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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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                                                              25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

                                                              25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

                                                              “How to save money fast?” This is the question asked by all of us not in the top 1% of rich people.

                                                              If you are looking for ways to drastically reduce your expenses immediately, first look at what you need to spend money on every week. And I mean really need.

                                                              You don’t really need to order in food. You don’t really need to buy expensive perfume.

                                                              Building from that, you can work out how your regular expenses can be reduced.

                                                              As for irregular expenses, they can also be deceptively costly in the long run. Once-off buys can also be tackled with some prudent planning and a little extra research.

                                                              And remember: a budgeted lifestyle does not mean a bad or boring one!

                                                              But first, understand what budget you can cut down on daily:

                                                              • Regular expenses for the average adult (can be trimmed but not eliminated):
                                                                • food
                                                                • rent/mortgage
                                                                • cell phone
                                                                • insurance
                                                                • socializing/entertainment
                                                                • transportation
                                                                • hygiene products
                                                                • household bills
                                                              • Irregular expenses for the average adult (can be eliminated or cut down a lot):
                                                                • travel
                                                                • clothing
                                                                • medication (*depends)
                                                                • grooming (hair, nails etc.)
                                                                • gifts

                                                              Now, let’s dive right into the 25 ways to save money fast:

                                                              Save Money on Food

                                                              1. Bring a stock of food to the office/work

                                                              Instead of popping out for an overpriced salad and a smoothie, leave a set of basic utensils at the office as well as a stock of non-perishable goods such as tinned fruit, tuna, rice crackers and so on (try to avoid the junk food and this can turn into a pretty great diet!).

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                                                              Stocking up means you won’t forget or say “I didn’t have the time” when you rushed out to work in the morning.

                                                              2. Buy the store-brand version

                                                              Many basic foods, such as bread and milk, will taste exactly the same as their branded alternatives. Go for stuff with minimal additives and preservatives. Meat in a tube is probably insanely unhealthy!

                                                              3. Eat cheaper cuts of meat

                                                              Learn how to tenderize and flavour cheaper meat and fish, and save on the (typically) most expensive item on your grocery bill.

                                                              4. Have group dinners

                                                              If 10 friends put $5 each in the kitty, it’s pretty easy to make a giant lasagne and get refreshments, as well as hang out with your favourite people.

                                                              Save Money in Transport

                                                              5. Get a bicycle

                                                              Save on gas money and bus/metro fares with this underrated mode of transport.

                                                              6. Use public transport and/or don’t get taxis

                                                              Some places can only be reached by car. But as a good practise, check your public transport website and see if any routes pass nearby where you need to get to. Walk as much as you can.

                                                              7. Find the cheapest gas

                                                              Regularly check out where the cheapest gas can be bought.

                                                              Save Money in General Shopping

                                                              8. Shop online

                                                              Not only will you save on the gas or transport fares from going to the shopping mall but you will also find better deals

                                                              9. Sell your old stuff

                                                              Get your unwanted belongings up on eBay ASAP and earn a few dollars.

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                                                              Here’re more ideas for you: 25 Things to Sell to Make a Lot of Money

                                                              10. Bulk buying stores

                                                              For regular non-perishable/slow perishable purchases such as toilet paper, cat food, pasta, washing powder and so on, do an epic stocking-up trip to a co-op or equivalent (my mum used to go to a place that restaurants buy from).

                                                              Be wary of supermarket “deals”, as some have been found to be fraudulent after working out a simple calculation.

                                                              11. Become a flea market/car boot sale/street market guru

                                                              You can find original gifts and develop good negotiation skills at these places.

                                                              12. Generic brand medication

                                                              More often than not, the generic version of paracetamol and other basics work the same as the branded version.

                                                              13. Choose deodorant, not perfume

                                                              It blows my mind when someone drops $70 on a bottle of spray. Stick with a nice deodorant, and not only will you smell just fine but you’ll be sweat-free as well!

