Traveling for people like us is a necessity of living, rather than a hobby. However, one of the most pressing limitations is the budget. In fact, everything that we plan depends on our wallet. We could spend everything but for those who are constantly looking for an opportunity to step out of the house, money too is limited. This is especially true if you are planning for an international trip. It starts with the first visa stamp on your passport but thereon, it becomes a constant calling. Well, if you plan well, it isn’t so much as a burden either. Here are some international destinations that could well be crossed off your travel map in the next couple of years!
Vietnam is a natural and cultural paradise and a must for all kinds of travelers, regardless of you looking for luxury or backpacking. In fact, Vietnam is one of the most visited destinations in the world, with people coming from all across the globe all round the year. The good thing is Vietnam is also among the cheapest country to travel to. Things like a complete 3 course meal in a decent restaurant will cost you around INR 800. Taxi fare per kilometer is about INR 35, cheaper than rental cars in India! Lastly and most importantly, you can stay in hostels, no less than good hotels, at just INR 1000 per night. The attractions on the other hand include a plethora of wonders, ranging from island tours to caving and cultural tours.
Another country known widely for its picturesque landscapes, Laos is a perfect semblance of beauty and culture. The culture here is dominated by Buddhism and as you can already imagine, the life is simple, pious and happy. When in Laos, you can easily get clean and well provided dormitory facilities at just INR 500 per night. Hotel charges aren’t too high either at INR1000 per night. Street food is the essence of this place and a locally made meal will cost you just about INR 150. Alternatively, if you choose to dine western, a meal might cost you INR 300. Transportation is best done through rental bikes but Laos also has an amazing network of tuk-tuks and buses that take you to local and overnight destinations. Don’t miss the Plains of Jars or That Ing Hang Stupa!
Maldives is exotic and give any other destination a run for its money, any day! An island destination, it might not be on your bucket list since it has been popularized for its luxury resorts. However, if you do proper research and book in advance, you can connect with guest houses and home stays that offer accommodation at about INR 1500 per night. Food you choose will range between INR 60 and INR 120 per meal and getting across the island in a ferry is cheap too. Just plan well in advance and you can get your heart full of snorkeling, scuba, sea walking and other adventures at reasonable prices.
An archipelago of 115 islands, Seychelles is famed for its coral reefs, white sand beaches, palm trees and emerald waters. All in all, it’s as exotic as it can get! Also, Seychelles is among the cheapest destinations for Indian backpackers. A hotel room for a night will cost you about INR 1000 while a full meal for two at a good restaurant will cost you under INR 500. Getting around is best done by public buses run by the Seychelles Public Transport Corporation with a flat rate of INR 25, for as far as you can go! You will save a lot of money which you will eventually spend on glass bottom boat tours, water sports and wildlife safaris! There are so many islands to explore that you would come back for more!
Another destination in South-East Asia, Cambodia is perfect for a budget traveler. Naturally awesome and culturally rich, this laid back country offers experiences that you would savor for a lifetime and more. Guesthouses here cost about INR 1000 while a meal in good restaurants will cost about INR 300 for one person. You can also check out the street food that is completely different from anywhere else in the world. Getting across is best done through a cycle or a bike and it won’t cost you more than INR1000 per day on transportation. When here, don’t miss the Angkor Wat Temple, Tonle Sap, Koh Ker or the Silver Pagoda.
Don’t be surprised to have Turkey on this list because it is already a popular destination among Indians. It’s a country with a very diverse cultural experience and if you are a history enthusiast of any kind, Turkey will blow your mind! Cost of stay will come to about INR 1500 per day and a good full meal will cost you about INR 500. Getting around too is quite cheap in Turkey and you will not be spending more than INR 250 per day per person. Though turkey is known and popular for its cultural tours and local market, don’t also miss the amazing beaches they have!
Reminiscent of the most ancient cultures still existing in the world, Lebanon is a perfect mix of natural beauty, amazing history and an endearing culture. Research well and you will get a decent hotel at INR 1500 per night. Food is really cheap here and you get to savor amazing food under INR 100 per dish. This includes kebabs, pita bread, hummus, sandwiches, and falafel – quite exotic to us Indians! Lastly, public transportation is easy and buses will charge about INR 70 at the max.
The only considerable expense that you will have to bear on travel is the flight charges to and back from India. Even so, you can strategize your booking when the tickets are at the lowest or use your coupons wisely. For those who truly want to travel, there is little difficulty. Needless to say, the challenge lies in adaptability and little compromises that offer sweet rewards!