After many years of traveling around the world I have come to the conclusion that I am a big fan of countries where you get a lot of bang for your buck! Every time I earn some money with my blog I calculate in ‘months in Thailand’. As Thailand is one of the best places to backpack in the world I stranded there a lot of times and it never really cost me more than $800 a month. In this list I will give you the best backpack destinations that I have visited and some backpack destinations for beginners.
Backpack destinations for beginners
If you are looking for the best places to travel on a budget than you found the right list. I have traveled to all of the following budget friendly countries at least once and made amazing memories in each one of them. I am not saying these are the cheapest countries in the world to travel but this is a list of some of the best places to travel on a budget. The best backpack destinations for beginners are mostly clustered in South East Asia for the very simple reason that English is widely spoken, there are heaps of travelers from all over the world around, getting around is super easy and on top of that these are some of the most affordable countries to visit. Think about countries like: Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia.
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Best countries to travel on a budget
On my first trip around the world in 2008 I literally had no clue where I was going. I just knew that there were a lot of countries to explore in Central America and that they were one of the cheapest countries to travel to as well, so I decided to take a leap of faith and booked a ticket to Mexico. After 5 weeks traveling through Mexico and Belize and Guatemala I ended up in Nicaragua. Here I probably stayed in one of the cheapest hostels. I paid only about $1,5 for a bed. I admit there was no AC, but the fans did a great job too. Doing laundry was only $0,30 per KG but I a lost a couple pieces and was pissed I lost two expensive swimming pants in a week worth $80 a piece! It made me buy a new one, guess for how much? Exactly $1 and they were just as fine! LOL
There was one night I went out to a bar in Antigua and ran out of cash so I went to the ATM and took out $60 and got two notes worth $30. When I wanted to pay the guy said I couldn’t pay with a $30 note so he would star a tap for me as I was the only ‘gringo’ in the club anyway. When I wanted to pay my 8 rum-coke or so at the end of the night they were still asking for a smaller note as I only had to pay less than $10. Just like in the Philippines, the more rum, the cheaper the drink! Countries where alcohol is cheaper than water should definitely be rated as the best places to backpack in the world! Lol
2. Koh Tao, Thailand
It is no secret that scuba diving in Koh Tao is cheap. In fact it is competing with Roatan in Honduras as the cheapest place in the world to get your Scuba diving certificate. Getting your PADI as many people name it cost about $225 including 3 days accommodation. I have been living and diving on the island for a couple months and I can tell you that there is an amazing vibes and some great things to do in Koh Tao besides diving. The islandlife feeling is guaranteed and with daily sunset cocktails for about $3 that holiday feeling can’t get any better. If you want some adventure you should climb up to the spectacular viewpoints in Koh Tao for the best sunsets. Renting a studio for one month cost about $250 for a 2 bedroom villa and a private pool with a great view you won’t pay more than $600. An tiny apartment in San Fransisco costs about $1,500 a month, that means you can live 6 months on an island in Thailand. Still think traveling is expensive?
Thailand itself is obviously a cheap country to travel with $1 beers in the supermarket and hostel beds for under $10. Some islands are more expensive than other find here which islands in Thailand are best for backpackers. I have lived in Bangkok for 1 month not spending more than $500. How cheap is traveling in Thailand? Click on the link and I break down the prices. The Country of Smiles is probably also one of the best backpacking destinations for beginners and definitely among the best places to backpack alone. If there is one country where you will find more travelers than locals at some places it is definitely Thailand. I wrote a ton of blogs about Thailand, also including its safety issues.