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While I do enjoy luxury holidays like any other normal mortal, most of my time is spent researching on “value for money” or the “cheapest countries to visit” at any given point in time.
A lot of it has to do with the fact that I’ve been a student longer than I have been a working professional, and hence budget restrictions are almost always in place.
I love finding destinations where I am not constantly worried about how much money to spend on a daily basis, and where I can have a great holiday in $500-1000 for a week if not more.
After hobnobbing around the European continent for the last 5 years, I still find it important to compile the cheapest countries to visit list, to help shortlist places for upcoming adventures. 😉
Here we go to the cheapest countries to visit in Europe, 2019 edition!!
The first country I visited in Europe, circa 2013, and arguably one of the most beautiful countries I have been to.
Not to mention, the cost of living in Poland is significantly lower than it’s western European neighbors making it an all-time great country to visit for the bargain hunters.
It’s also a good place to start your Eastern European itinerary as many other countries on this list are located nearby!
Top Cities To Visit: Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Sopot
#2 CZECH REPUBLIC
If you haven’t put Prague on your list, you are definitely missing out!
Another great gem in this country is Cesky Krumlov which is about an hour’s ride away from Prague. If you have time for a day trip, definitely consider a trip here.
In the summer, a great option in Czech Republic is the Bohemian Switzerland national park. It shares the border with Germany and is a place for truly stunning outdoor landscape.
One of the most romantic cities to visit in the night. The bridges, the old gothic architecture, the amazing bath parties, the cheap food, and beer. I don’t know what’s not to like about Hungary!
Budapest is the most commonly visited city, but there are plenty of day trips you can plan as well. Make sure to consider staying at one of these hostels to make your stay even better.
A country that’s been on my bucket list for very long and one that I would love to explore in 2019, preferably by car.
If you want to see where all the Dracula stories originated, look no further.
Romania is also one of the countries relatively untouched by excessive tourism, and has extremely friendly locals making your trip worthwhile.
Make sure to take into consideration slow and sometimes ineffective public transport compared to western europe and add that to your travel time for the country!
Cheap flights from Wizz Air should help you land a budget deal no matter which big city in Europe you choose to fly in from.
Read Also: The Ultimate Travel Europe For Cheap Guide
A country that perked my interest after attending a seminar on Ukrainian Economy, I’m definitely looking forward to visiting at the very least Kyiv, the cultural hub of Ukraine and the famous tunnel of love.
I am looking forward to also diving in deep into the Soviet history of the region and how this has shaped today’s Ukraine. That and the architecture is at the top of my to-do list for Ukraine.
Top Places To Visit in Ukraine: Kyiv, Odessa, Chernvtsi, Carpathian Mountains
Next on the cheapest countries to visit list, might be the most expensive in this list altogether. Thanks to the Game of Thrones stuff, Croatia is becoming more and more expensive by the day. Even so, it remains one of the most stunning and pocket-friendly (compared to traveling in Western Europe) and needs to be on your list for 2019.
After all, don’t you want to see King’s Landing for real?
Top Places to Visit in Croatia: Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice Lakes, Dalmatian Coast
Recently famous in the travel circuits for the stunning mountain landscapes, cute hill perched villages and friendly locals, this country is very much at the top of my cheapest countries to visit in Europe list for 2019.
Why? I love mountains, offroad adventures and good landscapes. This is also one of those countries which is still quite remote and relatively harder to get to from mainland Europe which is why I believe it’s going to blow up in a few years.
Visit this country before it’s too late and expensive!
Top places to visit in Georgia: Tbilisi, Batumi, Mtskheta, Kutaisi
My most favourite island country and one that I love to visit for short trips, Malta is a visually stunning and diverse country/island to visit.
Not only that, you can travel for $30-50 per day including accommodation, food and a rented car. The views across the island are stunning and in the summer, there is no dearth of small beaches to be found. You can also make day trips to Gozo, Blue Lagoon and tons of small islands surrounding this beautiful meditteranean island.
Long on my bucket list, Turkey (unfortunately due to some instability) continues to get cheaper for international travelers. There is no reason to believe it would not be so in 2019.
I even saw some amazing five-star hotels in Istanbul for as low as $40 a night. Come on, what better time to visit Istanbul and Cappadocia!
I have to admit, the only reason I have this country on my list even though it is ridiculously tiny, is because of Lake Bled
Even though I’ve been to stunning lakes in Germany, Lake Bled is the single biggest reason I want to visit Slovenia. If you’re into skiing, this also makes an excellent winter destination.
Top Places To Visit in Slovenia: Ljubljana, Bled, Istria, Postonja
Do check out my list here for all the help you need to plan, find and book your dream trips around Europe!
- BOOKING.COM– Go-to booking (pun intended) platform for global bookings. I find this platform to be the most reliable and offer the widest selection and flexibility when it comes to handling all my accommodation needs.
- HOSTELWORLD– If you’re a backpacker, a solo traveller or enjoy meeting other like minded people on your travels, hostelworld has got you covered with the largest inventory of hostels in the world. I use them each time I travel alone or want to do a cheap trip for a longer period.
