5 Surprisingly Cheap Vacation Spots for Frugal Travelers

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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.



11 Great Hostels to Stay In

For budget-minded travelers in search of a cheap place to stay, hostels can be the perfect option. Generally, hostels offer much better value than hotels and short-term apartment rentals. Because less money is spent on accommodations, it allows globetrotters to designate a larger portion of their budget to good food and sightseeing activities instead.

11 Great Hostels in Europe to Stay In

If you’re a budget-minded backpacker interested in meeting fellow travelers along the way, hostels are an exceptional alternative. Intimate, community-minded, and affordable, hostels have exploded in popularity and really come a long way. From shared open-concept spaces to private ensuites, it’s easy to find a mix of both communal and secluded accommodations.

The 10 Most Historic Prisons

While jail time isn’t a walk in the park for any convicted felon, many tourists flock to historical prisons around the world when traveling. This is due to their mystic, history, and eerie ambiance. While it may seem a little crazy, visiting a local prison can provide a ton of insight on a region’s roots and culture.