Would you like to travel to exotic places in other countries? If your answer is yes, you are not alone. A Gallup poll found that 80 percent of people would love to visit another country, but sadly, about half of these people felt that they could not afford it.
Did you know that there are plenty of places where your dollar is worth far more in local currency? For example, the exchange rate in Mexico is (as of this writing) 19 to 1. This means you would get 19 pesos for 1 dollar. That would make things such as hotel rooms very inexpensive!
Of course, spending about $1K for a week would depend on things such as a bargain airline price, staying in less expensive places perhaps outside of the main city, etc. This isn’t an impossible task, however. With a bit of homework and using features such as Google Flights or Airbnb, you can stay for 6 nights, 7 days in many countries for $1,000 per person.
Traveling to an exciting international destination is definitely in your budget! Check out the top 25 countries that you can visit on the cheap!
Ireland is a bit backwards when it comes to cost now that they have their own airline. Aer Lingus flights are very affordable, with tickets as cheap as $300. However, once you arrive, things will cost you a bit more than you might think. This is still totally doable, however. Stay away from Dublin and hit up cities like Galway for a more affordable vacation. We found many apartments in Galway for $50 a night and a few for only $35 on Airbnb.
While in Galway, you can check out the 500-year-old Spanish Arches, check out the rooftop outdoor hot tub at the Hotel Meyrick, check out the shopping at the appropriately named Shop Street, and explore the many canals that snake through this beautiful city.
Who hasn’t dreamed of seeing all the fascinating sites that South Africa has to offer? You can totally do this, since flights can be as cheap as $534 per person, roundtrip. Better still, Airbnb offers rooms in major cities, such as Cape Town for $20 a night! That makes going on a safari completely within your reach!
Be sure that you head over to Drakensberg for some outstanding hiking, see the white rhino’s at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, and don’t forget the penguins at Boulders Beach in Cape Town!
For those who aren’t into tropical beaches, this country is a real bargain (well, for those on the east coast). A typical round trip flight to Iceland from the east coast is a cheap $200 and the rest of your trip is even more inexpensive! While Airbnb rents have gone up in the past two years, they are still affordable, with a nice little apartment in Reykjavik going for about $29 a night.
There is so much to see and do in this country, but for starters, you must take a trip to the geothermal spa and outdoor lagoon appropriately called Blue Lagoon. There is a famous, multi-sectioned waterfall called Gullfoss, a geyser, glacier, and waterfall at Golden Circle, and try to squeeze in one of the many whale watching trips.
Although this country has made remarkable changes over the past 3 decades, it remains an amazing bargain for Americans. While the average price of a roundtrip ticket from Los Angeles is about $650, we did find some flights for $388, so bargains are there if you look for them. Airbnb is also a bargain at about $25 a night.
One of the great things about Vietnam is the food. If you love seafood, this is the trip of a lifetime! Pull up a chair at pho stall and eat to your heart’s content for just two or three dollars! Check out the pristine beaches (which are everywhere), the paddy fields in Mekong Delta and the Cu Chi wartime tunnels!
This little country never gets the credit that it deserves! First, it’s very inexpensive! You can pick up a roundtrip ticket for a tiny little $200! We also found a few Airbnb sites in places like Punta Del Este for a tiny $23!
Uruguay has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world as well. Be sure to see the wildlife at Cabo Polonio, the breathtaking sites at Montevideo, and the historic sites at Colonia del Sacramento. If you like hiking and surfing, you should check out Punta del Diablo.
You might have thought that this little Mediterranean delight was out of your budget, but you can actually find flights for as little as $420! Airbnb comes to rescue with a one- bedroom apartment in the heart of Athens for a tiny $25!
The list of things to see and do in Greece is almost endless! You must see the Parthenon, the Acropolis of Athens, Olympia, and at least one of the Monasteries! If you prefer to see things off the beaten path, you will like The Well at Meligalas, the cave that includes a lake at Sami, and the hallucinogenic center of the ancients at The Oracle of Delphi.
