5 Surprisingly Cheap Vacation Spots for Frugal Travelers
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4. Lilongwe, Malawi
Compared to other African countries like Kenya, Malawi may not be the most popular vacation destination, but because of its reputation as one of the friendliest, it’s attracting travelers from all over the world — especially those on a budget. For accommodations, you can check out the various hostels and hotels in Area 2 of the Old Town. Mabuya Camp is a popular place with tourists and expats with dorm rooms starting at $12/night. Meals can be purchased at the various local cafes for as low as $5.
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5. Jakarta, Indonesia
Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital has one of the largest urban agglomerations in the world. Within this sprawling build-up, you’re sure to find competitive rates for places to eat and rest. The well-known 6 Degrees hostel is a favorite for backpackers and budget travelers, with rates as low as $11 a night.
For authentic and affordable meals, do what many Indonesians do and eat out at one of the hundreds of food stalls to enjoy traditional meals, such as nasi goreng (fried rice), gado-gado (salad) or sate (skewered meat) as low as $5. The added incentive is that it allows you to sit elbow to elbow at the outside tables and engage in conversation with the locals.