Top 10 Budget Travel Destinations Open To Tourists

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Travel sites have been offering the best budget travel destinations for years.

But if you haven’t noticed, many of the usual top picks, including almost all of Southeast Asia, are currently closed to tourists. Unless you want to drop a mile off at a quarantine hotel, of course.

So what does a list of the cheapest countries to travel during Covid look like? Here are our picks for the most affordable destinations that are still open to tourists in 2021.


Despite being one of the largest countries in Latin America and welcoming a large number of tourists every year, Mexico remains incredibly affordable. Although we recommend that you avoid the main resorts in places like Cancun if you want to get your money’s worth.

The country has something to offer to all travelers and all budgets, whether you prefer to relax on the beach, explore ancient ruins or stuff your face with the local cuisine.


Bulgaria has so much to offer travelers, from The beaches of the Black Sea to the Balkan Mountains. And yet, it is still one of the most economical countries in Europe! Even in the biggest city, Sofia, you can find rooms starting at $ 20 a night.

Go hiking, scuba diving, or visit one of the dozens of remaining Bulgarian castles, all without breaking the bank.


As for Europe, it’s not much cheaper than Serbia, whether you’re chilling out in the capital, Belgrade, or based in one of the smaller towns, like Novi Sad or NiÅ¡.

Digital nomads have flocked to the country in recent years to take advantage of its excellent combination of livability and low cost of living. And as the most western European country on our list, it offers easy (and cheap) flights throughout the region.

Dominican Republic

If you want scenic beaches on a budget, then the Dominican Republic is for you. Not only are the local prices good, from food to accommodation, it is one of the cheapest places for Americans.

Round-trip tickets from Miami to Santo Domingo can be purchased for as little as $ 200. Of course, you shouldn’t forget about the Dominican Republic’s other great destinations while you’re there.


Do you like the mountains, wine, gastronomy, architecture, history and / or culture?

If so, chances are you love Georgia. This small country in the Caucasus region is both beautiful and economical, a true underrated gem for travelers to Europe.

In addition, the country visa allowances for Americans are among the most generous in the world. And they don’t cost a dime!

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Of course, you can see Machu Picchu, one of the most visited wonders in the world, on a budget, whether you’re a backpacker, a flashpacker, or just enjoying a good deal. It’s probably worth the trip, on its own.

But your trip to Peru doesn’t have to end there. The capital, Lima, has plenty to do and see, as does Cuzco. And there are many more natural wonders outside the city, including parts of the Amazon rainforest.


Yes, Romania was once the homeland of Prince Vlad III Dracula, also known as “the Impaler” – or Tepes (pronounced Tepesh), as the locals call him.

And yes, Romania has some cool castles too, including the one Vlad once occupied. But the country has much more to offer than that, from the hustle and bustle of Bucharest to the Carpathian Mountains, Danube Delta, and the beaches of the Black Sea.

Did we mention that everything is super affordable?


With Vietnam closed to tourists, where is a budget traveler supposed to get their fix of premium coffee?

Give Colombia a boost. Their coffee beans are some of the best in the world – and you’ll need caffeine for all the other cool things to do. The country has several distinct major cities to choose from, including the “Lost city”, and all of them can be done on a budget.


The sun, the surf, and all the rum and reggae you can handle can be yours in Jamaica, all for a very reasonable price.

It’s not only one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean, it’s one of the most affordable, especially if you’re willing to get away from the big resorts. And whether you’re based in Ocho Rios, Kingston, or Port Antonio, there is plenty to do and see in Jamaica.


As you can probably see from our list so far, Eastern Europe is pretty cheap. And it doesn’t go any further east than Ukraine, so you can imagine the kind of savings that can be made here.

The only question is, where are you going to stay? Kiev? Kharkiv? Odessa? Dnipro? The country has 7 cities of over 750,000 inhabitants – and each of them has its own sights, flavors and history to discover.

In fact, even the local culture and language is a bit different depending on where you are in the country.

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