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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 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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        How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

        How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

        You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

        We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

        The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

        Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

        1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

        Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

        For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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        • (1) Research
        • (2) Deciding the topic
        • (3) Creating the outline
        • (4) Drafting the content
        • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
        • (6) Revision
        • (7) etc.

        Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

        2. Change Your Environment

        Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

        One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

        3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

        Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

        Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

        My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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        Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

        4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

        If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

        Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

        I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

        5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

        I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

        Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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        As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

        6. Get a Buddy

        Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

        I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

        7. Tell Others About Your Goals

        This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

        For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

        8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

        What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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        9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

        If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

        Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

        10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

        Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

        Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

        11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

        At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

        Reality check:

        I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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