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  • 10 Stylish & Elegant Swimwear for Muslimahs

    You’ve got your dream beach vacay planned – the perfect resort, a great itinerary and the best group of people to enjoy it with – but there’s one slight problem. What are you going to wear to the beach or pool? We all want to look great and feel great during a beach holiday or while lounging by the pool, an old oversized t-shirt, leggings and a scarf won’t do! Don’t worry ladies, we have got you covered with a list of 10 stylish and elegant Muslimah swimwear. From sporty to stylish, this list covers all – you are going to be spoilt for choice!   1) Madamme BK Credit: @madammebk on Instagram One of the most famous luxury swimwear lines out there, Madamme BK will not disappoint. Designer Vanessa Lourenco realised that there was a need for modest swimwear within her entourage, and decided to put her fashion education to use by creating Haute Couture Coverage swimwear. Her brand emphasises on the stylish and elegant –bringing together western and eastern sentimentalities into her creations to make every woman feel sophisticated.If you are a minimalist, you would love their Tunisia, Oman and, Dubai three-piece swim suits. Simple swimwear yet absolutely stylish and sophisticated – they come in muted, neutral tones. All three swimsuits come with equally stylish and matching headpieces.Looking for something a bit more fun and colourful to really bring out the holiday spirit, opt for the Agadir or Amélie Teal Burkini. The Agadir swim suit is another three-piece suit with a long, skater skirt cut tunic with a big tropical print in a muted red and white, whilst the Amélie swim suit is in a beautiful teal colour with pink detailing at the hem and collar.Website   2) LYRA Swimwear Credit: @lyraswim on Instagram A brand with a more personal back story, LYRA has a fit for every woman. Created due to one woman’s struggle to find the perfect swimwear which suited her modest lifestyle, this brand has something for everyone. Beautiful contemporary designs, with minimalistic detailing and elegant shapes – you will not be disappointed. The brand emanates classic Hollywood with a side of Moroccan beach coolness and minimalism. The swimsuits are created with light weight, fast dry, premium quality Italian Carvico fabric, along with high UV protection. You can purchase them as separates or a full set. Each set comes with a matching turban style head covering, leggings and long sleeve tops allowing you to create the fit that you want. The brand also closely practices ethical work conditions and empowers their tailors. They are an active member of the #ThisGirlCan campaign. Their swimwear has been worn by prominent figures such as news anchor Noor Tagouri and Olympic fencing champion Ibtihaj Muhammad. LYRA has three collections – SOFIA, RAYA, ASRA – all three have minimalistic, contemporary designs with some differenes between them. This ensures that you can find the perfect fit for you! SOFIA has more sporty designs; RAYA goes for a more feminine look, while ASRA is more elegant.Website   3) Nasira Marbella Credit: @nasriamarbella on Instagram A Spanish brand, Nasira Marbella offers simple but exclusive modest swimwear. If you are looking for something simple and well made then Nasira Marbella will be perfect. Their swim suits are made with 50+ UV protection and all appliqués are hand sewn, the material used is quick dry. All swim suits come with a turban style cap and is produced by the brand Flexfit. They have a variety of classic black swim suits with fabric appliqués to add a fun element to the piece. However, if you are looking for something with a little bit more oomph you can opt for their brightly coloured swimsuits – like the cherry pink suit that will definitely make you stand out at any pool party.Website   4) East Essence Credit: East Essence Are you a sucker for prints? If so, East Essence has got you covered! But it’s not just prints; East Essence has got it all! Unlike the other brands on the list they have a wide range of swimwear in different designs and colours. They’ve got simple one colour swim suits for women who like to keep things minimal and, a more glam collection with sequin detailing to really get you in the mood for a glam holiday! Who doesn’t like some sparkle?! From feminine designs to more sporty designs they have something for every woman. They even have a collection specifically for beach sports and are more wear and tear resistant – these would also be ideal if you are going for a swim at a river or waterfall. So don’t miss out on any of the adventure! They even have UV resistant beach wear abayas in colourful prints – so if you aren’t overly fond of swimming you could