The Cheapest Beautiful Tourist Places to Visit

Traveling is not the cheapest hobby. Sometimes, seeing how much it costs to go to a certain country makes you give up on traveling altogether. Still, you shouldn’t give up on your dreams.

If you think that you need to travel to get your mind off things, you don’t have to sell your soul. There are some places that are cheaper, and you can enjoy their benefits on a budget. Let’s explore some of them. Traveling is always a risky thing when you are not prepared enough for it, you can read this essay about traveling to found out what more you need to know to travel comfortably.

  1. Cuba

The Caribbean island is one of those places you need to visit at least for once in your lifetime. What’s even better is the fact that it’s not that expensive. You can go to the Varadero Beach and adventure yourself in the blue water. Havana’s salsa clubs are great if you want to have some fun, and you can even go to Santiago’s July carnival.

This place will stay in your mind forever.

  1. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Croatia’s landscapes are hard to resist. Do you like medieval fortresses and monuments? Then Dubrovnik is waiting for you.

Some of the various things that can offer you a great time are the Gothic Rector’s Palace and the St. Blaise Church. Moreover, the medieval fortresses Bokar and Lovrijenac are waiting with open arms. So, what are you waiting for? You should definitely buy tickets.

  1. Trujillo, Peru

Peru is a budget-friendly destination that makes a great vacation spot. It has cultural acceptance and you could learn a lot. Accommodation is pretty cheap, and it can be as low as $65 at the Coastal del Sol Wyndham hotel. Additionally, restaurants don’t ruin your budget either – you can buy food for only $10-15.

You also have the chance to admire the stunning architecture and experience an amazing time on its vibrant beaches.

  1. Fez, Morocco

If you’ve never considered Morocco when it came to traveling, then it was a huge mistake. Fez is the second largest city here, but it is not expensive, and you could easily have fun on a budget.

You also don’t have to spend too much on accommodation or food. A double room in a riad can be only $60, and a tajine dinner about $6.

Architecture is one of the things that will make your holiday worth it, and it also has lively markets and an enchanting souk.

  1. Piran, Slovenia

Beautiful Slovenia is in the heart of Europe and can be your host if you are looking for a great vacation on a budget. It has a variety of things to offer, from mountains to beaches, caves, castles, and even water springs.

Piran, in particular, is a coastal town that offers you fresh and delicious seafood for under $10. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? You can climb up to the top of the bell tower and admire the city. Also, if you plan to stay the night, you can stay at Hotel Piran for only $80 a night.

  1. Manaus, Brazil

Brazil is very colorful and has a lot of nature to explore and admire. Manaus in particular lets you stay at Caesar Business Hotel for $63 a night.

With such cheap accommodation, you can stay there for a certain period of time (maybe even longer than you initially planned). It gives you the opportunity to visit many attractions, including the Hotel Tropical zoo, which is free. You can also visit rainforests, waterfalls and the Gruta de Refugio do Maroaga. Don’t miss the chance to see bats and marine life.

Final Thoughts

You don’t need to starve for months to be able to save money for a trip. All you need to do is find a nice and relaxing place that is cheap and has what you seek. Get rid of your worries and explore one of these stunning places.

Top Travel Hacks That Do Not Work

The holidays are here and we get to travel and enjoy the holidays. Knowing the best travel hacks that work makes you feel unstoppable and smart. The actual traveling is, however, stressful. About more truthful aspect of traveling you can read on one of those essays about travel. Travelling requires a lot of planning and packing the right stuff for your journey is crucial. The next hurdle is the destination, you might be flying to a destination hours from home, and you have to consider booking of the flight, security checks, how to get to your destination from the airport, where to spend the night and other nerve-racking stuff.

Travel hack saves time, money, luggage space and gets us comfortable through our adventures reducing the frustration of traveling. However, it is sometimes better to work within the rules, make informed choices and make rewarding purchases that are trying to dodge the system.

Anne Klaeysen, “when you hear the word hack, don’t walk away- do run. Some of the life hacks are lies and exaggerate the system in a way it was not intended. The actions do have consequences on other travelers, and other costs you more. “I have frequently traveled over the years and picked out some new travel life hacks. Some of the hacks are reasonable but do not work. These are not a list of to do hacks-nope.

  1. 1. Obsessing About Low Airlines Fare

There is a popular belief that airline fares go up on weekends and are lowest on Tuesdays. Wednesday and Thursday are popularly advocated to be the cheapest days to score cheap fare. These are a hoax. If you know you will travel in a certain month, book your ticket four months prior. Chances are you will get fair rates. The ticket price is often higher when you are about to depart.

  1. Clear Your Cache

Almost every airline hack you have heard is wrong. Amongst my favorites – clear your history, cookies, and cache to get the lowest fare. Cache and cookies get the fare to rise by the minute when you are checking the rates. How is that even possible, the airlines are not tracking your activity, and the prices have nothing to do with your browser history? Such hacks are meant to waste your time.

