9 Affordable Global Getaways From As Low As $500

Want to travel internationally without putting your savings account at risk? Check out these 9 awesome countries that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. 

Don’t Give Up Your Travel Dreams

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Africa Studio

With record-high inflation and rising costs of living in the last few years, it’s understandable that many want to put their international travels on the back burner. But you don’t have to give up your travel dreams completely.

Travel Smart for Less

Image Credit: Shutterstock / AnnaStills

Traveling on a shoestring budget is entirely possible, you just have to make a few informed choices and pre-plan your trip with care.

What to Look For

Image Credit: Shutterstock / CC7

You want to choose a country with a relatively low cost of living and where the cost of return flights is affordable.

You should also prioritize travel during shoulder or off-seasons, and take into account any potential visa and/or travel vaccination costs. 

16 Locations For Budget Travel

Image Credit: Shutterstock / phM2019

There are a number of countries with thriving tourist industries that are also affordable for U.S. travelers. Here are 16 of the best destinations to visit if you’re traveling on a tight budget.

#1. Mexico

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Aleksandar Todoro

Since it’s right next door to the U.S., Mexico is an ideal location for affordable flights and a much lower cost of living.

July and August are the cheapest times to visit and enjoy amazing food, history, culture, and beaches. 

#2. Guatemala

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Leonid Andronov

Another great destination for cheaper U.S. flights is Guatemala, known for its thriving Mayan culture, geographic diversity, and adventurous outdoor activities.

$1000 will be more than enough for a comfortable 2-week trip here, flights not included. 

#3. Nicaragua

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Omri Eliyahu

Continue south to Nicaragua, which has long been one of the cheapest travel destinations in Latin America, with world-class surfing, hiking, and more.

Costs are similar to Guatemala – $1000 is more than enough for two weeks, but you can spend significantly less if you budget carefully. 

#4. Colombia

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Monica Hernandez Ahman

Costs for travel in Colombia can vary widely – from less than $500 for 2 weeks on a backpacker’s budget up to several thousand for luxury travel.

The choice is yours! Be aware that despite its affordability and continuing popularity, crime rates have increased notably since the Covid-19 pandemic began. 

#5. Peru

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Anton_Ivanov

Breathtaking ancient ruins, stunning scenery, and rich indigenous culture abound in Peru.

You’ll find hotels and hostels here for as little as $10 per night, and your biggest expense will probably be entry fees to the many national parks and heritage sites.

#6. Albania

Image Credit: Shutterstock / dezy

Let’s cross continents to Albania, one of Europe’s cheapest tourist destinations. This Balkan country is very underrated in the U.S., offering gorgeous coastlines, dreamy mountain towns, and medieval castles for as little as $1000 USD for 2 weeks of solo travel.

#7. Bulgaria 

Image Credit: Shutterstock / trabantos

Further east you’ll find Bulgaria, a haven for architecture lovers where nature, history, and art blend together. It is similar in price to Albania and other affordable countries in the Balkans and Eastern Europe.

#8. Bosnia & Herzegovina

Image Credit: Shutterstock / MehmetO

Many people find Bosnia & Herzegovina to be exceptionally affordable compared to most of Europe, making it a must for budget travelers.

It has a slower and more rural atmosphere, with charming medieval villages and beautiful lakes, rivers, and mountain ranges. 

#9. Romania

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Hurghea Constantin

Travel to Dracula’s castle and ancient monasteries, or hike through the Carpathians while you visit Romania, a country bursting with fascinating history and historical sites.

Travelers on a budget should expect to pay around $1200 for a two-week holiday here. 

#10. Georgia 

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Sean Pavone

Vastly underrated by American travelers, Georgia is a hidden gem both for its affordability and attractions.

$1000 will be enough for a luxury two-week trip here, all the way down to just $500 for a budget holiday. 

#11. Turkey

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Boris Stroujko

With its rich history, mouthwatering cuisine, and extraordinary natural and cultural sites, traveling to Turkey is a dream for many.

A 2-week trip here should only set you back around $1200 if you’re on a tight budget, and travel is cheapest in September and October. 

#12. Vietnam

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Vietnam Stock Images

Vietnam is truly a miracle for travelers, being one of the cheapest and best travel destinations in the world.

You can comfortably explore vibrant cities, scenic countryside, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites for just $50 a day, or even less if you really want to tighten your purse strings. 

#13. The Philippines

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Sean Hsu

Slow beach days and busy city life are open to you in the Philippines, a country known for its welcoming people and gorgeous islands.

Though it isn’t as cheap as Vietnam, you can also travel well here for less than $1000 for two weeks. 

#14. Sri Lanka

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Shyntartanya

Jaw-dropping ancient Buddhist sites, exotic flora and fauna, and the best surfing beaches in Asia can all be found in Sri Lanka.

Prices on this exotic island nation can fluctuate but are generally very affordable, and $50-60 a day will be enough for budget travel.

#15. Thailand

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Preto Perola

While travel prices have risen considerably in the last few years, Thailand is still an eminently affordable country for tourists.

Relax on the beach, party in Bangkok, and visit stunning temples and cultural sites for around $70 a day, give or take.

#16. Indonesia

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Sutthi Chuvichit

Head south to Indonesia, where you’ll find Buddhist islands, ancient rainforests, impressive mosques, and modern cities all in one country.

Remember that while Indonesia is generally very affordable, prices vary widely depending on where you travel – for example, a comfortable holiday in Bali will be much more expensive than a trip to Sumatra or Borneo.

The post 9 Affordable Global Getaways From As Low As $500 first appeared on Liberty & Wealth.

Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock / Saintdags.

The content of this article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute or replace professional financial advice.

+ posts

Leave a Comment