Nothing refreshes the body and mind by taking that long awaited vacation. Whether or not you travel alone, with family or friends, it's always a good idea to break away from the daily routine.
Here are three top budget travel destinations to consider.
The ideal Burma travel experience needs a little planning, however the rewards can be fantastic, especially in Bagan. The pagoda-dotted plain on the Ayeyarwady River in the higher region of Burma is full of history. It is here where the very first Burmese Buddhist kings, their courtiers, and other patrons constructed thousands of spiritual monuments from the eleventh to the thirteenth century. “According to the Burmese scholar Donald Stadtner, these sixteen square miles rank among Southeast Asia’s most important sacred ancient sites.”
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
If you enjoy birthday celebrations, Amsterdam is the place to be. The city is set to host a lot of them to mark major anniversaries in 2013. The one hundred and sixtieth anniversary of Vincent van Gogh's birthday will occur on March 30th with special exhibitions at the city's Van Gogh Museum. One of the world's greatest orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will be turning 125 years old in 2013. A special tribute to 125 Years of the Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will feature a concert held on April 10, 2013. Mozart, Bach, and Haydn featuring Giovanni Antonini, will be the highlight of the end of February to early March schedule. Other birthdays scheduled will be the city's canal ring, celebrating its 400th anniversary, the Artis Royal Zoo will be turning 175 years old, and the Rijksmuseum (national museum) featuring one of the best collections of European country art and history will be re-opening after a ten year face lift with a grand opening scheduled for April 13.
Panama is perhaps known for its famous canal, or for the actual fact that it's the last piece of land connecting Central to South America. However it might be an oversight to simply just ignore the beauty and history of this tiny country. The traveler interested in new cultures will be amazed by the paradise-like islands and beaches, abundant rainforests, variety of outdoor activities, native tribes, and a remarkably trendy capital with isolated sections still exhibiting colonial charm. And even the disreputable Darién Gap is beginning to change from a long standing reputation of drug-lords and kidnappings to a more pleasing tourist climate.