Travel Tips

How to afford travelling!

Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive but it sure isn’t for free. I love to travel. A lot. And I’m a student which means I’m not rich, at all. So how do I afford it? Let me break it down to you.
Me in front of the Eiffeltower on my first ever solo trip in 2015!
SAVE SAVE SAVE
This is the obvious answer but it’s hard to save up a great amount of savings if you don’t have a great income to begin with. But still, do your best. Put aside a small amount each salary and slowly but surely they will add up and become a bigger amout. I found this great 12 week savings plan over at FITNANCIALS that you could follow or you can make your own plan. The important part is that you begin somewhere. I also try to sell clothing and other stuff I don’t use anymore online. It might not make me a millionare but it’s always something. My cat recently broke a toe and had to go into surgery (those vet bills were NOT cheap) and I had to dig in to my travel savings but you know what? It doesn’t matter if you have a set back, YOU ARE TRYING!
CHANGE YOUR SPENDING HABITS
Don’t by coffee on the go, make it at home. Bring lunch to work instead of eating out. Don’t buy things you don’t need or won’t use. A little goes a long way and you will be surprised how much you can save each month just by changing a few things in your everyday life.
I took a disposable under water camera to Cyprus with my cousin in 2014!
SET A REALISTIC GOAL
This is very important for this to work out. It’s very unlikely that you will save up $2,000 in a month because you obviosly need to live as well. Don’t skip out on paying your rent just so you can go to Italy or what ever haha. NOT a good idea! Instead, set a realistic goal. Maybe save $100 a month or more if you can afford. Start with small amounts, this will take time.
GET A JOB
Hopefully, you already got one. BUT if you want to go that extra mile and speed things up a bit you can always get another job. It might be hard to balance two jobs at once so my advice is to head over to the internet. Maybe you are an awesome photographer? Sell your images online! You’re an excelent writer? Do some freelancing! There are even websites like Italki where you can sign up as a online teacher and teach your language to students online! You don’t have to be at two jobs at the same time, but instead of watching a whole season of Riverdale on Netflix you can earn a few bucks. As I said earlier: a little comes a long way.
Traveling alone to Madrid in 2016!
MAKE TRAVELING A PRIORITY
If you’re not 100% commited it will never work and you will dig into that bank account and use that money for other things. Don’t do that except in case of emergency (TB to my cat that I mentioned earlier). If you really want to travel you will make it work, even if it means that you will have to live very cheap for a while. I promise, it will be worth it in the end!
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Traveling on a budget

It’s not a secret that I love traveling! But, I’m also a student which equals not very much money to travel for. However I still manage to squeeze in some traveling now and then. Here I present to you: traveling on a budget and how to do it!

I’m going to start off by saying that if you want to travel cheap you need to be flexible both on date, flight time and luggage etc. It’s usually cheaper to travel in the middle of the week and very early in the morning/late in the evening so look for that. However don’t be fooled, it’s easy to google ”cheap flights to …” and find a super cheap ticket to your destination but usually with these cheap airlines they will charge you for everything else.

Want to check in a bag? They will charge you for it. Want some food on your 8h flight? They will charge you for it. And don’t forget about all the different taxes they add in the end. They price you clicked on in the beginning is no longer as cheap… So don’t just look for the cheapest option available, do some digging. And when you’re done digging, clear your browser history and cookies! Why? The internet is not stupid, the websites remember (they collect what’s called cookies) where and when you want to travel so they will up the price since they know you’re probably gonna buy it anyway.

Another tip is to sign up to email-lists for several airlines, then you will get notified if they are traveling to a specific destination extra cheap or if they are having a sale!

The transport part is almost always the most expensive part but now when thats dealt with lets move on. During your stay is where you really can cut some expenses and be fine with a small budget. For accommodation there are several options: you can have all meals, some meals or no meals at the hotel/hostel/apartment. What I usually do is either book a hotel/hostel with breakfast included or no meals included. This will save some money but you will still have to eat. Since I’m a extremely picky eater (sad but true) and vegetarian I prefer cooking my own meals and occasionally eat at a restaurant to try the local food! Cooking my own meals have saved me quite a bit of money actually so I can afford to do other fun things!

Walking! It’s not only a great way to experience a destination it is also FREE. You can save a lot of money by walking instead of taking a taxi, Uber or using the local transportation systems. But if you’re going somewhere far away save some time and energy and use the local transportation, it’s usually the cheapest!

