Budget Travel Destinations in 2017: where are the cheapest places to go this year?

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Answered by: Nathan, An Expert in the Travel - Budget Destination Guides Category
Whether you want to make your pounds, dollars or euros go further, the world is packed with affordable budget travel destinations for the budget-conscious traveller to take advantage of. We've picked five of the cheapest places to explore, so that you can enjoy fantastic sights and experiences on a budget.



Thailand

Number one on our list is Thailand and it's no surprise that it's so popular with backpackers and budget travellers alike. The best way to save when holidaying in Thailand is to simply live like a local. Don't hesitate to try the street food and drink the local beer, you'll save a ton of money and it's great quality! Also, don't worry about booking any tours before you arrive. You can negotiate on the price of tours after you've landed and prices will be much lower.

India



India is becoming unique as there are very few countries that you can explore (and eat so much!) on such a small budget. If you're counting the pennies, you could probably survive on £20 a day there. Food is so cheap because it's all local produce and if you like spicy food, you'll be in for a treat! The exchange rate is a lot more favourable that it was three years ago, so you'll want to head there while your money can go as far as possible.

Cuba

Cuba is just one of those places that you have to visit before the country starts to change. They say that Cuba is the Caribbean island that got lost in time. Once you get your head around how the local currency works, you can save plenty by staying in what the locals call 'casas particulares', which are just their spare rooms. You'll get an authentic experience and save a ton of money that you may just want to spend on the local rum.

Bulgaria

A lot of people might overlook Bulgaria as a desirable travel destination when booking their trip, but when it comes to budget travel destinations in Europe, it's one not to be missed. Bulgaria boasts of some of the most deserted yet beautiful beaches on the continent. If you like to hike, its mountain ranges are breathtaking and there's a reason why they're known as the walker's paradise! If you're looking for a place to say, the very affordable Hostel Mostel will provide you with free breakfast and dinner.

Portugal

Most travellers looking for a break in Western Europe will usually flock to Spain. If you're growing tired of the tourist crowds in Spain, why not give its neighbour a try? If you're looking to soak up the Portuguese culture, bear in mind that most museums are free on Sundays. There aren't many cheaper places to stay than a family-run establishment known as a 'pensão'. If you want to save even more money, make sure that you avoid taxis. Be aware that the bread and olives brought to your table at restaurants aren't free. If you don't want them, just say no.

So there you have it. If you're looking for a break in 2017, there are many travel destinations the world over that you can enjoy for cheap. Money is no longer an excuse, so what are you waiting for? Get exploring!

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