just lounge on the sand while sipping on a cool drink and just enjoy the waves crashing in, all while looking absolutely fab!Website   5) Veilkini Credit: Veilkini A modest swimwear brand based in the UAE, Veilkini will not disappoint. With options ranging from regular, sports and, even plus size – no woman will be left out from having a fun pool vacation or beach holiday. May it be simple designs or colourful prints; you can easily find what suits your preferences the best. All swimwear by the brand are three piece swim suits with detachable head pieces. The fabric used is a 80% nylon – 20% spandex mix, with low water absorbency which allows you longer pool hours and the swim suit dries quicker. The swimsuits come with a 50+ UV protection rating and are also resistant to sea salt. They suggest that you order one size smaller if you want a tighter fit as the sizes given on the website are excluding stretch.Website   6) Adasea Credit: Adasea A Turkish family run brand that has been around since the 1970’s, they offer a variety of swim suits to fit your preference, Adasea is definite contender when looking for the best fit. Choose from their many fully covered or not fully covered – yet modest swimwear styles which come in minimal, sporty designs as well as in elegant prints. Their designs have a lot of attention to detail, with delicate floral patterns and frill details at the ankles of the leggings. Adasea is another brand which offers plus size modest swim wear, in classic sporty styles and patterns. Not all of their swimwear comes in three pieces; however, the headpiece might not be detachable in some swimsuits. They also offer a LYCRA range of modest swimwear. They also have other beach/ pool wear such as beautiful kimonos in printed chiffon and, lace.Website   7) Mayovera Credit: Mayovera The second Turkish brand on this list, Mayovera swimwear is groovy and stylish! With a few patterns inspired by the 60s and 70s it has a vintage look but with a bit of modernity added in. The swim suits come as a three piece, which includes the head cover which is styled as a classic 70s headscarf. Their swim suits are not tight fitted, and are more on the loose side. However, that does not mean they are any less stylish. The design is very reminiscent of 60s fashion with loose tops paired with flared pants. If you love vintage fashion, this brand will definitely have you looking groovy! They even have matching beach bags for the swim suit as well. They have a variety of bags to choose from if you want to accessorise your beach/pool look – ranging from clutches to totes. They also offer plus size modest swimwear.Website   8) Hawaii Beach Wear Credit: Hawaii Beach Wear Hawaii Beach Wear is based in Malaysia, they offer swimsuits for everyone; however, they do have a small modest swimwear collection. The company has been around since 2008 and has a lot of experience within the swimwear industry, so you can’t go wrong in selecting a swimsuit by Hawaii Beach Wear. They offer vibrant floral prints paired with classic minimal black burkinis. Their swim suits come as swim tops - which include a head cover – and as swim dresses. You can choose between minimal, sporty designs and colourful but elegant floral designs.Website   9) Riva Mera Credit: Riva Mera If you are into sporty chic, Riva Mera definitely delivers that aesthetic! Their swimsuit designs are the classic burkini with sporty but colourful detailing in colour blocks and stripes. The swimsuits come as three pieces with a turban styled head cover or attached hijab. The fabrics used for the swimsuits are polyester and Lycra. They also offer styles similar to Mayovera and have floral prints as well, so you really would be spoilt for choice. You can choose from their fully covered designs or their half covered designs based on your preference.Website   10) Mayo Bella Credit: Mayo Bella Last but not least on this list, Mayo Bella offers up some classic fully covered burkinis. Their swim suits come in plain black and in fun prints; you can choose between something which has more of a minimal print or go for a pretty floral print. Most of their prints are in muted colours, while you will find a few single coloured swim suits in colours like bright pink and blue. The fabric they have used to create the swimwear is light weight polyester.Website   Hopefully this list will help you find the perfect fit for your beach vacation – but remember these swim suits are not only limited to the beach or the pool, you can even wear them to swim in fresh water rivers or lakes! Looking great is important on holiday, but having fun and enjoying every bit of your trip is equally important! Adjust your head cover, wear those shades and, step into the water, girls!    ...

