So, 2016 came and you saw people traversing the globe while you sat there hoping and praying for the chance to be able to afford such trips. People shared so many pictures on their social media that you decided 2017 will be your year. The year you see more of the world. Then you saved, you read articles about traveling on a budget and strengthened your resolve to embrace the wanderlust. Here, we bring you some of the countries you can visit this year if your budget grants it.
Why not start with one of the most beautiful places in the Americas? Maybe you did not know it, but if you are Ugandan, this is one country where you do not need a visa to travel to the Samoan islands. Although some of the transition expenses can take you a back but it will be all worth it when you get a glimpse of this beauty found in the south of the Pacific ocean.
Yes, we know Nairobi is just right next door in Kenya and is not some exotic location that induces peaceful thoughts with a lot of sun, but you should give this fast growing city a chance because Nairobi has ways of surprising you. What other city in the world has a National park filled with wild animals like lions, giraffes and elephants living their life as the skyscrapers get built near by every day? Nairobi is fast growing into the economic hub of East Africa and it has such a vibrant pulsating night life you might not want to come back home.
What better way to get the fusion of Latin- American and African culture than visiting Brazil? There is so much to see in this bright bird of the Americas; might be the people or their vibrant culture but Brazil will definitely steal your heart on your first visit. Make sure to visit during Carnival season and immerse yourself in that upbeat streetlife after applying for a tourist visa at the Brazilian consulate.
Admit that after watching “The Penguins of Madagascar” your mind stored this beautiful African island in the back just in case you start affording the high life. You do not need thousands of dollars to visit Madagascar though, but you do need a tourist visa from their Consulate or apply for it online. Go visit the Baobab drive, see the lemurs and get a chance to scuba dive in the indian ocean.
You do not need a visa to visit the Seychelles and it being one of the most sought after travel destinations in the world, it should be on your travel itinerary for this year or maybe next year. You can book a hotel or B&B online for as low as $50 a night with breakfast. It might not be right on the ocean but at least you are close enough to take long walks on the beach, swim in the ocean and go shopping in the fashion district in time to spot a celebrity or two.
Yes, it can be really hard getting a visa to South Africa but it is a good place to go for holidays especially in the winelands where some of the best wine in the world is made. You get a chance to tour the grapevines, participate in the winemaking and later taste the product of your labour. Away from the winelands, visit the quiet and serene Port Elizabeth, the bustling and booming Durban and Johannesburg.
If you didn’t know Cuba has had a good relationship with Uganda for decades since Fidel Castro was one of the biggest supporters of some of the biggest African revolutions during the colonial era. The country has some of the most beautiful and vintage styled architecture and very vibrant street life that rivals the Kampala nightlife, you need a visa to visit Cuba.
Yes, you need to tour your own country. You need to travel through Uganda and see how blessed it is. Visit the parks, climb the Rwenzori and Elgon, track gorillas, relax at the islands and see more of what you rarely do and no big budget required for you to travel. All you need with you is a camera, some money and the passion for tourism in Uganda.
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