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The Restaurants and the Vacationing
December 20, 2018

Entertainment and dinning is a great way to socialize and obtain the necessary relaxation. There are so many restaurants around the world. Many tourist visit the different cities and countries to gather whether daytime or nighttime just know that there is a purpose for the eateries and also for the “vacation” spots. There are so many cities advertising how wonderful their restaurants and resorts as well as hotels are. There’s so much to see and rather in or out of town there is lots of fun to be apart of. Festivities occurring throughout the year. A good meal and watch the smiling faces.

There are so many restaurants kid friendly perhaps families would love to dine by candlelight or perhaps having discussions outdoors. Whatever folks decide to do there are many places to visit. Having a blast and gathering around some of the greatest of musicians. Listening to music while eating a great meal certainly can incur better moods. Miami has some of the most nifty restaurants. There are so many visiting such a great city. Perhaps more will be willing to travel to “Miami” making the city more attractive will help generate the tourism.

Here are some Great Restaurants to Visit

Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants



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There are plenty of more great restaurants to visit. Searching online of perhaps a tour will help find the catchy restaurants. Whether seafood is on the “menu” or steak having a great meal will help alleviate some of the stresses. There are some dining later in the evening or perhaps brunch. Whatever is decided there’s so much to see and so much to be apart of. Now that the holidays are coming up the restaurants could receive more customers. There’s also entertainment inside of some of the most prestigious restaurants.

Vacationers are ready to travel and they’ll want to travel to the exciting cities and countries. Looking for some of the most exciting destinations. There’s plenty and vacationing is awesome because vacationing allows vacationers to relax and unwind with their family and friends. There are some destinations awaiting to spoil their guests. Some of the most upscale hotels and resorts. Isn’t it time to travel? To find that great vacation hot spot.

I’ve watched some of the most exciting vacations spots online and on television. Oh how exciting to just imagine how visiting some of the “destinations” will incur tremendous fun. The joyfulness when the family is near and the food while on vacation. Some are unable to vacation or vacation often. Just glancing at some of the destinations relieves some stress. “It’s been awhile now since I’ve vacationed but perhaps there will be some traveling in the near future.” (Tanikka Paulk).

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What is There to be Said About the West
July 19, 2018

There will be many changes occurring and some changes could involve relocation. There are many reasons why individuals would want to relocate. Some have to go through hoops in order to relocate. Could she be relocating? Possibility. What destination would be more suitable? More than likely the “West.” The Westcoast has demonstrated that they are more welcoming. Perhaps the west is viewed to be more family oriented. Westcoast could have stronger connections. “Tupac Shakur would rap about love which every person needs and it seems as though the west could possibly has the emotion driven love.” By: Tanikka Paulk. 

Relocating to any area shouldn’t be a rush decision there should be careful consideration before making such a move. So many will have their opinions but one must decide to make moves which offer benefits. There’s so much to enjoy in the westcoast. Perhaps continuing to build the connections with the west would lead to quicker movements in the direction. Persons should be able to move where desired. Making such a move is drastic there has to be “thoughts” before taking the risk.

What’s There in the West?

Is Tupac Shakur there?

There’s entertainers and rappers there and here are some of the names

  1. Ice Cube
  2. The Game
  3. Snoop Dogg
  4. Warren G.
  5. Dr. Dre
  6. Kendrick Lamar
  7. Ice T
  8. Too Short
  9. E-40
  10. Jay Z

Oh and it’s Hollywood where Tupac and Ice Cube have their Hollywood stars. So many choose to move westward because there seems to be more opportunities. I’ve read stories where some moved to the west and were homeless until they got on their feet. That’s the risk some are willing to take in order to live abundantly. Perhaps some never move because they’re afraid of changes afraid of what will occur. The fear as to be removed in order to make the move. There are some “willing” to move abruptly.

The west has the “Los Angeles Lakers” and oh boy did I have a Kobe Jersey and Shaq jersey. There’s also the great eatery’s. Fine dining is what so many would prefer. Mostly homes are located westward. Trying to find the appropriate housing will certainly be time consuming. There would need to be research in order to find the best destinations. There are some who’ve had to move alone and there are choices of course there are some who have no choices at all. Whatever a person “decides” the decision should be based on their own thinking.

