Cheap Places to Travel Around the World in 2020

With so many incredible places to see in the world, your travel bucket list is no doubt growing longer by the day. But how do you know where to book your next flight to? And when?

Because we believe in helping others see the world on any budget, we sought out to answer your questions about cheap places to travel around the world. To accomplish this, we did what we do best: analyze flight data. We dug deep into the numbers to compare and analyze 5 years’ worth of data – over 1 billion flight segments – for some of the world’s most popular travel destinations.

As a result, we’ve compiled a list of the top 20 trending destinations of 2020, as well as the best times to find cheap tickets, and created the ultimate list of cheap places to travel around the world.

But scoring a great deal on plane tickets is only the first part of saving money on a trip. So we’ve also used Numbeo, the world’s largest database of user-contributed data about cities and countries, to include the average prices for a meal at a local restaurant, a cappuccino, a domestic beer, and a ride on public transportation. 

 

1. Bali, Indonesia

When it comes to a tropical paradise, few places fit the title more than the ‘Island of the Gods’. This breathtaking Indonesian island truly has it all: lush jungles, great surfing, tropical beaches, big resorts, and small guest houses. Because Bali is an island, flights here can be expensive, costing around $1000 in the high season. But our data shows that good things may just come to those who wait, with August-December bringing lower prices.

 

ubud rice fields

 

Our Cheapest Flight Prediction: $390
Cheapest Time To Go: August – December 2020
Average cost of a meal at a local restaurant: $2
Average cost of a cappuccino: $2
Average cost of a beer: $2.50
Average cost of public transportation: $.25 (but not commonly used)

 

2. Paris, France

Another iconic travel destination, a trip to Paris is on virtually every traveler’s bucket list, though it rarely appears among lists of cheap places to travel around the world. Home to some of the world’s best museums and restaurants, the famous Eiffel Tower, and endless fashion shopping, it’s no wonder that everyone dreams of visiting the City of Light.

To treat yourself and stay like a true Parisian, it doesn’t get much better or authentic than the beautiful rentals from Cobblestone Paris.

 

French triangle

 

Our Cheapest Flight Prediction: $234
Cheapest Time To Go: April – July 2020
Average cost of a meal at a local restaurant: $16
Average cost of a cappuccino: $3.75
Average cost of a beer: $7.50
Average cost of public transportation: $2

 

3. Mykonos, Greece

Often referred to as Greece’s answer to Ibiza, Mykonos is one of the most famous Greek islands. Because Mykonos is as famous for its nightlife as for its amazing beaches, the vibe here is less “beach bum” and more “summertime chic.” 

Whether you want a relaxing beachside vacation or a days long-party to remember, Kiki from the Blonde Abroad put together an amazing Mykonos Beach and Party Guide.

 

Greek beach

 

Our Cheapest Flight Prediction: $345
Cheapest Time To Go: August – October 2020
Average cost of a meal at a local restaurant: $21
Average cost of a cappuccino: $3.75
Average cost of a beer: $8.75
Average cost of public transportation: $2

 

4. Tokyo, Japan

A visit to Tokyo at night is an absolute feast for the eyes. The bustling, high tech city delights visitors due to its commitment to both embrace technology and preserve traditions of the past. Lovers of art, tech, culture, and food can each find endless things to love about Tokyo.

For an only-in-Tokyo way to see the city, you can live out your childhood dreams by driving a go kart through Tokyo dressed as one of your favorite video game characters.

 

Tokyo japan


Our Cheapest Flight Prediction: $405
Cheapest Time To Go: February – May 2020
Average cost of a meal at a local restaurant: $9
Average cost of a cappuccino: $3.50
Average cost of a beer: $4.50
Average cost of public transportation: $1.50

 

5. Rome, Italy

Is there so much more to Italy’s vibrant capital than its status home to some of the world’s best pizza, gelato, coffee, and wine? Absolutely. But that doesn’t make it any less of a reason to visit this historic city. But if you need an extra push beyond the food and drinks, the city’s ancient ruins and awe-inspiring art make it truly unforgettable.

Rome Pro Tip: Skip the infamously long lines at the Vatican and purchase your tickets ahead of time from the official website.

 

Rome Italy


Our Cheapest Flight Prediction: $329
Cheapest Time To Go: July – October 2020
Average cost of a meal at a local restaurant: $16.50
Average cost of a cappuccino: $1.25
Average cost of a beer: $5.50
Average cost of public transportation: $1.50

 

6. Melbourne, Australia

With the high-end of ticket prices hovering around $1,000, Australia isn’t the cheapest country to travel to. So travelers hoping to visit the Land Down Under will definitely want to set a flight alert for flights to Melbourne between March and June. The city has a vibe reminiscent of Europe in some spots and New York City in others, but ultimately has a character all its own.