  1. Renting a Car

There are opaque traveling sites that are meant to help a tourist get a cheap car. The sites do not have the cheapest inventory. There are also fraudulent travel sites skimming to steal from you. Get lower prices by using credible and popular sites like AAA, Costco, and Avis.

  1. Rental Insurance

Rental companies offer rental insurance that is overpriced. A car rental insurance is not a requirement, and yet the opaque travel sites charge close to $1 in every $10 charged on rental. To avoid the inflated prices, check with your credit card company to see if you are covered. You can use your auto policy too before checking into the rental company.

  1. Hotel Rate

Everyone wants to be a hacker and will write almost anything to attract the most reads. There are bogus hotel hacks like phoning the hotel directly to get a low fee. The assumption is the website use agency that adds overhead to the website prices. That is not true. When the website belongs to the hotel, you cannot negotiate a room; you make direct reservations once you book online.

  1. Tipping the Hotel Guy

Bribing the guy at the front desk of the hotel is another “hack” the trick being slipping $50 or even more in your driver’s license and credit card and giving it to the person at the front desk for an upgrade. There is no way you will get an upgrade. The room is already in the system, and the clerk will pocket the money thinking it is an innocent tip.

  1. Packing All your Traveling Gear

There is no need of carrying a neck pillow, or noise-canceling headphones or a handheld fan. Packing way too much is expensive, traveling with a variety is essential. Pack the number of clothes necessary for the days you will stay in a foreign place.

  1. Research

The cell phone is crucial in our everyday activities. While abroad you may need to communicate with people back home and international rates are ridiculously high. A bogus trick is telling your cell service provider of your intention to travel to switch the service to global use.  International prices are very expensive and do not save money.

Conduct your research on the cell phone services available in your area of the visit and plan to purchase the local sim card to use during your stay.

As I conclude, if you are obsessing about life hacks make sure the sources are credible and informed. Do not compromise your ethics and security trying to game the system.


Profile: The Winner of Rotary International Convention 2013 Logo Contest

Madalena Sena was the winner of national contest for Rotary International Convention Lisbon 2013 logo. Madalena won from over 30 universities competing in the design area.

Madalena Sena: The Profile

Was born, raised, lived and studied in Covilhã (Portugal), until the moment of joining the School of Technology of Tomar, where she completed a Bachelor of Technology and Graphic Arts. Initially she worked as a designer in a multinational corporation headquartered in Covilhã, where she receives an invitation to participate in this activity from Israel. Thus, in 1994, works in Tel Aviv as a designer/accouter.

Return to Portugal, one year later and joined the staff of Sonae, where she was responsible for store decoration and marketing for 5 years. In 1999 joins the team of the Journal of Fundão and runs the newspaper cartoons and illustrations together with pagination. In 2002 she moved to the University of Beira Interior, where she works and studies at the same time. Get the degree of Bachelor of Multimedia Design, and two years later, a master’s degree in Fashion Design.

Now she is finishing her PhD in Communication Design. She Works as a Technician in the Faculty of Arts, at UBI, where she is responsible for designing, planning and execution of all graphics for all events on Faculty of Arts. At the same time, she teaches Multimedia Design and supports workshops of Advertising and Public Relations. She´s several hobbies in: graphic arts, illustration, photography, video, web design and fashion design, have provided a dozen awards and honors in the areas of entrepreneurship and design and she holds two national patents in textile design.

Welcome to the 104th Rotary International Convention

Our challenge takes more than to hold a rotary international convention.

Our challenge, is to have in lisbon a milestone international convention ever.

Portugal loves challenges:

In the 15th century someone said that the world ended in cape of good oath, and we proved that there were a way to india.

In the 16th century we discovered brasil, went to asia, china and japan, and spread our culture of tolerance, and sympathy to all people that we met.

Our rotary convention in lisbon will be our harbor for peace, building new friendships and setting the path for rotary’s sucess.

Luís Miguel Duarte
HOC Chair

Descriptive of Rotary International Convention 2013 Logo

Two simple lines define the boat hull and sail. The leaning of the sail lends a sense of
movement and serenity to the logo. The sail being the propelling force of the silent vessel, its
presence signifies serenity and peace. The Rotary symbol on the left is reminiscent of a helm,
the device that controls the direction of the vessel, and integrates seamlessly the concept as
a whole.

The font and its positioning indicate the venue of the gathering and its organization, and in
the background are complementary items such as the date and description of the event.
The blue, yellow and white colors were chosen as they the Rotary colors and favor a
harmonious chromatic combination. The logo works well on a color background, with or
without framing or bottom. The result is equally positive in black and white monochrome as
well as gray scale.