Are you looking for the safest and cheapest countries to visit in 2021? Just about everyone we know wants to travel to a new and exciting country this year. However, the majority of travelers’ primary concerns seem to center around safety and budget.
After all, anybody can do “cheap,” but this is your vacation and you shouldn’t have to worry about wearing a money belt or getting your purse stolen. We believe our best travel experiences have been in destinations where we can let our guard down to focus on enjoying the beauty and culture of a country.
Safest and Cheapest Countries to Visit in 2021
All of the countries listed below have been rated by the U.S. Department of State as the safest countries in the world to visit in 2021. We’ve taken these “Level 1” countries and compared them against the Global Peace Index to ensure overall safety for travelers.
Additionally, a cost-benefit analysis was completed to recommend the “cheapest” countries that offer amazing and unique travel experiences, while also being extremely safe.
During our recent tour of the Baltics, we traveled to Russia, and it felt like any other Eastern European city, whereas Minsk, Belarus got our travel hearts racing! With only about 100 tourists a day (in the entire country), you’ll probably feel like you have the place all to yourself.
Independence Square is definitively the most impressive square in Minsk with massive buildings, imposing Soviet architecture, and a gigantic Lenin statue. Minsk has recently been rated the cheapest destination in Europe. The best, you can visit visa-free!
Excursion: The Best of Minsk Walking Tour
Accommodation: Hotel Polonez
Chile is a place of natural extremes. There’s Patagonia in the south, a beautiful wine country in the middle, and the Atacama Desert in the north. Let’s not forget about the monstrous Andes Mountains and the divine Easter Island.
There’s so much to see here that the hardest thing will be for you to narrow down the highlights into a realistic itinerary. While in the capital Santiago, don’t forget to head up to Cerro San Cristóbal for views of the city at sunset.
Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton Santiago – Vitacura
There’s a reason Costa Rica has once again climbed to the top of the Happy Planet Index rankings. It has crazy amounts of wildlife and is known as one of the happiest countries on the planet. The recent murder of an American tourist at an Airbnb has brought on some bad publicity for the country, but overall the country is considered safe. Tourists should still exercise normal precautions.
Accommodation: Capitán Suizo Beachfront Boutique Hotel
Looking for a unique country to explore? There’s never been a better time to visit Macedonia. The country has so much to offer, but it seems like much of the world hasn’t realized it yet. Macedonia feels like it’s just on the brink of becoming an emerging tourist destination. Take advantage of it!
Outside of Lake Ohrid, we received lots of curious stares and questions from locals wondering why we were in their country. In fact, Macedonians seemed genuinely surprised when we told them how much we were enjoying our tour.
Truth be told, mass tourism hasn’t ruined travel here yet. Locals are warm, welcoming, and friendly. Prices are extremely affordable. Attractions are often uncrowded. If you enjoy getting off the beaten path then Macedonia is a great country to explore.
Accommodation: Skopje Marriott Hotel
Taiwan is considered one of the safest countries in the world. After traveling throughout the country for about a month, we can verify this statement.
The “island” felt completely safe and was extremely easy to navigate. Additionally, when you include the food, the scenery, and the unique culture, there’s little doubt that Taiwan should be much higher on people’s bucket list.
One of the main reasons we visited Taiwan was that we always wanted to tour China, but didn’t like the idea of paying the $140 visa fee. If you’re staying less than 90 days in Taiwan, you don’t need a tourist visa!
Accommodation: Just Sleep Hualien Zhongzheng
Going on safari is usually extremely expensive, but in Zambia, it’s quite affordable when compared to its neighboring countries. Best of all, you can still see the Big Five here which includes lions, elephants, rhinoceros, leopards, and Cape buffalo.
Zambia is most famous for its waterfall: Victoria Falls. Considered to be the largest waterfall on the planet, visiting “Vic Falls” is an out-of-this-world experience. Furthermore, locals refer to it as “Mosi-oa-tunya,” which means the “smoke that thunders. “ This is because onlookers can see the mist from about 15 miles away. Let’s not forget to mention the people who are some of the nicest on the planet!
Excursion: Dinner Cruise on the Zambezi River
Accommodation: Shongwe Lookout
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