Questions that Every Long Term Traveler Hates

Posted on 25 September 2018 (0)

Long term travelers are tolerant persons because they are used to meeting and interacting with different kinds of people. But there are questions that are bound to get on the nerves of most long term travelers. A gentlemen I met traveling once that owns a gutter services company once gave me some questions and tips to think over about long term traveling, and well here are some of those tips and questions.

How Many Destinations Have You Traveled to?

Depending on the context, this question can annoy a long term traveler. Generally, this question tends to be flattering at some point when asked by an awe-struck acquaintance. That’s because it allows a traveler a chance to show off. However, trouble comes in when several competitive travelers are together with each trying to show off.

Which is Your Favorite Destination?

For a long term traveler, the next destination is their best. Some destinations are best suited to the needs of a person than others. However, long term travelers feel at home when traveling.

Are You Not Feeling Old for Traveling?

When traveling, you meet young travelers in their twenties and old travelers in their eighties. All these are out to have fun and adventure. As such, age is not an issue when it comes to traveling. When you set your mind on traveling, it doesn’t matter whether you have crisscrossed legs with varicose veins or a wrinkled face. The human brain can’t be too old to organize a vacation.

Where do you want to be in the Next Five years?

A traveler doesn’t need to know where they will be in the next day or year. They can be in Thai today and in Japan tomorrow. Their goal is to explore and enjoy life at different destinations.

Do You Mind that Family and Friends Miss You?

This is an annoying question because the answer is obvious. Long term travelers miss weddings, graduations and birthdays. But, they need traveling to fulfill their dreams. Asking a long term traveler this question brings insecurity while making the traveler weep inside.

Do You Intend to Get a Real Job?

To a long term traveler, all jobs are real. Whether it’s teaching English in a remote village in South East Asia or travel blogging, it’s all about what a person loves.

When Do You Intend to Settle Down?

A long term traveler can get married, commitment themselves to a full-time job and buy a home. However, this won’t change who they are. Therefore, ask a long term traveler this question cautiously if you do not want to make them angry, sad, or unacceptably emotional.

To avoid hurting a long term traveler, ask these questions cautiously or avoid them altogether.

Non-Obvious Ways to Travel the World for Free

Posted on 25 November 2019 (0)

If you don’t have enough funds and still want to tour the world, there are many options to consider. The major among them include the following:

Taking up a Job as Crew Member in a Cruise ship

There are many jobs available on a cruise ship in fields of entertainment, accounting, kitchen chores, security, etc. Most cruise ship companies advertise these posts on their websites. Therefore, check there to see if there are opportunities that might interest you. This helps you travel to the destinations you aspire while earning money in the process.

Get a Travel Scholarship

If you are on campus, there are government-funded programs for students that wish to study abroad. If you get such a grant, you can travel the world while studying in one of the best learning institutions in another country. 

Get a Car Transport Job

Many people use cars to travel to different places. If you love driving, you can get a driver’s job. Such a job will enable you to travel to different places for free as you take your clients there.

Hitchhike 

You could approach a group of people or a person driving in the same direction as you for a ride. If lucky to get a person that’s willing to travel with you, they may give you a chance to travel locally for free.

Trade Labor for Hostel Cost

When you finally reach your destination, it is possible to negotiate an exchange for hostel cost with labor. If the deal works, you can get free accommodation and travel to different places during your free time. 

Get Some Casual Job

While abroad, you can make ends meet by picking short term jobs such as fruit picking, bartender, or waitress/ waiter for sustenance. You can, therefore, work your way around the world by taking up such jobs.

Take Part in Contests

Nowadays, there are many travel contests up for grabs. For instance, travel writing or photography contests can win a paid trip abroad.

Become a Tour Guide

With this job, you’re almost guaranteed to travel widely for free. That’s because you will go to many places showing tourists around.

These are some of the non-obvious ways you can travel the world for free. If you wish to travel but have limited resources, try some of these to see if you’re lucky to travel the world for free. 

How to Plan a Trip Budget

Posted on 12 July 2019 (0)

While it is not usually the only requirement for travel, your budget is integral to the overall experience of the trip. And, that is why it is always advisable to create a comprehensive budget for every trip in advance. But, planning an ideal trip budget may still be a challenge to many travelers, especially beginners. Learn the tips for creating the right budget for your trip.

Identify Your Biggest Expenditure

When planning a trip budget, it is recommended that you start with things that you will spend the most amount of money on during the adventure. Unless you will be driving or sailing for the entire trip, airfares are usually the biggest expenditure. Do a little research about flights to the destination that you want to visit to find cheap flights or other deals to cut spending.

Estimate the Costs of Accommodation and Other Means of Transport

The next step should be determining the costs of hotels, meals and transportation once you get to the destination. Accommodation costs usually vary based on the destination, hotels and the specific services that you will need. In terms of transportation, private transport is convenient but, costs more than public transport. When making budget estimates, keep in mind the type of accommodation and transportation that you need as well as the duration of the trip.

Factor in the Costs of Attractions and Activities

The essence of traveling is to experience new cultures that often involve visiting local museums, parks and other attraction sites. Besides, you may also want to indulge in different activities like partying that cost money. For convenience, your budget should also cater for the fees for entry to attraction sites and activities that you will want to experience.

