Where I’m Headed – Cheapest Destinations Update

There comes a time in the cycle of my World’s Cheapest Destinations book where people start asking about whether it’s still accurate. I seem to hit that point about three years in, which is why I’ve just started working on the 4th edition. (#3 came out in 2009.) Prices change of course, and currency fluctuations can really multiply those changes. For the short answer of what has changed, be advised that Turkey, Morocco, Malaysia, and Thailand are all pricier than they were when that last edition came out. India and Hungary are a tad less. Most are relatively flat, thanks to a worldwide recession. But particular cities/towns that have gotten more popular have seen a rise in accommodation and restaurant prices.

This new edition should be out in December. In early November I will have made it to Bolivia, a country that’s never been real high on my list, and after updating those prices I’ll send in my manuscript. Since I work outside the traditional publishing industry (via Booklocker), it won’t take long after that for the book to be in the marketplace.

I thought it might be useful to show where I’m headed this year in the interest of getting the freshest information on real prices budget travelers are paying. Sure, I can do a lot of research these days by sitting on my butt in an office chair and looking at what others have written, but that gets boring and it doesn’t lend itself to discovering what you can get for a buck or less on location. So here’s the plan. Watch future posts for updates along the way!

Slovakia (replacing Turkey in the book)




That’s 9 of the 21 countries and of course I’ve hit a lot of the others in the not-too-distant past. Plus I’ve visited some of the “honorable mentions” I throw in at the end of the continent sections, like Mexico and the Czech Republic.

Stay tuned!

  1. Mawit Go

    For your SouthEast Asia trip on July, I suggest you include the Philippines as your destination. It is an archipelago of 7,000 islands and you can definitely find cheap travels there. My suggestion is Bantayan, Camotes or Malapascua Islands. They are not too touristy so definitely CHEAP.

    • tim

      Been there, done that, in no hurry to go back to the Philippines.

  2. Molly

    Hola Tim!

    Bolivia is rising big time in costs, and don’t forget about the outrageous ‘reciprocity fee’ of $135 USD. We found lots of hostals/hotels priced similar to areas in Argentina, believe it or not.

    Great to visit though and loved the indigenous community, very kind, fun to interact with, etc. Have a great trip, Molly

  3. scott

    Whats up with Nepal now days? Is it still cheap as ever and how is it looking in the long run for cheap travel?

    • tim

      I’m not going to make it to Nepal or India this year, but I’ve got feet on the ground checking things out and helping me update prices. Unless you’re climbing Everest though, I think it’s safe to say Nepal is still one of the world’s best travel bargains.

  4. Mike

    Have you visited Cuenca Ecuador? Has great history, fairly inexpensive and very friendly people!

  5. Daniel Meloy

    I definitely recommend adding Ecuador to this list. It is a very affordable country with a lot to do and see. Some example prices are: 6 apples for $1, 3 mangoes for $1, $.25 for all public transportation, and about $10/night for hostels. If you’d like any tips for traveling Ecuador, just let me know. I’ll give you all the advice I can!

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