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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!

                  Featured photo credit: Travel/Moyan Brenn via flickr.com

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                  How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                  How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                  Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                  You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                  Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                  1. Work on the small tasks.

                  When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                  Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                  2. Take a break from your work desk.

                  Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                  Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                  3. Upgrade yourself

                  Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                  The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                  4. Talk to a friend.

                  Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                  Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                  5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                  If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                  Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                  Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                  6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                  If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                  Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                  Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                  7. Read a book (or blog).

                  The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                  Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                  Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                  8. Have a quick nap.

                  If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                  9. Remember why you are doing this.

                  Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                  What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                  10. Find some competition.

                  Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                  Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                  11. Go exercise.

                  Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                  Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                  As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                  Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                  12. Take a good break.

                  Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                  Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                  Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                  Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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