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The Cheapest Places to Travel in 2021

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As we slowly try to return to normal after the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries around the world are reopening their borders and allowing for domestic and international travel. Countries, cities, and attractions are adopting new health guidelines to ensure the safety of visitors. Masks, gloves, and sanitizers are the new “must-haves” on every packing list

Many people had to cancel their travel plans in 2020, but as the new year approaches, it is predicted that these people, and others, will embark on their trips this year. If you are planning a holiday and looking to indulge in budget travel, this is for you. Here’s a list of the cheapest places to travel to in 2021.

Top 10 Cheapest Places to Travel to in 2021


Note: All currency exchange data is as of November 11, 2020 from XE Currency Converter.

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Top 5 Cheapest Places to Travel to in Africa


1Ghana

Africa

$5-10

Average daily budget
cheapest places to travel 2021
BeachOutdoors

The ‘Land of Gold’ was called so because of its abundance of the metal, but today, it is reflective of its success. Verdant forests, sandy beaches, and bustling cities welcome visitors to the country, which is also known as one of the largest producers of coca. Apart from chocolate, don’t forget to try traditional dishes like jollof rice, kokonte, and waakye.
Must Do: Kakum National Park, Cape Coast Castle, Kejetia Market, St. George's Castle, and Jamestown.

Best Time to Visit
October to February
Exchange Rate
$1 = 5.82 Ghanian Cedi

2Egypt

Africa

$20-25

Average daily budget
budget travel africa
Art & CultureOutdoors

Pyramids, sphinxes, mummies, hieroglyphs, ancient tombs, and the mighty River Nile come to mind when one thinks of Egypt. No matter how much you’ve seen, there’s always more to discover. This cheap international destination is worth every penny spent — its pristine beaches, vast deserts, and incredible history make for an unforgettable experience.
Must Do: Pyramids of Giza, Nile Cruise, Sphinx of Giza, Valley of the Kings, and Luxor Temple.

Best Time to Visit
October to April
Exchange Rate
$1 = 15.65 Egyptian Pound

3Rwanda

Africa

$20-25

Average daily budget
cheapest places to visit in africa
Outdoors

Rwanda of today is a haven for those looking to be inspired by nature. Referred to as “Le Pays des Mille Collines (Land of a Thousand Hills)”, Rwanda is surrounded by majestic mountains and volcanoes. It is also home to bamboo forests and rainforests, making it perfect for those looking to experience serenity.
Must Do: Volcanoes National Park, Lake Kivu, Kigali Genocide Memorial, King's Palace Museum, and Kimironko Market.

Best Time to Visit
December to February
Exchange Rate
$1 = 976.89 Rwandan Franc

4Ethiopia

Africa

$30-35

Average daily budget
cheapest countries to visit in africa
Art & CultureOutdoors

When visiting this lovely country, tourists will discover unparalleled natural beauty, exotic wildlife, and monasteries, villages, mountains, and churches. Visitors will get to try many traditional culinary gems from the many different cultures that reside in the country. An affordable place to visit in Africa, Ethiopia offers a host of experiences.
Must Do: Simien Mountains National Park, Blue Nile Falls, Lalibela churches, Lake Tana monasteries, and Gondar Castles.

Best Time to Visit
October to June
Exchange Rate
$1 = 37.99 Ethiopian Birr

5Morocco

Africa

$40-45

Average daily budget
cheapest countries to travel to in africa
Art & Culture

Ancient cities, vast deserts, lofty mountains, and burgeoning metropolises define Morocco, which is among the cheapest countries to visit in Africa. One of the most popular countries in the continent, visitors can expect to discover a variety of landscapes, explore traditional souks, and immerse themselves in the culture, all the while enjoying the traditional mint tea.
Must Do: Bahia Palace, Chefchaouen, Ouzoud Palace, Oum Rabia Waterfall, and Volubilis.

Best Time to Visit
March to June
Exchange Rate
$1 = 9.16 Moroccan Dirham

Top 5 Cheapest Places to Travel to in Asia


1Uzbekistan

Asia

$5-10

Average daily budget
cheapest countries to travel to in asia
Art & Culture

One of the cheapest countries to visit in Asia, Uzbekistan is filled with architectural beauty. Three of the ‘Silk Road cities’: Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva are dotted with Islamic architectural beauties like mosques, mausoleums, and tombs. One can also see Soviet-era buildings across the country, especially in Tashkent. Not to be missed is Aral Sea — once a massive lake, which today is a dry landscape littered with rusty boats and old lighthouses.
Must Do: Samarkhand, Registan complex, Vozrozhdeniye Island, Elliq Qala, and Bukhara.

