You don’t have to go broke trying to experience the islands. With a little information, planning, and creativity – plus some cost-saving tactics – anyone can budget for an amazing Hawaiian vacation. This blog post will provide the best tips for traveling on a budget in Hawaii. No matter your financial situation, we have advice to help make your trip affordable without compromising on experiences.

Planning Your Trip

Hawaii is a popular destination all year round, but prices for airfare and accommodations can vary. Generally, the cheapest time to visit Hawaii is during the shoulder seasons, fall (September to November) and spring (April to June), when the weather is still great, but the islands are less crowded.

Next, booking your flight requires some strategy. Look out for deals, be flexible with your dates, and consider booking mid-week flights, which are often less expensive. Websites like Skyscanner and Kayak allow you to set up flight price alerts to get the best deals in your inbox.

Finally, consider alternatives to traditional hotel accommodations. Vacation rentals, hostels, and bed and breakfasts can offer more affordable options while allowing you to experience Hawaii like a local. Planning wisely and considering these tips allows you to enjoy a memorable Hawaiian vacation without breaking the bank!

Saving on Experiences

There are plenty of affordable or even free experiences to enjoy on the islands. Consider exploring the numerous public beaches, for starters. Each island boasts a unique shoreline with breathtaking views and ample opportunities for swimming, surfing, or simply soaking up the sun.

Don’t miss out on the numerous hiking trails, either. From the challenging trails at Na Pali Coast on Kauai to the more leisurely Diamond Head Crater hike on Oahu, these trails offer incredible panoramic views of the islands and are completely free.

Farmers’ markets are another great way to experience local culture without a price tag. They are a treasure trove of fresh produce, local delicacies, and handmade crafts, often featuring live music.

Lastly, remember that Hawaii is rich in history and culture. Many historical sites and museums offer low-cost or donation-based entry, making them accessible to travelers on a budget. So, while you’re saving money, you’re also gaining priceless memories and experiences that encapsulate the true spirit of Hawaii.

Eating and Transport on a Budget

Food and transportation can make up a significant portion of your travel budget. But, with a little planning and smart choices, you can save money without compromising on the quality of your Hawaiian experience.

Hawaii is a culinary paradise, offering a unique fusion of diverse cultures. While gourmet restaurants are plentiful, delicious food doesn’t have to be expensive. Opt for local food trucks, roadside stands, and small family-run restaurants where you can enjoy authentic Hawaiian cuisine, fresh seafood, and delicious tropical fruits without burning a hole in your pocket.

Getting around Hawaii can be done affordably. Public transportation, especially on Oahu, is reliable and can take you to many major attractions and beaches. Consider renting a bike for short distances if you’re comfortable with it.

Consider renting a car if you plan to explore more remote areas or hop between islands. Look for deals and book as far as possible for the best rates. Carpooling or sharing a rental with others can also reduce costs.

Remember, a vacation in Hawaii doesn’t have to be excessively expensive. By making a few strategic choices in dining and transportation, you can save money while still enjoying all the stunning beauty and rich culture the islands offer.

Choosing the Perfect Resorts in Hawaii on a Budget

Hawaii is not only a paradise for nature and food lovers but also many resorts catering to different budgets and preferences. For couples seeking an affordable yet unforgettable vacation, numerous resorts offer a unique blend of luxury, comfort, and affordability.

One budget-friendly option is the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, across from the famous Waikiki beach. With its stunning ocean views, tropical-themed rooms, and modern amenities, this resort ensures a comfortable and enjoyable stay without costing a fortune.

Another option worth considering is the Royal Lahaina Resort in Maui. Nestled on Kaanapali Beach, the resort offers a range of affordable cottages and guest rooms, each equipped with comfortable furnishings and modern amenities. The resort is known for its warm hospitality and recreational facilities, including golf, tennis, and snorkeling.

Lastly, always look for package deals and discounts offered by these resorts. Many provide special rates for extended stays, off-peak seasons, or bundled services like meals and spa treatments. So, don’t let a tight budget deter you from experiencing the tropical paradise that is Hawaii. With the right planning and research, you can find the perfect Hawaii couple resorts that cater to your budget and allow you to enjoy all the beauty and charm that the Hawaiian islands offer.

