Cheap Travel 101

Many people think traveling is expensive and they put off their dreams because they just can’t do it.

Well, I’d like to make it known that traveling doesn’t have to be expensive if you know where to look and when to plan.

My recent trip to Guatemala was especially reasonable for my current budget. I had been wanting to go to Guatemala for a few years. I knew it was reasonable once there, I just had to get a reasonable ticket to get me there. Luckily at one of my language exchange events in Minneapolis, someone told me about Spirit Airlines. I found a flight on Spirit for $250 – Chicago to Guatemala City. Not bad. So  I booked it and it because official, I was going to Guatemala. I also found cheap flights on TACA’s website.

In Guatemala, travel was very reasonable. In San Pedro La Laguna you can expect to pay about $3-$8 a night in a hotel with your own bathroom. You can also find delicious, cheap food on the street or stay with a family for room and board which is probably the cheapest option(and the best experience, especially if you want to practice a language.)

By my research, Guatemala seems to be the cheapest destination in Central America, although the neighboring countries are reasonable as well.

Putting cheap, international travel into comparison…

I was in Seattle for 4 nights before coming home to Minnesota and spent more money during that time including airfare than the entire month in Guatemala. Yikes! Not to say you shouldn’t visit Seattle, BUT I am letting people know international travel can be in your budget and many times it’s actually cheaper than staying in the US. (or many other western countries.)

Other places where your money will go far:


Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Parts of China, India – Very cheap!


Eastern Europe – Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary (Although not as cheap as other destinations, it’s much more doable on a strict budget than the rest of Europe)

Latin America:

All of Central America – Especially Guatemala!

Argentina, Peru, Colombia

So with this information, I challenge everyone to rethink travel. To make your money(and fun) last longer, consider the above options. And take longer than a week off! You deserve it and there is so much culture to take in and life to experience, do you really have time to put it off?

If I’ve missed any good places or if you simply have something to say, I encourage comments below. 🙂

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3 Responses to Cheap Travel 101

  1. Lis says:

    Cheap hotels? hostels? Or has saved me a lot of money and it definitely makes international travel more fun!

  2. Admin says:

    I agree Lis- I love couchsurfing! It’s really a great idea for people to learn more about a culture and meet new people.

  3. Ingrid says:

    In Latin America everyone is invited to como to ColOmbia (not Columbia)
    I’m sure you’ll enjoy your experience here. 🙂

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