Are you wanting to travel to a new country but don’t have too much money to burn or you are completely new to travelling and want to ease yourself into it. Well here are 5 countries we recommend for exactly that:
1 – Thailand
Thailand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. From its stunning beaches to its rich culture, there is something for everyone in Thailand. Thailand was our very first country we traveled outside of New Zealand as a couple. We were completely fresh and after 2 weeks here we dream of returning every chance we get. In Thailand you can spend a lot or as little as you want. The best part is that you will live like a king or queen on a budget regardless. It’s a great starter country for South East Asia for the reason that it relies heavily on tourists and therefore does cater towards accommodating foreigners. The locals are lovely, many speak English but even if they don’t they will communicate with their hands, gestures, or smiles. Thailand is called ‘The land of Smiles’ for a reason.
There really is a place for everyone in this country. Thailand has 1430 islands for relaxing, partying, drinking, swimming – anything you want. You will likely also fly into Bangkok, which is an incredible city. Grab a Tuk Tuk and take in the sights and sounds for a unique start to the trip.
2 – Greece
You come to Greece for two things 1) Beaches 2) Gyros. A laid back country outside of the capital of Athens. Greece is a hotspot for many European travelers for good reason, it has some of the best beaches, nightlife, and food that Europe has to offer. You feel incredibly safe here too, the culture is laid back and you will be drinking and eating at outside restaurants lining the beach as kids run around kicking a football until midnight when their parents decide its time for some shuteye.
Greece is also an island nation with many different options depending on what you want out of a holiday. Some shoutouts:
- Mykonos is one of the most famous Greek islands; you will love its mills, terraces of the district of “Little Venice” licked by the waves,its whitewashed houses and its blue roofs. There is also a very popular party scene on this island if that’s what you’re after.
- Crete Chania is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Crete. Part of the city was destroyed during the Second World War but much of the historic centre is intact and full of charm. There are an abudance of budget tours to explore all around the island. We also hired a buggy for a reasonable price which was an attraction by itself.
- Kos island is known worldwide for its sublime sandy beaches such as Agios Foka beach, Lagada beach, Kardamena beach, Agios Stenanos beach. Located in front of the seaside resort of Bodrum, Kos is one of the most beautiful Greek islands.
- Santorini , Santorini the blue of the sea blends with the blue of the sky and the blue roofs of the houses. This island, ranked among the best destinations for a honeymoon in Europe, is also one of the most beautiful Greek islands. (Be careful – this one can get a little pricey!)
- Corfu, The beach of Paleokrastritsa and its monastery, the nightlife of Sidari and the beach of the “Canal d’amour”, the seaside resort of Agios Georgios or the old town of Corfu and its rich Byzantine heritage await you this summer.
3 – Turkey
The food. Let’s start with the Food. If you’re a foodie then you would be crazy not to visit Turkey. Head down to a flea or street market and enter into a food coma without taking more than a handful of coins out of your pocket. Istanbul is great starter city where you will see the combination of European and Muslim influences.
Historic ruins, bustling cities, beautiful beaches, mountains, shopping, excellent food, and all at an affordable price. So whatever you’re looking for, be it a short city trip to Istanbul, a beach holiday along the south coast, or a place to travel for a while with a mix of everything, Turkey could be for you.
4 – Vietnam
Vietnam would be your very next step after visiting Thailand (as it was for us). You can head into the main cities of Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi for the big city life, where you drink beer on the street on tiny stools, supported by the greatest invention from Vientam that is Pho (Vietnamese soup dish). As you head outside of the main cities, you will get to test yourself a bit more than usual as english will be less spoken, however locals are incredible friendly and always willing to help should you need it. You will see some of the most incredible natural wonders here, and there is still time before it becomes completely overun by tourists.
5 – Bali, Indonesia
No doubt you have heard of Bali. The Bali Province is a province of Indonesia and the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands. It’s become a hotspot for digital nomads, surfers, and individuals who are looking to find themselves through spirituality. The island isn’t too big allowing for you to get to a number of different areas and villages to take in the different vibes that each has to offer. Tours are incredibly cheap and you can spend a full day out with food/drinks all included and still cost less than a couple Mcdonalds burgers in the UK. Also, super safe, you won’t feel intimidated in the slightest. Easy to get around and various accommodation options . Just don’t get caught with drugs or you may not see the light of day again.