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25 Incredible Places For Anyone Who Is On A Budget To Travel To in 2017

25 Incredible Places For Anyone Who Is On A Budget To Travel To in 2017

Many buy into a belief that traveling is a luxury for those in high economic spheres and untouchable for them. The possibility of world travel is dismissed as an idealized fantasy for dreamers. The impossible mindset needs to be changed. Believe you can reach all of your dream destinations, remember that if you truly desire to travel you can make it work.

To keep within budget, review costs in terms of these points:

  • Research, compare and book flights
  • Review airports of arrival and departure
  • Time of the year when journey is planned
  • Length of stay

And here are 25 incredible and affordable travel destinations you should check out in 2017!

1. Tanzania – East Africa


    (The Highest Peak in Africa: Mount Kilimanjaro Credit: Kilimanjaro: Africa’s highest summit)

    Tanzania is blessed with natural landscapes that are treasures in the world. It is not a very expensive country but if you aim to explore all they have to offer, you will run over your budget as the list is never-ending. Highlights include the paradise island of Zanzibar and Mount Kilimanjaro. For exploring the best African wildlife, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti National Park are two of the most common destinations.

    2.  Vietnam


      Daily life in Cẩm Thanh, Hội An, Quang Nam Province

      Vietnam needs to be on top of travel lists for all. With the dramatic landscapes embodied in a fascinating history in a country full of energy and epic food, Vietnam can electrify all senses capturing you from all angles.

      Vietnam is culturally and historically rich. It is a beautiful amazing country. It is a mixture of serenity, relaxation, and thrill. It is a popular destination for low budget travelers looking for bargains! A safe and friendly place where, with some common sense, the trip is destined to be trouble-free and smooth.

      3. Laos

        Young Girl with Animal in Asia (Credit: Girl with Animal.Asia)

        Laos is all about relaxation. Surrounding countries and a bustling industry make Laos a haven in South East Asia. Along with the relaxed atmosphere, in Southern Laos, there is an area called the 4,000 Islands, referring to the small islands that dot the Mekong River. Laos offers some travel costs that are fairly relaxed too. There are plenty of options for affordable food and drink, transportation and lodging.

        4. Thailand

          Buddha Statue in Thailand (Credit: Buddhist Statue)

          Ready for a vacation getaway to a culturally stimulating place? A foreign, exotic and affordable destination,  Thailand is rich with relaxing beaches and atmosphere. If that doesn’t win you over, the people and the food will. It is one of the most beautiful places with endless sites, excursions, and attractions for any kind of traveler. You will find affordable guesthouses next to very expensive resorts.

          5. China


            Fisherman-nature on the Guilin-river

            China has tourist appeal that is enhanced by cultural uniqueness. It is an exotic destination packed with new experiences and sights that are refreshingly different.  This exotic culture is a combination of spectacular scenery and a buzz of activity. Whether you are backpacking on a shoestring travel budget, or a pensioner trying to stretch your buck, there are various ways to cuts costs when touring China after efficient planning and research.

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            6. Bulgaria

              Beach (Credit: Burgas, sunset on the sea)

              Bulgaria is a country that is affordable and comes with amiable locals, beaches, scenery and an incredible history, not to mention the nightlife. Everything about Bulgaria is a winning experience, even though you may have thought of it as an underrated country, you will not be disappointed.

              7. Nicaragua

                Nicaragua volcano on Ometepe-island

                Nicaragua is one of the most beautiful places in Central America and is sparsely populated. The Pacific coastline; with lengthy gentle Caribbean beaches; freshwater lakes along hilly inland and volcanoes. Tourists flock to discover the ancient towns, rainforests, pristine rivers, and lakes.

                Backpackers and intrepid travelers have taken notice of Nicaragua. Nicaragua became the alternative to the overcrowded destinations of Panama and Costa Rica. Nicaragua appeals to retirees, backpackers, and families for cost-effective activities of surfing, hiking, and drinks. It has amazing natural beauty and is filled with warm people. High expectations will not result in disappointment.

