As somebody who has probably made every mistake known when it comes to traveling, I thought I would share a little bit of my wisdom that I have picked up along the way. Traveling is amazing (there’s no doubt about that) and if you have wanderlust, then there’s nothing better than getting out and seeing the world! But when you’ve broken your arm in Thailand and you haven’t got travel insurance, or you’re traveling across Europe and haven’t got enough money to pay for your hostel, then things need to change! Here are a few tips that I’ve picked up along the way that I think you’ll appreciate.
Trying to see everything
Trying to see everything at once is one of the biggest rookie errors that you can make. I remember the first time I went to Italy, I had 5 days and the ambition to see everything, which ended in disaster. I ended up missing half of the places I had booked, and spent the whole time stressed out. Try and limit yourself to a few cities/ places wherever you are traveling so you can take the time to really appreciate where you are. One of the best places that I’ve ever been to is Lake Bled in Slovenia, it was so beautiful and scenic, and I honestly think that I enjoyed it so much because I took the time to relax and explore what it had to offer. Just remember, you don’t have to cram everything in!
When you travel to different places in the world, you need to adapt to a number of things. Visa and immigration issues may vary from place to place. Each country has it’s own culture and the kind of people you come across are different in every part of the world. Nonetheless, there are a few things which remain the same no matter where you head off to. Here are some of the tips I wish I knew before I started following my passion for traveling:
Always Keep the Hotel Card
This is not at all important if you have visited the country before or the local people speak the English language. However, if you are surrounded by people who may not understand a word you say, it is helpful to keep the original hotel card that displays the hotel’s name in the local language. This helps in situations when you get lost or are staying at a place which is not listed on Google Maps. You simply have to show the card to a cab driver and he will take you to your hotel.
Traveling is a such a rewarding and fun way of seeing the world that you almost never want to come home. However, many of us do, as we need to make the cash to fund our next trip. But did you think about the fact that you can earn money while you’re on the road, so you can truly be a digital nomad. Here’s some of the best ways to make money while you’re on an adventure.
Rent your Car
Why let your car sit unused while you’re thousands of miles away? It’s a waste of untapped income. There are services like Turo that will rent out your car for you while you’re away. If that sounds a little scary, remember that some companies will insure your car for up to $1 million while it’s under their care. Ask around and you could make some good cash for pretty much doing nothing!
Traveling around the world is an opportunity that many would like to achieve but unfortunately don’t have the funds to back it up. When traveling, you want to make sure you budget your finances well and you save money where you can. If you’re unsure on how to do this, this expert guide will give you the rundown of the top methods on how to save money while traveling around the world. Let’s take a look.
Stay In Budget Hotels
Depending on where you’re traveling to, generally there will be budget hotels that are available to stay in. To help stretch you funds, it’s a good idea to research and collect the names of possible lower priced hotels which are available. If you don’t plan to stay in the area for too long, it’s better to spend $40 or less a night on accommodation than having to spend $100-$150 per night. However, it’s important to double check the area and if possible view the rooms online before booking. You don’t want to pay for a room if it’s in a high crime area. Some areas of the world aren’t as safe as others so use your discretion when booking hotels in advance.
Getting to study abroad is the opportunity of a lifetime. It allows you to step out of your comfort zone and explore a whole new world. You get to tour new places, try new cuisine and befriend people from, not one but, multiple cultures. While it will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life, it will come with the challenges of adjusting to a new life in a new country.
From personal experience, I can tell you that you can make this transition easier by preparing yourself in advance for what’s to come. Here’s an account of the five typical phases you’re likely to go through as a foreign student, along with tips on how you can overcome them;
1. Feeling like an outsider:
Amongst the first things you’ll notice, as soon as you start your new school, is how different you are from others in the crowd. Your style of dressing and accent will all be unique. It will be easy to feel alienated.
The key lies in reminding yourself that this is an inherent part of moving to a new place. You can overcome this disconnect within a matter of days, by being open to new experiences. Interact as much as you can with local people and try to befriend your class fellows to share your thoughts. This will also help you understand the local ways of doing things.