You want to travel the world but you
don't have a lot of money? Don't worry. We've got you covered.
I'm MarKo. I'm Alex, and you're watching Vagabrothers, your go-to guide for travel
tips inspiration and vlogs here on YouTube. This is part two of our series
on how to travel around the world for cheap.
One of the most common questions
we get is where should I travel that's not too expensive? In this video we made
a list of the coolest and cheapest travel destinations from around the
planet. Before we get started if you like this video make sure you give it a
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These are the cheapest places to travel in the
world first up Cape Town, South Africa. Situated
at the southern tip of the African continent, Cape Town has it all- good
beaches, great weather, wine, and safaris nearby, not to mention an awesome blend
of European and African culture. Cape Town may be far away, but once you're there it's
one of the best overall destinations for your money. Number 2: Vietnam.
Fifty years ago Vietnam was torn apart by war. Today it's one of
the top travel destinations on the planet. Ho Chi Minh,
formerly known as Saigon, has tons of beautiful French colonial architecture.
Hanoi has great street side bars that serve Bia Pho, fresh beer that costs 25
cents a glass, and the one kind of expensive thing in Vietnam is sent
through Halong Bay, which is worth it. It's not the cheapest country in Asia; it
doesn't have the best beaches, but a motorcycle adventure from Ho Chi Minh
City to Hanoi is totally worth it.
I did it on a bike I bought in a bar for
300 bucks. So can you. Next up: Ecuador Ecuador, named after the Equator, is quite
an incredible country. It has the Andes Mountains; it has the Galapagos Islands; it
has the Amazon rainforest not to mention beautiful colonial towns
And surf. If you're going to go anywhere in Latin America,
you should go to Ecuador. Plus they use the dollar. Generally speaking, in Europe to
save money, you want to travel east.
Polish city of Krakow is one of the best value
destinations on the continent. It's got a solid old town with great nightlife, good
restaurants, tons of hostels, and affordable prices across the board.. Dude,
and dumplings Next up: Montreal. For a North American
bargain head to Montreal, the capital city of the Canadian province of Quebec.
Montreal combines French-Canadian heritage with great food, a killer music
scene, and some of the best prices you will find in a North American city.
Hands-down, the classic budget traveler destination has to go to India.
cheap as chips, and it has it all. Does it have stunning scenery?
Dude, the Himalaya. Good food? The best. Plus, it's vegan friendly.
potential? Of course, and you'll have Tinder pics to last until marriage.
There's so much to do, it's hard to know where to even start. You've got Mumbai, home to Bollywood, Rajasthan India's largest and most colorful state,
and of course the Himalaya where you can pose yoga, meditate Ajayan, and maybe
even see the Dalai Lama. No matter where you go, you can travel in India for a whole month for the price of one week in Europe. Forget Spring Break and go to
The vibrant capital of Mexico is full of amazing street art,
architecture, and some of the best food on the planet. For those of you in the
United States like ourselves especially people in California and the southern
border states, Mexico is extremely accessible. If you're thinking about
Cancun, skip it and head down to Tulum for some boho beach vibes where you can pose yoga next to Mayan temples . If you live in the United States, especially
the southern border states, or if you're from California like us, Mexico is the
closest and one of the cheapest locations in the world.
Head down to Baja
California where you can surf, drink craft beer, eat lobster tacos ,and drink
amazing wines all for a fraction of the price that you would pay in the United
States. One of our favorite cities in Europe is Budapest, a stunning capital
full of Art Nouveau and Baroque architecture from the golden days of the
Austro-Hungarian Empire. Even better Budapest sits on top of 120 natural hot
springs that bubble up into these bathhouses. After soaking your bones all
day, scarf down a bowl of goulash and then go hit the ruined bars of the
All this can be done for as low as 35 Euros a day. Feel
like a change of scenery? How about Nepal? Nepal is the access
point for the Himalaya, and even if you're not trying to climb Mount Everest,
which I feel like most of us are, there's a ton of stuff to do: you can go
whitewater rafting, paragliding, explore the Buddhist monasteries, and even go on
a wildlife safari in the jungles and see rhino. Yes, they have rhino in Nepal.
The country is still recovering from the 2015 earthquake, so your tourist dollars
will go a long way in rebuilding Nepal. Sri Lanka is one of the most overlooked
countries in Asia, so if you want something like India, but are looking for
something more off the beaten path, Sri Lanka might be for you.
nation was once ravaged by civil war but is now in peace. Travelers are
discovering beautiful beaches, colorful culture, and the 5,000 elephants that are
just wandering around the country. Five thousand elephants just walking
around Sri Lanka. The only downside is because it's still not very developed
for tourism, there aren't a ton of options.