Australia

 

Our Cheapest Flight Prediction: $499
Cheapest Time To Go: March – June 2020
Average cost of a meal at a local restaurant: $11.50
Average cost of a cappuccino: $2.75
Average cost of a beer: $5.50
Average cost of public transportation: $3

 

7. Marrakech, Morocco

Bustling and vibrant, modern and ancient. To first time visitors, Marrakech is seemingly all things at once. While many people come here to feel the old world charm, Marrakech is also a modern economic city as well. Whatever your assumptions about Marrakech, it’s best to leave them at home and dive right in!

 

Morocco


Our Cheapest Flight Prediction: $405
Cheapest Time To Go: February – March 2020
Average cost of a meal at a local restaurant: $3.11
Average cost of a cappuccino: $2
Average cost of a beer: $5
Average cost of public transportation: $.50

 

8. Dubrovnik, Croatia

So much more than a prominent filming location of Game of Thrones, this seaside city is as picturesque as they come. That’s probably why it seems like everyone knows someone who has been to Dubrovnik in the last year. The good news is that a good flight deal to this gem of the Adriatic is still within reach, provided you check between April and July.

 

Croatia


Our Cheapest Flight Prediction: $450
Cheapest Time To Go: April – July 2020
Average cost of a meal at a local restaurant: $13.25
Average cost of a cappuccino: $2.75
Average cost of a beer: $6
Average cost of public transportation: $2.25

 

9. Barcelona, Spain

This seaside city offers all of the best of Spain, done at the highest level. When it comes to food, wine, art, beaches, and nightlife, Barcelona delivers. Add in one of the world’s best football teams, and you’ll struggle to find a dull moment here.

Barcelona is also considered to be one of the world’s most walkable cities, so be sure to add a pair of comfortable shoes to your packing list.

 

Barcelona Spain

 

Our Cheapest Flight Prediction: $329
Cheapest Time To Go: October – December 2020
Average cost of a meal at a local restaurant: $12
Average cost of a cappuccino: $2
Average cost of a beer: $2.75
Average cost of public transportation: $2.50

 

10. Copenhagen, Denmark

While best known for its livability, Copenhagen is a booming travel destination as well. Innovative design, picturesque canals, and pristine palaces make Copenhagen a cultural hotspot. And with over a dozen Michelin-starred restaurants, the food scene rivals some of Europe’s bigger culinary players.

 

Copenhagen


Our Cheapest Flight Prediction: $291
Cheapest Time To Go: May – August 2020
Average cost of a meal at a local restaurant: $18.25
Average cost of a cappuccino: $5.75
Average cost of a beer: $7.25
Average cost of public transportation: $3.50

 

11. Dubai, UAE

Luxurious and futuristic, Dubai has become one of the hottest travel destinations over the last few years. Home to man-made palm-shaped islands, the world’s tallest structure, and a massive shopping mall that has its own aquarium, this is a city that doesn’t do anything halfway. If you’re seeking pristine coastlines with an ultramodern backdrop, Dubai is the place to go.

 

Dubai


Our Cheapest Flight Prediction: $487
Cheapest Time To Go: January – March 2020
Average cost of a meal at a local restaurant: $8
Average cost of a cappuccino: $5
Average cost of a beer: $12.25
Average cost of public transportation: $1.50

 

12. Buenos Aires, Argentina

This bustling metropolis is often said to have the style of Latin America with a touch of European flair. Though the culinary scene is equipped to satisfy any palate, it’s the meat lovers that will truly be in a carnivore’s paradise. If you find time to rest during the day in Buenos Aires, take it. Because between mesmerizing tango and a truly up-all-night attitude toward nightlife, there’s never a dull moment in this capital city.

 

Buenos Aires


Our Cheapest Flight Prediction: $589
Cheapest Time To Go: September – November 2020
Average cost of a meal at a local restaurant: $6.50
Average cost of a cappuccino: $1.50
Average cost of a beer: $1.75
Average cost of public transportation: $.25

 

13. Ljubljana, Slovenia

A cobblestone-clad city center, free from cars but full of riverside pubs and cafes, the Slovenian capital punches above its weight class in charm and culture. The city may be compact, but the winding streets, beautiful bridges, and ample green spaces make it a joy to take in on foot or by bike.

 

Slovenia


Our Cheapest Flight Prediction: $512
Cheapest Time To Go: May – June 2020
Average cost of a meal at a local restaurant: $8.75
Average cost of a cappuccino: $2.75
Average cost of a beer: $1.5
Average cost of public transportation: $1.50

 

14. Bogota, Colombia

Colombia’s capital city has been overlooked in favor of Cartagena and Medellin in the past, but travelers have finally begun to take notice of all the culture and excitement that Bogota has to offer. Spend the day time admiring historic colonial buildings and world-famous art museums, but save your energy for the evening.

At night, venture to a tejo bar, like Club De Tejo La 76, and try your hand at Colombia’s explosive national sport! Before you go, brush up on your Tejo knowledge with ASocialNomad’s an excellent guide on how and where to play Tejo in Bogota.

