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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 March 13, 2019

          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

          1. Work on the small tasks.

          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

          2. Take a break from your work desk.

          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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          3. Upgrade yourself

          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

          4. Talk to a friend.

          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

          7. Read a book (or blog).

          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

          8. Have a quick nap.

          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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          9. Remember why you are doing this.

          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

          10. Find some competition.

          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

          11. Go exercise.

          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

          12. Take a good break.

          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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