Exams are over, a new academic year is beginning, and you want to embrace an opportunity to holiday with your best friends before you set out to begin a brand new school-year. A lot of googling and brainstorming must have taken place amongst your besties to figure out the best low-budget holiday destination. But if you are still in doubt about which place to choose, let’s find out the details about some not-to-be-missed and inexpensive destinations across the world that will make your trip a memorable experience.
Here is a list of some places that have the potential to give you an adrenaline rush as you explore them. Not only you will come back refreshed and rejuvenated, but these destinations will also soothe the traveler in you! Well, at least until the next trip!
Why go far away when you can have the best in your own homeland! Yes, our own Malaysia is bursting with the natural beauty and serene beaches that are essential for a holiday. Borneo Island, Perhentian Islands, and Tioman Island are sure to offer you a pleasurable experience if you love the waters and beaches.
Borneo Island is known for scuba diving thanks to its clear waters, excellent marine life, and plentiful coral reefs. Borneo is also one of the rare places on earth where you can spot endangered orangutans (Bornean orangutan) right into the wild!
Among other interesting places are Kuala Kubu Baru, Bukit Jagra, Bukit Bahau, Langkawi, etc. where you can indulge in adventurous activities like paragliding and parasailing.
Malaysia also has a host of other attractions like the National Zoo of Malaysia (Ulu Klang) where you can spot pandas and Malaysian elephants at as low as RM59.50 onwards for every foreigner.
If you are planning your trip anytime within April and October, Malaysia can be a good option for you.
Thailand is a land filled with picturesque beaches and historical monuments. There are a lot of pocket-friendly places like Bangkok and Krabi that you can explore. You can live the buzz of night markets like JJ Green, Ratchada Rot Fai of the Bangkok streets without putting a hole in your pocket.
Moreover, if you want to explore the beaches of Thailand Krabi is your must-visit place, when you are on a budget. You can choose to stay in a hostel or a cheap hotel in Ao Nang and experience the vibrant nightlife. A bed in a hostel will cost you around 1,200 Thai Baht (THB) and a good hotel room costs around 2,500 to 3,000 Thai Baht. If you have planned your trip well in advance, you can get a good deal on tour packages for Phi Phi Island and Maya Bay.
Cheap commuting options like tuk-tuk and songthaew will make your travel easier around these places. Hostel accommodations are cheap and food here is a delicious joyride if you are a non-vegetarian.
In case you are planning a trip in a hurry, fuss-free visa-on-arrival facility in Thailand is prompt to welcome you!
This backpacker’s paradise has many destinations to discover. You can go sightseeing or you can go trekking on a lesser budget here. Small hikes or treks like Dhulikhel, Dhampus, Lake Phewa, Pokhara, or Nagarkot do not need any permit and you can go freely with your buddies. Along with hiking, paragliding, rafting, and, jungle safaris are some of the sporty activities you can go for.
There are numerous world heritage sites in Nepal that you shouldn’t miss. Changu Narayan, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath are some of these places that any history or architect lover will enjoy.
Accommodations in Pokhara and Kathmandu regions are cheaper and you can also go for homestays that can cut down your cost of traveling by a good margin.
- The Philippines
The Philippines gives you perfect tropical vibes with its white sandy beaches and opulent jungles. If you want to learn diving, this can be the perfect place to do so as there are a plenty of low-priced places available. Along with diving and snorkelling, hitchhiking is also quite a popular activity here.
Boracay and El Nido are famous tourist attractions but you can also explore lesser known spots like Port Barton, Siargao, and Sagada that give you a sneak peek into the traditional Filipino culture.
Street food and restaurant food is equally affordable with price ranging for a meal from USD 1 to USD 6. Alcohol and beverages are also cheap and your accommodation can cost you as cheap as 2 USD to 5 USD at a budget hotel.
India is a big country and there are a number of destinations in each part of the country that you must visit. However, if you are on a budget trip or visiting for a short span, you must figure out your priorities and then plan the journey.
The country is filled with assorted cultural practises. If you are looking forward to experiencing the cultural aspect of the country, you should visit places like Udaipur, Varanasi, and Amritsar. As a nature-lover, destinations like Pushkar, Kashmir, Kerala, and Ooty will offer you unparalleled pleasure. Chilling with friends will be much enjoyable if you visit Goa or Rishikesh. You can indulge in a lot of water-based adventurous activities while relaxing during the rest of the day here.
Most of the tourist destinations in India offer a range of accommodation options based on your budget. Hostels, homestays and cheap hotels can be easily found around these destinations. Street food and affordable restaurants are in abundance in every city here and you can find more options at the marketplaces of these destinations.
Often considered as a luxurious holiday destination, the neighbouring island city-state can also be pocket-friendly if you have planned your trip carefully. You can choose to visit free of cost or inexpensive spots like Gardens By the Bay, Singapore Botanic Garden, Fort Canning Park during your stay here. Explore the local markets, go kite flying at Marina Barrage, or witness the magical light show at the Marina Bay in the night, the options are many!
Little India and Geylang can be good options for accommodations as these places offer good budget hotels. These places also serve you good Chinese, Malay, and Indian food at affordable prices.
How can you save when more on a low-budget trip: Things to keep in mind
- You should get a travel credit card that comes with many benefits such as free air miles, reward points, discounts, and cash back.
- Stay at the hotels which offer a discount on your credit card.
- Use your credit card while purchasing a flight ticket to benefit with a free travel and personal accident insurance.
- Pre-booking for hotels and other facilities can be a good idea to lessen your burden.
- Do not carry a lot of cash. Use a credit card or a top-up card to make international purchases.
- Contact your bank representatives to know the conversion of currency rate on your credit card and for other facilities on it for overseas usage.
- Travel light. Do not carry unnecessary baggage if you are traveling to multiple destinations.
- Choose an offseason time for your trip. During the offseason, the cost of accommodation, food, tour guides, etc. is much cheaper than during the peak season.
Make the most of your time off of school/college and travel to these most popular and in-budget destinations away from home. The above listed places are a good option for an enthusiastic solo traveler or a group of friends. To get the most out of your holiday, make sure that you plan and book your trip in advance.