What the things that come in our mind when we heard exotic locations. Luxury, expensive hotels, food and resorts. But it not necessary to be the same always. Today we are bringing you the 12 Cheapest Exotic Destinations that fit your pocket perfectly.
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Thailand is a Southeast Asian country. It’s known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha.Thailand can be as expensive or inexpensive a country to visit as you want it to be. This is a country where you can stay in $3 USD rooms or $1,000 USD resorts. Street food for pennies or gourmet dinners for hundreds. Thailand really runs the gamut.
I tell people that backpacking around Thailand costs $30–35 USD per day, depending on how much alcohol you consume and how many days you spend on the islands, where costs are higher.
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Indonesia is a huge country that is made up of a massive archipelago of over 17,000 islands. Each island offers an incredible natural environment and a diversity of cultures, traditions and ethnic groups.
Accommodation in general is quite affordable, if not outright cheap! It is one of the Cheapest Exotic Destinations on world.
Simple single plate meals or noodles cost anywhere from 5,000 – 15,000 IDR ($0.57 – $1.72), while a giant plate of food with all kinds of assorted side dishes (nasi campur) costs 15,000 – 20,000 IDR ($1.72 – $2.30). Eating street style fulfilling meals like entire grilled fish and fancier dishes can cost in the range of 25,000 – 35,000 IDR ($2.87 – $4) per person.
Indonesian sit-down restaurants are priced in the 20,000 – 50,000 IDR ($2.30 – $5.74) realm. If you eat at more Western style food chains or fancier restaurants, meals can cost 50,000 – 100,000 IDR ($5.74 – $11.48).
Large 1.5 liter bottle of water goes for 4000 – 5000 IDR ($.046 – $0.57).
Drinks(beer) can go for 20,000 – 50,000 IDR ($2.30 – $5.74). Some upper class or nightclubs that cater to tourists charge cover.
If you stay at accommodation with air condition and party many nights, the cost of traveling in Indonesia might hover from $25 – $30 per day. If you go super tight on the budget, you can get by in Indonesia for even $15 per day.
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Modern Malaysia has exquisite beaches, bustling cities, diverse food options, and friendly people. The population is about 60% Malay people, with the rest consisting of Chinese, Indian, and other ethnic groups. The traditions, culture, festivals, and religions of the nation are equally diverse. The country has a strong technology industry and is one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia. Public transportation in this country is wonderful, from local subways and bus systems, to intercity bus transit, it is very easy to get around.
Although travel costs in general are quite low in Malaysia, there are some good tricks you can use to save money. So there is a sample cost.
Daily Cost $ 12.78, Accommodation $ 7.14, Food $ 2.86 ,Water2 $ 0.29 ,Local Transportation1 $ 1.24 Entertainment $ 1.84 ,Communication $ 0.36 ,Tips and Handouts $ 0.06 ,Intercity Transportation $ 4.50
Souvenirs $ 2.28,Alcohol $ 2.14
Bus From Airport to George Town $ 0.66 ,Bicycle Rental (One Day) $ 2.44 ,Train & Boat to Pulau Ketam $ 2.94
Motorbike Rental (One Day) $ 7.33 ,Taxi From Airport to George Town $ 11.25 ,Taiwanese Noodle Soup $ 1.22
Asam Pedas (Fish Curry) $ 1.47 ,Casual Lunch (for Two) $ 4.64 ,Sitdown Dinner (for Two) $ 7.83
Italian Lunch (for Two) $ 11.74 ,Fort Cornwallis Entrance $ 0.49 ,Low Cost Kite $ 0.7
So the average cost per day will be around $15 for a person.
4. The Philippines
The Philippines , officially the Republic of the Philippines , is a sovereign island country in Southeast Asia situated in the western Pacific Ocean. It consists of about 7,641 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City, both part of Metro Manila.
Apple – PHP27 = $0.60 ,A small basket of strawberries – PHP100 = $2.24
Jeepney ride – PHP8 = $0.18 ,Coffee – PHP5 = $0.11
A bottle of water (1,5L) – PHP20/25 = $0.45 ,A half of grilled chicken – PHP100 = $2.24
Street cookies – PHP2-10 = $0.04 $0.22 ,Grilled fish – PHP80 = $1.79
Hostel – PHP400 a person = $8.97
Bus tickets- between PHP450 and PHP814 depending on the distance = $10-$20
Ferry from Cebu to Bohol and back – PHP800 = $17.93 ,Single tricycle ride – PHP22-30 = $0.50 – $0.70
Cigarettes – PHP60 = $1.34 ,Toilet paper – PHP20 = $0.45 ,Souvenirs – PHP25-40 = $0.60 – $0.90
So on average a day for a person would cost you around $15 – $20
Albania, on Southeastern Europe’s Balkan Peninsula, is a small country with Adriatic and Ionian coastlines and an interior crossed by the Albanian Alps. The country has many castles and archaeological sites.