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Listening to the opinions is fine but where there are important decisions to be made then there will need to be carefully thinking occurring. There are lots of reading material about the west. Discovering before making the move is wise. California is a destination where there will be lots of summer filled activities. The climate is warm and any person needing a warm climate should relocate where they’ll be safer. From what I’ve gathered there are some enjoying the westward “life.” Some wouldn’t want to live in any other location. Decisions, choices, options.


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How to Become an Air Hostess? Qualification, Course & Training, Jobs, Salary Details
June 13, 2018

Air hostess is one of the high profile professions in India desired by many young graduates. Air hostess profession is like a dream come true for young girls.

In this profession you not only get good pay career travel lovers  but you meet different people from around the world, you get to see different locations, you get chance to meet celebrities, business tycoons and also learn a lot.

Air Hostess job seems as an easy job but she has many responsibilities at the plane and it’s not an easy job. She has to greet every passenger, coordinate with security, make air travel comfortable of the passenger, to guide passenger during their seat settlement and much more. Also Air Hostess has to handle some difficult passenger and remain patient and calm.

Mostly women choose the career of air hostess but those men who choose the career are called ‘Stewards’.

An Air Hostess can be later on promoted as Senior Flight Attendant and then Head Attendant. Air Hostess has an average career span of eight to ten years, later she can move to the ground duties which include the job of a Check Hostess, training of air hostess, Ground hostess or work with the management level.

To get a job as an Air Hostess your personality is more important than the education.

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Air Hostess Qualification/Eligibility

Eligibility criteria for an Air Hostess can be divided into four categories.

1. Educational Qualification for Air Hostess Course

The minimum educational qualification to pursue Air Hostess course is 10+2. This is one of the exquisite course to pursue post-HSC. However, if you are going for PG Air Hostess courses then the minimum qualification would be graduation.

Although there are academies which are also offering a course for candidates who are just 10thpassed but you should not join them because it is better to join after you have completed your 10+2.

Moreover, you must know Hindi, English and any other foreign language.

2. Age and Marital Status

Age limit usually depends upon the policy of a particular Institute. Normally academies prefer candidates within age group of 17 years and 26 years.

Marital Status also depends upon the policy of a given academy. Although they prefer unmarried girls but some institutes allow married women also.

3. Physical Standards

Air Hostess jobs are all about behavior and physical appearance. In next section we will talk about behavioral skills but here we look at some of the physical standards required by institutes.

Minimum Height required must be 5.2” or 157 cm. Weight of the candidate must be in proportion to her Height. Skin complexion does matter and it must fair to clear complexion. Physical fit and attractive physique.

4. Medical Condition

Just like physical standards Air Hostess jobs require medical standards too.

A candidate must not have a history of mental illness. Eye sight requirement is 6/9. Few airlines can give some concession. You should not be suffering from any major disease.

So these were all kinds of qualification needed for becoming an Air Hostess.

Behavioral Skills Required

Just usual qualifications like educational, physical or medical is not enough for becoming an Air Hostess. You need more than that. This job expects candidates to have certain behavioral skills that reflects her personality.

Pleasing Personality: Good appearance as well as pleasant voice is must. You must be friendly to the passengers on board. A friendly outgoing personality is what makes an Air Hostess.

Good Communication Skills: You must be able to communicate with the travelers and help them out if they need anything. Improved Good communication skills are very important to convince passengers. Here language proficiency is must.

Presence of Mind: If there is an emergency landing, then Air Hostess has to use her brain and give all the required instructions to the naïve passengers on boards. They have to show great presence of mind in any such eventualities.

Team Work: You have to work with entire cabin crew. Usually a cabin crew in a domestic flight consists of over 12 – 14 members. Hence you have to work in tandem.

Ready Work for Long Hours: Flight delays are very normal and hence sometimes you have to put an extra effort. At least 3 to 4 hours extra if a flight is late due to weather or some other reasons.

Positive Attitude: Finally, a positive attitude that yes you can do the job is needed.


Each Airline company conducts examination for recruiting Air Hostesses. Usually an entire selection process can be divided into 3 stages.

