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Surprisingly Cheap Destinations Around The World

Anyone who loves to travel will usually admit to also enjoying doing so on the cheap. There is something great about being able to save a lot of money as you travel the world, and yet it can often seem very difficult to actually do that. The truth is that you need to prepare and plan a lot if you want to manage this – but that is not to say that it is therefore not possible. As long as you know what you are doing, it is actually relatively straightforward to travel quite cheaply, even if you are going on a big world tour. A big part of this is ensuring that you find a good range of inexpensive destinations. Fortunately, there are plenty of those to choose from. Let’s take a look at some of the best.

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Mexico

There is no corner of the world where you can’t find a cheap destination to fly to and stay and enjoy your holiday. What’s more, some of the most popular destinations can also be cheap if you know how to go about it. A great example of this is Mexico. This is a country which you can visit very cheaply, and yet you can still expect to experience a first class kind of journey and stay throughout. Part of the reason for this is that the cost structure there is very different to many other places you can travel, which makes it very cheap for travellers, especially those from further afield.

It is also true that part of the reason for low prices in Mexico is that there is a relatively poor public perception of the country on the world’s stage. However, this does not tend to equate with the experiences that travellers really have when they visit the country. If you visit Mexico, you will surely find it every bit the welcoming and enjoyable trip, and yet you will also have the joy of paying relatively little for it too.

You will also be pleasantly surprised at just how easy it is to find top, five-star hotels for prices you would never see in many other parts of the world. If you are coming from Europe, you can prepare to be especially blown away by the amount of fantastic resorts which you can find on the cheap. All in all, Mexico is  great country to consider if you would like to both save a little cash and invest in some fantastic memories with your loved ones.

Singapore

Many Asian destinations are famously cheap to travel to and stay in, but some also offer some fantastic advantages that other might be missing. A great one for those who like to experience a genuine taste of culture shock but without completely getting lost is to visit Singapore. If you have never considered this particular destination, here are a few reasons why you might want to re-think it.

Singapore is extremely popular as a tourist destination – in fact, in many years recently it has been the single most visited Asian city, and the fifth most visited city in the world. You would think that this would drive prices up, but the opposite effect seems to have taken place. Sure, for those with the top money it is always going to be a favorite spot to really splash out, but the budget traveller can make a lot of this fantastic city as well. It’s all about how you approach it in the first place.

If you take a look at the price of renting a hdb in Singapore, you might be pleasantly surprised at just how cheap it can be. These prices are also reflected in the more temporary accommodation as well however, so short-term visitors will find it easy to get hold of a cheap and cheerful hotel. As for eating out and finding entertainment, there is hardly anywhere in Asia more suited to allowing those on a budget to have a fantastic time. No matter what you are hoping to do, you can surely make it happen in Singapore – and without breaking the bank in the process.

Memphis

If you are looking for a US destination where you don’t have to worry about money, you have a lot of options. One particularly stands out, however: Memphis. Famously the home of Elvis himself (and still home to his Graceland), this is a city which just oozes Americana history. Not many people are aware of just how cheap it is to stay in Memphis; the truth is, it is one of the cheapest cities anywhere in the US, and also the world.

If you are a keen music buff, then you will find this an absolutely essential visit. If not however, it is still a beautiful and stunning location to visit, with a great many ways to stay entertained throughout the trip. There is a huge range of types of accommodation, meaning that you don’t need to worry about being able to stay, and getting around the city is famously cheap as well. All in all, it is a must-try location for anyone in the US looking for a particularly cheap and yet full-on holiday experience.

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One of the great things about Memphis is that it also offers some of the largest portion sizes in food anywhere in the country. You will be able to eat for a very little amount of money indeed, and don’t go thinking that that means the quality isn’t good. Along with music, food is something that Memphis takes very seriously indeed, so you are bound to be delighted and charmed by this fabulous city.

No matter what kind of a trip you would like to have, it is perfectly possible to find a cheap way to do it. There are more inexpensive locations around the world than you might think, and that makes it extremely easy indeed. Consider that the next time you are thinking of planning your travels around the world.

*This post is contributed to Spicy Scribbler Blog

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Live La Vida Loca! Hot Travel Tips for Sunny Spain

When it comes to European travel destinations, the southwestern country of Spain tops a large number of people’s lists. It’s not hard to see why. The land is rich in culture, activities and sights as well as having some of the best weather that Europe has to offer. So, if you fancy taking a trip to the home of the Spanish, here are some hot travel tips to ensure you have the best time possible!

Visit Madrid

Madrid is the capital of Spain and home to the world-renowned football club Real Madrid. However, it lays claim to so many more wonderful things than these two namesakes. In fact, there are many things to do in Madrid. It is a huge force in European culture, hosting some of the best art museums on the continent, such as the Prado. If you decide to check the Prado out, make sure to keep an eye out for Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights and David with Head of Goliath by Caravaggio. If architecture is your thing, make time for the astounding Royal Palace, built in the mid-1700s for King Philip V. Its blend of baroque and neoclassical styles is nigh on perfect. For entertainment and shopping after your cultural trips, head to the Gran Via. The hustle and bustle of the avenue will make you feel a strange sense of homeliness and belonging.

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Discover Modernisme in Barcelona

Barcelona has so many attractions that it can be difficult to fit everything into one trip. However, the close proximity of most tourist sights means that you can generally travel on foot from one exhibit to another, cramming an astounding amount of culture into just a few days. One of the city’s main attractions, without a doubt, is the work of Antoni Gaudi, a modernist artist. The most famous points of interest are the Sagrada Familia (an unfinished work from Gaudi’s lifetime), Park Guell and La Pedrera. If you have an interest in art or enjoyed these spots, in particular, you can also check out Picasso’s Barcelona with a trip to Museu Picasso and Els 4 Gats, a cafe where Gaudi, Picasso and other artists met to chat and eat.

