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Where can you travel on $25 a day?

By: Josh Lew on Aug. 13, 2014, 2:22 p.m.

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There are a lot of reasons to visit the history-rich East African nation of Ethiopia. This is a country of stunning landscapes, amazing wildlife, ancient buildings and a fascinating collection of cultures that are not seen anywhere else. Even the cosmopolitan capital of Addis Ababa, arguably one of Africa's safest cities for tourists, can be enjoyed on a strict budget. Dining on local specialties, like injera, a spongy flat bread that is dipped in meat or lentil stews, can keep your food costs under a few dollars per day. Even an occasional sit-down meal at a “fancy” restaurant won't set you back more than $10.  

Rooms are also cheap. You can find a sleeping spot for only a few dollars if you are willing to forgo air conditioning and hot water.  Meanwhile, $10 to $15 will buy a clean, quiet, decently-equipped guesthouse room. Mini-buses ply the city streets in Addis Ababa. Figuring out how to get where you are going can be a challenge, but you will literally be able to cross the entire city in one of these vehicles and then return to your guesthouse for less than a dollar, round trip. Add these costs together and you'll realize that you can actually live pretty well for $25 per day in Ethiopia.