The Foolproof Volunteer Abroad Fundraising Guide

If you’re keen to see the world, but don’t have the cash to get away, volunteering abroad could be the answer you’ve been looking for. This kind of opportunity does involve costs, but it’s possible to raise the funds for your trip with a little time, effort and creativity. Here are our top ways to get the money together so that you can head off to a faraway land and do something really important at the same time…

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  1.     Ask people to help you

If you really care about the people and places you want to help, show that to friends, family and members of the public. Explain why you are so determined to volunteer in Ghana, work in a school in Thailand, or help to look after the sick in Costa Rica. If you really believe in what you are trying to achieve, people will see that and want to help you.

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  1.     Get online

At the very least, you should set up a page on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat explaining your plans and appealing for help. It’s also a great idea to set up your own website. If you’re lucky enough to have a computer expert friend or family member, ask them to help. If not, search online for hosting services: many are designed to be easy to use without expert knowledge, and these companies will help you to tailor your site according to your requirements.

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  1.     Offer to give something back

If you’re asking people to give towards your cause, it’s a great idea to promise that you will give something in return. You could give your online supporters a blog account of your time away, describing what you are doing to help and how it is all going. Alternatively, you could opt for a postcard or photo on a regular basis, so that the people who have helped to fund your trip can follow your journey and feel that they are a part of it.

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  1.     Allow plenty of time

It will take time to organise your fundraising efforts, so don’t leave the planning until the last minute. Ask friends and family for ideas on events that you could hold to raise funds for the trip, and make sure that your cause is known about within your local area. Put posters up in the windows of local shops, and spread the word by chatting to people wherever you go.

Raising money to fund volunteering abroad requires a lots of planning and hard work, along with a determined and positive attitude. This kind of approach will be extremely useful when you head off on your travels. Find out tips on travelling on this page.

Going abroad to work at helping others is a much more rewarding experience than simply buying a package holiday and lying on a beach. This is the kind of experience that can change your whole life, and give you an entirely new perspective on things – and that will actually mean something to those you help, so the fundraising process is well worth getting right.

 

Camping 101: How To Become A Pro Before Your Next Trip

Camping is an excellent way to travel the world and experience new things. But, it can be difficult for first-timers to get to grips with it. As such, here are some tips to help you become a pro at camping.

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Learn How To Erect A Tent

Erecting a tent is extremely tough if you don’t know what you’re doing. The last thing you want is to spend hours trying to get yours up when you’re on a camping holiday. Consequently, you should spend some time practicing how to erect your tent before you leave. Do it in your back garden or living room and practice over and over again while timing yourself. Get yourself down to a reasonable time, and you’ll be ready to put your tent up when you arrive at the campsite.

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Bring Spare Tent Pegs

Tent pegs are a mysterious camping item that’s essential when putting up your tent. They fix into the ground and help keep your tent tied down and secure. They’re mysterious because no matter how hard you try, they’ll always go missing. As a result, if you’ve only bought the amount required to peg down your tent, you’re going to be in trouble. Always bring spares, as I guarantee you’ll lose some and this prevents you from being in a bad situation where you have a tent and no pegs to keep in securely in place.

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Create A Comfortable Sleeping Space

A huge mistake many first-time campers make is that they underestimate how hard it is to sleep in a tent. Obviously, when you’re on holiday, you want to feel refreshed and ready to go on little adventures, rather than tired and desperate for more sleep. So, creating a comfortable sleeping space is essential. My first piece of advice is to assess how much room you have. If you’ve got a large tent, then a portable hammock is recommended as it keeps you off the ground. I must note it’s important that you choose the right hammock if you are going down this route. They vary in size and quality, and some are more suitable for others. If you don’t have a large tent, then focus on making the floor as comfy as possible. Lay down some camping mats to keep yourself dry when you’re in your sleeping bag. I’d also recommend a blow-up mattress is possible, just for the extra support. Also, make sure you get a thermal sleeping bag and blanket if you’re traveling in winter as it will be extremely cold at night!

