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Safest and Cheapest Countries to Visit in 2021 | You Must See This List!

Are you looking for the safest and cheapest countries to visit in 2020? 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 2020

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 2020. 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.


Honestly, have you ever seen a more impressive KFC? | Safest and Cheapest Countries to Visit

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. Click here to see the best places to see in Belarus!

Independence Square is definitively the most impressive square in Minsk with the massive buildings, imposing Soviet architecture, and gigantic Lenin statue. Minsk has recently been rated the cheapest destination in Europe. The best, you can visit visa-free!


Torres del Paine National Park, in Chile’s Patagonia region, is known for its soaring mountains, bright blue icebergs that cleave from glaciers and golden pampas (grasslands) that shelter rare wildlife such as llama-like guanacos.| Safest and Cheapest Countries to Visit

Chile is a place of natural extremes. There’s Patagonia in the south, 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. Click here to see the best places to stay in Chile!

Costa Rica

Many people forget that Costa Rica has some fabulous beaches, like this one: Playa Conchal. | Safest and Cheapest Countries to Visit

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. Click here to see the best places to stay in Costa Rica!


Macedonia is one of the most underrated countries to visit in Europe! | Safest and Cheapest Countries to Visit

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!

The Springs of St Naum on Lake Ohrid are one of the most stunning places we’ve ever been to. You can dip your water bottle into the water and drink it! Probably not what you expect when you think of Macedonia, is it? | 6 Safe and Cheap Countries to Visit

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. Click here to see the best places to stay in Macedonia.


Don’t look down! We’re snapping a pic on the Zhuilu Old Trail, it’s about 1,800 feet above the valley below. Notice how there’s no railing? | Safest and Cheapest Countries to Visit

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.

The Dragon and Tiger Pagodas on the Lotus Pond are a must-stop on any tour of Taiwan! |Safest and Cheapest Countries to Visit

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! Click here to see the best places to stay in Taiwan.


Audrey’s taking a tour of the Mukay Village in Zambia. | Safest and Cheapest Countries to Visit

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.

We were able to snap this pic during our walking tour of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park with Livingstone Walking Safaris. The few rhinos in the park are watched 24 hours per day by armed guards. During the safari, visitors may get extremely close to these wild and beautiful animals. | Safest and Cheapest Countries to Visit

Zambia is most famous for its waterfall: Victoria Falls. Considered to be the largest waterfall on the planet, visiting “Vic Falls” is 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! Click here to see the best places to stay in Zambia.

Have we missed a country? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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