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8 Perfect Low-Cost Holiday Destinations

8 Perfect Low-Cost Holiday Destinations

If you are a bit short on money this year, that’s no reason to deny yourself a good time. Who says that you have to pay an arm and a leg to have a fantastic vacation? Take a look at our list of low-cost alternatives to popular holiday destinations – perhaps it will inspire you to give in and take that trip!

1. Mexico

Despite not being a household word for a holiday destination, Mexico is still one of the best value-for-money offers out there. World-class hotels, excellent beaches, fantastic local cuisine – all for more than reasonable prices. If you are of more adventurous disposition, you may want to read a travel blog or two before going there – they are a goldmine of information on less well-traveled locations. But hurry up – in a few years’ time it is likely to become much more popular, and the prices are expected to come up.

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    2. Sardinia

    One of the best places in the Mediterranean if you like sunny weather, a lot of sandy beaches and beautiful nature. However, during the high season Sardinia beaches may be quite expensive, especially if you don’t book in advance – that’s why it is better to go there in September or October, when the weather is still warm and the sea is inviting, but the crowds have already ebbed away.

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      3. Vietnam

      Despite the fact that it has grown in popularity in recent years, Vietnam is still very, very cheap – you can easily get by on $15 a day without discomfort. Fascinating local culture, food that is not less interesting, although much less widely advertised than Chinese or Japanese cuisine, friendly people and unspoiled (well, outside of Hanoi and other large cities) nature – what else one may ask for?

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        4. Honduras

        You rarely hear about Honduras as a holiday spot – it is much less known than other Central American countries, like Guatemala or Costa Rica. But if you are out for a real bargain, it’s a perfect option for you. With local fabulous sandy beaches, excellent diving opportunities and unbelievably cheap food and drink, you will have the time of your life for a fraction of what you have to pay somewhere else.

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          5. Bali

          Just like the rest of Indonesia, Bali is a perfect bargain holiday destination that has something to offer to everyone — beautiful ancient temples for cultural tourists, a lot of sun, beaches and sea for those who just want to swim and get a tan. Locals are hospitable and happy to welcome you on the island and it is also possible to meet people from all over the world, as Bali is a popular place of living for downshifters looking to escape the hectic life in Europe and America.

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            6. Latvia

            Looking for something less tropical? Latvia, an undiscovered corner of Europe, at your service. Exciting nightlife (the fact that in summer the twilight is about midnight and the day breaks at 4 a.m. helps to stay awake), gorgeous art-nouveau architecture together with quaint little villages all around, pine forests and national parks – all of this is waiting for you, with prices more than reasonable.

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              7. Bulgaria

              Another lesser known gem is Bulgaria. Mild climate, sunny weather from May to October, and a selection of beaches on warm, shallow sea. All of this is perfect for families looking for a holiday that is satisfying, safe and cheap, all at the same time.

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                8. Turkey

                Turkey, and especially the city of Antalya, offer the best Mediterranean atmosphere without eating up your money. Ancient ruins left from different cultures, budget shopping and a wide variety of hotels, with the prices even in the 5-star ones not rising above $100 a night – all this is ideal to accommodate money-conscious travelersfrom around the world.

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                  We hope that this list will inspire you to choose a new fascinating destination for your next trip. Having a good time shouldn’t cost you a fortune!

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                  12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

                  12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

                  Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

                  A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

                  1. Eat Before Heading Out

                  First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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                  2. Select The Treats

                  Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

                  3. Avoid Skipping Meals

                  Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

                  4. Drink With Moderation

                  It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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                  5. Be Active

                  You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

                  6. Get Out Of The House

                  Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

                  7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

                  Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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                  8. Set Realistic Goals

                  You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

                  9. Enjoy Yourself

                  Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

                  10. Drink A Lot Of Water

                  This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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                  11. Eat Less And More Often

                  Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

                  12. Prioritize Your Workouts

                  Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

                  So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

                  Happy Holidays everyone!

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