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6 Affordable Yoga Retreats in Asia to Drool Over

If you’re all about the namasté, and love to travel, what could be better than affordable yoga retreats in Asia? When your asanas have wanderlust, there’s no reason to keep them stuck in AnyTown, USA when you can go to Indonesia, or Bali, or Thailand, or India! Even better, you can take one of these incredible adventures on a budget and practice your downward dog on a beach without breaking the bank!

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Why nama-stay in the USA when you can find affordable yoga retreats in Asia?

So if you’re looking for the perfect yoga retreat southeast Asia style, how do you get started? What should you look for? What do others have to say about these places? Where will you stay in between your sessions on your affordable detox retreat? Look no further, because we’ve got all the information you’re going to need to get limber and centered while you invest in some fitness, mental stillness, and positive self-care!

You’ll love these affordable wellness retreats in Asia!

1. Volunteer in Rishikesh with The Tarzan Way

If you’re looking for affordable yoga retreats in Asia, why not start at the source? Rishikesh is known as the yoga capital of the world, and one of India’s most spiritual cities. In exchange for volunteer work (doing things like teaching English to children, painting, or coaching sports), you can practice yoga in one of the most beautiful places to do so, relax along the banks of River Ganga, or enjoy incredible cuisine in Tapovan. The cost is $10 per day and includes housing, meals, and travel support, offering an incredible (and affordable!) experience.

2. Rediscover Yourself with the Ultimate Thai Break-Up Trip

When it comes to affordable wellness retreats, if you also happen to be nursing a broken heart, you really can’t find anything better for healing than this trip to Thailand! Complete with full-support counseling, this program provides you with meditation, Thai boxing, talk-sessions, and lots and lots of yoga! You also get to work with Buddhist monks, sleep in a monastery, and spend time ministering to elephants rescued from horrible conditions. The costs vary, but include meals and full accommodations for every budget.

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You know what they say: The best way to get over somebody is to get under a Thai infinity pool for a refreshing swim!

3. 7 Day Surf & Yoga Camp in Canggu, Bali

Are you someone who loves to practice your yoga seaside? If so, this surfing-safari-plus-yoga-retreat Southeast Asia-style could be perfect for you! This truly is a resort experience, with 24/7 assistance, luxury accommodations, daily surf and yoga instruction, meals, and safari expeditions included. Add in private access to an affiliated Indonesian beach club and there’s even more opportunity for the luxe life! So how can you make it affordable? Go off-season and take advantage of special pricing, and work with their canine rescue program on site.

4. Holy Mountain Treks in Nepal

If you want to practice yoga and hike the Himalayas, consider this one of the most beautiful and affordable wellness retreats Asia has to offer! This Nepalese hiking program will take you to the religious site of Namobuddha, and the beautiful views of Nagarkot, with plenty of time for peaceful yoga practice in between. The hiking is short, so it’s perfect for those without extensive trekking experience. And the best way to keep this trip affordable is to get on the last-minute-booking list to take advantage of deeply discounted fares on available trips!

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Finding peace during affordable yoga retreats in Asia will probably also mean gaping in awe at your surroundings.

5. Awesome Tours in Kōyasan, Japan

This tour is hosted by experts in yoga, tea ceremony practice, Buddhist monks, and a classical Japanese dancer. The cultural immersion you will experience on this trip makes it one of the most diverse and affordable wellness retreats Asia can provide! You can find yourself while reflecting on the serene views of the countryside, and reflect on the meaning of life as you spend a night in the largest graveyard in Japan! Living the life of a Buddhist monk, you will enjoy simple lodging, which makes this a great choice for an affordable detox retreat, as well.

6. Summer Camp Counselor at the Beach in Vietnam

Finally, if you want to make your affordable yoga retreats in Asia even more affordable, why not get paid for them? With this program, in exchange for working with children ages 8-16, participants can trade teaching specific skills for $190 USD per week, health insurance, room and board—and unlimited activities (including yoga!) during free time. This program does require you to be a native English speaker with some experience working with children as a counselor, and is limited to those 21 years of age and older (but if that’s you, then this could be a great option!).

