Most Cheap And Beautiful Places To Travel: Travel The World In Minimum Expense

most cheap and beautiful places to travel

International travel doesn’t need to be expensive. In fact, if you choose your destination properly, you’ll be able to live at a much higher standard of living than you can Stateside without spending any more money than you’d shell out for an average weekend of forgettable nonsense at your usual low-rent haunts.

If you’re in the mood for some low-cost traveling that won’t leave you broke, consider the following awesome cheap places to visit.

Berlin, Germany

A bedroom with a bed and a chair in a room

Berlin has held the title as Europe’s premier low-cost capital for nearly two decades now. Despite being the capital city of the world’s third-largest industrial power, the fall of the wall back in the late 1980s set the stage for an affordable international party hub. During Berlin’s half-century of schism, the Soviets just couldn’t stop building unnecessary new neighborhoods and utility buildings in the East, and that means to this day, East Berlin continues to stretch out in a nearly endless sprawl of city blocks slowly being transformed by artists, immigrants, and anyone with a dream and a lack of capital to make it happen elsewhere. 

Porto, Portugal

Lisbon is cheap, but Porto puts Portugal’s capital to shame, especially if you go during the off-season. You can find great lodging in Porto for $10-$15 (€8-€12, £4.50-£9) a night, an exceptional lunch of seafood caught right outside town for $5, and massive dinners of grilled octopus, heaps of salt cod and all the vegetables and buttered potatoes you can eat for no more than $10 ahead. Cheap tours of the local Port cellars (complete with buzz-inducing tastings), trips up the Douro river to visit some of the world’s most gorgeous vineyards, and the natural beauty of the city’s rocky terrain and expansive beach make Porto one of Europe’s hidden treasures.


It’s important to note, very quickly, that economic instability in safe, developed countries is every budget traveler’s dream. The bigger a country’s economic crisis, the cheaper and cheaper it becomes to spend some quality time exploring its shores. Well, this is true both when it comes to daily living and to actually reaching countries suffering from hard times, as locales taking a beating tend to bend over backward on airfare to get people to continue to visit them (i.e., Japan post-Tsunami).

It isn’t exploitative to live it up in a country like Greece while they’re experiencing some economic turmoil. In fact, there are few more positive actions you can take for these countries than traveling to them and spending a bunch of money on local products and services. Helping to stimulate local economies while living like (polite) royalty is the definition of a win-win.

Think North American

You don’t always need to travel overseas to open yourself up to new experiences, to regain a little perspective on your life, and to rewire your perspective on the world. I currently live in North America, and while I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to various far-off corners of the world, I’ve stumbled upon some of my most significant revelations and enjoyed some of my most life-changing experiences traveling on this continent.

Bottom Line

International travel does offer its own unique set of circumstances and environmental cues that set off personal growth in a manner domestic travel doesn’t always achieve, but don’t assume you need to get away to get the break from everyday life you crave.

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