Final Thoughts: Enjoying Hawaii on a Budget

Traveling to Hawaii on a budget doesn’t imply missing out on the best aspects of the islands. The natural beauty, cultural richness, and the Aloha spirit of Hawaii are accessible to all travelers, regardless of their budgets. Affordable dining options present the chance to enjoy local flavors, while public transportation and budget accommodations make it easier to experience the islands’ stunning landscapes and vibrant cities. Budget-conscious couples looking for that romantic getaway should consider the numerous resorts in Hawaii offering cost-effective packages.

Remember, the key to a budget-friendly, unforgettable Hawaiian vacation lies in thoughtful planning and making smart choices that prioritize experiences over extravagance. So, embark on this adventure without fear, as the mesmerizing islands of Hawaii welcome you with open arms and a wealth of affordable options.

Looking to make some extra cash while on the road? 

You’re in luck.

There are plenty of unique side hustles that can help you fund your travels and live the digital nomad dream.

Whether you’re a freelancer or a social media guru, there’s a side hustle out there that can help you make extra income while exploring new destinations.

That said, sometimes you need to think outside the box. 

Yes, things like freelance writing and social media management are popular for a reason. But there are so many other options. 

Here are a few interesting travel side hustles to wet your imagination. 

Virtual Friend

Become a Virtual Friend to earn money while traveling

Become a Virtual Friend to make money while traveling

Like meeting new people and making new friends? 

If so, becoming a virtual friend might be the perfect side hustle for you. 

As an online friend, you can connect with people from all over the world and help them feel less lonely. 

One popular platform offering this service is It technically lets you offer both in-person and online friendship, but for travelers, online is the way to go. 

This can include chatting, playing games, practicing languages, or even just watching movies together. 

You can also offer advice and support to those who need it, helping people who are going through a tough time or just want someone to talk to. 

It’s a great way to make a difference in someone’s life while earning some extra cash, and you may even learn a thing or two in the process. 

Importer and Exporter

Become an Importer Exporter while traveling

Become an Importer Exporter while traveling

The more you travel, the more you start to spot unique products around the world that make you think, “Hmmm this would cost a fortune back home!” 

That, my friend, is a business opportunity knocking on your door. 

As an importer and exporter, you buy products in one country and sell them for a profit in another. 

This can include anything from handmade crafts to specialty foods to fashion accessories. 

For example, if you find a unique piece of jewelry in India that only costs a few dollars, you could sell it for a much higher price in the United States or Europe. 

This can be just a quick way to make some extra cash, or you can turn it into a large-scale, ongoing business.

If you’re just looking for ways to cover the cost of your next flight, I’ve (virtually) met some travelers who packed a suitcase full of affordable alpaca sweaters in Peru, then resold them for 10x the price back home in Australia. 

I’ve also met traveling entrepreneurs who visit Colombia to make connections with coffee growers. 

Keep in mind, to make this into a legit business — more than just a suitcase full of sweaters — you’ll have to find reliable suppliers and study up on customs regulations, shipping processes, and tax laws. 

But with a bit of research and a willingness to take risks, this has the potential to turn into much more than a side hustle. 

Affiliate Marketer

If you have a knack for sales and marketing, affiliate marketing could be the perfect side hustle for you. 

As an affiliate marketer, you promote other people’s products and services, earning a commission for each sale made through your unique affiliate link. 

The beauty of affiliate marketing is you don’t need to create your own products or services. 

Instead, you focus on promoting products that align with your interests and values. 

For example, if you’re passionate about sustainable travel, you could promote eco-friendly travel gear or tours. 

When done with integrity, affiliate marketing can create a win-win-win opportunity for affiliate marketers, customers, and companies. 

You make a commission for promoting products you believe in, customers discover products they may not have found otherwise, and companies increase their sales through word-of-mouth marketing. 

Freelance Model

Become a Freelance Model

Become a Freelance Model

When you’re traveling in different countries, you may seem exotic to the people in that country. 

That means when it comes to modeling opportunities, you have an advantage. 

For example, I am no model — far from it — but during my travels, I’ve been asked not once, but twice to act as a model for different companies. One spa, and one gym. 

