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4 Budget-Friendly World Capitals Everyone Should Visit

4 Budget-Friendly World Capitals Everyone Should Visit

Every traveler dreams of visiting as much cities as they can. Whether those places are near or far, they will try and visit them no matter what. However, sometimes, travelling can be so incredibly expensive it can drain you out of your finances. This is why good planning is essential when travelling on a budget.

Luckily, there is the option to visit some of the world capitals and save money, at the same time. Here is a list of suggested budget-friendly capitals you can visit.

1. New Delhi, India

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LotusDelhi

    The capital of India has a very rich history. It is filled with remnants of its very history and the people who settled here, or just passed through. There are many monuments, buildings, and temples to be seen. One of the most popular attractions is The Lotus Temple. It is a gigantic building designed in the shape of a lotus flower. There are 27 petals made of marble surrounding it. The Temple is a worshiping centre for all religions. Once you get there through the beautiful gardens, you will be asked to take off your shoes and turn off your phone. When you do this, you will be allowed to enter and sit there in silence.

    Another interesting site to visit is the India Gate, a war monument dedicated to the fallen Indian soldiers who fought for the British Army during World War I.

    The cost of living here, is fairly cheap and affordable. A meal in a normal restaurant will cost you less than $5. Public transportation is cheap as well. A monthly pass is $9, while a taxi’s starting tariff is $0.45. Rent per month, for a one-bedroom apartment, in the city center is just above $250, while that price is doubled for a three-bedroom apartment in the same area. Surely, there are also low-priced hotels. All in all, the trip to New Delhi would be quite cheap.

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    2. Warsaw, Poland

    Warsaw

      Warsaw may not be a popular destination, nor is it as beautiful as some other cities in Europe, but it certainly deserves a visit. It will offer you centuries-old beauty that you can check out in the Old Town, for example. It is the oldest part of town. There are many things to see there. Other than the beautiful architecture of the surrounding buildings, you will also see a fair share of monuments scattered around it.

      In case you like castles, you can pay a visit to the Royal Castle. The stunning red building served as a home to the Polish kings and queens. It is located at the beginning of the Old Town, in the Castle Square. However, if you prefer museums, you can always visit the Warsaw Rising Museum, dedicated to the Rising of 1944.

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      The prices of food, transportation, and accommodation are amazing too. If you want to save some money, but see something beautiful, then Warsaw should be your next choice. A meal in an inexpensive restaurant can cost you $5.31, or anywhere below $10. Food in the markets is also cheap. One kilogram of fruits and vegetables is just above $1. The normal taxi tariff begins at $2, while a monthly pass for public transportation is around $27. Hotel prices are also budget-friendly, if you are looking for a normal hotel. A 3-star hotel can cost you from $29 to $100. If you want to rent an apartment in the city center, a monthly rent will cost around $500, for a one-bedroom apartment.

      3. Jakarta, Indonesia

      Jakarta at night

        If you are looking for something exotic and new, then you should go to Jakarta and enjoy a fun and wild holiday. Even though it is a big city, a few days in it would be enough to go around and visit all the bigger attractions. The first place all the tourists visit is the National Monument or the Monas Tower. It symbolizes the fight for Indonesia and its independence. You can climb to the observation deck and see the city from the top. It is one of the best views of the city. The ticket is just $1.25. Since you are already there, you can visit the National Museums too. Moreover, go to the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, a cultural park. You will get a chance to see religious buildings such as churches and mosques, or some museums and theatres. Additionally, you can experience the Indonesian culture through exhibits or take strolls through stunning gardens.

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        When you take a break from walking around the city, visit some of the restaurants and enjoy an inexpensive meal that can cost you less than $5 (or around $18 for two persons), in a fairly good restaurant. A normal taxi tariff starts from $0.54 – a liter of gasoline will cost you $0.62. A one-way ticket for public transportation is $0.29. Finally, you can find cheap hotels with a good deal, with prices as low as $20 per night.

        4. Rome, Italy

        Rome

          If; however, you are looking for something more popular, yet still budget-friendly, perhaps giving a chance to Rome is a good idea. It is a historic, beauty filled place, with ancient sites and monuments. There is something for everyone here – from gorgeous food and rich culture, to various architectural wonders. You can go to the Fontana di Trevi and make a wish, or go to the Aventine Hill and take a look of the St. Peter’s Basilica through a keyhole. If you like museums, you can go to the Vatican Museums which are located within the Vatican City borders. Witness the huge collections the Popes have collected throughout the centuries. While you are there, you will see the famous Spiral Stairs, which were designed by Giuseppe Momo.