Now that travel to Cuba has been approved, you can take a trip back in time for your next vacation! This little island feels as if it is permanently locked in the late 1950’s, which makes for a charming holiday. You can find flights from about $300 but the closer you are (such as those living in Florida or Georgia) you can fly there for a song! Although Airbnb is new to Cuba, you won’t have any trouble finding a sweet little high-rise condo for as little as $25 a night.
Depending on your interests, you might want to stroll the Havana Malecon and then wander the streets of Old Havana, with it’s fascinating architecture. There is a national museum called Bellas Artes that is overflowing with incredible art, or go check out the castle at Pedro de la Roca, for starters.
Many people think that Aruba is a made-up Caribbean island featured in Hollywood movies, but this is a very real tropical island that is still very affordable. Round trip flights from New York might be as high as $430, but for those in Miami, you can find a ticket easily for $200. Hotels can be a bit pricey, especially those right on the water, but you can always rely on Airbnb to help your budget. We found sweet little apartments in Palm Beach for as little as $40 a night.
By the way, English is widely spoken here, so you won’t have much trouble getting around to see the sights, such as the Casino at the Hyatt, or Arikok National Park. If you love animals, this is the place for you since there is a butterfly farm, a donkey sanctuary, and an ostrich farm you can visit for next to nothing!
This country remains one of the best bargains for the budget traveler. There are very few countries that allow you to travel extensively, not to mention eat well, for such a small amount of cash. You can easily pick up a round trip ticket to India for $395. We found lots of beach side cottages on Airbnb for $20 a night!
If you are hoping for a beach vacation, check out the temple city of Gokarna. You can find almost any type of cuisine you have in mind at the stalls of Mumbai, and the Golden City of Jaisalmer is a must see. There is also the Taj Mahal, the imperial residence from the 1600s called Red Fort and Amber Palace, a hilltop fort with an unbelievable palace.
You might think that this incredibly popular destination is outside of your budget, however, the Japanese government has continued to invest in their tourist industry, as well as their infrastructure, keeping prices lower than you might think. If you are on the east coast, unless you find an outstanding deal, it will be difficult to spend a week on $1K due to airline ticket prices, but those of you on the west coast can do this easily, with some sites offering round trip tickets to Tokyo for $426!
You will still need to be willing to compromise on your Airbnb stay, as most rooms are $100, but there are more than 300 rentals for less than $50. Staying outside the city will lower your costs. There is so much to see, you will have to pick and choose carefully, but some treasured sites include Meiji Jingu, a garden shrine, Odaiba is a waterfront sushi bar pier with a Ferris wheel, and the Tokyo Metro government tower offers a free view of the city.
The beauty of Belize is something everyone should see! This little piece of paradise on the Caribbean Sea has outstanding beaches. We found round trip flights on Kayak from $275! Staying outside Belize city will lower your costs to about $25 a night on Airbnb, but even a stay inside the city can be as cheap as $50.
There is something for everyone in Belize! For divers, you must see the Great Blue Sinkhole and the Belize Barrier in Ambergris Caye. You can shop in San Pedro or enjoy the splendor of Caye Caulker, an island with white sands and a split channel beach or check out Lamanai, an ancient Mayan city ruin.
There are several inexpensive countries in South America and Brazil is one of the top choices. The infrastructure is well-designed for tourists and the country is both unique and beautiful. You can actually stay in a hotel in Rio for about $40 a night and Airbnb is about $25. Airline tickets can be as low as $365 round trip!
You already know about the Christ statue atop a mountain, but did you know that there is another peak that has a cableway tram you can take to the top? It’s called Sugarloaf Mountain, and this is a must do when in Rio! You can hit up the famous Copacabana beach and Palace, as well as shop the chic boutiques or sip margaritas on Ipanema Beach.
There aren’t too many European countries that you can visit for your 1K because of the high price of airline tickets, however, Sweden remains an exception. You should have no trouble finding a round trip ticket from the east coast for $300. Hotels run about $65, but a nice little Airbnb apartment in Stockholm can go for as little as $30.
