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50 Travel Destinations You Can Actually Afford

50 Travel Destinations You Can Actually Afford

In one of the letters in the Dear Girls of the World series, Ashley Hubbard articulated you have to find what type of traveler you are — lifestyle, adaptation to the environment, living conditions, food preference, etc. A lot have told me, “I can’t travel for more than 2 weeks because of work” considering these people love their jobs so I thought of gathering a list of cities you can definitely afford. Whether you’re going for a week or two, a holiday or a long weekend, the prices of these cities will actually blow your mind.

More often than not, we are blinded with the prices of each country because our mind is set into our default currency. We compare most of the rates depending on the dollar conversion and this practice is totally wrong. I used to think the Philippines is the cheapest place to travel to but Nepal is the cheapest on this list!

Information below includes a dorm bed in a hostel, 3 budget meals/day, 2 public transportation rides, 1 cultural activity and 3 cheap beers.

Ready? Another important thing: cities are arranged from cheapest to lowest. Scroll down and plan your trip for the whole year!

1. Pokhara, Nepal

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Budget per day: $17.09
Currency: Nepalese Rupee (NPR)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 98.74 NPR
Top Attractions: Begnas Tal & Rupa Tal, Sarangkot, Phewa Tal, World Peace Pagoda, Tibetan Settlements and Jomsom.

2. Hanoi, Vietnam

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Budget per day: $17.42
Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD – 21,350 VND
Top Attractions: The Mausoleum, Temple of Literature, Hoa Lo Prison Museum, National Museum of Vietnamese History, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Hoan Kiem Lake, Vietnam Military History Museum, Fine Arts Museum and Bach Ma Temple.

3. Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam

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Budget per day: $17.74
Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD – 21,350 VND
Top Attractions: Reunification Palace, Jade Emperor Pagoda, War Remnants Museum, History Museum, Phuoc An Hoi Quan Pagoda, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office and the Bitexco Financial Tower.

4. Goa, India

Budget per day: $18.27
Currency: Indian Rupee (IPR)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 61.57 IPR
Top Attractions: Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Goa Chitra, Se Cathedral, Church of Convent of St Cajetan, Fort Aguada and Church of St Francis of Assisi.

5. Kathmandu, Nepal

Budget per day: $19.40
Currency: Nepalese Rupee (NPR)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 98.74 NPR
Top Attractions: Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Garden of Dreams, Ashok Binayak, Pilgrims Book House, Maju Deval, Hanuman Dhoka, Tana Deval Temple, Makhan Tole, Narayanhiti Palace Museum and Baithak.

6. Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Budget per day: $19.92
Currency: Thai Baht (THB)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 32.50 THB
Top Attractions: Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh, Talat Warorot, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Lanna Folklike Museum and Sudsanan.

7. Vientiane, Laos

Budget per day: $20.15
Currency: Laotian Kip (LAK)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 8,124.95 LAK
Top Attractions: Patuxai, Lao National Museum, COPE Visitor Centre, Pha That Luang, Houey Hong Vocational Center for Women, T’Shop Lai Gallery, Wat Si Muang, Le Banneton and Vang Vieng.

8. La Paz, Bolivia

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Budget per day: $22.87
Currency: Boliviano (BOB)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 6.91 BOB
Top Attractions: Mercado de Hechiceria, San Francisco Church, Death Road, Tupac Katari Mirador, La Paz Cemetery, Wayna Potosi, National Museum of Art and Valle de Luna.

9. Quito, Ecuador

Budget per day: $23.15
Currency: US Dollars (Yes, don’t get confused. They use USD in Ecuador).
Top Attractions: Old Town, Palacio del Gobierno, Capilla del Hombre, La Mitad del Mundo, Reserva Geobotanica Pululahua, Teleferico La Compania de Jesus and Biking Dutchman.

10. Delhi, India

Budget per day: $23.27
Currency: Indian Rupee (IPR)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 61.62 IPR
Top Attractions: Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutb Minar Complex, Alkauser, State Emporiums and Golden Triangle.

