More and more, vacationing is becoming a priority in people’s lives, as it should be. There’s just something amazing that happens when you get to see new parts of the world. But traveling comes with a price and sometimes, it’s a pretty hefty one-but it doesn’t have to be. There are some pretty exciting locations that you can stay in for less than $100 a day and we’ve gathered the best ones for you to look at.
Now we haven’t exactly ranked these in descending order of their costs per night, because that would be too simple. Instead, we’ve listed them in order of the destinations people would love to visit the most. And trust us when we say that you’d be surprised to see the places you could vacation in for less than $100 a day.
The name of the city alone sounds expensive, but it is anything but that. Of course, there are vending machines which give out bottles of champagne and sure, some people throw gold around like it’s nothing, but anyone can visit Dubai and we’re about to break it down for you.
A nice hotel is less than $30 a night, which would leave $40 for transportation and food- which is totally doable depending on where you get it from. If you’d like to go to some nightclubs or visit a few buildings like the Burj Khalifa, then it’ll cost you more. But it is very much possible to survive (and thrive) in Dubai for $70 a day.
Bali is one of those places that everyone wants to go to just because of how beautiful and exotic it is. But more than that, this tropical destination is so affordable that you don’t even need $50 to survive every day.
Travelers say that you can find more than decent accommodations for about $12, three-course meals for $10 and transportation (one way) for a quarter. It’s a dream destination that’s extremely budget-friendly. If you decide to spend the full $100 every day, you’ll be living like royalty.
Las Vegas is known as Sin City, and for good reason. If you’ve ever been there, you’ll know all the temptation that’s around every corner- but it’s all in good fun. And it can be cheap fun too because you can spend just about $90 a day here.
You can get some great meals for about $15 each and spend a night in a world-famous hotel for $50 a night! Transportation isn’t even something you’ll need every day because all the locations are so close- but we do recommend staying hydrated in the Vegas heat. With all the money you’ll have left over you can get tickets to a show, go to a nightclub or even on a tour.
The thing about Athens is that it was the center of one of the most well-known pantheons in the world. And today, you can still see some of its remnants, right in the capital. These places include the Parthenon, Acropolis, Plaka and the Temple of Hephaestus.
Not only does Athens fall under our $100 a day budget, but the flight there won’t break the bank either. You can get a pretty good meal for $11- making three of them $33 per day. A lovely hotel room goes for an average of $36 and you’ll have an extra $7 for transportation.
If you know one thing about Cancun, besides the fact that it has beautiful beaches, it’s that this place is one of the best party cities in the world. Flights are relatively cheap throughout the United States, as is the cost of living once you’re there.
A three-course meal is less than $20 and a night at a beautiful hotel or Airbnb is just a little more than that. Transportation, depending on where you’re going starts at $4, making your daily spending about $52.
So this is the second city from the United Arab Emirates on our list and we know you’re probably just as equally shocked as you were when you saw Dubai. But yes, you can vacation here for $80 a day. Here’s how.
Hotels are here are pretty luxurious, but a lot of them aren’t that expensive. You can find a better than decent room here for $30 (the fancy ones go for just $10 more), four one-way tickets for just over $2 and the other $38 or $48 on food and maybe a cocktail.
Shanghai has the largest population of any city in China which means that you’ll be able to do a lot in this municipality. But more than that, with how affordable everything is, you’ll have so much change left over for activities that you’ll be shocked at the value for money that awaits you there.
Food is extremely cheap and you can get a decent meal for about $5, although it could get as high as $20 for an amazing three-course meal. When it comes to accommodations, you can find a place for $26 a night and even upgrade to a five-star hotel for less than $60. It’s affordability in a big city at its absolute best.
Forget about going to other European cities like Madrid for a second and look towards Lisbon instead. It’s a beautiful city where you’ll be able to vacation for less than $80 a day. It’s known for its churches and monasteries, it’s infamous Alfama District and the scenery in general that makes this location so wondrous.
Your hotel will be about $43, local transportation will run you $1.70 each way and food, just about $10 per meal. This affordable city will make your soul smile, so go ahead and book a ticket as soon as you can.
Here’s another place that you can stay that less than the $100 daily mark. Just forget what you may have seen on Crazy Rich Asians and aim for something a little (A LOT) less expensive. A night at a hotel will be almost $48, while transportation using the MRT will be about $2 a trip.
When it comes to food, you’ll be able to gorge yourself on all the treats you want because food is ridiculously cheap, especially the ones served near the streets. But the airfare will run you quite a few hundred- so book it as early as possible to get the best deal.
Remember when we said to forget Madrid? Well, we’d like you to bring it all back right now because it’s also a vacation spot that you can go to and spend less than $100 a day. As one of the fashion capitals of the world, it has a very chic vibe to it, but it’s also very exciting and in your face, especially when the sun goes down.
