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Saving money on vacation travel is not only important to those on a budget because everyone knows: money saved on travel means more money to spend on travel. Therefore you get to see more of the world, which is the whole point of traveling and enjoying oneself. There are many places in the world that are off the beaten path, offering more unique experiences at a better price than some of the more popular destinations on the globe.
1. Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Often the best way to find an affordable place to travel is to figure out where the locals go when they are on vacation. In the case of Brazil, locals most often visit Salvador de Bahia, while most tourists are attracted to the larger Rio de Janeiro and its Carnival attractions. Salvador de Bahia is the largest town on the northeastern Brazilian coast, with a population of about 2.7 million residents. It is colloquially called “Brazil’s capital of happiness,” since it is renowned for the populations easygoing nature. There are numerous ongoing outdoor parties, adding to the jovial atmosphere. Salvador de Bahia is notable for its distinctly Afro-Brazilian culture, cuisine, and architecture, and therefore is well worth a visit if only for a cultural experience.
2. Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean Islands
With the strongest economy of any Caribbean nation, Trinidad and Tobago are bustling islands. However, it is a budget destination primarily because there is not as strong a tourist infrastructure as there is on other Caribbean islands. This means that there are relatively large areas of unspoiled nature, the perfect destination for the nature-loving traveler. There is a strong mix of African and West Indian cultures here, and the vibrant nightlife mirrors this heritage. The most budget-friendly area to visit on Trinidad is its northern region. Here you will find a mix of urban and rural areas, with lovely beaches, and a relaxed atmosphere. Tobago offers the budget traveler a variety of options, from the oldest protected rainforest in the western hemisphere – a birdwatcher’s delight, and of course, as nature always proves to be – free of charge.
Because of the rough time that Japan had in 2011 due to natural disasters and some economic downturns, this Asian country is now a prime destination for travelers on a budget. A cultural-savvy tourist can even stay in traditional Japanese-style minshuku guesthouses for less than $40 USD a night. Many wonderful attractions like botanical gardens and temples are free of charge. Others, such as the Tokyo National Museum, have very low entry fees (cheaper than fees in most major metropolises around the world). There is so much to see in this country – you can even go skiing, and it will cost you a fraction of the cost of skiing in the Alps, without sacrificing quality of experience. Japan is truly a world-traveler’s delight – just unique enough to provide you with astoundingly refreshing experiences, while remaining exceedingly comfortable to travel through thanks to the friendly, smiling population always willing to help a tourist out.
Getting read to take a trip to Duba, UAE (United Arab Emirates)? It’s very important that you meet all the requirements so that you have a successful trip. Continue reading for a quick glance to ensure that your trip is smooth and there are no hitches.
Before You Go
Before entering the UAE, you should have a very clear reason for visiting, especially if you’re going to be working while in the country. You don’t want anything to happen that can delay you from receiving your visa or cause any problems with the duration of your stay.
Warning About Israel
If you are from Israel, or have ever been to Israel, and you have a stamp on your passport that states that you have been there, you will not be allowed to acquire a visa or enter the country.
Travel Requirements for Short Trips: Dubai, UAE
If you are an American and you’re traveling to the UAE, you may not need to obtain a travel visa. As long as your passport is going to be valid for six months (after you enter the country) and you’re staying for less than a month, you don’t need to obtain a travel visa. When you arrive in the UAE you’ll receive a 30-day visit visa stamp on your passport.
If you’re a resident of Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Liechenstein, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Denmark Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Andorra, Brunei, San Marino or the Vatican, the same rules apply as for Americans.
If you’re a British national, you’re eligible for a one month visa and can apply for a visa to stay for an additional two months.
Travel Requirements for Long or Multiple Trips: Dubai, UAE
If you’re going to be visiting the UAE for longer than 30 days, you’ll need to obtain a visa. You will also need to find a sponsor and apply by sending in a copy of your own passport, your sponsor’s passport, proof that your sponsor is employed and travel insurance.
You can also earn a multiple visit visa, which will enable you to enter the UAE multiple times over as much as a ten-year period, but you can only stay for up to six months. The requirements and the duration of the visa vary depending on your country of origin.
Working in Dubai
If you plan to work in Dubai, you need a different type of visa, a work visa. Earning this will allow you to work in the country for up to 60 days. In conjunction with this visa, you must also fill out a work residence visa.
Make sure that your trip is successful so that you can fully enjoy your stay in a country that has a rich historic and religious background and a modern backdrop. Make sure that you meet all travel requirements before you go so that you don’t have any unpleasant surprises upon your arrival. Have fun!