11. Luang Prabang, Laos

Budget per day: $23.43
Currency: Laotian Kip (LAK)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 8,124.95 LAK
Top Attractions: Wat Xieng Thong, Royal Palace Museum, Luang Prabang Extension, Phu Si, TAEC, Le Banneton, OckPopTok, Handicraft Night Market, Dyen Sabai, Wat Wisunarat, Pak Ou Caves and Tat Kuang Si.

12. Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Budget per day: $23.75
Currency: Cambodian Riel (KHR)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 4,059.95 KHR
Top Attractions: Silver Pagoda, National Museum of Cambodia, Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, Tuol Sleng Museum, Russian Market and Psar Thmei.

13. Kiev, Ukraine

Budget per day: $23.77
Currency: Ukranian Hryvnia (UAH)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 25.25 UAH
Top Attractions: Maydan Nezalezhnosti, Kyevo-Pecherska Lavra, Chornobyl, Andriyivsky Uzviz, Pyrohovo, Museum of Folk Architecture, Pervak, St Sophia’s Cathedral and St Michael’s Monastery.

14. Hoi An, Vietnam

Budget per day: $23.82
Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD – 21,350 VND
Top Attractions: Japanese Covered Bridge, Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregation, Tan Ky House and Tran Family Chapel.

15. Bangkok, Thailand

Budget per day: $24.92
Currency: Thai Baht (THB)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 32.50 THB
Top Attractions: Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha), Chatuchak Weekend Market, Wat Pho, Jim Thompson House, Lumphini Park, Banglamphu, Songkran Festival and MBK Center.

16. Cairo, Egypt

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Budget per day: $24.95
Currency: Egyptian Pound (EGP)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 7.63 EGP
Top Attractions: Khan al-Kalili, Coptic Museum, Al-Azhar Mosque, Mosque of Qaitbay, Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan, Oum El Dounia, Shahrazad, Egyptian Museum, Northern Cemetery and Midan Tahrir.

17. Colombo, Sri Lanka

Budget per day: $25.59
Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 132.19 LKR
Top Attractions: Fort, Galle Face Green, Slave Island, National Museum, Barefoot, Old City Hall, Dutch Period Museum, Viharamahadevi Park, Old Dutch Hospital, Vesak Poya and Qbaa.

18. Bucharest, Romania

Budget per day: $25.70
Currency: Romanian Leu (RON)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 3.83 RON
Top Attractions: Hotel Castle Dracula, Princely Court, Ethnographic Museum, Art Museum, Gradina Verona, Anthony Frost Book Shop.

19. Sofia, Bulgaria

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Budget per day: $26.00
Currency: Bulgarian Lev (BGN)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 1.70 BGN
Top Attractions: Borisova Gradina, Aleksander Nevski Church, Museum of Socialist Art, Royal Palace, Ovcha Kupel Bus Station, Ivan Vazov House Museum, National Palace of Culture and the Monument of Soviet Army.

20. Jakarta, Indonesia

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Budget per day: $26.69
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 12,596.30 IDR
Top Attractions: Lapangan Banteng, Museum Nasional, Museum Sejarah Jakarta, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, Museum Bahari, Taman Fatahillah, Museum Wayang, Museum Bank Indonesia, Monas, Jin de Yuan and Dunia Fantasi.

21. Mumbai, India

Budget per day: $27.10
Currency: Indian Rupee (IPR)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 61.57 IPR
Top Attractions: Global Pagoda, Marine Drive and Girgaum Chowpatty, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Taj Mahal Palace and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.

22. Krakow, Poland

Budget per day: $27.26
Currency: Polish Sloty (PLN)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 3.62 PLN
Top Attractions: Wawel Castle, Galicia Jewish Museum, Museum of Pharmacy, Schindler’s Factory, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Kosciuszko Mound and Massolit Books & Cafe.

