25 cheapest countries to visit in 2020

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 Looking for cheap places to travel in the world? If you are planning a vacation and want to travel to a new destination but don’t want to spend too much, in this post I tell you which are the cheapest countries to visit in 2020.

Paradise beaches, cities full of history, exotic destinations, there are places for everyone. You don’t need to have a lot of money to travel, you just need to choose the place and time of the your trip strategically. There are many countries where you can travel on a budget all year round. Of course the total budget will vary according to the city of origin of the traveler and their choices regarding accommodation and meals, but in general, all the destinations I will mention in this list allow you travel cheap compared to other places.

These are the cheapest countries to visit in 2020:

The cheapest countries to visit in Africa:

1. ETHIOPIA

Many people are unaware of the incredible countries in Africa. Ethiopia is a unique country with a lot of history, wild flora and fauna and breathtaking landscapes. Lalibela is a small town in the north of the country, known for the underground monolithic churches carved in rock that date from the 12th century and 13th century. It is a truly impressive place.

Ethiopia is a great destination to choose to travel cheap since you can find hotel rooms for less than USD$10 per night and the food is very cheap as well. Perhaps the only obstacle and great expense is the plane ticket. 

Search for cheap flights to Ethiopia here.

2. MOROCCO

One of the best destinations to travel on a budget is Morocco. This is a very attractive country for its desert landscapes, its culture, its diversity and its gastronomy. Africa can be an expensive continent if you travel from America, but you can easily get to Morocco from Spain.

Some of the places you can’t miss in Morocco are: Marrakech, Chefchaouen, Fez and Tangier.

Find cheap flights to Morocco here.


The cheapest countries to visit in America:

3. ARGENTINA

The cheapest countries to travel in 2020. Top 25

Argentina is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world (and I don’t say it just because I was born here🤭). Unfortunately Argentina’s currency has suffered a great devaluation in the past years and that makes it a perfect place to travel on a budget. Argentina is a visa-free country so you are all invited to visit us whenever you like. 

The night in a mid-range hotel in Buenos Aires costs around USD$30, and you can find a bed in a hostel for just USD$7 (Read more at: Buenos Aires accommodation guide). In Buenos Aires it is possible to eat a full dinner at a good restaurant for USD$10. Transportation is also cheap.

Places you can’t miss in Argentina: Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Ushuaia, Calafate and Iguazu Falls.

For more information read: Buenos Aires travel guide written by a local

Find cheap flights to Argentina here.

4. BOLIVIA

Another cheap country to visit in South America is Bolivia. One of the best known places in this country is  Salar de Uyuni, considered the largest saline in the world. Other places to visit in Bolivia are Isla del Sol and La Paz.

Find cheap flights to Bolivia here.

5. CUBA

Cuba is one of the few countries in the Caribbean where you can travel with a low budget. You can experience the culture of the country to the fullest by staying in local houses for very few dollars and you can find hotels for USD$40 per night.

In Cuba you get to enjoy paradisiacal beaches, cities with history and culture and many free activities.

Find cheap flights to Cuba here.

6. PERU

The cheapest countries to travel in 2020. Top 25

 Peru is a country full of interesting places to visit and you can do it with all types of budgets. Last year I visited this country and I was fascinated! There are many places to visit and you can find really cheap prices in meals, accommodation and transportation. 

It is possible to stay in mid-range hotels for USD40 per night. The entrance to some places like Machu Picchu is expensive but you can find cheap prices for everything else. Places you can’t miss in Peru: Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Arequipa.

For more information read: 2 weeks in Perú itinerary

Find cheap flights to Peru here.


The cheapest countries to visit in Asia:

7. CAMBODIA

Cambodia is an unmissable country to visit in Southeast Asia. It is a country that has a lot to offer: the impressive temples of Angkor, the landscapes of the Mekong River, the islands in the south of the country and more. You can easily reach Cambodia from Thailand or Vietnam. 

No matter what place you choose to visit, you will find very cheap prices and you can live with a daily budget of less than USD$30. Cambodia is a country with a very sad recent history in which there was a genocide of its population and the poverty numbers are very high. 

