Cheapest destinations for backpacking

Backpacking is all about seeing the world as cheaply as possible and sharing in the experiences that other cultures have to offer. It’s a big world out there, and if we were to stay in hotels all the time, we wouldn’t get very far. Plus, backpacking is the best way to understand more about a place and the people who live there. With saving money in mind, these are the cheapest destinations for backpacking.


Even though Thailand has become one of the world’s most popular backpacking destinations, that hasn’t meant the price of staying there has become extortionate. There are plenty of tourist traps to avoid to prevent your trip to Thailand becoming super expensive, and the best places to get value for money are away from the beaches.

Both inland and the northern regions are great for backpackers as you can find destinations for as cheap as $3 per night. You can bag yourself some cheap food and a filling yet authentic Thai lunch could set you back as little as $1. The cost of getting there is going to be high, but that’s the same for many destinations, and at least in Thailand when you’re there you’ll hardly spend a dime.


If you want to head to Central America but want to avoid the hefty backpacking prices of places like Costa Rica, then check out Nicaragua. Even if you go somewhere really busy here, it will only set you back $10 per night to stay, and in the smaller towns, it’s a fraction of the price.

The real attraction with Nicaragua are the jungle treks, volcanic adventures, Mayan sites, and of course, amazing parties. There is no better or cheaper way to access Central America than spending a few weeks in Nicaragua.


How does rooming for $2 per night in a major international city sound? You can stay in Kathmandu for as little as that in one of the world’s cheapest hostels, but there’s a lot more to Nepal than one cheap city.

Here you will go on some of the greatest trekking adventures in the world thanks to some high peaks and miles upon miles of backpacking trails. Along those trails are some of the oldest temples, lodges, and houses you’ll find anywhere in the region and many of them offer board to backpackers.

Eastern Europe

In the Eurozone of Europe, you’ll find it can be pretty expensive, but some parts of the continent are much, much cheaper. Eastern Europe is made up of many countries that used to form the Soviet Union, and you’ll find once you lose the Euro currency everything becomes more affordable.

You can get drinks in bars as just as cheaply as water, and for around $10 you’ll find places to stay that include breakfast. Bus rides are very cheap and are an ideal way to travel across the eastern countries in Europe. Countries such as the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Albania are must-sees.

There is still plenty of relics left over from the Soviet Union days in the eastern countries, and it’s a great way to unleash your inner urban explorer. Eastern Europe is the perfect way to get off the beaten path, and there’s no danger of you breaking the bank to do it either.

Many of us would love to see as much of the world as possible, but sadly it’s not always affordable. These cheap backpacking destinations will make sure you get good value for your money as they really are some of the most affordable in the world.