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Traveling Europe Off the Beaten Path

Europe is a wonderful travel destination for most as it is frequently traveled, very well developed and normally presents the least amount of barriers to entry.

Simply put, Europe is one of the easiest destinations for travel.

Many travelers still hesitate either because it is heavily traveled or because they fear the costs will be prohibitive. While I do understand and can attest that both circumstances can be true, I can also provide you a list of places to visit to avoid both.

Here are my favorite, somewhat off the beaten path locations in Europe:

Each city has something a little different to offer, but they all provide a feeling of authenticity and are not overwhelmingly touristy. Some of these places you could actually get lucky and be the only tourist in the town. Don’t worry, there will still be English speakers around and it is quite easy to navigate each and every one of them.

I highly recommend the Eastern Europe route as Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro are all neighboring and can easily be seen in a single trip. That region of Europe is also quite affordable, has a good mixture of nature, small cities, big cities and ruins – so you’ve got all kinds of travelers covered. I’ve personally taken several trips to this region of Europe in the past couple of years and am beginning to see them pick up as an emerging destination, so I would suggest you head there sooner rather than later :)

As always, best of luck on your journey!

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Top 10 Cheap Places to Travel – DNM List

Travel hacks – top 10 places to travel that won’t break the bank

Everyone usually thinks of Southeast Asia when they think of cheap travel – and yes, that is true most of Southeast Asia is extremely cheap and there is good weather nearly year round.  At this point though, I have traveled all over the world and want to give you the top ten cheap places to travel that won’t break the bank, have a lot to offer AND are somewhat unique :)

1. Peru

The land of the almighty Incas.  Of course, you can find the most impressive site in the world here, Machu Picchu, but that’s not it.  Peru also has the range of natural beauty, a cuisine unlike any other place in the world, and some of the most amazing people you’ll ever meet.  The entire sacred valley outside of Cusco is just that, sacred.  You can feel the energy and power in the region – and will leave with a sense of awe and wonder.

2. Indonesia

– Comprised of over 17,000 islands, Indonesia has a lot to offer every member of the family.  My personal favorite island is Bali – beaches, mountains, artist colonies, fishing towns, volcanic regions, and amazing food very similar to that of Thailand.

3. Thailand

– Mainland plus islands brings you a country with a vast array of options from Tiger petting to jungle trekking, island hopping, full moon partying, praying with buddha, taking cooking classes, and elephant riding.  From the north to the south, the Thai people are wonderful and the food is spectacular.

4. Costa Rica

Rain forests, cloud forests, beaches, volcanic regions – Costa Rica is blessed to have two full coasts and then everything in between.  You will not be disappointed with any region of the country as each has a wonderful set of offerings.  Just choose if you want an adventure – in the tree tops, hiking through cloud forests, watching volcanoes ooze from your bedroom, or if you prefer relaxation – checking out sloths in the rainforest, lying on one of many beaches, watching the most incredible sunsets you’ve ever seen while sipping on an exotic drink.  Even better than that, you can have it all, the country is narrow and you can make your trip across easily – so get to planning – there’s a lot to choose from!

5. South Africa

A country with vast diversity, many official languages, and landscapes of every variety – South Africa will keep you busy and happy for a long time.  Whether your fancy is safaris, diving with great whites, kiteboarding, surfing, dancing, wine tasting, mountain climbing, hiking, relaxing – I could go on with this list for quite a while, because South Africa really does have it all.  Cape Town of course is the most impressive of the major cities, but take your time exploring, even rent a car, the roads are good and the adventures are plentiful!

6. Egypt

One of the most moving places I have ever been, Egypt impresses on so many levels it is hard to put into words.  It is not as affordable as the other countries on this list, but it is still doable on a budget and is not to be missed.  The ancient temples (open air museums) of Luxor tell the story of the land and give you true understanding of the Egyptian people.  The sites are more impressive than rome and the food is stellar – what more could you ask for?

7. India

An enormous land with desert, beaches, mountains and spirituality.  India will yes, shock you to the core, but also bring you to a place of inner peace not yet experienced (if you let it).  Yoga retreats, ashrams, meditation, you name it, India has it happening in one region or another.  The food is amazing, but even more than that, the energy and centering that can be felt there will blow you away.

8. Montenegro

– A lot like Croatia, with crystal clear waters, and beaches all along the coast.  One of the few places you can find inland fjords, castles, old walled cities, and mountainous regions that will leave you trekking for days.  Montenegro has it all, and the price tag will agree with your bank!

9. Argentina

The land of steak and malbec.  Argentina is home to some of the most passionate artistic individuals and the big cities like Buenos Aires make sure you feel that.  From dance, art, food exploration, wine regions, some of the most enchanting falls in the world, and the patagonia with black/white glaciers, endless nature, you can find yourself in Argentina.

10. Namibia

Safaris and sand dunes characterize this massive country with a mere population of 2 million.  The infrastructure is sound, the roads good and the animals a plenty.  There is a long coast line, home to the skeleton coast, and sand dunes that go on for miles.  You can spend your time finding rhinos, elephants, zebras, and lions – or taking a snowboard to the dunes, flying down at speeds over 30 km/hr.

So the next trip you are considering – think of this list for the Top 10 Cheap Places to Travel!