“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Anonymous
Wise words, but wouldn’t it be nice to buy some of that richness without breaking the bank?
While tools like Google Flights makes it easy to compare the traveling cost of getting to places, I’ve yet to come across a website that lets you quickly compare the traveling cost once you’ve landed.
So what I’ve done in this post is gather data on what one can expect to pay daily as a tourist abroad, and visualized it with some global heat maps.
My primary dataset comes from Budgetyourtrip.com, a traveling website that provides average daily tourist costs for countries around the world based on user-submissions. These daily tourist costs are broken down by style of travel: budget, mid-range, or luxury. Most of the important categories are covered, such as accommodation, local transportation, food, water, entertainment, communication, and tips & handouts. Budgetyourtrip takes some steps to exclude user-submission outliers, and more information on this and how else they calculate their figures can be found here.
As the data I pulled from Budgetyourtrip was in a countries local currency, I converted these daily costs into Canadian dollars using currency exchange rates from the XE.com. Data from both sources was gathered back in in April 2017, but most tourist costs will not have changed much since then, save for any countries that have experienced major currency swings since then.
Daily Cost of Traveling Abroad Map
The map here shows the average daily tourist cost by country, in Canadian Dollars, and is broken down by the fanciness of travel: budget, mid-range, or luxury. There are a couple housekeeping items that should help with interpreting the data properly:
Probably not surprisingly, developed island nations tend to be the most expensive countries to visit, such as Iceland, Taiwan, Australia, and the Dominican Republic. Japan is more of an exception and ranges from $64 to $388 a day (depending on type of travel) . Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, and Australia stand out as the most expensive country in the world to partake in luxury travel, setting you back a hard to swallow $830 – $1,028 each day.
Ghana, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan (remember Borat?) get the prize for cheapest country in the world to visit, with budget travel setting you back single digits at $5.50 - $7.5 a day, and luxury travel costing you $28 - $46 a day.
Most of South America is pretty cheap, with mid-range travel costing about $35 to $53 a day for many countries. Chile stands out, with mid-range travel costing $135 a day.
North Korea is not to be found! Can anyone help with that one?