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10 Affordable Countries That Budget Travelers Can’t Miss

10 Affordable Countries That Budget Travelers Can’t Miss

Traveling is a way of life. Traveling inspires, changes us, and broadens our horizons. We should all travel at least once in a while.

Unfortunately, often times budget can be a limiting factor to our travels. Sometimes, we may look at the new travel guides from Lonely Planet or Matador Network, and think, how could I possibly afford that?

Still, the world has a lot to offer to the budget traveler. Budget traveling can be quite interesting and entertaining, and if you’re resourceful and savvy, you won’t need a large amount of money.

Preparation and exploring can provide you with tons of ideas, and today we are bringing you 10 affordable countries that you can’t miss.

1. Costa Rica

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    Lovely beaches, exotic wildlife, and a relaxed way of life. The people are friendly, and there are tons of attractions to visit and explore, such as:

    How much it will cost me?

    To stay in Costa Rica you won’t need a fortune. A typical meal with juice will cost around $4 and a private room in hostel costs ranges from $14 to $50. Taxi fares within the city limits will be around $3 to $12. Look here for more cost information.

    2. Greece

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      Greece is a beautiful Mediterranean country, with a lovely sea, climate, and great history. Many starting destinations won’t empty your pockets and will provide you with plenty of relaxing and quality leisure time.

      Here are some of the most affordable destinations:

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      • Meteora – spectacular formation of rock pillars with monasteries on top of them. It’s free to visit them, and €2 ($2.28) to enter the monastery.
      • Navagio Beach – an isolated sandy cove with a shipwreck on Zakynthos island and one of the most famous and photographed beaches in Greece. It’s reachable only by boat, and it won’t cost you more than $25 to have a full cruise around the island.

      How much will it cost me?

      You’ll taste spectacular food in Greece for a bargain — lamb specialties cost around $10, drinks are around $3, and hostels will provide fine accommodations starting from $30 per night. Here’s more info on prices for traveling to Greece.

      3. Fiji

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        Magnificent vacations for a bargain — that’s how you can summarize Fiji. The backpacking community in Fiji welcomes new travelers, and diverse island localities will fulfill all your needs. And the best part, it won’t cost you a fortune to do it. While in Fiji, you might consider:

        • Diving/Snorkeling – an amazing experience, that you shouldn’t miss, starting from $35
        • Turtle watching – many excursions with prices starting from $20
        • Drinking Kava, a natural sedative, often free.

        How much will it cost me?

        Hotels offer rooms from $15 a night, and you can get a fully equipped modern home on a beach for $25 a night. Food prices start from $2 for authentic street food. Look here for more info on Fiji travel prices.

        4. Latvia

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          Among the most-visited countries in Baltic and Northern Europe, Latvia has a lot to offer to tourists. Backpackers who love architecture admire the capital, Riga, for its vibrant and lively atmosphere, along with its interesting culture, heritage, and mixture of styles in buildings.

          While in Latvia, you should not miss Old Riga, a historic area of the city where you’ll find dozens of monuments and structures from the old ages. Some of them require an entrance fee, while the others are free to explore.

          Turaida Museum Reserve is another place not to miss, as it’s affordable (around $5 for admission), as well as rich in archaeological, architectural, and artsy monuments of Latvia.

          How much will it cost me?

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          The national beer, Aldaris, costs around $2.50. A full lunch of pork with potatoes and sauce is $6, and a night in a hostel or budget hotel will cost from $18 to $45. Here’s more info on Latvia travel costs.

          5. Sri Lanka

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            This is the one of most popular countries for backpackers since it provides a lot on a small budget. Beautiful nature surrounds and awakens your spiritual side, while exploring the pristine temples and sacred relics inside will be your travel memories from Sri Lanka. This affordable country provides hundreds of places to visit, and when you discover Sri Lanka, you simply can’t endure not to return.

            Here are some of the mesmerizing and affordable attractions to visit:

            • Adam’s Peak – a summit of the Buddha’s footprint, where the iconic smiling monks have meditated. The view from Adam’s Peak is unbelievable. Expect some serious climbing though.
            • Yala National Park – A popular park, home to much of Sri Lanka’s beautiful native flora and fauna. $15 for entrance fee.

            How much will it cost me?

            A typical meal will cost you around $3, and a guesthouse room can be found for $20 a night or even less. Average fees for popular attractions are around $30. Look here for more info.

