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BUDGET – FRIENDLY DESTINATIONS FOR 2017

2017 is turning out to be an amazing year for budget – friendly travel, so start packing your bags. The dollar may be rising and the pound reached its all – time low, your hard – earned cash can go a long way in numerous destinations around the world. This together with the airfare expected to plummet down this 2017 according to some aviation expert, well you’re in for an experience of a lifetime without hurting your budget. So where should you plan your next trip? Here is a list of places you can consider:

ASIA: CAMBODIA

Average travel costs in USD:
Cheap guesthouse room: US$5 – 10
Local meals and street foods: US$1 – 3
Local buses: US$2 – 3 per 100km

You’ll find awesome value for your money as well as some of Southeast Asia’s most magnificent landscapes and the friendliest people in the world in Cambodia. Angko Wat is home to some UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and beyond that you’ll discover sleepy colonial towns, bohemian riverside havens and some of the most wonderful beaches in the world.

ASIA: INDIA

Average travel costs in Rupees:
Dorm bed: 100 – 200
Double room in a budget hotel: 300 – 700
All-you-can-eat meals: 120 – 300
Bus and train tickets: 300 – 500

This country will always be the most popular destinations for budget travellers because there not many countries in the world where you can still travel comprehensively for a fraction of a cost. If what you’re after for is culture, to conquer the Golden Triangle, for gorgeous beaches and blinding temples , then Gokarna is the place to explore, for delicious street food, Mumbai offers a wide variety of it and for adventure, enter the Himalayan country.

NORTH AMERICA: MEXICO

Average travel costs in Mexican Pesos:
Hostel dorm bed: M$180
Double room in budget hotel: M$250 – 600
Fixed price lunch in economical restaurant: M$60 – 80
250km bus trip: M$220

Mexico offers diversity and culture that a few countries in the world offer. Mexico’s splendid mosaics of regional identities are as wide-ranging as the nation’s beautiful landscapes, which encompass everything from luxurious beach havens in Tulum to colourful and lively cities like Cancun and let’s not forget the ancient ruins, dense rainforests and tequila.

EUROPE: BULGARIA

Average travel costs in Leva:
Dorm bed: 18 – 22 lv
Room in a simple guesthouse: 25 – 50 lv
Meal in cafeterias: 5 – 10 lv
Public transportation tickets: around 1 lv

Bulgaria is a country that not many people list in their go – to holiday destination. The country has many offerings to budget travellers, not least deserted beaches, hotels at budget – friendly prices and numerous beautiful towns. If you’re looking for a budget – friendly type of escape, Bulgaria is popular for its dramatic mountain ranges, which are perfect for exploration on foot or bike.

SOUTH AFRICA: AFRICA

Average travel costs in rand:
Hotel dorm bed: from R160
Budget main dish: less thanR75
Two – week hop – on, hop – off Baz Bus pass: R4100

One of the most amazing things about South Africa is that you don’t have to spend a lot to experience the wonders and marvels of the bush. In order to get the most of this natural paradise, forge the tourist hotspots and safari in Hluhluwe to see white rhinos to see white rhinos and huge elephants, instead head to Drakensberg for hiking, cheap food and awesome culture and spend a few days in the energetic city of Cape Town.

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SIMPLE ACTIVITIES COUPLES CAN DO TO STAY HAPPILY MARRIED

It is important for couples who are married to do fun and intimate activities together to stay happily married. You need an activity or two to do together, no matter what state your marriage is in. Hobbies results in bringing couples closer together.

Here are some simple activities you and your significant other can do on a daily basis to keep the spark on your marriage.

• GETTING PHYSICAL
Getting physical does not always mean having sexual intercourse. It can be a little kiss and a tight hug after a stressful day at work. A little bit of loving from your loved one can definitely brighten up a hard and stressful day. And of course, it can lead to something even more well and intimate.

• WALKING YOUR FUR BABY
Aside from the fact that your dog can benefit from the exercise he’ll get from walking, it is also a perfect way to unwind and have some time to reconnect with your partner. Plus it’ll help burn those unwanted fats away!

