So you’ve got the travel bug and are itching to see everything our beautiful planet has to offer. One of the major constraints on where we can go to experience something new, exotic, and exciting is cost and our budget. Fortunately, there are plenty of places to explore that don’t cost the earth and offer budget-conscious travelers an array of beauty, culture, and novelty. One such region is Southeast Asia which is home to a vast wealth of travel experiences whether you are backpacking, a solo female traveler, or a student. Anyone at all can enjoy the sights, smells, and experiences of this affordable and exotic location and return home with a new library of enviable travel stories. Here are some of the best places to travel in Southeast Asia on a budget.
1. Cebu – Philippines
The architecture in Cebu is based on Spanish influences © Flickr
Cebu has been referred to as the Queen City of the South and is a mecca for travelers of all budget types. It is one of the Philippines oldest cities and has a rich historical and cultural heritage. There is plenty to do and explore here from its white sand and crystal clear water beaches that offer diving, swimming and sunbathing, to a wealth of old Filipino-Spanish buildings that date back to Magellan’s time. There is a fascinating mix of religions on the island from its Christian influences and its Cathedral through to its Taoist temple and religious festivals – there is always something new and interesting to discover here.
Raising money in the modern age is a lot simpler than finding investors or getting a loan from the bank. All you need is an account on a crowdfunding site and a good story, and if you’re lucky, the funds will start pouring in. It’s become a popular way to fund trips across the country and around the world.
It’s also an old trend — just look at Christopher Columbus, who crowdfunded his way across the Atlantic Ocean.
If you’ve managed to successfully crowdfund your latest trip, what is the next step? Here’s what you need to do.
Create a Timeline
This is something you should have completed before your campaign reached its goal, but it’s not too late to get one started. Not only does it help you keep your trip itinerary straight, but it can also help you show your donors where their money is going.
One of the advantages of freelancing is that you are not confined to your office. Instead of spending days in the office from 9 am to 5 pm, a freelancer works any time of the day and anywhere – in a café, in a park or at an airport in anticipation of a flight. You can record a webinar, conduct an advertising campaign, polish your website and all this can be done on the way to Paris or Bangkok.
With today’s challenging economy, freelance and travel can be the best way to simultaneously enjoy life and make a living. The main question: how to freelance effectively while traveling?
Here are the ultimate tips on how to combine freelancing and traveling:
1) The most important thing is to allocate hours that you will dedicate only to work while traveling. At this time, no one should disturb you. Neither relatives, nor pets, nor TV shows. For example, I work for 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening. During the day, I do personal things. During my freelance hours, I do not check my personal mail or messages, and I answer only urgent calls from my business customers.
The thing about travel is that it doesn’t matter where you go, each place you visit will provide a different experience that isn’t easy to put into words. Unfortunately, it might feel like you’ve been back home only a few weeks before the memories begin to fade. The good news is that if you find meaningful ways to commemorate your trip, you can make these recollections last as long as you want. Here is how you can do this:
Take Expressive Pictures
Now, something you are guaranteed to do while traveling is to take lots of pictures. However, if you look closely at the snapshots you have taken before, you may find that something is missing. This could be because you have focused on getting the prettiest shot rather than one filled with meaning.
“There are three things in the world that deserve no mercy, hypocrisy, fraud and tyranny.”
– Frederick William Robertson
You’re on vacation in a foreign country. You check in to the hotel, leave your luggage in your room, grab the most needful items and go sightseeing. There’s so much to investigate!
Once you’re out, you notice a souvenir shop with cute backpacks. “I need to have one,” you think. In this very moment, you remind yourself you’ve only US dollars in your purse. “Right. I need to find a currency exchange.” You look around, notice at least three, and choose to go to the closest one.
Once you get there, you hand in $100 and receive some money in the local currency. “Perfect! Now I can buy that backpack!” you think. While you’re walking down the street towards the shop, elated, you pass by another currency exchange. You stop to check their rates and realize you’ve just been conned.
Does this situation sound familiar?
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