15 of the cheapest places to travel in 2020 for backpackers


So many us dream of travelling the world, but don’t have the funds to make it a reality.

Will Hatton, also known as The Broke Backpacker has been travelling the world ‘broke’ for nearly nine years.

He has shared his top picks of where you can travel for as little as $10, which is around £8 a day.

He said: “Most people know that India and Eastern Europe are cheap places to travel in but most of the world’s best budget backpacking destinations are a little off the beaten track, and you won’t find most of these countries on other ‘budget travel destinations’ lists…

“This is some real adventure gold right here, folks.”

1. Iran

Gokcheh Dagh Hills of Turkmen Sahra, Iran

Will says Iran is one of the cheapest countries to visit in the world and is a ‘broke backpacker haven’.

He Couchsurfed with dozens of hosts and camped all over the country.

It has gorgeous Islamic architecture, legendary hospitality, and ‘the stunning island of Hormuz, – it will ‘take your breath away at every turn’.

2. Sri Lanka

Nine Arches Bridge, Ella, Sri Lanka

Will found this is a country full of landscapes ‘just begging to be explored’ by foot or train.

There is a smaller community of backpackers spending their holiday hiking mountains or chilling on the pristine beaches.

Okay, so maybe the backpacking route is well-trodden here, but that makes it easy to get to different sections of the island – from where you can set out on your own to find a lesser-known beach or a wild section of jungle.

Some of the best hotels in Sri Lanka cost around £5.60, and you can expect even less for others.

The government has announced that it will reduce the cost of flights into and out of the country, making it all the more accessible for budget travelers.

3. Nicaragua

Leon, Nicaragua

Nicaragua is a fine cheap place to travel in Central America and makes an excellent quick holiday spot for those on a budget.

It has volcanic peaks, amazing parties and jungle treks – you can also get a room for under £8 per night and street food for 80p.

4. Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

Cambodia is not as cheap a place to travel as it used to be, but you can get cheap beer for 25 cents and budget dorm rooms in hostels for really cheap.

Will said if you only have a couple of weeks holiday and you ‘want to live it up’, Cambodia is a good place to try.

Some backpackers in South East Asia save Cambodia for the last part of their trip as this is the place you can make your money stretch the furthest.

5. Pakistan

Hunza Valley, Hunza, Pakistan

Pakistan is a country of stunning treks, friendly people,underground parties and ancient traditions.

The Broke Backpacker claims that food will rarely set you back more than a couple of dollars and you can camp for free in the Karakoram mountains.

6. Eastern Europe

Baturin town, Ukraine

Beer is often the same price as bottled water.

Will says you can get a dorm bed along with breakfast for around £8 and a long distance bus ride for even less.

It’s great if you want to spend less money, and experience a totally different part of the continent.

7. India

The Taj Mahal

When Will was 19, he spent a year backpacking around India and spent under £2400.

He says it’s possible to survive here comfortably on £8 a day or even less.

The average room cost is between £1.60 and £4 and the average meal cost is around 80p to £2.40 but is even less if you eat street food.

Will added: “In total, I’ve spent nearly two years backpacking across India now and have probably seen only about half of what this amazing country has to offer.”

8. Bolivia

La Paz, Bolivia

With the famous salt flats, stunning architecture, dirt cheap parties, and world-renowned trekking, Bolivia is a great destination with no end.

Travelers who go here are rewarded with an abundance of adventure activities and ‘some of the most beautiful landscapes on the continent’.

9. Turkey

Cappadocia, Nevsehir, Turkey

The Broke Backpacker mentions it is worth traveling with a tent in Turkey, but there are also lots of caves, especially around the Cappadocia region, where you can survive with just a sleeping bag.

He added: “I returned to Cappadocia, one of my favorite places to visit for a digital detox and some time beneath the stars, in 2017.

“Turkey is an often overlooked destination but if you are off in search of a cheap place to go on an adventure, Turkey offers fantastic bang for your buck and is an epic way to travel overland from Europe to Asia.”

10. The Philippines

Unnamed Road, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

This is one of cheapest island countries to visit in Asia.

It’s a place of gorgeous beaches,  palm trees, parties and friendly locals.

Will advises for an adventure with a difference, trek into the jungles in search of Whang Od; the last Kalinga tattoo master.

He says to stay away from Manila as it’s an expensive city.

11. Nepal

Swoyambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal

When you leave the touristy areas of the Thamel in Kathmandu, the price of ‘just about everything’ drops significantly.

Will added: “Transportation is dirt cheap, and sometimes you can find buses across the country for as little as £2.40-£4.00.

“When it comes to trekking, I can’t think of a cheaper destination to tackle a multi-day trek. The Anna Purna trek, for example, costs on average about $20 a day (around £16). That includes a private room in a tea house and three delicious meals a day.

“Roadside lunch stalls will sell you spicy potatoes and chickpeas for about ¢70.”

12. Croatia

Pula Bay, Pula, Croatia

Croatia is blessed with over 2000 km of coast, as has over 1,200 islands.

It’s cheaper to avoid the islands that are full of tourists and to instead visit the lesser known islands.

The best prices to travel here are in Winter or early Spring, as in summer in Croatia you will find higher prices.

The pro backpacker says you can travel comfortably to most places in Croatia for around £28 to £40 a day.

13. Portugal

Porto, Portugal

You can go backpacking around Portugal comfortably for as little as £30 a day.

This will get you a good dorm bed, groceries, some beer, and a ticket or two to the local attractions, advises Will.

Portugal is very subject to seasonal rates too so off-season will be cheaper.

14. Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia is one of The Broke Backpacker’s favourites.

After only days of being in the country, Will went scuba diving off of Tioman Island for around £16 per dive.

He said: “You can dive for a week (or more), live the good life on an island, stay in a shack on the beach, for about $40 (around £32) a day!”

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15. Mexico

Oaxaca, Mexico

Backpacking Mexico is ‘an incredible experience with endless options’.

In 2016, it was the eighth most-visited country on Earth with over 35 million international visitors.



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