World Budget Travel Table – Backpacking Costs in Different Countries

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The world budget travel table offers an estimate of the daily backpacking costs in almost 100 different countries around the world. Clearly everyone has different spending habits so it is not an exact science. However we hope this will be a useful comparison tool if nothing else as clearly there is no such thing as a 100% accurate travel budget calculator. It may help you decide where you can afford to go and come up with a realistic backpacking budget for your trip.

If you are only interested in a specific region then you may just wish to check out our individual posts on the cost of travel in the following areas:

Europe Travel Costs | Southeast Asia Travel Costs | South America Travel Costs | Central America Travel Costs

Backpacking Costs around the World – Cost of Travel by Country

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Below you will find a suggested daily shoestring travel budget for backpacking in 90 countries around the world. It is based on staying in a cheap room or dorm in a budget hostel. The figures take into account typical transport costs within a country. They are based on eating local street food, in budget restaurants or self-catering and averaging perhaps a couple of evenings out in (affordable) bars per week. It includes the cost of some cheap typical daytime activities such as visits to museums but expensive activities such as safaris, diving courses or thrill-seeking sports are optional extras and certainly not included in the calculations.

If it’s your first time travelling, you might be wise to allow for a little more than the figures quoted. All of the budgets are realistic for experienced shoestring travellers but some countries have significant regional variations and if you head to the more expensive parts, you may need some serious self-discipline to stick to these.

The figures below are based on independent solo travel (it is worth noting that it is generally fractionally cheaper to travel with a friend or partner). Some of the more popular countries have links to more detailed individual articles that include more comfortable backpacking budgets and sample prices for each country.

IMPORTANT – The backpacking costs data outlined below was compiled in March 2019. Clearly the pandemic has had significant implications for travel and the cost of travel across the world. We aim to update the table at some point in early 2023 when we can hopefully get more reliable data again.

Cheapest Countries to Visit

Nepal Cost of Travel 2019 - Suggested Daily Budget & Sample Prices

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CountryEstimated Daily Travel Costs
Bolivia$20 or Less
Cambodia$20 or Less
Laos$20 or Less
Nicaragua$20 or Less
Nepal$20 or Less
Ethiopia$20 or Less
Ghana$20 or Less
India$20 or Less
Vietnam$20 or Less
Guatemala$20 or Less
Sri Lanka$20 or Less
Egypt$20 or Less
Paraguay$20 or Less
Iran$20 or Less
Uzbekistan$20 or Less

$20 is roughly equal to £15 or €18 (as of March 2022)

These are the world superpowers of budget travel. It is possible and often fairly easy to get by on as little as $15/day in some of them providing you are prepared to rough it a little bit and resist the tempting tourist buses, restaurants and hotels and stick to hostels, local transport and local restaurants.

In some of these countries just US$2-3 can get you a bed for the night, transport you 200 km or buy a round at the bar. Travelling in these countries you can budget around $140 a week. A whole year of travel on this sort of budget can set you back as little as $7000. However you should allow in a little more for pre-trip expenses such as flights and travel insurance.

Read our Cambodia backpacking route for an idea of just how much you can see on this kind of budget.

Exchange Rates

As of March 2022, US$1 is worth:

Euros: €0.89 | British Pounds: £0.75 | Canadian Dollars: $1.27 | Australian Dollars: $1.38 | New Zealand Dollars: $1.48 | Japanese Yen: ¥115 | Singapore Dollars: $1.36 | Philippine Peso: 51 | Danish Krone: 6.64 | Swiss Francs: 0.92

More Shoestring Travel Paradises

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Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

CountryEstimated Daily Travel Costs
Malaysia (peninsular)$25
The Philippines$30
Costa Rica$30

$25-30 is roughly equal to £19-23 or €22-27 (as of March 2022)

Some fascinating countries in this lot and still remarkably cheap travelling. $200 a week should cover it and a year in these sort of countries should work out at around $10,000.