Written Examination: Written exam tests your aptitude and reasoning. The exam pattern is quite similar to other competitive exams where they ask multiple type objective questions.

So to clear the written exam you can prepare just like candidates prepare for other competitive exams.

Group Dynamics or GD: Second stage is Group Discussion where you will be tested for your presence of mind, communication skills, team work, leadership quality, your attitude etc.So,you should be well prepared for group discussion.

Interview: Third and final round is one on one interview. Here the company will judge you for your overall personality. If selected, then the company will train you for next six months.

Airhostess Courses

If you are serious about pursuing your career as an Air Hostess, then you must join for a course depending upon your educational qualification.

There are three types of courses.

Certificate Courses: Certification courses are for 10+2 candidates. Usually the duration of a course is 6 months to 1 Year but few fast track certificate courses can be just 3 months long.

Here is the list of certificate courses.

  • Aviation Management and Hospitality
  • Air Hostess Management
  • Aviation Customer Service
  • Air Hostess Training
  • Cabin Crew/Flight Attendant
  • Airlines Hospitality etc.…

Diploma Courses

Diploma courses can also be pursued after 10+2. PG Diploma courses can be pursued only after graduation.

The duration of the course is same as certificate course.

  •  Diploma in Air Hostess Training
  •  Diploma in Aviation and Hospitality Management
  •  Diploma in Hospitality and Travel Management
  •  Diploma in Cabin Crew/Flight Attendant Training

Certificate and Diploma course are crafted and designed by individual institutes.

Degree Courses

Degree courses are the most important course out of all three. The duration of the course is 3 years long and you have to be 10+2.

  • B.Sc. in Air Hostess Training
  • B.Sc. Aviation
  • Bachelor of Hospitality and Travel Management
  • Bachelor of Travel and Tourism Management

So these were list of all the courses.

I recommend you to join a 3 years long degree course.

Air hostess Training Institute/Academy

If you want to materialize your dream of becoming an Airhostess one day, then you have to join any one of the following institutes for a course.

1. Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess, New Delhi and Mumbai

2. Air Hostess Academy, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Delhi, Mumbai

3. Rajiv Gandhi Memorial College of Aeronautics, Jaipur

4. Universal Aviation Academy, Chennai

5. Rai University, Ahmedabad.

There are some other institutes also but these 5 are the best.


Once you have completed your course successfully you are ready to get hired by following Airline companies in the country.

1. Air India

2. Indian Airlines

3. Alliance Air

4. Go Air

5. Jet Airways

6. Indigo

7. Gulf Air

8. Singapore Airlines

9. Lufthansa

10. Jet Airways

Air Hostess Salary

Salary of an Air Hostess depends upon the airline company she is working with.

Usually a company pays anything between Rs 20,000 and Rs 80,000 to their Air hostesses. Domestic airlines pay Rs 20,000 to Rs 35,000 and international airlines can pay up to Rs 80,000 depending upon the experience. However, some of the luxurious international airliners can pay anything between Rs 100,000 to Rs 200,000 per month to their senior air hostesses.

Moreover, companies also provide additional allowances like medical insurance, retirement plan and discounts on flight tickets. So the pay package is really great for air hostess jobs.

Male Air Hostess

Men can also become part of the air crew just like women. This whole article applies to men in a same way as it applies to women.

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What traveling means to me
June 6, 2018

I love exploring. I love to find out the hidden meaning of certain places, their history, their stories. I just can’t get enough of it. Though I have not traveled much, for now, I am sure I would do so. To travel to my dream place, explore the unexplored, wander around the streets, eat under the roofs, take sun baths, dance with strangers. I have always wondered how it would be to live a different lifestyle as in, in a different culture.

I just don’t want to travel to a place and see the famous views or glance at its elegance rather I would stay there as a part of that place and completely get lost in it as if I belong there. I want to connect to the people there, make new friends. I would rather go grocery shopping than collecting souvenirs everywhere. I don’t want to be just a traveler but someone who feels like home there. Though I would like to stay in motels just to get that passenger feeling and compare to my own country’s and miss it.