• GIVE EACH OTHER MASSAGES
What’s a better way to relax and bond with you wife or husband after spending the whole day at work but with a sweet massage? If you’re worried you’ll end up arguing as to which one will get the massage first, well you can stop worrying. The perfect way to do this activity together is to have your husband sit on the floor between your legs. And while you’re rubbing his shoulders and neck he can massage your feet. You both can do this while making small talks about your day at work.

• GO OUT FOR A PICNIC
If the weather permits it, you can take a one day break from your dinner routine and head out to a beautiful location and have a picnic. This change in your routine can give both of you more time to talk while relaxing under the lovely skies full of stars. And you don’t need to make fancy cuisines, a simple sandwich that you and your husband loves can do the trick and will work best at the park.

• BE FIT TOGETHER
Going to the gym together for bit of workout session not only will keep your heart healthy but your marriage as well. Those endorphins both of you will release can surely aid in your bonding and don’t forget to release those unwanted anger by hitting up the punching bag! It’s also a good way to motivate you knowing that your loved is there to support you 100 per cent.

• ALONE TIME
Sometimes, we just want to be alone and get things together on our own after a hard day’s work. It is important to also give your significant other some space and unwind on his own. You may be married but you should always respect your spouse’s privacy. After they’ve relaxed a bit and ready to spend the much needed quality time with you, then you can do some of the activities in this list.

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A GUIDE ON HOW TO COOK VEGETABLES AND RETAIN MOST OF ITS NUTRITION

You don’t have to lose the essential nutrients of your vegetables when cooking. There is a way that’s easier and quicker than boiling and your vegetables will maintain much more of its flavour that using a microwave as well.

STEAMING

Steaming vegetables is quick and simple and you can get the most nutrition, better texture and best taste out of your vegetables.

It is important to choose the right vegetables for steaming. There are vegetables such as celery, broccoli, cauliflower and greens that are easy to see when they are about to expire and wilt and thus easier to avoid. Those that are most of the time hard to pick are root vegetables. Below is a little overview of what to consider with some of the most popular root vegetables

• Potatoes – potatoes with dark spots, blemishes and cuts should be avoided as well as those which are sprouting or tinted with green as these potatoes tend to be toxic. Choose big, free from blemish potatoes with dry skin which are typically the best choice for steaming.
• Sweet Potatoes – the same rules will apply with sweet potatoes even if you don’t usually see them sprouting or getting tinged with green. Choose those that are larger, free from blemish and firm to your touch.
• Pumpkins – smaller pumpkins are typically the best for steaming than those big ones used on Halloweens. The most popular types are the cheese and sugar pie selections because of their texture that’s creamy and great taste.
• Butternut Squash – If pumpkins are not available or out of season, this is a great substitute since butternut squash contains the same nutrients as pumpkins.
• Carrots – these root vegetable is great when bought organic since they are mainly good at absorbing all the nutrients from the soil they’re grown in, which also includes heavy metals and pesticides. Choose carrots with vibrant colours and without any obvious scars and with firm tips for a much better taste.

HOW TO GET THE BEST NUTRITOIN AND GREAT TASTE

Typically, people boil their vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin and potatoes to cook them. This will actually result in getting rid of the essential nutrients of the vegetables by mixing into the boiling water and straight down the sink instead of your body.

Steaming your vegetables is the best and the healthiest cooking method you can use. Preparing them is simple and easy as long as you have the proper tools while maintaining their flavour and nutrition as much as possible.

How to Prepare:

• The first thing you need to make sure is that you have a vegetable steamer.
• Prep your veggies by cleaning them using a brush and warm water and then chopping them once all the dirt are gone.
• Cut them to your desired thickness which will determine how long it will take for you to steam your veggies. Broccoli, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cauliflower and carrots can take up to 10 minutes to steam. Softer vegetables such as bell peppers and green beans will only take about 5 minutes. Stick a fork in the thickest part of the vegetables to check if they are ready.

Vegetables are and will always be the best and healthiest base for your dinner and lunch instead of those high-carb fattening grain foods. And of course, to capitalize on their nutrition, the best method of cooking to use is steaming.