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20 Best Budget Travel Destinations I’d Go At Least Once In My Life

20 Best Budget Travel Destinations I’d Go At Least Once In My Life

If you’re planning your next travel adventure on a limited budget, there’s good news. Price of Travel recently published the Backpacker Index of 136 countries for 2016.

The index is based on the price for a group of things, per day, for each city. Included is a dorm bed at a good and low-cost hostel, three value-for-money meals, two public transportation rides, one paid cultural attraction and three cheap beers.

To ensure diversity in terms of countries represented, we have excluded countries that appear more than once in the top 20 of the index, selecting the next best option. Here are 20 best budget travel destinations based on July 20th, 2016 Exchange rates:

1. Krakow, Poland

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    Photo Credit: Marcin Grabski via Flickr

    Krakow is one of Europes most interesting and affordable cities.

    1. Average daily budget: $24.83
    2. Main attractions/things to do
    • Auschwitz, the biggest Nazi German labour and concentration camp
    • Wawel Castle – this former castle is now a museum.
    • Bunker of Modern Art – museum located in the center of town.
    • Free walking tours daily

    2. Kiev, Ukraine

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      1. Average daily budget: $21.73
      2. Main attractions/things to do
      • Chernobyl Museum
      • Kiev’s Metro Stations, a byproduct of the Soviet era
      • Kievo-Pecherska Lavra – this monastery is one of the top attractions

      3. Belgrade, Serbia

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        1. Average daily budget: $27.03
        2. Main attractions/things to do
        • Kalemegdan – Belgrade Fortress – this citadel is a top tourist destination
        • Palace of Princess Ljubice
        • Nikola Tesla Museum dedicated towards the famous scientist and inventor.

        4. Hanoi, Vietnam

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          Whilst Hanoi – the capital of Viet Nam – is more traditional, with less to do than the bigger Saigon, the busy city center makes up for this.

          1. Average daily budget: $17.14
          2. Main attractions/things to do
          • Overnight trips to the famous Halong Bay.
          • Hoa Lo Prison – this is where John McCain spent time during the American/Vietnam War.
          • The Water Puppet Theatre is one of the top attractions.
          • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum allows you to see this leaders preserved body as you walk through the tomb.

          5. Goa, India

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            Photo Credit: Lonely Planet

            Beaches and bars. Need one say more.

            1. Average daily budget: $18.42
            2. Main attractions/things to do
            • Paradiso Club in Anjuna – this is a famous disco in the area.
            • Beaches – take time to unwind on the many beaches in the area.

            6. Chiang Mai, Thailand

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              Photo Credit: Panupong Roopyai via Wikimedia Commons

              After Bangkok, Chiang Mai is the second largest and second most popular cultural city.

              1. Average daily budget: $19.07
              2. Main attractions/things to do
              • Chiang Mai National Museum
              • Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders
              • Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep – this temple overlooks the city from the top of the mountain. There is a cable car which can take you up the last stretch.

              7. Vientiane, Lao People’s Republic Democratic Republic

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                1. Average daily budget: $20.00
                2. Main attractions/things to do
                • Lao National Museum – this is the countries largest and most comprehensive museum.
                • Patuxai (Victory Gate) – staircases through several gift shops guide you to majestic views.
                • Wat Si Saket/Sisaket Museum – known for the hundreds of small buddha statues.

                8. Quito, Ecuador

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                  Quito has spring-like weather all year round. This combined with high altitude gives it an exotic feel. Is is often the starting point of those who wish to venture to the Galapagos Islands.

                  1. Average daily budget: $22.20
                  2. Main attractions/things to do
                  • Teleferico cable car – provides stunning views of the city.
                  • Museo del Banco Central is the main museum, offering a mix of history and art.