            6. Turkey

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              A unique mix of eastern and western cultures, and country of many beautiful landmarks, Turkey is a great tourist destination. Among thousands of attractions and experiences to have, you most certainly should not miss:

              • Topkapi Palace – the ancient home of the sultans from the past ages, now an exquisite museum. You can explore it for around $5.
              • Hagia Sophia – the biggest church in the city, and for the long time the biggest in the world. The main attraction of Istanbul is accessible for about $10

              How much will it cost me?

              Traditional fast food like Kebabs and shawarma will cost around $2. A decent hotel will charge you $20 to $30 a night. Famous Turkish coffee is around $1.50. More info on travel prices in Turkey here.

              7. Croatia

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                Picturesque mountainous regions and the beautiful Adriatic sea lure budget travelers to Croatia every year. More than a thousand islands create an extraordinary formation of shore and rocky areas, surrounded by turquoise seas. Visiting Croatia, one should not miss these attractions:

                • Dubrovnik – “The Pearl of Adriatic”: a historic monumental city beneath a mountain on the shores of Adriatic Sea. Surrounded with ancient walls, this fortress is a top attraction. Entrance to the city is free, and several buildings inside charge fees.
                • Plitvice Lakes National Park – a beautiful lake formation showcasing stunning natural surroundings. Absolutely worth visiting and paying the $27 entrance fee.

                How much will it cost me?

                A room for two will cost you $15 to $25 per person. A simple meal will be around $5, and bus tours are $2 to $4 per hour. Here is more info on Croatian traveling prices.

                8. Ecuador

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                  South America has been known as a destination for budget travelers for decades. The natural beauty attracts tourists to have spectacular vacations for a budget that may not even be enough to cover the costs of transportation to some other destinations. Ecuador possesses a lot of natural and cultural monuments. It has all the characteristic landmarks of South America, like culture and architecture.

                  You should not miss visiting Laguna Quilotoa, a volcanic crater-turned-lake located at 3900 m above sea. Hiking tours to this attraction last for 3 to 6 hours.

                  The Galápagos wildlife is another fine reason to visit Ecuador.

                  How much will it cost me?

                  You won’t need a big budget for Ecuador. A big lunch will cost you $3 or less, drinks or coffee will cost $0.50 to $1.50, and a taxi ride will range from $1.75 to $6. Hotels and hostel rooms will usually cost $7 to $15 a night per person. Here’s more info on Ecuador travel costs.

                  9. Dominican Republic

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                    White sandy beaches and lovely sea awaits you in the Dominican Republic. A holiday can be really low-cost here, and the country has a good reputation as a summer holiday destination. Alongside beaches, you’ll find lots of lovely natural surroundings and animal species.

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                    Here are some of the highly recommended places to visit in Dominican Republic:

                    • Playa Rincón – this is a picture-perfect beach. Imagine 3 km of flat and nearly white sand, warm and turquoise sea, and a lovely breeze.
                    • Constanza – a mountainous region which makes for an extraordinary adventure.

                    How much will it cost me?

                    A hotel room will usually cost around $20 per night, and bus transportation is around $3. An average lunch meal will cost you $10. Here’s more info on prices in the Dominican Republic.

                    10. Morocco

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                      Located in North Africa, Morocco is a perfect place to visit for a budget travelers. Cheap prices for everything lure people all year long to have fine holidays for bargain prices. The beauty of the huge Sahara desert is not to be missed, as well as the many attractions of Marrakesh, the capital.

                      Be sure to check out these destinations:

                      How much will it cost me?

                      Beds in a shared dorm room in hostel can cost $5 per night, and a complete meal in Morocco can be bought for $6. Transport is cheap as well, ranging from $2 to $5. Here is more info on Morocco travel costs.

                      As you can see, there are many countries around the world that you can visit without breaking the bank, while still enjoying a quality vacation. Which of these countries have you visited before? Do you have plans to visit some of the countries from our list? Let us know in the comments below.

                      Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                      In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                      Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                      Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                      Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                      Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                      The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                      There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                      How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                      According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                      Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                      Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                      The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                      Listen carefully:

                      We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                      The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                      Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                      8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                      There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                      Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                      1. Pray Daily

                      You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                      When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                      Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                      Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                      2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                      A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                      By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                      Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                      If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                      This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                      How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                      3. Smile Often

                      Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                      Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                      Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                      The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                      4. Organize Your Working Desk

                      A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                      When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                      Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                      Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                      5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                      I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                      Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                      What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                      6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                      God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                      I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                      I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                      7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                      You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                      How do you do that? This is my formula:

                      First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                      If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                      If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                      If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                      Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                      8. Go Exercise

                      Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                      The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                      You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                      12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                      The Bottom Line

                      It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                      It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                      Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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