                8. Panama

                  Panama (Credit: Central American archipelago)

                  The palpable excitement of Panama is in the delectable culture, the food, innovative architecture and new industries adding to the local offerings. Panama has it’s own International Film Festival and jazz festival. Major international summits take place at the convention centers in Panama. There is golf, sailing, tennis fishing, birding and surfing, birding and all imaginable activities. Socialising is extremely easy. Boundless possibilities await in Panama.

                  9. Honduras


                    Roatan Honduras port-architecture

                    Honduras is a rewarding destination with 700 recorded bird species. There are whale sharks and sea turtles in the ocean. Monkeys inhabit the jungle reserves along the Caribbean coast. Travelers rave about Honduras in Central America as a frequently overlooked travel paradise.

                    The least visited country in Central America is Honduras, where all is low key and laid back. Since there are low tourist numbers there is little competition between hotels and agencies working out inexpensive accommodation and food. Buses are affordable and comfortable. Many planning a mere transit through Honduras end up staying on for a longer time.

                    10. Fiji


                      Fiji ocean tropical seawater

                      In the heart of the South Pacific, Fiji has tropical islands which are home to the happiest people on the planet. The private islands feature all inclusive resorts with culinary destinations and top spas. Intrigue and lustrous outdoor adventure are celebrated here making for a lively and active tourist experience. White sandy beaches and crystal clear ocean offer an ideal getaway for honeymooners, budget globetrotters, and families.

                      11.Cambodia


                        Angkor Wat

                        If you are on a budget, Cambodia is one of the best budget-friendly places in South East Asia. There is historical Angkor Watt temples to explore and modern Khmer Rouge history with a mixture of ancient architecture, beaches, and cities.

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                        As the sun rises it reflects off the stone temple complex and the surrounding dense green jungle, creating glowing blue and purple hues that mystify onlookers. Angkor Wat draws over two million visitors yearly and this ancient site is not the only one worth visiting. Cambodia is filled with wonder.

                        12. Ecuador


                          Quito-streets in Ecuador man with painting

                          Every cliché about living large on a small budget is true when it comes to Ecuador. Ecuador is in the northwest corner of South America. It’s bordered by Colombia and Peru and despite the small size of Ecuador, there is incredible diversity.

                          Mountains with rain forests, pacific beaches with natural wonders, amazing culture and climate. Envision it as a dream location with bustling cities, unspoiled beaches, mountain villages and university towns. Ecuador has it all.

                          13. Belize

                            Belize-vacation

                            Care to venture out to a trendy, picture perfect island? The cost of living varies, depending on where in the country you want to go. A lesser known beach destination like Corozal, Punta Gorda, or the San Ignacio Districts are far more affordable.

                            There are fragrant mangoes, papayas, pineapples, ripe watermelons, crispy green beans, and firm avocados. Enjoy delicious fresh fish, even catch and cook them yourself! If you love nature you are going to love Belize. A slow paced life in the sunshine with gentle and kind neighbors. Belize is one of the most welcoming places on the face of the earth.

                            14. Portugal

                              Aveiro – colorful houses in Portugal

                              Cobblestone villages, medieval castles, and captivating cities along with golden beaches make Portugal an unforgettable experience with the great food, history, exploration and idyllic scenery. The beauty of Portugal unfolds in a startling variety of activities including hiking granite peaks or taking in the pristine scenery. Splendor abounds at the sandy islands and dune-covered beaches. Dolphin watching, kayaking, boating and bike rides will make your visit to Portugal memorable for years to come!

                              Above it all, this joy-packed country is for travelers that are on a budget. Portugal represents one of the most affordable countries in Western Europe offering stunning beaches and fascinating citiesPortugal has cheap modes of public transport, accommodations that are reasonably affordable and good prices on food.

                              15. Australia


                                Rainbow Lorikeet parrots

                                AustraliaAustralia is a huge island with surrounding oceans offering diving, snorkeling, surfing, sailing,  or swimming. If you weigh your options and assume Australia is out of the affordable price range, reconsider it.

                                A trip to Sydney and surrounding areas may be far easier on the wallet than expected. Public transport is available and inexpensive. Tourists can indulge in succulent Australian meals at affordable rates and the best attractions are free of any cost. It is possible to cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge or climb steps of the Opera house, wander the Botanical gardens and spend days enjoying the surf at no cost. That saves your budget for buying more souvenirs.

