6 Australia and New Zealand cities by price: Backpacker Index for 2016

Queenstown ViewUpdated and expanded for 2016, the Australia and New Zealand Backpacker Index now includes 6 cities after we added Brisbane and Cairns for this year. The currencies of both countries have come down to more realistic levels as of early 2016, so budget travelers can move about freely without breaking the bank like a couple years ago.

More good news is that both countries have a robust infrastructure for budget travelers, with more hostels (called ‘backpackers’ usually) than almost anywhere else in the world. Self-catering will cut costs in both countries since even fast-food restaurants tend to be quite expensive. Camping or going with a group in a campervan is another good way of seeing a lot while spending less money. Click to read more

13 Africa and Middle East cities by price: Backpacker Index for 2016

Dubai Mall ViewUpdated and expanded for 2016, the Africa and Middle East Backpacker Index once again shows that travel is quite inexpensive to many popular cities, but some in this area are among the most expensive in the world. Generally speaking, Africa and most of the Middle East get very little tourism compared to the rest of the world, so one major problem is infrastructure. In other words, there may be a few international-standard hotels in the larger cities, but there aren’t many hostels or quality budget hotels.

Many people who travel in this region do so partly because it hasn’t been well trodden like Europe or most of Asia. Those travelers are probably best off with traditional guidebooks because there just isn’t much information online, at least that gets updated regularly. Fortunately, adventurous backpackers can spend a long time in this region and get very good value to go along with unforgettable experiences. Click to read more

13 North American cities by price: Backpacker Index for 2016

Downtown Los AngelesThe United States and Canada are both very popular with international visitors, but as of the 2016 update of our Backpacker Index, the United States has become very expensive for most of the world. We’ve completely updated the prices and rankings in early 2016 and the Canadian cities are now far cheaper than almost all US cities.

This year we also added Boston to the list by popular demand, as it’s obviously one of the most interesting and popular destination for cultural visitors from around the world. New York City continues as the most expensive destination in the region, and one of the most expensive destinations in the world. Click to read more

16 South and Central American cities by price: Backpacker Index for 2016

Rio De JaneiroSouth and Central America are sometimes forgotten by residents of the rest of the world, but savvy travelers continue to flock to this region for a great variety of reasons. In addition to the cultural and scenic highlights, the entire area is quite cheap by international standards, at least once you are here. Backpacking in South America can be very inexpensive and mid-range travel can be surprisingly affordable as well.

This list has been completely updated in early 2016, with some rather large shifts in rankings. Several places have gotten cheaper for most visitors due to currency devaluation that has outpaced the inflation rates. Brazil and Argentina in particular are more affordable than they have been in years for foreign visitors. Colombia and Mexico are cheaper as well due to lowered currencies, while many others were quite stable and remain as very good bargains. Click to read more

Best budget Honolulu road trips to the rest of Oahu, Hawaii

IMG_2214 (Large)The Hawaiian islands are a Pacific Ocean treasure with beautiful beaches, massive cliffs and stunning mountain ranges. The most popular of the islands with millions of visitors each year is the small, centrally located island of Oahu. This island is the perfect road tripping island as you’ll get the chance to see and do a lot without having to travel to the world’s end. In fact, all of Oahu’s destinations can be easily reached from a home base in the city of Honolulu, making a great vacation even better. To help you plan your Hawaii trip, here are some of our best budget Honolulu road trips to the rest of Oahu.

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31 Asian cities by price: Backpacker Index for 2016

Hoi An BridgeOnce you get to Asia you’ll find most of the world’s best travel bargain cities, particularly in southeast Asia. We’ve updated and reranked all of the major tourist cities again for the 2016 travel year, and prices remain amazingly low in many wonderful places.

Unlike in Europe and some of the rest of the world, there were very few major currency swings and almost no inflation to speak of, so the rankings didn’t change much. For those earning in US dollars, things got a bit cheaper in Asia during 2015, while currency drops in other places have made it a bit more expensive. Click to read more

56 European cities by price: Europe Backpacker Index for 2016

London View Eye Big BenEurope continues to be home to many of the world’s most expensive cities, as well as some bargain cities where many things cost only about a quarter as much for an international traveler. Now in its 6th annual edition, the Europe Backpacker Index ranks 56 of the continents most popular cities from cheapest to most expensive.

With very few exceptions, the inflation rate in Europe was virtually 0% during 2015, and in some cases prices actually came down during the year. This year’s rankings are similar to the previous version except for some fairly dramatic shifts in exchange rates in a few areas. Click to read more

22 Cheap destinations for 2016 with great weather in April

Phuket Beach Chairs PatongApril is the perfect month for cheap vacations in much of the world because most people prefer tropical holidays in the months ending in March, so you can still find perfect weather combined with lower hotel prices in many fantastic destinations.

Much of Latin America has ideal weather this month, while April is (weirdly) the single hottest month in most of Southeast Asia, so that budget-traveler hot spot is really better avoided until autumn.

Those looking for a cheap beach vacation will have many really good options because even places with scorching weather can be quite bearable if all you are doing is sitting under an oversized umbrella sipping cocktails all day long, with breezes always rolling in. Click to read more

Best budget Caribbean destination for every kind of trip

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Before your first visit, you might even think of “the Caribbean” as one place. While the islands and a few mainland towns do share a similar tropical climate, there are HUGE differences between destinations in many ways. The Caribbean has islands where luxurious all-inclusive resorts seem suspiciously cheap, and other islands where only the rich and famous will feel welcome.

Here at Price of Travel we have been tracking travel costs since 2010 and we update our annual list of the 32 cheapest destinations in the Caribbean.

We also maintain our list of the 13 cheapest Caribbean destinations for all-inclusive resorts because the lists are more different than you’d expect.

Of course, knowing which places are cheapest is only one part of choosing the best destination for your own trip. Cheap places are sometimes cheap for good reasons, while expensive places are sometimes expensive because they are remote rather than because they are so nice. Click to read more

Is the New York Pass 2016 worth it? We review prices and value here

TopRockViewNew York City is a place everyone should visit at least once in their life, and while it has a reputation for being expensive, it doesn’t have to be. Unfortunately, the best and most famous attractions in the city are, on average, the most expensive in the world. Walking through Central Park will cost you nothing, but all the wonderful museums and tours are pricey.

The New York City Pass is an ideal solution for many people, as it allows you entry into over 50 of the cities best attractions and tours for a single price. That price seems high at first, until you do the math to see what it includes and how much you can save. Click to read more