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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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                    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 Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                          How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                          When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                                          So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                                          1. Exercise

                                          It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                                          2. Drink in Moderation

                                          I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                                          3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                                          Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                                          4. Watch Less Television

                                          A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                                          Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                                          5. Eat Less Red Meat

                                          Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                                          If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                                          6. Don’t Smoke

                                          This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                                          7. Socialize

                                          Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                                          8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                                          Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                                          9. Be Optimistic

                                          Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                                          10. Own a Pet

                                          Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                                          11. Drink Coffee

                                          Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                                          12. Eat Less

                                          Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                                          13. Meditate

                                          Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                                          Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                                          14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                                          Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                                          15. Laugh Often

                                          Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                                          16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                                          Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                                          17. Cook Your Own Food

                                          When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                                          Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                                          18. Eat Mushrooms

                                          Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                                          19. Floss

                                          Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                                          20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                                          Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                                          Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                                          21. Have Sex

                                          Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                                          Reference

                                          [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                                          [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                                          [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                                          [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                                          [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                                          [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                                          [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                                          [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                                          [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                                          [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                                          [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                                          [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                          [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                          [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                                          [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                                          [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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