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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 September 15, 2020

        4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

        4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

        Life changes are constant. Whether it’s in the workplace or our relationships, nothing in life ever remains the same for long.

        Regardless of the gravity of change, it can always be a little scary. So scary, in fact, that some people are downright crippled by the idea of it, causing them to remain stagnant through anxiety.

        Have you ever noticed how much of life’s transitional periods are riddled with anxious vibes? The quarter life crisis, the mid-life crisis, cold feet before getting married, retirement anxiety, and teenage angst are just a few examples of transitional periods when people tend to panic.

        We can’t control every aspect of our lives, and we can’t stop change from happening. However, how we respond to change will greatly affect our overall life experience.

        Here are 4 ways you can approach life changes in a positive way.

        1. Don’t Fight It

        I once heard one of my favorite yoga instructors say “Suffering is what occurs when we resist what is already happening.” The lesson has stuck with me ever since.

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        Life changes are usually out of our control. Rather than trying to manipulate the situation and wishing things were different, try flowing with it instead.

        Of course, some initial resistance is natural if we’re going into survival mode. Just make sure you are conscious of when this resistance is no longer serving you.

        If you’re feeling anxious about impending life changes, it’s time to practice some techniques to address the anxiety directly. These can include meditation, exercise, talking with friends about how you’re feeling, or journaling.

        If you’re worried about a big life change, such as starting a new job[1] or moving in with your partner, do your best to control your expectations. It may help you to talk with people you know about their experiences going through similar changes. This will help you form a realistic picture in your mind of what things will look like post-change.

        2. Find Healthy Ways to Deal With Feelings

        Whenever we’re in transitional periods, it can be easy to lose track of ourselves. Sometimes we feel like we’re being tossed about by life and like we’ve lost our footing, causing some very uncomfortable feelings to arise.

        One way we can channel these feelings is by finding healthy ways to release them. For instance, whenever I find myself in a difficult transitional phase, I end up in a mixed martial arts studio.

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        The physical activity helps me channel my emotions and release endorphins. It also helps me get in shape, which generally increases my mood and energy levels.

        Exercise is important in cultivating positive emotions, but if you’re struggling with anxiety in particular, it’s important to cultivate a regular exercise routine as opposed to a one-off workout. One study found that “Aerobic exercise can promote increase in anxiety acutely and regular aerobic exercise promotes reduction in anxiety levels”[2].

        If exercise isn’t your thing, there are other, less intense ways of cultivating positive emotions and reducing anxiety around life changes. You can try stretching, meditating, reading in nature, spending time with family and friends, or cooking a healthy meal.

        Find what makes you feel good and helps you ground yourself in the present moment.

        3. Reframe Your Perspective

        Reframing perspectives is a very powerful tool used in life coaching. It helps clients take a situation they are struggling with, such as a major life change, and find some sort of empowerment in it.

        Some examples of disempowered thinking during life changes include casting blame, focusing on negative details, or victimizing[3]. These perspectives can make awkward transitional phases much worse than they have to be.

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        Meanwhile, if we utilize a more positive perspective, such as finding a lesson in the situation, realizing that there may be an opportunity for something, or that everything passes, we can come from a greater place of ease.

        4. Find Time for Self-Reflection

        Having time to reflect is important at any stage in your life, but it’s especially important during transitional periods. It’s quite simple really: we need our time to step back and get centered when things get a little crazy.

        As a result, big life changes are perfect for doing some self-reflection. They are opportunities to check in with ourselves and practice getting grounded for a few minutes.

        Take a look at this reflective cycle adapted from Glibb’s Self-reflection guide (1988):[4]

        Use self-reflection when facing life changes.

          Self-reflective exercises include meditating, yoga or journaling,[5] all of which require some quiet time to get yourself together.

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          One study found that journal improves “self-efficacy, locus of control, and learning”[6]. A healthy sense of self-control can make the process of change easier to bear, so that in itself is a great reason to try self-reflection through journaling.

          To learn how to start journaling, you can check out this article.

          Final Thoughts

          Big life changes may rock us for a little while, but they don’t have to be as bad as we initially perceive them. If handled in a positive manner, transitional periods can pave the way for some serious self-growth, reflection, and awareness.

          Cultivate a sense of positivity and find ways to diminish the anxiety around life changes. Once you make it to the other side, you’ll be grateful that you made it through in the best way possible.

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