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More tips on how to make yoga retreats more affordable

If these trips sound like the kind of affordable detox retreat and yoga retreat options you’re looking for, there are even more ways to make them easy on your budget! Here’s a few tips to get you started:

  • Use crowdfunding. With resources like FundMyTravel, you can create a campaign, post your adventure goals online, and share the campaign far and wide! Be sure to check out this free fundraising toolkit for more information.
  • Hold a brunch, luncheon, or a bake sale. If you’ve got some cooking or baking talents, why not combine your kitchen skills with a fundraiser to get your namasté on its way? People love to eat, so feed them some good things and ask for some cash!
  • Have a yoga-thon at your local studio. Have you considered appealing to your fellow aspiring yogis to help you turn your flow into dollars? If you have a studio you love to practice in, why not approach them with an opportunity to have a yoga-thon to fund your trip? You could even offer to bring back some good knowledge in exchange for the support.
  • Sell your old clothes for cash. Even if living in yoga clothes is your normal state of dress, odds are that you’ve got some fancy pants (or skirts, shoes, purses, or dresses!) you can part with. It’s never been easier to turn your gently used fashion finds into dollars (and while you’re at it, you could streamline your book collection, too!).
  • Talk to your local Asian cultural centers. One of the typical missions of a community cultural center is to encourage tourism and cross-cultural exchange. If you share your dreams of traveling to affordable yoga retreats in Asia with the directors of your local community center, you might be able to trade volunteerism at home for financial support!

Find an affordable detox retreat in magical Asia

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We dare you to TRY not to feel at peace in locations like this!

If all of this sounds like just the thing you need—to heal your spirit, mend a broken heart, explore the life of a wellness-driven adventurer, share your passion for fitness with others, or just have some down-time—then get to researching, set up your funding plan, and get packing. The world of yoga (especially in Asia) awaits!

Will you tend to elephants in between your asanas? Will you surf pre-practice and take a Jacuzzi bath afterward? Or help kids learn as you engage with others in thoughtful meditation? For the adventurous, aspiring yogi, there are incredible options to pursue. Whatever you do, be sure to get creative and share your goals with as many people as you can; but even if you do nothing else, make sure you create an account on FundMyTravel. Click below to get started today!

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andi sciaccaThis article was written by Andi Sciacca. Andi is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and their four-legged family. She works with inspired professionals who are expert practitioners, experienced educators, and well-known contributors to their field. Andi helps them take ideas and put them into practice. When not working or writing, she loves to experience music, see the world, and learn new things. Andi’s favorite places to travel include anywhere she can eat good food—and swim.

The Best and Cheapest Places to Study Abroad

Studying abroad is on almost every student’s bucket list. But there’s one big thing that comes to mind when you think of studying abroad: the high costs. Luckily, the question of affordability is a pesky misconception of studying abroad. If you’re one of the many students wondering how to study abroad for cheap, we’ve got you covered! There are plenty of ways to  have the experience without going into debt—especially if you’re strategic while being price conscious, and aim to find a low-cost program in one of the best and cheapest places to study abroad. Who knows, you might even end up saving money compared to studying at home.

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Study abroad can be affordable—especially when you choose programs in the best and cheapest places to study abroad.

So how do you study abroad cheaper? The most important thing: location, location, location. Choose to study in countries that have cheaper costs of living than your home country, or major perks such as free tuition. By looking for places where you can stretch your dollar, studying abroad can end up being cheaper than many people realize. Here’s our list of the 12 best and cheapest places to study abroad!

Where can you study abroad for cheap?

1. Mexico

Mexico is a country of vivid landscapes, and full of culture and history. Mexico’s capital, Mexico City, has a population of over 8 million and is a city brimming with… just about everything! Many students study abroad in Mexico to brush up on their Spanish skills, but the beaches and delicious street food are also a pretty nice perk. Your study breaks can be spent in the hustle and bustle of the cities, or on the beach, where you can relax or learn how to scuba dive. Fuel up on tacos, tamales, sopes, tostadas, and churros—you won’t be disappointed!

Mexico is known for reasonably low living costs. You can rent an apartment for around ~$300, eat out for ~$5 or less ($1 tacos anyone?), and expect overall living costs of under ~$1000 per month. For Canadian or U.S. students, one perk of studying abroad in Mexico is that you can experience a whole different culture, but for reasonably cheap flight away!

2. Costa Rica

Lush rainforests and limitless opportunities to appreciate nature makes Costa Rica an adventure traveller’s dream. The country is home to incredible biodiversity that they make a huge effort to protect: 25% off the land is protective parks and reserves. They have come up as a world leader in environmental tourism. If you are studying anything environmental related, then Costa Rica is the place for you! Costa Ricans are known for a peaceful and relaxed (“Pura Vida”) lifestyle. As a student, sometimes you just need some time to relax—and there is plenty of that in Costa Rica.

It’s not the cheapest country on our list, but it offers an excellent quality of life for a reasonable price. With overall living costs of about ~$1500 a month, you can expect to rent an apartment for about ~$400 a month, and eat out for an inexpensive meal for about ~$7.  