23. Manila, Philippines

Budget per day: $27.75
Currency: Philippine Peso (PHP)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 44 PHP
Top Attractions: Intramuros, Chinese Cemetery, National Museum of the Filipino People, Ayala Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Casa Manila, Rizal Shrine, Cubao Expo, Casa Armas and the Collective.

24. Siem Reap, Cambodia

Budget per day: $28.35
Currency: Cambodian Riel (KHR)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 4,059.95 KHR
Top Attractions: Angkor National Museum, Les Chantiers Ecoles and Cambodian Cultural Village.

25. Yangon, Myanmar

Budget per day: $28.44
Currency: Burmese Kyat (MMK)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 1,024.50 MMK
Top Attractions: Shwedagon Paya, Botataung Paya, Bogyoke Aung San Market, People’s Park, Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Meilamu Paya and Kandawgyi Lake.

26. Belgrade, Serbia

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Budget per day: $28.50
Currency: Serbian Dinar (RSD)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 85.20 RSD
Top Attractions: Belgrade Underground, Skadarska, Military Museum, Kalemegdan Citadel, Marsal Tito’s Grave, Sveti Sava, Daco and Tratorria Kosava.

27. Beijing, China

Budget per day: $28.95
Currency: Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 6.26 CNY
Top Attractions: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven Park, Zhihua Temple, Jingshan Park, Zhongshan Park, White Cloud Temple and the Capital Museum.

28. Cusco, Peru

Budget per day: $29.15
Currency: Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 3.06 PEN
Top Attractions: Qorikancha, La Catedral, Pisac and Ollantaytambo Ruins, Plaza de Armas, Templo y Convento de la Merced and Machu Picchu.

29. Marrakech, Morocco

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Budget per day: $29.15
Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 9.48 MAD
Top Attractions: Jardin Majorelle, Djemaa El-Fna, Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace, Maison de la Photographie, Dar Si Said, Villa Flore, Museum of Photography and Visual Arts, Koutoubia Mosque.

30. Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

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Budget per day: $29.79
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 12,596.30 IDR
Top Attractions: Waterborn Bali, Balangan Beach, Ground Zero Monument, Bali Paintball Arena, Pandawa Beach, Dolphin Lovina Bali, Legian Beach, Kuta Square, Dreamland Beach, Circus Waterpark and Kuta Beach.

31. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Budget per day: $29.80
Currency: Bosnia and Herzegovina Convertible Mark (BAM)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 1.70 BAM
Top Attractions: Gallery 11/07/95, Bascarsija, Vrelo Bosna, Sarajevo War Tunnel, Sarajevo City Hall, Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Sarajevo, Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, Jewish Museum, Avaz Twist Tower.

32. Antigua, Guatemala

Budget per day: $30.33
Currency: Guatemalan Quetzal (GTQ)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 7.65 GTQ
Top Attractions: Casa Santo Domingo, Acatenango Volcano, Choco Museo, Prana Holistic Center, Mayan Creation Arts and Crafts, Pacaya Volcano, Arco de Santa Catalina, Parque Central, La Merced, Antigua Tabaco Compania and Cathedral de Santiago.

33. Warsaw, Poland

Budget per day: $30.46
Currency: Polish Sloty (PLN)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 3.62 PLN
Top Attractions: Lazienki Park, Krakowskie Przedmiescie, University of Warsaw Library, Warsaw Uprising Museum, Old Town Market Square, Copernicus Science Centre, Wilanow Palace Museum, Monument to the Warsaw Uprising Fighters, Photoplasticon, Nowy Swiat.

34. Budapest, Hungary

Budget per day: $30.53
Currency: Hungarian Forint (HUF)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 3.62 PLN
Top Attractions: Budapest Pinball Museum, Caving Under Budapest, Invisible Exhibition (Lathatatlan Kiallitas), Danube, Castle Hill (Varhegy), Fisherman’s Bastion (Halaszbastya), Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz), Parliament (Orszaghaz), St. Stephen’s Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), Matthias Church (Matyas Templom).

