January 14, 2023 | Jen Browne

5 Budget Destinations To Travel To In 2020

If you're looking to explore the world in 2020, you likely have just one question on your mind: Where to next? For the budget traveler, a place where your dollar will stretch as far as possible is a likely contender. And let's not forget about good food, great views and friendly people, too. From steamy salsa lessons in South America to desert safaris in South Asia, we've scoured the globe for the top budget travel destinations of 2020. Grab your passport and get ready for takeoff!

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#1 Vietnam

From the emerald waters and towering limestone islands of Ha Long Bay in the north to the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City in the south, Vietnam has something to offer every kind of traveler. The country has fast become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia thanks to a well-established backpacker circuit, friendly people and an easy visa system. It's also incredibly cheap to travel, despite a booming economy. Eat local and you'll struggle to pay more than a few dollars. Hostel rooms can be as cheap as $4 USD a night in big cities like Hanoi.

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#2 India

A true assault on the senses, India is a "love it or hate it" kind of country, but travelers who give India a real chance will undoubtedly leave seeing the beauty in this magnificent country. From the snowy mountain ranges of Ladakh and the dry deserts of Jaipur, all the way down to the peaceful backwaters of Kerala, India truly has a taste of everything. Budget travelers can get by here on less than $20 a day, especially in the province of Rajasthan where accommodation can be found for as little as $2 USD a night. Street food staples like samosas, curry, dosas and masala chai can be bought for a dollar or less.

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#3 Mexico

Steamy jungles, palm tree-lined beaches, snowcapped volcanoes, salsa dancing, spicy cuisine—need we say more? There is a wealth of culture and adventure to unlock here. Between Mexico's adrenaline-pumping activities, grand archaeological monuments, eyepopping art and delicious cuisine, you'll be kept more than busy during your trip to this one-of-a-kind country. Budget travelers can survive on a budget of around $30-$40 USD per day. Places like Yucatan, which receive more tourism, will be slightly more expensive.

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#4 Indonesia

There's more to Indonesia than Bali. For pristine beaches and friendly locals, try adjacent islands like Java and Lombok, or go east of Bali to check out the spectacular Flores and Komodo Islands. Head further into Sumatra or the Indonesian Borneo to trek into remote rainforests and spot wild orangutans. Outside of Bali, you can spend as little as $25 a day to get by.

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#5 Cuba

Since the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, "See it before it changes," has been a familiar piece of advice when it comes to Cuba. With vintage cars still driving through the streets and barely any internet access, this beautiful Caribbean island nation is a country stuck in time—for now. It can also be quite a bargain, especially with its large network of family-run Casas Particulares (similar to a bed and breakfast) offering affordable and charming local accommodation.

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