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$25 Per Day - 10 Amazing Destinations in Europe and Asia

Updated: Jun 27

Hello Travelers! Based on my travel experience I have listed 10 amazing destinations that you can travel in just $25 to $30 a day. Yes, its true! Of course the budget is based on a back-packing trip, including per day cost for - accommodation, average meals per day, traveling expense, and some extras (entrance tickets, entertainment, and personal care).


Interested? So, let’s get started!





EUROPE



Prague, Czech Republic


Prague’s lies in the heart of Europe, it is one of the most iconic, charming, magical, and colorful cities in Europe. It's rare to meet a traveller who's been to Prague and didn't fall in love with it. Prague has it all - majestic architecture, history, vibrant vibes, tons of pubs, bars, nightclubs, beer gardens, and amazing touristic activities. This city is so famous that it doesn’t really need any introduction, so let’s get to why you are reading this:


From a tourist point of view, Prague is a lot more affordable than other major cities in Europe and that makes it a great destination for backpackers.


Currency Exchange : 1 USD = 22 CZK (Czech Koruna)


Find out current exchange rate at www.xe.com


Hostel Dorm: $10 to $15 per night (I recommend to stay near the astronomical clock, which is the center of old town, everything is nearby at a walking distance). Remember, these prices are for bed in a shared dorm room. Download “Hostel World” App to find hostels at great location and you can book through the app.


Cost of an average meal: $5 to $8 per meal (there are plenty of affordable restaurants in Prague)


Personal care (entrances tickets to monuments, drinks, cigarettes, and etc): $4 to $5 per day

Travel: Prague has most of the attraction in the city center/Old Town, so mostly you would be on foot and that saves your traveling cost. But if you want to go around the city then Prague has a very good network of trams, buses, and subways. You can buy 3 days pass for $14.


Average Prices for Food and Beverages:

Street Food Snack/take away/sausages: $2 to $3

Mc Donalds Combo Meal: $6

Cup of Cappuccino: $1

Draft Beer in Beer Garden: $1.5 for a pint

Pint of beer from grocery store: $0.7 (local beer)

Drink Tap Water - It’s Free


Take the advantage of free walking tours in Prague, but you should tip the guides as per your pocket. Prague has many activities which you would love to do, either you can simply ignore them if you are on a cost saving trip, but if you can put in some more money, you can enjoy a memorable trip.





Ukraine


Ukraine is a beautiful and charming place. There is a happy vibe everywhere in this country. It has beautiful architecture, crazy party scenes, music festivals, night life, frosted hills, beautiful landscapes, and everything to make a perfect vacation destination. The most visited cities in Ukraine are - Lviv, Kiev, and Odessa. It’s a paradise in Europe for bag-packers. You can survive a day even in less than $15 a day if you really squeeze your budget. You can save a lot of money on traveling, as all the cities have most of their attraction in the city center/old town and if you take a hostel in the city center, mostly you’ll be walking around and save the most on traveling. Let’s get to the details now:


Currency Exchange : 1 USD = 24 UAH (Ukrainian Hryvnia)


Hostel Dorm or guest house: $8 to $15 per night


Cost of an average meal: $5 to $8 per meal in a decent restaurant


Personal care (entrances tickets to monuments, drinks, cigarettes, and etc): $4 to $5 per day


Average Prices for Food and Beverages:

Mc Donalds (Combo meal): $4

Street Food: $2 for Doner Kebab

Soft Drinks - $0.90 for 1000ml

Imported wine or beer - $2 for a pint / glass

Domestic beer - less than a dollar for a pint





Krakow, Poland


Krakow is historic city that survived the destruction of World War II and it is is the prettiest of Poland's main cities. Cobblestoned streets lined with cafes, bars, and restaurant. Old town Square crowded with horse-pulled carriages, beautiful architecture, churches, street art, live music, and everything else makes it a vibrant and lively destination. Krakow is less expensive as compared to other cities in Poland. South of Poland is much cheaper than the cities in the north. So, let’s get to it:


Currency Exchange: 1 USD = 3.7 PLN (Polish Zloty)


Hostel Stay - $10 to $20 per night (including breakfast)


Cost of an average meal:- $5 to $8


Travel: Stay in the Old Town or Kazimierz area so you can walk around the main attractions and save the cost of traveling. To visit places outside city center, use electric bikes, Download the App - “LIME”. It is really cheap.


Entrance Tickets: There are 4 to 5 main attractions in the Old Town, where you’ll pay the entrance ticket and on average it would fall on a budget of $4 to $5 per day. If you go out of Krakow City to these two places - Wieliczka Salt Mine and Auschwitz-Birkenau, these would cost $35 approximately for each visit.


