World’s Cheapest Cities for Budget Travelers
There are countless cities across the world with a plethora of fascinating sights and sounds to offer. Often, in the midst of all the brouhaha, an enthusiastic traveler could turn into a plain, money squandering tourist. This can be avoided easily. The best way to travel is to ‘Be a Roman in Rome’ as the saying goes and feel the city as the locals would. This also ensures that you don’t fall for overpriced tourist traps and that your travel is economical. Let’s take a look at some of the world’s cheapest cities for budget travelers.
Bali has some of the highest marine biodiversity in the world. This makes it ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling at very affordable rates. The underwater experience, combined with their world-famous coffee and exotic Indonesian cuisine can be overwhelming. Barring the flight charges – which can also be inexpensive if booked well in advance – the whole trip should fit within $1000 if you pick the right spots and know how to strike a bargain.
If you’re headed to South East Asia, you could very well trot over to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Hanoi offers amazing food and drink for around just $3 per meal. Halong Bay is a popular destination which is just an overnight trip away. Vietnam has beautiful skies and blue waters, and if your trip is timed right, you could be in for a dazzling meteor shower by the waters. The ‘Pho’, a local noodle soup with meat and spices is not to be missed.
Seated in the foothills of the Himalayas, Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal is one of the best destinations for budget travelers. Home of the famous Mount Everest, Nepal can also be a pleasant trip even if you are not considering conquering the world’s tallest peak! The accommodation, food, drink, and travel should all fit into a budget of $25 per day. The key attractions are guided treks and excursions along the mountains and adventure sports like zip-lining, hang-gliding, and rappelling. Even winters are a nice time to visit since the cozy mountain city looks splendid with all the snow-topped Buddhist architecture.
Bratislava has not taken the hit of the fall of the USSR as badly as its neighboring countries. This makes it a key destination if you’re planning a budget trip to Europe. The old city of Bratislava has beautiful architecture, filled with old castles, churches, and cathedrals. The weather’s chilly but not harsh and though the city is riddled with international cuisine, finding the local affair can be light on the pockets as well as satisfying gastronomical experience.
Lastly, A good way to plan budget travel across the cities of the world is to find the best options in close proximity. This way, with flights booked in advance, you can hop from one city to another and enjoy the best of all worlds. Most of the cities mentioned above also accept USD as currency and this means that you can get plenty of ‘bang for the buck’!