                                                              Cut Down on Household Expenses

                                                              14. Printing

                                                              Ink is one of the most expensive substances in the office and coloured ink is doubly so. B

                                                              e more efficient and choose black and white, and if your printer doesn’t have a print-both-sides options, just print odd pages first, re-insert the paper and print even pages.

                                                              Expand the margins of what you are printing as often as you can to save on paper.

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                                                              15. Minimize SMS and phone calls

                                                              A combination of a free chat service such as WhatsApp and a free call service such as Skype can reduce your bill to nothing (so long as you have a decent Wifi connection).

                                                              16. Shop around for insurance

                                                              Most people don’t spend enough time searching for the best insurance deal.

                                                              Keep a watchful eye out for deals and new competitors in the market.

                                                              17. Try re-negotiating your rent/mortgage

                                                              If you have built up a good credit history or a good rapport with your landlord, then chances are a frank chat about needing to tighten your spending could result in lowering your payments. You’ve nothing to lose from trying.

                                                              18. Don’t get a TV

                                                              Invest in a computer/laptop and an internet-only package. You can watch more (and often better) entertainment on the web, and skip the advertisements as well.

                                                              19. Pool your internet bill with a neighbour

                                                              My apartment building is basically a big old house split into three apartments. There are five of us in total. We pool the internet bill, making it crazy cheap.

                                                              Save Money in Socializing, Entertainment And Travel

                                                              20. Have house parties

                                                              Instead of paying for overpriced drinks, set up a series of in-house get-togethers with your friends. Everyone takes a turn, so it’s not always your house that needs cleaning.

                                                              For sound insulation, hang heavy drapes on the walls and windows. For music, invest in a good second-hand set of speakers which you can connect to your computer. Let Spotify or Grooveshark playlists do the rest.

                                                              21. Open festivals, meetups and events

                                                              It never fails to surprise me how much underground stuff goes on around me for free or for very cheap. Find out who runs the blogs and websites that list all the less well-known cultural activities.

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                                                              22. Volunteer

                                                              If you can’t pay for a ticket, volunteer and get to be there anyway.

                                                              23. Housesit

                                                              There are multiple housesitting websites offering you the possibility to avoid paying hotels and skip the discomfort of crummy hostels.

                                                              Save Money on Hygiene and Beauty

                                                              24. DIY beauty

                                                              French manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyebrows… pretty much all of these can be achieved at home (and done well) with some practise. There are plenty excellent blogs and YouTube tutorials to help.

                                                              25. Fewer haircuts/volunteer at a trainee hairdresser

                                                              If you can’t bear the risk of a trainee touching your locks, learn more ways to manipulate your hair as it grows and get haircuts sparingly. Women’s haircuts are outrageously priced in many cities.

                                                              Bonus: Effective Money-Saving Tips for Everything

                                                              Here’s a summary of what you can generally do to save more money:

                                                              • Share/pool resources. Organize a neighbourhood sharing scheme, common resources for your apartment block or with your friends. Not everybody needs an individual lawnmower.
                                                              • Buy energy-saving everything. The easiest way to lower your bills – replace those lightbulbs!
                                                              • Buy in bulk. Be sensible about it (i.e. make sure you have space!), and drastically reduce weekly expenditure.
                                                              • DIY. Skill up using YouTube tutorials on plumbing and many other essential services so you never have to pay for simple problems again.
                                                              • Research a lot before making a decision. Most money-wasting is the result of poor preparation and planning. Don’t shirk this part just because you don’t like it!
                                                              • Use your network. Your network is full of resources that can ease the pain of budgeting. Ask for help.
                                                              • Stop and think. Do I really need it?

                                                              Unfortunately, there are some things that require plain ol’ giving up for the time being. This can include high-cost sports such as skiing, the latest versions of some technologies, the finest brands of food/drinks, premier seats at the opera and most other indulgences.

                                                              What is important to remember during lean times is that when you look back on your life, it will be the experiences that stand out, not the extra comforts.

                                                              Living on a budget can teach you a lot about how much you can really get out of your paycheck. We only live one life, so make the most of every penny you earn!

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