10 Incredible Cheap Places to Travel That Get You Off The Beaten Track in 2018

10 Incredible Cheap Places to Travel That Get You Off The Beaten Track in 2018

Already thinking about your 2018 travels? Don’t worry, so are we! Want to go somewhere a little different and get off the beaten track, but don’t want to spend a small fortune doing it? Say no more, because we’ve asked one of our travel bloggers to recommend 10 of his favourite cheap places to travel for 2018 that are probably not on your radar – but they definitely should be! Go now, but shhhhhh, don’t tell the others….

If you’re looking for the hottest places to travel this year then take a look at the world’s best backpacker destinations for 2018, but if you’re looking for something a little different then read on!

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Cheap Places to Travel in 2018 - Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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You probably can’t pick it out on a map, but Bishkek is a dark horse for the world’s next big travel spot. This charming outpost on the Silk Road is a comfortable base for exploring the incredible culture and nature of Kyrgyzstan. In just an hour you can be hiking nearby Ala Archa National Park, one of the best day hikes in the world. Or, venture a little further, and horse-riding and eagle-hunting are all at your fingertips. You read it here first: Kyrgyzstan is the next big thing. Oh, and be sure to check out the popular Interhouse hostel – it’s amazing!

Hostels in Kyrgyzstan

Ios, Greece

Cheap Places to Travel in 2018 - Ios, Greece

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Just a few kilometres away from overcrowded Santorini lies one of the best cheap places to travel in Europe. Ios is an island almost as beautiful and far more budget friendly than its bigger sibling. White walled buildings stretch across the hillside overlooking a gorgeous bay – sounds idyllic, right?! You can get even a room with a sea view at Francesco’s hostel, and for a couple more euros you can get yourself a delicious gyro (meat flatbread) for dinner. Fancy a drink (or ten)? Just head to town, where the many affordable bars pulsate until the wee hours of the morning.

Hostels in Greece

Kiev, Ukraine
Cheap Places to Travel in 2018 - Kiev, Ukraine

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Kiev is a cosmopolitan city for the budget traveller with high-end tastes. With hip restaurants, vibrant summer beach clubs, and stunning architecture, you won’t find this level of class anywhere else at these prices. And though a tragic war still envelopes the eastern part of Ukraine, you shouldn’t let that put you off from visiting: Kiev is entirely safe. Also, whilst a visit can be harrowing, do a tour in Chernobyl – a fascinating experience you can only have in Kiev.

Hostels in Ukraine

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Cheap Places to Travel 2018 - Almaty, Kazakhstan

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If you still think of Borat when you think of Kazakhstan, you’ve been tragically misled! Almaty is an amazing city with leafy green streets, a bustling cafe culture, and great nightlife – and its setting against the Tien Shan mountains is positively surreal. By day you can explore beautiful mountains on foot or ski, and by night you can join Almaty’s bustling Latin dance scene (yep, that’s right: salsa is big in Kazakhstan). Head to Almaty Backpackers which is a super popular place to meet new travel buddies.

Hostels in Kazakhstan

Oaxaca, Mexico

Cheap Places to Travel 2018 - Oaxaca, Mexico

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In Oaxaca you’ll spend your days swimming in natural infinity pools fed by hot springs, exploring petrified waterfalls, and visiting thousand-year-old trees. But the real fun comes at night, when Oaxaca City comes to life. Just be sure to monitor your intake of mezcal – the local spirit that tastes like tequila’s smoky cousin! Famous for its indigenous culture, Oaxaca is poised for a big comeback in 2018 after a tragic earthquake briefly put it in the news. Stay at Casa Angel Youth Hostel, where sleek modern design and a large stunning patio are on offer for at little as £8 per night.

Hostels in Mexico

Cairo, Egypt

Cheap Places to Travel 2018 - Cairo, Egypt

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Okay, so Cairo isn’t exactly obscure. But since the 2011 Arab Spring and a handful of high profile but isolated terrorist incidents, its visitor numbers have plummeted, making it one of the better cheap places to travel in 2018. But between the high hotel vacancy rates and the crash of the Egyptian pound, right now Cairo is one of the best travel deals out there. The popular Meremees hostel only costs a few pounds a night, while a good falafel sandwich from a street vendor can run as little as 10 pence (not a typo!). Oh, and do we have to mention that one of the last standing Seven Wonders of the World sits just a short metro ride from downtown Cairo?!

