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3 Overseas Destinations with Excellent Cost-Effectiveness

① Budget-Friendly Travel Destination: Vietnam

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As the demand for overseas travel surges, cost-effective travel destinations have become increasingly popular. Travelers prefer destinations with shorter flight times and lower costs of staying. Vietnam and Japan are among the most popular destinations.

Travelers visit many cities in Vietnam, such as Da Nang, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, and Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh City is the Vietnamese destination with the cheapest airfare. As of March, a direct flight to Ho Chi Minh City is around $165, which is the most affordable price compared to other cities.

Staying in Ho Chi Minh City is relatively cheap. Although the cost of staying in Ho Chi Minh City and Phu Quoc is higher than in other cities in Vietnam, it is still affordable for travelers.


A bowl of pho at a local restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City costs around $2.50. A 10-minute Ride in a Grab Taxi also costs around $2.50.

Hotel room rates in Ho Chi Minh City are relatively cheap. The price can vary greatly depending on your chosen hotel, but the average cost for a 3-star hotel in the city center of Ho Chi Minh City is around $40. There are also places where you can book for around $23, and the hotel conditions are generally satisfactory. With a room rate of around $75, you can stay at a luxury hotel.

Travel expenses can vary greatly depending on your trip’s duration and consumption pattern. Traveling for around $450 per person for a 3-night or 4-day trip seems possible.

② The Rising Vacation Spot: Bohol, Philippines

Traveling King

In the Philippines, Bohol is a vacation destination that is unspoiled by nature. Although it is less known than Boracay and Cebu, it has gained popularity among travelers since introducing direct flights. As of March, a direct flight to Bohol is around $175.

Although the cost of staying in the Philippines is generally low, it has increased significantly recently. Eating at local restaurants in Bohol is cheap, but if you visit restaurants frequented by tourists, you should expect to pay between $5.50 and $7.50.

Bohol has hotels where you can stay for around $23 to $30. However, as Bohol is a vacation spot, there are many resorts. You can book resorts for around $45 to $55, but they are usually small. If you want to stay at a spa with a large swimming pool, you should expect to pay around $115 per night.


Taxi fares in Bohol are expensive. Few taxis are available, and the fare is not determined by the meter but by negotiation with the taxi driver. The fare starts at around $8. In Bohol, you should use the local transportation, tuk-tuks.

If you travel to Bohol, a snorkeling tour to explore the clear sea is necessary. If you book a guided tour with a local company, you can do it much cheaper.

It might be possible to pursue cost-effectiveness in Bohol, but if it’s a trip to enjoy relaxation, around $400 per person might not be enough. Bohol is not generally expensive, but hotel and tour costs can be high.

③ Cost-Effective Japan: Fukuoka

Japan Starts Here

Fukuoka is one of the most popular Japanese travel destinations. It is a great overseas travel destination that even working people can visit without much burden. The cheapest direct flight to Fukuoka is around $145 as of March.

With the record-low yen, the number of travelers visiting Japan is exploding. Many travelers visit Fukuoka for a one-night trip to shop. In Japan, Fukuoka is known to have a lower cost of staying compared to Tokyo. The perceived cost of waiting for travelers is affordable enough to enjoy the trip.

Hotels in downtown Fukuoka can be booked for around $40 to $55 per night. You can stay for around $15 to $25 per night for hostels. In Fukuoka, travel expenses can vary greatly depending on how you travel. If you stay in cheap hotels or hostels, you can travel for around $400 to $450 per person for a three-night trip.

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