Chapter 9 : Cheap Countries
The following list of a few cheap destinations might be out-of-date
by the time you read this, but you can check online for prices
of hotels and restaurants. Also, as the dollar declines in value,
many countries will become more expensive to travel to. Look
for those with even weaker currencies for bargains.
My favorite international destination. You can still get a
decent meal for two dollars (as of 2008). U.S. dollars, by the
way, since that's conveniently the official currency of Ecuador
now. From the beautiful snow-capped Andes mountains, to the Galapagos
Islands, you'll never run out of places to explore in Ecuador.
Travel there is safe and inexpensive.
In general all of South America is inexpensive, and the most
affordable countries are, in my opinion, the most beautiful.
These are the countries along the Andes mountains; Ecuador, Peru,
and Bolivia. Argentina, thanks to it's recent economic troubles,
is once again a cheap place for travelers as well.
It costs very little to travel and vacation in both Nicaragua
and Guatemala. Nicaragua, in particular, has become more stable
and safe for travelers in recent years. Costa Rica is a wonderful
too, and though it is one of more expensive counties of Central
America, that probably still leaves it cheaper than Europe.
India is still low-cost, especially if you stay in the numerous
hostels and boarding houses. Thailand and Indonesia are also
very cheap. With all international destinations, the plane tickets
will be your single biggest travel expense. This is especially
true with the Asian countries. Being there is cheap, but getting
there may not be.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing
things. - Henry Miller
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