Best Places to Travel When You’re Short in Cash

Posted on: 23rd November 2013

Best Places to TravelOne of the first and most important considerations when planning a round the world trip is the budget. It is because most of the time, it would dictate how long or short your vacation could be. Of course, you can find work as soon as you unload your luggage at the hostel but don’t count on it too much.

Then again, if you want to stretch you’re the value of your money and see as many destinations as possible you’ll have to note that there would always be cheaper countries to choose from. For example, if you want to get a deeper appreciation of the rich history and heritage of South East Asia, your cash can go a long way if you steer clear of Japan.

Do not forget to take into consideration the current exchange rate. For example, travelling to Europe before has been so expensive because of the lower conversion of dollar to pound. But in the recent years, the rising value of Australian and New Zealand currencies has put a dent in the cash reserves of UK travellers.

So, let’s lay down some of your best options to see the world even while on a limited budget.

South East Asia

This is where you can get decent accommodations just for less than five dollars, eat like a king for less than 10 dollars, and then enjoy some booze at more than half the price of what you usually pay back home. Local transports are also cheap and very enjoyable.

Cambodia and Laos are two of the most affordable tourist destinations your money can afford followed by Vietnam and Thailand. Of course, tourist-related costs are always high anywhere – from entrance fees to food and accommodation so you have to be aware of that.


Though the country has been eyeing its potential profit off of its growing tourist market, you can still venture out on most of its major tourist hotspots without drilling a big hole in your pocket. Street foods are also cheap, clean and a must-try while you are here.

East Africa

Stay away from Arusha, Mombasa and other popular tourist hubs so you can find affordable food and accommodation. Even if you have a small budget, you can experience living the good life here. It’s just that, if you have been dreaming about going on a safari, you’d have to prepare yourself with its ridiculously high prices. If you can stick with the traditional camping experience, that could save you a lot of cash.

South America

This is one of the more budget-friendly regions in the world. Though it is not as cheap as SE Asia, you could still get the most bang out of your buck here especially in places like Argentina and Bolivia. Cheap hostels, good food, and exciting tourist trails are just some of the enticing reasons why you should have your RTW trip here.

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