                                16. Madagascar

                                  Ring-tailed Lemur

                                  Experiencing Madagascar is exploring incredible nature from Baobab trees to rock forests, remote beaches, and adorable lemurs. No place on earth is like Madagascar and the wonders you’ll see once you land there.

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                                  There are various local transport varieties from rickshaws to busses and cabs. Always remember to bargain with the taxi or rickshaw drivers to get around at a lower cost. Local eateries are affordable offering sumptuous Malagasy meals!

                                  17.Budapest


                                     Budapest chain bridge over water

                                    Budapest is known as the ‘Paris of the East’ and remains a popular destination with low prices, youthful spirits and beautiful architecture. Pair that together with vibrant nightlife, and interesting history for a wonderful travel experience. It has a gritty Eastern Europe ambiance adding to its appeal.

                                    18. Dominican Republic


                                      Sunrise at dawn: Dominican Republic (Credit: Sunrise at dawn)

                                      The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern side of the Hispaniola island. It is a popular Carribean destination. The sun kissed sandy beaches are framed by crystal clear water and palm trees. This gorgeous island boasts tropical rainforests, alpine wilderness, and mangrove swamps. Adventure and ecotourism at its best. In a single week, you can mountain bike on remote dirt tracks, make your way up a rope beneath a waterfall, and get on a fishing boat to marvel at whales.

                                      There is a passionate swing of intoxicating rhythms with the national Bachata and Merengue music permeating all activities. Overall, this destination provides an excellent value comparable to most Caribbean destinations.

                                      19. Ireland


                                        Lake landscape in Ireland-nature home

                                        Located in the northwest of Europe, international travelers rave about its beautiful landscapes, stunning views, and welcoming nature.

                                        The rugged and romantic landscapes are steeped in an ancient lore and filled with geological richness. The warming Atlantic effect produces astonishing natural diversity on the tiny island. It is splashed with lakes and surrounded by a primeval bogland.  Unhurried rural living and unending history, the scenic array is open to leisurely exploration by bicycle or foot.

                                        The diversity of Ireland with its compact size makes it easy for navigation and travel. It offers guests everything from ocean beaches to castles, to spas and quaint pubs. A valued experience for the aggregate travel budget.

                                        20. Greece


                                          Sea beach-Greece Zakynthos

                                          The Greek sun is synonymous with a carefree lifestyle in a mild climate. Complete with excellent infrastructure this is a favorite destination all year round. Traveling to Greece is really accessible, you can go by road, sea or train.

                                          The aquamarine coastline comes with a pathway for island hopping along sun-bleached ruins and local festivities offering a menagerie of Mediterranean cuisine. Between taking in the thriving art scene in the streets of Athens and venturing out on remote Peloponnese hikes, get ready for a memorable Greek experience.

                                          Major roads link Asia and Europe with Greece. Like every other country, there is a variety of budget options. You can travel cheap or go on a spending spree. People assume Eurozone countries are expensive, this is not true for Greece which boasts affordable accommodation and food even though it is in the Eurozone.

                                          21. Bolivia


                                            Peru-Titicaca-lake

                                            With icebound peaks, deserts of high altitude, exuberant rainforests, and vast savannahs, Bolivia represents a landscape that is astonishing in its range. Mystical terrains boast breathtaking attractions with salt pans, towering volcano peaks, and Inca trails. It is at the remote end of South America rewarding adventurous travelers with exoticism and mystery. The cultural diversity and the ethnic combinations are quite fascinating as well. Bolivia is one of the least expensive countries on the continent.

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                                            22. Cuba


                                              Cuba market colorful memory

                                              White sandy beaches, quaint towns tucked away, striking architecture, blue water and, of course, the renowned Cuban cigar are all a part of this lovely country. Take tours of tobacco farms and heritage sites. Ride in and admire classic American cars that will take you back in time. The Cuban people are the island’s treasure, with their creativity, lively culture, and welcoming hospitality. There are many new discoveries to be had in Cuba. It is important to think about budget and planning carefully ahead of time, as wifi is scarce for checking online bank balances.