I would go to the beaches and stay there all night long hearing the sounds of the waves, to the fields to get some sunshine, to the clubs to meet strangers. There are many places on my bucket list, the streets of Vienna, the waters of Bengal, the crowds of Times Square not because they are famous but because they are unseen and are not appreciated. Also, it would be good to have some time alone to explore as there will be no crowd.

I would taste the country food, adopt the attire, watch their shows, meet families. So my ideal travel plan includes not only a few days trips and adding a new place to my passport but living the fullest of that place and carrying a lot of memories.

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April 21, 2018

Snake Island, Brazil

Brazil’s Ilha da Queimada Grande—dubbed Snake Island —is home to a dense population of one of the world’s deadliest snakes. The golden lancehead viper’s venom is so poisonous that it melts human flesh around the bite, and some claim there’s one snake per square meter in certain areas. For safety reasons, the Brazilian government doesn’t allow visitors, and a doctor is required on the team of any research visits.

U.N. buffer zone, Cyprus

Turkish troops invaded Cyprus in 1974, sparking a civil war between the Greek and Turkish inhabitants. When the fighting ended in a ceasefire, the United Nations took control of a no-man’s land “buffer zone” in the country’s capital, Nicosia. There, walls separate the Turkish community in the North (which Turkey, but no other countries, recognizes as a separate state) from the Greek community in the South. Behind the walls are abandoned homes and businesses. Some “Civil Use Areas” allow civilians, but other areas have been practically untouched for decades. Check out photos of the Nicosia airport and other eerie abandoned airports .

Tomb of the Qin Shi Huang, China


Farmers discovered the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, in 1974, and archaeologists have since found about 2,000 clay soldiers and expect there are another 8,000 still uncovered. Despite the excavation, the Chinese government has forbidden archaeologists from touching the central tomb with Qin Shi Huang’s body, which has been closed since 210 B.C.E. The decision is partly to respect the dead, but also from fear that current technology isn’t up to snuff for excavating without damaging the ancient artifacts. (Next, learn about the mysterious chamber scientists recently found in the Great Pyramid of Giza.)


Chernobyl, Ukrain

On April 26, 1986, an explosion near Chernobyl, Ukraine, (which was then in the Soviet Union) became the worst nuclear accident in history. Although the death counts caused by radiation are impossible to pin down, experts estimate between 9,000 and one million people will die of cancer from radiation. More than 30 years since the disaster, cleanup projects are still undergoing, and the power plant’s director guesses the area won’t be inhabitable for at least 20,000 years.

Area 51, Nevada


The U.S. government wouldn’t admit Area 51 existed until 1992 documents released in 2013 mentioned the Nevada military base. Officials still haven’t revealed what type of research goes on, though conspiracy theorists claim alien activity is studied there. You can get a birds-eye view of the spot on Google Maps, but the sprawling desert makes it hard for anyone to sneak in, and security is tight. Even visitors with security clearances reach Area 51 on private planes that keep the windows drawn until landing. Learn more about how Area 51 stays so secretive .

North Sentinel Island, India


In the Bay of Bengal sit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, most of which are Indian territories. The Sentinelese tribe of North Sentinel Island is thought to have been there for 60,000 years, and it’s one of the last communities in the world to remain totally isolated from outside societies. In 2006, the boat of two fishermen drifted to the shallows of North Sentinel Island, where the Sentinelese killed the pair. Since then, there have been other reports of the tribe shooting arrows at passing helicopters. Because the Sentinelese haven’t been in contact with the diseases others have built resistance to, contact with outsiders could prove deadly to the tribe, so the Indian government has agreed not to attempt any contact. Don’t miss these other 25 weird international laws you’d never believe are real .

Vatican Secret Archives, Vatican City


Housed in a heavily protected area of the Vatican are

53 miles of shelves containing documents relating to the Catholic Church, dating as far back as the eighth century. Some artifacts include a letter from Mary Queen of Scots begging Pop Sixtus V to save her from beheading and documents of Martin Luther’s excommunication. The archive opened to researchers in 1881, but it isn’t easy to get a pass inside. Researchers who apply for access can only have access for up to three months, and no more than 60 scholars are allowed in at once.

