Bulgaria has as impressive a collection of historic attractions as does its Balkan neighbors. Visitors will find charming and timeless small towns, castles and even eco-tourism opportunities. The capital, Sofia, has its own mountain and ski resort, which offers some of the cheapest lift tickets in Europe. Guesthouse dorm beds can dip as low as $10 per night, but long term tourists may be able to find a better deal by renting an apartment for $300 to $400 per month.
Long-haul buses, the best way to move around Bulgaria, will generally cost $10 to $20 for a one-way journey. Meanwhile, meals are only a few dollars, at most, as long as you stick to the hearty local cuisine. Admittedly, $25 per day will take a bit of planning, but Bulgaria offers a great balance between user-friendliness and cheap prices. Getting around in this country is much easier (and quicker) than in Nicaragua, Ethiopia, and most of the other countries on our list.