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7 Ways to Reduce Costs while Traveling Around the World

7 Ways to Reduce Costs while Traveling Around the World

Traveling is an excellent way of relaxing and having a good time. But it can be expensive. If you love to travel but are short on money then you should remember that spending a lot of money on a vacation does not guarantee a good time. There are several ways to travel the world on a small budget and still have a good time. Adventure does not always have to be expensive.

Here are some of the tips that will allow you to have an excellent time while saving your money.

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1. Avoid Staying in Hotels

If you want to reduce the traveling cost then you should avoid hotels and look for better and affordable alternatives. Hostels are a much cheaper option. Whether you are traveling alone or with a small group, hostels provide excellent accommodations. They offer comfort and amenities such as free Wi-Fi and often free breakfasts. If you prefer to have privacy then you can also rent private rooms.

2. Modes of Transportation

If you are traveling by plane then make sure to buy a single ticket. It is a better alternative to buying separate tickets for each flight. Also, the around-the-world ticket may have some restrictions but can be a more affordable option. Ask your airline about the differences.

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Trains are often a more enjoyable, adventurous means of transportation and a cheaper option for traveling. You can save a lot of money by getting a rail pass for a trip.

3. Pack wisely

Traveling light is always a good idea. Make sure to only take things that are absolutely necessary. It will not just make it easier for you to travel but will also help avoid losing luggage during flights. When you travel light you will save yourself the trouble of paying extra fees for overweight luggage. Heavy bags can cost you more, so it is important to pack wisely.

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4. Enjoy Local Cuisines

Food is the most substantial expense. Eating in places which are frequented by tourists are often expensive. If you want to keep a low budget then you should try local markets. Eating local will allow you to enjoy the taste of the place you’re in and it is affordable. You do not have to buy a lot of expensive hotel meals to eat tasty food. Exploring local markets is an enjoyable and affordable option.

5.Taking Advantage of Credit Cards

Credit cards can be a very useful tool for saving on traveling expenses. They make it easier to book flights or pay merchants. Several credit cards that allow the cardholder to earn airline miles with purchases. There are also credit cards that offer no foreign transaction fee. Before traveling internationally it is important to inform the bank so that you can benefit from perks it has to offer on international travels.

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6. Do not Pay for Tours

To explore new places it is not essential to pay for tours. It is possible to explore all by yourself. Instead of spending money on tours, travel on foot or use public transportation. It will allow you to explore the city. You can buy local guidebooks and maps to get some direction. They are an excellent way of pointing you where you want to go.

7. Traveler’s Insurance

Having insurance can save you a lot of trouble and money. Most of the people do not think about getting travelers insurance but it is highly beneficial. Especially in the case of a medical emergency or if any of your belongings get lost or stolen.

These are some ways of reducing traveling cost dramatically. If you like to travel then you should know that there is no limit to saving money while traveling. You can have a good time even when you don’t have a huge budget.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

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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