 

Tourist attractions (museums etc.) can sometimes be expensive so if you know before hand that there is something you really want to visit try to book it in advance. It can sometimes be cheaper to book your ticket/entrance online in advance instead of buying it at the door. This can save you some money!

They key to traveling on a budget is planning, planning and planning. Have a budget each day and do not exceed it. Cut out unnecessary expenses like buying coffee out everyday, you can usually make coffee in your hotel/hostel room, or like buying other people gifts. Buying gifts for people at home is something I struggle with not doing haha. I like to give presents and gifts so therefor I usually buy something when I’m traveling but it’s totally not necessary. Look at your habits and try to cut out unnecessary spending and your money will last a lot longer!

Look at me not following my own advice…

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Where to travel in 2018

Another year of travels is finally upon us and once again new destinations are waiting to be discovered. So now to the big question; where should you travel in 2018? Here’s five destinations, inspired by Lonely Planets ”BEST IN TRAVEL”, that you totally should visit this year if you haven’t already.


CHILE

On the west coast of South America we find Chile, a country with a rough history but it’s now recovering. They used to have problems with human rights, democracy and poverty but just in the last 15 years Chile has reduced their poverty with over 50 %. Chile is now considered a safe country to travel to and is also home to beautiful nature, amazing culture and food! I guess that’s why it made Lonely Planets list haha. Personally I’ve never been to Chile or even South America but would love to some day, maybe in 2018?

PORTUGAL

A European country that I’ve actually looked in to visiting this year. Portugal has for many years been in the shadow of it’s neighbor Spain but since my grandparents visited a couple years ago I’ve been very interested in Portugal. In Portugal you can find both long sandy beaches as well as bigger cities like Lisbon. For me, as a student and a European, Portugal is a relatively affordable destination. I did a quick flight search and from the US to Portugal it’s about $800 but if you live in Europe it’s around $150. So for me, it’s an affordable destination that I would love to visit soon!

Picture: THE THELEGRAPH

MAURITIUS

Who can say no to this beautiful, exotic, tropical island? I have a friend visiting Mauritius in this very moment and oh gosh her Instagram-feed right now, so beautiful (I truly sounded like a millennial there haha). Just outside Madagascar in the middle of the Indian Ocean we find this paradise island. Mauritius is definitely one of my dream destinations with it’s beautiful beaches. Mauritius used to be a colony of the Netherlands, France and U.K. so they have therefor no official language but speak French and English.

Picture: AND BEYOND 

MALTA

Another beautiful island and another European gem. In the middle of the Mediterranean Sea we find Malta, a small country with only about 400,000 people. Malta offers something for everyone; beautiful snorkeling, hiking, golfing and of course just hanging out on some of the nice beaches. I realized, writing this, that I don’t have much knowledge about Malta so I take this as a hint that I have to travel there soon haha!

Picture: HOLIDAY GURU

DJIBOUTI

This is the destination I was most excited about when I read Lonely Planets list. I’ve never heard of Djibouti so I immediately started googling haha, but I couldn’t find much information about it! Djibouti is a small country in Eastern Africa with a population of less than a million and the country is apparently a must if you like snorkeling. INDEPENDENT  writes ”the experience is more like swimming in David Attenborough’s Blue Planet – and entails the kind of wildness that’s so rare in today’s tourism.” so I guess it must be outstanding! According to Lonely Planet, “this petite nation is in the process of being ripped in three by diverging tectonic plates. Magma seethes beneath ever-thinning crust; Martian-like deserts spew steam from fumaroles; and sunken lake shores glisten with huge salt crystals.” so it seems like if you want to visit Djibouti soon before it’s literally ripped apart.

Picture: KEMPINSKI

I’ve not really planned any big trips (yet!) for 2018 but I really hope to go somewhere tropical since all my recent trips has been city-weekends. Me and a friend were talking about going somewhere in June but I’m sure I will do at least one other journey before that haha. Have you planned any travels for 2018? Where to? Are you going to visit any destinations from the list? Please tell me in the comments! And also, happy new year! Can’t wait to see what this year will bring!
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Travel mistakes to avoid

Many of us love to travel and when we decide to do so mistakes are unavoidable. I’ve made mistakes and propaply you too. So here are some travel mistakes you should try to avoid!
 

Planning too much

Trying to plan out your entire trip is tempting since nowadays you can get so many tips and recommendations online. But be careful not to plan too much, usually the best and most memorable moments are spontaneus and not planned in advance. So try not to plan and follow the guide book too much. Plan in moderation and then explore the location more when you get there. Ask locals for recommendations or just walk around and try to find your own hidden gems!

