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Best Places to Travel in Your 20’s On A Budget

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Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

Thailand being a very popular place is a perfect tourist spot for young travelers. The cost of flights and accommodations together may make it seem like a luxurious vacation but is only as expensive as the cost of living in a major city. Once you land, you can go for island hopping, while in Thailand, but you might want your last destination to be Ko Phi Phi. You can travel to Phi Phi to get away from the city bustle in Bangkok. Ko Phi Phi has beautiful islands, and while you’re there, you can enjoy the white sand beaches and the crystal clear water. With a mixture of mountainous terrains and lush greenery, it makes this location an unique blend of beautiful that you surely can enjoy.

Cusco, Peru

Cusco is the former capital of the famous Inca empire which holds one of the most beautiful ancient ruins in the world. Along with this ancient city ruins, tourists can enjoy other activities like hiking and camping. The city also has distinct remains of the Spanish settlements that were created when the region was conquered.

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This is the ideal place that everyone should visit at least once in their life, because of its accessibility and affordability and is another perfect spot for young people to visit. There are intense landscapes where your body needs to be strong enough to hike the trails which cannot be accessed by cars.

Caye Caulker, Belize

This particular small island community is off the coast of Belize and is filled with one of the most abundant wildlife and has an ocean surrounding it which holds the best diving points which will let you take advantage of the Belize Barrier Reef. Make the best out of this beautiful tourist spot as it is easy on your pockets. But do not expect too much as you don’t get much when you need to travel on a budget, but there are plenty of opportunities for socializing and exploring. What are you waiting for? Go ahead and make the best use of it!

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is a very popular destination in Europe but is often overlooked by those who are unfamiliar with the region. A lot of budget travelers swears that it is one of their favorite cities to visit and what is even better is that it is cheap. The hotels and your daily expenses are comparatively cheap, and since the recent building booms, a lot of abandoned apartments were rebuilt to hotels which are affordable and can be accessed by travelers. The city is full of life and feels young because it is easy to travel on a budget. Everything is at a walkable distance, and if you need to use the public transport, it is cheap and reliable.

 

 

 

Travel Health Tips

Travel Health Tips

Travelling is fun and exciting. You could see a lot of new places, discover things you’ve never seen or known before and lots more. But at the same time, you should be taking care of yourself and making sure you don’t fall sick- that would ruin the fun, wouldn’t it? Here are some tips you could use to ensure you don’t fall ill.

Pace Yourself

Try not to cover the entire city in one day. If you are planning on doing a lot in a big city plan to do a lot in a big city, stay a bit longer to slow down your pace and try to expand your itinerary.  With this strategy, you will be able to explore the area more and get to know more about the place you’re at. Make sure you’re active and roam the streets but do not overdo it. Do take plenty of rest in between.

Breakfast is Important!

Breakfast is essential before you start your day of exploring. Do not skip breakfast and straight away have lunch. If you want to save cash on eating outside because you’ll be eating your lunch and dinner from outside, then you can make your own breakfast by buying a box of instant oatmeal. You can then prepare it with the hot water that is provided in your hotel room or apartment before you head out for the day. You can also purchase fruit and cereal at the local grocery store. In case there is no hot water readily available, then you can get yourself some pastries and juice from a nearby bakery – this won’t cost too much. But whatever you do, do not skip your breakfast!  It is considered to be the most important meal of the day for a reason – it provides you with the right amount of energy to start your day right.

‘Hara Hachi Bu’- Practice this!

Hara Hachi Bu is a Japanese concept which talks about how you should eat enough to fill 80 percent of your stomach rather than 100 percent. To know if you’ve eaten for 80 percent, just make sure you do not overeat or eat enough to make you full. Eat smaller portions throughout the day or just split your meal by saving the leftovers for dinner or lunch the next day.

Protect Your Skin

Sunscreen

Make sure you protect your skin while being outdoors by applying sunscreen with a minimum SPF15. It is recommended you reapply it every 2 hours. In case you are visiting an area with a lot of mosquitoes and insects, make sure you do not forget to wear insect repellent to prevent bites.