We moved Thailand up from $20 for a recent version of this table due to numerous requests to do so and it remains there. If you’re not big into the party culture in Thailand or spend most of your time in the north, you can still easily get by on $20 or less. However it’s probably fair to say that most people end up spending more than $25 due to the party element (which may not return for some time in any case following the impact of the pandemic). Nearby, you could also take on our Indonesia backpacking route on this kind of budget.

In this batch, you can also see the cheapest European countries such as Bulgaria, a popular destination for digital nomads in Europe. While you may assume that Eastern Europe and Africa are cheap regions to visit, that isn’t completely the full story as you will find out further down.

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Havana, Cuba

CountryEstimated Daily Travel Costs
Czech Republic$35
South Africa$35
South Korea$35

$35-40 is roughly equal to £27-31 or €31-36 (as of March 2022)

If you’re from an expensive country yourself, you’ll still find these places very cheap and prices for some things are around half what they are in Western Europe, USA or Canada.

An average trip across South America or Eastern Europe, or the more expensive countries in East Africa, might fall into this range. 6 months of travel in these kind of countries would set you back around $7,000. Check out our itinerary for backpacking Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria for some trip inspiration on this sort of budget. South Korea is another developed country that is a lot cheaper than many people realise. Get some tips on budget travel in Korea here!

Mozambique is a good example of an African country that can be quite pricey to travel in, likewise Uruguay in South America. You can go well over a daily budget of $40 in both countries if you’re not a bit disciplined as much of the travel industry in both countries isn’t particularly geared towards backpackers or budget travellers.

If you fancy a touch of the Caribbean, this kind of budget should be sufficient for our two week Jamaica itinerary.

Mid-Range Backpacking Costs

Greece Cost of Travel 2019 - Suggested Daily Budget & Sample Prices

Athens, Greece

CountryEstimated Daily Travel Costs
Hong Kong$45

$45-50 is roughly equal to £34-38 or €40-45 (as of March 2022)

A real cross-section of countries from different regions are sitting comfortably in mid-table. Portugal is still good value when compared to nearby countries while Brazil and Chile are expensive by South American standards. You’re looking at $300-350 per week here and in 6 months perhaps $8,000-9,000. Some of these countries are already almost three times as expensive as the dirt cheap destinations at the top of this page.

Hong Kong also makes this section and although it has a reputation as an expensive place, the fact you spend very little on travelling around (as it is so small) and can still get cheap beds in hostels on Hong Kong island or Kowloon makes it reasonably affordable. That said it is certainly pricier than mainland China.

Croatia is perhaps the best example of an Eastern European country which has got more expensive in recent years as it has grown into a hugely popular tourist destination. Costs are roughly similar to most parts of Spain but in both countries you can find better value by avoiding the main coastal resorts or by travelling out of the peak summer season.

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Cost of Travel Table - Backpacking Costs by Country

Berlin, Germany

CountryEstimated Daily Travel Costs
Puerto Rico$55
New Zealand$60

$55-60 is roughly equal to £42-46 or €49-54 (as of March 2022)

If you arrive from Southeast Asia or Central America into Europe then you’re in for a nasty shock. Backpacking bargains will seem like a distant memory almost as quickly as your trusty savings will diminish. 3 months travel in one of the countries in this section would amount to over $5000, not far off what a whole year in some of the cheapest countries in our table might cost.

Germany still represents pretty good value as far as developed European countries go but if you’ve come from the east of the continent’s former divide then it will still seem expensive. Britain is also slightly better value for visitors now thanks to the loss of value of the Pound in recent years but that could change depending on how things pan out with Brexit.

Costs in Canada vary wildly depending on how much travelling around you do. Stay in one place and you could get by on less than $60 per day but if you are trying to see both Eastern and Western Canada in one trip, you should budget much more than this unless you are planning on spending several months in the country.

Most Expensive Countries in the World

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San Francisco, USA

CountryEstimated Daily Travel Costs

$65-80 is roughly equal to £50-61 or €58-71 (as of March 2022)

These are some of the most expensive countries in the world to travel in. Australia for example, despite its popularity with backpackers, is by no means a budget travel destination. Special deals on coach travel for backpackers helps soften the blow but unless you can get some work or free accommodation in Oz, you will need sizeable savings of over $6,000 if you fancy just three months travelling there or in one of the other countries in this section.

