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


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

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

ThamesBoatsLondon is a very peculiar city for budget travelers. If you just turn up with little preparation you are guaranteed to think that it’s the most expensive place on earth. Unlike most other large and famous cities, the center of London feels like a trap built to suck all the money out of your wallet and your credit cards. Every turn brings another outrageous expense, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

We’ve previously discussed London budget travel tips, and if you follow that advice you can actually cut your expenses in half or so, while having just as much fun in the process. Generally, London prices are near the highest on our cheapest European cities list, but savvy travelers and those who do their research can save a lot. As of late 2015, the London Pass now includes a 1-day pass on the famous doubledecker hop-on, hop-off bus tours, which is a great new benefit. Click to read more

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

GuinnessStorehouseAs popular as Dublin is for tourists, it’s actually quite compact and easy to visit in only two or three days. The Dublin Pass is a standard “city pass” that covers admission to pretty much every popular attraction in town for one flat price. The Dublin Pass doesn’t include public transportation, but most attractions are within walking distance for those staying in the city center anyway.

The most popular attraction in Dublin is the extremely entertaining Guinness Storehouse, and of course it is included in the Dublin Pass (including a free pint in the Gravity Bar at the end). Assuming you are planning on visiting the Guinness tour, it’s very likely that the Dublin Pass is a good idea, but we’ll run the numbers below. Click to read more