I wasn’t even advertising myself as a model. The owners just came up and asked me.

If you were to actually go out and promote your services in a country where you look “exotic”, you’re likely to get lots of bites. 

That said, you need to be careful about working in person in countries if you don’t have a work visa. Make sure you research the laws and regulations before accepting any modeling jobs.

If you can’t work for money, you may be able to “trade favors”. Like a free gym membership in exchange for some photos.

Virtual Assistant

Earn money while traveling as a virtual assistant

Earn money while traveling as a virtual assistant

Becoming a virtual assistant is probably one of the best ways to start making money while traveling — especially if you’re unsure of what else to do. 

That’s because you don’t need any special skills to get started, and the bar to entry is low. 

But once you’ve got your foot in the door, there are many opportunities for growth and specialization. Best of all, you can test the waters with different niches until you find something you’re passionate about.

As a VA, you can offer a variety of services like email management, scheduling appointments, social media management, website maintenance, bookkeeping, or even managing other VAs. 

Really any type of task that an entrepreneur or small business owner wants off their plate. 

You can also specialize in a particular industry or niche, such as real estate or e-commerce, to increase your earning potential. 

Or you can laser down even further and specialize in one service for one specific industry — like graphic design for e-commerce companies. 

The possibilities are endless.

Like I said, you don’t need any specialized training to get started. Just identify a virtual service you want to offer, then market yourself until you find clients who need help with that service.

This can be a bit intimidating for some, especially if it’s your first rodeo starting an online business. For extra handholding, you can always follow a virtual assistant course to cut down the learning curve and avoid costly mistakes. 

Seasonal Activity Instructor

Work a season at a ski resort while traveling

Work a season at a ski resort while traveling

This type of job is perfect for active travelers who don’t mind settling down in each location for several months. 

For example, we met some friends while traveling who spend their winters working a season at a ski resort as ski instructors in popular destinations. Then when summer hits, they head to tropical islands to work as surf instructors. 

You don’t necessarily have to choose seasonal jobs, either.

I’ve met other travelers who spend part of their year as scuba diving instructors in one part of the world, then the other part as yoga instructors in another part of the world.

If you’re passionate about a particular activity, you could turn it into a profitable side hustle. Not only will you get to travel, but you’ll also get to share your love and knowledge of the activity with others.

Similar to working as a model, if you’re working in person in a foreign country, you’ll likely need a work visa to do so legally. 

Traveling Personal Shopper

As a traveling personal shopper, you can travel to different countries to buy and transport special products that people order.

For example, my wife once met a Colombian lady who traveled to different countries to buy luxury items for rich Colombians. Since these specialty items weren’t available in Colombia, her clients are willing to pay her to travel to get the items for them. 

This might sound like a dream job in theory, but in practice, it requires planning, organization, and contacts. 

You’ll have to build a network of wealthy people who trust you to run their errands. 

If you’re interested in becoming a traveling personal shopper, start by reaching out to your network and letting people know about your services. 

Then, make sure to give them an awesome experience so they recommend you to their friends. 

I actually did this once on a very small scale. 

My wife’s friend wanted some new Apple products that weren’t yet available in Colombia. He paid us upfront, and we picked up his order in Miami as we were passing through. 

In Colombia, electronics like Apple products are taxed heavily and expensive compared to the US. So even after charging my wife’s friend a few hundred bucks more than what we paid, he still got a killer deal by Colombian standards. 


Online Consultant

You don’t have to be a fancy business or marketing guru to make  money as an online consultant. 

If you have knowledge that other people want to know, you can earn as a consultant. 

For example, our van-life friend earned a holistic health certification and now offers consulting over the phone while traveling the US in her van. 

Another friend I met is a virtual voice coach for singers. 

Sometimes, you just have to think outside the box. 

Virtual consultants can work from anywhere in the world. All you need is a computer and an internet connection. You can also set your own hours and work as much or as little as you like — although you’ll likely need to work within the time zone of your clients. 

To get started, think about what you’re good at and what people might be willing to pay for. 

Remember, you don’t need to be the #1 world expert on the subject. You just have to know enough to be able to help your clients achieve what they want to achieve. 

If you don’t think you’re “qualified”, start by helping a few people for free. If you get good results, you’ll not only grab some testimonials, but you’ll also gain confidence in your skills. 

