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Top 5 Pocket-Friendly Accommodations in South Africa

Planning a trip to South Africa? If you’re looking for the best accommodation while you’re staying in this wonderful place, then this article is for you.

After a long day exploring the vast forest and safaris, or sight-seeing the gatherings of animals in the wild, or swimming in the turquoise-colored water on the beach, or hiking on the world-renowned beauty of Table mountain – you need a place to stay to ensure you will be ready for the next day of exploration in South Africa.

Let’s discover where you should stay with this list of top 5 accommodation in South Africa that doesn’t break the bank.

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How Crowdfunding Can Help Support Your Dream Honeymoon

The millennial way is all about experiences–and that includes weddings! And as it turns out, more and more millennial’s are getting married later in life when they already have every kitchen gadget, tableware set and piece of bedding they need. Honeymoon registries have become a popular alternative to traditional registries (because who needs a blender when you can go to Hawaii?). In addition, many couples are also choosing to link their honeymoon destination with a charitable experience. Technology and social media have made it possible to politely ask your guests for cash that will go toward your honeymoon, especially if you are traveling for a cause. Below is an outline of the best ways to crowdsource the funds for your post-wedding adventures.

First, choose where you are going. There really is no better way to start your married life than to share a fulfilling voluntourism experience while on your honeymoon. You can bond together as a couple while also interacting with the local community in a meaningful way. There’s always going to be time to relax but squeezing in some volunteer hours will enhance your trip for the better (and make your guests more comfortable donating to your cause!). Plus, this isn’t limited to international travel. There are plenty of local places in the U.S. that are vacation and volunteer friendly. Honeymoon Volunteers is a great place to get started.

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Travel as you earn: 5 jobs you can do on the go

Have you always loved to travel and explore the world but couldn’t because you had a demanding workload and life? According to research, we spend almost 1/3 of our lives working at our jobs. This hardly leaves you any time to take a break and do everything you’ve always wanted to.

But there’s a solution! With all that the internet has to offer now, you can do jobs on the go and earn while you’re traveling. The benefit of working as you travel is that, instead of taking time off work, you can do it where ever you go and whenever you want.

However, you must remember that working on the go isn’t like finding jobs when you’re traveling. The kind of careers we are going to be discussing are those that are performed inside and outside an office.

So, without further ado, here are 5 jobs you can do that will help you travel as you earn.

The job: Customer service representative

Who it is for: If you’ve always had a way with people and love to talk your way through anything and everything, you should become a customer representative. There is a lot of demand in the market for customer service representatives because every professional and customer-centered website hires agents who can talk to their consumers and resolve issues.

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6 Tips on How to Leverage Bullet Journal for Travel

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Traveling can leave a lasting impression on your mind, whether it is a trip to the nearest woods or across the seven seas. However, getting the most out of your travel requires staying healthy, planning, and budgeting. Using a bullet journal is the smartest way to achieve more with less in this regard. You would find it very useful and flexible especially if you are planning a long-term journey. Consider adding the following points in your bullet journal to make your trip an awesome encounter.

  1. Itineraries

One of the first things that your bullet journal can keep track of is the itinerary spread of your journey. Before making the entries into the journal, make sure you have planned everything from traveling dates and flights to hotel bookings and local transportation. Get all of your information together and start jotting down the essential points.

Write down your flight details including dates, times, flight numbers and terminal numbers. You can also add the details of local transportation including buses, taxis, car rentals, and trains. Include hotel booking details such as check-in and check-out timings, address, outstanding amount, and contact numbers. You can also create a log book of daily activities for the entire journey.

  1. Comparing Expenses and Budgeting

Traveling involves a variety of expenses. However, transportation, food, and lodging are the big-ticket expenses that you need to plan before leaving. You can use your bullet journal to pen down and compare these expenses to create a budget and find out the least expensive means of travel and boarding.

For example, if you are traveling within India, trains are usually cheaper than flights. Sometimes, a rental car is an affordable alternative for short journeys. The point is to create a ballpark estimate for your entire trip. You can add the details to an excel sheet later. Remember, these rough outlines will help you stay within your budget on a daily basis and make sure you have enough local currency in your pocket before leaving the hotel.

  1. Packing Checklist

If you are a frequent traveler, you may remember most of the things that you need to pack before heading out. But, don’t take any chances! Better write it down in your bullet journal. There are two advantages of creating a packing list. First, you don’t forget anything before leaving your house. Second, it reduces the chances of losing anything during your journey.

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You can dedicate a couple of pages from your journal to packing list. Just write down the things as and when you remember. Alternatively, you can also make list according to which item goes in which suitcase or backpack. Use the method that suits you!

  1. Pre-Trip and Post-Trip To-Do List

When you are planning a trip, you often get carried away and forget many things that need to be done before leaving your house. You may forget to stop the mail, water the plants, take out the trash, call credit card companies and banks or weatherproof your house among other things. You are not alone. It happens to the best of us.

That’s why you should create a pre-trip checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything. While you are at it, prepare a post-trip to-do list as well. You may have to make travel insurance claims, check your credit card statements, catch up with your work, and refill your medicine box after returning from your trip.

  1. Mapping of Destination Places

While you can always pull out your phone to check out your travel destinations, it is highly recommended to map them out in your bullet journal. It will allow you to save your phone battery for important stuff like calling and taking pictures. Plus, you won’t get lost in case your phone battery dies or there is no signal.

You don’t have to be an artist to draw the maps. Just take a print-out, flip it over your journal page and trace the map outline with a pencil. Add only the important details such as the desired route, directions, relative distance, and landmarks.

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  1. Your Travel Experience

How was your hotel stay? Was the local food as good as you thought it would be? Did you get a chance to interact with local people? Was it any good? What did you learn about the local culture, history, architecture, food, and people? You can write down all your experiences during the travel. No need to write long passages. Just scribble some notes so that when you get back, you can write a more detailed account of your journey. Sure, you can take pictures. But, this is also an interesting way to collect memories.

 

Over to You

A bullet journal is a simple and inexpensive tool that can make your journey more comfortable and memorable. Hopefully, the above tips will help you use a bullet journal for your upcoming trip. Have you used a bullet journal before? Share your ideas and experiences in the comments below.

 

About the Author:

Millie Rainer loves to share her insights, thoughts and perspectives by ​contributing her articles on niches like fitness, parenting, travel and lifestyle. Her articles have been featured on many high authority, quality and trusted sites and online magazines. She is also interested in music, fitness and art. In spare time, she loves to spend time with family and friends. Reach out to her at millierainer[AT]gmail[DOT]com​.

 

Budget Planning for Students: Best Apps And Tips

If there’s ever a parallel students can draw, it’s that money is tight for the most part. It’s tough to cover the basics, not to mention outlying cases of wanderlust.

Save the Student reports that 80% of surveyed students have said that money-related woes stay on their mind for the duration of their studies at colleges/universities.

The resource also states that the reason for this is the fact that more than 30% of students have never had a budget plan. As a result, young people do not know how to keep tabs on their funds. The problem becomes way more prevalent during travels.

But do not fret, this whole issue can be amended somewhat. If doing some hands-on accounting is not to your liking, you can still plan your expenses and manage funds with the help of some easy to use mobile apps. With these apps, students can keep track of their expenditures, analyze common traps findings, and get tips as to how to save money for their future trips.

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