How To Fund Those Once In A Lifetime Travel Adventures

You can spend many hours reading about all of the earth’s enchanting travel destinations. You can spend even longer in your home, gazing at a poster of the world, putting pins in those places you really, really want to visit. But at some point or another, you’re going to have to stop dreaming and start moving. The places are just sitting there, waiting for you to visit them, so what’s the delay? For most people, it’s a matter of money. Some destinations are expensive, and for that reason, they seem out of reach to many. Let’s change that.

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Make a Commitment

Travelling is easier than you think, but it’ll come at the expense of other things. To afford to travel, you have to make a commitment: it has to be a priority. Instead of, say, buying a house or living an affluent lifestyle, you make travelling your end objective. Everything becomes much simpler when you change your thinking from “I want to travel” to “I AM going to travel.” You’ll need that commitment on your path to building up the travel fund pot.

Control Your Spending

Most people live lives of luxury, and they don’t even realise they’re doing it. Things like going out to dinner, having a nice car and picturesque home, and treating yourself to the latest gadgets and fashions? They would have been unthinkable to people who were living a hundred years ago and before. To save the cash you need, you’ll probably have to give up the luxuries that we all take for granted. But we assure you, you won’t mind the year of simple, cheap meals when you’re making your travel dreams come true.

Lump Sums of Money

It’s important to cut back on your spending because every little helps when it comes to travel. But saving $50 here and there won’t make your travel adventure come round anytime soon. To get the ball rolling, you’ll need to commit a sizable amount of money to the pot. If you have savings, that can provide your initial cash injection. If you don’t, look at selling your vehicle or using a personal loan comparison website; you’ll be able to raise enough money to turn your “dream” into reality, and quickly, too. You can use your savings pot for your day-to-day travel expenses, while your big pots of cash will provide the expensive flights and accommodations.

Make Your Travel Work For You

The best way to fund your exciting travel adventures is to…spend less money. There are a million and one ways you can cut corners when travelling, from travelling on the cheapest forms of transportation, making your meals, and not being too concerned about how and where you sleep (tenting is very cheap, for example). But you don’t have to be so frugal. You can do whatever you want; it only becomes ineffective when you’re spending money on doing the things that you think you should be doing. If you’re not an art person, then paying $30 to go to a new art show, for example, would not make sense. Figure out what you want to do, create a budget, and trim the rest. Happy travels!

 

Earning Money While Travelling

There is so much to see on this human-straddled green planet and sometimes trips must be multiple months long to provide you the full experience of a new land. Budgeting a trip to the best of your ability is the smartest way to stretch your money – and time – out, but what happens when budgeting isn’t enough? There are a number of ways to make a little bit of money here and there, legally, while on your travels – thanks to the beauty of the internet.

Advertising in Blogging

Blogging can allow you to share your travel experiences and tips, or discuss whatever topics happen to hold your interest with those around the globe who possess these same interests. However, did you know blogging can also bring you some income? Blogging sites can be set up with payment for subscription to access certain parts of a site or can host pay-per-click advertisements. These provide you a certain amount of money for every time someone clicks on said advertisements – these advertisements can be relevant to your blog – making your audience more apt to click. Another option with ad-hosting is to provide links to those products being advertised for purchase: each time a visitor purchases that product via the blog’s link, a commission percentage is received by the blog’s author.

Personally Selling Photography

If you have a passion for photography, you merely need to market yourself to spread the word. It all comes down to interests: nature, animals, architecture, cars, whatever you fancy. Capturing these bemusements through photography on open sites, or personal blogs or portfolios, will provide your work an internet presence. Open sites that showcase wallpapers,such as nature wallpaper or supercar wallpaper, where anyone can post professional photos within the vein of interest, is an excellent way to find your niche and gain a diverse following. Having an internet presence allows you to reach audiences all over the globe and sell your photography to individuals or companies that desire physical or digital copies.

Freelance Work

There are a number of websites that connect people with skillsets with those looking for those skillsets: writing, virtual assistance, website design, the list goes on. Working freelance does demand a time, effort, and a strong internet connection, so it works best if you aren’t moving around too often. Getting started in freelance can be difficult, but can be a relatively reliable way to fund yourself on your global explorations.

While the Earth, to our comparatively little feet, seems quite vast, the internet has shrunken our planet down to the size of the screens of our laptops and computers, tablets and phones. This has allowed us to connect to anywhere, everywhere, and anyone at the click of mouse. So, while you are galavanting around Europe, you can reach your audiences in Japan, Australia, or the United States via the wonderful world wide web. The internet is your oyster!

Money Saving Hacks For The Global Traveler

Are you keen to extend your travel adventures and stay overseas for even longer? You may need to start saving a little more money at each destination. It’s difficult to earn money while you are away from home, so spending less could be the only way to extend your stay. Still, there are plenty of different ways you can do this. Here are just a few of the easiest approaches to squeezing a few more weeks out of your travel plan:

Money Saving Destinations

There are two ways to check which destinations are the cheapest to travel to. Start with your exchange rate. You’re looking to get the most for each dollar. Next, you need to look up the cost of living for each country (or city area) you’re hoping to spend time in. The lower the cost of living, the less money you’ll need for food, accommodation, and local travel solutions. Places like Thailand are likely to be cheaper to spend time in than Hong Kong, but each region can vary. Do your homework, and make a plan.

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Money Saving Travel Solutions

Getting from A to B is a lot cheaper, quicker, and easier than getting from A to Z. Of course, there are times when you can cross the border quickly and cheaply. Keep your eye out for empty leg flights that will save you a lot if you can be flexible with your departure times and dates. For the whimsical traveler with few plans, this can be perfect. It’s also a lot safer than trying to hitchhike your way from one place to the next.