          Even though Rome has a reputation for being expensive, you can still plan in advance and make the best deals for your trip there. A meal in an inexpensive restaurant can range from $10 – $20. Public transportation isn’t so expensive either. One-way tickets are $1.63, or a normal taxi tariff starts from $4.35. You can find cheap accommodation if you book in advance and get the cheapest offer. Or, if you stay longer, an average one-month rent for a one-bedroom apartment outside the city centre will be around $740.

          Conclusion

          Some of the places on this list might not be so famous, but they are inexpensive and easy on your budget. Just think of it this way, and you will be able to travel around the world, becoming a world-class traveler. Even more, you will do wonders for your finances. It is a win-win situation, don’t you think?

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          Last Updated on February 21, 2019

          Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

          Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

          Your brain is the most intricate and powerful organ in your entire body. It’s essentially a super-computer with brain power like a Ferrari.

          If you have a Ferrari, would you put cheap gasoline in it? Of course not. You want to put in high-octane performance fuel to get the most out of your investment.

          When it comes to the brain, many people are looking for the top foods that will supercharge the brainpower to help focus better, think more clearly and have better brain health.

          In this article, we’ll look at the top 9 brain foods that will help create supercharge your brain with energy and health:

          1. Salmon

          Salmon has long been held as a healthy brain food, but what makes this fish so valuable for your brain health?

          It’s important to understand that your brain is primarily made up of fat. Roughly 60% of your brain is fat. One of the most important fats that the brain uses as a building block for healthy brain cells is omega-3’s.

          Omega-3’s are essential for building a healthy brain but one of the most important omega-3’s for your brain is DHA. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) forms nearly two-thirds of the omega-3’s found in your brain.[1]

          Omega-3’s and DHA in particular help form the protective coating around our neurons. The better quality this coating is, the more efficient and effective our brain cells can work, allowing our brain power to work at full capacity.

          Studies have shown that being deficient in DHA can affect normal brain development in children, which is why so many infant formulas and children’s supplements are beginning to include DHA.

          Being deficient in DHA as an adult can cause focus and attention problems, mood swings, irritability, fatigue and poor sleep.

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          2. Blueberries

          Blueberries top the list as one of the most beneficial fruits to maximize your brain health and performance.

          Blueberries have some of the highest content of antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, than any other fruit, which helps protect the brain from stress and promote healthy brain aging.

          Blueberries antioxidant content also help reduce inflammation, which allows the brain to maintain healthy energy levels.

          Blueberries have begun to receive attention for their connection to brain performance.[2] Studies have demonstrated that eating blueberries on a regular basis can not only improve brain health but also brain performance as well including working memory.[3]

          Blueberries not only taste great but are low in calories, high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.

          3. Turmeric

          Turmeric is a very impressive spice that has well-researched and proven to have tremendous benefits for your brain. Turmeric’s main compound that benefits the brain is called curcumin, which is responsible for turmerics bright yellow appearance.

          Curcumin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-cancer properties.[4]

          Curcumin increases the production and availability of two important neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, two important neurotransmitters involved with happiness, motivation, pleasure, and reward.

          Curcumin has been well documented to have powerful anti-depressive effects. In one study, it was found to be as effective for depression as popular medications such as SSRI’s like Prozac.[5]

          Curcumin has also been shown to:

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          • Increase blood flow to the brain.[6]
          • Increase BDNF production, a powerful stimulator of neuroplasticity.[7]
          • Increase DHA availability and synthesis in the brain.[8]
          • Increase antioxidant levels in the brain to prevent brain aging and inflammation.[9]

          4. Coffee

          Coffee is the wonderful elixir of energy that many people cherish every single morning. The biggest reason people drink coffee is to get a dose of caffeine.

          Caffeine is a natural neurological stimulant that not only gives you energy but also prevents adenosine, a neurotransmitter involved with feeling tired, from binding in the brain.

          Many people are surprised to find that coffee actually contains a large quantity of antioxidants called polyphenols, which are important for reducing inflammation in the brain and keep your brain energized. The antioxidants in coffee also provide a neuroprotective effect, protecting the brain from stress and damage. [R]

          Coffee can also:

          • Improve alertness and concentration.[10]
          • Help with neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease.[11]
          • Reduce your risk of depression.[12]
          • Improve your memory.
          • Provide short-term boost in athletic performance.[13]

          5. Broccoli

          What was your least favorite food as a kid growing up?

          Most likely, broccoli was your answer.

          Broccoli may not have been your top choice, but it might be the top choice for your brain.

          Broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane has been shown to promote the proliferation and survival of brain cells by reducing inflammation and boosting production of BDNF. It has also been shown to boost neurogenesis, the production of new brain cells.[14]

          Broccoli is also loaded with important nutrients Vitamin K and Folate. Vitamin K plays a vital role in protecting brain cells.[15] Folate plays a crucial role in detoxification and reducing inflammation in the brain.

