There’s a lot of world out there to see but sometimes it feels like travel is only for trust fund kids and tech millionaires. Don’t despair if you’re neither, though. There are still plenty of places that are surprisingly affordable, aren’t war zones and will give you an unforgettable travel experience without breaking the bank. Are you looking for travel inspiration? Here are some of the cheapest countries to visit in 2018. All prices in US dollars.
However, you’ll also find great beach resorts and the surreal landscape of the Cappadocia region, complete with cave hotels and hot-air ballooning. The secret to travelling for less in Turkey is to go during the off season, when hostel accommodation can be had for $20 a night and a four-star hotel room for $80.
The country’s cities are the top attractions: Cartagena is famous for its pretty colonial architecture while Medellin, once one of the world’s most dangerous places, has reinvented itself as a centre of innovation and art. It’s now one of the best places to visit in August, thanks to its Festival of Flowers.
Of course there are many other reasons to visit Vietnam too: picture-perfect beaches and Ha Long Bay, magnificent waterfalls, interesting hill tribes, rare wildlife and floating markets are just a few of them.
The Five Stans
On the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan you’ll find the Aral Sea, one of those bizarre lakes that are weirdly beautiful. Travel here is very affordable too. Be My Travel Muse says that in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan you can find hostel accommodation for $10 a night, for instance, while in Kazakhstan you can travel on $25 a day.
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