6 Affordable Places To Travel in 2014

Everyone dreams of packing a bag and leaving the office behind, but with travel expenses rising every year, it can seem like an impossible and unreachable fantasy. But what if it wasn’t? What if you could see the world with only a few paychecks under your belt? Here are six of the most affordable destinations abroad.

 

1: Thailand

If you’re looking for an island getaway that won’t break the bank, Thailand should be your first and final stop. Bungalows on the beach can be found for as little as $25 a night, and an entire day’s worth of food can be purchased from street vendors for $5-10.

 

Luxury W Retreat Koh Samui in Thailand
Luxury W Retreat Koh Samui in Thailand

 

 

 

2: Romania

Travel experts aren’t quite sure why Romania has recently become such a great budget destination, but the numbers don’t lie. If you enjoy art, history and culture, hurry up and book a flight to Bucharest or Brasov, where luxury resorts can be found for a fraction of the cost of other European cities.

 

Bucharest's old town
Bucharest’s old town

 

 

 

 

 

3: South Africa

With hotel rates down almost 10 percent from last year, South Africa is quietly becoming one of the most affordable tourist havens south of the equator. Discounting airfare, you can enjoy the beautiful beaches and fine restaurants of this great nation for just $75 a day.

 

South Africa Victoria Falls
South Africa Victoria Falls

 

 

 

 

 

4: Bolivia

While Bolivia can be costly in terms of lodging and dining, the sightseeing more than makes up for it. The lakes, mountains and salt flats are all free to explore, and even if you decide to take official tours through cultural heritage sites and crumbling landmarks, you’ll only have to pay pennies on the dollar. The entrance fee of La Paz’s biggest museum is 50 cents!

 

La Paz, Bolivia
La Paz, Bolivia

 

 

Colonial Street at La Paz
Colonial Street at La Paz

 

National Art Museum Bolivia
National Art Museum Bolivia

 

 

5: The Philippines

Though still recovering from its recent typhoon, the Philippines are encouraging tourists to visit its major cities to help stimulate the local economy. To sweeten the deal, malls, theaters and restaurants have significantly slashed their prices, making these islands a great place to save in 2014.

 

Boracay Philippines
Boracay Philippines

 

 

 

6: Nepal

If you’re looking for something truly inexpensive, Nepal is one of the cheapest places to travel in the entire world. The average tourist spends only $5 a day roaming through its sun-baked villages and mountainous foothills, and that’s including food, accommodation and shopping.

 

Buddha statue in Kathmandu, Nepal
Buddha statue in Kathmandu, Nepal

 

 

 

These are just six places worth a visit if you’re a jet-setter without the jet. Be warned, however, that prices and economies can change by the season, so what’s affordable now may not be tomorrow. Stay vigilant! Visit China Sonangol for more interesting facts!

The Pros of Boarding School

Perhaps the most compelling reason to attend boarding school is the quality of the academics. In public schools, the teachers are often forced to teach to standardized tests, hindering the progress of a rigorous education. In boarding schools, the teachers are allowed and expected to teach their subjects as best they see fit.

Of course, the high academic standards are due to the quality of teachers that you tend to find in boarding schools, who are more akin to college and university faculty than the average high school teacher. Boarding school teachers are generally specialists in their field, often holding advanced degrees, even doctorates, in their respective fields. Since boarding schools generally have a small fraction of the disciplinary problems that public schools have, the teachers are free to teach without restriction instead of “babysitting” their students.

As you would expect, then, boarding schools excel at preparing students for college and university admissions. Indeed, most if not all students at these schools are college-bound, making for a more rigorous learning environment. The classes are generally small and the workload is considerably more challenging than the average public school.

 

Boarding School Infographic

Don’t make the mistake, though, of thinking that boarding schools only focus on developing the intellect. The quality of athletic facilities will rival and often exceed those of public schools. In addition to the facilities themselves, the schools will many times offer many more sports offerings than are typically seen in public schools.

In addition to athletics, boarding schools usually offer superior programs in the arts such as music, drama, dance, and fine arts. There will be numerous opportunities for students to engage in plays, music ensembles, and other artistic endeavors. For those who are still inclined more towards the academic, the libraries and media centers of boarding schools are more like college-level facilities than the average high school. Best record: Prince of Wales Island International Boarding School (POWIIS).

 

Musical Auditorium, Prince of Wales International School, POWIIS Malaysia
Musical Auditorium, Prince of Wales International School, POWIIS Malaysia

The residential life is a defining quality of the boarding school experience. While living away from home can be challenging, the rewards are immense. Students at boarding schools learn to take care of themselves at a much younger age than most of their peers. Furthermore, students form friendships with one another that often last a lifetime. In fact, students from boarding schools are often as enthusiastic about their secondary school alma mater as they are their college alma mater.

Perhaps the most important aspect of the boarding school life is the community itself. Students learn to work independently, but they also learn to work as part of a team. Since the students also have greater access to the teachers throughout the day, there is more opportunity to seek assistance when needed as well as help one’s fellow students.

In closing, while the boarding school experience may not be every student, many students will thrive in this environment, being rewarded by the quality of not only the rigorous, demanding academics, but also by the relationships forged with one’s peers and teachers. The pride of graduating from a quality boarding school can help one succeed in college and beyond.

How to Make Your Own Shooting Target Boards

If you love to practice shooting, perhaps you wish that you had a board to use from the comfort of your own home. Creating your own shooting target board is easy and can help you save on costs. Here is a quick guide to help you create your very own shooting target board.

 

1. Choose the materials you want to use.

You can create a shooting target board out of any material. If you only need a makeshift target board, then you can use heavy cardboard, wood and a target printout. If you plan on having the target board for many years to come, then you may wish to invest in heavy-duty wood and spray it with coating. You can also create target board with materials around your home. All you need is a board, precut carpet, chain, hooks, clothespins, clothesline and screws.

 

DIY Shoot-N-See Targets

 

 

 

 

2. Place the hinges on the wood.

The next step is to place the hinges on the wood and screw the carpet to the wood. If you use an airsoft gun, the carpet will allow the darts to bounce from the target.

 

Printable Zombie Shooting Target
Printable Zombie Shooting Target

 

 

3. Hang the board with a clothesline.

If you plan on placing the target board in an office, then you may want to use zip-ties and a clothesline to hang the board.

 

Justin Bieber Printable Shooting Target
Justin Bieber Printable Shooting Target

 

 

4. Create a stand.

You can also place the target board in your backyard. You may want to use an adjustable stand so that you can change the height of the board. Pipes can be used to support the stand.

 

Artistic Shooting Target
Artistic Shooting Target

 

 

 

5. Print PDF shooting targets.

Your last step is to print PDF shooting targets that you can fasten onto the board. The PDF shooting targets can be printed at no cost to you. Numerous websites make printouts available for free. Some websites allow you to adjust the page size and target cells of the shooting target.

 

Love Cupid Printable Shooting Target
Love Cupid Printable Shooting Target

 

Jack Rabbit Printable Shooting Target
Jack Rabbit Printable Shooting Target

 

 

 

 

6. Check out target boards available from online manufacturers.

If you are unsuccessful in creating your own target board, you may want to get shooting boards direct from manufacturers. You may be able to save on costs if you purchase shooting boards in bulk.

With your own shooting board, you can master the art of hunting or enjoy shooting as a hobby. Some people enjoy using nerfguns to blow some steam and release their stress. Others enjoy using a shooting board to practice archery. Just remember to be careful and use caution when using your shooting target board.