So you might have to spend some time looking around, but here's to adventure. Next up is Nicaragua
Nicaragua is a Central American country that is a great alternative to Costa
Rica. Costa Rica is an incredible country, but because it's become so popular, it's
gotten much more expensive. That's not the case with Nicaragua.
Yet, it's got
undeveloped beaches, great surf, cheap beer and tons of adventure opportunities. Towns like San Juan del Sur are a great place to get started. But get down
to Nicaragua before that all changes. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
of Argentina is a great place to visit. It's super fun and a great deal. It's got a
blend of Italian and Spanish immigrants with French architecture that is
uniquely Argentinean. The bohemian neighborhood of San Telmo is
especially popular with tourists, but it's a really good place to stay, especially
if you can find a nice Airbnb.
For fun think steak dinners every night, wash down with Malbec wine, and plenty of beautiful people teach you how to tango. Next up: Thailand. Thailand is the go-to
destination for most backpackers and with good reason.
Where else can you get a private cabana on the beach for 10 bucks, an hour-long
massage for 5 , and amazing street food for $1? Only in Thailand. The islands and
beaches are starting to get a bit more expensive, but Chiang Mai in the north,
Thailand's second largest city ,is still a great deal, especially if you're trying
to do some trekking or volunteering at elephant sanctuaries.
If you want to head up the islands, Koh Pipi is still a great deal and Krabi has some incredible
rock-climbing overhanging the ocean. Next to Thailand is Cambodia, which is even
cheaper and comes with a side of history that will snap you out of that daze from
all those Thai messages. On one side you have Angkor Wat, one of the greatest
achievements of mankind. On the other side, you have the killing fields of the
Khmer Rouge in which one quarter of Cambodia's population was exterminated
during one of the worst genocides of the last century.
Thankfully, life has
returned to normal in Cambodia, and you can find a lot of the same stuff in
Thailand, but for cheaper. Back to Europe.. We're going to talk about Greece.
Although Greece is on the Euro, it was one of the countries that was hardest
hit by the 2008 financial crisis. That's bad for locals.
It's good for you
as a traveler because prices there are very low. The real gems in Greece are
the islands like Crete, the Instagram friendly island of Mykonos or Santorini
and the backpacker party spot of Ios. Mix and match your favorite islands
with a ferry trip, and you're on your way. At the top of our bucket list is the
As we've mentioned, the beaches of Thailand have gotten relatively
expensive, but people say that Philippines is twice as cool and half
the price. Add in some of the friendliest locals on the planet, some cheap air
connections, and the Philippines is looking pretty good. Heading to South America,
we're talking about Colombia. Colombia, the country that's long been associated with Pablo Escobar, cocaine, and violence is finally getting the credit that it
deserves as one of the best destinations in South America..
And about time because
this country has everything: beaches on the Pacific and the Caribbean, the Andes
and the Amazon, the Candelaria Quarter in Bogota, the Spanish colonial port of Cartagena, and the unspoiled coastline around Santa Marta are all on our bucket
list and should be on yours, as well. Next up: the Baltic nation of Estonia. Most travelers either don't know what it is or think it's part of Russia, but it's a
hidden gem. Tallinn, the capital, has an immaculately preserved old quarter
that's actually a Unesco World Heritage site, and it's also a cool part of town
called Kalamaja, which has a bunch of new modern stuff.
It gives you that Nordic vibe at way less money. Usually overshadowed by
its Central American neighbors, Guatemala is an incredible country. It's
full of living Maya culture surrounded by rugged active volcanoes, and little
towns like Antigua are an incredible place to visit and brush up on your
Spanish. Czech Republic.
Prague is an essential stop on any Europe trip with a
storybook old town and beer that's cheaper than water, literally. Cheaper and
more beautiful still is Cesky Krumlov with far fewer crowds and much lower
prices. The next country on our list has had a tumultuous time in the past couple
of years, especially since the Arab Spring. I'm talking about Egypt with
constant political protests, military coups, plane crashes, and the occasional
I know it sounds bad, but Egypt does still have a lot to offer.
Understandably, tourism has dropped by over 40 percent to Egypt in recent years.