Now let’s talk about money.Although it’s probably not the first country that comes to mind when you hear “exotic,” Albania has some of the cheapest costs of living of all the countries in Europe. And its safety, culture, and the many beautiful beaches.
A hotel stay / restaurant dinner that cost 50 dollars/euro in Albania would costs about 67 dollars/euro in the USA.
A bag of groceries that cost 50 dollars/euro in Albania would costs about 62 dollars/euro in the USA.
In the stores, wine, beer or other alcohol that cost 10 dollars/euro in Albania would costs about 18 dollars/euro in the USA.
Clothes that cost about 50 dollars/euro in Albania would costs about 49 dollars/euro in the USA.
Train, bus, or taxi charges that cost 10 dollars/euro in Albania would costs about 10 dollars/euro in the USA.
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Bulgaria is a Balkan nation with diverse terrain encompassing Black Sea coastline, a mountainous interior and rivers, including the Danube. A cultural melting pot with Greek, Slavic, Ottoman, and Persian influences, it has a rich heritage of traditional dance, music, costumes, and crafts.
Hotel bed or private double in a cheap hotel: $9-$16 per person.
Basic room at a monastery: $20 – $24 double
Guesthouse room near a national park: $15 – $30 double
Mid-range (3-star equivalent) independent hotel – $35 – $60 double
International chain hotel: (mostly in Sofia) $70 – $160 double
Street food and sandwiches: 50 cents – $2.
Typical restaurant meal: $4 – $10 for several courses.
Liquor: As little as 75¢ for a shot of raki (firewater distilled from grapes or plums) in a bar, but generally $1 – $2. Local vodka $2, imports $3 – $9.
Non-alcoholic drinks: herbal tea & water cheapest (40-80 cents), coffee $1 or so, soda usually more than beer or raki.
Fruit & vegetables – sold in season, not much imported, generally $1.40 a kilo or less for peppers, cabbage, potatoes, greens, grapes, plums, peaches, turnips, etc. Strawberries and fancy mushrooms more.
Taxi fares: 40 – 70¢ per kilometer
Local buses, metro, and streetcars: 75¢
Inter-city trains: The longest regular route is the $25 Sofia/Varna round trip in 2nd class. Sofia to Plovdiv is under $10 one way. 1st class is around 40% more.
Inter-city buses: prices are roughly the same as the train at $3 to $12 one-way, but are faster on some routes.
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Greece is a country in southeastern Europe with thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. Influential in ancient times, it’s often called the cradle of Western civilization.
Hostels – 10 euros (dorm rooms)
Food – 7 euros (cheap gyros and street food)
Beer – 5 euros
Total: 25 euros ($30 USD)
While there is still some social unrest in Greece, the economic collapse has made the country much more welcoming to the broke student. Plus, by visiting and pumping money into the local economy, you’re actually helping them slowly get back on their feet. If you’re a fan of Greek food, or just always wanted to see the Parthenon but never had the money, now is the time to pay a visit.
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Portugal is on the Iberian Peninsula which it shares with Spain. It’s a diverse country that has its own unique culture and a variety of beautiful natural landscapes. In particular, Portugal has the cliff beaches of Algarve, beautiful rural countryside, energetic cities, a traditional culture, beautiful lush green vineyards, and so much more.
Daily Cost € 83.33
Accommodation € 38.38 ,Food € 27.05 ,Water € 1.27 ,Local Transportation € 11.98 ,Entertainment € 9.88 Communication € 12.55 ,Tips and Handouts € 7.46
Transportation € 25.28 ,Souvenirs € 13.15 ,Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps € 3.09
Alcohol € 11.31
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Ecuador is a country straddling the equator on South America’s west coast. Its diverse landscape encompasses Amazon jungle, Andean highlands and the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands. In the Andean foothills at an elevation of 2,850m, Quito, the capital, is known for its largely intact Spanish colonial center, with decorated 16th- and 17th-century palaces and religious sites, like the ornate Compañía de Jesús Church.