          6. Bone broth

          Bone broth wasn’t just created to combine with soups, you can actually drink bone broth by itself.

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          Drinking bone broth has become one of the biggest trends in the health and wellness industry and for good reason. Bone broth isn’t actually a new thing. Bone broth has been used for centuries as a healing tonic to promote health and longevity.

          Much of the nutritional benefits and value of bone broth comes from its substantial vitamin and mineral content. Primarily calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium.

          Your gut is called your second brain for a reason. Research continually shows that there is a direct and indirect connection between your gut and your brain. Your gut also houses and stores many important brain compounds involved with optimal brain performance. Therefore the health of your gut is vitally important for your brain health and performance.

          Bone broth has become a go-to tool for helping heal the gut and provide the gut with the vital nutrient and resources it needs to heal and perform optimally.

          With the vast amounts of nutrients that bone broth contains, it makes the list as a go-to food for your brain health.

          Look for high quality, organic bone broth for the best results.

          7. Walnuts

          Walnuts are one of the top choices of nuts for brain health. Walnuts also look similar to a brain.

          Amongst the wide variety of nuts available, walnuts contain the highest amounts of the important omega-3 DHA. DHA, as seen above, is a critical building block for a healthy brain.

          Walnuts also contain high amounts of antioxidants, folate, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, which help to lower inflammation.

          Melatonin in walnuts is an important nutrient for regulating your sleep. Having low amounts of melatonin can make it challenging to get good quality sleep and getting poor quality sleep can dramatically impair brain health and performance.

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          8. Eggs

          For years, eggs were put on the nutritional naughty list; but now, eggs are finally getting the credit they deserve. Eggs can provide a tremendous boost to your brain health and longevity.

          Eggs, particularly the yolks, contain a compound called choline. Choline is essential for building the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine plays an important role in mood, memory, and intelligence.

          Egg yolks contain some of the highest quantities of choline. This is very important because low levels of choline can lead to low levels of acetylcholine, which in turn can cause increased inflammation, brain fog, difficulty concentrating and fatigue.

          9. Dark chocolate

          You’re about to love chocolate even more because chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, is great for your brain.

          Chocolate boosts levels of endorphins, your brains “feel good” chemicals. This is why you feel so good eating chocolate.[16]

          Chocolate also increases blood flow to the brain which can help improve memory, attention, focus, and reaction time.[17]

          Dark chocolate contains high levels of magnesium, which has been coined “natures valium” for its ability to calm and relax the brain.

          Lastly, dark chocolate has one of the highest antioxidant profiles out of any other food, including popular superfoods like acai berries, blueberries, or pomegranates.[18]

          Conclusion

          Your brain is a high performing organ and it uses quite a lot of energy, roughly 20% of the bodies energy demands.

          In order to maintain a healthy brain, you need the right fuel to ensure that your brain has all the nutrients it needs to perform as well as adapt to the stress of life.

          If you want to keep your brain performing well for a lifetime, then you want to make sure you are including as many of these brain health foods as possible.

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          Reference

          [1] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: DHA Effects in Brain Development and Function
          [2] Canadian Science Publishing: Enhanced task-related brain activation and resting perfusion in healthy older adults after chronic blueberry supplementation
          [3] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Cognitive effects following acute wild blueberry supplementation in 7- to 10-year-old children.
          [4] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin: the Indian solid gold.
          [5] Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition.: Turmeric, the Golden Spice
          [6] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effect of combined treatment with curcumin and candesartan on ischemic brain damage in mice.
          [7] Science Direct: Curcumin reverses the effects of chronic stress on behavior, the HPA axis, BDNF expression and phosphorylation of CREB
          [8] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin boosts DHA in the brain: Implications for the prevention of anxiety disorders.
          [9] PLOS: A Chemical Analog of Curcumin as an Improved Inhibitor of Amyloid Abeta Oligomerization
          [10] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of Caffeine on Cognitive Performance, Mood, and Alertness in Sleep-Deprived Humans
          [11] American Academy of Neurology: A Cup of Joe May Help Some Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms
          [12] American Academy of Neurology: AAN 65th Annual Meeting Abstract
          [13] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of caffeine on the metabolic and catecholamine responses to exercise in 5 and 28 degrees C.
          [14] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Hyperammonemia induces glial activation, neuroinflammation and alters neurotransmitter receptors in hippocampus, impairing spatial learning: reversal by sulforaphane
          [15] Oxford Academic: Vitamin K and the Nervous System: An Overview of its Actions
          [16] Diana L. Walcutt, Ph.D: Chocolate and Mood Disorders
          [17] Health Magazine: Chocolate can do good things for your heart, skin and brain
          [18] Chemistry Central Journal: Cacao seeds are a “Super Fruit”: A comparative analysis of various fruit powders and products

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