We all want to see the world when we’re still young, free, and full of energy. The problem is that traveling entails spending money, and when you’re young, you usually are broke and lacking a stable source of income. From the airfare, to meals, to accommodations, these all need funds that can burn a sad hole in your wallet.
The good news is that you can still explore the world even if you have limited resources. There are a lot of destinations across the globe where the cost of living is cheap and the attractions are free of charge. Here is a list of amazing places that you can visit even if you’re short on cash.
10.Siem Reap, Cambodia
For only $20, you can explore the ancient temple complex of Angkor for an entire day. Here, you can see impressive architecture from the 12th century of the Khmer Empire. Aside from the world-famous Angkor Wat, you can also head out Bayon Temple where you’ll see unique stone faces, and Ta Phrom, where the Hollywood movie “Tomb Raider” was shot. To save more money, you can rent a bicycle for a dollar and use it to tour the entire complex, instead of hiring rickshaws.
9. Bangkok, Thailand
This is another city where the cost of living is cheap, but the culture is rich. For only $11, you can access the famous Grand Palace, which showcases the grandeur of Thai architecture. You can also walk to the nearby Wat Pho to see the beautiful reclining Buddha. Pay just a dollar at the water taxi to cross the Chao Phraya River and climb atop the Wat Arun. Food here is also cheap, but bursting in flavors.
8. Palawan, the Philippines
Nature is a treasure that you don’t have to spend much to see, and this tropical paradise in the Philippines boasts of rich natural resources. Head to the capital city of Puerto Princesa, and see the underground river, considered to be a modern natural wonder, for only $3. If you want tropical beaches with crystal clear waters, go to El Nido or Coron. Here, the accommodations can go as low as $10 dollars, and cheap boat rentals are available for island hopping.
7. Bali, Indonesia
You can do some soul-searching and find serenity in this place without it costing you a fortune. Enjoy the tropical weather on white sand beaches, visit ancient temples, and savor the tranquility in green rice fields, while spending little to nothing at all. You can get a decent hostel for only $17 dollars, and it’s just a few bucks for local meals and tropical fruits. Indeed, in Bali, it is easy to eat, pray and love without costing a fortune.
6. Hanoi, Vietnam
In this city, good food and rich history are cheap. Museums and temples can be accessed for free or by paying a dollar or less. If you’re really on a tight budget, you can just spend the day strolling around Hoan Kiem Lake, without spending anything, but getting a glimpse of local life and history. Budget restaurants are all over this place, where for just a few dollars you can get a good bowl of noodle soup and an excellent cup of Vietnamese coffee while sitting on a sidewalk.
5. Sayulita, Mexico
If you like surfing but don’t want to burn a hole in your pocket, then this sleepy beach town in Mexico is the perfect destination for you. Accommodations are quite cheap, but the view of the ocean here is definitely priceless. You can also survive on affordable but delicious street food, particularly tacos. You may even have some extra money to try really good tequila in this beach destination.
4. Havana, Cuba
Because Cuba has just recently begun opening up to tourists especially from the West, prices of food and accommodations are still easy on the pocketbook. The sights are also almost always free, because the place seems entirely like an outdoor museum trapped back in time. Here, you can marvel at the impressive architecture of the Capitol Building, catch the sunset at the baywalk called El Malecon, and listen to great live music without spending a single centavo.
3. Bogota, Colombia
Gone are the days that this South American country was gripped by terror caused by the drug war. Now, the country’s capital is a rising tourist destination, particularly for those who do not want to spend so much cash. You can just stroll around the Simon Bolivar Central Park to get a feel of the local crowd, or admire the gritty street art scattered all around the city. There are also some affordable biking tours that can take you around Bogota.
2. Lisbon, Portugal
This is among the cheapest cities to visit in Europe, but the tourist spots here are equally captivating. You can visit the famous castles here like Sintra and Sao Jorge for a relatively small entrance fee. If you want to get a vibe of the local crowd but do not want to spend much, head to Martim Moniz, where local street food kiosks also abound.
1. Yangon, Myanmar
Also a relatively new tourist destination, Yangon is also a place rich in culture, but can be explored by someone with a limited budget. The city’s main draws are its majestic golden pagodas, the most popular one being the Shwedagon Pagoda right at the center of Yangon. The local food items here are also very affordable, but are rich in flavors.
You do not have to spend much to see beautiful places. All it takes is some planning in choosing the right destinations to be able to explore the world without hurting your budget.
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Originally posted 2017-03-22 07:53:07.