Accommodation– Accommodation is inexpensive here. A private room in a hostel will start at $10 USD per person, and a dorm will be about $8 USD per night. Budget hotels are only slightly more expensive at around $18 USD per night.
Food– Meals typically cost between $3-5 USD for cheap local food. You can find food stalls on the street for around $1-2 USD. Western style meals will cost around $10 USD. By eating from the market, you can expect to spend around $15 USD per week.
Transportation– Long-distance buses typically cost from $1-2 USD per hour. Inside the city, a local bus ticket is usually around $0.25 USD. Taxis in Quito have meters and short trips generally don’t cost more than $3-4 USD. For longer trips expect to pay around $10 USD.
Activities– Aside from a trip to the Galapagos Islands, activities are pretty cheap in Ecuador. A ride on the Devil’s Nose train will cost $25 USD roundtrip, while entrance to Ingapirca and most museums costs $6 USD. Day trips to volcanoes and mountain hikes is typically around $30 USD. A trip to the Galapagos Islands is pricey – about $1,400 USD for 10 days, plus the $100 USD park fee – but if you have room in your budget, it’s incredible.
So on average it will cost you around $35- $40 daily.
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Uruguay officially the Oriental Republic of Uruguay is a country in the southeastern region of South America.
Hostel dorm beds: $10 – $20 in the low season, $20 – $30+ in the high season.
Hostel private rooms: Way too expensive, as you will need to pay for the empty beds in the dorm — unless there are single bedrooms available.
Budget hotel room: $40+Cost of Apartments
If you want to stay for a few weeks, or more, it’ll make sense to rent an apartment.
If you intend to visit during the Summer season, you’ll have to book 2-3 months earlier, otherwise it’ll be extremely hard to find something once you arrive.
1-bedroom apartment in Pocitos, Montevideo: $750+
1-bed apartment in Punta del Este (low season): $300+
During the low season Punta del Este’s apartments are very affordable. The only problem is the city is a ghost town. During the Summer, rates skyrocket.
Hostels offer reliable broadband internet, with Wi-Fi. If you can afford it, Uruguay would make a terrific Summer spot for operating a location independent business.
$27 – Steak lunch at Mercado del Puerto in Montevideo
$25 – Lunch w/river view at Bar Montevideo on Pocitos Beach in Montevideo
$12 – 15 – Lunch or dinner in Punta del Diablo
$10 – Eight small squares of pizza w/bottled water in Montevideo
$8 – Chivito (steak sandwich)
Standard serving of Chopp (a domestic beer): $3
1-liter bottle: $5
Montevideo, between the old city and Pocitos: $9
Montevideo, between Tres Cruces bus terminal and old city: $7Sample Bus Fares
Montevideo city buses: $0.55
Montevideo to Punta del Este (Copsa Este): $10
Punta del Este to Castillos (COT, en route to Cabo Polonio): $10
Punta del Diablo to Colonia: $30
Steak lunch at Mercado del Puerto: $25
Staying at a Gaucho Ranch: $35 per night (expect to pay a little more for a day trip)
4 hours of horseback riding in Punta del Diablo: $40
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Accommodation PEN 56.22 ,Food PEN 37.04 ,Water PEN 4.45 ,Local Transportation PEN 13.68
Entertainment PEN 42.96 ,Communication PEN 8.59 ,Tips and Handouts PEN 9.30
Intercity Transportation PEN 87.02 ,Souvenirs PEN 18.40 , Alcohol PEN 15.58
Below are some expenses from the budgets of actual travelers.
Gardens of Mandor PEN 10.00 ,Chips PEN 4.00 ,Bathroom Fee PEN 1.00 ,Taxi Ride PEN 8.00
Chips PEN 5.50 ,Toilet Fee PEN 0.50 ,Postcards PEN 11.00 ,Donut PEN 3.50 ,Movie Tickets PEN 8.50
Cocktail PEN 12.00 ,Short Taxi Ride PEN 15.00
It’s hard to write a list like this and not include India. Home to many of the most amazing historical monuments in the world, and some of the world’s most popular dishes(although you haven’t tasted real Indian food until you’ve been, as my friend keeps telling me) and best Cheapest Exotic Destinations for food and accomodation in the world, India is perfect for the bootstrapping backpacker. The only problem is that India is such a big country, you would have to write a separate post altogether to guide you in the right direction.
Its every state has something new to show you. You can check some of places of Rajasthan in our blog.
As you can get everything very cheap in India It will become one of your cheapest destiantions in the world and if you can manage it will cost you less than $20 per day.