Hit Ibiza’s Nightlife

If you’re more of a party person, you should head straight to Ibiza. This Balearic island is renowned worldwide for its nightlife, especially in Ibiza Town and Sant Antoni. For this type of trip, all-inclusive package holidays are probably best, as you can spend your nights out on the town and your days resting and recuperating at the poolside with complimentary cold drinks at hand. Break things up with a trip to one of the island’s stunning beaches, such as Playa Cala Salada in Sant Antoni de Portmany.

Whatever your interests, Spain will have something to accommodate you perfectly. It’s almost guaranteed that you will have a brilliant time. So, remember to pack plenty of suncreams and prepare to exert plenty of energy. Whether by exploring cities’ art and cultural hotspots or checking out some of the wildest clubs you could imagine.

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How to Stay Safe While Travelling Abroad

A Summer holiday is the one thing that people look forward to all year round. It’s a chance to relax, explore and forget about the responsibilities you have back home. But, travelling can also come with its dangers. When you’re visiting somewhere for the first time, you’ll need to take some precautions in order to stay safe at all times. Your hotel will be able to advise you of things you’ll need to keep in mind when you’re out and about. However, before you set off on your holiday, here are some things you’ll need to consider.

Beware of Muggers

Tourists are often easy targets for muggers. To avoid being mugged while you’re away on holiday, it’s important to blend in with the locals. If you’re stood in the middle of a busy street, staring hard at a map with a look of confusion on your face, it won’t be long before everyone realises you’re a tourist. You should also avoid other tell-tale sign, like wearing expensive clothing or carrying designer bags. If you’re part of a tour on an excursion, make sure your bag is tightly closed and close to your body. When carrying a backpack, it’s often wise to wear around the front of your body, rather than the back. It’s easy for a thief to unzip a backpack when you can’t see it happening.

Illness

It’s easy to fall ill when you’re in another country. Make sure you avoid drinking the water. It’s often very different to the water you’re used to at home, so it’s safer to drink bottled water instead. Although trying the foods that the locals eat can be part of experiencing the culture, if you’re prone to stomach upsets, you may want to avoid it. Swapping a burger and chips for insect kebabs may not be the best move and it could result in food poisoning. If you’ve eaten something that hasn’t agreed with you, you can contact a food poisoning lawyer. To stay on the safe side, eat at your hotel or find restaurants that have menus native to you.

Your Documents

The last thing you want to realise is that you’ve lost your passport the day you’re meant to take your return flight. Keeping all of your documents safe is a priority. If you lose your bag while you’re out exploring or you’re the victim of a mugging and you’re carrying your documents with you, it’s likely you’ll have a hard time replacing them. It could mean that you have to stay longer than you’d planned. The best option for keeping your documents safe is to keep them in the hotel at all times. Your room will usually have a safe and you’ll get to choose the combination. Keep your documents in there and check they’re still there every two days.

Accidents

You may think that you’re fairly safe when it comes to being injured, but no-one can tell when they’re going to be in an accident. For example, many people fall when travelling through Italy because the streets are made of uneven cobbles that can be difficult to navigate through when you’re used to walking on flat surfaces. Before you go on holiday, it’s important you have valid health insurance and travel insurance that can cover you in any eventuality. If you have an accident that requires hospitalisation while you’re away and you’re not insured, you’ll be heading home with a hefty bill.

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Avoid Arrest

It may seem like an outrageous idea, but it’s important to remember that different countries have different rules. Depending on where you travel, you can be arrested for anything from the clothes you wear, to the places you walk and the things you say. So, if you’re planning on getting frisky on the beach one evening, you’d better know the laws of the land first. Do some research into the country you’re travelling to and do your best to respect their rules once you’re there.

Natural Disasters

There are some countries that are more likely to be affected by natural disasters than others. For example, you may experience an earthquake while you’re away, but the community will be used to dealing with them and should have precautions in place. Find out if you’re likely to experience floods, storms, volcanic eruptions or avalanches before you go.

War and Terrorism

Unfortunately, there are many parts of the world involved in wars and terrorism. Although it’s important to experience as many places as possible when it comes to travelling, sometimes you have to ask yourself if it’s worth it. If you’re planning on travelling to a country affected by war, you could be putting your life in danger. If you’re a volunteer and you’re fully aware of the risks and still willing to travel, you need to ask the organisation that you’re working with to provide you with safety training and tips on staying safe.

Vaccinations

There are some countries that are heavily affected by illness and disease. Before you travel, it’s important you find out if any vaccinations are necessary. There are some vaccinations that must be administered a few weeks before travel, so don’t be tempted to leave it until the last minute to book a doctor’s appointment. Some of the vaccinations may also come with a few side effects so it’s worth asking if you’ll need to take time off work as a precaution. Travelling without the necessary vaccinations could put you in serious risk, especially when flying to certain parts of Africa.

Tour Operators

One of the most convenient ways for tourists to see the sights is to book a tour. However, there are many dodgy tour operators that approach tourists on the streets. You may find that you part with your money, thinking you’ve booked a tour, only to be let down. When you want to book a tour to an attraction, it’s best to do it through your hotel or ask your hotel’s staff to provide you with the information of a reputable tour operator.