For the Thrifty Traveler: 11 Top Budget-Friendly Destinations That Are Surprisingly Stunning

Whether you’re craving a beach getaway, an adventure in the mountains, or a cultural immersion in a vibrant city, we’ve got you covered. For some of us, it’s just that the cheapest trips are sometimes the best. Travelers online revealed some cheap beautiful countries to visit that would make you feel you should pack your bags just thinking how little you only have to pay while still having the time of your life.

1. Indonesia

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Particularly in Sumatra, you can easily find budget-friendly accommodations, with prices as low as $3 per night. Even if you opt for slightly more comfortable lodgings, the maximum expense would only amount to $6 per night.

One user said, “4 years ago I was spending 75k [rupiah] a day for accommodation which included 3 meals a day.” That’s just $6! But he added that some friends who went there last year said prices have risen to $8. Meanwhile you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea for as little as $0.15 to $0.20.

2. Malaysia

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One traveler admits Malaysia tops his list of most beautiful budget-friendly countries. With hotel rooms in main cities going for approximately $15 a night and breathtaking city views to go along with the nation’s natural splendor, he calls it a no-brainer must-visit country. Also, the fact that English is spoken throughout the country helps break down any language barrier a traveler may be anxious about.

3. Vietnam

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Gorgeous green-blue waters, countless islands, and a mild climate make Vietnam a great choice if you want to be stunned by the country’s natural beauty. Visiting is also affordable: it’s no surprise that it’s usually first on the list of new travelers looking to explore a new country for the first time.

If you still need convincing, then a quick Google search for photos of Vietnam will persuade you to start looking for flights as soon as possible. Trust me; the country is that beautiful.

4. Costa Rica

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For anybody living in the eastern United States, Costa Rica is a prime destination for anybody looking to experience a gorgeous country at a relatively low cost. If lush jungles, fabulous beaches, and tropical wonderlands interest you, look no further than Costa Rica. I must also mention that Costa Rica is home to millions of adorable monkeys, and who doesn’t love monkeys?

5. Poland

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While Poland is known for being dark, grim, and war-torn, the country is working hard to change its perception in travelers’ eyes, as it’s very inexpensive. One woman sings the praises of Poland with a very engaging assessment. “Poland is a country teaming with majestic architecture, opulent cities, quaint villages, untouched natural beauty, fascinating history, and heartening culture,” she says.

It also offers a treasure trove of architectural, environmental, and cultural wonders for anyone who loves to explore.” Somebody give this woman a job in Poland’s tourism department because she was born to convince people to visit!

6. Bulgaria

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According to one Bulgarian resident, there’s no place on Earth like his native country – and although he admits he’s a little biased, he also backs up his theory quite well! He declares it one of the best countries for young travelers, as the nightlife in many major cities is second to none.

It’s also possible to hike through the mountains in the morning and lay on the beach in the afternoon – the landscape of Bulgaria is packed with plenty of natural beauty. In addition, the nation proudly has some of the best exchange rates throughout Europe compared to the U.S. dollar.

7. Czech Republic

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Honestly, I think of somewhere other than Eastern Europe when I think of where I’d like to travel next. After all, I’m more of a tropical-weather kind of guy. However, after seeing so many travelers recommend the Czech Republic, I’m considering it more and more.

“Eastern Europe has become increasingly popular among budget travelers in recent years due to its affordability,” cites one digital nomad. “Cities like Prague offer a wealth of culture at very reasonable prices!”

8. Cambodia

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Described by many travelers as “an absolute bargain,” Cambodia makes this list simply because it’s a beautiful country – there’s no other way to describe it. You can’t do much better than Cambodia if you’re a fan of beaches, tasty local cuisine, and a tourist-friendly environment. In addition, travelers frequently reveal that visiting ancient Cambodian temples were a life-changing experience. Who can say no to that, right?

9. Italy

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While mainland Italy can be expensive, Sicily is one of the world’s most inexpensive and naturally beautiful islands. I vacationed in Sicily for a month and was blown away by the history, the buildings, the beaches, and of course, the inexpensive Aperol Spritzes.

Everything seemed cheaper in Sicily than in other parts of Europe. The lighter load on my wallet made a fantastic trip even more unforgettable. So do yourself a favor and get to Sicily as soon as possible – skip the touristy cities like Rome and Naples. You won’t regret it.

10. Serbia

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Admittedly, Serbia doesn’t appear on many “cheap and beautiful countries to visit” lists. However, according to one traveler, a renewed focus on the country’s tourism business is making Serbia a viable option for anyone wanting to explore a new place on a budget.

“Not only is it cheap, but you also have amazing food, friendly people, rich history, and wonderful nature.” Although the nation is landlocked (no relaxing beaches), there is plenty of natural beauty to engulf yourself in to make the trip worthwhile.

11. Georgia

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If you want an under-the-radar country to visit, check out Georgia. Many people express surprise that Georgia is less popular with travelers. After all, like many countries on this list, it’s inexpensive, has a burgeoning food and wine scene, and offers incredible mountain hiking opportunities.

Moreover, it isn’t overrun with tourists taking advantage of a relatively cheap adventure (yet), making it even more appealing to any traveler tired of visiting the same trendy countries everybody visits.

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