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3. Peru

Peru is not only a bucket list destination for many travelers, but it’s also one of the best and cheapest places to study abroad! The country is filled with intriguing displays of human history and natural beauty. Visitors and students must spend time exploring the jungles and ruins that make this country famous. You might as well hike the Inca Trail or float down the Amazon while you’re there! It is perfect for students looking to study famous ancient civilizations. Religious and cultural festivals will fill your free time with a cacophony of noise and color. And there’s nothing more unique than seeing an alpaca in traditional garb!

As one of the cheapest countries in the world, you can definitely make your dollar go far in Peru.

Rent can be as low as ~$250 for a one bedroom apartment, and meals for ~$1—$3. Of course, price of rent hikes up for major cities to around ~$500 for a small apartment, but with other costs of living being so cheap, it is definitely doable on a student budget!

4. Argentina

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Studying abroad in Latin America promises adventure at affordable price points

Argentina is a sizzling melting pot, with the liveliness of South American culture and a European flair. As the eighth largest country in the world, you will definitely your choice of where to live and what school to attend. The country is known for being fun-loving and vibrant, and is also home to some beautiful nature. Studying abroad in Argentina opens your eyes to interesting new experiences: you can learn more about the unique gaucho culture, while munching on some delicious grilled meats and veg. Two things you will learn to be passionate about as a student in Argentina: futbol and tango!

You can eat out in Argentina for ~$7 or less per meal. Public transit comes in super cheap, with fares under ~$1. Rent for a one bedroom apartment can be ~$300 or less, which puts living costs under ~$800 a month for a savvy student.

5. Malaysia

A mix of Asian cultures find themselves in Malaysia—and it shows. One outlet of the melting pot culture is the abundance of delicious, cross-cultural food options, which are all super affordable. Kuala Lumpur is the capital city, and a major hub for expats and students. It is busy and modern, with a new festival or event always around the corner. There are plenty more traditional cities and towns that give students a chance to explore Malaysian culture. As with many of the Southeast Asian islands, Malaysia has some stunning beaches, and little-known rainforests.

Malaysia offers students a low cost of living. You can eat out for around ~$5, and eat at a hawker centre for under ~$2. Rent for a small apartment sits around ~$350, and groceries (especially produce) is fresh, cheap, and plentiful.

6. Vietnam

Vietnam is pretty much on every budget backpacker’s bucket list. There are multiple lavish and dynamic modern cities, and a bustling urban scene. You can also take weekends to disappear to the countryside, where traditions are upheld and where natural wonders are steps away. Vietnam is home to diverse landscapes: rice terraces, beaches, sand dunes, and limestone rock formations are scattered across the country. Whether you are peacefully observing surreal landscapes, or weaving through crowds of scooters in the major cities—there’s always something new for your senses!

Once again, low costs of living is where you will save in Vietnam. You can rent a small apartment for ~$400 a month in major cities, and expect to spend under ~$5 per meal (many times significantly less, especially if you choose local food).

7. Thailand

It wouldn’t be an article about budget travel without mentioning Thailand! You’ve probably heard endless stories about all the things to see, do, and eat in Thailand—and all on the cheap. You will experience a sense of frenetic energy and adventure when you set foot in Thailand. The country isn’t named the “land of smiles” for nothing: locals are friendly, and you will fit right into the thriving expat and international student community! Thailand lures travelers in with their picture-perfect world famous beaches—seriously, some feel like paradise. Modern cities, such as Bangkok, have all of the amenities you would ever need. To top it all off, Thai cuisine is absolutely mouthwatering.

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Low cost of living keeps Thailand at the top of many traveller’s bucket lists. Living costs can be much higher in the major cities and tourist destinations—but still affordable. An apartment in Bangkok can be ~$600—not the most budget friendly, but you can find much cheaper ($200—$300) for a small apartment in other cities. Regardless of rent, food and transport is cheap. You can find street meals for ~$2 and take public transit for under ~$1, which keeps living costs low.

8. Taiwan

Taiwan is a hidden gem, with all the complexities of East Asian culture, but with much cheaper living costs. “Have you eaten?” is one question you can always expect to hear in Taiwan—there is a huge foodie culture. A plethora of delicious things to nibble on means you will never not be full. Bubble tea anyone? How about stinky tofu, soup dumplings, hot pot, or shaved iced desserts? Bustling night markets will keep you busy after your classes, and national parks and gorgeous scenery are a well-kept secret. It is also a great place for you to brush up on your Mandarin skills!

In Taiwan, you can expect rent to be around ~$400—$500 for a one bedroom apartment. Find local dishes for ~$3 or ~$4 (there will be plenty to try!), and expect to spend ~$1 to hop on public transit to get to class.