Traveling Chef

As a traveling chef, you can work with hotels, resorts, cruises, and private clients to create unique and delicious meals. 

You can also offer cooking classes to travelers who want to learn how to cook local cuisine.

To become a traveling chef, you’ll need to have experience in the culinary arts and be willing to travel. You can start by building a portfolio of your work and networking with potential clients.

  • Offer your services on websites like EatWith and Cookly.
  • Partner with local hotels and resorts to offer cooking classes and private dining experiences.
  • Attend food festivals and events to network with potential clients.

There are no requirements to work as a traveling chef other than the ability to whip up tasty meals. That said, a degree or certification in culinary arts definitely won’t hurt. 

As a traveling chef, you’ll have the opportunity to explore new cultures and cuisines while making money. 

Just make sure not to pack your knives in your carry-on!

Video Game Streamer

Earn money being a video game streamer

Make money being a video game streamer

To make money streaming video games, you need to build a following on platforms like Twitch or YouTube. 

You can monetize your streams through ads, sponsorships, and donations from your viewers. 

The key to success as a video game streamer is to be entertaining and engaging. You need to keep your viewers interested and coming back for more. 

This means flashing your charismatic personality, being knowledgeable about the games you play, and interacting with your audience. 

As long as you’re willing to pack your video game setup and stay in Airbnbs that have a comfortable place to play, you can stream from anywhere with an internet connection. 

BONUS: Content Creator

You can turn any of the above jobs into a second income stream by building a “content business” around it.

By that, I mean creating content — whether that be blogging, Youtube, podcasting, social media, etc — around the ways you are making money while traveling. 

You better believe there are others out there interested in following in your footsteps!

For example, if you went the blogging route, you’d write guides optimized for SEO or social media sharing. 

The idea is to get as many interested eyeballs on your content as possible. I share some of the best ways to do that in my Fat Stacks review, one of my favorite blogging courses. 

The best part is, all you’re doing is documenting the things that you are learning and doing in your life. You don’t have to be an expert — you just need to know enough to help someone who is a step behind you.

With a content business, you can make money by adding advertisements to your content, recommending products that could help your audience, offering consulting services, or even creating an online course teaching everything you’ve learned in your line of business.

Billions of people use the internet. And you just need to siphon a teensy fraction of them to create a hefty side income.

The opportunities are truly endless.

There’s no reason to settle for what everyone else is doing.

Find something you’re passionate about. 

Think of how you can adapt it to travel.

And start hustling.

Listing your place on Airbnb can be a great way to make extra income when you are out of town. Over time, we have perfected our system for hosting on Airbnb. This checklist for first-time Airbnb hosts is catered to people who are renting out their permanent home. We are not one of those corporate companies that buy an empty apartment to rent professionally. Read on for our advice to earn that coveted 5-star review!

Basic Requirements for Hosting on Airbnb

We started listing our 1-bedroom apartment on Airbnb for times when we are away. Not only has it helped us supplement our travel budget, but we also love knowing that our apartment is being put to use by fellow travelers!

And as an added benefit, hosting has proven to be a great way to keep on top of the deep-cleaning tasks that we used to dread. Somehow, scrubbing the toilet in preparation for a guest makes it feel less like a dreaded household chore! First off, a note about why we felt we were well-suited for Airbnb. These are not strict requirements, but these conditions help us provide the best guest experience for our guests.

An owner’s closet

Although Airbnb is a community built on trust, we felt it was a requirement to have a lockable location for valuables, documents, and personal clutter. Not only does it give us peace of mind, but it also helps to reduce the clutter for guests to make them feel at home. We store the following items in the owner’s closet:

  • Personal documents
  • Electronics and electronic cords
  • Bathroom and shower clutter. Bathroom counter-tops, shelves, and the shower should generally be free of personal items
  • Bedroom clutter. We don’t clear out our closets, but we do remove most personal clutter from shelves and surfaces
  • Extra coats and shoes that are normally in the entry-way
  • Laundry and laundry baskets.