Fort Knox, Kentucky


The Fort Knox vaults, home to most U.S. gold reserves, have been deemed the most heavily guarded place on the planet. No single person can make it into the vault; several combinations need to be entered to gain access, and various staff members know just one. Even they wouldn’t be able to get in without the help of their colleagues. Learn more about Fort Knox’s insane security measures.

Svalbard Seed Vault


Plunging more than 320 feet into a mountain between Norway and the North Pole, the Svalbard Seed Vault holds a massive collection of seeds in a vault designed to withstand manmade and natural disasters. If a major catastrophe happened, the 890,000 preserved seed samples from almost every country in the world would ensure diverse food options. The vault opens its doors just a few times a year, and a limited number of depositors are allowed inside to deliver the seeds to its shelves. Still, climate change might test how effective the Svalbard Seed Vault is. In May 2017 , melted permafrost made it inside, though none of the water—which froze inside—reached the vault with the leaves.


Lascaux cave, France


The prehistoric paintings in the Lascaux cave were found in 1940, and it became a tourist site after World War II. The carbon monoxide from visitors’ breath started to damage the cave paintings, which are now named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the cave

closed to the public in 1963. Replicas opened for business after it closed, but only preservationists and researchers are allowed in the original. Check out some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites you can (and should) visiT.

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5 mysterious locations around the world
April 21, 2018

These places keep scientists searching for answers and the rest of us astounded by the secrets and mysteries the world continues to reveal.
Around the world » , some sort of mysterious activity is going on daily.
They keep scientists searching for answers and the rest of us astounded by the secrets and mysteries the world continues to reveal.
So, when people try to convince you there’s nothing new under the sun, direct them to this article.
1. Relampago del Catatumbo, Ologa, Venezuela
The southwestern corner of Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela has the world’s highest frequency of lightning activity.
More than 200 nights per year, with peaks in May and October, lightning flashes fill the sky. Sometimes 25 or more flashes per minute. To put that in perspective: The National Weather Service classifies anything over 12 strikes per minute as “excessive.” Named for the Catatumbo River, which flows from Colombia into Lake Maracaibo, the Relampago de Catatumbo, or Catatumbo Lighting, has become a highlight for travellers who spend their nights wide awake and wide-eyed watching the spectacle.
2. Longyearbyen, Norway
From April 20 to August 23, the sun never sets over Svalbard, a Norwegian island that lies north of Greenland in the Arctic Sea.
This phenomenon plays havoc with everyone’s body clocks.
3. Magnetic Hill, Moncton, New Brunswick
The Magnetic Hill is an example of a gravity hill, a type of optical illusion created by rising and descending terrain. It is located at the northwestern edge of the city of Moncton in the Canadian province of New Brunswick.
To experience Magnetic Hill today, drivers must pay a fee to drive their cars to the end of the road. When a car is placed in neutral, it will begin to roll backwards, apparently uphill. Observers will also note that water in the adjacent drainage ditches also seemingly runs “uphill.”
4. Surtsey, Iceland
Before 1963, the Icelandic island of Surtsey didn’t exist. Then, an underwater volcano in the Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar) erupted, and when the activity settled down in 1967, what remained was an island where no island had been before.
5. Eternal Flame Falls, New York
Behind the cascade of a small waterfall in the Chestnut Ridge Park in suburban Buffalo, New York, visitors are treated to a flickering golden flame. Fueled by what geologists call a macroseep of natural gas from the Earth below. A geological fault in the shale allows about 1 kilogram of methane gas per day to escape to the surface, where, at some point, possibly the early 20th century, a visitor had the idea to set it alight and it’s been burning ever since.

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27 Tips for Travelling Solo, from a Die Hard Lone Traveller
March 30, 2018
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Tips for Solo Travel

1. With no one to make the plans for you, or to talk to, take the opportunity to let a place show you what it’s got.

2. You can only really rely on yourself, so sometimes you may need to psyche yourself up to be as mentally strong as possible. Have confidence.

