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How to Plan a Mountain Bike Trip on a Budget

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Mountain biking is becoming an increasingly popular sport nowadays. Because it beautifully combines extreme cycling with the opportunity to witness the most breathtaking wonders of nature, more and more people are taking it up. However, with the costs of purchasing the necessary gear and equipment, as well as traveling to new locations, it can get rather expensive.

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In spite of the initial costs, mountain biking doesn’t need to break the bank. There are plenty of budget-friendly alternatives for everything you might need, from the bicycle itself, to accommodation and back. You just need to identify where to look for them. Here is what you need to know about planning a MTB trip on a budget.

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What’s a Travel Grant, and How Do I Get One?

The ability to travel opens your eyes to worlds apart from your own. While this type of experience is invaluable, it does cost money — sometimes, a lot of money.

That’s where a travel grant comes in. This type of allowance provides the funds you need to get yourself around the world and back again.

What Is a Travel Grant?

In general, federal or state governments — as well as educational institutions — can provide you with a grant. As far as travel goes, though, they’re most often awarded by the latter.

Students who propose to travel to a far-flung destination should come to the awarding officer with a detailed proposal as to why this trip is essential. In most cases, they’ll have to show the type of research they’ll be able to conduct while they’re out of the country. If the university or organization providing the grant sees the value in the trip — say, it’s for research instead of relaxation — they will likely give a plan the go-ahead.

There’s a slight difference between travel grants and scholarships. To obtain the latter, one typically has to show proof of academic excellence or another exceptional talent. The money awarded often goes toward tuition fees incurred while studying abroad, which might make it harder to obtain a scholarship for research pursuits or cultural immersion.

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8 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Set Out On My First Solo Adventure

Your backpack is packed. Your budget is set. Your mom has told you repeatedly to remember to stay in touch. And you’re filled with nervous anticipation for your first solo trip! Maybe your friends were busy, completely broke, or simply not interested in traveling. Or maybe a solo adventure has always been something you’ve dreamed of and you finally worked up the courage to do it. Whatever the reason, you’re about to take off on what is bound to be a life-changing adventure! If you’ve never traveled solo before, here are a few things I wish I’d known before I set out on my first solo adventure:

Be vigilant with your valuables.

When you travel with a friend you have a higher margin for error. Sure, having your wallet and bank card get stolen or lost is a major annoyance, but at least a travel buddy can lend you some cash until you get sorted out. As a solo traveler, losing your wallet, money, or bank card can put you in quite a predicament. Separating your credit card or bank card from your wallet and stashing it in a pair of dirty socks or using a backpack with a secret compartment can be a real lifesaver. At least if your wallet and cash reserve goes missing, you’ll have a way of accessing more money to get by.

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Student Tips: How to Travel the World with No Money

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Everyone knows that a problem that all students face is lack of money. Because of that, we are listing some tips and tricks on how to travel the world when you have a limited amount of funds.

How to Prepare for the Trip:

There is one major thing that stops students from traveling, which is money. Traveling can be expensive. However,  it doesn’t have to be. This article shows that you do not need to be rich to travel the world. Read on to find out more.

Get a Part-Time Job

There are many jobs out there that you could do to earn some spare cash. For example, house sitting is a great part-time job, and the money is good, which is an added bonus. The concept behind it is very simple, someone pays you to stay in their house while they are away. In turn, you do some of the tasks, for example, feed and walk the dog, water the plants, etc. They have the comfort of knowing that their items are safe in their house and their pets are okay. You, on the other hand, get some extra cash.

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Living like a local in the Indonesian Jungle

Traveling abroad and experiencing great adventures don’t have to be costly. For my last travel, I went to the Indonesian Jungle to live with a local family in a homestay. At first, I was very afraid that 6 weeks may be a long time for such an extreme change of cultures. But rest assured, it was the best travel experience I ever had at a very affordable price.

Homestay

Normally I book my stays through Airbnb or simple hotels. This was the first time I actually went for a homestay and it had many advantages, apart from being very inexpensive.

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