Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Ten Cheap Beach Destinations

The best way to enjoy summers is a trip to an exotic beach. We all dream of lying on a beach with a wine glass in hand and watch the sun go down. But, with everything getting so expensive, it is not possible all the time to fit a trip in your family budget.

Yet, if you are wise and smart, choosing the right beach destination is a good idea. This will reduce the travel cost drastically and you will end up enjoying the sun and the sand without burning a hole in your pocket. Almost all warm weather destinations are cheaper in the summers therefore, plan your holidays during that time of the year.

Here are ten cheapest beach destinations around the world that you can enjoy without any financial pressure.

Dubrovnik, Croatia, offers beaches that rival those in Eastern Europe and the scenic beauty of this place is spectacular. Instead of going to the expensive Italy or Greece, enjoy the beauty of Dubrovnik and come back invigorated.

Dubrovnik beach, Croatia
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Mombasa in Kenya is famous worldwide as one of Africa's major tourist destinations and is home to some of the best exotic beaches in the world: With amazing marine life, luxurious hotels and hospitable people, the second largest city in Kenya attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year.

Nungwi beach in Tanzania on Zanzibar Island in Indian Ocean is not that far from the famous Mauritius, RĂ©union and Seychelles Islands. It is clean and offers a great view to visitors. It is easy on the pocket too.

Puerto Viejo, on the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, is perfect for a relaxing beach holiday under your budget.

Caribbean coast of Costa Rica
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Destin is an inexpensive stretch of beach that spans 100 miles along the Gulf of Mexico. With moderately priced resorts and restaurants, it is perfect for a holiday with family or a big gang of friends.

Paradise Beach, in Mykonos, Greece, is a good option for a cheap vacation in the Mediterranean. It is one of the biggest and most inexpensive party beaches in the world, with clubs and bars all over the area.

Cannon Beach, Oregon, is a cheap beach vacation for people who love nature. Hiking, trails and sightseeing are some of the bonuses you get at cannon beach.

Cannon Beach
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The island of Malta is again an excellent choice as it suits everyone's budget. The reason is that it is a tiny island so your travel cost is minimal.

Patara Beach in Turkey and its surrounding area with Taurus Mountains in the background is an excellent place for those who want adventure.

Located at the southern end of Ocracoke Island in North Carolina on the east coast of US, Ocracoke beach is the best in America. It is an isolated place that brings calmness to the mind.

Go ahead and plan that most-awaited beach holiday without worrying about the expenses!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Places I Visited with 10 Pounds a Day Cost

We all love to take a vacation. It is the best way to break free from one’s droning life. A relaxing & enjoyable holiday also gives us a better perspective of life and motivates us to achieve our goals with added enthusiasm.

However, most people are under the misconception that vacations are a luxury that only a few can afford. Travel enthusiasts can enjoy a debt-free vacation by proper planning and selecting the ideal destinations as per their budgets.

Booking the right places of stay and by saving on the commuting & meal costs, vacationers can enjoy a memorable holiday at an affordable price. There are many tourist destinations which excursionists can visit by spending as low as 10 pounds a day.

Listed below are the 10 best budget destinations of the world. These are my personal favorite cities too, where I have spent around 10 pounds a day which included a dormitory bed at a good hostel, 3 budgeted meals, 1 sightseeing attraction, and 2-way commuting cost.

1)    Pokhara, Nepal: This is one of the cheapest cities of the world. From lakes to caves, and from trekking to whitewater rafting, Pokhara is an exciting city. Revered as the ‘Tourist Capital of Nepal’ Pokhara, renowned for its pleasant weather, Annapurna Mountains, Devi’s Falls, and more, is simply magical.

Pokhara tour
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2)    Bangkok, Thailand: From budgeted dormitories to affordable roadside food joints serving cuisines from the world over, Bangkok is a perfect holiday destination for one and all. A holidaymaker can get a room in a 3 star hotel here at a price that one would spend on a bed in a hostel in Europe!

3)    Chiang Mai, Thailand: Another popular destination in Thailand is Chiang Mai, revered for its indelible charm and unparalleled charisma. Chiang Mai, one of the most visited cities of the Kingdom of Thailand after Bangkok, captivates its guests with its opulent landscapes.

4)    Goa, India: Goa is a beautiful beach territory in India which attracts innumerable tourists from the world over. Though the best time of the year to visit this mesmerizing land is during Christmas and New Year, but saving on your hard-earned money by travelling during the low season is certainly a good idea. Though Goa is one of the expensive destinations of the country, but in comparison to other touristic locations of the world, it is pretty reasonable!