Easy-to-follow directions for locating the apartment

Our apartment is centrally located in Munich with easy access to public transport. We think that the location of our apartment is part of the reason why we have received such positive reviews on Airbnb. Travelers might rent a car, but more likely they want an apartment that is easy to access when visiting a city.

A well-stocked kitchen

We have received positive reviews about how our kitchen is well-equipped to prepare meals at home. The ability to prepare meals is one of the reasons why people choose Airbnb over hotels, so make sure your kitchen enables them to do so.

A lockbox

Since we rent our place when we are out of town, oftentimes we are unable to greet our guests personally. Initially, we asked a friend to meet our guests, but purchasing a lockbox was a game-changer. Now we can send the guests detailed photo instructions for how to get into the apartment using the lockbox. This also gives them complete flexibility on their arrival time. We have a weatherproof lockbox, that we just lock to one of our bikes in the back garden.

Airbnb Host Shopping List

airbnb hosting welcome shopping list

We like to leave a few special touches for our guests. Small details show the guests you care about hospitality and these items won’t break the bank! A couple of days before check-in, we make a grocery store run to make sure we have a few things in the house. Here’s our Airbnb shopping list:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Olive oil
  • English muffins/small pack of bread
  • Baby Bell Cheese (universally loved and good for individual snacking)
  • Small jar of jam
  • Some local beers or a small bottle of local wine
  • Chocolate for the pillow (we love the small Lindt truffles!)
  • Travel-sized toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel)
  • Extra toilet paper

One day before Check-in: Airbnb Host Checklist

airbnb host preparation checklist

  • Send a check-in note to the guest
  • Bathroom and bedroom clutter moved to the owner’s closet
  • Move electronics and documents to the owner’s closet
  • Move entryway clutter (coast and shoes) to the owner’s closet
  • Turn on the guest fridge (we happen to have a small, spare fridge that we cleared out for our guests’ use)
  • Double-check that guest sheets and towels are clean, if not, do laundry
  • Stock the guest fridge (see shopping list above)
  • Clean the water boiler (we live in Germany where the calcium builds up over time. A bit of vinegar solves this very quickly!)
  • Take out recycling and bring glass bottles away
  • Refresh kitchen labels if needed (we label our trash, and cabinetry to help our guests find the essentials)
  • Dust all surfaces
  • Deep clean toilet
  • Deep clean shower
  • Vacuum
  • Run the dishwasher
  • Set up the coffee/tea station

Day of Check-in: Airbnb Host Checklist

airbnb hosting checklist and welcome note

On the day of check-in, you should only have a few things left to do as you prepare to welcome your guests

  • Make the bed with fresh sheets
  • Remove personal towels from the bathroom and kitchen and store them in the owner’s closet
  • Put set of guest towels, toiletries, and welcome chocolates the bed
  • Put a fresh kitchen towel folded on the kitchen counter
  • One last scrub of the toilet
  • One last shower clean
  • Leave a welcome note on the coffee table
  • Empty the dishwasher
  • Water plants
  • Leave 2 rolls of fresh toilet paper on bathroom shelves
  • Take the trash out, replace bags
  • Lock the owner’s closet
  • Leave the key in the lockbox

That’s it for our Airbnb host checklist! Hopefully, this will help you get started as a host on Airbnb.


Ultimate Airbnb Hosting Checklist

Airbnb Host Checklist

Social media has become part of our everyday lives, and it’s something we can’t let go of even while we’re on vacation. In fact, 55% of travelers spend around 30 to 120 minutes daily on social media. One can post updates, and find many tourist hotspots, restaurant recommendations, and even hidden gems on social media. However, social media is a double-edged sword that can also negatively affect you – especially your finances. Here are the seven main reasons why you might want to keep your distance on your next trip.

1. You’ll fall victim to targeted ads

When you make an account on social media sites, your basic information such as your age, gender, location, and preferences are gathered. Your shopping behavior reflects these traits, which marketers utilize for targeted advertising. So if you’ve ever wondered why your ads are showing items that are right up your alley, this is the explanation.

No matter where you are, you’ll always feel like you need the products presented to you. Of course, this can be harmful to travelers working with a set budget.

2. More screen time can lead to more spending

The more you scroll, the more you spend. Much like popular short-form videos that provide a brief sense of fun and entertainment, the happiness felt with social media-driven purchases is often also short-lived. You can also slowly feel addicted to the feeling of ordering, anticipating, and opening up your packages.

