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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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                                                    8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                    8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                    In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                                    Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                                    Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                                    Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                                    Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                                    The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                                    There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                                    How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                                    According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                                    Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                                    Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                                    The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                                    Listen carefully:

                                                    We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                                    The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                                    Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                                    8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                                    There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                                    Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                                    1. Pray Daily

                                                    You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                                    When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                                    Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                                    Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                                    2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                                    A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                                    By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                                    Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                                    If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                                    This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                                    How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                                    3. Smile Often

                                                    Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                                    Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                                    Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                                    The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                                    4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                                    A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                                    When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                                    Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                                    Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                                    5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                                    I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                                    Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                                    What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                                    6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                                    God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                                    I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                                    I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                                    7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                                    You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                                    How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                                    First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                                    If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                                    If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                                    If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                                    Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                                    8. Go Exercise

                                                    Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                                    The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                                    You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                                    12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                                    The Bottom Line

                                                    It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                                    It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                                    Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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