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

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Argentina and how inexpensive it is for food and wine. My brother has traveled there quite a few times (just got back a couple of months ago) because he enjoys it so much (he’s a big time traveler) and he always says he has a great time. I’d also recommend Panama since although it is in Central America, it does have a good population of English speakers, especially near the canal. 

I personally recommend Puerto Rico because you get the island feel and the English language too, since most people speak it. The beaches are gorgeous, the food is amazing and there’s always a party somewhere going on. Great little vacation place. 

Post # 32
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

I was also going to suggest South Africa…which is why I asked what airline you fly for free with. It cost my $75 to fly there on delta.

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Bali is probably the cheapest country I have been to and if you get free flights I would go there or anywhere in Indonesia.. or even Thailand is pretty tourist friendly/easy or vietnam. I have travelled to all those places alone as a female and had no problems. I often spend $20 – $30 a day onfood an accomodation (very basic) in Indo leaving you lots more money to do tours and other trips. $50 – $100 a day you can live like a queen πŸ™‚ Feel free to PM me if you want any more travel trips. Sri Lanka is also very cheap. you could also do 5 – 7 days in Japan for that money (my favorite!) China is cheaper than Japan and also super interesting. I just got back from Costa Rica for my honeymoon which was not so cheap in comparison but still under $1000 for the week. Lots of Jungle tours and adventuring and amazing animals there and super safe and easy. πŸ™‚

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

If you are in the US you could even consider Australia as our dollar is so shitty at the moment πŸ˜›

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Well someone English suggested England- it’s great here but (I’m English) you asked about cheap, so I’d take it off your list, however good our chocolate is compared to yours, we do not occupy a cheap land!! πŸ˜‰

I’ll keep my suggestions simple as it sounds like world travel is very new to you and I know most Americans don’t hear much about the rest of the world as your own country is so vast to travel in, plus I’m not too sure what kind of holiday you want- sightseeing/beach/city/adventure etc?

As you have not travelled much, you might be a little nervous. In that case, Europe is quite accessible and not too ‘foreign’. Eastern Europe is by far the cheapest part but please don’t think it’s any less beautiful or historical or that it’s a compromise. Budapest is really affordable and in my opinion as grand and amazing as Paris with its bridges, buildings and castle. And it’s a very young, fun place to be. Krakow in Poland is beautiful too- as is most of Poland. You could get trains between various Eastern European countries and see a lot in a short time. Eastern Europe is also safer in general at night than the big cities of Western Europe which have become a bit seedy in the last decade or so.

I’m also a huge South America fan – Argentina is amazing (plus the male of the species is stunning if you’re looking for that! haha), as is Chile. Both are relatively safe and friendly; the people are just lovely. Lots of incredible natural wonders.  If you are feeling  more adventurous, Peru has wonderful sights and is cheap- maybe take tours though as you’re a new traveller. Spanish will help in this region but basic Spanish will do, so if you’re in the US you might have learnt enough at school.

If you are young enough to want a party experience and to meet other people, and you’re happy backpacking, you can’t beat Thailand. Even if you’re not, it’s very cheap, easy to get to and would provide a really accessible introduction to Asia, which is dramatically different to anywhere else you’ve been, so will feel exciting and exotic to you, whilst English is commonly spoken and it’s easy to stick to tourist paths if you prefer. Elephants, temples, the best spicy food in the world, beaches- does this sound up your street?

South East Asia in general is a really good bet- it might cost you more in flights than other places but once you get there you’ll get great value on everything else. I think you’ll get a better contrast to USA/Mexico too than if you just go somewhere else in eg. central America. This will help you feel well travelled!

South Africa has fallen on bad times financially so you’ll get incredible value for money on a visit there. Now is the time to visit. Cape Town and safari are two things you could look in to. I would do an organised tour if you’re coming alone, as public transport is not a thing in SA.

Hope that provides some kind of starting point! πŸ™‚ Travelling alone is one of the best things you can do for yourself, so go for it.

 

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Just as an FYI – you shouldn’t struggle with language issues in any popular tourist destination in Europe. Learn the basic phrases because it’s respectful, but you shouldn’t have any problems not being fluent. The English have been making do in Spain for years with no more than “one beer please, gracias” πŸ˜‰

Just in case the cheapness of eastern Europe appeals but the language thing worries you.

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

alamana:  I second this.  We just went to Montreal and Quebec City for our 1st wedding anniversary, and it was just beautiful.  It felt like we were back in Europe (where we spent our honeymoon last year), but cheap with poutine!  It’s primarily French speaking, but mostly everyone speaks English there too and are quite friendly.

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Mexico.

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

We are heading to Nicaragua later this fall. 7 days <$2,000 for the two of us for loding and flight and travel insurance.

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