                  9. Cairo, Egypt

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                    Photo Credit: Domonik Golenia via FW
                    1. Average daily budget: $23.03
                    2. Main attractions/things to do
                    • Great Pyramids & Sphinx
                    • Great Pyramid of Khufu – the largest of the pyramids
                    • Mummy exhibit – contained within the museum, this is a separate fee
                    • Ride a camel
                    • Egyptian Museum

                    10. Colombo, Sri-Lanka

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                      1. Average daily budget: $23.13
                      2. Main attractions/things to do
                      • Colombo Zoological Gardens

                      11. Phnom Phen, Cambodia

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                        1. Average daily budget: $23.75
                        2. Main attractions/things to do
                        • Royal Palace/Silver Pagoda – the main palace of the country.
                        • Killing Fields of Choeung Ek – the memorial is to be found 20 min outside town. A must visit.
                        • Wat Phnom – this is where the city gets its name from. This temple is the most impressive and is found on a mountain overlooking the town.

                        12. Bucharest, Romania

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                          Bucharest is one of Europes cheaper larger cities.

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                          1. Average daily budget: $23.94
                          2. Main attractions/things to do
                          • Parliament Palace – this Soviet-era structure is the second largest building in the world.
                          • Museum of the Romanian Peasant – immensely popular.

                          13. Manila, Philippines

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                            Manila is becoming increasingly popular among cultural travelers. And there is no shortage of things to do.

                            1. Average daily budget: $24.68
                            2. Main attractions/things to do
                            • National Museum of the Philippines – displays of the history and the contemporary culture are too be found.
                            • Ayala Museum – special exhibitions are often showcased here.

                            14. Sofia, Bulgaria

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                              Photo Credit: Lauras Eye via Flickr

                              Sofia is not a destination that many would of mentioned in the past, but this is changing rapidly as people explore post-soviet life and the history and culture of the city.

                              1. Average daily budget: $25.99
                              2. Main attractions/things to do
                              • Walking tour of Sofia or bicycle tour – guided tour of the city to see the main sights
                              • St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral museum – it is free to enter the orthodox cathedral, but there is a charge for entering the crypt.

                              15. Pokhara, Nepal

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                                Photo Credit: Sharada Prasad CS via Flickr

                                Pokhara – the capital of Nepal – is often one of the first stops after arriving in Kathmandu and also the city with the most bang for your buck.

                                1. Average daily budget: $15.75
                                2. Main attractions/things to do
                                • Devis Falls – popular waterfall. Don’t bother during winter as the waterfall is merely a trickle.
                                • Trekking – can add to the cost, but do some research and shop around. The Annapurna circuit is popular.
                                • Huge choice of restaurants and bars serving a selection of food from around the world.

                                16. Jakarta, Indonesia

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                                  Jakarta is the main hub for accessing almost anywhere in Indonesia

                                  1. Average daily budget: $26.81
                                  2. Main attractions/things to do
                                  • Monas (National Monument) – Whilst the monument itself receives mixed reviews, the top of the tower offers the best views.

                                  17. Yangon, Myanmar

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                                    Photo Credit: Ralf-André Lettau via Wikimedia Commons
                                    1. Average daily budget: $26.96
                                    2. Main attractions/things to do
                                    • Shwedagon Pagoda – this is the most important religious site in the country and should be on top of your list.

                                    18. Mexico City, Mexico

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                                      1. Average daily budget: $27.10
                                      2. Main attractions/things to do
                                      • Sightseeing bus tour – a tour that gives you hop-on, hop-off privileges
                                      • Chapultepec Castle – provides stunning city views
                                      • National Museum of Anthropology – visit the acclaimed museum.

                                      19. Fez, Morocco

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                                        1. Average daily budget: $27.13
                                        2. Main attractions/things to do
                                        • Shopping
                                        • Wander the complicated Medinas with a guide (recommended)

                                        Cities excluded to allow for diversity of locations:
                                        Saigon (Viet Nam), Kathmandu (Nepal), Luang Prabang (Lao People’s Democratic Republic), Delhi (India), Mumbai (India), Bangkok (Thailand), Hoi An (Viet Nam)

                                        20. La Paz, Bolivia

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                                          La Paz has extreme altitude and a climate that never changes. It is regarded as one of the most unique cities in the world.

                                          1. Average daily budget: $25.26
                                          2. Main attractions/things to do
                                          • Coca Museum – the cocaine trade is discussed.
                                          • Museum San Francisco – Bolivias historical artifacts can be found here.

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                                          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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