One thing is certain: thanks to vaccines, travel will eventually become a lot easier in 2021 than in 2020. But where and when can we travel? That is still very much unclear as border closures, quarantines, and other measures are likely to stay with us for some time to come.
I've kept up this list of cheap countries to travel to for 8 years now, but this time I don't actually know which countries will be open for tourism, or when it will be appropriate to travel. So, think of it more as a wishlist.
Mexico is often associated with cheap beach resorts, with many tourists going to places such as Cancun, Cabo, or Tulum. Well, these tourist-priced locations are only 'cheap' if you compare them to, say, Miami or Hawaii. If you really want cheap, you have to explore the rest of Mexico.
- Backpacker Budget: $40 a day
- Mid-range Budget: $60 a day
Vietnam, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Philippines
Colombia is an amazing country to travel (and no, it's luckily nothing at all like Narcos, a show that is set over 50 years ago!).
What I love about Colombia is that it has a little bit of everything from South America: you have both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, the Amazon rainforest, and the start of the Andes mountain range.
- Backpacker Budget: $35 a day
- Mid-range Budget: $50 a day