In the long run, this can be harmful to your wallet and become a bad habit that’s hard to break. Lessening your screen time will help you spend less and spend more time being in the moment.

3. Influencers encourage spending

In an in-depth article on how social media impacts our spending habits, influencers are highlighted as individuals with the power to convince their followers to buy, or not buy, a product or service. Travel influencers in particular are the ones in charge of making ‘must-see’, ‘must-try’, and ‘must-eat’ posts.

But it’s hard to determine how genuine these recommendations are, especially with all the sponsored posts that they do. We recommend travelers do their own research to get them the most bang for their buck.

4. Most luxuries are too expensive

It’s very tempting to live a glamorous life when you’re traveling, especially with a happy-go-lucky mindset. But you should find a balance for this because you don’t want to be in debt after the festivities end. Luxury hotel stays can cost hundreds and thousands of dollars per night.

On the flip side, you can opt to enjoy free accommodation in exchange for work, and use the money saved for something like tickets to a show. You don’t have to blow all your money off on everything.

5. Purchasing is made much easier

Most sponsored posts online have a direct link to the shopping website. This feature has made it easier to just click and input your card details. Some influencers and companies even have a discount code ready for you.

All this is done to help encourage viewers to spend on frivolous items. If any online shopping is to be done, we highly encourage readers to choose travel-related items or backpacking gear that can prove to be more useful in the long run.

6. Social media gives you FOMO

FOMO, or the fear of missing out, is the phenomenon that involves the perception of missing out, followed by compulsive behavior to maintain social connections. It’s a normal human desire to want to experience any and everything.

In fact, research has shown that social media FOMO drives bad spending habits and that a third of people admit to overspending in order to keep up with the fun they see their peers are having on social media. This can lead us to overspend if we’re not careful.

7. You’ll see the world through rose-tinted glasses

Finally, you have to realize that in most cases, people only post about the good stuff. You don’t see exhausting trips, dingy hotel rooms, or overpriced airfare. It’s the reality of the nature of social media. Because you’re not seeing the negatives of other people’s travel experiences, you’re tempted to think that there must be something wrong with the amount you’re spending.

The truth is that no matter your budget, there will be misses amidst the hits – but these moments make the good ones much sweeter.



It’s time to dust off your backpack and think about where to go next. If you’re on a budget, you may be wondering about the cheapest backpacking destinations in the world. The thing is, especially if you’ve been aching to get back out there, ‘budget travel’ can be a bit of an oxymoron. People go traveling to see something new, and once you’re on the road, the last thing you want to do is restrict yourself.

The way to travel on a budget without feeling too limited is to go backpacking destinations where food, accommodation, and transport are cheap. This will allow you to stretch your budget and splurge on the occasional special activity to get the most out of your trip. The good news is, after you figure out a cheap way to get to your destination, it is possible to travel around some of the most beautiful destinations on earth for less than $20 a day. Believe it or not, it can sometimes be cheaper to be on the road than to stay at home considering your normal rent and daily expenses! 

So without further ado, here is our updated list of the cheapest backpacking destinations for 2023.

Bulgaria – The best Eastern European country for budget travel

Even though Bulgaria is the cheapest backpacking country to visit in Eastern Europe, it has an abundance of gorgeous landscapes that rival its neighbors. During our 5 days in Bulgaria were able to see Alpine mountains, forested countryside, sandy beaches on the Black Sea, plus beautiful cities like Sofia and Veliko Tărnovo.

The Rila Monastery near Sofia in Bulgaria, one of the cheapest backpacking countries in the world

The Rila Monastery near Sofia, Bulgaria

Because we were traveling in the off-season, we were able to splurge on the occasional high-end luxury accommodation for less than $100 a night. Of course, you can always find cheaper hostels in Bulgaria. Food and drink are also super affordable, with the average price of a beer being about a dollar.

Learn more: Backpacking in Bulgaria


India is one of those countries where budget travel is almost entirely dependent on your willingness to haggle. If you strike the right tone, India can be one of the cheapest backpacking destinations in the world.

