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Top 7 Places To Visit When You’re Young And Broke

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No money? No problem! These are 7 of the best destinations around the world to travel to when you're young and broke.

Traveling doesn't have to be expensive.

There are many destinations where you can travel on $50 a day or less on a backpacker budget.

Here are some of the best places to travel when you're young and don't have much money to explore the world:

1. Thailand

It's no surprise that Thailand is one of the most popular destinations in Southeast Asia for American travelers.

Your money will stretch a lot further in Thailand than in the United States – think $10 massages on the beach, $9 a night hostel rooms, and $3 delicious street food meals.

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From gorgeous beaches to mountainous Chiang Mai to the bustling city of Bangkok, there's so much to discover in Thailand.

You can easily stick to a budget of $50 a day when traveling in Thailand, although keep in mind that beach destinations like Phuket, Koh Samui, and Krabi are pricier than inland destinations.

Boats in Thailand

2. Colombia

Colombia is one of the most affordable countries in Latin America. And don't be put off by its “dangerous” reputation: these days, Colombia is perfectly safe for travelers, and has so much to offer.

Bogota and Medellín are two buzzing, vibrant cities with amazing nightlife, while Cartagena is a colorful colonial city that is picture-perfect. For nature lovers, don't miss Tayrona National Park or Valle de Cocora.

In Colombia, you can easily stick to a budget of $35 a day by staying in hostels, taking local buses, and eating street food.

Colorful umbrellas in Cartagena Colombia street

3. Indonesia

Indonesia, Bali in particular, is a bucket list destination for many travelers. Canggu is known for its great beaches and surfing, and for being one of the party capitals of the world. Meanwhile, Ubud is a lush and tranquil jungle paradise with temples and rice paddies.

And Nusa Penida is one of the most beautiful (and affordable) islands in the world.

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If you don't mind cutting corners a little bit (like staying in hostels and skipping some of the trendy cafes and restaurants Bali is known for) you can have a budget-friendly trip.

A $50 a day budget is very doable in Bali, and your money will go even further on nearby islands in Indonesia like Lombok and Java.

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Woman on a swing in Bali Indonesia

4. Montenegro

Montenegro is an underrated bucket list-worthy destination in Europe. It's cheaper than neighboring Croatia but offers a lot of the same jaw-dropping scenery, quaint towns, and fun beaches.

You can easily get by on $40 a day or less in Montenegro, where prices are shockingly affordable compared to many other destinations in Europe.

Aerial view of Budva Montenegro

5. Cambodia

Cambodia is another highly affordable destination in Southeast Asia to visit when you're a young and broke backpacker. You can easily spend $35 a day or less traveling in Cambodia.

Some of the best things to do in Cambodia include visiting the Angkor Wat temple complex, the laidback beach town of Sihanoukville, and the capital of Phnom Penh.

cambodia angkor wat

6. Albania

Albania is an off-the-beaten-path destination that is among the cheapest in Europe.

Don't miss the funky capital city Tirana, historic Berat, and the Albanian Rivieria with lively beaches like Sarande and Ksamil.

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This Balkan nation can be experienced for $35 a day because it has such affordable hostels, food, and transportation.

Ottoman Era City Of Berat, Albania

7. Laos

Finally, Laos is one of the cheapest destinations in the world to visit. This Southeast Asian country has so much to offer for visitors who want to have a great time on a small budget.

You can get by on a budget of $35 a day in Laos, and enjoy all of the country's many beautiful sights.

From lush waterfalls to outdoor adventures in Vang Vieng to the charming French colonial town of Luang Prabang, a trip to Laos is a worthwhile experience that won't break the bank.

Waterfall in Laos

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Neko

Sunday 8th of January 2023

Montenegro Is a much expensive.

Matthew E

Saturday 7th of January 2023

I remember my young-and-broke days. And I can tell others, having gone through them myself, that you shouldn't be traveling internationally, or even to distant or expensive destinations in your own country, until you get your finances in better order. I've said this before and I'll say it again: if you're not able to pay for your entire trip up front, you shouldn't take it.

James

Friday 6th of January 2023

Its a myth that thailand is cheap for everything.yes accomodations and thai street food is cheap however western food and groceries will cost you more than in the west and so will electronics .as good as thai food is you will eventually miss western food and items and dairy products.

Joe

Thursday 12th of January 2023

@James,

With the current exchange rate. Apple products sold in Thailand are the least expensive in the world.

Chicken and eggs are 1/4 the price in the U.S.

Elisabeth

Friday 6th of January 2023

If I were young and broke I would prefer traveling in my own country, or at least on my own continent. The overseas transport to these countries is not cheap at all.

Joe

Thursday 12th of January 2023

@Elisabeth,

Prior to Covid, I was flying from Thailand to L.A. round trip thru mainland China for $650 and $750 via Hong Kong.

Steve

Thursday 12th of January 2023

@Elisabeth, you can get a flight from Canada to South East Asia for less than a thousand bucks if you find a deal, and rarely more than $1300 CAD, that hardly breaks the bank when you are going on a trip like that.

Randy

Sunday 8th of January 2023

@Elisabeth, I agree completely