Money Saving Accommodation

If you don’t mind sleeping under canvas, then your tent could become your home for a while. Of course, in many places, you must book into a designated camp site that may incur a charge. You’ll also find there are times when you want a few of the facilities a formal accommodation might offer. Again, last minute opportunities may be a cheaper solution and offer more freedom than pre-booking. Stay safe, and look for places that are shared to cut the cost even more.

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Money Saving Food

If you’re prepared to cook for yourself, you can save a fortune on food. Unfortunately, travelers don’t always have access to refrigerators or cookers. Bottled water is often a must, so be prepared to spend wisely here. As for a hot meal, look for local hospitality, takeaways, and market places with licensed street vendors. You want to avoid a poorly tummy, so it can sometimes be best to spend a little more. Keep your hands clean with a travel bottle of hand sanitizer.

Earning money while you’re traveling isn’t always easy, but it’s not impossible. You can write from anywhere in the world, providing content for blogs or copy for marketers. You can also sometimes pick up laboring jobs like fruit picking. Check your visa restrictions before engaging in local work. The point of traveling is to enjoy the experience so don’t stay so long that you’ve sacrificed all those little pleasures. Happy traveling.

 

 

Everyone Needs A Tech Free Vacation!

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Technology is amazing. There are very few people who would argue with that fact. Technology has improved so many aspects of many people’s lives that it’s amazing to look back on a time where we existed without it. Whether it’s communication, shopping, medicine, or work, there’s almost nothing that technology hasn’t made faster, easier, and more effective. However, does that mean that it’s always a good thing? As with anything else, it comes down to the way that it’s used and the problem many people have is that technology starts to become something of a barrier between them and the life that’s going on all around them. It’s so much easier to focus on the things happening on a screen that the sometimes confusing and messy things that happen in real life. Because of this, it’s important that everyone take the chance for a tech-free getaway every now and again to help them reconnect with the world around them. Here are some of the things that you need to do to take the perfect tech-free trip.

Let people know in advance

As romantic as the idea of suddenly going off the grid with no warning can be, it’s hardly the most realistic idea for the vast majority of people. In fact, it can make taking time away from tech downright stressful if you’re constantly worrying about people trying to get in touch with you. If you let people know what’s happening well in advance, then you can avoid them trying to get a hold of you when you’re trying to take some time for yourself. That way it makes the lives of the people around you easier, as well as making the entire experience much less stressful for you.

Have the right equipment

Just because you’re saying goodbye to a lot of technology for a little while, doesn’t mean that you suddenly have to start sleeping rough under a pile of leaves, unless that sounds like your ideal vacation! You should find a camping tent that’s going to be reliable, as well as things like a warm sleeping bag, and some way to cook food. Something simple like a single camping stove is fantastic for things like boiling water for coffee and heating up cans of soup for a quick and filling meal to give you plenty of energy.

Pick your spot

Remember, you can’t just park yourself anywhere if you want to take a tech-free holiday. Make sure that you’re actually legally allowed to be somewhere before you decide to set up camp. Not only that but be careful not to end up somewhere with too many technological temptations. You’re taking this trip to get away from all of that. If you can constantly hear the sounds of technology or cars rushing past, then it’s going to be that much harder to really unplug and get back to nature. Finding the right spot, or spots, for your trip can make all of the difference between an amazing time and a frustrating slog.

 

Do You Need Something Different From Your Next Trip?

Travel really is a wonderful thing. It broadens the mind and can open you up to new experiences that you’d never otherwise have. Which makes it all the more unusual how often people tend to get themselves stuck in something of a routine when they travel. Far too often people find a single travel destination that they fall in love with, and then they visit that place over and over again until it loses so much of what once made it so magical. It’s amazing that many people can take something as wonderful and exciting as travel, and actually find a way to make it boring! Of course, things don’t have to be that way! Here are a few ideas for some different things that you can do on your next trip.

Get off the grid

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One of the things about traveling is that it takes you out of your comfort zone a little bit. This can be one of the very best things about it. If you go back to the same hotels and resorts time after time that feeling can fade away, leaving things feeling stale and pedestrian. If you really want to turn that on its head then why not take a trip where you’re completely and totally off the grid. Strip yourself of all of the typical comforts that you associate with a vacation and get back to basics in a big way. Doing this allows you to learn more about survival, remind yourself that you don’t need to be glued to technology all the time, and remind yourself of how it feels to be alive when everything isn’t constantly provided for you. Sure it might not be the most relaxing trip, but it will certainly be one that you always remember.

Go somewhere where you don’t speak the language

Another way to really shake things up and sweep out the cobwebs is to go somewhere where everything is completely foreign to you. Of course, there are many destinations where English isn’t the dominant language, but many of those have dedicated tourist areas that make allowances for you. Instead, try going somewhere that doesn’t make those concessions. Take a phrasebook with you and really engross yourself in a culture that’s completely alien to you. It won’t take long before you come to understand it better and you’ll often come away with a much greater understanding of the world around you and the different cultures in it.

Choose the opposite to your normal destination

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If you want an immediate shake-up to your normal travel plans, but you don’t really know where to start, then start with what you’re used to, and flip it on its head. If usually travel in cities and enjoy a degree of luxury, take some time out in the wilderness, if camping is usually your thing then get stuck into the incredible energy and culture that cities have to offer. By going in the exact opposite direction to what you’re used to, you can discover a whole new world of possibilities that you might never have even considered before.

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