What you will be able to do will depend on when you plan your trip, but if you go in the warmer summer months, you can plan on tons of things to do, including sailing the archipelago, touring the Royal Palace and museum, check out the history of the Chateau Gamla stan, and the 13th-century Storkyrkan Cathedral.
If you could visit just one South American country in your lifetime, choose Peru. There is so much to see and do, you will wish you had a month and not a week to see it all. East coast travelers can find flights for about $340 and west coast peeps are in luck because flights can be found for $198! Hotels are inexpensive but vary by city, with an average of $40 a night but Airbnb will be your best bet as single apartments go for about $20!
Start in Lima and check out the incredible parks and beaches. You will need to buy a train ticket to get to Machu Picchu and then take a short flight (cheap at $50 roundtrip) to Cusco. You will find so much to see in this city, we can’t mention them all here. Take the train to Aguascalientes, then you take a bus to the top of Machu Picchu.
Curacao, the tiny island on the Caribbean Sea that no one has heard of! Good thing, because that is what is keeping this little piece of paradise dirt cheap to visit. You can find a round trip ticket for about $350, depending on where you live and there are actually 4-star resorts for about $70 a night! You won’t have too much cash for other things, but if your idea of the perfect vacation is lying on white sand beaches with crystal clear water, what else do you need?
If you save your money for cheaper digs (like Airbnb) then you might want to check out the Klein Lighthouse, an old Colonial town called Willemstad, or hit up the casino at Otrobanda.
Let’s face it, our neighbor to the North is often neglected in lists such as these but especially for those who live close enough to drive, Canada has plenty of great things to see and do! Its close proximity also means cheap airline tickets.
You might want to think about visiting the infamous Niagara Falls if you live on the east coast. For those on the west coast, you could see Vancouver or British Columbia, heck, you could even hit up Alaska but that wouldn’t be an international vacation, would it? Summer is, for most people, the best time to visit, but if you love winter sports, then be sure to pack plenty of warm clothing and get ready to ski, snowboard, or ice skate your vacation away!
Almost no one thinks of Haiti when it comes to vacations and that fact keeps prices there very reasonable. This small island was colonized by the French and the colonial architecture they left behind is something to admire. Depending on where you are flying from, we found round trip flights for as low as $191! Port-au-Prince Airbnb prices start at $20.
There are plenty of things to do here as well. Some of the must-sees would include the Iron Market, the Citadelle Fortress, the Musee du Pantheon, and the Papillon Enterprise, which helps parents by giving them a place to sell handmade items.
This beautiful country has long had a reputation as being a fun place to vacation. Thailand is a poor nation, but the location is so stunning, people talk about their vacation there for years afterwards. Your airline ticket will probably be your biggest expense, but we found deals online for $385. Airbnb has many listings for beach front apartments for $25 dollars a night!
Thailand has everything from pristine beaches to ancient ruins and popular night clubs. Must-see places include The Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and The Elephant Nature Park, which rehabilitates rescued elephants.
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Another small island on the Caribbean, but who’s counting? This beautiful island is an inexpensive vacation that you won’t soon forget. Even those on the east coast will find the typical airfare of $350 affordable. You can even enjoy a beachfront hotel for about $70 a night. The great thing about this island is that many of the attraction, such as Catalina Island, cost next to nothing to visit. You can hit up a beach front Airbnb room in Punta Cana for as little as $40.
If you like whale watching, be sure to visit Cayo Levantado, but if golfing is more your style, see the coral reef and hit up 18 holes at Bavaro. There is the must-see national park with petroglyph caves at The Haitises, and the beautiful Cathedral de Santa Maria.
At this writing, the tensions between North and South Korea are at a historic all time low, so you can feel very comfortable visiting this fascinating country. West coast folks can find flights for about $400 but east coast travelers should really do their bargain hunting, otherwise, flights run on average about $700. We found lots of townhouses and high-rise apartments on Airbnb in Seoul for $25 a night. You can probably find less expensive digs outside of town.
