Yes, you can still cut loose when money’s tight
You won’t have to scrimp if you know the right places
A great trip need not cost an arm and a leg for those in their 20s – young and free enough to have a bad case of the travel bug, but too young to have earned any proper money to spend on their explorations. But there are a few places you can get around on a shoestring budget and have a wonderful and educational time.
TanzaniaTanzania is a must-see. Not only is it easy on the pocket but has spectacular natural beauty. If you are a wildlife fan, there is the wildebeest and zebra migration. From the Ngorongoro reserve, they stomp their way through the Serengeti and end their journey in Kenya. Camping is the ideal way to enjoy this adventure.
CubaThis Caribbean island is full of youthful energy. According to Student Universe, most hotels in the capital Havana are close to the shoreline, giving visitors easy access to beaches and the nightlife. Just walking around in the city is a cultural experience in itself – and it costs nothing.
Czech RepublicIt may be a travel cliché, but the capital Prague is still a great spot for backpackers on a budget. Two areas to stay in are Vinohrady and Zizkov, frequented by trendy young Praguers. There’s plenty to do for free in the city centre, including visiting Prague Castle. According to US News, the building holds the record for being the largest coherent castle complex in the world. It is also the residence of the country’s president.
ThailandThe island of Phuket is the perfect place to experience Asia on a budget. From the food to the accommodation, this destination won’t weigh heavy on your wallet, especially because of the favourable exchange rate. Shopping at the local markets will get you the best deals. Street food is economical and popular in the region.
Northern CapeIf your budget doesn’t extend to going abroad, the Northern Cape is a hidden gem in SA. Full of history dating back to the San people, the Richtersveld is the place to go to see cave paintings. Towards the end of August, Namaqualand is a carpet of wild flowers in bloom – a natural wonder of the world. You can also take a trip down the Orange River, which flows from the Lesotho highlands to the Atlantic Ocean.