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  • Have you ever found yourself breaking the bank while traveling?

  • Well, today we're talking about traveling on a budget.

  • We'll do a cost breakdown of a typical tourist's day in a popular city based on popular restaurants, activities, and hotels.

  • Once we round up the dream day, we will then go on to offer budget-friendly alternatives in each of those three categories.

  • Today's popular city: Dubai.

  • Here's how to spend a day in Dubai for less than $100.

  • Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates.

  • The global city is known for ultra-modern architecture and its world-class shopping experiences.

  • Dubai also happens to be one of the most expensive cities in the Middle East.

  • To create my dream-day itinerary, I'm going to use TripAdvisor, which is my go-to site for everything travel related.

  • Our first pick will be a place to eat.

  • I chose At.Mosphere, which is a fine-dining restaurant.

  • At.Mosphere is the world's highest restaurant, conveniently located in the Burj Khalifa, which is the world's tallest building.

  • It's located on the 122nd floor and is described as an exclusive, award-winning fine-dining venue.

  • The average cost for lunch is $102.09 for just an entree.

  • This does not include starters or drinks.

  • Our dream-day itinerary is already over our $100 spending limit, but let's keep it going.

  • Since our choice to eat was in the Burj Khalifa, it would make the most sense to stay here for our top activity.

  • Head up to the observatory deck on the 124th floor.

  • As of 2010, the Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest tower.

  • When browsing for tickets on their website, I stumbled upon a special promotion that includes admission to the observation deck and admission into the Dubai Aquarium for $55.94.

  • The Dubai Aquarium houses one of the world's largest suspended tanks.

  • In my opinion, that price isn't so bad for two top activities.

  • After a long day out, you're going to want a good night's rest.

  • Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai is a Travelers' Choice 2019 winner.

  • The five-star hotel offers both relaxation and adventurous thrills for couples and families.

  • It has a water park, aquarium, and celebrity-chef restaurants.

  • The average cost for the cheapest room, the Ocean King room, is $355.29.

  • It does include unlimited access to the water park and aquarium.

  • But how much time will you spend in an aquarium and a water park if the purpose is to go out and explore the city?

  • So there we have it, one place to eat, one thing to do, well, technically two, and a place to sleep.

  • And our total round-up is $513.32.

  • Come on, that's horrible.

  • OK, OK, let's not forget it is possible to spend less than $100 and have just as much of a good time.

  • I'm going to dive right into our first category: a place to eat.

  • If you're looking to save money on food but want good food, head to the Bur Dubai neighborhood.

  • Forget fine dining for just a second and allow yourself to eat in a more authentic way.

  • A chicken tikka at Chicken Tikka Inn will cost $5, and a regular dosa from Yummy Dosa will cost you as little as $3.

  • That's probably enough to keep you fueled for the next few hours.

  • While you're out eating street food, wander through the souks of Dubai for free.

  • Dubai is known for its luxurious shopping experiences.

  • I'm talking markets filled with gold.

  • Head to Dubai's Gold Souk to window-shop in one of the largest gold markets in the world.

  • Nearby is the Spice Souk, where thousands of spices are sold.

  • Again, it's free to wander, but if you come across something you like, buy it!

  • Market retailers are accustomed to haggling, but please be considerate with the prices you are asking for.

  • Look around carefully for bargains.

  • Spices are sold both by weight and in packets.

  • According to one TripAdvisor review, a packet of saffron could be priced around $4 per gram and bargained down to $1 per gram.

  • And now for our last category.

  • I'm a firm believer in Airbnbs and other home-sharing rentals.

  • Because, look, having a full kitchen to cook your own meals really makes a difference in your pockets.

  • You can rent this entire apartment on Airbnb for just $54 per night.

  • Not only do you get a bedroom and full kitchen, but you also have access to a gym, pool, and balcony that offers views of downtown Dubai.

  • Our new 24-hour itinerary.

  • And the total cost for the day:

  • $62, yes!

  • You know what that means.

  • That means we get a bonus.

  • With extra money in our pockets, we get to spend it on something else.

  • For $35 you can visit the Dubai Aquarium and underwater zoo, which is also located in the Dubai mall where you can explore for free.

  • It is the largest mall in the world.

  • With our new bonus activity, the final amount is now $97.

  • That, my friends, is a day in Dubai for less than $100 and includes more than what the first itinerary offered.

  • What cities do you want us to create itineraries for?

  • Drop it in the comments section below.

Have you ever found yourself breaking the bank while traveling?

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How To Spend A Day In Dubai For Less Than $100

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    Estelle posted on 2019/08/12
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