Nowadays a dollar doesn’t get you as far as it used to. But believe it or not, you can still get quite a few fun things, as well as some really practical things. We surfed the internet and found some really interesting things you can buy for a dollar.

#1 Italy

things you can buy for a dollar

In some regions of Italy, you can literally purchase a house! For instance in Liguria, Sicily, Piedmont, or Abruzzo, local authorities are offering houses for a low price in an attempt to improve the sparse population in small towns and villages. Obviously one shouldn’t expect the house to be in perfect condition or ready to live in, however, it’s still a property in Italy!

#2 France

things you can buy for a dollar

In the capital of France for the same dollar you can only afford a bottle of drinking water, and of course from the supermarket, not from a restaurant. Or from the entrepreneurs who hang out at the tourist attractions offering you cold water for 1 euro (if you’ve been to Paris you know what I’m talking about!). P.S. Don’t worry, there are actually quite a lot of free things to do in Paris, so your wallet is safe!

#3 Hungary

things you can buy for a dollar

In a cheap Budapest bar for the same amount of money, you can buy a traditional strong drink, called “palinka”. However, if you prefer not to risk it, just order some good old gin or tequila.

#4 Vietnam

things you can buy for a dollar

Here you will have several options for spending your $1:  buy a thatched straw hat or a cobra venom salve; play a bowling session (from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm) or to have a blast singing for half an hour at a karaoke bar.

#5 Belgium

things you can buy for a dollar

If you find yourself outside of the Brussels’s downtown, you may enjoy half a portion of famous Belgian waffles, whereas in the center you will only be able to get chewing gum.

#6 Cambodia

things you can buy for a dollar

In Cambodia for $1 you can have two peeled mangoes or iced fruit mix with or without condensed milk, as well as two servings of fried bananas.

#7 Japan

things you can buy for a dollar

In supermarkets of Tokyo, you will get yourself a pack of instant noodles, the most commonly bought food in Japan.

#8 Venezuela

things you can buy for a dollar

Venezuela has the lowest gas prices in the world, so if you are in Caracas or any other town, with a dollar in your pocket, you will be able to fill the fuel tank!  If you do not have a car, it will be enough for four tickets in public transportation.

#9 Czech Republic

things you can buy for a dollar

Being one of the biggest beer manufacturers in Europe, Czech Republic has extremely low prices for its national drink. In any supermarket, for instance, Tesco, you can purchase four bottles of light local beer. In case this is too much for you, grab two bottles of beer and a pack of chips.

#10 India

things you can buy for a dollar

From the street vendors in Goa, with a dollar in your pocket one can buy a traditional Indian food called “thali”, that consists of rice, yogurt, and a variety of sauces and spices. For the same money, in a local cafe, one can afford another traditional dish – mashed vegetables with chickpeas, with a cup of Masala tea with milk.

Enjoy the small things, travel the world and stay tuned for more travel tips from ASAP Tickets team!

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  1. Kiralik balayi villasi August 18, 2017 at 2:52 am

    Different and amusing topic, let’s take 10 dollars and go all countries, Italy for the house, Japan for noodles, Hungary for strong drink, Belgium for waffles. Thanks for sharing. I want to take dollars in my pocket and start travelling

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