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Practice Packing

Getting everything setup can take a while and requires lots of effort and practice. However, packing everything away can be just as difficult, if not worse! At least when you’re setting up you know where everything is as it’s neatly packed in your bag. Now, you have to try and get everything back as it was. Plus, you may be running against the clock as you have a train or flight to catch too. So, do exactly what you did when you practiced setting up your tent, practice at home. Become a pro at packing, and you’ll be a better camper.

If a camping holiday is on the cards this year, then you must read over these tips. You’ll soon be a pro and can master the art of camping.

 

The Things Every Modern Traveler Should Do

To be a truly modern traveler, there are some things that you definitely need to do. There is no sense in wasting time and money when there are so many contemporary ways to save both of those things. And there are wise ways to use the internet and some prior knowledge to make the most of any trip.

Use Apps to Find Improvised Accommodation

There are so many great apps that can help you out when you’re traveling in a foreign country. Apps like Airbnb can be particularly useful when you are looking for ways to save money on accommodation. Those city hotels can be really expensive, so why not stay somewhere that’s a little more affordable for you? You can find places to stay for the night using these apps, so it makes sense to give them a try. It makes traveling truly affordable for everybody, so that can only be a good thing.

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Research and Discuss Locations Online

It’s always best to make sure that you know as much as possible about the location you’re heading to before you get there. This gives you a head start and helps to ensure you don’t waste time once you get there. Thanks to the internet, there are plenty of ways in which you can research and learn more about a location. You should also use forums to talk to people who have traveled there before. You can often learn a lot from other people. Things like the India travel forum can help a lot when you are heading to a location for the very first time. Take advantage of other people’s knowledge and experience to avoid mistakes.

Go Where Other Tourists Don’t

Real explorers don’t stick to the tourist hotspots. Instead, they take the time to explore the country a bit more than that. You don’t get to see much of a country and the way it works when you stick to the tourist traps too much. So, learn more, use your research, and go to the kinds of places that most tourists don’t. This is the only real way to see the country for what it really is and understand the people’s way of life. If you ask me, that’s what traveling is about. And it’s something that more and more people are now doing as the tourist traps become less interesting to people.

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Use Your Social Media Accounts Wisely

There is a right way and a wrong way to use social media when you’re traveling. The first thing you should do is make sure that you use it in a way that is safe. If you are traveling alone, then you could be at greater risk of being followed because you’re vulnerable. And if you let the whole world know where you are on social media, the risk is even greater. So, you should make sure that your accounts are set to private. This means that you can control who sees what you post on these sites. You can also use social media to stay in contact with everyone back home too.

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7 Ways To Find Great Savings On Hotels

“The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands,” said British explorer Sir Richard Burton. And while there aren’t many places left in the world still unknown, you can venture forth into foreign lands— counties or countries, whichever—you’ve never been to. What’s more, you can do this and still get the benefit of relaxing in a comfy room at the end of the day.

Your adventure doesn’t have to use up your life savings, either. Here are seven ways to help you find great deals on accommodations, whether you’re staying at a cozy bed and breakfast or a luxury hotel.

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Check out vacation packages.

Vacation packages are a godsend for those who don’t want to look into the nitty-gritty of the costs of travel and still save money. Many of these travel packages already include a three-day, two-night stay in a hotel (usually with free breakfast and Wi-Fi) and a guided tour of the city (with meals and private transportation). Vacation packages are often cheaper than spending money on accommodation, transportation services, and activities separately, plus you avoid having to do some DIY itinerary-making, which could be a hassle.

Use coupon codes.

If you are a fan of DIY trips, you can still save money by using coupon codes when booking hotel rooms. You could get up to 40 percent off the published room rates and you can even score points the more you use these codes on hotel booking sites.

Compare prices.

