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Spend Under $30 a day at these Cheap Hot Spots

We all want to take that vacation, career break, or gap year trip, but with the way the economy is right now, many people are concerned about being financially stable. To some, travel is not an option; it is a luxury. However, the idea that…

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I hear this daily from friends, colleagues and family members: traveling is too expensive so I’m not going anywhere. Well, why not just curl up in a ball and cry me a river. This is so false it’s crazy. There is cheap travel out there and some are so amazing it’s should be considered stealing. I’ve found 5 amazing places that are beautiful, fun and so cheap you’ll spend less than $30 USD a day. The only major expense is the airfare, so save a few dollars every paycheck and you are good to go.

 

Thailand

Thailand is the literal bang(kok) for your buck. For being such a huge tourist destination, Thailand is relatively cheap and affordable. Living off $30 USD a day is quite easy and you won’t be giving up your quality of life. As long as you stay away from the few pricey touristy islands, a cheap vacation is in store for you. Finding a room to rent for under $8 a day is easy as well is eating for under $1 per meal. You won’t spend over 900 Baht ($30 USD) a day and that’s including drinks and tourist activities, like riding an elephant or hanging with monkeys. The food will take you to heaven and back and you won’t spend more than a cup of coffee back home.

Bali

Somehow much cheaper than Thailand, Bali is the vacation destination for Australia so get your “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, OI, OI, OI,” chants ready. Experience the lavish black sand beaches of the southern tip of the island and stay for less that $10 per night. Flights are quite expensive, but just book early and give you some time to save up. Eat local meals for under $2 and fancier Western dishes will only be around $4. If you really want to save money, head inland away from the beaches and into the jungle where $15 a day will be plenty.

Greece

Greece has always been a bargain tourists dream but ever since the entire country almost went bankrupt, it’s cheaper than ever. As someone who once lived in Greece, I feel like these wonderful people need all the help we can get. Visit Greece and spend more than $30 a day, the tourism economy is the only positive thing going on here, so help out. The gyros are incredibly delicious and dirt-cheap. One of the cheapest countries to visit in all of Europe, so live it up. You can stay for less that $10 a night and that is insane for Europe where a room in Paris can easily be over $300 USD per night. Skip the huge tourist attractions and get out of Athens to really make your money stretch.

Central America

Everywhere in Central America is considered cheap but if you want to stay under the $30 a day rule, steer clear of Belize, Costa Rica and Panama. The rest of Central America is cheap and oh so beautiful. Hotels for less that $8 a night, food so divine you may never come home and the beer is way less than a dollar. Enjoy Guatemala or El Salvador for your best budget friendly vacations.

Budapest

Hungary is such an amazingly beautiful country and so welcoming, especially after an expensive trip to France. The people in Hungary are pleasant and very friendly to foreign travelers. Budapest has a special old world charm and the architecture is exquisite. You won’t have a problem finding room and board for under $12 a night and that includes meals. Budapest is a cheaper alternative to places like Prague, where the feel is similar and much more expensive.

 

You can travel the world on pennies if you just plan ahead and search out the deals. They are waiting to be claimed so find some deals and venture to some foreign lands.

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Photos Courtesy of EDreams, TravelChannel, Bali-Indonesia.com

 

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Where to Stay in Lisbon

Well, we talked to our staff who is absolutely nuts about Lisbon and they gave us their favorite neighborhoods where they have stayed and they highly recommend that you stay there as well.

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So you bought a ticket to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, but other than knowing it’s the capital of Portugal, you really don’t know much about the city. Well, we talked to our staff who is absolutely nuts about Lisbon and they gave us their favorite neighborhoods where they have stayed and they highly recommend that you stay there as well.

 

 

Baixa & Rossio

When you stay in either Baxia or Rossio, you are staying in the heart of downtown amongst many of Lisbon’s best-known landmarks, so these neighborhoods are a great choice because they are just so dang convenient. But the benefits of staying in Baixa and Rossio don’t end there. These streets are littered with delectable restaurants and the shopping of a lifetime.

 

Bairro Alto

If you’re looking to spend your nights out then the buzzing Bairro Alto is for you. Around here there are a ton of super fun bars where you can spend your nights dancing the night away. But not just bars, you will also find fantastic food, coffee, and even some tattoo parlors if you’re looking for a way to memorialize your epic Lisbon trip.

This neighborhood is hilly and has a very authentic bohemian vibe, if you’re looking for some fun weekends then Bairro Alto is for you.

 

 

Alfama

Alfama is actually the oldest part of Lisbon and it is the most traditional, as well. If you want to get a feel for old Lisbon then staying here is your best bet. While the streets around here might be a bit confusing, this is one part of town you don’t mind getting lost in. Pop into a restaurant for a traditional meal. Listen to fado, which is as old as Lisbon itself. Come see Lisbon at its most romantic.

 

Alcântara  

This river side neighborhood is absolutely gorgeous. There are plenty of great restaurants and bars right alongside the river in what is known as Docas. Also, you can experience the artsy side of Lisbon when you see amazing converted factories that now house awesome stores and even more great restaurants.

 

 

Príncipe Real

Do Portugal in style in Príncipe Real, a super hip neighborhood that is full of class and definitely hifalutin. You will love the beautiful gardens and the fun stores. This is a quieter neighborhood as it is more residential than the others, but the vibe makes it super cool and fun.

 

Parque das Nações

Lisbon of the future, Parque das Nações is a fun modern place you will love to stay. This neighborhood was actually built for the World Exposition of 1998. You will be right on the water here and will have a bunch of fun bars and restaurants everywhere.