Overpacking 

I’ve not always been a light packer but oh boy has it saved many of my travels! On recent trips I made an effort to just bring a carry-on bag and a backpack since that’s usually all I need. Of course if I’m going on a longer trip than just a week or a couple of days I would probably bring a check-in bag but I try to avoid it for as long as I can. Whilst packing I try to do some research on the weather so I don’t pack clothes I won’t be using. I try to bring as little as possible and in case I run out of clothes I can always do some washing up at the hostel or where ever I’m staying.

Experiencing your trip through your camera

Sometimes you just need to put your camera away and actually experience your travels. This has been very hard for me especially since I am a photographer but the older I got I realised that photos to show everyone back home or to post on Instagram isn’t everything. So put your camera down and explore some more! Also, don’t forget to back-up the photos you actually take! You’ll be devastated if you loose all you pictures…

Forgetting to check your passport

You probably already made sure that your passport hasn’t expired BUT you must be aware of that some countries require that passports must be valid for six months past the date of your flight home, and 26 European nations require that passports must be valid for three months past. So check your passport once again to make sure you’ll be fine!

Following everyone else

If you’re traveling with someone or in a group there will always be discussions about what to do. Some might want to go shopping whilst some of the group might want to visit a local museum. Don’t follow everyone else, split up for the day and do what makes YOU happy and do want you want to do or you’ll regret it when you get back home. There’s nothing wrong with having different interests and wanting to see and experience different things or parts of a location but make sure you get what you want out of YOUR trip.
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Five countries to travel alone

Many of us LOVE to travel but can never seem to get it done. One of the most common reasons not to travel is that you have no one to travel with. This is common for various different reasons; your and your travelmates schedules don’t add up, your travelmate haven’t saved up as much money as you and so on, the reasons are endless. So here I present to you five countries that are great for solo travel! Ditch you friend (unless they can come of course) and go by yourself. You will not only discover a new county or place, you will also discover things about yourself you didn’t already know!
First location, Norway!
Picture: EARTH TREKKERS
With stunning nature and lovely people, Norway had a given place on this list. The people in Norway are helpful and speak good English. And Norway is also the home of many famous “Instagram-locations” as Trolltunga and Trollstigen. Norway is to say the least a beautiful country with a different culture. If you want to visit Norway I recommend you do it the right way – pack your best hiking boots and rent a car and go for a roadtrip through this beautiful country. This is perfect for solo travel as you can stop where ever you want and whenever you want! Norway is also concidered a “safe” country to visit so what are you waiting for?
Austria!
Austria is similar to Norway with its beautiful nature. Here goes the same as Norway, rent a car and drive through the mountains. Or travel in the winter for some absolute fantastic skiing. A popular destination in Austria is the capital Vienna and with its 1.8 million people its the 7th largest city in the EU. In Vienna you can enjoy beautiful architechture or why not visit the opera?
Third on the list, Canada!
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Canada is a dream destination for me as well as for many others! Canada offers both stunning nature and big cities. As well as Norway and Austria, Canada offers skiing in the winter. Canada offers everything from the big city of Toronto to Banff National Park. It is safe to say that canada is the nature lovers dream. While in Canada you should also make sure you go see an ice hockey game since it is their national sport in the winter time! And who knows, you might even meet some nice people at the game that you wouldn’t have met otherwise.
Number 4 is Thailand!
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If you want to solo travel but at the same time meet new friends, Thailand is the place to go. Thailand is very popular for both solo och groups of backpackers. You will most likely meet other backpackers and maybe you even end up travelling together for a while. Thailand and South East Asia is very cheap to travel within and the most expensive thing on the trip will likely be your plane ticket to get there. You can also chose if you want to spend your time on the mainland or on some of the islands. Maybe Koh Samet? Or Bangkok?
Last but not least we have Australia!
Not unlike Thailand backpackers are all over Australia. Australia is a great place to travel to if you want to meet other travelers. Australia is the home to a rich wildlife with animals like koalas, kangaroos and sharks! Go snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef or celebrate New Year’s in Sydney. If you are feeling really adventurous you can even book a ticket to The Ghan, which is a train that goes from Adelaide to Darwin. The Ghan is a 54 hour (two nights) train ride through the wilderness of Australia. While riding the The Ghan you can stop to visit Ayers rock, Kakadu National Park and more!
I hope this left you inspired to travel solo! You don’t need to rely on friends and family to travel, you can do it alone. Please tell me in the comments below if you ever visited any of these countries and what your favourite part of the trip was! See you soon.
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