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How To Travel Around The World Without Spending Money

How To Travel Around The World Without Spending Money

When you’re sitting in class or behind your desk waiting for the clock to strike a time when you can go home it is natural that the mind can wander a bit. It isn’t uncommon for your mind to wander to a vacation and even travelling the world.

What if there was a way that you could travel the world without having to raid any savings accounts and credit cards that you have to your name? The world has many hidden gems and there has to be more to life than a mundane 9 to 5.

A person that managed to make it around the world without spending much was Shantanu Starick. He wanted to travel across all seven continents without spending a dime; instead he would trade off his photography services for food and a place to stay. If he can do it so can you!

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How he traded off his services

Starick realised that as a photographer he had a service that people would usually be willing to pay money for, but what if he asked for something instead of money that would directly help him with his travelling ambitions?

He would instead offer his photography services to anyone who could provide him with food, shelter and transportation. By doing this he was able to travel the world without spending a single penny. By photographing bed and breakfasts and hotels he is able to get some of the best night’s sleep you can imagine.

Where has Starick been able to travel?

At the time of writing this post, Starick has been travelling for a mind-blowing 30 months and has visit countries ranging from the United States to Ecuador! He has a skill that appreciated across the world and marketing it effectively has allowed him to find a new place to travel once he completes every project.

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Despite travelling for such a length of time, Starick still has countless countries to visit, which is testament to the amount of natural beauty that our planet has to offer.

An authentic experience

The trades are quite straightforward; Starick has spoken of a woman he met in New Jersey who loved to cook. He offered to take pictures of her food and kitchen for a night’s sleep and some food in his belly.

Who needs a posh hotel when you can have such an authentic experience with locals? Staying in people’s homes, lodging in five-star hotels, and eating like a local allows Starick to have an experience that is unmatched.

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Communicating with locals

In predominantly English speaking countries, trading off services and communicating isn’t difficult for Starick. However in more remote areas where there isn’t an English speaking person in sight it can be quite difficult.

China is still a country Starick needs to visit and smaller settlements won’t speak English, so he’ll be served well by learning a few basic Chinese phrases to get him started. More than anything locals appreciate the effort behind trying to speak their language, even if you don’t exactly sound like a native speaker.

You can do it too!

Honestly, with a bit of confidence, drive and a skill you can trade, you’ll be able to do exactly the same as Shantanu. Whether you plan on travelling for 30 months or 30 days, there are people out there who will be willing to accommodate a trade and you can bet you’ll have an authentic experience!

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Start thinking about what you can do to get around the world without overpaying. With our social networks and the connectivity our world currently has, you can easily connect with and market yourself to people across the world without any effort.

Featured photo credit: World Traveller/ Dollar Photo Club via dollarphotoclub.com

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How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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