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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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            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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                              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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                                    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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                                          8 Reasons Why Goal Setting Is Important to a Fulfilling Life

                                          8 Reasons Why Goal Setting Is Important to a Fulfilling Life

                                          The importance of effective goal setting cannot be overstated on our personal journeys towards success. This is why there are countless articles out there on how to set your own SMART goals and even why it’s a skill commonly taught to a small degree in classrooms.

                                          Learning the importance of goal setting and the benefits of sticking to those goals can be the defining factor determining whether we truly embrace the importance of goal setting. The more willing we are to embrace this method, the more likely we become to reach our personal definitions of personal and professional success.

                                          Thus, today’s article is going to walk you through some of the benefits you’ll see from learning to set goals for yourself and answer the question, “why is goal setting important”.

                                          1. Goals Guide and Align Our Focus

                                          It’s hard to get to where you want to be in life if you don’t know what you’re aiming for. Some people believe avoiding goals means living a more care-free life. How many times have you heard the phrase “If I have no expectations, then I can’t be disappointed”?

                                          But is that really what our lives have come to? Living just to avoid disappointment? It doesn’t seem like an overly optimistic view in my opinion. And since you’re reading this article, I’m willing to bet that you agree with me.

                                          Without goals, we lack a degree of direction and focus. Sure you may be able to avoid disappointment, but just avoiding disappointment doesn’t mean you are necessarily happy.

                                          Without goals, we will pointlessly waste our time, energy, and efforts. Listen to anybody who is the top of their field and they’ll tell you something like this,

                                          “Yes talent is important, but often your success depends much more on what you decide to do with that talent.”

                                          And what you will do with your talent largely depends on your focus.

                                          Your goals give you direction. Your goals give you something to shoot for. This direction and target you create in your mind will help you to progress towards your main life goals rather than simply wander around aimlessly. These goals will help you align your actions and behaviors as you continue moving forward.

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                                          So, why is goal setting important? Because it gives you direction, alignment, and purpose!

                                          2. Goals Help You Avoid ‘Shiny Object Syndrome’

                                          Basically, shiny object syndrome is always being in pursuit of the next big thing, constantly switching your goals based on what you feel is most fun and interesting at the given moment, but never actually giving yourself time to accomplish any of those goals.

                                          You don’t get anywhere because you continually change the direction you are heading in. This is one of the consequences that may result if you decide to live a life without goals.

                                          Your goals can sometimes help you to create mental barriers, or blinders, that help you to remain focused on what you think is important and avoid the things that are second priority. When you outline goals for yourself, you are better able to avoid things that distract you from achieving and accomplishing those goals.

                                          Setting goals helps you to step around the other shiny objects because you’ve taken the time to make some mental notes that remind you what it is that you want from your life. Your goals act as subconscious deterrents to anything less than your main priorities. This is what helps you to reach your personal definition of success.

                                          So, why is goal setting important? Because not only do goals tell you what you want from life, but they also help you realize what you need to give up and avoid to achieve that.

                                          3. Goals Turn Our Largest Goals into Manageable Steps

                                          A lot of us have big hopes and dreams. It’s one of the things that make our lives exciting!

                                          But a lot of us never take the time to figure out how we can effectively get from point A to point B. So, sadly, we never fully achieve those goals. We look at our dreams and convince ourselves that only a select few people ever achieve them, so we write ourselves off as people not meant to reach that level of success. Looking at the end product of a goal can be intimidating, daunting, and discourage us from even pursuing them.

                                          Thankfully, goal setting helps us break large intimidating goals into smaller ones. These small steps and more achievable goals will help us to build momentum and will encourage us to keep working towards the next phase of our goal. The form the foundation from which we can begin building the life that we truly hope to have for ourselves, our families, and may even for our communities depending on how big your goals are!

                                          Whenever I get talking about this aspect of goal setting, I can’t help but think about the mountain climbing analogy, and that the easiest way to climb a mountain is simply step by step.

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                                          So, why is goal setting important? Goal setting gives you a list of manageable steps that you can take in order to take your life from where it is now to where you want it to go both effectively and efficiently.

                                          4. Goals Encourage You to Take Action

                                          This builds on the last benefit of goal setting. Not only does effective goal setting help you break down your larger goals into smaller, more manageable ones, but it also encourages you to actually begin taking action on those goals. After all, a plan is completely worthless if you aren’t willing to invest the effort required to execute it.

                                          Setting your goals and putting your plan in place motivates you to begin taking action towards achieving them. These goals give you something to plan and work towards. Essentially, they help propel you forward.

                                          What I like to do is write out and place my goals somewhere that I’ll regularly see them. This constantly serves as a reminder of my top priorities. It allows me to focus on taking small progressive actions towards achieving these goals daily.

