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7 Unconventional and Inexpensive Ways to See the World

7 Unconventional and Inexpensive Ways to See the World

Does your wanderlust run deeper than your pockets? Travel is a fulfilling adventure for your soul, but it can be downright rough on your bank account. But don’t let that stop you.

There are plenty of ways to travel the world while having some or all of your costs covered. You may even be able to make a living out of the process – as long as you’re willing to reside outside of your comfort zone for a while.

Consider one of these seven unconventional ways to see the world:

1. Volunteer at a yoga retreat

Many people travel for relaxation, and there’s no better way to relax than at a tranquil yoga retreat. If you volunteer at one of these retreats, you will have to work, but your elbow grease will cover room, board and yoga classes.

The Yoga Farm of Costa Rica is just one retreat of many around the world that offer reduced rates for volunteers. In this particular program, you only have to put in 10-15 hours of work each week to qualify.

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Don’t worry if yoga isn’t exactly your way of life. You can volunteer to cook meals, clean or help serve. And if you’re a yogi yourself, you may volunteer to teach a yoga class or run a guided meditation.

How to get started: Do a simple Google search for the city you’d like to visit along with the term “volunteer yoga retreat.” From here, you can review opportunities and decide which is right for you.

2. Participate in adventure races

If your budget is slightly higher and you want to really get your heart thumping, consider an adventure race. With travel and adventure, you can check off two bucket list items with one big permanent marker. And it’s still likely to be cheaper than any traditional travel plans.

You’ll be responsible for your travel, room, board and entrance fees, but most events partner with hotels to provide affordable rates. And you can save further by rooming with other participants or camping out nearby. Go as exotic as you’d like with events like the Rickshaw Run adventure races in Jaisalmer or Expedition Africa in Cape St. Francis.

How to get started: If you don’t already know of an adventure race you’d like to enter, have a look at NatGeo’s list of Great Races in Amazing Places.

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3. Travel nursing 

Have you ever been envious of people who live and work in your favorite vacation spot? The accountant in Hawaii can take lunch breaks to surf. A waitress in Boulder can spend her days off gliding down a mountain of fresh powder. Well, if you’re interested in a nursing career, there’s no need to be envious. This can be your life.

As a travel nurse, your assignments can be wherever you want to go. The best part is that the travel won’t cost you a dime. In fact, you’ll be well compensated for your work.

How to get started: To become a travel nurse, you will need a nursing degree, so this isn’t something to enter into lightly. If you already have your degree and at least a year of RN experience, all you’ll need is a good travel nurse company.

4. Drive a semi-truck 

If the idea of hitting the open road gets your pulse racing, you may enjoy driving a truck for a living. You can choose the duration of your time away, but you should know that you’ll get paid more for longer stints.

Much like travel nursing, driving a semi-truck for a living isn’t something you decide on the fly. To become a CDL driver, you must get your license, and this requires schooling. Many drivers also own their own trucks, so there is an investment.

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How to get started: Find a reputable school to train for your CDL licensing exam. If you’re lucky, you may be able to find an apprenticeship where you can get paid while training. Next, you must decide whether you want to own your truck or work for someone else. People decide to buy trucks as a long-term investment and to maintain some control over their careers.

5. Teach an English class in South Korea 

Have you ever wanted to immerse yourself in a completely different culture? Teaching English to students in South Korea can give you the life experience you’ve always wanted, and you can get paid a modest sum in the process.

If you are a native English speaker with a Bachelor’s degree and no criminal record, you may be able to spend a year in South Korea teaching your native tongue.

How to get started: With every great opportunity, you may also find grandiose scams. This is why it’s so important to find a reputable recruiter. Check reviews and references. And be sure to interview with the school before you hop on a plane.

6. Become a WWOOFer

The WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) movement is growing around the world. And this means there are opportunities everywhere. You will be responsible for travel costs to your host’s farm, but then you will work for room and board. With six to eight hours of farm work daily, this isn’t a walk in the park, but it is a great opportunity to see the world on a budget.

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You get to choose the WWOOF host country and farm, so you can be sure the people and expectations are the right fit.

How to get started: Check out the WWOOF website and select the country you would like to visit. Through each country’s website, you should find opportunities.

7. Join the Peace Corps 

The Peace Corps offers amazing opportunities for people of all ages to make a difference in the world. You can choose to work in a sector that you’re passionate about, including agriculture, education, health and environment, and it may eventually help further your career. If the experience doesn’t sound fulfilling enough, you can bet that a stint with the Peace Corps will look great on your resume.

How to get started: If you are a U.S. citizen and are 18 or older, the application process is easy. Simply visit the Peace Corps website to apply.

These unconventional ways to see the world can give you a whole new perspective on travel. Not only do you stand to save money, but you will also gain life experience that you wouldn’t have otherwise had.

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5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

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Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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