Cheapest country(s) to travel in?

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1. Posted by llboyd (First Time Poster 1 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I'm looking for the honestly cheapest places to travel. I've travelled around most of Western Europe and also visited Prague. I'm thinking of going somewhere in December (04) for around 12-14 days. I'm a student, so it really has to be cheap. I've heard China, but I've been checking up on it, and it doesn't seem to be all that cheap, at least not in the cities. Where is the best place to go to keep my lodging and food costs down. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 6600 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi llboyd,

How about more of Eastern Europe.. Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, there's plenty to see - ancient history and at a fraction of the cost of Western Europe. Otherwise, Asia has lots of budget destinations; Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia all appeal to me.

Cheers, Peter

3. Posted by Europe (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Eastern Europe is a great bet. Definely try Romania and Hungary where a cost of a beer will cost as little as .30cents


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4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

When I was in South America (Chile, Argentina and Bolivia) I was spenting about $40 a day. I, however, was travelling in LUXURY as compared to what I could have done. If you stayed in dorm hostels and eat and drank a little more budget than I did, you would probably find you could get by on $20 a day.

Here's a list of countries by GDP:

Here's the economists purchasing power parity index called the Big Mac index:, which basically measures economies based on the price of a Big Mac. They, surprisingly, seem to lean towards middle eastern countries.


5. Posted by SABIR (Budding Member 21 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Pakistan is undoubtedly the cheapest country in the world to travel to. You get all bounties on Earth at cheapest rate. You come from any country and the Pakistani Rupee parity vis a vis your respective country's currency will prove most comfortable. Buy anything of highest standards and pay far less=-----Evenings are already very very pleasent here--though days will start getting comfortable in a week's time from now.
I can be your free guide here------
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6. Posted by jonas2000 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hello, I am a Portuguese journalist and I am supposed to write a few lines about the cheapest country to visit on Earth. Do you have any tips/experiences/opinions? I must confess that the cheapest country where I was ever is Bulgaria, although Morrocco and Romania where also good. I don't know Asia (Africa in general it's hell...). Thanks in advance.

7. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I think for all round cheapness and atmosphere, you'll find it hard to beat Thailand. The surrounding countries are no doubt similar too.
Me, my partner and 2 kids ate out in Patong on Phuket, for £8, including a drink each. A bowl of rice was 15 pence. It doesn't come much cheaper than that.
Failing that, so something wacky like Josie Dew who cycled round Japan. The locals thought it so weird to see a Gaijin on a bike that she regularly got food bought for her as a gift, and was invited to stay with people in their homes. She also took a tent and pitched it anywhere - car parks, shool fields etc, after asking permission usually. The Japanese just thought it such a bizarre thing to do, they just agreed. Cool.