To travel the world is one of the most important decisions we make here on earth. Experiencing different parts of the planet is a chance to learn about cultures different than our own, gain a stronger grasp on our world history, share a meal and a conversation with a person who has a totally different world view than your own. It’s an opportunity to open you mind, open your heart, and open your eyes to gain a grander perspective.
Anthony Bourdain said it best:
“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you… If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.”
At AirTreks we believe wholeheartedly in the transformational power of travel.
In fact, we’ve made it our mission to increase accessibility to round the world travel for people everywhere. And what we’ve found to be the greatest road block in taking the leap and booking a ticket probably won’t surprise you – it’s cash money.
Is travel only for the wealthy? Swoon-worthy Instagram shots of travelers delighting in an infinity pool at the Four Seasons in Thailand might make you believe that travel is only for those with the big bucks, but we (the experts in all things travel) are here to tell you that it’s possible to see the world without winning the lotto, and even better without breaking your bank.
We did the research on some top destinations where you can travel on a budget of under $30/day.
We’ve also crunched the numbers on how much travel actually costs per day, on average – you know, in case you saw $30/day and choked on your coffee. We get it.
Ready? Let’s dive in! Check out the line up and submit your information here if you’re interested in taking a trip to all of these destinations!
Beyond being one of the most popular destinations for wanderlusters, it’s pretty easy to live on less than $30 (USD) per day. Budget rooms range from $7-$10 per night, and you can eat well on under $4 per day, cocktails and other beverages are about $2, and sightseeing activities cost around $10.
Bali can be even more affordable than Bangkok! You can stay in comfortable accommodations for around $10 per night. Fresh, local meals run around $2, for the next tier up you’ll pay $5. Snorkeling and surfing activities aren’t usually more than $10 and you can rent a moped for around $2 per day to explore all of Bali.
Athens and the *most* of the islands in Greece are quite inexpensive to live luxuriously – surprised? Travel on a budget is absolutely possible here. Fresh fish or lamb with grilled vegetables runs around $10, a Greek salad or gyro is typically $4 or less. Drinks are $5 and under. If you’re looking for the bare bones accommodation, expect to pay $20. For a very nice upgrade, and during peak season, expect to pay $40-$50.
Budapest is beautiful city steeped with history. And what’s more? It’s inexpensive to visit! Hotels and hostels in Budapest start at $9 per night. If you’re looking for a private accommodation, prices start as low as $18/ night. Street food and market food are around $3-$4. Getting around the city on a dime is easy to do. Staying under Budapest and getting the whole experience of the city is easy to do for under $30!
Peru is home to the world wonder Machu Picchu. While making the trek out to Cusco and then to Machu Picchu isn’t the cheapest, you can really travel on a budget in Lima and live it up in the city of Cusco while there. Hostels can be found for around $2 per night, street food is as low as $5. Activities including parasailing and surfing can cost as little as $20.
If you’re interested in learning more about round the world ticket costs, check out this article: How Much Do Around The World Tickets Cost.