Everybody loves traveling, don’t you? Wanderlust resides in all of us to some degree. What is more exciting than visiting a completely foreign land to experience an exhilarating adventure and culture that leaves you in awe forever. When we are young, the craze and love for traveling to different places on some other level. All of this sounds good to you? But one of the difficulties of traveling is the cost. Youngsters do not have a lot of their own to spend. Rarely do we acknowledge how much traveling and staying costs when you want to go to a faraway land. Don’t worry, I bring to you 4 beautiful and underrated cheap countries to visit.
Here we go:
Romania, often overlooked by people, should be in your list when planning that European trip. Widely popular for Dracula’s abode, the quaint and aesthetic towns of this off-beaten country often goes unnoticed. The best part of this trip remains to be its wallet-friendly nature.
You can witness its modern side by visiting cities like Brasov or experience its traditional side by travelling to regions like Transylvania. You can take free tours to travel the medieval historical buildings. Be it ancient fortified churches or people-watching in one of the beautiful parks, this underrated gem of a country won’t fail to amaze you.
Bordered with the Carpathian Mountains, the country has a breathtaking view of nature and architecture alike. With over 14 national parks, Romania also continues to be a haven for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts.
The local transport, hotels and food are very affordable making it one of the cheap countries to visit. Daily budget only costs around $40 per person, less than 3000 Indian rupees.
Some of the best cities to visit –
Brasov: Highlight of the city include the Black Church, the largest gothic church in Romania and Council Square. The awe-striking defensive towers, gates and bastions once protected the city surely demands to be in the list. The 800-year-old fortified church at Prejmer counts as a must-visit.
Bucharest: The best-known building that survives is the Palace of Parliament which is the second-largest administrative building in the world, containing 1100 rooms. Also of interest is the opulent Athenaeum concert hall, Palatul Primaverii and Revolution Square.
Located between East and West and once home to the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, Turkey is a budget-friendly destination. From ancient sites and urban cities to turquoise beaches, from majestic mountains to the rock formations of Cappadocia, the country offers endless destinations.
You’ll find Roman ruins, cave cities, buzzing bazaars, and of course one of the best cuisines in the world. You can travel to an underground city, Derinkuyu, in the Cappadocia region. Deprecation of the currency Lira will help you in paying less to transport. Enjoy the mouth-watering and low-price street food! The hustling bazaars are relatively affordable to shop for the shopaholic inside you.
Turkey can be expensive and cheap at the same time. If you plan your trip smartly, it only costs $30 per person per day, equivalent to 2500 Indian rupees.
Some of the best cities to visit –
Ankara: Home to some of the country’s finest museums, see the mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk. Although, Ankara’s best attraction continues to be the citadel. The fortress with its thick walls and winding streets have been enchanting tourists for aeons.
Istanbul: The most iconic city in Turkey. East meets west here. Besides the wonderful skyline and historic sites, the food here is famous. Top attractions include Hagia Sophia and Grand Bazaar.
Antalya: The city is immensely popular for its grand beaches and Duden waterfalls. Also home to the best of aquariums in Turkey. The well-preserved town is complete with a castle!
Off-beaten towns of South America include Bolivia, often overlooked over Peru and Brazil. Set in the heart of Andean mountains, Bolivia boasts of geographical diversity. From the desert to the polar mountains in the western Andes, you will experience a real South American adventure.
The Salt Flats and Death Road bicycle trip are mandatory, the Amazon is largely untouched, and the country is ethnically diverse. If you are looking for some unbelievable spot, visit Salar de Uyuni. It is the world’s largest salt flats which when wet acts as a giant mirror. Covered for over 4000 miles, the sunset, the sky’s exact replica on the ground, it is one of the gorgeous vistas of the world.
The travel is really cheap if you side by the local sources. Accommodation, food and transport are easily affordable if you take local restaurants, hotels and buses into consideration.
Bolivia is one of the cheap countries to visit costing only about $25 per day per person. In India rupees, it is equivalent to less than 2000 rupees.
Some of the best places to visit include –
Lake Titicaca: Found on the border of Peru and Bolivia, it hails as the largest lake of South America.
La Paz: The centre of the city still retains traces of colonial beauty on Plaza Murillo and Calle Jaen. The bustling markets of Sagarnaga Street are unmissable!
Santa Cruz: The sprawling capital of the Bolivian east. In the heart of the town are elegant reminders of its Spanish roots: the Catedral de Santa Cruz and the frontispieces of the Iglesias de la Chiquitania.
Latvia is one of the cheap countries to visit in Europe. Nestled amongst the Baltic states in north-east Europe and filled with a rich culture and plenty of things to see. The diverse culture is best seen in the architecture of the building. No two building in a street looks the same. They belong from different periods and influences including art nouveau and gothic.
Half of the country is covered in forests. There are also thousands of lakes and rivers in Latvia, perfect for nature and photography lovers. You can also spend an entire day wandering through the alluring forests with incredible castles hidden in them.
Transport costs are very reasonable with a 24-hour transport ticket which works on trams, buses, and trolleybuses. If you can travel on foot to a lot of places, that will save you more. Accommodation and food are affordable too.
Latvia is the perfect country to visit for adventure and exploration, costing only $45 per day per person. It is equivalent to $3300 in Indian rupees.
Some of the best cities to visit include –
Jurmala: The various towns that form the so-called ‘Latvian Riviera’ here are known for their mineral mud pools and range of curious holistic health treatments.
Daugavpils: Nestled between the hill and lakes of the Daugava River valley, the city boasts of a glorious historical core that is from the 19th-century architecture courtesy of St Petersburg.
Sigulda: Blooming with cherry trees and regal architecture from before Latvian independence, Sigulda offers a chance for skiing and Nordic walking in the winter.