  • Can't Wait For Your Graduation Ceremony? Here are 8 Best Places For Your Post-Grad Trip in 2019

    No more rushing for classes or staying up late to complete your assignments before their deadlines. You are finally out of college and it’s time to celebrate with a well-deserved break!  So what could be better than an unforgettable post-graduation trip with your buddies? Maybe you have exhausted your expenses for college fees or student loans and travel is the last thing on your mind. However, we have listed out some fun places to visit that won’t cause much damage to your wallet while still having a good time if you wisely balance out your expenses. 13 New Experiences To Try In 2019! 1. Thailand There are many great reasons to visit Thailand that range from delectable cuisines to fascinating sights and a rich culture - not to mention breathtakingly beautiful islands to explore. Some of the best places to travel to with your friends include the islands of Phi Phi and Krabi, especially for snorkeling in the turquoise waters or catching that gorgeous sunset on a beautiful beach. In Bangkok, you can also visit those famous floating markets and admire the beautiful temples including Wat Arun to take in the city and really explore the local culture. The best part is that you can find reasonably priced accommodation and cheap, delicious places offering a variety of seafood and vegetarian delights if Halal options are not available. When it comes to getting around, it’s better to stick with public transports or travel by train to save your cash for fun activities. 2. Bali Bali is the ideal getaway with its lush tropical greenery and gorgeous beaches where you can take some memorable photos with your friends. Whether you go trekking up Mount Batur, island hopping or enjoy some swimming and snorkeling - there is no doubt you are in for an enjoyable time. Additionally, head down to the famous Waterbom Bali park for a thrilling day out. You can get beautiful accommodation options for great prices when you travel with friends. You can also get your money’s worth by trying out the local cuisines especially if you stick to warungs that provide Halal food options. 3. Malaysia Spectacular sights and delicious street food are just some of the reasons why Malaysia would be among the best places to visit. You can find reasonably cheap accommodation and amazing Halal food options and you can shop for anything! You must climb up Petronas Tower to see Kuala Lumpur in all its glory and take some unforgettable photos. There is something for everyone in Malaysia - if you prefer an exhilarating time, consider an engaging trek up Mount Kinabalu or spend the day at the Sunway Lagoon theme park. However, if your group is looking for a beach getaway, take a trip to Pulau Besar and Pulau Kecil islands and get away from the city bustle. 4. Vietnam Vietnam is known as a budget travelers paradise that is just great for backpackers and those who are looking for excellent destinations at a lower cost. It’s not hard to find cheap accommodation options and it is also affordable to travel around the main towns when you need to go sight-seeing. Unfortunately, there are only a few Halal food options in most areas, but there are plenty of vegetarian and seafood options everywhere. Some fun places to visit include the famous Ha Long Bay which is great for hiking, scuba diving, and even kayaking. Take some awesome photos of their unique limestone cliffs during the sunset while you're there. We would recommend you to explore the fascinating culture of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Saigon as well to have an unforgettable post-grad trip. 5. Costa Rica A trip to Costa Rica would certainly be an unforgettable one! You can swim at some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, go zip lining above lush tropical forests and even take a laid-back coffee tour after all the excitement. Do drop by the Arenal National Park which is known for some excellent hiking spots and the Manuel Antonio National Park where tropical rainforests are framed by sandy beaches. Costa Rica is a the top pick among travelers with a budget due to its affordability when it comes to accommodation. Do note that Halal food will be quite hard to find, but you will have plenty of options for seafood and vegetarian meals. 