Come summers and we start planning a much needed getaway but with every country trying to come out from crisis and currency on the rise, the biggest frustration is to look for exotic yet budget destination which doesn’t leave you strapped for cash.

We bring you a low down of few of the best budget destinations you can look ahead to travel with just about $20 a day –


EthiopiaIf I told you that my next trip is to an ecologically diverse country, lush and fertile with jungles, rivers, deafening waterfalls, tropical forests and mountain ranges that resemble a mix the Alps and the Grand Canyon, the last place you would probably think of is Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is not only one of the most fascinating countries in the world, but luckily enough also one of the cheapest. There’s so much to see and do, with it’s changing landscapes, history, tribal regions etc


IndonesiaIndonesia, a Southeast Asian nation made up of thousands of volcanic islands, is home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many different languages. It’s is known for its beaches, volcanoes and jungles sheltering elephants, tigers and Komodo dragons.

Transport costs can add up if you move around a lot as you will need to take boats or budget flights. But staying in just a few areas you can get beachside wooden bungalow for $7 a night and eat good seafood for $5.


ColombiaConsidering its world-class treks, clay-coloured colonial cities, and glistening beaches on offer, it’s surprising Colombia isn’t more popular with travellers. Likely tainted by its outdated reputation for rampant crime, Colombia is in fact a friendly, vibrant country that’s well worth exploring.

Street snacks range from 40 cents – $1 USD, a simple meal will cost about $3+ USD while a fancier meal will be from $6.50+ USD. Water is ~40 cents per bottle, while beer is 65 cents to $1 USD.  Accommodation will cost about $6-$10 USD (approx).


UkraineUkraine is a large country in Eastern Europe known for its Orthodox churches, Black Sea coastline and forested mountains. Its capital, Kiev, features the gold-domed St. Sophia’s Cathedral, with 11th-century mosaics and frescoes.

Due to the current conflict in the east of the country the local currency has seriously devalued making it a great place in Europe to get by on a cheap budget. Head to historic Lviv city and the Carpathian Mountains in the west, or go chill/party on the Black Sea coast.
You can get a tasty rib eye steak for just $3! Beer is on average $1 in the cheaper bars.


BoliviaBolivia is a country in central South America, with a varied terrain spanning Andes mountains, the Atacama Desert and Amazon Basin rainforest. At more than 3,500m, its administrative capital, La Paz, sits on the Andes’ Altiplano plateau with snow-capped Mt. Illimani in the background. Bolivia is breathtaking. Being the poorest country in South America, Bolivia provides the greatest value on the continent, this teeny country has a lot to offer.

Shopaholics can enjoy cheap shopping; One should explore the Witches Market where you can buy a spell or a dead baby alpaca for good fortune.

A meal out at a basic restaurant ranges from $2-$4 USD, while a fancier meal will set you back $7+ USD. Beer is ~$1-$2 USD, and water is ~50-80 cents.

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