It doesn’t matter if you go to the Lisbon of the past in Alfama or the Lisbon of the future in Parque das Nacoes because anytime you’re in Lisbon you’re having a good time.

 

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Beautiful California Wellness Weekends

If you don’t want to spend this summer packing on the pounds then maybe consider these amazing California vacations that focus on getting fit rather than getting fat.

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Most of the time people think of vacations as an opportunity to show off their summer bod, but a lot of the times people spend their vacation ruining their summer bod. It’s easy to spend your trip eating and packing on pounds. In fact, instead of exploring the California coastline most people spend their vacations expanding their calories and waistline.

But if you don’t want to spend this summer packing on the pounds then maybe consider these amazing California vacations that focus on getting fit rather than getting fat. So when you return to work you’ll be turning heads and your co-workers will be blown away at the toned trip you’ve embarked on.

 

Yoga in Yosemite

Yosemite is a national spectacle in California’s Sierra Nevadas that is really worth spending some time in. While you’re there, why not do some daily yoga, meditation, hiking and swimming too? You’ll camp in the Sierra Nevada and eat delectable vegetarian and organic meals. This trip only costs $649 and is a must for anyone who’s feeling outdoorsy. 

 

Sagrada Wellness Weekend

In Central California is the beautiful town Santa Margarita where you’ll find the Sagrada Wellness Weekend. Here you can partake in activities such as yoga, pranayama and even guided writing exercises taught by Leslie St. John who is a yogi and a published poet.

You’ll still get to eat delicious gourmet meals and even take a hot tub or two. This place costs anywhere from $595 to $995.

 

Four Seasons in Santa Barbara

Yeah, that’s right, even nice hotels are getting in on the fitness vacation craze. Check into the Four Seasons in beautiful Santa Barbara for…you guessed it, yoga! But if yoga is not your thing then try pool fitness or a beachfront boot camp, or maybe paddle boarding is more of your thing. You even get a few one-on-one sessions with a personal trainer.

The food there is an exquisite menu of food all grown locally. The hotel is right on the ocean and amongst 22 acres of beautiful jungle gardens. Sounds pretty nice, right?

 

The Pearl Laguna

How does Laguna Beach sound? Nice? Good, that’s a smart answer, because Laguna Beach is indeed very nice. The Pearl Laguna offers beautiful scenery as well as a morning and evening yoga class. There are long hikes through the Laguna Canyon, tai chi, massages, an outside gym and infrared saunas. The food is all vegetarian and is focused on cleansing the body. So don’t expect to drink any booze, coffee and definitely no taffy. But we promise, once you leave this vacation you’ll feel absolutely amazing.

 

The Ranch Malibu

Hit up Tinsel Town (also sometimes referred to as Los Angeles) for this hardcore core toning vacation. You will hike, work your abs do yoga and finish it off with a nice relaxing massage. They offer body-fat testing and even have cooking and nutrition classes so you leave with some great health knowledge. This destination vacation is also held at a Four Seasons Hotel but this one is in Westlake Village.

 

 

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Is Toxic Algae Going to Ruin Your Summer Lake Vacation?

So what do you need to know about these toxic algae and how can you protect yourself? We investigated to give you some answers.

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There’s nothing better than hanging at a lake. Swimming, water-skiing, jet-skiing or just sitting in a boat are all fantastic ways to let your summer roll by. But some lakes have recently been found to have outbreaks of toxic algae across the country making people very sick and even killing some pets.

Last week two dogs actually died after taking a dip in some lakes with algal blooms that were toxic in Northern California. But this isn’t just happening in Northern California, this has also happened in Washington, Florida, North Carolina and New York also.

So what do you need to know about these toxic algae and how can you protect yourself? We investigated to give you some answers.

 

But Doesn’t Every Lake Have Algae?

Algae is totally normal, but when there are too many algae it becomes known as a HAB and it produces toxins that are actually poisonous to all living things. The algae overgrowth can cause anything from irritating the skin to even vomiting. So when you’re at the lake this summer maybe bring your own water, because chugging this water will have ill effects on your body and maybe even your mind. But while that may seem like common sense to you, it is not common sense to your pets. So keep them tied up until that you’re sure the water is safe but if the lake looks as though it’s covered in green sludge, that’s usually a pretty good sign that there are too many algae in that lake.

So What is to Blame for This New Toxic Sludge?

Well, it may have something to do with global warming. When it gets hotter and the seasons get longer then more and more algae grows and these blooms now last all the way to winter. These blooms have always been there but now since the risk of the HABs is increasing, scientists are studying them more now because they are becoming more and more of a health risk.

 

How Do We (My Dog and Me) Avoid This Stuff?

Well, there are a few differences between these toxic algae and totally harmless algae. Before you dive in, look at the green stuff and try to see if it’s a duller green or a bright neon green. Neon green is bad and dull green is fine. So basically if the algae resemble prototypical toxic sludge or the ooze that turned the regular turtles into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles then stay away. It will not turn you into an awesome mutant, it will just make you barf.

Also, these bad algae tend to stay on the top of the water instead of looking more like a plant and get all clumpy and stringy. So if you don’t go chug the water in the toxic areas then you should be fine. But if you do find yourself swimming through some of this disgusting stuff, just be sure to rinse yourself off as soon as possible.

As for your dog, maybe just keep them out of the lake as much as possible this summer. If they want to hop in too, just be careful that they’re as far away from this gross toxic sludge as possible.

Happy swimming and happy summer.

 

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