6. Peru Trekking up Machu Picchu to admire the region’s amazing landscape and exploring the ancient Inca trail with a group of buddies sounds pretty appealing doesn’t it? Peru is just perfect for an adventurous post-grad trip that are not hard on your budget, especially when it comes to accommodation options and transportation. You will be pleased to know that their delicious local cuisines are pretty affordable too! You can find plenty of seafood or vegetarian options as well. To get a taste of local life, you can explore Peru’s capital city, Lima, where you will learn a lot about their culture. You can take a stroll through the intriguing city of Cusco and make a detour to the famous Rainbow Mountains as well. For a unique experience, take a trip to the sparkling blue waters of Lake Titicaca where you can step onto the floating islands made entirely of reeds. 7. Bulgaria Bulgaria is a favorite among backpackers navigating through Europe, mainly because of its affordable accommodation and food as well as its wonderful spots that does not require visitors to spend too much. Sofia is a very beautiful city with interesting museums and galleries - some of the main attractions include the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Rotunda of St. George. You can experience Sofia’s landscape by going on a hike at Vitosha Mountain and even enjoy some skiing. You will find a few Halal restaurants in the city centre as well. Bulgaria is also known for its beautiful beaches such as Sunny Beach or Smokinya Beach where you can spend a relaxing day out during your post-graduation trip. Don’t hesitate to visit the old Plodiv Town and take some photos at the famous Plovdiv Roman Theater. 8. New Zealand New Zealand is just a stunning place for a roadtrip or backpackers to enjoy the fresh outdoors and take a break from their busy lives. You can preserve your cash since you will be able to find hostels and budget accommodation. There are Halal restaurants in most of the main towns as well. New Zealand is actually an ideal destination for nature lovers who are looking for a budget getaway. You can take a thrilling adventure to Queenstown to explore its natural beauty and rugged landscapes - there is no shortage of activities here from rafting, hiking to cycling, which will be fun if done with a small group. Do visit Rotorua to take a look at their famous geyser, volcanic craters and the beautiful fjords of Milford Sound with your friends. After all the effort you put in for school, you deserve a huge reward and a time away from everything. There is no better way to do it then going on a trip to celebrate with your fellow schoolmates. It's time to pack your bags and go travel! Get more inspiration for your 2019 trips  ...

  • 10 Ramadan Habits You Should Endeavour To Turn Into Lifelong Routines

    Ramadan is a month where we make huge changes to our daily routine. We make a lot of sacrifices to overcome our “normal” habits to bring about these changes. Most importantly Ramadan teaches us to be conscious of time and as such be disciplined with organizing our daily activities much more consistently. It will immensely benefit us if we strive to practice some of these lifestyle changes beyond Ramadan and make them lifelong habits. Here are 10 that we should try our best to make it part of daily routine even after this blessed month of Ramadan. 1. Getting up early Ramadan has helped us to make it a habit of getting up 30 to 60 mins before Fajr. This is probably the most important lifestyle change we can bring into our daily life. Several studies have correlated waking up early with success​​. It will definitely give you a head start for the day ahead. It gives you 2 to 3 hours of quality time for yourself before you get started with work in office or home. You could use this time to plan your day ahead, read Quran, exercise, etc..​ 2. Praying Tahajjud Salat If you make it a habit of getting up before Fajr, you could easily incorporate Tahajjud Salat into your daily routine. It is probably the most precious time that you can have for yourself in complete solitude without any distractions, asking whatever you want from Allah (SWT).​ 3. Going to the Masjid for Fajr For those who have started going to the Masjid for Fajr Salat during Ramadan, make this a lifelong habit. There are so many virtues of offering Fajr Salat in congregation. “And if they only knew what was in the prayers of ‘Isha’ and Subh [Fajr], they would come to them even if they had to crawl.” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim] “One who performs `Isha’ prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat for half of the night. And one who performs the Fajr prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat the whole night.” [Muslim] “No Salat is more burdensome to the hypocrites than the Fajr (dawn) prayer and the `Isha’ (night) prayer; and if they knew their merits, they would come to them even if they had to crawl to do so.” