have nothing against superfood powders and supplements. However, if your budget is tight, it can be hard to fit supplements and powders in.

                                                              Instead of adding in powders, add extra nutrients to you food. Add lots of greens and veggies to all your meals to meet your nutrient needs. If you need a specific supplement, you can find great deals online as well!

                                                              17. Use Budget App

                                                              There are so many great apps you can download for free. One of my current favorite is HoneyDue because you can track your budget easily with your spouse. There are many options available, just find the one that you’re most likely to use. The ones that download your spendings automatically are often the easiest and will give you a more accurate number.

                                                              My husband and I use the same app, but have a separate budget for each of our weekly food plan and for our additional snacks. Keeping things separate can often be helpful to know exactly where your money is going. Plus, it can help hold you accountable if you have a significant other you are sharing money with.

                                                              18. Use What you Have

                                                              Most people have unused protein powders lying around in their cabinets. Instead of letting that go to waste, work them into your meal plan. Protein powders can make amazing doughnuts, pastries, or pancakes!

                                                              19. Enjoy the Process!

                                                              Finding ways to enjoy your new lifestyle will be helpful in sticking to it long term. Find fun in seeing how much you can save each month. Make a competition with someone to see who can stick to the lowest budget and create something fun to do for the winner with some of the money saved! Blast some music in the kitchen while cooking your new recipes.

                                                              Budgeting and health doesn’t have to be a drag. Make it fun and you’ll enjoy your new lifestyle long-term!

                                                              Featured photo credit: kevin laminto via unsplash.com

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