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The best places to visit on a budget

The world is filled with affordable destinations, which are not that hard to find. No matter the continent you want to visit, you will always find a cheap destination.

Here are the places that you should visit if you are on a budget:

Fiji

Many people think that you need to be rich to visit the Pacific Island. However, that is not the case, because Fiji is relatively cheap when compared to the neighboring destinations. Although there are 1000-dollars-a-night resorts, you can still enjoy excellent diving, tasty seafood, and pristine beaches without selling your kidney.

The emerging backpacker community in Fiji has made visiting Fiji easier because transportation, activities, and guesthouses are now cheaper. If you want to visit the Pacific Island, Fiji is the best destination for a low budget.

Central America

Do you want to trek through the jungle, visit the ancient ruins, and surf during your vacation? You should visit the smaller countries in South America, including Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. In these countries, you will find budget hotels for as little as 15 dollars a night.

The destinations are safe as long as you do not roam around bad neighborhoods during the night.

Cambodia

Although you can put all Southeast Asian countries on the list of places to visit on a budget, Cambodia is one of the most affordable places in the region. The country is beautiful, affordable, and has friendly locals. You can buy street food for $2 and get an air-conditioned room for $20. You will spend less than $50 dollars a day, which is a bargain.

China

The country of China has been fascinating tourists since Marco Polo crossed the Silk Road. Even if the days of China being a very cheap location are gone, it is still a budget destination. With hostels that cost less than 20 dollars a day, you can visit this country with a small budget.

Although the big and coastal cities of China are not cheap, the interior ones are a bargain.

Portugal

Not all Euro countries are made equal and Portugal is a bargain country in the region. The country is filled with stunning cliffs, beautiful beaches, jovial locals, historic cities, and delicious food. Moreover, the country seems to evade the press and crowds that other countries in Europe get.

Therefore, you can visit this destination if you are running away from the hectic environment of the city.

Thailand

You will find Thailand on every list of places to visit on a budget. With its lush jungles, amazing food, bargain prices, and famed beaches, it is easy to see why. It attracts tourists from all walks of life, and you can find very cheap guesthouses to stay in during your visit.

Traveling in Thailand is easy and it is a great country for backpacking. Overall, Thailand is well known for its jungles, beauty, food, and beaches.

Australia

Although Australia is an unlikely candidate, it is the ideal destination due to the many work exchange opportunities, cheap groceries, and a well-worn backpacker trail. Although the country has become a lot more expensive over the years, the drop in the Australian dollar has made the country more affordable than it has been in years.

Indonesia

Are you a coffee lover? You should consider visiting Indonesia for some of the best coffee you will ever taste in your life. It is made from kopi luwak coffee beans, which produce a rich-tasting and authentic beverage.

Indonesia has some of the most beautiful landscapes and the best aquatic life in the world. If you love snorkeling, it is the place to be.

 

Cultural highlights in Bali you won’t want to miss

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is one of the top Cultural highlights in Bali

Photo by CC user Kostasplus on English Wikipedia

Planning a trip to Bali in the coming months? If so, you’ll be in for a treat, as there are few (if any) places on Earth that matches the culture that can be found on this Hindu-influenced isle in Indonesia.

When you are plotting out your itinerary while taking your airport transfer in Bali to your hotel, be sure to include the following attractions during the time that you spend in this special corner of Southeast Asia…

1) Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

If there is any temple in Bali that you make the time to see, make sure you slot in a visit to Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. Located in the highlands of the island, this temple’s centerpiece attraction is a multi-tiered pagoda that sits along the shore of a mountain lake.

Though the area is often shrouded in cloud, it actually suits the mood here perfectly, and when does manage to break through, it will be a moment in time that you will never be able to forget.

2) Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot is another temple that is held in high regard by visitors and locals alike. Situated on a rocky islet just off the south coast of Bali, non-Balinese are not allowed to enter the complex when it is accessible by a land bridge at low tide, but the views at high tide and at sunset make the lack of access an easily forgivable cultural compromise.

As the most visited cultural attraction on Bali, you will have to brace yourself for the gauntlet of trinket stalls and touts that you will have to run in order to get to the viewing area. However, don’t be dissuaded by this, as the view is worth enduring this minor inconvenience.

3) Agung Rai Museum of Art

Located in the village of Ubud, the Agung Rai Museum of Art was started by a wealthy patron of the arts bearing the same name.

Containing some of the best examples of local Balinese art and plenty of pieces from elsewhere in Indonesia in Europe, wandering around the halls of this gorgeous museum is the perfect way to escape the mid-afternoon heat and humidity that predominates in this part of the world.

Additionally, the presence of a Balinese-style garden in the courtyard is also a nice extra that makes a visit here well worth your while.

4) Attending a Tek Tok Dance

The culture of the Balinese people is a deep and enriching one. For those that want to dive in head-first, there is no better way to accomplish this than to attend the performance of a tek-tok dance.

Held four times per week in the village of Ubud, it is an elaborate performance that tells the story of an Indian Hindu epic through gaudy costumes, vivid lighting, and music done exclusively through the harmony of human voices.

Temple trampling on the island of Java in Indonesia

photo by CC user Heaven's Army on wikimedia

Looking to go temple tramping on the island of Java in Indonesia? This guide will guide you through some of this heavily populated isle’s most important Buddhist and Hindu ruins … let’s get started below!

1) Borobudur

Constructed in the 9th century AD near the present day location of the cultural centre of Yogyakarta, Borobudur used to be the centre of Buddhist worship on the Indonesian island of Java. With over 500 Buddhist statues and 2,600 reliefs, it is one of the most significant Buddhist temples in the world and despite Indonesia’s present day overwhelming adherence to Islam, it is still considered to be one of its greatest national treasures.

2) Prambanan

While the centre of Hindu influence in Indonesia can be found in Bali these days, this religion used to have followers across Java and the country as late as the 14th century, which is when Islam became the dominant faith of most citizens.

During the heyday of Hinduism, Prambanan was the religion’s most significant temple on the island of Java, as its construction portrayed God as the Trimurti, (creator, maintainer and destroyer of life), With a location that is within an easy drive of Yogayakarta (17 kilometres northeast), this temple can be done on the same or successive days from this famed tourist destination in Indonesia.

3) Sewu

A Buddhist temple constructed in the 8th century, Sewu is the second largest relgious site of its kind in Indonesia after Borobudur.

Infused with legends by locals that proposed that these ruins were cursed, the rediscovery has instead unearthed more of this island’s pre-Islamic heritage in a ruin that is one of the largest complexes in the Prambanan area.

4) Pawon

Built around the same era as Borobudur and Prambanan, Pawon temple was built with an amazing symmetry with the other two temples, leading archeologists to conclude that they are symbolically related in a manner that has yet to be fully understood.

Some has posited that Buddhists would visit this temple to purify their minds before entering the far more sacred grounds of Borobudur, though others have kept their minds open to other possibilities.

5) Ceto

Ceto temple was built in the 15th century on the slope of Mount Lawu, making it one of the the last Javanese Hindu temple to be built before royal courts throughout the land declared Islam to be the state religion.

While the cultural significance of this temple is not as intense as Prambanan, the mountain views and the circumstances under which is was constructed make it a great place for spiritual introspection.