3. Most people, travellers and locals, are just looking for a friend too. Don’t be scared.

4. You need to be open to new things, but always stay on guard too.

5. Sometimes you might need to be rude. When you haggle, when you cross the street, when you backtrack to avoid walking past someone you didn’t feel safe with, or by telling people to go away if they make you feel uncomfortable. Just do it.

6. Your phone is your best friend, so treat it well. Google Maps, Skype, Facebook Messenger – they could be your only link to the outside world. Download Find Your Friends, get a LifeProof Case – do anything you can to safeguard it from the world. If it goes, you won’t just be upset, you’ll be lost.

7. If you feel lonely, book onto a tour. Instant friends guaranteed.

8. Sometimes you will need to force yourself to take part. With today’s lure of technology it can be easy to stay in and talk to your friends from home when you’re not feeling your best. That’s not why you’ve gone travelling. Get out there.

9. Always pay attention and know your escapes in every situation.

10. Don’t get too drunk. Ever. Even if you feel like you’re with friends. Anything could happen that will make them leave you.

11. The best way to make friends is to find a social hostel, and be social.

12. Always let someone back home know where you are. I used a Google Sheet that was shared with my dad and kept it up to date with my accommodation names.

13. Have confidence in yourself and your abilities. You’ll be capable of more than you can imagine if you just allow yourself to be strong.

14. However much you think you won’t be the one who loses your phone and you won’t use the insurance, it’s way better to be safe than to be sorry. Paying the excess waiver now will save a lot of upset later.

15. Learning a few words in the local language can go a long way, both for communication and financially, and shows respect for your destination’s culture.

16. Just because everyone goes somewhere doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good. Be ready to get off the tracks if you need.

17. The world is not as dangerous as the news makes out. Horrible things do happen, but if we lived by the stats we’d never ride in a car in our own country again.

18. You’ll meet some of the most inspiring people when you travel, but don’t forget you’re probably one of them too. Don’t be intimidated.

19. Don’t listen to earphones in the street, or flash your wealth. In some countries owning an iPhone is totally unachievable.

20. Don’t allow yourself to be taken advantage of, and don’t take advantage of those worse off than you either.

21. The mere fact you’re travelling for fun makes you among the richest in the world. Don’t abuse that privilege.

22. Open your eyes and don’t just hang out with people who are the same as you. Embracing difference and change is how you’ll grow and have the most interesting and life altering experiences.

23. Don’t take silly risks. Wear the helmets and the life jackets.

24. When you don’t know something use the opportunity to talk to someone and ask, don’t just Google the answer.

25. Back up your photos from your phone and camera. This way you’re not too attached to your kit if, for whatever reason, someone demands it from you, or they’re damaged.

26. Some destinations are friendlier than others on the solo travel spectrum. Work out where you belong and, if you’re worried, don’t wander too much from where you’re comfortable (but do wander a bit).

27. Make the most of every opportunity that comes your way.

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My 30 Best Travel Tips After 7 Years Traveling The World Part3
March 30, 2018
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11. Smile & Say Hello

Having trouble interacting with locals? Do people seem unfriendly? Maybe it’s your body language. One of my best travel tips is to make eye contact and smile as you walk by. If they smile back, say hello in the local language too. This is a fast way to make new friends.

You can’t expect everyone to just walk around with a big stupid grin on their face. That’s your job. Usually, all it takes is for you to initiate contact and they’ll open up.

12. Splurge A Bit

I’m a huge fan of budget travel, as it allows you to travel longer and actually experience more of the fascinating world we live in rather than waste your hard-earned money on stuff you don’t need. In fact you can travel many places for $50 a day with no problems.

That said, living on a shoestring gets old after a while. It’s nice (and healthy) to go over your budget occasionally. Book a few days at a nice hotel, eat out at a fancy restaurant or spend a wild night on the town.

13. Keep An Open Mind

Don’t judge the lifestyles of others if different from your own. Listen to opinions you don’t agree with. It’s arrogant to assume your views are correct and other people are wrong. Practice empathy and put yourself in someone else’s shoes.

Embrace different possibilities, opportunities, people, suggestions, and interests. Ask questions. You don’t have to agree, but you may be surprised what you’ll learn from the people you meet during your travels.