Generally, the above discussed elements are the basic components of an ideal trip budget. However, you should also keep in mind the expenditures on travel insurance, visa and vaccinations. A proper trip budget should also include miscellaneous money.

 

Tips for Traveling with Cancer

Posted on 06 April 2019 (0)

Everybody loves traveling even people with cancer. But, just like other diseases, cancer patients should take precautions when traveling. Here are tips to guide you if you or a loved one suffers from cancer and you want to travel.

Talk to Your Doctor

Before you travel, see your doctor. Your doctor will determine if traveling is safe for you. They will also guide you on the precautions to take when traveling. If you fall sick, your doctor will guide you on what to do. They will also recommend vaccinations and the travel insurance to take before you travel.

Research Your Travel Destination

Your immune system can be weakened by cancer treatments like radiation therapy, steroid therapy and chemotherapy. These can also limit vaccinations’ effectiveness. When traveling to some places, cancer patients are advised to receive certain vaccinations. Therefore, conduct some research to know the vaccinations that you should receive depending on your travel destination.

Protect Your Skin

Radiation therapy and chemotherapy can make your skin sensitive to damage by the sun. It’s therefore advisable that you protect your skin when you travel. Ideally, avoid exposing your skin to direct sun when traveling.

Take Care of Your Medication

Treat your prescription medication carefully. Keep them in the carry-on bag and have enough medication to last your entire trip. Also have a note from your doctor to explain your special supplies.

Take Precaution

Cancer patients should take health precautions whether traveling or not. That’s because they undergo treatments that can compromise their immune systems. Therefore, they should always take health precautions to avoid things that can comprise their systems further.

In addition to these tips, it’s important to buy travel insurance. This will enable you to get any assistance you may need while traveling. Also keep in touch with your doctor in case you develop complications while traveling.

The Ultimate Checklist When Choosing Travel Insurance

Posted on 16 October 2018 (0)

When it comes to choosing travel insurance, you want to get the most out of your policy. However, determining the most appropriate cover for you can be overwhelming. Here are tips to help you determine which travel insurance policy is ideal for you.

Does it Cover All Your Destinations?

If you intend to go on holiday to a single destination, determining whether a policy is ideal for you might be easy. However, if you intend to travel to several destinations, ensure that the policy covers them all. Make sure that the covered destinations include all places that you want to stop over or visit as part of your tour or trip.

Does the Insurance Policy Provide the Right Medical Cover Level?

Understanding the medical cover level and circumstances under which the cover applies is very important. It’s also important that you confirm that your travel insurance covers a pre-existing condition that you might have. What’s more, know the excesses that you may have to pay before you buy the insurance.

How Much Belongings and Baggage Does the Insurance Cover?

In most cases, travel insurance covers some personal belongings. However, it’s important that you know the level of coverage for personal belongings that the insurance provides. Is it sufficient to protect your belongings and baggage? If not, consider upgrading or changing the policy.

Does the Insurance Cover Cancellations?

If you cancel your trip, will you get your money back? Unexpected events can lead to the cancellation of a trip. It’s important to know whether the travel insurance that you choose covers trip cancellation. You might be allowed to claim the funds for the cancelled flight, car hire, accommodation, and tour bookings among others with some policies.

Activities and Sports

Will you be covered by your travel insurance if you are injured while traveling or engaging in certain activities? Activities like water rafting and motorcycling come with some risks. If you intend to engage in such activities, find out whether your travel insurance will cover you.

This is not a definitive checklist for choosing travel insurance. However, it should give you ideas on the areas to look when buying your travel insurance policy.

Things to Do When You Don’t Enjoy Travel

Posted on 05 October 2018 (0)

You have taken time to plan your travel, booked a flight, researched hostels, and signed up for tours. You even have a properly worked out itinerary. But, despite all this, you may discover that your travel destination is not what you thought. You simply do not like it upon arrival. So, what do you do?

Here are some of the things that you can do when you don’t enjoy travel.

Spend More Time in a Hostel

If you are not in a hostel, move to one and stay there in a common room. You will easily make friends that will pull you out of the slump. You can go out with your new friends and talk about life. This will distract you and lift up your mood.

Go on a Tour

Keeping yourself busy is one of the best ways to lift up your mood. Therefore, sign up for a properly planned tour around the city. You can go on a street art tour, river cruise, or attend a cooking class. You can connect with other travelers during the tour and become long term friends. A tour will easily distract you from the travel slump.

Don’t Rush to Leave the Place

If you realize that you don’t enjoy your trip to a destination, you might be tempted to rush and tick off all sites and activities. However, this can easily lead to burnout. Thus, you might end up not enjoying your travel even more. Therefore, take things slowly and stick to your itinerary or alter it a little.

Focus on Your Goal

What did you want to achieve by traveling to your destination? Focus on what prompted you to travel to the destination and aim at achieving it. Maybe you want to immerse into the culture of the destination, make friends, or visit some attractions. Whatever it is, start to make it happen.

Sometimes, a travel destination is not what you think it is. However, this is not a reason to give up or make you feel like you are a failure. Instead, focus on doing your best to make every moment of your trip count. For more tips on a similar subject check out this blog I found here.