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6 Budget-Friendly Exotic Locations for the Frugal Globetrotter

6 Budget-Friendly Exotic Locations for the Frugal Globetrotter

The fact that you’re not wealthy isn’t reason enough to avoid traveling. The popularization of urban holiday spots made the whole world believe that traveling is expensive and that you need to save up for years in order to visit a five-star hotel and a location that’s all about luxury. And, even after all that, you’ll end up feeling not completely satisfied when you come back home.

That being said, you should be aware of the fact that you can spend a lot less money and visit amazing places that are rich in natural and cultural wonders. Not everyone gets to see these in their lifetime simply because they lack the proper information. Therefore, you should get familiar with some alternative locations and why they are a great budget-friendly way to explore other cultures and relax.

1. Belize

With over two hundred islands called cayes and with a temperature average of 29°C, Belize is the real paradise of Central America. The official language there is English, so it will be easy for you to get around.

The cuisine consist out of Mayan, East Indian and Garifuna elements. You’ll be able to enjoy a sensation of unfamiliar tastes that have been around for ages. Speaking of Mayan people, more than a million of them called Belize their home, and many temples will be a part of the scenery everywhere you turn.

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2. Mexico

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    This is a place where people have a high appreciation for family values and going to Mexico will make you feel like you belong, even if it’s your very first time in this country. Mexicans are extraordinarily welcoming and friendly, and your stay there will be quite a delight.

    The diversity of all the wonderful flavors is what makes the Mexican cuisine famous worldwide, but don’t be surprised if things get a little bit spicier – after all, you’ll be somewhere where chilly is adored in all its glorious forms. The colorful Mexican culture will keep you enthusiastic every minute of your holiday and I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun learning about their ways.

    3. Indonesia

    If you daydream about seeing a real live dragon, Indonesia should be on your must-see list because it’s the home of Komodo Dragons. Visiting the National Park dedicated to these giant lizard is quite a thrill, and you can expect a real adrenaline rush, especially when you realize that you have to be escorted by rangers; Komodo Dragons are prone to attacking humans. It really would be a thrill to give the whole Mother of Dragons experience a try.

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    All you adventure seekers should know that Southeast Asia is the promise land for the wild-spirited, according to travel bloggers. Everything you do – meeting new people, trying new foods, or visiting their spiritual buildings – it will all be a completely unfamiliar experience.

    4. India

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      Getting to know the ancient culture of India will open your eyes and you’ll be looking at the world differently – their traditions and way of life significantly differ from what you’d call a “regular daily routine”.

      You might be familiar with their foods, since Indian restaurants are located worldwide, but their turbulent history, traditional dances and the vibrant music that’s mostly played on string and percussion instruments will make your jaw fall.

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      5. Peru

      Speaking of ancient – this is another destination that can help you realize how old mankind is. Peru, famous for Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley, was home to the Incas a really, really long time ago. One amazing cultural heritage the Peruvian people managed to preserve is their handcraft, in which they entwine their art, history, and an enviable level of skills.

      Another amazing fact about Peru is that it contains twenty-eight individual climates – nature itself made this beautiful country’s ecosystem so diverse that it gives anyone visiting an opportunity to either admire the powerful Andes and have some fun skiing there, or to get into a boat and experience a real jungle around the mighty Amazon.

      6. Romania

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        If you’re up to for some exciting time travel, my suggestion is to go to the core of spooky vampire stories, straight to Romania. The streets over there look like colorful children illustrations, but as a contrast to them, there’s an actual castle in Transylvania that belonged (or perhaps it still does belong) to Count Vlad Dracula.

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        Other than this very well-known legend, you should know that Romania is filled with beautiful natural sites and some parts of it still look untouched by urban buildings. I’m sure you’ll find yourself amazed by the purity that goes as far as the eye can see.

        There’s something inviting for everyone on my list, I’d say. On the other hand, you can get out of your comfort zone completely and visit something that’s off your must-see list and I’m confident that you’ll come back home with many interesting stories to tell. Bon voyage!

        Featured photo credit: https://www.pexels.com/u/unsplash/ via pexels.com

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        Last Updated on January 15, 2019

        8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

        8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

        In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

        Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

        Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

        Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

        Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

        The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

        There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

        How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

        According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

        Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

        Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

        The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

        Listen carefully:

        We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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        The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

        Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

        8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

        There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

        Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

        1. Pray Daily

        You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

        When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

        Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

        Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

        2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

        A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

        By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

        Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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        If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

        This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

        How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

        3. Smile Often

        Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

        Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

        Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

        The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

        4. Organize Your Working Desk

        A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

        When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

        Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

        Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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        5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

        I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

        Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

        What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

        6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

        God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

        I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

        I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

        7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

        You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

        How do you do that? This is my formula:

        First, go to my website (find my website here in my profile) and take the smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

        If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

        If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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        If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

        Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

        8. Go Exercise

        Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

        The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

        You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

        12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

        The Bottom Line

        It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

        It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

        Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

        More Resources About Mindfulness

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