Now it does seem that things have cooled down there. So if you do go, chances are
you'll get the Pyramids of Giza all to yourself. And just so you know, the
Pyramids of Giza are one of the only remaining 7 wonders of the ancient world.
If you're planning a visit here or anywhere in this region, it's always a
good bet to check with your foreign office or if you're from the United
States, the State Department. Moving back stateside, we're going to New Orleans, Louisiana, my favorite city in the United States.
It blends French and Caribbean
culture with great music, and the food alone is worth the trip. Skip the crowds at
Mardi Gras and hit the French Quarter in the shoulder season. There're way
fewer crowds, but Frenchmen Street and all the live music bars that are on it
are still popping. Croatia is the darling of most travelers, but unfortunately its popularity has increased its price..
King's Landing. Save money by spending time in lesser-known places like Vis, Plitvice National Park or its capital Zagreb. Sorry that I
mispronounced all three of those. Better yet, check out the Bay of Kotor and
Montenegro, the beaches of Albania, or Sarajevo in Bosnia.
Moving back to
Southeast Asia, we have Myanmar or Burma. I was here in 2009 when this country
was largely closed off to the rest of the world. There were no ATMs and very
little foreign money. A lot has changed since then.
The country's leaders
have made a lot of progress towards democracy, and it's a lot more popular
now with travelers. The former capital of Rangoon is a funky mixture of old
British colonial buildings, and it's a great place to get your bearings before
heading up to the Temples of Bagan or Inle Lake. Heading back to
South America, let's talk about Bolivia. This landlocked Andean country is one of
the best travel bets for South America.
Plus, it's got a bit of everything, from
the world's highest lake to the infamous death road, which you can do on a
mountain bike, and the world-famous Uyuni Salt Flats… All of these are great
places to visit, and supposedly Bolivia has one of the most incredible kind of
lunar martian landscapes. For the Caribbean, we're recommending Dominican Republic. It is the cheapest country in the region with the exception of its next-door neighbor Haiti.
D.R. Is much safer than Haiti and has a lot better
tourism infrastructure, so hence a recommendation. There're great beaches,
but the problem can be that it's hard to find something that's not an expensive
resort, so check on Airbnb for a bungalow. Heading back to Eastern Europe, we're
going to Bulgaria, which happens to be the home country of our good friend Raya,
but also the home of the cheapest capital in Europe, Sofia.
You can eat,
drink, party, and sleep here for well under $40 a day. That's why it's making
this list. But don't forget that Bulgaria is on the Black Sea. It has beaches,
islands ,mountains, not to mention UNESCO.
Sites like Nessebar with incredible
architecture. The best kept secret in Western Europe is hands-down Portugal.
The capital Lisbon is one of the most enchanting cities in Europe. Seven hills
dotted with colorful villas and crisscross with iconic trolley. But
it's not just beautiful, it's great value.
Good luck trying to find a coffee over
one euro Accommodation in particular is cheap and
easy to find because it's still undiscovered by most tourists. The only
downside is there's not a lot of direct flights to Lisbon from other countries
outside of Europe, so you might have to fly through Madrid and then take a train.
Heading back to Australasia, let's go to Bali. Bali the most popular island in
Indonesia is no secret… Thanks Eat Pray Love.
Nor is it the
cheapest… Thanks Australia, but it's still a good deal for those of you wanting to
get away from it all without much hassle. Rent an inexpensive villa with a pool, an
automatic motorbike, sign up for some yoga classes and you're chillin'. Most
people stick to Abood, but if you are a surfer, head down to the south.
Waves like Uluwatu are some of the best in the world. And if you get bored of Bali.
Don't worry there's 17,000 other islands in Indonesia and all of them are cheaper
than Bali. Last but not least, Morocco. Easy to reach from Europe, inexpensive, this North
African paradise is the original bohemian getaway.
It's the safest country
in North Africa; it's got tons of style. Tangier is the gritty port popularized
by expats, like the Rolling Stones. Essaouira is the vibey surf town, complete
with a Portuguese castle and former home of Jimi Hendrix. Marrakech is the
place to go if you want that vibey Instagram photo of you chillin' next to a
Riyadh, which are those big courtyards with the fountain in the middle.
right. That's our list. If you guys have been to any of these places, if you have
a favorite, please let us know by adding a comment in the comment section. That's how all of us travelers get information these days, you know, the old-fashioned
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keep exploring, and we will see you guys and girls on the road. Peace..