                                          This ensures that I don’t fall into the trap of setting a goal, beginning to work towards it for a while, but then having my motivation fade resulting in me falling off track. This is exactly what many people see happen when it comes to their “New Year’s Resolutions.”

                                          If you want to learn about some of the golden rules for goal setting that will help you set and achieve your goals successfully check out this article: How to Use SMART Goal to Become Highly Successful in Life

                                          So, why is goal setting important? Because goal setting actually motivates you to stop thinking about your goals and actually get out there and achieve them!

                                          5. Goal Setting Helps You Continually Improve

                                          This is something that a lot of personal development and self-improvement writers talk about, continual improvement. For those of you who are not aware of the term, continual improvement is exactly what it sounds like — taking small steps towards improvement as frequently as you can to develop into the person you want to become.

                                          What’s the point in improving a little bit each day if you’re not improving in the areas that you want to improve in after all?

                                          The goals that you define for yourself will inevitably shape you into the person who you want to become. They’ll shape your character. Your goals can help you measure your progress as you strive for this type of development.

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                                          Essentially, having goals helps you determine where you started, where you are now, and how much further you need to go. In this manner, your goal setting can serve as milestones and benchmarks that help you determine how well you’re progressing towards your most important goals!

                                          So, why is goal setting important? Goal setting helps you make improvements each day that will slowly transition you into the person you want to become.

                                          6. Goal Setting Keeps You Accountable

                                          Not only does setting goals help you measure your progress, but it also is a means through which you can keep yourself accountable. Too many goals fail because they lack this crucial aspect of outlining accountability.

                                          For example, if I have the goal to do 50 push-ups, that’s great. Most people would support that goal. However, this goal lacks accountability. When do I want to accomplish this goal by and what steps do I take to get there? These are important questions that the original goal leaves unanswered.

                                          A much more descriptive and specific goal could be to do 50 push-ups within the next 3 months by starting at 5 push-ups, and then adding 5 each week. This goal outlines the deadline as well as the steps I’m going to take to achieve it. This plan will keep me accountable because if I fail to retain my progression schedule, I will know that I’m not going to achieve the goal on time.

                                          Additionally, it can serve as a marker helping to signify when something is impeding my progress that I may not have initially accounted for. This tells me that I need to re-evaluate what I’m doing and figure out what adjustments I can make to facilitate my success.

                                          So, why is goal setting important? Setting goals is key to keeping ourselves accountable and on-track towards accomplishing our goals according to the schedules and deadlines we set for ourselves.

                                          7. Goals Make You Feel Good

                                          Trust me, the progress you feel as you set and achieve goals can become super motivating and super addicting (in a good way)! The dopamine release you get from achieving your goals is like a little reward for our brains that continually motivates us to try and hit that next goal!

                                          Having some clearly defined goals will help you to feel better about yourself and your life in general, especially when you stick to those goals, actively work towards achieving them, and end up accomplishing and surpassing your initial expectations. I’m not the oldest book on the shelf myself, but I can attest that there are not many feelings quite like the one you experience when you truly get on a roll!

                                          Additionally, our goals give us an endpoint to shoot for. Rather than progress for progress’s sake, you can actually see where you’re heading! That’s so much more rewarding. Think about a long car trip as a kid. You ask “if you’re there yet?” ever 20 minutes. It seems like the drive drags on forever.

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                                          If you don’t know where you’re going, you risk the journey becoming tedious. It doesn’t tend to be much fun wandering around aimlessly. Goals make us feel good about where we’re directing ourselves.

                                          So, why is goal setting important? Because setting goals and accomplishing them plain and simply make us feel better about ourselves and our lives!

                                          8. Goals Help You Live Your Best Life

                                          I’ve talked a lot in this article about how goal setting helps us progress towards our top priorities and live the way we truly want to live. So I think it’s fit to end the article with this goal because, in the end, I feel it’s the most important one.

                                          Setting your goals and clearly defining what they mean to you will help you live a life that is tailored to your beliefs and values. Your life will become directed towards the things that you most want to achieve.

                                          Life is a tricky game and only in very rare circumstances are things handed to us on a silver platter. Often it takes a great degree of work, planning, and effortful execution of both.

                                          There is no point clinging on to things in your life if they don’t bring you happiness or help you accomplish something that, in some way, aligns with your goals.

                                          Simply put, setting goals helps us live a life that allows us to pursue the challenges and rewards that we truly want to achieve.

                                          So, why is goal setting important? Because our time is always limited, and setting clearly defined goals can help ensure that you make the most of your life and live to the fullest!

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          These are just a few of the benefits of goal setting that outline why it truly is so important. If you take a moment or two, I bet that you can even think of a few more benefits yourself that you could add to this list.

                                          If I could leave you with something, it would be this:

                                          Goal setting has the potential to take us to some amazing places in life because we all have talent and ambitions. To achieve your biggest dreams, you need to be willing to sit down and create a life design uniquely tailored to you that will help you achieve them!

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