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The Best Tips when Using Travel to Learn Spanish

Most of us have a fascination with foreign cultures, beliefs, tradition, food, festivals, etc. It is a great idea to use travel as a method of learning about these fascinations, as well as a new language. However, it is important to learn the basics of the language e.g. asking for directions, ordering food at a hotel or restaurant, greetings, etc ., before you go. It will keep you away from embracing situation or from asking everyone if they understood your mother tongue.

A few tips are necessary when using traveling to learn Spanish:

Sign up for a Spanish Program

Attending a class or Spanish language program is advisable as a beginner or for someone eager to learn the language. It will teach you the basics of Spanish e.g. grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation, before starting your traveling adventure to become fully immersed in the language. Be sure to pick a learning program that provides practical and everyday conversation use.

Downloading audio programs and podcasts gives you the opportunity of getting accustomed to hearing the language. This way, Spanish does not seem so foreign as soon as you are on the ground. Practice makes perfect. Attempt to use the little you have learned with your Spanish friends on the streets, market, etc.
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Tips and Tricks to Learning a New Language


Trying to meet that language requirement to study abroad? Want to make your life easier when traveling or multiply the number of people you are able to talk to in the world. Picking up new languages I realized, is not a natural gift. It is simply a function of your willingness to learn, and the measures you take to put yourself in a position to learn. Here are some simple ways to cut your language learning time with minimal effort.

Common Words

Usually, the 1000 most commonly used words are all that are necessary for achieving a comfortable level of fluency. This can happen within months if you learn a language like Spanish (much easier to learn vocabulary than Chinese, no complicated characters). It helps to start with the 100 most common words first, then 300, and so on. Out of those 1000 most common words (or in addition to those 1000 words) you can easily learn all the words that sound really similar to your native language or any other language you are familiar with.

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10 Best Places for Solo Female Travel

Solo female traveling is almost always frowned upon. Beyond the obvious reasons of abuse, theft, and robbery, there are other factors that deter the prospects of female travelers such as; over pricing, theft from hotel rooms, wrong info, and so much more. Female travelers are more prone to be taken advantage of than others. No matter how much it irritates you, it is a fact. While some brave all these odds and still go on with their journey, cautiously; there are many who take a step back, reluctantly.

For the female travelers driven by the wanderlust wanting to travel solo, below are 10 amazing locations that are rated as the best places for solo female travel. These places are overall considered much safer than many others. However, basic precautions should always be exercised.

  1. Ottawa in Canada

Bordering Quebec, the capital city of Canada is a cosmopolitan place with French and English as main languages used for conversation. Quebec offers many places to be discovered, admired, and loved by all travelers. The people are friendly and warm. Check into decent hotels around the old ByWard market where you will find most of the bustling city attractions close by.

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The Economics of Packing

So you just booked your impromptu ticket to Europe next week. Or you just got your student Visa from the Chinese Embassy days before your flight date (because lets be honest, that is what always happens with student visas). All you have left to do is decide what to pack.  If this is your first time going abroad, you will probably be tempted to pack your whole room in your suitcase for all the “what if’s”.  Trust me when I say that you do not need to pack as much as you think you do.

The Quick and Dirty: LESS IS MORE

Folks in the economics have this concept called “diminishing marginal returns.” Basically, the more junk you pack in your bag, the less use you get out of each individual item you pack. Especially considering you have to lug all of that stuff around. Conversely the less you pack, the more use you get out of each individual item and the less burden you have of dealing with deadweight in your bag.  By packing half as much, you can get twice the enjoyment out of your travels.


Save time and money at the airport – Some international flights don’t charge for your first or second pieces of luggage, but many domestic flights do. Do you really want to spend your first moments in your destination waiting for your luggage to come out of the carousel? NO, you want to hit the ground running (or hit it sitting in a taxi, if that is your thing).

Less of a target – We have seen the image of a traveler carrying a back pack, a duffle and a large rolling suitcase.  It just screams tourist and makes you a target to thieves, pick pockets and con artists alike. Not only that, dealing with multiple bags splits your attention that could be used for both enjoying the atmosphere and keeping an eye out for potential dangers around you.

Easier to organize – It is much easier to organize your belongs by sheer nature of having less of them. This means you have a smaller chance of losing and misplacing things. The best part about having less is that you have less stuff to unpack and repack, saving time and trouble especially if you are moving between different hotels or hostels.

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Fundraising Extraordinaire: Crowdfunding as a Resume-Builder

Your crowdfunding experience should make you shine with pride. It is something that you should be able to list on your resume and discuss with confidence in an interview. Running a successful fundraiser campaign speaks to many valuable skills that can impress future employers. Don’t sell yourself short! These are just some of the marketable skills you will gain by running a crowdfunding campaign.

Financial Analysis

As you plan your campaign, you have to conduct an analysis to plan for expenses. Crowdfunding forces the campaigner to seriously determine how much money he or she needs to fundraise. FundMyTravel users must consider airfare, housing, program fees, travel insurance, and much more. Budgeting plays a role in every company, and if a budget is misjudged, this can cause serious issues. Accurately forecasting costs will earn you points with businesses and organizations who rely on precise reports to run a profitable operation.


While there may not be a formal exchange of a good or service, crowdfunding absolutely transforms the fundraiser into a salesperson. When you ask potential funders for donations, you are essentially marketing yourself. First, you are making a sales pitch; you are reaching out and asking people to invest in you and your experience. You must earn trust and credibility to prove that what you are doing is meaningful. To make the sale, you have to convince potential donors that you are worthy of their contribution.

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