Hostels in Egypt

Svaneti, Georgia

Cheap Places to Travel 2018 - Svaneti, Georgia

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The Mongols couldn’t conquer it. Nor could the Ottomans, Persians, or Arabs. Cut off from the rest of the world by jagged mountains, Svaneti is like a medieval land trapped in time. It’s also the perfect choice if you’re looking for cheap places to travel in Europe. An overland route used to be the only way in, but the Georgian government is now subsidising daily flights from Tbilisi at a mere £25 one-way – result! For a few more pounds stay at Nino’s Guesthouse, while waking up to some of the most stunning views in all of Europe.

Hostels in Georgia

Nagarkot, Nepal

Cheap Places to Travel 2018 - Nagarkot, Nepal

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Flights might cost a bit more, but you’ll quickly discover why Nepal is one on our list of cheap places to travel. If the madness of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, is too much to handle, then hop over to nearby Nagarkot for a serene taste of Nepalese village life and stunning mountain views. For just £12 a night stay in the comfortable Hotel Mount Paradise, and for just £2 more you’ll get a warm and delicious dinner of Nepalese momos. You’ll want to wake up early, though, to catch the sunrise over the Himalayas – if this isn’t serene, we don’t know what is!

Hostels in Nepal

La Paz, Bolivia

Cheap Places to Travel 2018 - La Paz, Bolivia

Another far-flung budget destination for 2018. Situated in a valley among soaring mountain peaks, La Paz may leave you breathless – but not just because of its altitude (11,975 feet)! The streets of La Paz have an energy about them that evades description – buskers compete for sidewalk space with abuelas selling homemade confections, while cable cars whisk commuters from the busy city centre and up to the hillsides. And you won’t find too many other tourists in La Paz, so your pesos will go far here. For cheap drinks and a super fun vibe, head to Loki Hostel or Wild Rover.

Hostels in Bolivia

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Nate has travelled to over sixty countries across six continents. He blogs about emerging destinations at TravelLemming.com, or find him on Facebook and Pinterest.

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14 Responses to “10 Incredible Cheap Places to Travel That Get You Off The Beaten Track in 2018”

  1. Svaneti and that Mestia area of Georgia is absolutely stunning – I highly recommend it. It’s not so easy to get to, which makes it part of the fun, but the drive up to Mestia is a beatitful thing to experience in itself! (and yes its cheap, the food is great and the wine is superb too!)

  2. Of course, they are cheap! Going down the entire list, you have chosen Politically UNSTABLE countries (EXCEPT for Nepal and Bolivia!). That is WHY they are cheap! Ukraine? Kazhakstan- most corrupt President on earth; Egypt? Gosh, I can go down and list every political upheaval. Such travel is not safe.

    • I dunno…. I lived in Ukraine for a year and it was amazing. Also visited Kazhakstan for a month… no problems…

    • Maya, that’s just not true…I’ve traveled quite safely in many “unstable” countries. In reality, as long as you travel smart and don’t make dumb decisions, you’re more likely to be killed traveling in the U.S. than in most of these countries.

    • Nepal and Bolivia are also politically unstable, more so in Bolivia where the locals can do road blockades with stones such that the buses cant move even in the famous La Paz and Uyuni route. A safe and smart travel plan is essential in these countries.

    • Anastassiya Romanova Reply

      Unfortunately some people think politics instead of the exploring the cultures, seeing the nature, and other beauties. I was lucky to visit some of the places like Bishkek, Almaty, Kiev, Georgia and had absolutely amazing experience. People are extremely hospitable and the most corrupt presidents do not really affect the travelling experience 🙂

  3. RE: Ometepe
    Why are sharks always described as an infestation?
    Nicaragua is home to the ONLY FRESH WATER shark on the planet. That’s a much better lead 🙂

  4. Great list! One note: hierve el agua in Oaxaca (where the picture’s from) is not by any means hot, despite what you’d expect from the name.

  5. I would pass most of this places. Flattering that Almaty made it into the list, but on the other hand, it’s not something to be proud of.
    Anyways, Mexico and Ios Greece, seem like cool places to hang out.

  6. Melinda Niekum Reply

    Thank you for including the Central Asian countries of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan on your list. I have been traveling regularly in this region (Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan) as a solo female for over 10 years. The people are generous, hospitable, dignified, and amazingly helpful. I have never had a scary experience with anyone there-UNLIKE in my home city of Anaheim, California!

  7. Surprised to see a city in Greece is in included in this list! I’ve been to Santorini once and since then I generalized Greece as expensive.Definitely going to Ios one day! A bit skeptic too about the other places but Nicaragua looks promising!

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