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Cheap Travel Best Safe Countries for Tourists on a Budget

Okay, so we Americans don’t have much room to talk these days when it comes to economic things. We’re not exactly the most financially sound country in the world. But the fact is that this is still an expensive country, and we’re still very well-off compared to people in many countries overseas. In the U.S., it still costs a pretty penny to get around, to stay places, to eat at restaurants, or to go to cultural attractions. That’s why, maybe now more than ever, it’s refreshing to visit places where a dollar can go much further than it can back home. Here are just a few ideas for great countries that are safe and tourist-friendly, but which won’t make a huge dent in your bank account.

– Chile: There are actually several South American countries that could easily make it onto this list, but Chile is unique in that it is extremely affordable, and it offers the entire South American experience in a relatively small space. All within a narrow swath running down the southeastern edge of the continent, Chile has an incredible array of natural landscapes, ranging from the snow-capped Andes mountains to the Atacama desert, one of the driest places in the world. It has an extensive wine country, beautiful beaches, national parks, lakes, glaciers, and the southernmost point in the North/South American landmass. And, if you’re a city person, Santiago, the capital and largest city in Chile, has enough to keep you occupied for a long time. The country is perfectly safe, and the people are friendly and welcoming.

– Iceland: Sadly for the citizens of this gorgeous country, Iceland is a recent addition to this list. Over the last couple of years, the Icelandic economy has been pretty much eviscerated by the global financial crisis. They’ll surely recover, and the great people of Iceland are reacting to the situation with characteristic poise and good-cheer, but that’s all the more reason why now is the perfect time to go see the glaciers, the fjords, the beautiful green vistas, and the surprisingly cosmopolitan capital city of Reykjavk. Just make sure you go in the summer.

– Vietnam: When we hear about Vietnam, many of us automatically think of the infamous war that once played such a divisive role in American society. But over last few years, Vietnam has been coming into its own as a modern developing country, and Vietnam and the U.S. have had normalized diplomatic relations for going on 15 years now. There are many things you can do in the country, and the people are very warm and friendly. Visit the bustling capital of Hanoi, which has all the modern conveniences you could want. Also, head out to the country for beautiful scenery and challenging hikes. And yes, if you’re into this sort of thing, there are plenty of museums and historical sites commemorating the war.

– South Africa: For tourists, one of the greatest virtues of South Africa is that it has all of the natural sights that you would want to see in Africa, along with all of the infrastructure and accommodations you could want. In fact, South Africa is one of the safest and most tourist-friendly countries on the continent. And because tourism plays such a large part of their economy, you will be treated with respect and kindness. Visit the famous Kruger National Park to see a full range of African wildlife, tour the scenic and world-renowned wine country, and be sure to visit the exciting modern cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town.