9. India

India is completely overwhelming to all of your senses. With a population of over 1.3 billion people, it’s hard not to be overwhelming! Studying abroad in India can be challenging, but you’ll be met with many rewards. The country is totally compelling, with immense cultural and natural artifacts to explore. India is a huge country filled with varied landscapes—from the Himalayan peaks and glamorous beaches to its sprawling, chaotic cities. You can find fragrant and delicious food in India, and it is a vegetarians galore!

Many international students are drawn to India for the unique culture and low living costs. There is a huge range of possibly costs in India, but it is definitely easy to live on a student budget. You can find meals for ~$2-$4,  and take public transport for ~$0.30. A one bedroom apartment can come in for ~$200 (although bigger cities can be triple that cost). Plentiful markets mean groceries are cheap.

10. Portugal

It’s easy to fall in love with Portugal. It’s a country that radiates warmth, with beautiful beaches and coasts, and charming cities. Portugal is often skipped in the Europe backpacking trail—but it is actually an extremely budget friendly country! In Portugal, you can get the experience of a European study abroad adventure for half the price (even tuition is budget friendly). With a rich history colored by its surrounding countries, and simple and delicious cuisine, you will spend most of your time feeling captivated

Students can usually get by on ~$800 a month, with rent taking up about half of that at ~$400 a month. Rent is higher in bigger cities such as Lisbon. Many cities have traditional markets (as well as big supermarkets) where you can buy groceries for cheap, and you can spend under ~$10 for a sit down lunch. To top it all off, how does a ~$4 bottle of wine sound?

11. Germany

Germany is considered to be relatively cheap compared to neighboring countries in Europe. Most schools in Germany have little to no tuition fees for undergrad and Phd level students at public universities. Germany is home to idyllic scenery: rolling meadows and fields of flowers, medieval churches and castles, along with modern cities, magnificent museums, and some of the best beer in the world. With a vibrant arts and culture scene, it is a top study abroad destination for arts students.  

Cost of living may be comparable to your home country, but you can save big bucks from not paying tuition. You can find a cheap meal out at around ~$12. Rent will be your biggest expense, sitting at around ~$900 for an apartment in the major cities, but rent can be significantly lower outside of these major hubs.  

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Europe is on almost every student travelers’ bucket list, and some destinations, like Germany or Greece, will allow you to study abroad for cheaper!

12. Greece

History comes to life in Greece—half of your education here will come from exploring ancient sites. Greece has some absolutely dreamy scenery and jaw dropping beaches. Students love the Mediterranean lifestyle; it is lively, and yet laid back, and there is plenty of time to relax from your studies. Mediterranean food is absolutely mouthwatering: savory gyros, tangy tzatziki, hearty moussaka, sugary sweet baklava will make up your student diet.

Greece has a low cost of living compared to neighboring European countries. You can pay rent from ~$200—$500, depending on location and age of your apartment. Eat out for some delicious Greek eats for ~$10 for a meal, and take a ride on transit for under ~$2.

Quick tips for affording study abroad

Now that we’ve listed some of the best and cheapest places to study abroad, here are some quick tips to make sure you can afford to study abroad:

  • Look for scholarships and grants: Hello? Free money? Sign us up. This is tip #1 for how to study abroad for cheap.
  • Currency exchange rates make a difference—you can study abroad cheaper by choosing a country where you can stretch your currency further
  • Even if you study abroad in a budget, you will definitely still have to save ahead of time! Some expenses, such as flights and health insurance, will cost the same regardless of where you choose to study. Also keep in mind that you may not be working during your time abroad
  • Make a budget—and stick to it! It’s easy to get carried away in the moment when you are studying abroad.
  • Fundraise! This is one effective way to offset the costs of studying abroad. The best and easiest way to fundraise is through a fundraising platform (this is where FundMyTravel can come in!).

Study abroad—but cheaper!

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You now know the cheapest countries to study abroad!

Your study abroad adventure doesn’t have to break the bank—especially when you choose programs in one of the best and cheapest places to study abroad. It’s time to start debunking the myth that studying abroad is expensive—it really doesn’t have to be! With careful planning and a little bit of budgeting savviness, you can figure out how to study abroad for cheap. The most effective first step you can take is to choose one of the cheapest countries to study abroad, and the rest will follow!

Once you figure out the perfect location, you may even find that studying abroad is totally affordable! The best part is, many of the cheapest countries to study abroad offer just as much (if not more!) excitement and learning experiences as more expensive study abroad locations.

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jasmine harding headshotJasmine recently graduated from Western University with a degree in Media, Information and Technoculture. She lived in 5 different countries before she turned 7 years old, but she claims that none of them “count” since she doesn’t remember them. She can’t wait to actually live in 5 different countries. In her spare time, you can find her playing with cats or watching food documentaries on Netflix.