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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 August 21, 2018

6 Ways Journaling Will Change Your Life

6 Ways Journaling Will Change Your Life

I have been writing something about myself or my everyday for almost 2 years now. It has been one of greatest and most freeing experiences in my life because I can actually slow myself down to think about what’s truly happening around me as well as my part in it.

Most people treat journaling as something they “know they should do” but rarely ever take up the practice and if they do, they fall off the wagon within a few months. But, it doesn’t have to be this way, especially when you learn about the amazing benefits of journaling.

Here are 6 ways that journaling will change your life.

1. How do you really feel?

Journaling can help you get out of the way of what you truly feel on the inside. In other words, taken the time to sit and write about something that is affecting you can lead to a deeper and more realistic view of what feelings you are actually feeling.

When we are caught up in the “rat-race” of life, we tend to disregard our feelings and keep ourselves, busy and jaded. It isn’t until we slow down for some time to let the feelings inside be what they truly are.

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2. Point of view

Another thing that journaling can give us is a better understanding of our own point of view as well as what others may think of a situation.

It’s always thought to know exactly what others are thinking, but journaling can allow us to slow down enough to start to try to understand someone else’s point of view.

3. A life worth living

I like to think of journaling as “my life’s story”. That alone makes it fun, enjoyable, and inspiring to write a little about myself and what is going on with me every single day.

After you have journaled continuously for sometime and you look back on the things that you have written you may realize that your life is much more interesting and deep than you once thought.

In fact, if you are down on yourself a lot, journaling is a great way to get around this and discover that your life is truly worth living.

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4. Hi, my name is…

Do you know yourself? Without thinking too hard about it, you may just simply say, “of course I do,” yet if you haven’t done some serious introspection and work on who you are, chances are you may only know who you think you are.

This was definitely the case for me before I started writing for myself every single day. I thought that I knew what I liked and disliked, who I was, and where I was going in life.

But in reality I these aspects of myself were what I thought I should be; not actually who I was.

With journaling, I uncovered dreams and goals that I never imagine would be mine. I realized that there were so many things that I just couldn’t stand to do and therefore gave myself boundaries to say “no” more.

Journaling can do this for you too. You can finally say hello to yourself.

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5. A cooler old person

The idea of being able to write for your life and then pass that writing onto someone else, whether it be old friends, children, grandchildren, etc. is inspiring.

I could only wish that my father or grandfather would have been able to pass on something like that to me. It wouldn’t have mattered if the words they wrote were deep or insightful; just as long as they were words that I could read and feel more connected to them.

You can journal every day and then pass this legacy on to loved ones later in life. They can learn about you and what made you tick as a human.

6. Build your serenity

Getting back to number one; when you start to write about your feelings and how situations in your life change your feelings you gain the ability to start to process those feelings.

Rather than leaving feelings completely bottled up inside, you can put them down on paper and get them out of your heart and mind so you can process and understand them more which will lead to a more serene existence.

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This especially works well with feelings like anger, jealousy, resentment, etc. Putting these feeling out on paper and letting them take their course is a great way to stay balanced.

The simple act of writing a few words, sentences, or paragraphs everyday can have a profound and instant effect on your life for the better.

Journaling can change your life and make you more interested and interesting through the years.

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