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    12 Incredible And Affordable Places To Travel Outside The US

    See if your dream destination is on the list. H/T Quora

    A recent Quora thread asked people about their favorite inexpensive places to travel outside the US. Here are some of the best responses:

    1. Bangkok, Thailand

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    "This is the destination of choice for many budget travelers. It’s got everything — perfect weather, beautiful white sand beaches, a bustling metropolis, delicious food, and amazing parties. It’s so budget-friendly that even if you’re a student, you can pretty much do anything you want here." —Steve Long

    2. Kathmandu, Nepal

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    "Nepal is still vastly unexplored and full of some of the most wonderful people I have ever encountered. And you can pair that with the internationally renowned mountain treks, ancient temples, heart-pounding rafting, world-class paragliding, yoga, and meditation. No matter what level of exploration you seek, you'll surely find your place among the Himalayas." —Ciaran Redmond

    3. Rabat, Morocco

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    "I visited Morocco fairly recently and was blown away by how beautiful it was. It's one of the most photogenic places in the world with friendly people and incredibly cheap options for travel." —Steve Long

    4. Thoddoo, Maldives

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    "Many of you will be shocked with my suggestion that the Maldives are inexpensive. If you don’t stay in over-priced island resorts you can have a very affordable holiday in true paradise. We fell in love with Thoddoo both because people there were very friendly and also because there were plenty of opportunities for water sports just off the beach, like snorkeling or scuba diving." —Veronika Brazdil

    5. Prague, Czech Republic

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    "Hostels clock in at $10–$15 a night and beer is cheaper than water. There's plenty of fun that can be had for free. Prague is an incredibly beautiful city to simply walk and explore." —Pavitra S

    6. Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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    "Cambodia is full of ancient temples, historical buildings, and plenty of jungle areas to explore. It’s great for a laidback, but not boring, vacation." —Steve Long

    7. Manila, Philippines

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    "We stayed by the beach, and paid $22 for two dinners and $51 for our hotel. We also got the chance to zipline for $11." —Nanda Aquino

    8. Montevideo, Uruguay

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    "You can find excellent steak here, plenty of lovely beaches to choose from (head to Cabo Polonio for quieter sands and abundant wildlife), and the gorgeous old capital of Montevideo." —Shirish Alhat

    9. Minsk, Belarus

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    "With four UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites, beautiful lakes, forests, and historical architecture located across the country, Belarus is one of the most gorgeous and affordable destinations to visit." —Rohan Khedkar

    10. Lisbon, Portugal

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    "Portugal remains one of the best bargains in Western Europe. If you’re after a beach break, eschew the Algarve for the ruggedly beautiful Alentejo, where you'll find some of the cheapest, fresh seafood. And don’t forget to put enough Euros aside for a Pastéis de Belém (custard tart) or two." —Shirish Alhat

    11. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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    "Mongolia is one of the best places for adventure, horse riding, and lovely people. The country holds many traditional festivals throughout the year, most of which are celebrations of Mongolian culture. You'll enjoy the food, drinks, and culture of this wonderful country." —Rohan Khedkar

    12. Sucre, Bolivia

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    "Like the other spots on the list, Bolivia is a favorite for its cheap accommodation and tasty, inexpensive food. But it's also awesome because it's filled with beautiful, natural things to see from Lake Titicaca to the Salar de Uyuni salt flats, plus beautiful historic cities like La Paz. A ticket to enter La Paz's four municipal museums cost a grand total of 58 cents." —Patrick Parker

    Note: Submissions may have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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