- AIRBNB – If I’m looking to stay for a longer period, like a local or simply want a home stay instead of a commercial place, I use this platform. If you don’t have an account, you can use my referral code here to get $30 in travel credit.
- HOUSESITTER– If you’re looking to find a housesitter while on vacation or apply for a job to get access to free housing, this platform is quite amazing. The downside is a one time annual fee but all your placements post that are free which is quite a catch if you plan to go to an expensive country!
- Travel Tips on How To Book Cheap Hotels
- How To Fund Your Travel (or Any Other Passion) By Being An Airbnb Host
- SKYSCANNER– The platform I have used the most and absolutely love, especially when you are flexible on dates and can use the “Everywhere” option. Downside is no flight guarantee as its only an aggregator platform.
- KIWI– Also features the “Anywhere” option. If I travel alone, I use this platform as the prices are more or less the same as skyscanner, but I get the added Kiwi Guarantee without having to pay extra which is amazing if your flight gets late or cancelled.
- CLEARTRIP– The only platform I use when I book flights in India or in Asia.
- CHEAP FLIGHTS– Another solid platform to find the cheapest flights and travel deals globally. I used them while backpacking Europe and found some truly cheap offers.
- STUDENT UNIVERSE- As the name suggest, this platform works best for students or people under the age of 26. Same flight, cheaper price! 😉
- RAIL EUROPE– If you plan to travel to Europe, there is no better alternative to move around than by rail. Make sure to decide carefully between one country, multi country or global passes. Read more here on how to travel Europe for cheap.
- World Nomads– Flexible, Cheap, Made For Travelers by Travelers. You can book and claim online from anywhere, anytime.
- iVisa– The easiest platform to check, apply and receive your visa no matter where you are in the world.
- Tour Radar – Not only the best offers of tours worldwide, but they regularly run the most amazing contests too.
- Contiki Tours– The most exciting tour company for people in the 18-35 age group. As a student or a solo traveler this is definitely a platform worth checking out! Get an extra discount using PROMO CODE- STUDENT75
- TRANSFER WISE – I use this platform not only to send money abroad but also as a borderless account. The feature is new and allows you to hold and manage money in 40 currencies! I use this as a protection to avoid paying exchange rate charges each time I am in a new country and works excellent as a back-up account and card. Read Also: Transfer Money Abroad – 5 Reasons Why I Only Use Transferwise
- MONEY GRAM– Extremely popular in Germany, and a good way to send money for cheap especially if you’re looking for a store with physical presence. In this aspect, Money Gram beats Transferwise, as the latter is a pure online platform.
- Mardin GTOP 25L Backpack- for Camping/Hiking or Day Trips with rain cover. Suitable also for weekend trips.
- The North Face Terra 50 Backpack– for camping/hiking/trekking longer trips.
- Google Pixel 2 or iPhone 8 – for mobile photography. Most suited for quick social media updates.
- Selfie Stick– Solo travelers, this will be your best friend! Don’t leave your trip’s photos up to strangers. I learnt this the hard way!
- Olympus Pen E-P1 PL9 Compact System Camera– If you’re into slightly more serious photography and would love to have an additional companion for your digital photos, this is the best travel camera ever! It’s good to look at , sturdy and has excellent performance.
- Joby Tripod – Depending on the camera you use, having a tripod for shots from above or a distance can come really handy! I personally love and use this brand especially since it is super affordable.
- Universal Travel Adaptor– The one thing you definitely shouldn’t leave home without. This one’s been a saviour on many a trips!
- Portable Charger/Power Bank– Whilst taking a million photos and battling with crappy internet, you should have a back up charger on the go. I particularly like this one as I can use it for up to 3 reloads on my phone.
- BOSE Portable Speakers – For me, no trip alone or otherwise is complete without good music. I take this no matter where I am headed. I even use them all the time at home because the sound quality is seriously amazing!
For more details on travel accessories check out my shop or read my detailed post here!
iTalki – A neat little handy tool to learn any language online. The idea is for it to be a social network where you can find teachers and even teach people how to learn (for money, yay!). It works best when you have limited time and would love to find tandem partners around the world to practise the language you want to learn!
ADDITIONAL GUIDES FOR CHEAPEST COUNTRIES TO VISIT IN EUROPE
Before you start planning your next European adventure already, make sure to read my detailed guides on:
- Ways To Book Cheap Flights Anywhere Anytime
- Finding and Booking Cheap Hotels and Airbnbs (plus discounts)
- The Best Backpacker Hostel Chains in Europe
- Packing List Guide For Europe
- 9 Travel Hacks That Helped Me Travel Europe For under $1000 per month
But, if you’re the lazy kind who just wants to head straight to booking and well have everything in one small tiny excel, head here to sign up for my free cheatsheet or use my travel planner page here!
Do leave me a comment if you end up picking a country on this cheapest countries to visit in Europe list and tell me how it went! Gute Reise! 😉