10 Epic Travel Destinations for the Young and Adventurous

It’s tough being young, adventurous and too broke to go anywhere.

By Editorial team

It’s tough being young, adventurous and too broke to go anywhere. If it’s expenses that are holding you back, we can help! Traveling feeds the soul and is more valuable an experience than money can buy. We’ve compiled a list of 10 incredible places that you can travel to without spending big. Exploring the world on a budget might be easier than you think.

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Affectionately known as NOLA, New Orleans is great place to have a great time on a budget. You’ve got to be a bit more creative when trying to travel cheaply in NOLA, but it is definitely possible. AirBnB is your best bet for accommodations, you can find some sweet spots for around $25/ night. Buy the Jazzy Pass, its a bus pass that allows you unlimited access to public transportation, it’s only $3 a day! For dining, stick to less touristy spots and opt for hole-in-the wall bars with epic happy hour deals and good grub.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

A great Southeast Asia backpackers destination spot with cost on the lower end of the spectrum. Depending on your standards for sleeping accommodations, you’ll spend between $4 and $20 USD per night on a place to crash. The Angkor Wat entrance fee for a day is a whopping $20 USD. Tourist trap? Maybe. But it’s worth checking out none-the-less. Be weary of using U.S. currency, as vendors will quickly up prices when paying in USD currency. Transportation around town is super cheap, but you may want to shop around for those 6 hour bus trips.

Varna, Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a fun place with a vibrant night life. Costs here are a bit higher because entertainment consists of mostly paid activities like clubs on the beach at night or paid walking and biking tours. Accommodations are around $20-$30 USD, food will cost around $20/ day USD and transportation and entertainment will be around $14. You’re looking to spend about $55/day USD.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is straight up gorgeous and most people are willing to fork over a pretty penny just to experience those crystal clear blue waters. If you avoid Mid-December to January and July-August, you’ll find Bali much less crowded and in turn, cheaper. There are enough cool hikes and natural destinations that you can entertain yourself for next to nothing, waterfalls, hot springs and scenic views galore. Then you can splurge on beach front accommodations for less than $100. One site claims you can travel Bali for less than $400/ week.

Palawan, Philippines

This might be the all time best destination for traveling on a budget. Book your hostel well in advance and you’ll get hooked up with a good deal. Most of the area is walkable so you won’t spend much on transportation. Be sure to convert your money to local currency. Island hopping tours are cheap and offer free food as well!

Hanoi, Vietnam

You’ll spend about $0.40 on transportation from the nearest international airport to the capital city of Hanoi. Five bucks a night gets you a spot in a hostel and it will cost less than $2 for some of the best Pho of your life. With enough historic sites to check out over a few days and the Hoan Kiem Lake as the center of the city. Hanoi allows for exploration on a budget.


You can keep cost down in Cuba by staying in  casas particulares or “casa particulars.” It’s basically a home-stay option opposed to staying for a hotel which is more expensive. They typically cost between $20 and $30 a night. Food prices vary, been and cocktails are on average about $1-$2. Choose collective taxis over private taxis and explore by foot rather than expensive horse back tour (or splurge on the horses)! The point is Cuba offers many alternatives to travel expenses to help keep costs low!

Agra, India

Stick to that budget and your food expenses will be the least of your worries. Accommodations will be around 300-500 rupees per night or $4.50 to $7.50 if your down for some cozy hostel stays. Your most expensive attraction will be the Taj Mahal for about $12.

Bangkok, Thailand

You’ll determine how cheaply or expensively you travel Thailand. You can find a place to crash for as low as $3 USD/per night or can do it up and spend upwards of $1000 USD. You can easily travel Thailand and eat, drink, and be merry for around $30 USD per day. If you budget for $50 USD/ day you can splurge occasionally and not have to be super strict on spending.

South Africa

South Africa will give you the option of travel on a budget or splurging. You can do everything super cheap, from sharing to dorm hostel to eat budget meals and getting into museums for free. Keep those costs low and then you can splurge on an epic safari for around $25 USD. Accommodations can be from $5 t0 $110 depending on how fancy you’re feeling.


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10 Epic Travel Destinations for the Young and Adventurous
It’s tough being young, adventurous and too broke to go anywhere.
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