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5 Cheapest Countries To Visit from Jamaica

June 7, 2018

Whenever I travel, (especially when it is a personal trip) I always try to go the cheapest route possible (or the scenic route as I like to call it) — so connecting on flight after flights has never been an issue for me. If I have time and it’s cheaper to connect, then I’m going that option. I like the scenic routes! 😉

Whether it be travelling directly or indirect, you want to get the best bang for your buck.

I’ve curated a list of countries that you can travel to not only directly to but also countries that works out to be the cheapest when you combine the airfare+ the daily budget.

I mean, can you believe that you can usually fly from Jamaica directly to Germany cheaper than if you were supposed to fly from Jamaica to St.Lucia. This is so puzzling to me…  Here are the 5 cheapest countries you can fly to directly (with 1 indirect) from Jamaica. Also, be sure to send me a message on Instagram if you have any questions.

From Jamaica to Antigua

I just visited Antigua a little over a month ago and I am actually surprised. If I’m being completely transparent with you; Antigua surprised me! It has some of the purest beaches I’ve ever seen, the locals are friendly, it has a good vibe. My goodness, these are just some of the things I look for when I travel. I want authenticity, great energy and good food. Antigua gots it!

You can fly directly with Caribbean Airlines from Kingston to St. Johns.

Flights operate outside of the Kingston airport only 2-times a week (on Mondays and Thursdays)

A typical return trip costs as low as $ 512, with a 1-way ticket being just $258 (like what?). Travelling Intra-Caribbean is not very cheap, (as most of us can already tell) so for this price, it’s a win!

A daily budget for the tiny but impressive island of approximately 90,000 people is: $80

You can substitute hotels for Airbnbs and guesthouses to scale down the budget as much as possible.

Check out: 10 Top Things To Do in Antigua

From Jamaica to Germany

Don’t be surprised! Are you? I was! You can fly directly to Germany at a cheaper rate than if you were supposed to fly Intra-Caribbean. I mean, this is a 10-hour flight! Who would have thought?!

Let me drop the details quickly. I just got back for a return trip between Montego Bay and Frankfurt flying directly with Condor Airlines. Guys, this is a direct flight to Europe without having to go through the US or connect anywhere. If this isn’t Winning big time, then I don’t know what else is. But wait, hear the price… Brace yourselves!

Currently, you can embark on this 10-hour flight journey for as low as $558 return trip. More European Adventures anyone? I just added 3 more European destinations to my list of places to visit before the ending of the year. My thought exactly: I’m here to make use of these direct, hassle-free flight; like, I’m here for this.

For those of you who are wondering, yes, you will need a visa. Don’t get all jittery now. I know that for some of us, once we hear the word “visa”, it’s a complete turn-off. But, I want to believe that applying for this visa is so much easier than applying for the others ( you all know what I’m trying to say here). Once you can present what they have asked for, then you should be in the Green. I just applied for my third (3rd) Schengen Visa (the other 2 are already used & expired) and the process was fairly easy.

Though, if you’ve never travelled before, I recommend you try to visit other visa-free countries first, as to have some sort of travel history to show. Your passport is like your resume, you want to show them that you are able to go places and return home without any mishaps.

Daily Budget for Germany: €100

*Consider booking budget accommodations with HostelWorld if you want to scale some prices down.

Check out: Flying With Condor Airlines Premium Class

From Jamaica to The Bahamas

I can’t begin to express how many messages and emails I’ve gotten asking about The Bahamas and visa. No! The two don’t go together. Jamaicans, you do not need a visa for The Bahamas. Check out my post on the 10 Best Countries To Visit on Jamaican Passport. It’s a Caricom country; it’s visa-free. I repeat… it’s visa-free.

Now, with that being said. Fly directly between Nassau and Kingston with Caribbean Airlines as low as $246 (oneway). Flights operate out of Kingston 3 times per week

Daily Budget: $100

From Jamaica to Cuba 

Oh, Havana! If you’ve been following my travels long enough, you’ll know I’m head over heels for Cuba. (Cuba tiene mi corazón) LOL!

Let me break down Cuba for you. You can fly to Cuba on several different airlines, via several different countries (Panama, The Cayman Islands, The US)

You can fly direct to Havana or Santiago de Cuba with Aerogaviota. But here’s a cheaper way out, fly with Copa Airlines via Panama for $495 return trip to Havana. WINNING!

If you Cuba is on your radar and you’re looking for the cheapest way out… Copa is the way out! Also, it also not very expensive to travel around Cuba.  When I visited Cuba in 2015 I stayed in “Casas” which ranged from $15-30 per night. Though, I’m assuming now prices must have gone up at least 20%.

Daily budget: $70

Enjoy Cuba! And tell me about it when you’ve visited.

From Jamaica to Peru

I had to drop a Latin country in the mix. Once again, if you’ve been following my adventures once again you’ll know I lived in South America for a little over two years. It has gained a special place in my heart.

Now, down to business. I’ll have to admit that travelling to Peru is not one of the cheapest, but it’s one of the cheapest outer-Caribbean trips from Jamaica.