When booking guesthouses, you’ll most certainly get a better price by booking directly with the guest house versus booking online through an agency. Transportation-wise, it is super cheap to get around in India. In the big cities, we recommend using Uber it’s actually much cheaper than the prices you’ll be quoted for a tuk-tuk ride. For intercity travel, trains cost between $8 – $30, and you can even find flights within that price range!

Learn more: Backpacking in India

Portugal – The cheapest backpacking destination in Western Europe

Portugal is a great option in Western Europe for travelers on a budget. You’ll be able to experience the vibrant European culture as well as world-famous food and wine at a fraction of the cost of what you’d pay in France or Spain. 

Learn more: Backpacking in Portugal


Cambodia has so much to offer, and you can travel there for about $20 a day. Private rooms in a nice guesthouse will cost you about $10, and tuk-tuk rides are a savvy way to get around. Our guest house helped us arrange a private tuk-tuk driver to help us visit the many temples of Angkor Wat for just $12!  You can even get a 30-day SIM card with 1.5 GB of data for $2.

Ta Prohm Temple in the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Cambodia, one of the cheapest backpacking countries

Ta Prohm Temple in the Angkor Wat Temple Complex

Learn more: Backpacking in Cambodia


With medieval fortresses, majestic mountains, and friendly locals, the country of Georgia should be much higher on the list of top backpacking destinations. And with delicious meals starting at $3, and $1 local buses, it’s one of the best countries for budget travel. You don’t have to withhold on the cultural activities here, since most entrance tickets cost around $2.

The Caucasus Mountains in Georgia

The Caucasus Mountains in Georgia

Learn more: Backpacking in Georgia


In the Czechia, the old trope ‘beer is cheaper than water’ is actually true. While Czechia boasts much of the same beauty as its neighbors like Germany and Austria, it’s possible to travel here at a fraction of the cost.

Learn more: Backpacking in Czechia

Bolivia – the cheapest backpacking country in South America

Bolivia is one of the cheapest backpacking destinations in the world and is very popular with adventurers. Here, it is possible to get a 3-course meal for less than $2. Accommodation in a hostel dorm room costs between $8-$12 a night, and local and long-distance buses are a cheap way to get around. Even the most famous backpacker destination in Bolivia, the Uyuni Salt Flats, won’t break the bank, costing around $200 for 3 days, which is relatively cheap for this bucket-list destination!

Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia

Learn more: Backpacking in Bolivia


Trekking in Nepal doesn’t have to cost as much as you might imagine. Other than the Everest Base Camp Trek (an exorbitant expense), there are plenty of beautiful Himalayan treks where it is possible to go by yourself. The Short Annapurna Circuit, for example, is well-marked with guesthouses along the path for about $5 a night, so you won’t have to carry tons of gear. (If you want to go all the way to Annapurna Base Camp, you’ll need to go with a guide). Food and drink in Nepal are also very affordable, with meals costing between $2-$3.

Learn more: Backpacking in Nepal

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is certainly one of those countries where you can travel on a budget or live in the lap of luxury for relatively affordable prices. Their infamous train system (a bucket-list item in itself) is the cheapest way to get around the country. Or, you could hire a private taxi to travel between cities with a few other people from your hostel. Keep a special travel budget set aside for entrance fees to nature reserves and UNESCO Heritage sites!

Learn more: Backpacking in Sri Lanka


Colombia is one of our favorite backpacking destinations because of the friendly locals, diverse landscapes, and of course, affordability. You could easily backpack in Colombia for a month with just $1000 in your bank account. By taking long-distance buses, staying in hostel dorm rooms, and cooking your own food in the hostel kitchens, you can visit destinations like Medellín, Cartagena, and Salento on a budget.

The Cocora Valley near Salento, Colombia

The Cocora Valley near Salento, Colombia

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Honorable Mention


This country certainly doesn’t scream ‘budget travel’ but it’s the cheapest destination in Scandinavia. If visiting this part of the world has been a dream of yours, we can definitely recommend Denmark in comparison with its more expensive Scandinavian neighbors Norway, Sweden, or Finland.

Nyhavn Canal in Copenhagen, Denmark, one of the cheapest backpacking countries in Scandinavia

Nyhavn Canal in Copenhagen, Denmark

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