Scandinavia is a particularly expensive part of Europe with a cluster of the world’s most expensive travel destinations, although you can get by on much less by taking advantage of laws which favour those willing to camp.

USA is much like Canada in that you can probably get by on less than $70/day if you stay in one or two states. However trying to cover various different parts of the country will push your budget right up. The lack of budget accommodation options is the main reason it is ranked so far down this page as there aren’t anywhere near as many backpacker hostels as you find in Europe.

Switzerland meanwhile may have nice mountains and cheese but is quite frankly a total rip-off!


Backpacking Budget Calculator – How was the table compiled?

The figures come from our own backpacking experiences, consulting with other travellers, listening to feedback from readers over the years. It would be really helpful if anyone reading this post, comments below to share their own experiences in countries listed above that they have visited recently. Please try to be constructive in your criticism though, as every person and every travel experience is different and we’re well aware that significant changes may have taken place in some countries since 2019 when we last updated this. Even during “normal times”, it’s impossible to ever give a 100% definitive figure for any country.

Where none of the above has been possible (we don’t know anyone who has been to Uzbekistan lately) the data comes comes from consulting several sources to come up with hopefully a realistic figure. There are some good reference points that are worth checking and sites such as Budget Your Trip and Be My Travel Muse may also aid you in the process of budgeting for your next adventure although the wide range of figures quoted online makes it a frustrating task. Lonely Planet’s shoestring guides are also a useful tool for anyone planning an extensive trip in one region, but remember pre-2020 guides may now contain a lot of out-of-date information.

Things to Consider when using this table to Budget for a Trip

What kind of Traveller are you?

Remember these backpacking costs are based on staying in a budget hostel, travelling by local transport and eating and drinking in local restaurants or street stalls. If you are more flashpacker than backpacker you can expect to spend more than this. If you’ve got a knack for shoestring travel then you may be able to get by on slightly less, particularly in the more expensive countries where couchsurfing or hitch-hiking can really cut down your costs.

Check out this excellent guest post on how to travel on a small budget for more money-saving tips.

Regional Variation

Prices can vary significantly within countries, for example capital cities are often very expensive. The same applies to popular package tourist regions such as Cancun in Mexico so bear this in mind when planning your trips.

China, Russia, Indonesia and Malaysia are examples of countries where there are huge regional differences in prices – sometimes to the extent where certain regions are twice as expensive as other parts of the same country. This tends to be the case more in bigger countries but not always. Britain for example is considerably cheaper outside of London and the South of England.

Pace of Travel has a big impact on overall backpacking costs

Staying in one place for longer or travelling in just a small part of a country will see you get by on less than if you are travelling longer distances and moving on every day or two. In this table we are basing it on solo travellers moving around once every two or three days.

Travelling Alone or with Others?

Couples or friends travelling together may be able to make some significant savings as generally you can split costs on accommodation and taxi/tuk-tuk rides. Therefore it should be slightly easier for you to stick to these budgets if you are travelling with at least one other person.

Pre-Trip Expenses

Also realise that you are going to have to spend quite a bit on your trip before you even leave home on things like flights to/from the region you are heading to. You should also factor in the cost of any necessary vaccinations, visas and travel insurance. These expenses are NOT included in the figures on this page as clearly we don’t know where you are coming from or how much those things might cost in you.

We have a separate post on the best travel insurance options for backpackers which should help you figure out how much insuring your trip may cost.

Reduce your Backpacking Costs by Working as you Go

A good way to truly make your money go further and therefore make your trip last longer is to use Worldpackers, an excellent platform for finding placements in 170 countries around the world. Essentially it allows you to use your skills in exchange for free accommodation and food, which will shrink your daily backpacking budget considerably.

Use the Promocode MYFUNKYTRAVELWP for a $10 discount when you sign up!

This page was lightly updated in March 2022 but the backpacking costs data has not been updated since March 2019. We plan to make another full update once things start to return to something like normal and travel becomes easier and more popular again right across the world.