35. Lima, Peru

Budget per day: $31.11
Currency: Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 3.06 PEN
Top Attractions: Museo Larco, Artesanias Las Pallas, Magic Water Circuit, Miraflores, Parque De La Reserva, Miraflores Boardwalk, Galeria Delbarrio, Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, Caral, Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), Barranco, Cathedral of Lima

36. St Petersburg, Russia

Budget per day: $31.55
Currency: Russian Ruble (RUB)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 65.18 RUB
Top Attractions: Church of the Savior on Blood, Great Palace (Peterhof), St. Isaac’s Cathedral State Museum-Memorial, Peterhof State Museum Preserve, The Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Kronstadt, State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, Catherine Palace and Park (Pushkin), Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve (Pushkin), Palace Bridge, State Russian Museum.

37. Taipei, Taiwan

Budget per day: $32.09
Currency: New Taiwan Dollar (TWD)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 31.4475 (TWD)
Top Attractions: Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), Maokong Gondola, Yangmingshan National Park, Lungshan Temple, Taipei Zoo, National Taiwan University, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, National Palace Museum, Lin Family Garden, National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine.

38. Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Budget per day: $32.27

Currency: Czech Koruna (CZK)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 24.1881 (CZK)
Top Attractions: Historic Center of Cesky Krumlov, Church of St. Vitus, Cesky Krumlov Castle, Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, Ballroom of the Rosenbergs, Latran houses, Egon Schiele Art Centre, St. Jost Church, Synagogue of Cesky Krumlov, Plague Column.

39. Phuket, Thailand

Budget per day: $32.50
Currency: Thai Baht (THB)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 32.50 THB
Top Attractions: Unit 27 (Chalong), Soi Dog Foundation, Sumalee Boxing Gym (Thalang District), Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (Thalang District), Titan Fitness (Chalong), The Little Yoga Room (Chalong), Kata Noi Beach (Karon), Xtrem Aventures (Chalong), Karon View Point (Karon), Nai Harn Beach (Rawai).

40. Xi’an, China

Budget per day: $32.56
Currency: Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 6.26 CNY
Top Attractions: The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Xi’an City Wall (Chengqiang), Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling), Shaanxi History Museum, Muslim Quarter, Ancient Wall of South Gate of Yan’an, Xi’an Museum, Dayan Pagoda Northern Square, TangBo Art Museum.

41. Panama City, Panama

Budget per day: $32.70
Currency: US Dollars (Yes, don’t get confused. They’re like Ecuador).
Top Attractions: Panama Canal, Miraflores Locks Visitor Center, Gatun Lake, Panama Interoceanic Canal Museum, Panama Canal Fishing, The Old City, Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), Soberania National Park, Avenida Balboa.

42. Dakar, Senegal

Budget per day: $33.45
Currency: West African CFA Franc (XOF)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 571.641 XOF
Top Attractions: La Maison des Esclaves, Accrobaobab Adventure, Andaando Travel Tours of Senegal, Senegal Style Drumming Lessons, Nautilus Plongee, Lago Rosa, La Galerie Antenna.

43. San Jose, Costa Rica

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Budget per day: $33.92
Currency: Costa Rican Colon (CRC)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 537.144 CRC
Top Attractions: Galeria Namu, Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, Orosi River Valley, Precolumbian Gold Museum, Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo, Museo de Arte Costarricense, Museo de los Ninos, Jade Museum.

44. Zagreb, Croatia

Budget per day: $34.37
Currency: Croatian Kuna (HRK)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 6.71647 HRK
Top Attractions: Mirogoj Cemetery, Tkalciceva, Upper Town (Gornji Grad), Maksimir Park (Maksimirirski perivoj), Croatian Museum of Naive Art, Zrinjevac, St. Mark’s Church (Crkva sv. Marka), Cathedral of the Assumption, Jarun Lake, Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb.