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5)    Hanoi, Vietnam: Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam is a historical city peppered with monuments, palaces, lakes, opera houses, and more. One can easily grab a sumptuous meal at a local joint for a pound or two. A can of cold beer would not cost more than a pound too! Hanoi is the perfect place for food fanatics, on a limited budget.

6)    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Admired for its French colonial architecture, the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City is also well-known for its lip-smacking and cheap food. With its bustling markets offering products at throwaway prices, this city has every ingredient for a memorable holiday and will never let you exceed your budget.

7)    Vientiane, Laos: Vientiane is another transfixing city that will leave you awestruck, with good memories to linger forever. A paradise for the budgeted travelers, this destination is a perfect blend of the old and new.

8)    Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, is an enclave of tranquility and dazzles the onlookers with its simplicity and charm. From temples to palaces and from museums to pubs, this city promises to create a treasure trove of exceptional memories and experiences, at an affordable price.

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9)    Colombo, Sri Lanka: The capital city of Sri Lanka overwhelms tourists with its color, energy, and smiling hosts. Though there are not too many cheap hostels and other accommodation options, but the ones that are available are pretty affordable. With loads of attractions, Colombo is a must-visit destination for all globetrotters.

10)    Delhi, India: Last but not the least, is the capital city of India – Delhi. This historic city with its old-world charm attracts visitors from across the world. Though accommodation in Delhi is not very cheap, but one can strike a good deal bargaining. With delicious food available at dearth cheap prices, sightseeing fee & commuting cost also being negligible, Delhi is just perfect for those with a restricted budget.

Qutub minar, Delhi
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The cities of the Asian continent dominate the list of the cheapest cities of the world. Whether a good vacation for you means exhilarating sightseeing spots, bustling markets, mouth-watering delicacies, or good cultural experiences, the cities mentioned above offer all of these!

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Good Thing about the Beaches in Sydney and Melbourne

With a myriad of natural wonders, tourists are often spoiled for choices in Australia, a country in the Southern Hemisphere. Australia is an island continent that has around 10, 000 beaches. The climate of the country varies due to its size. The northern Australia enjoys a tropical climate and southern Australia a temperate one. The weather can range from below zero temperatures to intolerable.

Cities that are not surrounded by water, crave for beaches. Beaches bring freshness and change and make us happy. Beaches mean fun, and loads of sun and sand. They are natural beauties that are a treat to the eyes. Two cities in Australia stand out for their mesmerizing beaches. Sydney and Melbourne!

Let us highlight few prominent beaches in these two cities.

Scintillating Sydney Beaches

The largest city of Australia is Sydney with a population just under 4 million. What makes Sydney breathtakingly beautiful is its harbor and surrounding water ways. The coastline is lined with beach after beach.

Bondi Beach is one of Australia's most famous beaches and well-known worldwide. It has probably featured on more postcards, more television shows and films than any other in Australia. Every year, tons and thousands of people, from backpackers to billionaires, visit the famous beach.

Situated on the Eastern shore of the island, Manly Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Sydney. One of the notable attractions of this beach is the renowned Historical Walk that narrates about diseased migrants who a long time ago lodged at the northern tip of the island before being confined by the locals. Other fun-filled activities include scuba diving, swimming and kayaking.

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Commonly referred to as Glamarana by the locals, the beach has all the beautiful things that one would expect to find at a world-class beach. It is so peaceful that you can go for recreational activities. The beach is quite close to the city.

Marvellous Mebourne Beaches

To the south of Sydney, there is another modern and cosmopolitan city called Melbourne. The city thrives today as a major tourist destination in the Oceania. Melbourne, as a city, can excite, thrill, entertain, amuse and inspire you to no end. Melbourne offers a fine coastal experience for those who love water. Summertime is the best season to hit the beaches and take a dip the chilly waters.

Albert Park beach is not so wide but has an attractive palm strip. You can find many bikers and rollerbladers at the Albert Park beach.

Right next to the Albert Park beach, sits the Middle Park that offers a number of facilities for swimmers. This beach offers a safe and restricted area for surfing and boating. If you have a pet to tag along, part of the beach on the St. Kilda side is exclusively reserved for canine lovers and canines to unwind.

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So, if you are planning to go Down Under this vacation, don't forget to hit the beaches at Sydney and Melbourne, and relax under the sun or in the water. Enjoy the pristine beauty of clear water and some amazing fun-filled activities at these amazing beaches.