World Budget Travel Table – Backpacking Costs in Different Countries

45 thoughts on “World Budget Travel Table – Backpacking Costs in Different Countries

  1. Visa. To travel to Russia it is mandatory to have a visa, which, if you do it on your own, can cost about AUD$159 (including the letter of invitation). This is a fixed cost which no one can escape. Registration. Another cost that some accommodations can charge is the check-in at your arrival (between AUD$5 and AUD$10), but the usual in hotels with 3 or more stars is that they don’t charge anything for this service.

    1. in each budget area listed in funky travel, ie in the $40 per day group are the countries ranked in the grouping?thank you

      1. Hi Jacqueline,

        No, they are not ranked in any order. Obviously there is quite a bit of margin for error anyway. It’s also very possible that the figures will change a lot in 2021 and beyond, depending on how badly countries (and their travel industries) are hit by the pandemic. Will try to keep it updated as much as possible!

  2. Wow, you did a great job! Next year I want to travel through South and Central America for one year. This really helped me to get some budget travel ideas. Thank you very much ??

  3. I went to Uzbekistan in 2016 and it was definitely WAY more expensive than $15 a day. You could only get by on that if you were bikepacking across. You are required to stay in a guesthouse/hotel every night excepting if you are travelling by train (and you need to save all your train tickets/hotel vouchers for every night to present when you leave the country). Although I heard this may have changed with new government.

    Visa is much easier and cheaper now tho with the new $20 e-visa. It took a week for me getting it in Almaty even with the expensive “express” service (I think it was something stupid like $200) and they almost didn’t give it (there was issues getting it abroad for US citizens at the time and problem with LOI)

    It was by far the most expensive country I travelled in the ‘stans at that time (no Turkmenistan or Afghanistan). I travelled with a group of anywhere from 3-5 people the entire time, shared rooms and taxis when needed, or took train. Was definitely on a budget, I want to say it was more like $30ish a day. Journal of Nomads recommends $40 a day currently and that’s consistent with what Caravanistan is posting. I’d say $40 a day for a comfy, not bare-bones backpacker budget where you can do some awesome tours like out to the Aral sea.

    Uzbekistan was awesome and since it looks like things are more relaxed there now, I will definitely try to get back- a lot of Samarkhand was shut to the public due to this (apparently private) music festival- highly recommended (as with all the ‘Stans)

    1. Thanks for your comments, really interesting.

      Uzbekistan is one of those places that’s hard to find a great deal of info on so it’s possible we are a bit out there. The only thing I’d say is that the exchange rate has changed a lot since 2015. $1 was roughly 2500 Uzbekistani Som then however now you can get close to 10,000 for a dollar which is a massive difference in 4 years. It seems like one of those countries that’s now very cheap if you can exchange money on the black market –

    2. very very cool that you have been to the stans!! how would you rank them expense wise and interest wise and perhaps ease of travel and language?

  4. My wife and I spent $33k for 12 months and kept a very detailed budget. We traveled in 4 continents and through 30+ countries. We have a detailed budget overview here:

    I also built an excel tool that lets you track your own budget. It graphs and lets you compare average costs from various countries. Hope you enjoy. You can download here on it here:

  5. I’m interested in Albania and some other Eastern European countries. What do you know about them? Specifically Albania!? Thanks for your efforts!

  6. Hey guys do you think I can get a job in some of these countries? I wanna travel but I really don’t know if I have enough money to go and I want to work and live in some places for several months

    1. Hi Jose, depends on the country but often you can find casual work in hostels, where they’ll at least provide you with a bed and food. Teaching English or another language is another option.

      This post should give you a few ideas –

      If you’re basing yourself in one place for several months then you won’t be spending as much as the figures in the table suggest.

      check out our living costs table for some inspiration there –

  7. Great list and very helpful. I’d like to chip in my experience on Norway:

    Whilst norway is extremely expensive and I was spending as much as £100 / day in oslo, There are a few redeeming features if you do want to travel there on a budget:

    *****you can camp pretty much anywhere legally for free******
    Seriously folks you can wild camp legally. you could even camp outside oslo and commute in on the tram…
    and people are extremely friendly and it is very easy to hitchhike

    So while this isn’t going to be ideal for everyone, please have a read below:
    If you pick up a tent and a sleeping bag then in the summer months your only expenditure is food. I did two weeks longboarding across the south of the country on £5/day. I Washed in lakes and waterfalls, quite often the rivers and lakes are safe to drink, you can charge your gadgets in gas stations (which are usually unattended), camp and cook in a forest or something and if you really need to get around then either hitch a lift, walk or take public transport which is equivalent in price to the uk but much more reliable. I was paying £2 for ferries around the fjords but as a foot-passenger they quite often didn’t bother to charge me.

