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1 Month in the Middle East Budget! How Much I Spent!

by TheWanderingQuinn

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I spent nearly all of October backpacking some Middle Eastern Countries solo. I love the idea of the Middle East and knew I wanted to go but to be honest I didn’t know how expensive it would be to backpack the Middle East. Can the Middle East be visited on a budget I wondered?

I wanted to see the incredible landscape of Cappadocia, I wanted to see the Holy Land of Jerusalem, I wanted to spend some days in the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan and I wanted to see my best friend and experience Dubai so I booked the flights and off I went!

Generally, I found travelling the Middle East definitely wasn’t really cheap but it wasn’t overly expensive either! I have since returned to the Middle East visiting Turkey again, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia and they are the same, you can spend a lot of money in the Middle East but if you are travelling the Middle East on a budget, you can save money on food, accommodation, transport and activities if you try! So here is what I spent in 1 month in the Middle East on a budget as a backpacker!

The Middle East on a Budget

Middle East on a budget

Keep Reading for how much it costs to visit the Middle East on a budget!

Note – I did this trip a few years ago so prices may have increased.


Days Spent: 10
Money Spent: £551.00


Days Spent: 6
Money Spent: £260.00


Days Spent: 8
Money Spent: £350.00


Days Spent: 6
Money Spent: £300.00

My Flight costs in the Middle East

Istanbul, Turkey- Tel Aviv, Israel: £78.00 with Fly Pegasus

Amman Jordan- Dubai: £133.00 with FlyDubai

I did a border crossing to get from Israel to Jordan, so that was cheap.


Travel Tips for the Middle East on a Budget:

In regards to accommodation, in Turkey and Jordan I opted to pay more so I could stay in my own private room rather than a dorm room so I could have saved more money here.

I stayed in dorm rooms in Israel as they were already £10.00 a night and I couldn’t afford a single room, in Dubai I stayed with a friend so I didn’t pay for any accommodation!

Breakfast was generally included in the room rate and I always bought lunch and dinner out. Sometimes I sat in a restaurant/cafe, other times I just grabbed a falafel wrap which are cheap and very yummy!

In Turkey I did a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia which cost £90.00, I would highly recommend doing it but it did take up a good chunk of what I spent there and in Jordan, I went to Petra and paid £55.00 for the pass which again is a lot but you can’t go to Jordan and not visit Petra!



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