                                              23. Martinique


                                                 Martinique memorial Anse-Cañete

                                                Martinique is part of the Lesser Antilles Islands with the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic ocean bordering it. The island is diverse in ethnicities and cultures due to a rich history of various inhabitants.

                                                Martinique has sightseeing possibilities on foot. Fort-de-France, the capital, offers architectural wonders, winding, narrow streets and landmarks including the Saint-Louis Cathedral. Touring the city on foot allows you to shop for souvenirs in local shops and visit a local fish market, where you can purchase lunch or dinner in the form of fresh seafood caught that same day.

                                                Martinique Island is part of France officially. It is a volcanic Caribbean island with a coastal spread of towns and settlements. It is known for excellent beaches and a cuisine that combines French delicacies with Creole cooking styles. Martinique is ideal for budget travelers as it has a large residential population with many accommodation options. Plan and build an easy budget for traveling to Martinique in advance, taking into consideration the Euro currency.

                                                24. Galápagos Islands


                                                  Sea-lion in Galapagos

                                                  The Galápagos Islands will entrance those that visit and inspire visions of the future. The unmatched biodiversity of these isolated volcanic islands is one of the few things on Earth that will imbibe a sense of lasting appreciation.

                                                  A guaranteed journey of a lifetime, this archipelago has a unique biological richness. The fauna and flora have been the main attraction for travelers, nature lovers, and scientists, who have grown to love this ecosystem.

                                                  One of the main reasons for visiting Galapagos is the multitude animals that are unknown to most people. They burst with friendly wildlife like huge sea tortoises and sea lions. It is an archipelago of nineteen islands surrounded by smaller islets, sprinkled along the Ecuadorean coast of the Pacific ocean. The Galapagos islands have good weather all year round. Each island has a unique landscape ranging from volcanic rocks to white sand beaches that melt into the blue waters.

                                                  25. Indonesia


                                                    Girls at countryside path doing work

                                                    Indonesia is an amazing spectacle in a myriad of flavors. Whether there are Orangutans that lounge in the trees or Balinese dancers moving in rhythm, the sites are sure to please even the impoverished traveler. The idyllic desert, relaxed sandy beaches, and surf breaks are an intriguing adventurous mashup of serenity. The vast and inspiring elements of the 17,000 islands makes visiting Indonesia an intoxicating exploration of diversity.

                                                    It is an inexpensive country and budget deals can be found without intensive searching. Accommodation and travel are fairly reasonable and costs only escalate with additional activity participation.

                                                    Travel and Experience the World

                                                    Traveling is more than just a challenge. It is an escapade of new discoveries. A soul expedition into a lifetime bubbling with experiences. The initial round is sparked off by something you see or hear about a certain destination. The calling has arrived to piece together an ideal route. The venture to fulfill an essence of an all-rounded human and journey into self-discovery. A motion into getting an outer glimpse of your daily inner circles and spheres, traveling is reaching new heights, learning new dialects, perspectives, and visions. A live encyclopedia of world flavors and human existence with vastly diverse languages, cultures, and living spheres.

                                                    Get ready to travel, change your life, create a positive influence on others. Be free of ‘the nine to five’ everyday hustle and bustle of the ‘real world.’

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                                                    Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                                    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                    Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                                    Video Summary

                                                    Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                                    There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                                    This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                                    Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                                    In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                                    One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                                    There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                                    By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                                    When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                                    Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                                    In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                                    What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                                    What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                                      1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                                      Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                                      • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                                      • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                                      • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                                      • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                                      2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                                        Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                                        Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                                        3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                                          Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                                          4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                                            Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                                            A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                                            A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                                            On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                                            5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                                              Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                                              6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                                Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                                7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                                  Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                                  How to hold a plank position

                                                                  1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                                  2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                                  3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                                  4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                                  5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                                  6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                                  7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                                  Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                                  Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                                    How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                                    1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                                    2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                                    3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                                    Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                                    Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                                    You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                                    • Prolapse
                                                                    • After prolapse surgery
                                                                    • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                                    • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                                    • Previous childbirth
                                                                    • Overweight

                                                                    Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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