Go in the summer months for the best weather and be ready to walk everywhere! Take in the historic Gyeongbokgung palace and museum, the Myeong-dong shopping center, the restaurant and viewing tower in N. Seoul, and the must-see 600-year-old village Bukchon Hanok.
Don’t let anyone tell you that Nicaragua isn’t worth visiting! This country has so much to offer that it’s amazing it hasn’t become a more popular destination. That’s fine, however, since it has kept prices way, way down for tourists. Even for those on the east coast, a round trip ticket is only about $350 and a little searching will certainly find better bargains. You can stay in some of the best hotels in the country for $70 a night, tops.
If you are a fan of nature, this country will satisfy all your sense. There is a nature reserve on the Masaya Volcano site, and another active volcano at Mombacho that offers forest lined hiking trails. The Corn Islands have scuba diving, snorkeling, and plenty of beach front restaurants that serve fresh lobster for bargain basement prices.
This very small South American country isn’t what you think of when you imagine South America. It isn’t overcrowded and it isn’t overflowing with tourists. Like many countries on this list, the most expensive part of your trip will be airfare, but even at $350 (on average) that still leaves plenty of money for a fantastic hotel at $70 a night or an Airbnb in Georgetown will set you back only $25 per night. One important note here about Guyana- it’s an English-speaking country!
For a tiny country, there is diverse assortment of things to see, including the incredible Caribbean-like atmosphere at the local Georgetown markets. There is the St. George Cathedral, the Stabroek Market with its impressive clock tower, the El Dorado rum distillery, the canopy walkway of Iwokrama, and the massive waterfall at Kaieteur Falls.
Due to issues with the Chinese government, Taiwan has had issues trading with other countries. This has made tourism so important to this small island that the government as tried to make their country as accommodating as possible to tourists. Prices in this country are so cheap that you can expect to eat and stay in a hotel and not spend more than $40 a day, tops! Your biggest expense will be your airline ticket, which for the east coast run as much as $700, so you need to be a real bargain hunter, but the west coast can see prices in the $450 range.
If you want to do something other than the usual tourist stuff, Taiwan is the place for your next vacation. You can check out the Golden Waterfall (which is free) and enjoy a fresh seafood meal at a seaside restaurant at the Yin Yang Sea with its sparkling blue water and golden colored sand beaches. Take a hike on Mountain Keelung and take in a bit of history at the Long Shan Temple in Taipei City.
This is a Central American country that is mostly ignored by most travelers, but that only makes it sweeter for those who do go. It’s true that, like most big cities, the capital has its fair share of crime, but the trip is well worth the trouble. You can find flights from either coast for a tiny $375 or less and a nice hotel is about $50, or you can Airbnb it in Antigua for a tiny $23.
Guatemala has simply epic places to visit, like Tikal, the ancient Mayan city or the volcanos and lake at Lake Atitlan. You can swim at the breathtaking Semuc Champey, or hit the hot springs at Pacaya, which are heated from a nearby volcano.
No list would be complete without mentioning our neighbor to the south, Mexico. Don’t believe all the hype about the violence in Mexico, it rarely involves tourists. Most violence occurs in border towns and involves drugs. The exchange rate, as of this writing, is an incredible 19 to 1, so your dollar will stretch really, really far here. Depending on where you live and where you wish to travel, you should have no trouble finding airline tickets for $300 or less. Stay in hotels or Airbnb rooms outside of major cities to save big, big bucks. You can even find 4-star resorts just two blocks from the beach for about $75 a night.
Mexico is so diverse, you Will need to decide ahead of time what it is you really want to do or see to plan your vacation appropriately. You can hit up pristine beaches in Oaxaca or Merida, see jungles and Mayan ruins in Chiapas, or see the beachside ruins at Tulum called El Castillo. There are seaside deserts at San Felipe, Baja, and city shopping below pine forests in Cuernavaca, Morelos. No matter where you go, be sure to eat plenty of tacos and make a toast with locally made tequila!