Best Time to Visit
March to June
Exchange Rate
$1 = 10,395.45 Uzbekistani Som

2Turkey

Asia

$20-25

Average daily budget
cheapest countries to visit in asia
Art & CultureOutdoors

Turkey is known for that delicious food, ancient ruins, sandy beaches, and tall mountains, and is a country one must add to their bucket list. When in the country, visitors can indulge in adventurous activities like paragliding, rafting, and diving; or relax in one of the many baths and spas; or even do something different like take a hot and balloon ride in Cappadocia.
Must Do: Hagia Sophia, Ephesus, Blue Mosque, Pamukkale, and Cappadocia.

Best Time to Visit
March to June
Exchange Rate
$1 = 8.13 Turkish Lira

3Nepal

Asia

$20-25

Average daily budget
cheap countries to visit in asia
FamilyOutdoors

Surrounded by mountains and home to Mount Everest, Nepal is every hiker and trekker’s dream come true. Moreover, Nepal’s traditional architecture of palaces, monasteries, temples, and more will take you on a trip back in time. If you love wildlife, south of the mountains is where the emerald forests and dense grasslands are home to some exotic animals.
Must Do: Sagarmatha National Park, Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, Pashupatinath Temple, Pokhara, and Kayaking down River Seti.

Best Time to Visit
October to December
Exchange Rate
$1 = 119.36 Nepalese Rupee

4Laos

Asia

$25-30

Average daily budget
affordable countries to visit in asia
Outdoors

One of the leaders of ecotourism in Asia, Laos is covered in a blanket of verdant forests, hills, and rice fields. The country has something for everyone — nature lovers can relax in the greenery, thrill-seekers can go ziplining or explore underground caves, and those looking to immerse themselves in the culture can explore the many ancient structures throughout.  
Must Do: Kuang Si Waterfalls, Kong Lor Cave, Wat Sisaket, Pha That Luang Vientiane, and Luang Prabang.

Best Time to Visit
October to April
Exchange Rate
$1 = 9,265.66 Laotian Kip

5India

Asia

$25-30

Average daily budget
budget travel asia
Art & CultureOutdoors

Spirituality, tradition, natural beauty, architectural wonders, and colourful festivals are what every visitor expects from India — and India delivers. Every region has its own unique culture, traditions, and even landscape, ensuring that travellers have an unforgettable experience. And when in India, one has to partake in the various dishes from across the country (be it meat-based or vegetarian fare), along with street food.
Must Do: Taj Mahal, Chand Baori, Hawa Mahal, Ajanta & Ellora Caves, and Corbett National Park.

Best Time to Visit
October to March
Exchange Rate
$1 = 74.25 Indian Rupee

Top 5 Cheapest Places to Travel to in Europe


1Georgia

Europe

$10-15

Average daily budget
cheapest countries to visit in europe
Outdoors

Georgia is a resplendent country in Eastern Europe and is popularly known as the ‘birthplace of wine’. Its diverse environments are enthralling — be it the many caves, the volcanoes, the snow-covered peaks, or the verdant national parks. While its monasteries, palaces, and cathedrals are reminiscent of bygone eras, its flourishing nightlife makes for an exciting experience.
Must Do: Narikala Fortress, Tbilisi Old Town, Svaenti, Gergeti Trinity Church, and Caves of Gareji.

Best Time to Visit
June to August
Exchange Rate
$1 = 3.33 Georgian Lari

2Armenia

Europe

$15-20

Average daily budget
cheapest countries to travel to in europe
Art & CultureOutdoors

One of the cheap places to travel in Europe, Armenia is an up and coming tourist destination. Armenia has had a tragic history, but its culture and traditions are still strong. Relics from the Soviet Era dot the cities but what’s more interesting are the many medieval monasteries across the country, such as Geghard Monastery and Khor Virab.
Must Do: Geghard Monastery, Garni Temple, Shikahogh State Reserve, Khor Virab, and Mount Aragats.

Best Time to Visit
May to July
Exchange Rate
$1 = 482.30 Armenian Dram

3Serbia

Europe

$20-25

Average daily budget
cheap countries to travel to in europe
Art & CultureOutdoors

This landlocked nation in the Baltics, Serbia is known for its peaceful monasteries, delectable dishes, stunning natural landscapes, and wild nightlife. While Belgrade is a must-visit when in Serbia, tourists are also encouraged to visit other sites like Fruška Gora, Subotica, Lake Palic, Uvac Canyon, and the Vratna Gates, among others.
Must Do: Belgrade Fortress, Church of St. Sava, Đerdap Gorge, Ada Ciganlija, and Golubac Fortress.

