For the travel enthusiasts out there like you, we understand how frustrating it can be to get stuck at home, wondering when the lockdown will be lifted so that you can fly to the most beautiful places in the world. Who can resist traveling? As the saying goes, “If traveling were free, you’d never see me again.” Peace of mind, personal growth, and broader horizons are just some benefits of traveling.
But before anything else, here are the important safety reminders when traveling abroad:
Prepare your first aid kit. Getting an injury is always a possibility when traveling, so it’s best to keep a medical kit with you.
Be aware of the street signs. Some countries have strict road policies that, when violated, can get you into trouble. Pay attention to the warning signs and road marking paint for highway roads.
Pack snacks and bottled water. A convenient store may not always be available in places you’d visit, better to prepare something to eat in case hunger strikes.
Below are some of the best countries to visit when you’re on a budget.
Vietnam boasts of its historical places and magnificent heritages, including HaLong Bay, Hoi An Ancient Town, and Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park.
When you visit any of those places, you can go caving and diving. You might also want to explore the incredible caves and landscapes there. Then at night, you can chill while eating street foods by the seaside. What about accommodation? You can get decent rooms or inns for only $10.
Thousands of years ago, the Khmer Empire conquered Cambodia. They built temples, towers, and statues, which made Cambodia a land of great historical architecture. Siem Reap is where you will see the Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument dedicated to Vishnu, the god of creation and destruction.
From the city, satisfy your eyes with the wonders of nature in Kong Roo, Song Saa, Koh Tmei, and Koh Totang-the popular island paradise with some of the most pristine beaches brimming with fun and exciting activities. You can go snorkeling, sailing, and island hopping.
And here are some of the best local dishes you shouldn’t miss out on:
- Fish amoc — Coconut fish steamed in banana leaves.
- Char kroeung sach ko — stir-fried beef with lemongrass
- Bai sach chrouk — Combination of grilled pork and broken rice.
- Twa ko — Popular Cambodian sausage
Do you have an itch for hiking or mountain climbing? Then visit Georgia! This small country in Europe is abundant in the mountains and hilltops. You sure will enjoy the traditional Georgian houses standing next to the Soviet-era structures. Then later, enjoy the country’s national dish- khinkali, which is a must-try. For backpackers, you can rent a room for under $10.
While the rest of the world is embracing modern life, Laos chooses to stay low key and simple. So if you have cravings for an authentic way of life, you can never go wrong with Laos. Brimming with lush green grass and landscape, it’s home to a million elephants. Actually, it’s one of the popular tourist attractions in the country. So don’t miss out on it!
When you go thirsty after your trip, get a refreshing drink. For $1, you can get a Beerlao. Pair it with their delicious street foods such as stuffed chili cheese and beef jerky, and your taste buds will surely be satisfied.
5. Northern Thailand
Where else can you find the most beautiful beaches other than Thailand? Its splendid beaches are the reasons why millions of tourists from around the world surge Thailand every year. There are thousands of beaches to choose from, but the most popular is the Freedom Beach in Phuket and Sunset Beach in Koh Kradan.
When it comes to food, Thailand has diverse dishes, including seafood, coconut soup, and dried noodles. But if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, you may want to hit the night market and sample their fried insects such as grasshoppers, wasps, and bugs. If you’re on a budget, it’s recommended to stay north, as the travel cost may double or triple as you go south.
Indonesia can be cheap or expensive, depending on your itinerary, but the average cost per day ranges from $25 to $30. Perhaps, one thing you shouldn’t miss when you visit Indonesia is the traditional cooking in Ubud. The locals serve authentic Balinese cuisine consisting of poultry, freshly harvested vegetables, savory spices. Don’t forget to drop by The Sacred Monkey Forest, too! That’s where you can meet some of the most cunning and playing monkeys in town.
There you have it! The cheapest countries you can visit when life goes back to normal.