Airfare might cost you a little more, but the daily budget for Perú is probably the cheapest on this list. I’d want to think that because of this, the overall budget will balance out.

For those with a US visa, you can fly to Perú via Miami, otherwise, you can fly via Panamá.

You can fly with America Airlines( via Miami) and with Copa Airlines (via Panamá) for $840 return.

Daily budget for Perú: $50

Check out: International Travel Insurance for Jamaicans

*Daily Budget includes Food, Transportation & Budget Accommodation.

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Happy Travels!… and message me about your travels. I’d love to hear all your experiences.

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24 Comments

  • Reply Sammmy October 16, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    hi Shea. I love your page. My boyfriend is in the military and usually have to wait a year to see each other face to face, though we video chat and talk on the phone its never the same. He’s coming home soon and I want to surprise him with a trip. Can you tell me an affordable romantic visa free country we could go to?

  • Reply Nyssa September 19, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Belgium is abt thé same price range as Germany. Ive seen thé ticket as low as 99€ one way. If u time it right

  • Reply Trissana Watson September 9, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Great feedback Shea. I do want to visit all these wonderful countries someday. Thanks for all the updates. Make me want to travel more often and especially to the European countries.

  • Reply Taneisha Harding August 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    I’m loving this blog, I love travelling, I’m been to the Cayman islands and Bahamas, all over the U.S., fell in love with Europe travelling to Paris, Venis, Rome and London. My Anniversary is next Mark and I’m checking out where to spend it .

    • Shea Powell
      Reply Shea Powell August 13, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks so much, Taneisha! Where are you thinking of?

  • Reply Elorine Smith August 6, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    I’d love to travel to Italy at the end of the year. What advice can you give regarding travel to this country

  • Reply Denise H August 3, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Great stuff! Good letting Jamaicans know “ foreign” is more than the US and England .
    Antigua is beautiful but found it way too expensive . Peru on th either hand was quite cheap and loved , loved it! You should check out Colombia
    Yes there are many visa free countries but also many offers makes it easy to get a Visa, especially the South American ones .
    I’m going Cuba, solo, the end of this month . I’ll keep you posted !

    • Shea Powell
      Reply Shea Powell August 5, 2018 at 1:58 am

      Hi Denise,

      I can’t wait to hear what you think of Cuba. I have also been to Colombia twice and LOVED it. Also, about visa-free countries, it is well blogged about in several posts here. (: Happy Travels!

  • Reply Dale July 14, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Wonderful blog. Enjoying your posts.

    Antigua is so beautiful and the beaches are near perfect. We were there back in 05 for our honeymoon. Spent a couple hours walking around St. Johns buying souvenirs but most of the time we were on the beach.

  • Reply Stacy June 29, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful information you have been sharing on your blog… I would want to think that upon entering some of these country Non -Visa country’s requires some documents such as “invitation letter etc” , Please include such in your blogs. Keep up the good work.

    • Shea Powell
      Reply Shea Powell June 29, 2018 at 5:45 pm

      Hi Stacy, thank you for stopping by! I have travelled to over 20 visa-free countries and has never been asked about an invitation letter. It wouldn’t make sense in my case anyway (or to most people who are looking to travel to non-traditional countries for a quick vacay). If you have personal experience with this, please share! 🙂

  • Reply Anthea June 29, 2018 at 4:08 am

    Have you ever been to Norway? I want to go there next year…

  • Reply Nadeen June 29, 2018 at 2:13 am

    Great post!! I’m Jamaican also living in the US. I did not know about all these direct flights and costs from Jamaica. It’s riduculous that it’s more expensive to fly to other Caribbean countries. But it’s similar in the US. I can get an international airplane ticket and a direct flight at times for less than going to another state. BTW I started following you during your trip to Antigua. Francesca tagged you:)

    • Shea Powell
      Reply Shea Powell June 29, 2018 at 7:06 am

      Hi Nadeen! Intra-Caribbean travel can be so expensive. I imagined it would be similar in the U.S. Ridiculous!

      Thank you for stopping by and for the follow on IG! 🙂

  • Reply TASHAUNA HARRIS June 16, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    how was your experience in Germany?

    • Shea Powell
      Reply Shea Powell June 16, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      I absolutely loved it! I can’t wait to return at the end of the year.

  • Reply Tashika June 15, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    I’ll sure to make use of these wonderful travel ideas

  • Reply Claudia Branch June 11, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Very helpful information… thanks soooooo much

    • Shea Powell
      Reply Shea Powell June 11, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you for stopping by, Claudia! x

  • Reply Cyndy June 8, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Thanks for the info on travelling to some of these countries from Jamaica.

    • Shea Powell
      Reply Shea Powell June 9, 2018 at 11:14 pm

      No problem Cyndy. I hope you’ll get to visit a few of them soon. 🙂

  • Reply Monica C June 8, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    I love your blog! Keep up the good work, Shea.

    • Shea Powell
      Reply Shea Powell June 9, 2018 at 11:14 pm

      Thank you so much Monica. Happy travels! x

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