Wet Wipes and Sanitizers

Having wet wipes and sanitizers in handy is always a good idea. Few places you go to might not have water and soap available, which can quite happen frequently while traveling. You tend to come in contact with people, things, doors, etc. and the last thing you want is to eat with those dirty hands. Prevent the spread of bacteria and germs by making sure you clean your hands, especially before and after meals

 

How to Prepare Yourself and Avoid Theft

Avoid Theft

Few places you visit might be dangerous concerning pickpocketing or petty theft. If you’re not careful or alert enough, you will have something stolen from you. Pickpocketing and purse- snatching are common in places where tourists mostly gather. You do not want to ruin your vacation by letting someone rob you. Almost all crimes that tourists come across are nonviolent and avoidable. Here are some tips and tricks on how to prepare yourself and avoid being robbed.

Before you head out for the day, make sure you take some steps to minimize your loss in case of theft. Get yourself photocopies of the essential documents such as the passport, car-rental voucher, itinerary prescription and any document that you need to carry with you. If you have expensive electronics (camera, smartphone, tablet, and so on.), consider getting theft insurance. Take a picture of it and keep the photo safe. This will help you in getting yourself an insurance claim. Also, if you do not want to lose your pictures, make sure you do backup your data often during the travel.

Here are a few tips that will help you avoid theft.

Money Belt

Money Belt

A money belt is a small pouch with a zip that you can wear on your waist. Invest in one of these as it will help you avoid theft as it is harder to snatch off a person’s body.

Leave Your Valuables in the Hotel Room

As mentioned before, it is always best to leave your expensive gear at home. You can carry your camera around, but things like your laptop could be kept safe in the hotel room. Expensive things like your laptop is way safer in your room than with you in a day bag on the streets.

Be Aware of Your Belongings

Travelers are more likely to lose their bags without them knowing than to have them stolen. A lot of people leave behind their passports, bags on the overhead rack on the bus/flight, and cameras in the taxi or at some cafe. Remember always to take a look behind you before you leave any place or form of transportation.

And while you’re at your hotel make sure you stick to an unpacking routine and do not put things in odd places in your room. Prepare a checklist and every time you pack, go through it to know if you’ve left something behind or not. Before you leave the hotel room to have a quick overall search.

When you’re going out, never unresponsively set down any vital thing, for example, a camera, tablet, wallet, or rail pass. Either hold it with you or keep it in your bag. When you’re in a café or something, don’t put your mobile on the tabletop where it will be anything but difficult to be stolen — keep it in your front pocket/ Make it a habit to be cautious with your things; it’ll turn out to be second nature.

How to Eat Street Food Safely While Travelling

Street Food

There is a certain charm about having the local street food from the place you are visiting. But most people are skeptical about buying street food. This is because there is a lot of horror stories we’ve all heard about it. There have been several reports of widespread contamination and severe food-borne illnesses. Street food is considered an important aspect of the culture in many countries, and that’s where you will encounter the most delicious and authentic cuisine. They are also a cheap way to eat as well. There’s no need to miss out on street food if you follow these basic rules/tips.

Notice the Queue

It’s known that if there’s a huge line, it’s a good place to eat at. If we put it in simple terms, queue means quality, because people will only stand in a line if they know what they are going to get is going to be worth standing that long for. But if there is not much crowd in the place you’re planning on eating at, then you should be questioning why. Consider queues to be your best friend. They don’t just ensure that the food will be tasty, but they will virtually guarantee you that the food will be fresh and safe to eat. This especially applies in areas where there is a high competition for street food vendors. It is common to see street food stalls that sell the exact same dishes grouped in one place. There is nothing bad about it as it benefits the vendors as a higher volume of similar stalls will attract more consumers.

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Eat Only During the Local Mealtimes

Wherever you go, try spending a little time figuring out what time do people tend to eat their meals. The best way to do this is to observe the areas that serve street food and make a note of when they are the busiest. You could also talk to the locals and get to know about the same. Once you figure out the local mealtime, stick to them and make sure the stall you choose is busy before you order. Supposedly, you arrive before or after the peak timings; you wouldn’t know just how long the food ingredients have been sitting around for. You might want to eat from a stall with a high turnover and who continually refreshes their ingredients and swaps out their utensils and containers.

Watch How the Food is Prepared

Food Preparation

Watching the chefs in their element, especially in terms of street food is always fascinating. But what you should keep in mind is also to check how hygienic the preparation methods are. Check if the preparation surfaces and the stove is clean and how the ingredients are stored or kept. If you’re not satisfied with the hygiene, don’t eat from there.

If It Doesn’t Taste Right, Do Not Eat It

When it comes to food, sniff and poke to determine whether it is safe to eat or not. Just because it smells good and fine, does not necessarily mean it’s not going to be harmful. Food could seem to be perfectly fine and still be filled with illness-causing bacteria.

 

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