For more information read: Guide to visiting the temples of Angkor in Cambodia.

Search for cheap flights to Cambodia here.

8. PHILIPPINES

 Philippines is a low cost paradise in Sotheast Asia. The good thing about this country is that it offers beaches, cities and mountains. The accommodation is very cheap and it is possible to eat for less than USD$4 in local restaurants. 

Search for cheap flights to Philippines here.

9. INDIA

One of the most interesting countries in Asia that you can visit on a budget is India. It is a destination that isn’t for anyone, you have to be prepared to face India and as they say: either you love it or hate it. 

India has incredible places to visit. The accommodation usually costs less than USD$20 a night and it is also very cheap to travel between cities by train. India is the ideal country for backpackers or travelers traveling on a budget.

Find cheap flights to India here.

10. INDONESIA

Surely you heard about Bali, one of the places in Southeast Asia that became really popular in the past years. Bali is one of the many islands that make up Indonesia, as well as Lombok, Sumatra or Java.

Indonesia is another favorite destination for backpackers because it is possible to live for very little money and get to know beautiful places. You can get a full menu for USD$3 and rent a motorcycle to move around for just USD$4 per day.

Search for cheap flights to Indonesia here.

11. LAOS

A jewel of Southeast Asia that not everyone visits is Laos, with impressive natural landscapes and temples. Transportation between cities is cheap and accommodation in shared rooms costs USD$10-15 per night. Laos is definitely a place to consider if you travel to Southeast Asia.

Search for cheap flights to Laos here.

12. MALAYSIA

Malaysia is a perfect country to travel on a budget. It not only offers amazing beaches but also cosmopolitan and modern cities like Kuala Lumpur. If you are visiting Southeast Asia, do not hesitate to visit Malaysia.

Accommodation per night in a double room costs around USD$15 and food in local restaurants is available for around USD$5. 

For more information read: The best views of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

Search for cheap flights to Malaysia here.

13. THAILAND

The cheapest countries to travel in 2020. Top 25Thailand is the paradise of digital nomads because it is a cheap country, with culture and variety of destinations and landscapes. Airfare can be expensive (depending on where you travel from) but once in the country you can travel very economically. You can choose between paradisiacal beaches, big cities and villages in the mountains. 

You can find shared dormitories in hostels for USD$7 and mid-range hotels for USD$30. Eating thai food in street stalls is an awesome experience and the meals cost around USD$1-5. Eating in a restaurant is possible for around USD$10. Transportation between different destinations is also budget friendly and there are many options: long-distance buses, trains and low cost airlines. Thailand is a beautiful country, it has everything to offer and it is cheap.

For more information read: Tips for traveling a trip to Thailand

Search for cheap flights to Thailand here.

14. VIETNAM

Another great destination to visit in a trip to Southeast Asia is Vietnam, chosen by many backpackers for its affordable prices.

Vietnam offers both cities with culture and incredible landscapes. Ha-Long Bay, located in the northeast of the country is classified as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. This bay is famous for its emerald water and most travelers take a Halong Bay cruise to experience it.

As in many places in Southeast Asia, street food is delicious and cheap. You can find cheap hostels for about USD$10-15 and internal transportation is also low cost. It is important to keep in mind that to enter Vietnam many countries need to process a VISA which can be donde online or on arrival.

For more information read: Thailand or Vietnam?

Search for cheap flights to Vietmam here.


The cheapest countries to visit in Europe:

15. ALBANIA

Albania is one of those European countries that we usually know little or nothing about. It is a country located on the Balkan peninsula and has nature, castles and archaeological sites. 

It is an ideal destination to travel around Europe for little money. You can book mid-range hotels for USD$20 a night.

Search for cheap flights to Albania here.

16. ARMENIA

Armenia is one of the few countries that are located in both Asia and Europe at the same time. Armenia is one of the first Christian civilizations, so among its main tourist attractions are several temples and cathedrals. It is a country worth visiting because of its beautiful landscapes, cities with history and cheap prices compared to other countries within Europe.

Search for cheap flights to Armenia here.

