The World’s Cheapest Destinations (Book Review)

When I first decided to go backpacking I thought I’d go to Europe for three months. Then I realized three months of travel wasn’t going to be enough for me. I wanted to go for at least a year or more on the money I had saved. So I had to go to cheaper countries where the US dollar went further. Where I’d end up I had no idea, the only thing I knew was that I’d be starting in Beijing and traveling south from there. With some better planning, I could have saved a heck of a lot more money.

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THE WORLD’S CHEAPEST DESTINATIONS: 21 Countries Where Your Money is Worth a Fortune by Tim Leffel

This is the book I wish I had before I went traveling. It would have saved me a lot of money and provided better insight on what to expect. My entire travel plans might have changed and my money would have lasted longer.

It’s not that I necessarily regret any part of my trip, it’s that I wish I had made smarter choices. Here are some of my mistakes:

  • I skipped Japan thinking it was going to be more expensive than Australia. Looking back at it, I wish I had gone to Japan rather than Australia.
  • I had a flight to India from Singapore that I didn’t get on because I was sick. Instead, I booked a flight to Australia. If I had read Tim Leffel’s book, I would have been more comfortable rebooking the flight to India.
  • I thought Argentina was going to be cheap. It wasn’t.
  • I had no idea Bolivia was so cheap.
  • I didn’t go to Ecuador on my first year RTW because I thought it was going to be expensive.  I was very wrong.
  • I skipped Europe. I now know I still could have gone affordably if I had gone to Eastern Europe.

Tim’s book is a great resource on which countries are affordable. For each of the 21 countries in the book, there’s budgets and information on accommodation, food & drink, transportation, and general prices for things like museums and sights. He goes into a bit of history and culture as well.

With the information provided in this book, a couple can travel between $850 to $1,700 a month. If you’re thinking of traveling and need help on planning where to go where your money will go far, you need to get this book.

While this book is great for travelers on the move, it’s also useful if you’re looking for a country to live for awhile.

It’s available in paperback and Ebook form. Read a free excerpt and look for me on the back cover!

Tim Leffel provided me a complimentary copy of his book. All opinions are my own.

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