Updated: Jul 2, 2019
Traveling is like a necessity for some of us and let's be honest - it is healthy for our minds & bodies. But when it comes to deciding on the destination, the budget really matters. International travels are thrilling adventures but the myth that it will be always expensive has to be vanished. Let me tell you, it is possible to travel abroad on budget. Read about 10 cheapest countries to visit from India in 2019 to get rid off this myth. And a bonus for ladies! I will share do's and dont's below for solo female travelers who are planning to visit these countries.
Here are 10 cheapest countries to visit from India:
Sri Lanka - Known for its untouched beaches, misty green hill stations and its rich heritage. Also got its place on the list of top ten countries to visit in 2019. Flight tickets to Colombo cost just 3200 from Chennai and if you are traveling on a budget of 500 - 700 rupees should be sufficient enough for a day. You can easily obtain a visa through a simple online process to enter a country for 30 days and don’t forget Sri Lanka is gaining popularity so do visit before it gets flooded with tourists. As a solo female traveler you should opt for popular touristic cities where you can choose from a variety of hostels. Also, there is an all-female surf club - how cool is that! Make sure to check it out if you are an adventure-seeker.
Thailand - It's a place for all kinds of people. If you are a beach bum you will love Thailand. If you are a crazy party animal, you will fall in love with Thailand or if you are a history lover, you will love Thailand as well and if you are a foodie then let me not just say more. Thailand has got it all. Thailand is easily accessible from India with flights costing just 3500 from Visakhapatnam which is the cheapest airport to be flying from India. Don’t forget flights which fly on Mondays and Saturdays are the cheapest flights to fly to Thailand. The accommodation cost is also very low with hostel starting just at 500 rupees and don't worry about the food - you can gauge on some incredible street food at very low rates. The cheapest months to travel to Thailand are between March and October. If you are looking for a cheap country to travel from India then this should be your go-to place. The country is a hub for backpackers for years. It's safe, Thai people are super friendly and as a woman traveling solo you will find multiple safe options as well as lots of opportunities to make friends with fellow female travelers from all over the world.
Maldives - You see the name and in your mind immediately there is a picture of a couple widely laughing with turquoise waves in the background. It is a luxury honeymoon destination but not only. Suprisingly, it is also a great budget destination with flights from India at just 5000 rupees with the cheapest flight flying at 3800 rupees from the Cochin airport. A day in the Maldives cost about 2000 - 3000 rupees and visa on arrival is free of cost. The best months to travel to the Maldives are between November and April and all you need is careful planning and good research. If you will stay at the cities where locals live, what is relatively cheaper, as a solo traveling girl you need to remember that it is a Muslim country so dress code is something to not to forget about while spending time in local areas which are not filled with tourists as resort islands.
Cambodia - Universally known as one of the cheapest countries in South East Asia with a rich history, amazing coastlines and not to mention the yummy food. Cheapest flights in Cambodia can be avail between March and June with flight costing as low as 5600 rupees. Cambodian visa can also be availed online within 4 days and a day in Cambodia cost 700 - 900 rupees and don’t forget 1 rupee translates to 57 Cambodian riel. The highlight of the country is Angkor Wat without any doubt - one of the largest religious complex in the world, originally constructed as a Hindu temple. It is a safe country for solo women backpacking, famous among travel enthusiasts for years. Just avoid being alone away from the city when night comes or travel with someone if you need to travel at night.
Uzbekistan - I would not call it the cheapest travel option but it is definitely worth every penny you spend. So break the stereotypes and travel to Uzbekistan because it is a wonderful country with rich culture. It is quite surprising how the tales of the powerful architecture and the pure-hearted people can win your heart while traveling there. The currency is pretty weak with 1 rupee converting to 117 Uzbekistani so'm. A hostel this year costs as low as 500 - 700 rupees so you should be good with 1500 - 2000 rupees per day. Islam is a dominant religion there so need to rethink your insta-perfect outfits accordingly. As a woman traveling solo, it is advisable to always carry a shawl no matter where you travel to. It can be helpful in many different situations, not only to cover yourself, but also as a beautiful item in your travel pictures, as a cover to sit somewhere or even to carry fruits when you buy from a local bazaar.
