What No One Tells You About Traveling Cheap

“Traveling cheap.”

“Budget travel.”

“Cheapest countries to visit.”

How many of you have searched those terms?

I know I have.

Traveling cheap is great! We’re all out to save money. We’ve worked hard for it. And by god, we are going to stretch our dollars (or whatever currency you’re using) to its fullest while on vacation.

But guess what! Traveling cheap isn’t all that great.

You’re talking about staying in hostels — maybe with seven other people in a room! Eating meager meals. Not being able to take advantage of tours or other fun events that cost money.

Sure you get some freedom. But at what cost? (See what I did there?)

I recently read a post from The Culture Trip about the cheapest countries to visit right now, in 2017.

I was, like you, excited to see which countries had made the list.

As I got closer and closer to the end, my excitement had vanished.

Where were countries like Mexico or Vietnam?

I checked out a file they linked to, which was a report released by the World Economic Forum on Travel and Tourism.

Turns out in terms of “Price Competitiveness”, Mexico is in 63rd place.

Vietnam is number 35.

I looked over the list and well…

Here are the Top 10 countries in the world you can travel for cheap:

  1. Iran
  2. Egypt
  3. Malaysia
  4. Algeria
  5. Indonesia
  6. Bhutan
  7. Yemen
  8. Kazakhstan
  9. Tunisia
  10. India
cheap countries to travel

No offense to anyone, but there’s probably two countries on that list I’d be willing to go — but I’d spend extra money on a hotel with security of some sort.

There’s no doubt that these countries are beautiful. Iran has 22 UNESCO heritage sites! Egypt has seven. Malaysia has four. You get the idea.

But some of these countries are rife with political problems and social issues that make it scary for some tourists (like myself) from going there. I’m sorry, but that’s the truth!

And it may be my age talking, but I don’t see any reason why people should try to nickel and dime their travels.

Sure traveling is expensive, but aren’t we doing it for the experience? To feel joy and feel good about life.

Why would you sacrifice comfort just to save a couple of dollars?

(Am I a vacationer or a traveler?!)

Here’s how I see it:

I’d rather spend an extra $50 to take a flight from, say Lisbon to Madrid than spend $32 on a Eurorail ticket and sit on a train for nine hours. See what I mean?

Time is money. And that’s a resource we’re never going to get back.

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