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6 amazingly cheap places to travel

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Travelling around the world is not as expensive as people first believe, I am still surprised when people opt for all inclusive package holidays closer to home as they believe they will be cheaper than going further afield. It most cases my entire trip will be the same if not less, than the price of a two-week all-inclusive holiday, the reason? I travel to affordable countries and I do not go through a tour operator, meaning everything is planned and booked by myself (and my wonderful boyfriend who is incredible at putting together an itinerary). Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with an all-inclusive holiday, I adore spending a week or two relaxing and taking full advantage of a hotel buffet, but there is nothing I love more in life than landing in a new country and finding out everything it has to offer.

So I have compiled a list of affordable countries that I have visited or that are on my hit list and in true Sam style I have chosen the cost of food to highlight their affordability.

Countries to travel when you are on a budget:


Due to the increase in popularity over the past  ten years Thailand is not as cheap as it used to be, but it is still incredibly affordable and it does not mean just street food and hostels. The north of Thailand is cheaper than the south, but if you want to head to the islands in the south this is still an affordable option. My two week trip to Thailand cost roughly £1100, this included all excursions including scuba diving, no hostels ( In Koh Phi Phi we stayed in the most beautiful individual bungalows), food, drink and souvenirs.  This is actually quite a lot for Thailand, I know people who have done it so much cheaper.
Average meal price: £1.40 
Local beer price: £1.00
See my posts on Thailand:
Elephant Nature Park
Sleepbox Hotel, Chiang Mai
Volunteering with animals in Thailand

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Not a place for a long holiday, but perfect for an affordable city break. Slovenia, like most of eastern Europe, is much more affordable than other cities such as Copenhagen and London. They are still relatively untouched by tourism meaning a brilliant authentic feel, my partner visited Slovenia earlier this year with his sisters and has already decided he wants to go back to explore more, so hopefully Lake Bled will be somewhere I see in 2017! If you wanted to extend this to a longer holiday, I think a week long trip around Eastern Europe would be incredible – Slovenia, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania.
Average meal price: £6.00
Local beer price: £1.70

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Another South East Asian country but affordability is the reason these countries are on the backpacker route, and Vietnam is not to be missed. I spent around £1000 for my trip to Vietnam, again including internal flights, scuba diving, hotels ( we did stay in one private room hostel in Hanoi). Vietnam at the moment still feels slightly raw and untouched, much more so than Thailand does now, however, both are worth a visit for their own reasons!
Average meal price: £1.40
Local beer price: 80p

See my posts on Vietnam:
The Perfect Two Week Vietnam Itinerary
Halong Bay, The Legend of the Dragon
Hoi An, Vietnam

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Indonesia is huge! So prices may vary depending on where you are, but on a whole it is still a relatively cheap country to visit. As this post goes live I will actually be there so expect lots of posts on my return. However, I can tell you now that for our three-week trip we have spent £1100 each, on external flights, many internal flights and accommodation (all hotels), this also includes a three-day jungle boat trek in Borneo. Pretty impressive right?
Fan of scuba diving? Not only is diving in the Gili Island said to be some of the best in the world, it is also incredibly cheap at just £30 a dive!
Average meal price: £1.20 
Local beer price: £1.20


Are you following the South East Asia is incredibly affordable to travel to message? Alongside Laos and Cambodia, Myanmar has the best affordability for SE Asian countries, however, the increasing popularity may see an increase over the next few years, so I would suggest heading here sooner rather than later. I am desperate to visit to see the balloons over Bagan, How beautiful!
Average meal price: £1.30
Local beer price: £1.00


I have never been to South America but recently I have been following Tinkerbell Jaynes travels around the continent and it has been completely added to my radar! Peru would be my first obvious choice due to being home of Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain (I do not think I will ever stop getting surprised at how beautiful our world is!). South America is growing in popularity for backpackers and while the prices are higher than Asia they are still said to be incredibily affordable. Although Central America is on my list first, South America is a place I need to discover ASAP.
Average meal price: £2.60
Local beer price: £1.00

Instagrams featured:
Deej_CJ  (The boyfriend!)

With enough research and planning travel can be made more affordable, yes most of us do need to save  but trust me it is worth it, and I do find I get so much more out of these trips than I do an all-inclusive holiday, it really does depend on what you want from a holiday and most importantly what you enjoy the most! But if you take one thing from this post I hope it is that travelling to places such as Asia does not have to be hostels and budget food ( Although, don’t skip out on the street food – the best tip I ever learnt!)

What countries have you visited that surprised you with cost? Let me know in the comments below!



  • Bethan
    November 30, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Great post always on the look out for our next budget destination! We are heading to Croatia and Montenegro next year and hope to add Slovenia in as I really want to see lake bled!

    Bethan xx

    • Sam
      December 4, 2016 at 11:01 am

      oh wow! Montenegro looks beautiful as does Croatia, haven’t made it to either of those yet though! Hopefully one day!

  • Tink Jayne
    December 17, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing my Instagram 🙂 I’ve had an influx of new followers and was trying to figure out where they came from and I think it’s this post 😀 Thank you!
    Peru was my fave of the four countries I visited. I absolutely loved it, there is so much Adventure there. Can’t wait for you to experience it yourself one day
    x Tink Jayne Adventures x


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