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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 July 10, 2020

        How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

        How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

        We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

        We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

        So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

        Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

        What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

        Boundaries are limits

        —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

        Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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        Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

        Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

        Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

        How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

        Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

        1. Self-Awareness Comes First

        Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

        You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

        To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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        You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

        • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
        • When do you feel disrespected?
        • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
        • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
        • When do you want to be alone?
        • How much space do you need?

        You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

        2. Clear Communication Is Essential

        Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

        Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

        3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

        Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

        That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

        Sample language:

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        • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
        • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
        • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
        • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
        • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
        • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
        • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

        Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

        4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

        Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

        Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

        Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

        We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

        It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

        It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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        Final Thoughts

        Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

        Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

        Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

        The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

        Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

        Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

        They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

        Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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