Person on chair at beach

If you’re on a budget, international travel can often feel out of reach. But going to another country doesn’t have to be just a daydream. Low-cost international vacation is possible, it just requires some planning and research. Picking an affordable destination is key. Your goal is to find a place that is appealing to you but also has a great exchange rate and cheap flight. Timing is also important — avoid going during peak tourist season or traveling on a weekend, if you can (via TIME). With an open mind and some flexibility, you can plan the ultimate international getaway.

When it comes to accommodation, don’t forget to check Airbnb as well as hotels for price comparisons. If a hotel is a must for you, try to pick one that has a lot of included amenities, like breakfast and a hot tub, to get the most bang for your buck. And if you’re up for it, hostels generally have the cheapest prices and some even have private room options. For the adventurous types, you can sleep on locals’ couches for free through Couchsurfing, a website that vets hosts and travelers; or check out Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms — WWOOF for short — an organization that links volunteers to farms worldwide for a work exchange. Let’s explore some of the most popular international travel destinations that won’t break the bank.

Angkor Wat temple ruins
Kayaks with fruits and vegetables
Buddhist temple in Bali, Indonesia
Terrace overlooking Greece coastline
Cenote cave in Yucatan Peninsula
Guatemala chicken bus
Cocora Valley palm trees
The base of the Himalayas
Cape Town in South Africa
Couple in small boat in Vietnam