14. Try Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing.org is a large online community of travelers who share their spare rooms or couches with strangers for free. If you truly want to experience a country and its people, staying with a local is the way to go.

There are millions of couchsurfers around the world willing to host you and provide recommendations. Expensive hotels are not the only option, there are all kinds of cheap travel accommodation options out there.

15. Volunteer Occasionally

Make it a point to volunteer some of your time for worthwhile projects when traveling. Not only is it a very rewarding experience, but you’ll often learn more about the country and its people while also making new friends.

There’s a great site called Grassroots Volunteering where you can search for highly recommended volunteer opportunities around the world.

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My 30 Best Travel Tips After 7 Years Traveling The World Part2
March 30, 2018

6. Pack A Scarf

I happen to use a shemagh, but sarongs also work great. This simple piece of cotton cloth is one of my most useful travel accessories with many different practical applications. It’s great for sun protection, a makeshift towel, carrying stuff around, an eye mask, and much more.

I can’t tell you how many times a scarf has come in handy around the world.

7. Observe Daily Life

If you really want to get a feel for the pulse of a place, I recommend spending a few hours sitting in a park or on a busy street corner by yourself just watching day to day life happen in front of you.

Slow down your train of thought and pay close attention to the details around you. The smells, the colors, human interactions, and sounds. It’s a kind of meditation — and you’ll see stuff you never noticed before.

8. Back Everything Up

When my laptop computer was stolen in Panama, having most of my important documents and photos backed up saved my ass. Keep both digital and physical copies of your passport, visas, driver’s license, birth certificate, health insurance card, serial numbers, and important phone numbers ready to go in case of an emergency.

Backup your files & photos on an external hard drive as well as online with software like Backblaze.

9. Take Lots Of Photos

You may only see these places & meet these people once in your lifetime. Remember them forever with plenty of photos. Don’t worry about looking like a “tourist”. Are you traveling to look cool? No one cares. Great photos are the ultimate souvenir.

They don’t cost anything, they’re easy to share with others, and they don’t take up space in your luggage. Just remember once you have your shot to get out from behind the lens and enjoy the view.

10. There’s Always A Way

Nothing is impossible. If you are having trouble going somewhere or doing something, don’t give up. You just haven’t found the best solution or met the right person yet. Don’t listen to those who say it can’t be done.

Perseverance pays off. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told what I want isn’t possible, only to prove it wrong later when I don’t listen to the advice and try anyway.

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My 30 Best Travel Tips After 7 Years Traveling The World PART1
March 30, 2018

1. Patience Is Important

Don’t sweat the stuff you can’t control. Life is much too short to be angry & annoyed all the time. Did you miss your bus? No worries, there will be another one. ATMs out of money? Great! Take an unplanned road trip over to the next town and explore. Sometimes freakouts happen regardless.

Just take a deep breath and remind yourself that it could be worse.

2. Wake Up Early

Rise at sunrise to have the best attractions all to yourself while avoiding crowds. It’s also a magical time for photos due to soft diffused light, and usually easier to interact with locals. Sketchy areas are less dangerous in the morning too. Honest hardworking people wake up early; touts, scammers, and criminals sleep in.

3. Laugh At Yourself

You will definitely look like a fool many times when traveling to new places. Rather than get embarrassed, laugh at yourself. Don’t be afraid to screw up, and don’t take life so seriously.

Once a whole bus full of Guatemalans laughed with glee when I forced our driver to stop so I could urgently pee on the side of the road. Returning to the bus and laughing with them gave me new friends for the rest of the journey.

4. Stash Extra Cash

Cash is king around the world. To cover your ass in an emergency, make sure to stash some in a few different places. I recommend at least a couple hundred dollars worth. If you lose your wallet, your card stops working, or the ATMs run out of money, you’ll be glad you did.

Some of my favorite stash spots include socks, under shoe inserts, a toiletry bag, around the frame of a backpack, even sewn behind a patch on your bag.

5. Meet Local People

Make it a point to avoid other travelers from time to time and start conversations with local people. Basic English is spoken widely all over the world, so it’s easier to communicate than you might think, especially when you combine hand gestures and body language.

Learn from those who live in the country you’re visiting. People enrich your travels more than sights do.

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