Ever wondered what you can get for your money in different parts of the world? These are my top budget destinations for 2016 complete with pricing guides so you can start saving! Travel to these top budget destinations and you will find travel is more realistic than you ever imagined. Please note: for the below guide I will do everything in comparison to USD as a point of reference (even though I am Australian).
Cambodia is at the top of my list of top budget destinations for travellers. You could travel around Cambodia for months and not spend much at all. Certainly less than your living expenses at home. In Cambodia, they have both the US Dollar and the Cambodian Riel. In urban areas especially they will accept US Dollars as the default currency but give you back change in Riel. It is important to keep in mind, if you want to exchange any Cambodian Riel back, best to do this whilst you are still in the country. Now go explore the ruins of Angkor or relax in the beachside town of Sihanoukville!
Local beer - $1USD Bottle of water - 40 cents Meal at mid range restaurant - $2.50USD One way ticket on local transport - $1USD Dress - $17USD
Eastern Europe in general would have to be one of my top budget destinations for this year. When I travelled there back in 2013, it was such a nice surprise coming from Paris and London where prices are exorbitant to the quaint towns and countryside of Poland. The Polish zloty is the official currency of Poland and can be exchanged from Euros throughout the country. Go and visit this little slice of Eastern Europe and discover all it has to offer in the form of luging down the mountainside and underground bars.
Local beer - 7zl or $1.80USD Bottle of water - 2.66zl or 70 cents Meal at mid range restaurant - 20zl or $5USD One way ticket on local transport - 3.4zl or 90 cents Dress - 130.70zl or $34USD
Despite not being all that cheap in itself, New Zealand is a cheaper alternative to Australia for those who wish to travel downunder. I find New Zealand also has a lot of budget motel options and even camping options to choose from making it one of the top budget destinations of 2016.
Local beer - $8NZD or $5.5USD Bottle of water - $2.90NZD or $1.98USD Meal at mid range restaurant - $18NZD or $12USD One way ticket on local transport - $3.50NZD or $2.40USD Dress - $60NZD or $42USD
Located on the north-west coast of South America, Ecuador is home to a large part of the Amazon jungle and gateway to the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands. With the local currency being US dollars, most people won't even have to worry about exchanging their money. It is really important, especially with the latest earthquake to support tourism to this South American nation in 2016.
Local beer - $1.20USD Bottle of water - 50 cents Meal at mid range restaurant - $3USD One way ticket on local transport - 25 cents Dress - $57USD
Bordered by India and China, Nepal is home to a large proportion of the Himalayas including the highest mountain on earth, Mount Everest. One Nepalese Rupee can buy you a lot in terms of survival. Again, tourism is slow to return to Nepal since the devastating earthquake in 2015 so why not make it your budget destination of choice this year.
Local beer - $200NPR or $1.90USD Bottle of water - $18NPR or 20 cents Meal at mid range restaurant - $150NPR or $1.40USD One way ticket on local transport - $20NPR or 20 cents Dress - $2125NPR or $20USD
A photo posted by Mount Everest (@mounteverestofficial) on May 3, 2016 at 5:48pm PDT
What are your top budget destinations for 2016? Have you been to any of these destinations yet on your travels and how did you find the cost of living?
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