Best Time to Visit
September to October
Exchange Rate
$1 = 99.44 Serbian Dinar

4Ukraine

Europe

$25-30

Average daily budget
cheap countries to travel to in europe
Outdoors

One of the largest countries in Europe, Ukraine is a fairly new country, having gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. While some parts of it are inadvisable to travel to, the rest is great to visit throughout the year. Visitors can explore the Carpathian Mountains, indulge in water sports in the Black Sea, indulge in adventure activities, and fill their bellies with traditional cuisine.
Must Do: Odessa Catacombs, Abandoned city of Pripyat, Kiev Pechersk Lavra, St. Sophia's Cathedral, and Carpathian National Nature Park.

Best Time to Visit
May to June
Exchange Rate
$1 = 28.19 Ukrainian Hryvnia

5Belarus

Europe

$25-30

Average daily budget
affordable countries to travel to in europe
Outdoors

An emerging “it” destination for tourists, Belarus has plenty to offer those that visit this landlocked country. It is home to one of Europe’s oldest forests, Belovezhskaya Pushcha, where one can see rare species like the European bison. One will see quaint villages, sapphire lakes, winding rivers, and dense forests throughout; and Minsk is where one can experience the incredible nightlife.
Must Do: Mir Castle Complex, Brest Hero Fortress, Narachanski National Park, Mound of Glory, and Nyasvizh Castle.

Best Time to Visit
May to September
Exchange Rate
$1 = 2.55 Belarusian Ruble

Top 5 Cheapest Places to Travel to in Americas


1Colombia

Americas

$20-25

Average daily budget
affordable countries to travel to in south america
Outdoors

Colombia’s diverse environment consists of snowy mountains, turquoise lakes, verdant plains and grasslands, and sandy white beaches. One can indulge in thrilling activities such as diving, whale-watching, trekking, and more. Most fascinating are the ruins of ancient civilisations that once lived here, and the new bustling metropolises of Bogotá, Medellín, and Cali.
Must Do: Parque Arqueológico, Caño Cristales, Piedra del Peñol, Las Lajas Sanctuary, and Catedral de Sal.

Best Time to Visit
December to March
Exchange Rate
$1 = 3,630.92 Colombian Peso

2Bolivia

Americas

$25-30

Average daily budget
cheap countries to travel to in americas
Outdoors

Yet another upcoming tourist destination, Bolivia is known for its Salt Flats. A cheap international destination in South America, Bolivia has exotic wildlife, mouth-watering cuisine, diverse cultures, and overwhelmingly beautiful landscapes. Those seeking adrenaline can try their hand at cycling on Bolivia’s death road, or slightly milder activities like trekking, sandboarding, and ziplining.
Must Do: Uyuni Salt Flats, Tiwanaku, Parque Nacional Noel Kempff Mercado, El Fuerte, and Parque Nacional Torotoro.

Best Time to Visit
April to October
Exchange Rate
$1 = 6.89 Bolivian Boliviano

3Honduras

Americas

$25-30

Average daily budget
budget destinations in americas
Art & CultureBeach

One of the cheapest places to travel to in Central America, Honduras is known for its rugged mountains, dense jungles, and pristine beaches. You can also explore Mayan ruins at the Copán Archaeological Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The sunny weather, diverse landscapes, colonial architecture, and delicious beer make it worth your while.
Must Do: Lake Yojoa, Copán Archaeological Site, Roatán Marine Park, Parque Nacional Montaña de Celaque, and West Bay beach.

Best Time to Visit
December to April
Exchange Rate
$1 = 24.49 Honduran Lempira

4Nicaragua

Americas

$30-35

Average daily budget
budget travel 2021
Beach

While the sun, sand, and sea make for an idyllic vacation, Nicaragua offers much more. Have you ever wanted to see sea turtles hatch? Or sandboard down volcanoes? Or dive deep into the sea? If you answered yes to any of those questions, Nicaragua is the perfect place for you. You can also explore charming colonial towns, dense jungles, and ancient ruins.
Must Do: Masaya Volcano, Mombacho, Islets of Granada, Apoyo Lagoon Natural Reserve, and Somoto Canyon National Monument.

