From old favorites to new players in the international travel scene, consider taking your next trip to one of these countries poised to become the “it” destinations for budget minded travelers in 2015.
1. Thailand (20 USD/Day)
While Thailand has recently started to become a destination for luxury travelers, it still reigns supreme as the premier destination for travel bargain hunters. From pristine beaches to thrilling jungle adventures, Thailand offers an astonishing array of options at prices that are significantly lower than Europe or North America. Basic accommodation and food can be had for as little as 15 USD dollars a day, leaving money for the hundreds of activities tailored to every type of traveler. Experts expect prices to continue to rise, however, and that may mean that the days of cheap travel in Thailand are quickly dwindling.
2. India (20 USD/Day)
India is experiencing a tourism renaissance of sorts, with almost 7 million people visiting the country in 2013. Travelers can expect to spend about 20 dollars a day for transportation, food, accommodation, and activities. It can be a culture shock for the uninitiated, but travel to India is one of the most mind opening and rewarding experiences the intrepid traveler can have.
3. Peru (24 USD/Day)
Peru is the fastest growing tourist destination in South America, and for good reason. Historically low conversion rates and an already cheap atmosphere have propelled adventurous travelers here in record numbers. Many tourist activities and sites remain cheap and accessible, with the pricier exceptions of Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail.
4. Cambodia (18 USD/Day)
Far fewer people visit Cambodia compared to its more popular South East Asian neighbors, but Cambodia has just as much to offer in an atmosphere less touched by traditional tourist influences. Food is as cheap as a dollar a meal, private accommodation can be had for 10 dollars a night, and the standard price of a beer is 50 cents.
5. Nepal (35 USD/Day)
Nepal is fast on track to being one of the hottest destinations for travelers in 2015. 2014 saw an almost 40% increase in foreign visitors, with the Nepalese government expecting that number to increase in 2015. With 8 of the 10 tallest mountains in the world, Nepal has long stood as a premier destination for adventurers and mountaineers, but with increased economic growth Nepal has begun to attract a far wider variety of travelers.
6. Albania (25 USD/Day)
Albania is considered by many to be a hidden gem of Europe. The country offers stunning landscapes, incredible history, and excellent nightlife to the travelers who find their way to the tiny country. It’s prices reflect its status as a country with fewer foreign visitors, with food and accommodation some of the cheapest to be found in Europe. Many experts predict 2015 to be a year of massive tourism growth to Albania, as travelers seek out cheaper and more exotic European destinations.
7. Nicaragua (26 USD/Day)
With less than half of the visitors of Costa Rica, Nicaragua offers many of the same incredible scenery and animal life for a fraction of the cost. Ranked by the U.N. as one of the safest countries to visit in all of Central America, visitors can experience the warmth and friendliness of the Nicaraguan people while exploring exotic jungles and historic cities.