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From Bali to Budapest: 7 perfect vacation destinations for budget travellers

Don’t let lack of funds hold you back from seeing the world. Here are 7 countries you can visit on a shoestring budget.

travel Updated: Sep 26, 2017 15:39 IST
Bali is known for its beaches, blue waters and clear cloudless skies.
Bali is known for its beaches, blue waters and clear cloudless skies.(Shutterstock)

Besides reading, travelling is a great way to educate yourself and learn more about the world.

Sadly, unlike reading, it is an expensive interest dependent on the availability of funds, time and company. But if money is the sole factor holding you back, start with places in India and around the world that are perfect for those travelling on a budget.

BookMyForex has compiled a list of inexpensive foreign destinations for Indian travellers:

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is known for its beaches, blue waters and clear cloudless skies. If you want to let your hair down and simply relax, this is the ideal vacation destination.

Currency: Indonesian Rupiah

Hostel: Rs 500/night

Local Travel: Rs 50 or less

Meals: Rs 500

Drinks: Rs 350

Sightseeing: Rs 200

Daily budget calculation: Rs 1,600

Places to visit/things to do: Besides the lovely beaches, you can check out Sekumpul waterfalls, Gunung Kawi, and TirtaGangga.

Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia, which is at the foot of the Vitosha Mountain, is a treat to the eyes with its beautiful buildings and skyline. The Cathedral of Saint Alexander Nevsky is synonymous with Sofia.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria. (Shutterstock)

Currency: Bulgarian Lev

Hostel: Rs 500/night

Local Travel: Rs 200

Meals: Rs 600 on an average

Drinks: Rs 250 on an average

Sightseeing: Rs 250

Daily budget calculation: Rs 1,800

Places to visit/things to do: Cathedral of Saint Alexander Nevsky, Rila monastery, Boyana Church, National Gallery of Foreign Art, Banya Bashi Mosque and National Park. Sofia has the most beautiful churches.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is Europe at its best. With its gothic columns, magnificent bridges and buildings, you will fall in love with this city.

View to Fisherman’s Bastion castle and tower in Budapest, Hungary. (Shutterstock)

Currency: Hungarian Forint

Hostel: Rs 600/night

Local travel: Rs 175

Meals: Rs 750

Drinks: Rs 250

Sightseeing: Rs 200

Daily budget calculation: Rs 1,975

Places to visit/things to do: Take a tour around the Danube, see the Hungarian opera house, the Parliament and gothic-styled churches, the Chain’s Bridge, Fisherman’s Bastion, St. Stephen’s Basilica.

Istanbul, Turkey

History, art, an interesting mix of Christian and Islamic architecture, Turkey is by far the most photogenic in the world.

Hot-air balloons flying over Galata tower in Istanbul, Turkey. (Shutterstock)

Currency: Lira

Hostel: Rs 770/ night

Local travel: Rs 200

Meals: Rs 600

Drinks: Rs 600

Sightseeing: Rs 450

Daily budget calculation: Rs 2,620

Places to visit/things to do: Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Galata Tower, Archeological Museum, the Grand Bazaar and the flea markets

Thimpu, Bhutan

Set in the hills, Thimphu is scenic and picture-postcard pretty. Bhutan is said to have the happiest people in the world. Go here for its scenery and feel-good atmosphere.

Currency: Bhutanese Ngultrum

Hostel: Rs 1,240/night approximately

Local travel: Rs 310

Meals: Rs 750

Drinks: Rs 310

Sightseeing: Rs 250

Daily budget calculation: Rs 2,860

Places to visit/things to do: Buddha Point, Thimpu Dzong, Gangteng Monastery.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh is a beautiful city with a surreal mix of architecture, greenery and culture. Visit Phnom Penh to experience this wondrous city in Southeast Asia.

The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Shutterstock)

Currency: Cambodian Riel

Hostel: Rs 750/night

Local travel: Rs 350

Meals: Rs 1,000

Drinks: Rs 350

Sightseeing: Rs 150

Daily budget calculation: Rs 2,600

Places to visit/things to do: Check out the Wildlife rescue centre, the Genocide Museum, Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Monument of Cambodia and The Killing Fields.

Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest is an ancient city with fabulous concert halls and beautiful buildings. When there, you can catch a concert or an orchestra performance too.

Romanian Atheneum, an important concert hall and a landmark in Bucharest, Romania. (Shutterstock)

Currency: Romanian Leu

Hostel: Rs 600/night

Local travel: Rs 100

Meals: Rs 700

Drinks: Rs 350

Sightseeing: Rs 200

Daily budget calculation: Rs 1,950

Places to visit/things to do: There are a lot of historical walking areas around the Old Town like the Romanian Atheneum.