 


Our Cheapest Flight Prediction: $245
Cheapest Time To Go: March – May 2020
Average cost of a meal at a local restaurant: $3.50
Average cost of a cappuccino: $1.25
Average cost of a beer: $1
Average cost of public transportation: $.75

 

15. Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver is the best of both worlds. It’s a hip, vibrant city completely surrounded by natural beauty. You can enjoy mountains, swinging suspension bridges, waterways, and hiking trails by day and refuel like royalty come nightfall. Vancouver just might be Canada’s best food city, especially if you enjoy Asian cuisine.

 

Vancouver Canada


Our Cheapest Flight Prediction: $197
Cheapest Time To Go: May – August 2020
Average cost of a meal at a local restaurant: $13.50
Average cost of a cappuccino: $3.25
Average cost of a beer: $5.25
Average cost of public transportation: $2.25

 

16. Male, Maldives

Private luxury villas and stunning white sand beaches. Perhaps more than any other country on this list of cheap places to travel around the world, the Maldives conjure images of a picture-perfect, Instagram worthy vacation getaway. Which is why it’s extra famous amongst honeymooners.

Traditionally, Male is not thought of as one of the top cheap places to travel around the world. But thanks to a rise in tourism, the country has made huge strides in becoming a more budget-friendly destination.

Don’t believe us that the Maldives are great for budget travelers too? Just ask the guy who wrote the book on budget travel and check out Nomadic Matt’s Guide to the Maldives.

 

maldives


Our Cheapest Flight Prediction: $548
Cheapest Time To Go: June – September 2020
Average cost of a meal at a local restaurant: $3.75
Average cost of a cappuccino: $2.25
Average cost of a beer: $3.75
Average cost of public transportation: $1.75

 

17. Cape Town, South Africa

Though the breathtaking view from atop Table Top Mountain is only a small part of what makes Cape Town special, it’s certainly a fitting introduction. Cape Town is a one-of-a-kind city that is a true mix of cultures, landscapes, cuisines, and even species – thanks to their famous seal population.

If you don’t feel like breaking a sweat while hiking up to Table Mountain (it can be pretty intense), grab a city pass and the Table Mountain cable car will have you from base to summit in 5 minutes.

 

South Africa


Our Cheapest Flight Prediction: $556
Cheapest Time To Go: February – April 2020
Average cost of a meal at a local restaurant: $9.50
Average cost of a cappuccino: $2
Average cost of a beer: $2.25
Average cost of public transportation: $1

 

18. Podgorica, Montenegro

Podgorica may not have the size or prestige as other European capitals, but this centuries-old capital still holds its own. A vibrant cafe culture, plentiful shops and galleries, and close proximity to Montenegro’s more popular coastal cities and mountain resorts make Podgorica worth a look.

 

Montenegro


Our Cheapest Flight Prediction: $483
Cheapest Time To Go: May – August 2020
Average cost of a meal at a local restaurant: $6
Average cost of a cappuccino: $1.50
Average cost of a beer: $1.75
Average cost of public transportation: $1

 

19. Helsinki, Finland

Though it offers plenty of eye-candy for appreciators of modern architecture and sleek, streamlined Finnish design, Helsinki is a place to be experienced, not just seen. The city is just as well known for its art and cultural events as it is for its culinary scene, which places an emphasis on locally farmed ingredients to provide a true Finnish touch.

After a long day of travel, unwind in true Finnish fashion and experience one of their more than 3.5 million saunas, like the historic Kotiharjun sauna, built in 1928.

 

Finland


Our Cheapest Flight Prediction: $387
Cheapest Time To Go: September – October 2020
Average cost of a meal at a local restaurant: $13.75
Average cost of a cappuccino: $4.25
Average cost of a beer: $7.13
Average cost of public transportation: $3

 

20. Santiago Chile

Santiago is a fast-growing, flourishing city. The city has all of the traits of an attractive travel destination: a booming arts scene, grand architecture, stroll-worthy parks, and towering skyscrapers. The best way to see Santiago is by going up. Whether you take a cable car up to San Cristóbal Hill or an elevator ride up Gran Torre Santiago for a 360º view of the city below, it’s not hard to see why Chile is one of the top cheap places to travel around the world to visit in 2020.

 

Santiago Chile


Our Cheapest Flight Prediction: $537
Cheapest Time To Go: May – September 2020
Average cost of a meal at a local restaurant: $7.50
Average cost of a cappuccino: $2.50
Average cost of a beer: $3
Average cost of public transportation: $1

 

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  • Kyle Maltz, COO & Partner

    Kyle’s an adventure loving Seattleite who’s busy skiing or traveling the world when he’s not helping DFC move mountains. His favorite trips have been to Thailand, Turks and Caicos, and Costa Rica. Kyle stays busy connecting us with some of the best brands in the world and working on new ways for DFC to be the best in the business for helping travelers explore more and pay less. Kyle oversees daily operations and growth strategy for Dollar Flight Club, including the Flight Alerts product as well as the media publishing side of the business.

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