There are websites that gather hotel price quotes from different travel search engines, and you can check these out so you can have an idea about how much you’ll have to pay for a certain hotel during the dates you plan to travel. If there’s a big difference between rates, check out the fine print to see what’s included in the price.

Visit hotel websites for promos.

Comparing hotel room prices via booking sites is good if you want to score great deals, but don’t rule out booking directly via a hotel’s official website, or by calling the hotel and talking to the reservations officer or manager. Hotels would often offer seasonal deals and promotions that are not reflected in the prices listed in third-party booking sites, so be sure to check them out first. Direct booking also gives you greater flexibility if you need to cancel your reservation or have it moved to a later date.

Take a chance with same-day booking.

If you have a lot more flexibility in terms of your itinerary and have no specific hotel in mind, go straight to the local tourist office and avail of their room-finding services. Hotels that fail to sell a room sometimes notify the local tourist office and you can then see different options and decide where to stay, depending on your budget. Many, if not all, of the room rates would already have been discounted, plus you can always negotiate for a bigger discount.

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Consider smaller hotels.

Small, independent hotels and lodgings may not appear on travel search engines, but offer the same comfort and amenities for less. You can check out sites like TripAdvisor to identify these hotels get contact details so you can make reservations directly.

Visit during off-peak times.

Traveling during the off-peak months would give you lower hotel costs, but the key here is to do your research and see which months or seasons are considered off-peak in your desired destination. There are also off-peak days: in a business hub, off-peak would be weekends, while in resort areas, you’ll have a better chance of scoring deals during weekdays.

Keep Your Summer Family Activities Affordable with These Tips

Winter is officially over! There might still be a chill in the air, but spring is most definitely here. Of course, spring was never what we were really looking forward to. We want summer, not spring! We want sunshine, warmth, fun and games!

Of course, one of the problems with summer is that the kids need to be entertained. Yes; as exciting as summer may be for you, it’s triply exciting for your children! No more school! This leaves you with the responsibility of making sure your kids have something to do.

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The reason that this causes a problem isn’t just the time commitment this means for you. It can also cost you a lot of money. Some people plan epic getaways, with overseas holidays that cost a fortune. But you needn’t spend a bundle to make sure your kids have an awesome summer break from school. You just need to be prepared. Here are some travel tips that we hope will help.

Go on the hunt for deals

Around summertime, there are loads of deals tailored to families. Several entertainment outlets do deals that allow parents with children to use them at bargain prices. One famous example is bowling. Loads of bowling outlets allow kids to bowl for free when accompanied by a paying adult.

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Visual Hunt

You might also want to check out your local cinema. People sometimes say that going to the cinema is a ridiculous idea when the sun is shining outside. But good movie theatres are air conditioned and offer you some quiet time while a great movie is playing. Many cinemas offer deals during summer, offering free or cheap tickets for kids. This is pretty handy around this time because movie studios know all the kids are out of school. They release all their family blockbusters around summer for that very reason!

Another popular summer destination is a theme park. Theme parks all over the country are filled with families every day during summer. Cheap theme park tickets will be available for families, especially those planning repeat visits. Considering how much there is to do at a theme park, that’s incredibly useful!

Bring your own food and drink

Wherever you go, you and your family are going to get hungry at some point. This is another problem with summer. You all spend so much time outside, but your usual eating routine doesn’t change to accommodate this! You probably won’t be at home when hunger strikes. That means you have to eat out.

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This is another common expense of the holidays. But it can be largely avoided. Try bringing your own food and drink with you on your adventures. Sandwiches, crisps, bottled water and fruit all make for great travelling foods. This saves you having to go to a restaurant. The eating facilities at these attractions are usually as expensive as they are during the rest of the year!

Alternatively, you can try doing an Internet search for vouchers. There are loads of websites dedicated to vouchers for family days out. Some of these may include food deals for your desired destination! Keep an eye out on these websites throughout the year for the best deals.

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