(Closed) Inexpensive country to visit for first-time traveler?

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 16
1125 posts
Bumble bee

A lot of Central and Eastern European countries can easily be done with $1000: Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro,  Albania, Bulgaria, etc.

Central America: Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras

Guanajuato, Mexico


Post # 17
1180 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Ireland was awesome!

Post # 18
6 posts

Greece or Spain but not the main cities like Crete instead of Athens it’s cheaper and you scan still get the beach vacation 

Post # 19
153 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Latin America in general is very inexpensive.

We went to Costa Rica last year for under $800 a person, flight (from upper Midwest) and hotel stay included in that, for 7 days/6 nights. Busses can take you across the country for $1 once you’re there too, so you don’t have to stay in one city. Police presence is ample so you’ll never feel unsafe. I could go on and on. Best trip I’ve ever done.

Post # 21
2398 posts
Buzzing bee

Meglin:  I LOVE Poland so definitely second that suggestion. Having said that, if you’re a first time traveler and are going to be alone, you might feel more comfortable traveling to an english speaking country. Ireland, Scotland, and England are all fantastic choices. Stay in AirBNB or hostels to cut down on costs. You could rent a car and visit different Scottish cities for a few days each, for example. 

Have fun! 

Post # 22
2942 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Meglin:  I have traveled a lot of places on my own.  I have never had an issue, but I would probably, if I were you, stick to a western style country (western Europe, Canada) with a lot of tourist culture and public transportation.   I did Spain on my own, but looking back at this point I think I was completely nuts for doing so.  Espeically since my Spanish is not strong.  I felt safe, but I’m not sure what I would have done if something happened. 

Post # 25
716 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

You can’t go wrong coming to Canada. No language issues and as a single female traveller, you’ll be very safe. Quebec City is amazing and if you can make it to the Rockies, all the better.

Post # 26
3905 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Meglin:  Cuba!!!!!😉

Post # 27
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

South Africa is pretty cheap and a lot of the safaris are relatively inexpensive.  If you’re going alone, I’d stay away from Joburg but Cape Town is a lovely city and there is a lot to do in the area.

Post # 28
1414 posts
Bumble bee

try a tour company like G Adventures- no extra cost for single travelers and you get the comfort of a ‘guide’ but without the regimented ‘be here by 8:20 or we’re leaving without you’ deal. 

either way, you can easily do most places for $150-200/day- Paris included! Haha if you’re open to staying outside the city center and commuting in you can easily stay at a great place in some very expensive cities. 

also- time of year makes a HUGE difference. If you’re thinking of going this summer, it may be too late for any good deals!

Post # 29
1306 posts
Bumble bee


Im a big fan of Romania and I travel solo there for work and have had zero issues in that regard. But I travel almost every week and internationally ever other month for work so my views might be a bit skewed.

Post # 30
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Harn Homestead

Meglin:  Eastern Europe can be very cheap, but language barrier can be difficult. However I love Europe and promote it all the time!

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