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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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10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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