45. Riga, Latvia

Budget per day: $34.55
Currency: Euro (EUR)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 0.871275 EUR
Top Attractions: Old City Riga (Vecriga), Alberta Iela, Jugenda Stila Nami, View of Riga from St Peter’s Church Tower, Riga Town Hall Square, House of Blackheads.

46. Beirut, Lebanon

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Budget per day: $34.64
Currency: Lebanese Pound (LBP)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 1,509.94 LBP
Top Attractions: Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George, Mim Museum – Mineral Museum, National Museum of Beirut, American University of Beirut, Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque.

47. Mexico City, Mexico

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Budget per day: $34.80

Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 14.6649 MXN
Top Attractions: National Museum of Anthropology, Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Chapultepec Castle, Museo Memoria y Tolerancia.

48. Fez, Morocco

Budget per day: $35.25
Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 9.48 MAD
Top Attractions: Medina of Fez, Fes el-Bali, Attarin Medersa, Jardin Jnan Sbil, Moulay Abdellah Quarter.

49. Vilnius, Lithuania

Budget per day: $35.45
Currency: Euro (EUR)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 0.871275 EUR
Top Attractions: Vilnius Old Town, St. Anne’s Church, Sts. Peter & Paul’s Church (Sv. Apastalu Petro ir Povilo Baznycia), Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania, KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus).

50. Cape Town, South Africa

Budget per day: $36.15
Currency: South African Rands (ZAR)
U$D Conversion: 1 USD = 11.3792 ZAR
Top Attractions: Table Mountain National Park, Cape Point Nature Reserve, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, Lion’s Head.

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Trisha is one of those people who left their comfortable life to travel the world and learn about life. Her style is to stay in one place she likes for 3 months (or more) to know what it feels like to eat, cook, speak and sleep in another culture that isn’t hers. She'd like to believe she's not traditionally traveling but she just chooses to be somewhere else all the time. Trisha also loves extremely spicy food, pineapples, plants and symmetry. In no particular order, her favourite cities in the world are Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv. Follow her life adventures on Instagram: @psimonmyway

  1. Lexie

    31 March

    I am officially going to all these places now! 🙂

  2. Carey

    3 April

    Hey Trish!!!

    Youve gone a long way girl! (: I hope you still remember me…. We were batchmates in MC.

    Way to go girl! Passion inspires people, continue inspiring others. I love your site…

    Take care and keep living life to the fullest!

    Much love,
    carey

  3. Mar Wunderlust

    8 April

    How I wish the airfare halfway around the globe to South America is not too jaw-dropping. I would have flown in a blink of an eye. Gotta work more

    • I feel the same. That’s why I am still here and not going home. HAHAHAHA! It’s too expensive! You can try Manila-Sydney-Buenos Aires, separately. I think it’s less than $1,000 USD.

  4. Kristel

    23 May

    This post is very empowering. Most people have the mindset of traveling as a luxury. With Piso Fare + This, the possibilities are endless!

  5. Thanks for the great list Trisha.

    – Ross

  6. Thelma Lopez

    17 August

    Hi! May i know where do you get your online jobs 🙂 I’ve been thinking lately to quit my job again…. Because I would love to travel and see the world as well just like you. I’m inspired with your posts. I am currently now in Abu Dhabi and been here for quite a year now. It is a great experience to be here though lots of restrictions. I am working as a barista and planning to go to Thailand by November just for a quick vacation. HOpefully I will be getting more tips on how to fund my travels and also how to get an online job. I would love to hear from the expert:)

    Cheers!

  7. Anca | Globaloud

    2 September

    I think it’s time for me to travel to Eastern Europe. So cheap and so close, and I always thought I need to fly overseas for some budget destination.

  8. Lucy Smith

    3 September

    Well this is amazing! Saved and bookmarked. I’m in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in November so these tips will definitely come in handy

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    6 December

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  10. uthayarajah

    7 December

    I really enjoy travelling too.
    I will take your advice to travel to other countries that I have not explored.

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