6. London, England
London is notoriously expensive for tourists, especially when the exchange rate isn't in your favour. But if you know where to go, you can find a bargain beer every now and then. And not forgetting, there are tons of free things to do in England's capital.
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5. Sydney, Australia
For backpackers, time spent in Sydney can be slightly hard on the wallet. But if you use our Rough Guide to Australia, you'll find there are actually cheap camping options around the city, and a good network of hostels that'll help save some dollars for all that goon (boxed wine).
4. Marrakesh, Morocco
Marrakesh has its fair share of high-end hotels, but that doesn't mean budget options are few and far between. In the Rough Guide to Morocco we recommend Aday, for example, which has rooms from as little as $16 a night. Food in Marrakesh can be a bargain too – check out the guide for advice on avoiding being overcharged at the city's famous food stalls.
Safaris are usually expensive, but self-driving is the way to make Botswana a financially manageable adventure. Car rental might be pricey, but you can save on the rest by camping and cooking your own food.
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2. New York City, USA
If you're travelling to New York City, you don't go expecting to spend peanuts. But a trip to this great American metropolis doesn't have to cost the Earth either. Try staying a little out of town at The Local NYC, where a dorm costs around $60 a night, or if you've got a little more in your pocket, The Jane makes for an excellent budget base at around $100 a night.
1. Dubai, UAE
All the glitz and glamour of this big, bright city could be enough to put any budget traveller off. Dubai just looks unaffordable. But is it really? For many, it's relatively cheap to get to compared to destinations in Southeast Asia and South America, and on the ground it's not as expensive as the skyscrapers might suggest – there are rooms from $70 a night and some great little cafés for budget meals. Try Ashwaq near the bustling Gold Souk.
You can explore the world on a budget with our On a Budget travel guide series. Compare flights, find tours, book hostels and hotels for your trip, and don’t forget to buy travel insurance before you go.
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