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim] 4. Having an early healthy breakfast Many of us usually get up late and rush through breakfast, the most important meal of the day. Now that we got used to having Suhur, we can turn that into a habit of having a good healthy breakfast. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. 5. Allocating time to recite and understand the Quran We definitely spend more time reading the Quran during Ramadan. It is now a good time to set some daily or weekly targets for recitation during the rest of the year. 6. Making Dua Unfortunately, Dua is a forgotten art for many of us. Fortunately, Ramadan helps us become more conscious of making dua a lot more frequently. This is an opportunity to make this habit stick with us. During good or bad times we should make it a habit to ask everything we need from Allah (SWT). The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Du'a (supplication) is worship." [Abu Dawud]. 7. Giving Charity We definitely become more inclined towards giving charity during Ramadan. Why not make it an ongoing habit! You can have a target for contributing to charity a certain amount every week or month. It could be a very small amount. What is important is making it a consistent practice. 8. Having an early dinner Although in some regions, Muslims are most active at night and sleep after Suhur, many others go to sleep just after Taraweeh. For them, it will be great to make this their daily habit. Having early dinner will also help get to bed early. A delayed dinner would mean that the gap between dinner and bedtime becomes shorter. The problem with that is sleeping just after dinner is not healthy. 9. Going for Isha Salat to the Masjid Again for those who have started making a habit of going for Isha and Taraweeh during Ramadan, should make this part of their daily routine beyond Ramadan. As mentioned earlier, there is immense reward for those who perform Fajr and Isha in congregation. 10. Go to bed early During Ramadan, having got up early, most of us go to bed early as well, to make sure we get enough sleep before Suhur. Let’s make that a lifelong habit. The only way you can make some of the above habits to stick is to have a good night's sleep! Let’s not waste the hard yards that we put in to bring changes to our lives during the blessed month of Ramadan. Let’s make them lasting ones. Most people tend to make “new year resolutions” on the 1st of January. End of Ramadan is probably one of the best times to make life-changing “Post Ramadan Resolutions” for Muslims. Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Take on only as much as you can do of good deeds, for the best of deeds is that which is done consistently, even if it is little.” Sunan Ibn Majah....

  • The Best 10 Countries to Backpack on a Budget for 2016

    If one of your resolutions this year was to travel more, but your budget doesn’t quite permit it, check out our guide to places that allow you to see the world and its wonders without breaking the bank! . Indonesia Indonesia is the perfect place to backpack through, if you don’t have a rigid itinerary. With so much to do and so much to see, take advantage of the cheap food and accommodation to explore the depths of beauty here. The good thing about Indonesia being such a tourist destination is that they cater to each end of the spectrum – luxury living or bare necessities; and even if all you get is a room with a bathroom (which is generally under USD15), it is well worth the money you pay. Street food is a great way to go in Indonesia, to maintain flavor and price. If you’re looking to cut costs, stick with a veggie plate because meats add more to the bill. Even with the variety of dishes and prices, you would be spending under USD3 for a meal. There are plenty of places to go and things to do without breaking the bank. Going the usual tourist-route means pricier fares, so veer off the path and climb a volcano in Bandung, explore the scenic botanical gardens in Bogor, and discover village life in Kalibaru. . Peru Rich in history, culture, and wonders, Peru is a backpacking adventure. Ranging between USD25-40 per day spent on accommodation, food, traveling, as well as activities, the difference in costs only exist depending on the level of luxury you require and the kind of activities you choose. Opt for guesthouses instead of hostels in popular destinations like Cusco, Arequipa and Lima, as they use tourism to their advantage by pricing higher. Lunch is the main meal in Peru and can be found for just over USD1. This extremely cheap meal is a set menu that is fulfilling in taste and quantity. The best places to go to are Arequipa and Colca Canyon, and