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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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                  Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

                  Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

                  In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

                  And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

                  Why is goal setting important?

                  1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

                  Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

                  For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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                  Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

                  After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

                  So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

                  2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

                  The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

                  The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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                  We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

                  What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

                  3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

                  We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

                  Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

                  But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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                  What you truly want and need

                  Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

                  Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

                  Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

                  When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

                  Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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                  Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

                  Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

                  Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

                  The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

                  It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

                  Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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