Indonesia - I know Bali is irresistible and its most people’s bucket list but there is more to Indonesia than just Bali. It is home to act volcanos, dramatic mountain ranges, pristine beaches and some of the best dining sites. You can fly to Jakarta at just 6000 rupees and the best thing is that Indonesia’s visa is free for Indians. Visiting Indonesia during the shoulder season is the best. It is when the accommodation prices go down by 30% - 60% and you should be good with the budget of 1000 - 1500 rupees per day. One rupee converts to 204 Indonesian rupiah which means you are a millionaire in Indonesia. It is the go-to destination for Indians as it is one of the cheapest countries to visit from India. As a solo female traveler, pack light and don't forget to carry mozzy spray and sunscreen with you. Keep yourself safe by avoiding dark, isolated areas.
Malaysia and Singapore - Though not very popular with backpackers, Malaysia and Singapore have got a lot to offer. While Malaysia’s beaches, rainforests, and beautiful scenery, and one of the most popular tourist destinations for Indians especially for its budget-friendliness. Singapore is a fun cosmopolitan, highly developed country. Though Singapore is one of the costliest city to live in, it is relatively cheaper for tourists and you should be good with the budget of 1000 - 2000 rupees per day. Both the countries are located super close to each other and are well organised - it is not difficult to board a bus or to find travel informations. And the greatest part is food! Malaysia is all good for solo traveler. Just a thing are the beggars who can approach you in buses or outside the restaurant. Watch out for your belongings in crowded places. Singapore is a safe country to travel solo as it has strict laws.
Vietnam - One among the chunks of South East Asia, Vietnam has slushed mountains, golden sand beaches, and buzzling cities. It is a must visit place for backpackers from all around the world. So you can fly to Ho Chi Minh City at just 5700 rupees and you should be good with a budget of 700 - 900 rupees per day. You can get the cheapest flights to Vietnam in April. Pro tip alert: Mondays and Wednesdays are the cheapest days to fly to Vietnam! This is a wonderful country for solo female travelers as there are many options to explore, indulge, relax. Visit it, enjoy the great cuisine and experience the local culture.
Nepal - This stunning Himalayan country is known for its contrast of culture, nature, and adventure and is the best country to enjoy some trekking. The brilliant part is you don’t have to have a visa as Indian citizen to enter Nepal. The cheapest flights to Kathmandu cost just 3000 rupees from Delhi and the average per day budget can go around 400 - 700 rupees. It is one of the cheapest countries to visit from India! As a solo female traveler, you will feel highly respectful especially from Nepalese men. Avoid being alone at night far from touristic areas. As a conservative country, you just need to wear some decent clothing.
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Some of travel safety tips for women who travel alone:
Eat where locals are having their meals, it will be beneficial for your wallet and stomach.
Do not show that you are lost even if you are, be confident and when in doubt sit in a cafe and google or look for a tourist information, another traveler, etc.
If you are going for a party and planned to drink, always have a contact number of at least one trusted person. It can be a receptionist at your hostel or a traveler who stays at the same place. Do share your location with somebody before partying just to be on the safe side.
If carrying a pepper spray makes you feel more confident, have it always with you.
Carry the necessary things with you if you do not have access to a locker.
While carrying cash, do not put the whole amount in one place/one luggage.
Watch out for your drink when you are out for the party.
Be friendly with people but do not share too many informations with strangers, they do not need to know where you stay, for how long and what's your next plan.
Stay at a safe place even if it’s a bit more expensive.
Before boarding a taxi or cab, note down the car number.
Trust your female intuition and keep traveling! ❁