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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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          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

          Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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          Why is it important to train up our core strength?

          There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

          This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

          Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

          In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

          One Exercise, multiple benefits

          There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

          By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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          When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

          Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

          In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

          What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

          What will happen when you start doing planks every day

            1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

            Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

            • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
            • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
            • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
            • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

            2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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              Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

              Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

              3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                  Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                  A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                  A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                  On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                  5. You’ll improve overall balance

                    Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                    6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                      Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                      7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                        Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                        How to hold a plank position

                        1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                        2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                        3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                        4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                        5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                        6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                        7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                        Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                        Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                          How to improve your plank time gradually

                          1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                          2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                          3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                          Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                          Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                          You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                          • Prolapse
                          • After prolapse surgery
                          • Pelvic pain conditions
                          • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                          • Previous childbirth
                          • Overweight

                          Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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