    So on the one hand it’s the most expensive country I’ve ever been to but on the other hand if you’re happy to get in touch with nature and go wild it can be extremely cheap to explore the fjords. Easily the best time I’ve ever had in my life by the way.

      1. I’m Norwegian and want to comment on this as well. Many tourists come to Norway with the intention of seeing everything – that’s not possible, mostly because of the costs of getting from A to B, and due to the very high prices on accommodation. Despite about only 5 million people living here, Norway is a big country, so focusing on certain areas is also a good idea (also makes it easier to hitchhike). Like Sig said, wildlife camping is legal and this is definitely the best way to experience Norway. Furthermore, planning in advance will take you a long way cost-reduction wise, as you can get domestic flights with Norwegian for about 25-40 £ going anywhere, the same goes with trains if you order in advance. If you avoid the tourist routes on the fjords, and stick to regular ferries or route boats in the fjords, you’ll cut costs a lot. Most cities in Norway have amazing mountains with great views very close to the city center, so spending many hours and a lot of money getting to the most popular mountains (Trolltunga, Kjeragbolten, Preikestolen and so on) is definitely smart to avoid if you want budget travels in Norway (and an authentic experience, as you’ll be more likely to run into locals enjoying their “backyard nature” and less likely to run into massive groups of tourists). If I were a tourist here, I’d avoid buying alcohol in bars, go to smaller and less “commercial” restaurants and only use the transportation that locals do (no tourist busses and so on), and I’m pretty sure it would be possible to live off 25-30 £/ day (not including travel costs getting to and from Norway). Oh, and biking in norway is amazing and buying a bike here is quite cheap, so I’d definitely recomend that if you have more time.

        1. Thanks Katrine for the info. Sounds like really good advice that you and Sig have given.
          We try and use a standard formula for working out the budgets for each country to try and be a bit consistent which includes staying in hostels and using public transport to get around which is why Norway is so expensive. However from your comments it sounds as though there are much better ways to see the country on a budget!

    1. hopefully in the next month although there’s only likely to be the odd tweak here and there as it was updated early last year. The exchanged rates have changed a fair bit though so go with the US Dollars and then convert to your own currency for a better idea.

      1. Thanks! This may be a really stupid question, but I am planning on my trip now. Is this at all factoring in average ticket prices or any plane travel into each country (if applicable)? Like for example, I’m going from Indonesia to Vietnam where the average ticket costs $150 USD. Can I assume some of that cost will be assumed in the daily budget for Vietnam in your chart or no?

        1. No, it’s just for your likely average spend when inside each country. Anything like flights in/visa costs etc are extra. It’s difficult to factor that in because people are coming from different places so flight costs vary dramatically. Visa requirements/costs also vary quite a bit depending on nationality.

          So certainly somewhere like Vietnam, the costs of getting in and other pre-trip expenses can sometimes be even more than what you’ll actually spend in the country itself if you’re only there for a short time. 🙂

  8. I must disagree with you, Harry. My husband and I travelled Thailand last year on $20 Australian per day, each. So it was about $35 USD for the two of us. This included bus tickets, sim cards, decent accommodation, street food and local restaurant food, beers. It definitely can be done but you just need to average it out, if you buy bus tickets one day, the next day you only walk around and see the free tourist attractions. I would have liked to have had more money but I also prefer to travel cheap than not travel at all.

    You say “Some people might love this kind of lifestyle but i think why go to Thailand to live like a tramp?” – I say, we all have our own travel preferences and just because you wouldn’t enjoy travelling like this it doesn’t mean the figures aren’t accurate. It just means they’re not accurate for the kind of travel you choose to do.