A decent place to stay will cost you $40 a night, your three meals should be another $30 and transportation will take up the remainder. This means your average spending per day will cost you about $87.
Naples is a town in Italy that is often forgotten because of places like Rome, Venice and Florence. But it should be a must-see because the food there is beyond anything you’ll taste in any other region in Italy. You can see Mount Vesuvius, the Royal Palace of Naples and Castel Nuovo and you can stay in this area, vacation there, even, for about $78 a day.
A hotel will cost $40 a night, four one-way tickets are $5 and meals at an inexpensive restaurant cost $11 each. You can use the rest of the change from the $100 to book a fun tour or learn something new.
Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
Ho Chi Minh City is the most populous city in Vietnam and is jam-packed with things to do. River and hiking tours can be found at almost every corner and they’re so cheap that you’ll think you’re in dreamland.
And that’s because you can live in this city for under $30 a day. Getting around will cost you about a quarter, lunch is about $9 and you can stay at a comfortable place for under $15 a night. And even if you add in a tour or two per day, you’ll still be way under your $100 budget.
No one ever really thinks to visit the parts of England that aren’t London, York or Manchester. But Liverpool is the place for you if you love soccer, if you would love to get down in a real English pub and if you enjoy a river tour.
As for the cost per day, transportation is about $3 per one-way ticket, food goes for just about $10 per meal (or $26 for three courses), and $40 for a place to rest your head. If you add in a few snacks, your daily total should be around $88.50 per day.
Panama City (Panama)
Panama City isn’t a location that many people think to visit- and we don’t know why. You can visit the legendary Panama Canal, go on a sunset catamaran cruise for next to nothing and go on a day tour of the San Blas islands.
And you’ll have room in your budget to do all that and more because this place is pretty affordable. Hotels run for about $56 per night and you can get a decent meal for $12 a pop. And with one-way tickets at a quarter a piece, what’s to stop you from going everywhere you want to?
If you’re a history lover, then there’s no better place to visit in South Africa than Johannesburg. Your cost of living per day will be just over the halfway mark of your $100 budget- an absolutely remarkable deal considering where you’re going.
The price of the ticket may be steep, so it’s best to get it out of the way early. But once you’re there, you can spend a night in a hotel for less than $20, about $25 a day for all your food requirements and just over $5 for public transportation.
Sao Paulo (Brazil)
When people think about Brazil, Rio de Janeiro usually comes to mind. And although we understand why, we’re also here to enlighten you about its neighbor, Sao Paulo. There are beautiful parks, museums and estates to see, as well as beaches that are equally as gorgeous as Copacabana.
The cost of staying here per day comes at a cost of under $65. The price of a hotel per night takes up half of the budget, just over $1 for a one-way ticket (to most destinations) and $30 for your meals- which can include a high-end one, depending on how you spend your money.
Prague is one of those European cities that offers lots of historical sites, many of which are free (the Charles Bridge, the Astronomical Clock and Old Town Square). This is great for your bank account because the city is already a cheap destination- you can live comfortably here for about $60 a day! Here’s how.
A good meal is just under $6.50, a decent hotel room (not a hostel) is about $40 and a three-day transportation pass is just about $13. With these kinds of prices, the capital of the Czech Republic is calling your name.
Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Buenos Aires is the beautiful capital of Argentina and it’s a place you can indulge in all things South American without breaking the bank. In fact, you could survive an entire day there for just over $50. A good meal will cost you about $12, while transportation (one-way) is just under forty cents.
Comfortable accommodation begins in the $30 range and you can get a beautiful 3-star hotel suite for $40. The only pricey part of this trip will be the airfare, unless you’re coming from a nearby location like somewhere in South or Central America.
Myrtle Beach (South Carolina)
You may have heard of Myrtle Beach because it’s an amazing Spring Break getaway, but when it’s not flooded with drunk college kids, it’s a picturesque little beach with amusement parks, aquariums and shows that’ll keep you entertained every day of your vacation.
And the cost will have you smiling just as much as its blue waters. Local transportation is $2.25 per trip, a meal will cost you, on average, $12 and accommodation will run you $45 a night, making your total cost per day a little over $85.
Pensacola is a place that families frequent all year round. It’s rich in history and there are tons of museums, forts and lighthouses that you can see once you’re there. But it’s still a fun place even if you don’t like history. You can shop, explore nature and visit a few parks- and you can enjoy your trip there for about $90 a day.
Hotels go for about $53 a night and food is so cheap that we dare not mention the cost. Transportation can get a bit tricky just because it’s Florida, so we recommend a taxi or an Uber, which could range from as little as $7 per trip, depending on how far you’re going.