As the cost-of-living crisis continues, we’re all feeling the pinch right now. Any chance to make a saving is a good one – especially when it comes to overseas travel adventures.

Despite the current crisis, demand for travel remains high. Therefore, we want to share our top travel destinations recommendations for countries to visit where you can have some epic experiences, but you’ll also get the most from your precious dollars.

Sri Lanka

With Sri Lanka experiencing significant economic woes over the last few years, now is a good time to support the country’s tourism industry. Prices for accommodation, activities, and food are considerably cheaper in Sri Lanka than in the US. Expect a three-course meal for two people to set you back around $11, and a beer just a buck! With some pretty incredible things to do – including climbing the stunning Sigiriya Fortress, hiking Little Adam’s Peak, or relaxing at Mirissa Beach – there is so much to do at little to no cost.

Kayaker in crystal clear lagoon near Koh Lipe island in Thailand.


When it comes to budget-style backpacking, Thailand has always been a firm favorite for travel destinations amongst young travelers. Accommodation in a shared hostel dorm is typically as low as $8/night, so it’s easy to see why. Food comes cheap too, you can bag yourself some of the best Pad Thai you’ve ever laid your eyes on for no more than $1. Average costs for a backpacker in Thailand totals around $22-$44 a day, so it may be that you can vacation a little longer than usual. The best flight deals can be found during the shoulder and off seasons, from July to October.

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When in Argentina, the value of the US dollar gets you much farther than at home, valued at about 153 Argentine pesos. A beer will set you back only $1.90, a coffee $1.79, and an inexpensive restaurant meal $7. As the US winter approaches, Argentina starts to warm up. With highs of around 86°F in January and February, it’s the ideal destination to catch some winter sun.

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The dollar has soared against the Turkish lira over the last few months, meaning you’ll get about double this year than what you might have done a year ago. With so much to see, do and eat, this nation that stretches from Europe to Asia is certainly one that can be done on a tight budget. From the incredible Blue Mosque in Istanbul to the breath-taking sight of hot air balloons taking flight across Cappadocia, no matter your budget Turkey will be sure to set off your travel bug.

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Bridge over water in Japan.


The pandemic-related border controls on entering Japan finally lifted on October 11, allowing visa-free travel for tourists and the end of the requirement to travel as part of a group. The Japanese Yen is currently at its cheapest level in decades, so now is a great time to head to Japan to explore all it has to offer. A typically expensive destination, this could be your opportunity to explore everything from the snow monkeys at the Jigokudani onsen to the temples of Kyoto on a relatively small budget.

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