    Thanks for the great info My Funky Travel!

  9. Well the Lonely Planet recommendation for “budget” in Papua New Guinea is 300 Kinas – $110 a day! And that doesn’t seem to include hiring guides which is apparently essential in most parts! I heard it was expensive but number 1 most expensive country in the world by at least a $20 margin?! Seriously?! I mean I saved up for so long just to see this place I still want to go. I knew it was more expensive than most of Asia but Norway?!?! Christ!

    Anyone else have more info on this place?

    1. Though actually Lonely Planet puts all its estimated prices higher for other countries too. Good as I was beginning to feel seriously irresponsible booking a month in the most expensive country on the planet.

      Still, if you’re working, not supporting a family I wouldn’t be put off going somewhere you really want – just save for a bit longer and don’t go quite as long.

      Good list btw!

  10. this table is not very accurate at all .. Indonesia is far cheaper then almost every country listed also its quite easy to spend under $20 in China .. most hostals can be found for $5 a night and great food is only $1-2 a meal .. trains are cheap and hitchhiking is safe and very easy .. thailand is also cheaper than $20 a night u can get a room for $2-5 easy and great food for $1-2 everywhere in Thailand .. also India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka are very very cheap .. Ive spent the last 3.5 years traveling in Asia full time

    1. also Hong while expensive can be done much cheaper than $40 you can get a hostal for $8-10 and spend about $10-15 on food the rest of the time subway and ferry is cheap and exploring the city is interesting in itself without spending much money

  11. For the traveler from a Euro country Thailand is now definately 25 to 35% more expensive then pictured in the table. so it is now in the 25 to 30 dollar bracket. Indonesia on the other hand is in the wrong table. It should be in the top table (20 dollar per day) because it is dirt cheap compared to Thailand.

  12. Living on 600 baht (20 US) per day in Thailand? That means sleeping on the beach and (mostly) dining from rubbish bins.

    A backpacker means somebody who does not stay in one place right? That means he travels from place to place so he cannot book a cheap 4000 Baht place for a month but he has to stay in homestays and pay per day. In most tourist places you will not find anything below 300 baht per day. You can eat cheap in Thailand but probably you have to calculate at least 3 x 40 baht per day. if you want to survive on street food only.

    Traveling however also costs money, busses, trains etc (a backpacker will have to use them a lot) are not free even in Thailand. You can ofcourse walk from place to place, or try hitch hiking (if you are a handsome young farang you will probably easy score lifts from pretty young Thai girls but still)

    Internet and telephone bills, laundry, travel insurance and visa extensions will also cost money unless the backpacker opts for illegal stay in Thailand.

    What about entertainment etc? Backpacking in Thailand means you will get addicted to entertainment, it’s just that kind of place, it’s not a place to walk around during the day sipping water and going to bed at 9 in the evening.

    As a young backpacker you will probably end up spending the 600 baht (or close to that) on entertainment alone and that means indeed sleeping on the beach, eating from rubbish bins and walking from place to place, overstaying your visa etc, so living like a true tramp.

    Some people might love this kind of lifestyle but i think why go to Thailand to live like a tramp?

    I managed to get by as a backpacker in 2006 on about 20 to 25 dollars a day. It was an extremely frugal lifestyle but i got by.

    But in 2006 one Dollar gave you 40 Thai Baht and nowadays only 30 baht can be exchanged for one Dollar so that is 25% less.

    In the same time the Thai prices have gone up also (inflation) what you could buy for 40 THB in 2006 will cost you about 50 to 55 THB now.

    So that is in all 25 + 24% is 50% less purchase power now for a dollar.

    So if you could just get by on 20 to 25 (depending on location) USD in 2006 in Thailand you will need about 22.5 x 1,5 = 33 dollar now per day for the same frugal lifestyle.

    You have to calculate at least 1000 to 1200 THB per day for thailand if you don’t want to live like a vagabond.

