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These Are the World's Cheapest Countries to Visit Right Now

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Updated: 25 April 2017

The World Economic Forum (WEF) Travel and Tourism and Competitiveness Report has just been released, revealing the cheapest and the most expensive countries to visit right now.

The hefty report, which takes into account a multitude of things including cultural resources, safety, general health and infrastructure, named Spain as is this year’s greatest destination, followed by France and Germany. But it was the Top 20 for price competitiveness that raised the most eyebrows in the travel world.

If you’re working to a budget, here are the 20 cheapest places to travel to right now, according to the WEF Report:

20. Sri Lanka

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Price Competitive rating: 5.55

Why visit? Stunning beaches, Yala National Park and plenty of opps to dive with blue whales and dolphins.

19. Nepal

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Price Competitive rating: 5.58

Why visit? There are only 14 mountains in the world over 26,000 ft., and Nepal has eight of them, making it prime trekking territory.

18. Thailand

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Price Competitive rating: 5.61

Why visit? Paradisal beaches, amazing food, and luxurious hotels await in this gorgeous part of the world.

17. Saudi Arabia

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Price Competitive rating: 5.62

Why visit? Ancient architecture, mysterious deserts and breathtaking mosques. Need we give you any more reasons to go?

16. Guatemala

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Price Competitive rating: 5.64

Why visit? This is where you’ll find the mother of all Mayan sites, Tikal. And yes, it’s highly Instagrammable.

15. Mongolia

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Price Competitive rating: 5.72

Why visit? Very few people venture to this part of the world and we can’t understand why. For those that dismiss it, they’re missing out on vast golden plains, towering snow-packed mountains, and unspoiled azure lakes. Go now.

14. Laos

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Price Competitive rating: 5.72

Why visit? Perfect for backpackers and seekers of absolute luxury, Laos is pure forgotten magic.

13. Botswana

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Price Competitive rating: 5.74

Why visit? Three words: Chobe National Park. Here you will see big cats in the form of leopards, lions and cheetahs, making it one of the best safari destinations in Africa.

12. Qatar

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Price Competitive rating: 5.75

Why visit? Mild winters, rapid growth, excellent restaurants and unrivalled service make Qatar one of this year’s hottest destinations.

11. Russia

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Price Competitive rating: 5.75

Why visit? Architecture, adventurous modern cuisine, and the legendary Hermitage Museum should be more than enough reason to visit this revered nation.

10. India

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Price Competitive rating: 5.85

Why visit? The food. Perhaps no other country in the world can offer quite the diversity in culinary prowess. Nothing is typical Indian here. From north to south, every dish is unique. Oh, and there’s some rather marvellous world heritage sites, jungles, and mountain ranges to explore too.

9. Tunisia

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Price Competitive rating: 5.89

Why visit? Tunisia is a land of fantastic coastlines and astonishing history. Due to threats of terrorism, it’d advisable to check with your local foreign office before travelling to this part of the world.

8. Kazakhstan

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Price Competitive rating: 5.9

Why visit? If you’re a Dostoevsky fan, head to Semey near the Russian border. Here you’ll find the famed novelist’s former home, which has now been converted into a museum. Displays include the original manuscript notes for Crime and Punishment and The Idiot.

7. Yemen

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Price Competitive rating: 5.92

Why visit? Cheap, glorious and beautiful it may be, but again, do check with your local foreign office before travelling to Yemen.

6. Bhutan

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Price Competitive rating: 6

Why visit? Verdant hills, winding valleys, crystal-clear lakes and wonderful walking trails allow plenty of room for moments of absolute solitude.

5. Indonesia

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Price Competitive rating: 6

Why visit? Indonesia is home to the world’s five largest lizards, countless otherworldly beaches, fabulous resorts and is without doubt the most culturally diverse nation on the planet.

4. Algeria

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Price Competitive rating: 6.03

Why visit? Simple. Most visit Tunisia for a chance to see Timgad, the most southerly of all the Roman military colonies. With some of the finest Roman ruins in the world, Tunisia truly is every history fanatic’s dream.

3. Malaysia

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Price Competitive rating: 6.06

Why visit? For the orangutan and elephant sanctuaries, of course.

2. Egypt

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Price Competitive rating: 6.18

Why visit? An Instagram does not do enough to capture the scale and grandiosity of the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. The Great Pyramid of Giza should be on everyone’s mega bucket list.

1. Iran

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Price Competitive rating: 6.66

Why visit? With a staggering 19 UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites under its belt and a history of empire stretching all the way back to 1000 B.C, Iran has already been tipped to be one of 2017’s most popular travel destinations.


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