17. BULGARIA

Bulgaria is another country located in the Balkans that has a lot to offer: cities with history, orthodox monasteries, heritage and beautiful beaches. It is simple and cheap to get to Bulgaria from other countries in Europe flying with Ryanair or Iberia. 

In its capital, Sofia, it is possible to get accommodation in hostels for USD$8 and in mid-range hotels for USD$30.

Search for cheap flights to Bulgaria here.

18. BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Bosnia is a European country with a very sad recent history because of the Bosnian war that happened between 1992 and 1995. During those 4 years many buildings in its capital Sarajevo were completely destroyed and much heritage was lost.  

In the recent years Bosnia has been able to develop tourism and offers natural landscapes and cities for a very low cost. It allows you to see a very different Europe from what we usually know.

Search for cheap flights to Bosnia and Herzegovina here.

19. LATVIA

Located on the Baltic Sea, Latvia is a country that surprises with its cities with medieval architecture, beaches and forests. If you are looking for tranquility within Europe this country is certainly a possible option at low cost.

The accommodation in its capital Riga, will cost you about USD$15 a night.

Search for cheap flights to Latvia here.

20. LITHUANIA

And if you visit Latvia, you should also consider visiting Lithuania, a country located near Belarus with cities with medieval, Baroque and Gothic architecture. It is also a country that offers many outdoor activities.

In Vilnius, its capital, you can book hotels for USD $20-25 per night and meals are also accessible.

Search for cheap flights to Lithuania here.

21. POLAND

Poland is a country with charming cities, impressive architecture and natural landscapes. It is also a country with a lot of history, having been invaded by the Nazis during World War II. If you are interested in history, in Poland you can visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, the largest camp located about 70 km from the city of Krakow.

Compared to Western Europe, Poland is a cheap country. You can get accommodation for about USD$8 in hostels and USD$30 in mid-range hotels.

Search for cheap flights to Poland here.

22. PORTUGAL

Beautiful beaches, cities, mountains… Portugal has everything and at a much lower price than other countries in Europe. This country is getting quite fashionable among bloggers so better hurry to go before prices rise! 

Places you can’t miss in Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, the beaches of Algarve and the Sintra Castle.

Find cheap flights to Portugal here.

23. ROMANIA

It turns out that the land of Dracula is very convenient for traveling. Romania is a country in southeastern Europe with medieval cities, castles and nature. It is partly surrounded by the Carpathian mountains, giving it natural landscapes and incredible forests.

It is an ideal country to travel on a budget. In Bucharest, its capital, you can find hotels for USD$25 per night.

Search for cheap flights to Romania here.

24. TURKEY

Turkey is in located in both Asia and Europe. Like Argentina, it is a country whose currency has been greatly devalued in recent years and that makes it cheaper than other European countries. 

There are activities for everyone in Turkey. Obviously the city of Istanbul has an incredible history and is a must visit. There are also many natural attractions such as the Pamukkale hot springs and the Cappadocia rock formations where you can fly in a hot air balloon (this is a rather expensive activity compared to the rest) Turkey also has exquisite cuisine. 

For more information read: What to do in Istanbul in one day.

Search for cheap flights to Turkey here.

25. UKRAINE

As you have noticed, the countries of Eastern Europe are usually much cheaper, and Ukraine is one of them. Ukraine was once part of the Soviet Union and the architecture of its cities is a clear reflection of this part of its history.

Recently Ukraine has received a lot of attention from the HBO series Chernobyl, which attracted tourism to the city where the nuclear accident occurred and suddenly everyone is taking tours to Chernobyl and Prípiat. 

Search for cheap flights to Ukraine here.

I hope you liked this post about the cheapest countries to visit around the world and you are already planning your next trip! If you want to see more photos and tips from my trips, follow me on Instagram: @postcardsfromivi

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2 comments

How much should I budget food on vacation? - TransitLite October 6, 2020 - 8:22 pm

[…] you have decided to go to cheaper countries (Cost of living per day is less than $60 USD) like Thailand and Vietnam, I would suggest you bring […]

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John Confidus April 21, 2020 - 11:13 am

Awesome list! Cool photos! It remains only to wait for the end of quarantine … Thank you, great blog!

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