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Old 06-14-2014, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Denver via Austin
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I'm a travel junkie, but I'm also young and not well-established financially. I have plans to travel extensively while I have the time (as in months to years), and I'm putting together a list of places that are cheap, yet safe. I've spent a good amount of time in Ghana, some in Indonesia, so I know how to keep safe as a (pale, red-headed) foreigner, but that only goes so far, especially in places with political instability.

So I guess I want to hear about off-the-beaten-path places that you might recommend. While I will have plenty saved up, I know there are tons of beautiful places outside the American and/or Western travel canon, and I'd love to explore.
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Old 06-14-2014, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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Laos. Lots of backpackers there. It's poor, but the people are nice. I was just in the northern part, but met several who had travelled throughout the country. Very cheap.

Closer to home, Portugal is fairly reasonably-priced, for Europe.
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Old 06-14-2014, 08:00 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Laos. Lots of backpackers there. It's poor, but the people are nice. I was just in the northern part, but met several who had travelled throughout the country. Very cheap.
Good suggestion! It is safe and rather cheap (but not like it was 20 or 25 years ago.) However, it's very expensive to get there.

There are some places in the Caribbean and Latin America that are pretty cheap (such as the Dominican Republic) - but safe ??? Not really!!!

Very safe and affordable - you can even drive there: the Maritime Provinces of Canada. The more off the beaten track places in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador are much lower in price than more popular destinations like Montreal, Quebec, Toront, etc.
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Old 06-14-2014, 08:37 PM
 
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Much of Europe can be done cheap if you are willing to stay in hostels. As previously mentioned Portugal is reasonable, as is most of the Dalmatian Coast. You can use the ferry system to see the Dalmatian Coast inexpensively.
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Old 06-15-2014, 05:27 AM
 
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I would say Ecuador is a cheap place to travel but not that safe. On the other hand, China is cheap and relatively safe for travelers.
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Old 06-15-2014, 07:54 AM
 
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Definitely Portugal. I traveled with a friend (so 2 twenty-something women instead of 1), and was stunned by how inexpensive things were. You can fly into Madrid or Barcelona, then take a fairly inexpensive TAP flight into Lisbon or Porto. $30/night for a two bedroom apartment on airbnb (so even less if you just need a studio). More than once we thought the restaurant bill was per person when it was for both of us (i.e. 7 euros total for a meal with salad, grilled chicken, potatoes, bread, cake, and 2 beers each). Two bottles of water from a news stand in the expensive/tourist areas? 1 euro.
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Old 06-15-2014, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Airfare, while always an issue, can be brought down in many cases by paying attention to the sales compiler websites (Airfare Watchdog, Flyertalk etc.) and setting up low fare alerts for your home airport. Earlier this year, United was having some sort of Indonesian fare sale, and you could get $900 rts there from my usually sky high fare home airport. Then once you're vaguely in the area, use a regional low cost carrier to get yourself from Indonesia to Laos or Moscow (common transatlantic fare sale city if you can wrangle a transit visa or meet transit without visa rules) to Poland or Slovakia.
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Old 06-15-2014, 11:57 AM
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Vietnam....though you have to watch your wallet and haggle to avoid getting ripped off, but as far as violent crimes...very low.

You can go to the Mekong Delta if you want to get way off the beaten path...even i never tried it.



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Old 06-15-2014, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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of course airfare is always the biggest issue: After you get to your location there are a lot of very inexpensive ways to enjoy almost any country. There is a tour company and I will be darned if I can remember the name of it, but they do tours all over the world for young people (under 35 I think) for bargain prices. Another thought, but I think you are talking about touring away from the Western side of the world, is Costa Rica. As mentioned Nam is beautiful and a wonderful place to travel on a budget. As for safety, you seem to know how to take care of yourself pretty well, so any advise I could give is probably advise you already know. The only place I would totally stay away from would be the middle east, that goes without saying.
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Old 06-15-2014, 01:01 PM
 
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I'd say that in addition to the Middle East, a good chunk of Africa and most of the "Russian 'Stans" would be places you wouldn't really want to visit right now.

A friend of mine spent much of his childhood in Lebanon and Syria and spoke very fondly of both countries. This would have been in the 60's and early 70's--a very different time back then. It's unfortunate that many of us will most likely never get to see much of the Middle East in our lifetimes due to politics.
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