Cusco and Machu Picchu. As amazing as other places are, these are the best. Huacachina is a fun stop oasis in the desert near Ica that allows you to relax or experience some thrills with sandboarding and dune-buggy riding. Other adventures including white water rafting near Arequipa, trekking for a few days in Colca Canyon - appreciating the beauty and spotting giant Condors, observing Alpacas, and exploring the Amazon from Iquitos or Puerto Maldonado. . Thailand A must-visit in South East Asia! So much so that some areas like Bangkok are completely run over by tourists. To avoid the crowds and enjoy the splendor of the country, veer off the beaten track to places less travelled. You can find basic accommodation with beds and a fan for under USD10 a day, but keep in mind that the South of Thailand is costlier than the North due to its tourist potential. Street food is easy to come by and can be found for under USD2 for a small meal, or under USD7 for a big one, which is the same as a restaurant, if you want the comfort of one. Things to do include checking out the snake farm and show in Bangkok, getting a massage, scuba diving in the Similian Islands, and visiting Isaan – a rural farming village that takes you away from the crazy city life. Be sure to check out Khao Sok National Park, where you can find caves, jungles, lakes, rivers, and some of the largest limestone krysts, which make for a gem of a park to trek around in. . Madagascar Known mostly because of the animated movie, Madagascar has beauty yet to be explored. Home to 80% of flora and fauna that is not found anywhere else in the world, it is popular for its lemurs, beaches, and wildlife. Backpackers on a budget are advised to sleep in the tents widely available around the national parks which comes to under USD2, or spend less than USD4 on a hostel. You can find traditional Malagasy traditional food for less than USD2 but it is usually tasteless rice with a few pieces of meat. However, French cuisine is widespread and tasty, and can be found at a little more of a price at around USD7. Experience the amazing scenic beauty of Madagascar in the Ranomafana National Park, and Isalo National Park - both with their diverse ecosystems - and the tropical island of Ile Ste Marie, which, in addition to relaxing on its beach, also offers watersports for thrill-seekers. Keep in mind that parks need a guide to venture into, which is an additional cost to the entry fee. . Malaysia Certain people consider Malaysia to be a little more of a costly destination, but it is great value for money for a backpacker, and around the same level as Indonesia and Thailand. Its developed city offers comfort, while its diverse landscape offers adventure. Accommodation is available for about USD10 for a hostel, even while being modern and well-equipped, along with A/C. Food is pretty cheap - at around USD3 for street food, while a local restaurant will cost you around USD8. There is a wide variety of mouth-watering Malaysian and Indian food available cheap, amongst others. If you spend a few days in Kuala Lumpur, head over to the Petronas Towers, or relax in the Lake Gardens. If you’re seeking more excitement, hike in Taman Negara, let yourself go in Kuching, visit the Crystal Mosque in Terengganu, and don’t miss out on Kenyir Lake and Cameron Highlands. . Nicaragua Even though Nicaragua is the biggest country in South America, civil wars and earthquakes have meant that it has hardly been on anyone’s travel list except of late. And so, it is the cheapest country to backpack in, while enjoying a life of adventure. Accommodation is easily found for about USD6 for a dorm bed, or USD10 for a private room, but keep in mind that Leon is a bit more expensive. Food can be anywhere between USD1 and USD10, depending on the kind you get. There aren’t many options for street food, and Western food is costlier with less taste and value. There is plenty to do in Nicaragua – try your hand at fishing, swimming, kayaking or paragliding at the crater lake of Apoyo, enjoy the thrills of Ometepe like hiking up volcanoes or mountain biking, or take it slow and spend your days in a hammock, taking in the view. For those who wish to truly live on the edge, volcano boarding is always an option, in addition to hiking up an active volcano and peering down its crater to the molten lava below! . New Zealand With its epic breathtaking scenery, New Zealand is just waiting to be explored. Discover landscapes beyond what you have seen on Lord of the Rings, and be in awe of the splendor in this country. Backpacking on a budget in New Zealand is doable if you know where to cut costs. Tourism here is aimed at the