These are not your typical tourist destinations, which can add to the draw.
While for many, the idea of budget travel brings to mind cut-rate motels off a highway or a restless night in the bunks of a hostel, in many places around the world there’s no reason travelers can’t experience a bit of the high life on a budget.
In the World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017, countries were given scores on 14 sets of criteria, one of which was their price competitiveness. The report looked at several indicators, including the cost of ticket taxes and airport charges, the price of fuel and how much a first-class hotel sets travelers back. It also looked at “purchasing power parity,” or, put more simply, how much a dollar can buy in one place as opposed to another.
There are plenty of destinations where the dollar goes far enough to make for a great experience on a shoestring. Most of them are not traditional holiday destinations, but that’s part of the draw: To visit somewhere off the beaten path while saving money is a recipe for a great holiday.
For travelers looking for one of the world’s most expensive countries, Barbados, the U.K., and Switzerland top the list. For those who aren’t, here are the top 10 most affordable countries to visit in 2017.