3 of the Cheapest Countries to Visit in 2018

Phillip Garlick is Head of Commercial at the travel money provider H&T. He shares his top picks of the countries you can travel to affordably this year.

Travelling is a lot of fun and incredibly rewarding, but it can also cost a lot of money. However, it is possible to see more of the world on a budget: you just have to plan in advance, be flexible, and choose the right destination.

To help you out, I’m going to give you some of my top picks of the cheapest countries to visit in 2018. You’ll find that it’s relatively affordable to travel to these destinations, and that the cost of living will be particularly low when you get there — perfect if you don’t have a great deal of cash to splash. Read on to learn more.


In terms of value for money, Thailand is hard to beat. Hotels in the capital are among the most affordable in the world: if you’re looking for luxury, five-star hotels average £103 a night, while a night in a three-star hotel will set you back an average of £27. If you venture out into more rural areas and opt to stay in hostels, the cost is going to be even lower.

The huge array of flights you can catch to Thailand is also incredibly impressive. If you plan ahead and are flexible about which airports you’re willing to travel through, you can find return flights to Bangkok starting at £400, which is an absolute steal when you consider the fact that it’s a long-haul journey.



Turkey is a country that offers something for everyone, whether you’re looking to shop, bask in the local culture, or try new and delicious foods. Plus, if you’re interested in planning a city break abroad, the country’s capital, Istanbul, offers fantastic value for money.

In 2017, a night in one of Istanbul’s five-star hotels cost travellers £87, and it was even cheaper outside of peak seasons. And, rates in three-star hotels averaged just £31 a night – you would struggle to find these kinds of prices when planning a city break in the UK or even mainland Europe. Airfares are also exceptionally affordable. If you time it right and aren’t too picky about which airport you fly from, you can bag a return flight from as little as £100.



When booking a trip abroad, many of us are simply looking to spend a week or two sunbathing on a beach and sipping cocktails. If you fall into this camp, Portugal could be the perfect holiday destination for you. The country offers everything you could possibly want for a relaxing stay, and you’re likely to find that flights and accommodation are very affordable – much like the food and drinks will be when you get there.

In fact, in its Holiday Money Report for 2018, the Post Office has declared it the second most affordable place to visit in Europe, after Bulgaria. This is based on how much it costs to buy simple things like a coffee and sun cream, which is a great indicator of how much you’re likely to spend while you’re there.

If you’re on a budget, you can still travel – you just need to be smart about it. When you want to see more of the world without breaking the bank, the most important thing is to pick the right destination, and any of these would make a fantastic choice.

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