outdoors, and that can get a bit pricey, so be sure to take note of the freebies and cheap routes where you can. In looking for a place to stay, New Zealand is very backpacker-friendly – besides a campsite or a bed (between USD5 and USD10), you could save a few dollars a night by obtaining a Budget Backpacker Hostel (BBH) card for USD50. You could also WWOOF it (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) – where you help out on a farm in exchange for food and boarding. The ultimate backpacking experience! It is most budget-friendly if you cook meals yourself – spending about USD50 a week, rather than much more eating at restaurants. There is an abundance of activities to do in New Zealand, so make sure you budget for them and don’t try to fit it all, as you will overspend and not enjoy a hectic holiday. Use the Flexipass to go sightseeing, and watch the dolphins at the Bay of Islands, experience the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, visit Abel Tasman National Park, go skiing in Queenstown, or take advantage of the spectacular nature and national parks and just take a walk. . Turkey This fusion of East meets West is relatively new in the backpacking world. Turkey is rich in history and culture, one of the few countries that holds artefacts that are 2000 years old. Accommodation is fairly cheap, at less than USD10 and an even lower, USD3 at Olympos. Considered one of the best cuisines in the world, eating out will get you more than your money’s worth, in terms of flavor. You can find a hearty 3-course meal for around USD10, but would be costlier in less touristy areas. Whether it’s the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia in Istanbul, the splendor of Cappadocia, examining the ancient ruins at Ephesus or Artemis - the latter being one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, or trekking, paragliding, mountain biking or sea-kayaking, Turkey has plenty to offer. . Nepal This third world country has much to offer in addition to the Himalayas, but they continue to be the biggest attraction. While infrastructure and development may not be high on Nepal’s list, there is nowhere else in the world where you can find independent trekking so easy to organize. Accommodation can be anywhere between USD5 and USD25, depending on the facilities you require, but it is cheaper if there’s a trek involved. Local food is cheap and tasty and should only cost you around USD2. Western food is generally only available in Kathmandu. Besides hiking up the Himalayas, and trekking across lush, fertile valleys, you could also go rafting, or explore deserted areas, national parks, and architectural sights.  . Costa Rica Although some consider Costa Rica to be a slightly more expensive destination, it is possible to backpack there on a budget. This gem of a country might be a popular haven, but there is still much to discover. Accommodation prices differ depending on where you are - they can go from USD5 in Arenal to double that Mal Pais, but a great way to save money is to couch surf if you’re up for bonding with the locals! Eating at the “sodas” or local restaurants is your cheapest option, at USD5 for a meal, as well as snacking at Musmanni, with pastries at less than USD1. Costa Rica has plenty to do, and while some activities like white water rafting and zip lining might set you back a bit, there are plenty of things to do that are easy on the wallet. Taking a coffee tour in Alajuela, visiting the animal sanctuary in Puerto Viejo, exploring Manuel Antonio National Park without a guide, and reveling in La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Irazu Volcano amongst others, or Corcovado National Park are just naming a few. . Check out more of HalalTrip’s Best 10 lists of 2016 here!  ....

  • Announcing the Winners of HalalTrip's Indonesia Share & Win Contest!

    HalalTrip has selected the winners of its Indonesia ‘Share & Win’ contest! The prizes won by the lucky winners include a free trip to Bandung Indonesia as the 1st Prize and a $300 HalalTrip travel voucher as the 2nd Prize. Read on for more details on prizes and for the complete list of winners! Winners 1st Prize Winner: Natasa Liyana 2nd Prize Winner: Azreni Atan Consolation Prizes: Norbishah Binte Sharif Errdina. K Nadine Dominisse B. Vacante Fatin Farhanah Nabilah Samsudin Diya Nadia Nur Ainin Sofia Nur Dalila . Prizes 1st Prize: 4 Day/3 Night Trip to Bandung Indonesia for 2* 2nd Prize: $300 HalalTrip Travel Voucher* Consolation Prizes: $100 HalalTrip Travel Voucher each* . Congratulations to the winners! For more information, please contact us on ....

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