Average Prices for Food and Beverages:

Street Food: $2 to $4

Craft Beer - $3 for a pint

Domestic Beer from a grocery store - $1.5 for a pint

Local Wine - $3 for glass

A Cup of Coffee - $1.5

Drink Tap Water - It’s Free

Pack of 20 Marlboro Cigarettes - $5

Data Sim Card - $2.5 for 6 GB internet valid for 30 days


Complete Guide : Krakow & Zakopane








Zagreb, Croatia


Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and it’s a beautiful city with a small and cosy city center, made to be explored on foot. All the main attractions, markets, shops, and eateries are clustered in the Old town. Stroll around the old town on the cobblestone streets, enjoy a drink in the bars and cafes lined up on the street, enjoy the local cultural markets, and relax your thoughts in the calm air of this city.


Currency Exchange: 1 USD = 6.5 HRK (Croatian Kuna)


Hostel Dorm: $8 to $15 per night (Stay in a city center hostel so you don’t have to spend on traveling)


Cost of an average meal: $5 to $8 per meal in a decent restaurant.

Travel: Mostly you’ll be walking around the city center or you can use the Tram, which cost $0.60 for a singe ride. You can hire Uber or local taxi to travel a distance, but let me tell you taxi is an expensive affair in Zagreb.


Personal care (entrances tickets to monuments, drinks, cigarettes, and etc): $4 to $5 per day.


Average Prices for Beverages:

Soft Drinks/Juice in a restaurant : $3

Craft beer or wine - $2 for a pint/glass

Drink Tap Water - It’s Free

Data Sim Card - $12 for unlimited Data plan for 30 days


If you are choosing to visit Zagreb, you may wanna read my personal experience and guide: Zagreb






Georgia


It’s a booming destination; has recently gained popularity in tourism for it’s beautiful natural beauty, majestic hills, Euro-Asian culture, historic sites that dates back to 11th and 12th century, charming night life, vineyards, home grown quality wine, and all of this a very cheap price. Georgia is situated at the intersection of Europe and Asia. It’s a great place for hiking, skiing, partying, chilling, and rejuvenation. As matter of fact, $25 should be ample for a daily budget. For traveling long distances you can travel in public busses, trains, or shared minivans and save more.


Currency Exchange : 1 USD = 2.96 GEL (Georgian Lari)


Hostel Dorm: $8 to $10 per night


Cost of an average meal: $3 to $5 per meal


Personal care (drinks, cigarettes, and etc): $4 per day


Travel: $2 to $5 for taxi ride of 10 - 15 minutes. There’s a well connected railway system to all major and popular cities/destination in Georgia. Additionally, mini-buses goes to pretty much every village of Georgia.


Entrance Tickets: This may vary but on an average you would be spending $5 a day.

Average Prices for Beverages:

Soft Drinks/Juice in a restaurant : $1

A bottle of Water: $0.40

Beer or Local Wine: $2 for a bottle

Sim card including 4 GB Data and calls: $7.5







Russia


Russia is an incredible country with huge land mass, iconic architecture, and amazing culture. Moscow and St. Petersburg are two most visited cities by tourist but Russia has many other amazing cities spread over north to south. In a 15 days trip, you can cover most of Russia. Russia is often considered as an expensive destination, but unless you haven’t traveled, you won’t know how cheap it can be. If you want to save your cost then travel like local people in metro and busses, eat in less expensive cafe’s and buy your beer from grocery stores.


Currency Exchange : 1 USD = 64 RUB (Russian Ruble)


Hostel Dorm: $8 to $15 per night


Cost of an average meal: $5 to $8 per meal (in a inexpensive restaurant)


Personal care (drinks, cigarettes, and etc): $5 per day


Travel: To save your cost, travel in Metro and busses. $0.60 for single ride in Moscow and $0.75 in St Petersburg. Public transport prices varies between cities. To hire a taxi - Download "Yandex Taxi" App. Traveling around the country is facilitated by the rail service.


Entrances Tickets: This may vary but on an average you would be spending $5 a day.

Average Prices for Beverages:

Soft Drinks/Juice in a restaurant : $1.5

Cup of Cappuccino: $1.5 in a restaurant

A bottle of Water: $0.40

Beer from the shop: $0.75 for 500ml

A bottle of water from grocery store: $0.60 for 1.5 liter

Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro): $2.5

Data Sim Card: $6 for 10 GB




ASIA




Thailand


Thailand is another amazing beach destination in Asia. It is cheap, lively, welcoming, and a popular destination for long bag packing trips. I have met so many bag-packers in Thailand and the love the place, because they can spend here as little as they want. The easiest way to save money in Thailand is to live like a local. Take the local buses, eat Thai Food and drink beer instead of other expensive alcohol. As a matter of fact you can survive in Thailand in as low as $15 a day, but then you gotta sleep in cheap dorms and eat only street food, which is delicious. The below budget is applicable if you stay only in one city, but if you wish to travel in between the cities / islands then traveling cost will be higher. You can’t still control this cost by using public transport instead of taking private taxi’s or flights.


