A $1 bill. Photo: rychlepozicky.com/Flickr Creative Commons
One of the central tenets of vagabonding is that travel doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, going abroad can be far cheaper than your monthly housing and car costs at home.
Lonely Planet called on its readers to send in their tips on what $1 buys around the world. Replies poured in from nomads from all points of the globe. The value of a dollar can really vary across different countries. In some places, a dollar can buy you a feast; in others, that will barely pay for a cup of coffee.
Thailand, a perennial favorite, made an expected appearance in this comment: “The question is, what can’t you get in Chiang Mai for US$1? – Sheila”
In other places, the higher cost of living was reflected: “Paris: about 40% of an espresso at Starbucks. – Michael”
An interesting trend is that many of the replies revolved around food. When you only have $1 to spend, you’re going to buy things that:
A) You can afford
B) You really need
Food fulfills both categories. What’s the best thing you’ve spent $1 or a small amount on? Please share your stories in the comments.