Cheap travel destinations in the world in 2022

There are places to travel to in 2022 that will allow you to travel longer, enjoy a higher standard and save more money.


In the days of budget backpackers in Southeast Asia, Laos was one of the two destinations where travelers could keep their budget at $30/day, although accommodation is slightly more expensive than most places in Southeast Asia. There are many amazing activities that tourists can do in Laos that are cheap.


The healthiest and cheapest street food seems to be in Vietnam. Think soup with rice noodles, cilantro, great broth and a whole pork knuckle for $1.50 or a cup of strong, flavorful coffee for $1. When tourists rent a motorbike, they are well equipped for the day.


Research shows that a tourist can easily spend a month in Cambodia for as little as $1000. Dorms are very basic but can be dirt cheap, as can food and alcohol. There are some one-off expenses like the Angkor Wat 3-day pass currently set at $62 and diving trips that add up, but there will also be days of biking around a small village and cheap and delicious eats skewers when just a dollar or two could go a long way.

Northern Thailand

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Northern Thailand is gentle on a tight budget. As one moves south, housing costs begin to double, triple, and even quadruple. If you’re short on time and budget for your Thailand trip, stay up north! Even in popular places like Chiang Mai and Pai, tourists can find basic dormitories for less than $5. Sticking with street food not only saves you some money, but the experience becomes that much more authentic and delicious.

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The thing about Indonesia is that it can be really cheap or pretty expensive depending on one big thing – transportation. Intercity travel can be very time consuming and expensive, as can traveling from one island to another on a private boat. To save on costs, stick to one or two regions! There’s plenty to do and see, and spending more time in one place only allows you to travel deeper and have a more meaningful experience anyway. If you want to travel far and wide on a budget, my top tip is to take local transport!


The archipelago of the Philippines can take quite a bit of money and time to get around, and hostel options aren’t nearly as plentiful as in other Southeast Asian countries. While both of these factors seem to be major deterrents for travelers trying to stretch their budget as much as possible, there are ways to keep your Philippines travel expenses down. If you decide to travel during the off-season, book your flights and plan your trip well in advance (it’s not the country you always fly to!) and try to stick to 1-2 regions, the Philippines can still be affordable. In addition, the country has some of the most beautiful islands, beautiful dive sites and hidden gems that you would have to pay so much more to experience in other parts of the world. In that sense, the Philippines is worth every peso spent.

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As one of the most economically developed countries in Southeast Asia, Malaysia is often perceived as expensive. In addition, travelers can explore Cameron Highlands, the jungles of Borneo and the beautiful islands. The icing on the cake? They are all affordable. An overnight bus from Kuala Lumpur to the Perhentian Islands is only $8, there are so many interesting local neighborhoods and markets to explore for free, and finally, Malaysian cuisine is like no other – you can find food from just about anyone Culture and it’s so cheap and delicious – but not necessarily healthy. Malaysia is also one of the cheapest places in the world to get a PADI diving certification.

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Sri Lanka

Like many other countries, Sri Lanka can be seen on a backpacker budget, or you can spend a small fortune there. The biggest kicker was the price for activities like safaris and entry to UNESCO World Heritage sites. At around $40-$50 per ticket each, this made exploring Sri Lanka more expensive. However, on the days when you are not paying for expensive activities, Sri Lanka can be done at around US$30 per day. Food, transport, accommodation and internet are relatively cheap. One thing to keep in mind when it comes to transportation is that in some cases it can be cheaper to take a taxi/Uber (in big cities) than rent a bike. If you can find people at your hostel sharing the cost, hiring a driver for the day can be as little as $5 per person. The cheapest means of transport is the train which is delightful and in my opinion the best way to travel around Sri Lanka.