Currency Exchange : 1 USD = 30 THB (Thai Baht)

Hostel Dorm or guest house: $4 to $10 per night


Cost of an average meal: $6 to $8 per meal for an international cuisine.

Personal care (entrances tickets to monuments, drinks, cigarettes, and etc): $4 to $6 per day.


Average Prices for Food and Beverages:

Thai tea: $0.50

Fresh Fruits: $1 to $1.5

Local Thai Food: $1 to $3 (For example: Delicious soupy chicken Thai noodles in $1)

Beer: $2 to $3 for a bottle (Buy your beer at Seven-Eleven shop and save your money)

Scooter Rental in Bali : $8 to $12 per day (Cheapest and best way to get around in Thailand)


Do not book your tours in advance, there are many tour operators in Thailand, you can book your tours as and when you ready to go. Bargain really hard, else you’ll end up paying a lot.




India


India is huge and a multi-cultural country. You will experience different kinds of food, languages, and culture in different cities/states. India has everything, beaches, rivers, mountains, forests, history, architecture, delicious wide variety food, and multi-cultural people. Traveling in India cane be very cheap or can be very expensive too. The prices for grocery, food and beverages vary from city to city, so there is no fixed price for anything. But I can share with you a standard budget for a back- packing trip:


Currency Exchange : 1 USD = 70 INR (Indian Rupee)


Hostel Dorm: $5 to $10 per night (you can also find cheap hotels on OYORooms or Guest house through Airbnb)


Cost of an average meal: $5 to $10 depending on the restaurant and city.


Local Street Food: Street food in India is super cheap and available everywhere. You can cure your hunger in just $1.


Extras: (drinks, cigarettes, and etc): $4 per day


Travel: Public transport in India is really cheap. If you use private taxi you will pay a lot, but you can use Uber or Ola Cabs and pre-estimate your traveling budget.


Average Prices for Food and Beverages:

Cup of tea: $0.20 to $1, depends where you buy from, local cafe or a restaurant.

Fresh Juice: $1.5

Pizza or Spaghetti: $2 to $4

Beer: $1.5 to $2 for 650ml bottle from a liquor shop. Price of drinks in bars and restaurant vary significantly and can be very expensive.

Sim Card: Data plans are super cheap in India. Tourist should buy pre-activated sim card from the Airport (which is expensive and vary, depending on in which city your are arriving); so if you know someone local, you can ask them to get you a sim card at a cheaper price using their national ID.




Bali, Indonesia


Bali is a popular tourist destination for two reasons, one for it’s beautiful beaches & natural beauty and second for being a budget friendly place. Bali is a great bag packing destination if you are looking for a month long travel. With party scenes, relaxing vibes, lively atmosphere and warm welcoming, Bali invites tourism from around the world. Now, let’s get to the point:


Currency Exchange : 1 USD = 14000 IDR (Indonesian Rupiah)


Hostel Dorm: $5 to $10 per night (Best areas to stay : Kuta, Ubud, Uluwatu, and Canggu)


Cost of an average meal: $6 to $8 per meal in a western restaurant and $2 to $3 in a local restaurant.


Traveling and personal care (entrances tickets to monuments, drinks, cigarettes, and etc): $4 per day.


Average Prices for Food and Beverages:

Cup of tea: $0.50

Fresh Juice: $1.5

Pizza or Spaghetti: $3 to $4.5

Beer: $1.5 to $3 for a bottle, depending on where you buy from (bar or shop)

Scooter Rental in Bali : $4 to $5 per day (Scooter is the cheapest way to get around in Bali)

Data Sim Card: You can buy a sim car for $3 to $8 depending on the choice of data plan.

This is viable for extreme budget travelers, if you increase your budget, you can take a tour of other Indonesian island and engage in lot of water sports activities, tours, spa and others.





Nepal


This is a destination for nature lovers, trekkers, adventurers and for those who just need some fresh air or mind space to rejuvenate in nature. Majestic Himalayas, clear rivers, and thick forests, Nepal is truly blessed by nature. It's rare to meet a traveller who's been to Nepal and didn't fall in love with it. Here is an estimate of the daily expenses in Nepal:


Currency Exchange : 1 USD = 110 NPR (Nepalese Rupee)


Guest House stay or Hostel Dorm: $5 to $10 per night


Cost of an average meal: $3 to $ 6 in in budget restaurant


Traveling and personal care (entrances tickets to monuments, drinks, cigarettes, and etc): $3 to $5 per day.


Average Prices for Food and Beverages:

Local Traditional dishes/meal: $2 to $4 in a local cafe

Drinks, such as a cup of tea: 20 Cents in a local cafe and $1 in a good restaurant.

Domestic Beer: $2 for 600ml bottle

These prices may vary little from one city to another and if you go higher in elevation for hiking/treks, the more expensive it will become. If you go to a tourist restaurant, expect to pay three to four times more.

The cost of the accommodation in the trekking lodges varies. You can always bargain the price as bargaining is a culture throughout most of Asia.



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