    You can get by on less if you don’t travel stay at the same place, so you can try to rent a hovel for lets say 2000 THB per month, try to build a report with the locals so you can score free meals and free drinks and/or maybe find a local girlfriend who takes care of you Although in Thailand it is usually the white guy who is expected to take care, but like i said if you are young and goodlooking it is certainly possible to find a local girl who falls in love with you or takes pity on you and who is prepared to look after you and pay most of your bills.

    Then a 600 baht per day lifestyle would probably be possible.

    1. Thanks for your comments Harry. Obviously the table is meant as a guide and everyone’s habits are different but can’t agree with some of your points. A quick look on a hostel booking site and you can easily find plenty of accommodation for far less than 300 Baht per day in almost all the most popular destinations. Then consider that most of the cheap places don’t advertise online. You can still find beds and often rooms and bungalows for 100 Baht in places like Chiang Mai and some of the islands and travelling around the country is still very cheap. Street stalls and local restaurants sell basic Thai dishes for 50 Baht or there about and you can get cheap drinks and supplies in just about any 7-11.

      The point about night-time entertainment maybe is valid but the table doesn’t assume that everyone is a massive party animal. Many travellers end up spending far more than $20 a day in Thailand for sure due to the drinking (which is still very cheap) but the table is aimed at shoestring travellers who don’t mind staying in the cheapest places and eating/travelling like a local and it still allows for some evening entertainment..

      I’d recommend anyone heading to Thailand/SE Asia should see this breakdown on how cheap it really can be travelling in this part of the world if you know what you’re doing:

      (Indonesia was a hard one to quantify as there is a lot of regional variation in prices but typically there is more transport involved in getting from place to place as it is so big and the destinations are more spread out so we placed it higher)

  13. This is great – thanks so much for this information!! We’ve been backpacking for almost a year now and I can agree with pretty much every country on that list. The only one that I think would need to be revised is Bolivia. Bolivia is definitely more expensive than Nepal. Bolivia is still a very cheap place to travel but from our experience Nepal was a much more fund-friendly.

  14. Interesting to see things laid out like this. I was in South America for most of last year and I can say for sure that Ecuador is more expensive than Peru. Buses are maybe a little cheaper in Ecuador, but accommodation, food and everything else is so much cheaper in Peru. Anyway, thanks for the information.

    1. Thanks for your feedback Katie. Comments like this are very useful for us when it comes to updating the table and for others looking for something a bit beyond the basic figures.

      To give some reasoning on the Peru-Ecuador thing. The table is based on moving on every 2 or 3 days and while in Ecuador that may generally mean a short journey of 2 or 3 hours or less, in Peru invariably it is much longer (6+ hours) and hence considerably more expensive as everything is much more spread out. Food was pretty cheap in both in our experience, perhaps accommodation is a bit cheaper in Peru. Also Ecuador doesn’t really have a ‘Machu Picchu’ equivalent, i.e. an expensive tourist destination on that scale.

      If you were to stay in one place or focus on a small area of Peru than it is probably a bit cheaper than Ecuador but most travellers don’t tend to do this so we reckon most would end up spending slightly more per day in Peru than Ecuador but everyone is different!

      1. Yeah, I guess it depends how you travel. We didn’t go to Machu Picchu (yes, crazy I know) and spent a lot of times in the Central Highlands. It was super cheap there.

  15. this is amazing!!! I was considering saving up and going to the UK/Ireland for 3-6 months…. now i’m quite reconsidering to do Vietnam, which I hear amazing things about in the first place…..
    you’re awesome!

    1. Thanks Natasha. Hoping to update it soon as costs can change but it should give you and anyone else a rough idea! Certainly Vietnam is still much much cheaper than the UK! You can probably spend 3 or 4 months there for every month you spend in the UK (especially london).

  16. Mozambique $30 a day, theres no way you can survive on that budget per day, mozambique is very expensive you cant even find a descent accommodation for $30 im mozambique

  17. Thank you so so much for this breakdown! It’s so helpful — and I can’t believe millions of backpackers haven’t left this same comment!

  18. We will be updating this soon for 2014. Your feedback is an essential part of the process so please get in touch if you have visited a country and you think our suggested budget is incorrect.

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