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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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        Ivan Dimitrijevic

        Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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        Last Updated on November 19, 2019

        20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

        20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

        Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

        If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

        1. Create a Daily Plan

        Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

        2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

        Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

        3. Use a Calendar

        Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

        I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

        Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

        4. Use an Organizer

        An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

        These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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        5. Know Your Deadlines

        When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

        But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

        6. Learn to Say “No”

        Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

        Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

        7. Target to Be Early

        When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

        For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

        Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

        8. Time Box Your Activities

        This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

        You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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        9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

        Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

        10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

        Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

        You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

        11. Focus

        Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

        Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

        Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

        12. Block out Distractions

        What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

        I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

        When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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        Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

        13. Track Your Time Spent

        When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

        You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

        14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

        You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

        Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

        15. Prioritize

        Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

        Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

        16. Delegate

        If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

        When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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        17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

        For related work, batch them together.

        For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

        1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
        2. coaching
        3. workshop development
        4. business development
        5. administrative

        I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

        18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

        What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

        One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

        While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

        19. Cut off When You Need To

        The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

        Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

        20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

        Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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