Heading off abroad is just one of life’s treats. But saving up for a luxurious couple of weeks away in the sun isn’t as easy as it used to be due to inflating prices across the globe. However, here are some of the cheapest travel destinations that aren’t your typical summer holiday.Vietnam
One of the world’s unspoilt countries; completely untouched my industrialisation. Flights are expensive wherever you go, but in Vietnam that doesn’t matter, because you can live a luxurious lifestyle there for as little as £50 a day. That includes your accommodation, food, transport, and a range of daily activities! A pint of Vietnam’s most popular coffee costs less than 25p, and whilst most other beverages won’t cost you much more than that, wine is often imported into the country meaning it’s much more expensive. Activities include guided cruises across Halong Bay, scuba diving lessons, dining in caves, and motorcycle hire – none of which will stretch you too far from your budget.
A popular destination for budget travellers due to its beauty and culture – and because the lifestyle is comfortably affordable once your arrive. People who have previously visited said they could survive each day easily on £25. You can explore the islands and cities as bus transportation is as little as a one pound, and you can grab yourself a luxury private room for approximately £15 a night in some less touristy locations. Food in Thailand is fresh and organic – fish is often caught locally and all fruit and vegetables are grown just around the corner – you can put aside a few extra pounds to keep you well fed and your energy levels up everyday.
The average daily cost in Nepal for essentials such as accommodation, food, and travel is roughly £15, with basic rooms pricing as little as a pound a night. Prices increase higher up the mountains as resources need to be transported further, but other than that, a few pounds from your pocket will keep you well fed, hydrated, and entertained with guided tours on one of the most beautiful and scenic countries in the whole world.
In Malaysia, you can comfortably thrive on £25 per day. This includes accommodation, food, drink, transport, and activities. It’s a beautifully diverse country, popular among travellers who want to see what beauties this planet has to offer. If you plan on consuming alcohol during your trip, you might want to pick another destination considering 60% of the country’s population is Muslim – so alcohol is very expensive and not served in many restaurants.
The land of a thousand temples, kind hearted locals, and tranquil scenery. Bali is becoming increasingly popular among Western travellers and is one of the cheapest holiday destinations. To keep yourself fed well in Bali, you can put aside as much or as little as you need, as a meal from street vendors will cost no more than £1 or so. Accommodation is cheap, and a luxury room can be purchased for around £20 a night or less in locations more off the beaten track. Transport is similar to Vietnam’s pricing and you can even hire your own personal driver for prices that are affordable.
So if you’re keen to visit these locations on a strict budget, the best advice to take into your planning is to explore areas that are less populated by tourists to avoid commericalised prices which are targeted towards holiday makers.