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5 Common Problematic Factors You Might Encounter while Traveling

Traveling is one of the best experiences anyone can have, but it’s not free of it’s fair share of problems. As much as you want to feel carefree and be easy-going on your trip, certain factors, some you can’t control, can make parts or even the entirety of your trip problematic. Despite preparing diligently for your trip, you’ll still be prone to encountering difficult situations. It’s not about avoiding them, but rather, how to go through them with ease and not letting it put a damper on your whole trip.

Such problematic factors differ in many ways. Sometimes, it’s about the people who live there and how they manage their societies. Other times, it’s simply because of Mother Nature herself. While there’s no way to completely avoid them, you should still be familiar with what they are so you’ll know how to navigate through them. Here are 5 common problematic factors you might encounter while traveling.

Disagreeable Weather

Man can never control the weather, they just predict it. But sometimes, those predictions turn out to be wrong. You might be packing for a summer getaway to Thailand, but suddenly find it’s full of rain showers while you are there. Or you might be expecting some cold nights in northern France, but then it’s like a heatwave during your trip. There’s no escaping disagreeable weather conditions, but there is a way to handle them: pack wisely. Plan your outfits in layers and be sure to bring a rain jacket. The more prepared you are, the less hassle the weather patterns will give you.

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8 Effective Ways to Save Money While Traveling Abroad

For many people traveling abroad can be a dream trip. Most people want to explore the other side of the globe however, only a few make this dream true. Traveling to a foreign country can be an exciting thing to do. The world is full of places with both nature and man-made wonders. You might be wanting to visit the high fashioned life of Paris or the enchanting peaks of the Himalayas. Ultimately, your dream trip can be anywhere in the world.

However, it takes a lot of planning and preparations for traveling abroad. If your dream city is in a country with a lower economy it might not cost you much but, if the destination is in a country with a more expensive lifestyle, you will need to have a good amount of traveling funds saved for your trip. It doesn’t matter if you are on a tight budget or not, smart saving tricks can always be applied to make your travel memories happier without breaking the bank.

This article has all of the information you will need before heading on your trip abroad.

Planning – You should plan your trip at least 6 months before to find the best flights and accommodations possible. It is also a good idea to check flight prices at, not only the city you are visiting, but also surrounding airports – to find the best deal.

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Interview with Successful FundMyTravel Campaigner – Amy Abrigo

Amy Abrigo performing in The Book Club Play at Villanova University.

We were lucky enough to be able to interview one of our most successful campaigners, Amy Abrigo. Amy isn’t only successful because she reached her FundMyTravel goal once, she has actually created and reached her goal for 3 different campaigns using the FundMyTravel platform! Her 4th campaign has only been live for a month and is already 82% funded, which you can view and donate to here

Amy caught our eye because of her story, the great campaigns she has ran, and her motivation to reach her goal. Read her interview below and find out just how she is able to get the donations needed to fund her travels!

How did you find out about FundMyTravel?

I was made aware of FundMyTravel by Reynolds Whalen when I was accepted into a program to study at RADA in London during the summer of 2016 through Performing Arts Abroad.

You have 4 FundMyTravel campaigns, 3 of which are already completed and were all successful! Congratulations!!  How did you make that happen, and keep on getting your friends and family to donate to your campaign?

I utilized all of my resources: social media, email, letter writing, in person discussion, phone calls, etc. to let people know I was campaigning and asked them personally to share their support. The best results came from personalized letters or emails. General emails with the same information never really got the job done, but if I printed out a formal letter to an individual using their name and included a handwritten note as well as a handwritten signature, that really helped my results. I also did my best to explain why those programs were important to me, vital to my life experience and once in a lifetime opportunities. If someone had successfully donated to a campaign previously, I wrote them a personalized email mentioning how they had supported me in the past and how I appreciated them taking the time to consider supporting me once again in this endeavor. I tried to have a lot of fun with donor rewards!

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Aiming to Work Abroad? Here are 7 Things You Must Do!

Thinking about working abroad?  Well, you are gearing up to join a cohort of 244 million people who are already working outside their home country, and this number is increasing year after year.

For years, people have looked up to the United States as an ideal career destination. While the ‘American Dream’ still lives on, several others countries have gained immense popularity in the past few years among migrants. Countries like Canada, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia are some of the current hotspots of the global workforce.

While it is an amazing experience to live in a different culture, the process of starting a career on a land that is not your own is a cumbersome task.  You will need to be on top of your game, in terms of your research and paperwork.

To help you along the process, we have worked out a list of items to be completed so that you can achieve the dream.

Conducting your Own Research

It is a given that you will be approaching an agency to help you immigrate or find a job abroad. Before selecting which one to go with, it is highly recommended that you do your own research to ensure that you find an agency that is registered and reputable. You will also want to be sure to keep a check on their activities and make sure they are steering you in the correct direction.

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Saving & Earning Money for Travel

Crowdfunding is a fantastic way to raise the money needed for travel, but there are other tried and true ways to save and earn the money you need. Budgeting for a trip can be daunting when you add up what you expect to spend on transport, food, and lodging. However, if you use these money saving and earning tips on your travels in conjunction with good budgeting skills, you’ll find that traveling the world does not have to be as costly as it might appear.

Couch Surfing

There are a surprising number of opportunities to find free lodging on your travels. Whether it be through actual couch surfing using websites or apps devoted to the practice or good old fashioned networking to find places to stay, you can avoid costly hotels. Hostels are always a solid option, as it is essentially couch surfing with a minimal fee, but if you’re looking for a totally free stay, there are still options.

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