The other day i started planning for my next international backpacking destination and as I am a budget backpacker who likes to travel as a local, so I always look for cheap destinations. For me, a cheap destination is where I get cheap flights, stay and local food. The sum of all these makes a budget trip for me. I did a continuous study of 4 hours and then thought why not share these details here? It might help and save someone's time.And with that thinking in mind, i am sharing my search and findings with you all. Below are the top 5 cheap destination in ascending order of the total expenses.
1. The calculations are only done for Flight + stay for 5 nights + local food.
2. The calculations excludes any excursions you might want to take as its a personal choice. If you are planning to do sky diving or deep sea diving then obviously the budget will shoot up.
3. I have excluded Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh from the list(just a personal choice) as I think they will always be cheaper.
At no. 1 comes Malysia, the most cheapest of all. A return flight for malaysia(Kuala Lumpur) from Kochi is INR 8312(see picture below) and from Delhi it's INR 16,822. Now comes the stay. I found that a decent hostel starts from INR 500 and local food is also not very expensive for around INR 1200 per day for 3 meals. Also you get the visa on arrival for free.
Total expense: Around INR 25000
On the 2nd position comes Srilanka with flights slightly expensive(INR 17,932) then malaysia and there is a tourist visa fees applicable too($20). Again the food and stay is almost the same if you eat local food and stay in hostels
Total expense including visa fees - Around INR 30,000
Total expense including visa fees: Around INR 32,000
Return flight from Bali and Free visa on Arrival makes it at 4th position. Like other asian countries, Bali also gives you choice of inexpensive food and stay. The hostel price starts from INR 400 only. For all the party lovers who have already been to Thailand, Bali is a good option.
Total expenses- INR 34000
Total expenses including visa fees: INR 38,000
There are other places like Cambodia, Veitnam etc. but the tickets for them are costly at this moment.