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What are some budget-friendly destinations?

My partner and I tend to travel to destinations that are pricey to fly to and pricey to travel in. This time around we are looking for destinations that may cost a lot to fly to (or less wouldn't hurt!) but activities and accommodations are more budget friendly. We'd love to be able to stretch our dollars a bit more and not worry so much about having such a large daily budget. 

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top answer by
Michelle from Melbourne

I'd suggest Budapest. There are great places to stay and eat and the transport system is fantastic. Your budget will go a lot further here than in a great many other European cities. 

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  1. Budapest (city)
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answered by
Jass from Tampines

Some recommended places to visit :
Bangkok, Thailand -
SHOPPING : Must visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market & Asiatique Night Bazzar. You can see various items for souvenirs at affordable prices. Sometimes you must bargain (few months ago, I managed to bargain 3 cute tops at Chatuchak for only S$10, a bag with intricate pattern for less $10, and so on..)

TRANSPORTATION : Several modes of transportation like MRT/Train, Taxi Cab, Ferry, or try Tuktuk but is expensive than taxi

TOUR : You will see amazing Buddhist temples like the Wat Arun & Wat Pho with very cheap entrance fees. Or see some of the beautiful shopping malls in Bangkok like Siam Paragon & Terminal 21

Cebu, Philippines -
TOUR : You will see Spanish-era churches and buildings. White sand beach & resorts near the city.

TRANSPORTATION : Taxi Cab (flag down rate is less than US$1)

Bali, Indonesia -
TRANSPORTATION : Taxi Cab (there is an option to hire cab driver that charges est. US$60 for 6-8 hours)

TOUR : Great landscapes and stunning structures like Tanah Lot Temple & Pura Ulun Danu Beratan with very affordable entrance fees as well

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  1. Bangkok (city)
  2. Chatuchak Weekend Market (attraction)
  3. Wat Arun (attraction)
  4. Wat Pho (attraction)
  5. Siam Paragon (attraction)
  6. Cebu (attraction)
  7. Bali (island)
  8. Tanah Lot Temple (attraction)
  9. Pura Ulun Danu Beratan (attraction)
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I would recommend Vietnam Cambodia Laos Indonesia and Philippines as very cheap destinations where your dollar goes a long way.

And these countries are all very interesting too.

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  1. Vietnam (attraction)
  2. Cambodia (attraction)
  3. Laos (attraction)
  4. Indonesia (attraction)
  5. Philippines (attraction)
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answered by
Adrian from Nicaragua

If you're interested in Central America then Guatemala and Nicaragua have a lot to do and are very cheap. Honduras and El Salvador are cheap as well but there are less organized activities.

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answered by
Amy from Prague

That's a really big question! It depends on where you want to go, really. If you want really inexpensive destinations, try Thailand or other areas of Southeast Asia. They are certainly not cheap to fly to, but your money will get you very far, especially if you stay in hostels (it's easy to get two-person rooms at decent hostels for less than $15 a night!). If you are looking a little closer to home (I see Utah in your profile so I'm assuming you hail from the United States), try Ecuador or Peru. If you are thinking Europe, I am very partial to Prague and the Czech Republic

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  1. Thailand (attraction)
  2. Southeast Asia (attraction)
  3. Ecuador (attraction)
  4. Peru (attraction)
  5. Prague (city)
  6. Czech Republic (country)
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answered by
Travis from Kamloops

I'm always surprised that Central/Eastern Europe and the Balkans are not mentioned in list of best budget destinations (compared to SEA and South/Central America). From our experience, they can be just as friendly to the budget-conscious traveler as any other region.

We have spend over 6 months in PolandCzech RepublicSlovakiaHungaryRomaniaBosnia and HerzegovinaCroatiaSerbiaMontenegro, etc. and found that we could get a long way on just a little money. We spent about $35 per person, per day, staying in private rooms in hostels/pensions, eating in local restaurants, and seeing/doing pretty much whatever we wanted. It was awesome. Travel within and between the countries is often very affordable, and there is so much to see and do. I would definitely recommend considering this region if you are planning a budget oriented trip.

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  1. Poland (attraction)
  2. Czech Republic (country)
  3. Slovakia (attraction)
  4. Hungary (attraction)
  5. Romania (attraction)
  6. Bosnia and Herzegovina (attraction)
  7. Croatia (country)
  8. Serbia (attraction)
  9. Montenegro (country)
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answered by
Emily from Otavalo, Ecuador

EcuadorEcuador is a great place to travel to if you are on a tight budget. Right now, I'm living in Otavalo. There is a huge market here on Saturdays and Wednesdays that is pretty popular. Wednesday is the less touristy day.There is a lot of outdoorsy activities to do, like hiking and horseback riding if you are into that kind of thing. There are two really beautiful lakes you can visit: one in Cuicochaand Lago San Pablo which are both beautiful. Otavalo is about a 3 hour bus ride from Quito and the trip only costs about $2 ($4 if its round trip). In the bigger cities like Quito, Cuenca (Ecuador) and Guayaquil its going to be a tad bit more expensive, but just because they are bigger cities with more tourists. It is still very cost effective! 

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  1. Ecuador (attraction)
  2. Otavalo (attraction)
  3. Cuicocha (attraction)
  4. Lago San Pablo (attraction)
  5. Quito (city)
  6. Cuenca (Ecuador) (city)
  7. Guayaquil (city)
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answered by
Daisy from California

We highly recommend S.E. Asia!  If this might be on your list, see Siem Reap Cambodia, Old Bagan, Burma, and Bali Indonesia.  We never book a room before going except for the first night and then move to a cheap accommodation.  They're everywhere.  If this is a possibility for you, let me know and I can send additional information.  Stay at Wendy House (Guest house) in Bangkok for about $25.00 in a perfect locale.  

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  1. Siem Reap (city)
  2. Old Bagan (attraction)
  3. Bali (island)
  4. Wendy House (Guest house) (attraction)
  5. Bangkok (city)
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answered first by
Scott from Bakersfield

In my opinion you can't go wrong with cruising.  You can find last minute deals close to home.  Check out for some options.  Cruising is great because your food and entertainment are built in to the cost of the trip and you get to see multiple locations.  

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