Not sure where to head to this year? Maybe you want to do an adventurous trip to the K2 mountains, but your spouse just want a simple and leisurely vacation on a beachside. Maybe you’re quite thrilled to do stuffs like paragliding, bungee jumping this year, which you never did before, but your husband is concerned about the financial side of the trip.
If you’re not in a mood to compromise on your dream vacation this year but also want to make it financially viable at the same time, here is our list of the most affordable places to visit in 2019. So? Just prepare your bucket list and start checking off. What are you waiting for?
If you’ve never been to Nepal, this might be time. Nepal is a true backpacker’s paradise with all its serenities and mysticism. Experience the heart-beating thrill on viewing the majestic Himalayas, golden Buddha temples, outlandish wildlife, and mountain villagers co-existing with their sacred animal – the Cow.
If you’re an adrenalin junkie, Nepal could be the perfect destination for you with unlimited opportunities for trekking, kayaking, bungee jumping, rafting, and an array of other nerve-wracking adventure sports. Nepal also happens to be the cultural capital of the region with timeless ancient shrines, monasteries filled with dedicated and hardworking lamas, and of course, the delicious and mouthwatering Momo.
This beautiful country also offers a varied array of places for spoiled travelers. You’d be simply bewildered to figure out what to do and where to go. And all this, of course, within your budget.
Where to go: Buddhist stupa in Bodhnath, World Peace Pagoda in Lumbini, Golden Gate in Durbar Square, Itum Bahal in Kathmandu, Asan Tole in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Davis Fall, and Phewa lake.
When you should visit: This entirely depends on the purpose of your visit. If you’re looking for adventure sports, it’s better to visit from September through May since all the trails are closed during the rainy season that starts in June and stays till the end of August. The best time to visit is during Autumn. You’ll find the valleys green and the weather, enthralling. During winter, it’s too cold in the mountains but pleasant in the valley.
Average Cost: The average daily cost for a trip to Nepal is around $20.27 per person.
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Stuck between Thailand and Vietnam, two of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, Laos has never had the attention and tourist influx it deserved though being an extremely affordable travel destination in the South East Asia.
Two of the many possible reasons include not having any splendid island or sun-kissed beaches to accommodate beach lovers.
Nevertheless, Laos has its own set of attractions. Traversed by the Mekong River and known for mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements and Buddhist monasteries, Laos offers something for everyone. Nature lovers can explore the rich forests and spot big elephants in many national parks.
If you’re a culture voyager, it can be the ultimate destination for you to experience the Buddhist way of life and the rich history of cities like Vientiane and Luang Prabang. Laos is famous for spicy street foods and the country is also great for outdoor activities like climbing, kayaking, trekking and hot air ballooning.
Where to go: Vieng Xai caves, Wat Xieng Thong temple in Luang Prabang, Wat Phu ruins, Phu Hin Bun NPA National Park, Tat Kuang Si waterfalls, Wat Xieng Thong temple in Luang Prabang, Handicraft night market in Luang Prabang,
When you should go: The peak season is between November to March, with pleasant temperatures in the city and cold in the mountains. However, if you’re a snotty backpacker, you may also like to visit during July and August.
Average Cost: The average daily cost for a trip to Laos is around $23 for 2 persons.
Another good read: How to travel Laos on a budget?
If you’ve never heard of Moroccan tea, you should now. Morocco, a culturally rich country in Africa should be your destination this year. Not only for its beautiful rugs, but the country is also known for its ancient cities, huge mountain ranges, the spectacular Sahara Desert, and of course, the tea.
Another thing that the country is famous for is the hospitality of its people. Morocco is the third welcoming country of the world according to the World Economic Forum investigation measuring the quality of being warm and welcoming to strangers.
Follow the footsteps of ancient nomads along the alleys of Fez or the lively streets of Marrakesh. You may relax in Riads – the traditional homestays with garden courtyards. Or, go for camel trekking, or hiking, or people watching. There’s a whole lot of thigs to do in Morocco and you’ll never be out of options.
Where to go: Roman ruins at Volubilis, Djemaa El Fna square, Chaouwara tanneries, Plaza de Africa, Erg Chigaga dunes.
When you should visit: Most tourists prefer to visit during November to March. You should avoid the Sahara and the north in April and October. Visit from May to September to enjoy lower prices and less crowded attractions.
Average Cost: The average daily cost for a trip to Morocco is around $41 per person.
Another good read: How to travel to Morocco on a budget
No wonder why La Paz is a never-ending attraction on the South American backpacker highway known as the Gringo Trail. What we’re talking here is a green, high-altitude town with rock bottom prices. Yes, hotels from $20 and $5 cocktails at drudging bars and hippie lounges playing psychedelic rocks.
Bolivians are proud of their culture rich heritage. You’ll not see the influence of western modernization in there. The women in the streets are always in customary cholita garb: oversized bowler hat, petticoats with plenty of layers, and a scowl for any enthusiastic photographer who crosses the barrier.
The delicate street foods like meat-and-potato stuffed pastries, chola sandwiches with pulled pork and pickles, and infinite variations of corn will simply blow you away.
Interestingly, if you’re sick, a nurse will magically appear out of the folklore and cure you using coca leaves for altitude sickness.
If you’re daring enough, mountain bike the spectacular yet risky Yungas Road – colloquially referred to as the “Death Road.” It is estimated that 200 to 300 drivers were killed yearly along Yungas Road and as late as 1994 there were cars falling over the edge at a rate of one every two weeks.
Where to go: Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos, Yungas Road, Reserva Eduardo Avaroa, Oruro Carnival, Lake Titicaca-largest in South America, and Salar de Uyuni.
When you should visit: According to experts, May – October is the best time to visit Bolivia. During this time, the dry weather brings sapphire skies and less travel disruption. This is the Bolivian winter. So the highlands will be cold – and well below freezing in the desert at night, particularly in June and July.
Average Cost: The average daily cost for a trip to Bolivia is around $30 – $35 per person.
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The small yet beautiful island country of Sri Lanka offers a mix of mountains, green tea gardens, beaches, temples, and archeological sites for the travel bugs. Recently on the fame, it has been named no.1 on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel list. However, accommodation, food, and conveyance are still pocket friendly.
A pint of beer and a glass of juice will just cost you a dollar or so, while street foods and mouthwatering local dishes in restaurants will cost anywhere between $1 – $3. Travel in trains and buses will cost you just few pennies but stay prepared for a hectic travel.
However, what you need to pack while embarking on a tour to Sri Lanka is patience. Once I had to keep waiting for a day and half to catch a train. They’re forever delayed.
Where to go Nuwara Eliya, Anuradhapura, Colombo, Yala National Park, Polonnaruwa –the second oldest kingdom, and Sigiriya-the royal residence.
When you should visit: If you’re heading to the west and south coasts and hill country, December to March is the best time. However, if you plan to see the east coast, the best weather to be found is from April to September.
Average Cost: The average daily cost for a trip to Sri Lanka is around $30 per person.
Few more good reads:
- A backpacker’s guide to Sri Lanka: a one-month itinerary
- Backpacking Sri Lanka: The Ultimate Budget Guide
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