As the cost-of-living crisis continues, we’re all feeling the pinch right now. Any chance to make a saving is a good one – especially when it comes to overseas travel adventures.

Despite the current crisis, demand for travel remains high. Therefore we want to share our top travel destinations recommendations for countries to visit where you can have some epic experiences, but you’ll also get the most from your precious pounds.

Sri Lanka

With Sri Lanka experiencing significant economic woes over the last few years, now is a good time to support the country’s tourism industry. Prices for accommodation, activities, and food are considerably cheaper in Sri Lanka than in the UK. Expect a three-course meal for two people to set you back around $15, and a beer just a loonie! With some pretty incredible things to do – including climbing the stunning Sigiriya Fortress, hiking Little Adam’s Peak, or relaxing at Mirissa Beach – there is so much to do at little to no cost.

Kayaker in crystal clear water near Koh Lipe island in Thailand.


When it comes to budget-style backpacking, Thailand has always been a firm favourite for travel destinations amongst young travellers. Accommodation in a shared hostel dorm is typically as low as $11 per night, so it’s easy to see why. Food comes cheap too, you can bag yourself some of the best Pad Thai you’ve ever laid your eyes on for no more than $1.50. Average costs for a backpacker in Thailand totals around $30-$60 a day, so it may be that you can holiday a little longer than usual. The best flight deals can be found during the shoulder and off seasons from July – October.

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The value of the Argentine peso has fallen in the past year, meaning travellers from Canada will see their dollar stretching farther these days. A beer will set you back only $2.60, a coffee $2.50, and an inexpensive restaurant meal $9. As the UK winter approaches, Argentina starts to warm up, with highs of around 30°C in January and February, so it’s the ideal destination to catch some winter sun.

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The dollar has soared against the Turkish lira over the last few months, meaning you’ll get almost double right now than what you might have last year. With so much to see, do and eat, this nation that stretches from Europe to Asia is certainly one that can be done on a tight budget. From the incredible Blue Mosque in Istanbul to the breath-taking sight of hot air balloons taking flight across Cappadocia, no matter your budget Turkey will be sure to set off your travel bug.

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Tokyo Imperial Palace and Nijubashi bridge, Japan


The pandemic-related border controls on entering Japan will finally lift from 11 October, allowing visa-free travel for tourists and the end of the requirement to travel as part of a group. The Japanese Yen is currently at its cheapest level in decades, so now is a great time to head to Japan to explore all it has to offer. A typically expensive destination, this could be your opportunity to explore everything from the snow monkeys at the Jigokudani onsen to the temples of Kyoto on a relatively small budget.

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