13 North American cities by price: Backpacker Index for 2018

Downtown Los AngelesThe US Dollar has weakened in 2017 against virtually every other currency in the world, so now the US is at least a bit cheaper for most people, including Canadians. We've updated and reranked out list for 2018 and there weren't many dramatic changes except for the Canadian cities now being more expensive in USD terms.

Inflation in the United States and Canada was very low again in 2017, so nominal prices haven't shifted much. There is some good news in hostel prices, especially in New York City, where some new and popular hostels have suddenly made that city more within reach of a typical backpacker. Click to read more

6 Australia and New Zealand cities by price: Backpacker Index for 2018

Queenstown ViewUpdated and re-ranked for 2018, the Australia and New Zealand Backpacker Index includes 6 cities that are generally the most popular for foreign visitors. The currency in both countries strengthened a bit against the US dollar, and inflation was almost zero in both countries as well.

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

Is the Philadelphia Pass worth it? Philadelphia Pass review 2018

Though Philadelphia may not be as popular as say, Miami or Las Vegas, it's still a great big city destination within the United States. And because of that, you'll find plenty of things to do and see every single day of your stay. But, at the end of your visit, you might find that you spend way more on attractions than you had planned to. This is because even though the attractions aren't outrageously priced, the numbers still add up at the end of it all.

This is where the Philadelphia Pass comes into play. With this pass, you'll have the option to pick a number of days (1 to 5) in which you'll have access to over 30 activities. Even better? There's no limit to how many attractions you can visit in a day either. You'll just want to note that there are a lot of cheap attractions on the attraction list and that visiting all of them and none of the more expensive ones will make it so that the pass isn't as good of a deal.

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13 Africa and Middle East cities by price: Backpacker Index for 2018

Dubai Mall ViewUpdated for 2018, 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

Is the Sydney Pass worth it? Sydney Pass review 2018

Noted as one of the more popular city destinations in Australia, Sydney attracts not only visitors from around the country, but from around the world as well. Here you'll find lots to do both day and night, meaning that you'll never run out of fun experiences to enjoy during your visit. If you're visiting for a long weekend or a week, you'll want to strongly consider purchasing one of the Sydney Passes available. This is because the Sydney Pass grants you access to top area attractions at a fraction of the general admission cost.

For more information about whether this particular city pass is a good deal or not, continue reading our review below. Click to read more

Cheapest flights to Caribbean islands from Europe

St Maartin Beach AirportAs winter is here and the Western World dreams of flying on down to the Caribbean for a week or two, we are sorting out which are the best-value islands and which are better for those with bankrolls that allow them to avoid the riff-raff.

Recently we broke down the airfare market for Americans by listing the cheapest flights to the Caribbean by island and destination. For that one we used New York City as the starting point for all of them since it's by far the largest market for winter Caribbean flights and it's also the cheapest starting point for many islands. Those starting elsewhere will still find that list to be helpful because the order will stay more or less the same, with flights costing a bit more for most, depending on starting city. Click to read more

18 South and Central American cities by price: Backpacker Index for 2018

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.

We have completed updated this list for 2018, and have (by popular demand) added a city in Nicaragua and El Salvador. Prices were quite stable through 2017 in the region, which means that things here are still cheap compared to almost anywhere but southeast Asia. Once again, Argentina had high inflation and things there have become more expensive for foreigners, though it's still a good bargain. Venezuela has continued to get worse, so probably best to avoid it until things change. Click to read more

Cheapest flights to the Caribbean by island and destination

St Martin Airport BeachAs we are starting a series of articles that will concentrate on Caribbean islands to help winter travelers figure out which is the best for their budget and their style, we thought we'd start out by breaking things down by the price of the flights themselves.

It's definitely true that many of the best deals to the Caribbean are part of package holidays where the flight and the hotel (sometimes an all-inclusive hotel) are bundled together into an unbeatable deal. Have a look at our list of the cheapest Caribbean islands and destinations to see where your travel money goes furthest. We'll be sorting through those deals in the coming weeks as well, but in the meantime we'll start by ranking each island and destination by the cost of the flight itself, which will also generally translate into the cost of an entire vacation package. Also consider looking into your choices for the cheapest Caribbean cruise, as those can also be great bargains. Click to read more

31 Asia cities by price: Backpacker Index for 2018

Hoi An BridgeAlmost all of Asia is a travel bargain once you get there, so finding an affordable flight is often the main obstacle for exotic holidays. For the 8th year we have updated all of Asia's major destinations and ranked them from cheapest to most expensive. A few things changed, but most of the ranking will look familiar to someone who has seen any of the previous lists.

Nearly all Asian currencies gained slightly against the US Dollar in 2017, but the Euro actually gained even more so Europeans should find Asia even a bit cheaper in 2018 than they did in 2017. Inflation was mostly low throughout Asia as well, although there was a few exceptions and all of that has been factored into the list below. Click to read more

56 European cities by price: Europe Backpacker Index for 2018

London View Eye Big BenPrices for tourist in Europe's most popular cities range from amazing bargains to astonishingly expensive. Now in its 8th year, the Europe Backpacker Index is designed to help you sort out the cheap and interesting ones from the overpriced ones, even if you aren't a backpacker.

Europe has continued to be stable with very low inflation in most countries, so things going into 2018 haven't changed dramatically. The European currencies have all gained ground on the US Dollar after being unusually low for a few years, but still the prices you'll find here are quite reasonable considering the sights and thrills you'll experience. Click to read more