Top Vacation Spots on a Budget
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The U.S. dollar as been at record highs relative to other currencies in recent years, and although it doesn’t feel like it affects us on a day-to-day basis at work, take a trip to many locations abroad and you’ll find that it does! Let’s take a look at the most interesting travel venues that will also put your hard-earned dollars to work.
Bangkok, Thailand, in Southeast Asia, is a beautiful location to travel on a budget. By most estimates you can live in Bangkok for ~$400 per month. There are also many amazing attractions to see, including the Grand Palace, built in 1782, and the Wat Arun structure, which symbolizes the founding of the country’s new capital. Bangkok also has its own Chinatown, and I hear you can’t beat the nightlife in the city’s center, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to see Bangkok. It will not hurt your wallet!
South Africa is a great location where your wallet will go very far. It’s home to Kruger National park and the very famous Cape Town capital. In South Africa you will see some of the most beautiful natural landscapes and wildlife that there is. For some interesting venues, check out Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, and the famous city of Johannesburg.
Home to some of the world’s most ancient buildings, Morocco is an important location for any avid traveler to see. The first venue you’ll want to check out is the Erg Chebbi in the Sahara Desert, where you’ll be able to take an exotic camel ride. Then head over to some of the most interesting cities Morocco has to offer, including Essaouira, Dades Gorge, Marrakesh Medina, and Oudaias Kasbah.
Ah, yes, Bali: We have all heard it is an amazing location spot, but what exactly is there to do in this crazy place? For starters, it doesn’t hurt to check out a relaxing spa in Jimbaran. Bali is also home to some of the most interesting hotels that the world has even seen, with safari and ocean life right out of your balcony. There are also amazing restaurants of all styles, including the Madu Sari Mountain Restaurant, which overlooks Mount Batur volcano. Bali also has the most unique theatre displaying artist-themed dance. Last, if you are interested in infinity pools, then you are in luck; head over to the Munduk Moding Plantation, Alila Ubud and Uluwatu, and specifically the pool “among the clouds.”
In Costa Rica, there is so much beauty that it is tough to pick out a few places, but a nice start is the Osa Peninsula, where the sunset just keeps going and going. Arenal Volcano National Park is another location that you will need to check out. For beach lovers, Playa Grande and Playa Langosta are two gorgeous locations as well, and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is home to over 4,000 different species of animals and wildlife.
Everyone knows the Albanian Riviera, so let’s start there. The Riviera has become an international tourist location and a host to major music festivals, including Soundwave Albania and Turtle Fest; if you’re looking for some of the hottest parties in all of Europe, the Riviera draws tourists globally for its stunning nightlife. Next door, make a stop at the country’s capital city, Tirana, for its beautiful historic buildings and unique culture. If you still have enough energy after the Riviera, then check out Berat, home to the historic Kalaja Castle; it’s not a spot that you want to miss.
The capital of Argentina, the city is home to both some of the most beautiful women in the world, and also the most beautiful and historic places to see. The Museo Nacional del Bellas Artes is home to some of the world’s oldest and most unique art. The Teatro Colon is also a sight to see, an opera house that has hosted some of the most extravagant performances and a very popular spot. Lastly, the Plaza de Mayo is a popular tourist attraction due to its historic and political symbolism of the 1810 revolution in Argentina.
All of these locations are approved for U.S. currency; you will spend at least half as much on all local items as you would in the U.S. (much less than half in some cases). So what are you waiting for, the world was meant to be seen!
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