Best Time to Visit
December to April
Exchange Rate
$1 = 34.76 Nicaraguan Córdoba

5Cuba

Americas

$30-35

Average daily budget
budget travel 2021
Art & CultureBeach

Think of Cuba, and pristine white sand beaches come to mind. And while this is Cuba’s primary offering to tourists, one can also explore the lush forests, huge mountains, and verdant coffee plantations. The cobblestone streets and colonial buildings across Cuba will take you back in time. When visiting, stay in one of the charming family-run Casas Particulares for a good deal on accommodation.
Must Do: Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, Sierra Maestra, Topes de Collantes National Park, Havana, and Varadero.

Best Time to Visit
December to May
Exchange Rate
$1 = 26.50 Cuban Peso

How to Use This List


How we compiled the list

Our information comes primarily from the experiences of other travellers. This, combined with data on tourist spending and basic costs and the projections for the tourism industry in the coming years, gives us an insight into which countries are the cheapest places to travel to in 2021.

What to consider when using this list

When planning a budget trip and using our list of cheapest places to visit in 2021, keep in mind what is your travel style — do you enjoy backpacking or staying in dorms? Or are you the kind of person that loves staying in hotels or heritage properties? The former, of course, is a cheaper option, while the latter will push the budget of your trip.

This list gives you the average daily budget per person. So, if you are travelling with a group and availing group discounts for attraction tickets, this number may drop; and if you decide to stay in a luxury hotel, this will obviously shoot up.

Also consider where you are going — typically, capital cities and tourist hotspots are more expensive compared to other cities and towns, so plan your trip in a way that also includes these hidden gems.

Tips on How to Travel on a Budget


  • Book your tickets in advance, as it ensures your tickets are cheaper as compared to booking immediately.
  • Ensure your tickets are flexible and can be canceled or amended in case you have to change your travel plans.
  • As much as possible, try to travel outside of peak tourist seasons, as you can save money in lieu of it being off-season.
  • When visiting a new country, we spend most of our time outside. So instead of splurging on hotels, book accommodation in hostels or guest houses as it is cheaper and you won’t be spending much time there anyway.
  • Wherever possible, use public transport. It is cheaper than taking a taxi or Uber across the city, and even if you’re going from one city to another.

Cheapest Places to Travel to in 2021: FAQs


Can I start making travel plans for 2021?

Yes, of course! As an increased number of people have postponed their vacations to 2021, you need to ensure you start planning to get the tickets on the dates of your choice. You can refer to our trackers above and see which country suits you best based on the quarantine period, attractions open, and the number of COVID cases. However, ensure that you make flexible arrangements to avoid any disappointment should the plan have to be delayed.

What is the cheapest country to visit in 2021 with kids?

If you’re visiting with kids, some of the cheapest places to travel to in 2021 would be Egypt, Cambodia, and Turkey. Not only are they easy on the wallet, they also have a host of exciting adventures the kids can indulge in!

What is the cheapest country to visit in 2021 for couples?

Couples will find that some of the cheapest places to travel to in 2021 are Ukraine, Belarus, Turkey, and Morocco. Each of these cities has a host of exciting adventures for couples, such as hot air balloon rides in Cappadocia, Turkey or a unique nightlife experience in Minsk, Belarus.

What is the cheapest place to travel in 2021 for families?

India, Laos, Georgia, and Egypt offer a host of experiences that the entire family can enjoy and are affordable to visit.

What are the cheapest places to travel to in the Pacific in 2021?

The Pacific (Oceania) consists of several islands. It is fairly expensive to visit these countries keeping in mind the travel and stay costs. However, the cheapest places to travel to in 2021 in this region are New Zealand and Australia.

What’s the cheapest country in North America to travel to in 2021?

The cheapest country to travel to in 2021 in this continent is Mexico, where the average spending capacity is about $45 a day.

How can I travel in 2021 with kids?

It is important to do your research and plan your trip. Check which countries are open, their quarantine restrictions, and any other health check-ups necessary. It is also important to keep an eye on the number of COVID cases in the country to gauge if it is a good idea to travel in 2021 to said country with your family and kids.

Is it a good idea to travel internationally in 2021?

This depends on the place you want to visit. You need to check ahead what their safety precautions are, whether the number of cases there are on the rise, and whether or not they are allowing people from other countries, among other things. 

However, if you think travelling in 2021 is risky, you can try taking a virtual tour. Virtual tours take you around the attraction of your choice, ensuring you can travel while in the safety and comfort of your home.

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