THE BENEFITS OF BEING A TRAVEL BLOGGER

Travel bloggers are some kind of special and unique people who put their travel experiences into writing. People who document the things going on  their trip using different tools. They can use their cameras, handy phones, or the enduring pen and paper. And mostly of the travel bloggers nowadays use laptop to write their blogs, as they go along to their travels handy laptops are easy to access and internet connection is everywhere.


In this way, you will develop skills you may never dreamt of. The field of photography may be promising to you and writing in another genre.

Travel bloggers are the expert on the art of journalizing, recording, and enjoying their travel anywhere in the world.

Travel bloggers are like hitting a lot of knowledge, experiences, and memories in just one trip.

There are nice things that can happen in the lives of  travel bloggers. They can mix business with pleasure in the real sense. When it is a hobby, it brings pleasure and when you get paid for it, it becomes a business. Then it is not violating anything to mix business with pleasure.

Travel bloggers can gain a wide knowledge about culture, languages, and other diversified matters in the world.

Travel bloggers can inspire, encourage, and motivate the young and old to travel and make a living out of it too. There is nothing more fulfilling than earning money by doing something you love to do, and that is traveling.

When you write travel blogs, you will be intellectually alert. Your proficiency on details will be enhanced. The things all around you will have meaning in your eyes. You have a full world to write about. You will never lack something to share with your readers. 

Collecting experiences and memories. Those are the best bonuses a  blogger can get from traveling. Travel bloggers are doing a noble thing in informing people anywhere in the world about the part in the world they know nothing about. Memories are made immortal by travel bloggers.

Travel bloggers share what they see and experience to the people who can not go places. Give thanks to travel bloggers.


LOVE TO LEARN ABOUT CULTURE? THEN TRAVEL

There was a time when the idea of an internet is still unhatched in the minds of the genius few. The trend of those times was to have a foreign correspondence. They were called then as pen pals or pen friends. The more penpals you have and the more foreign they were, make you popular in those times. But popular or not, the first thing pen pals wanted to tell you then was their customs and traditions, beliefs, arts. And it is also what they wanted to know from you. 


       Culture is the entirety of beliefs, customs, traditions, arts, laws, and nature. It sums up that people anywhere in the world are interested or just curious to know the culture of foreign people they know or meet.

     Culture plays a significant part of a person living in different countries. Difference in culture should not be a hindrance to friendships. Acceptance and respect of each other’s differences can bridge any gap in between.

     It is important to know  the culture of a country you want to visit. This is not for the purpose of forming some biased opinion of the place but to make sure that you will not offend the locals.

Here are some practices and necessities that is universal but treated in a unique way by people in different countries:

MARRIAGE

   Marriage rites are done in different ways depending on what part of the world you are in. In cases of intermarriage with different nationality and different traditions, both parties should be in agreement on how they will tie the knot. 

HOLIDAYS & FEASTS

     Christmas time can be an ideal time to travel though in some countries, families are supposed to be together on this occasion. By choosing this time to travel, you will be able to observe how foreign people celebrate theirs. You may see it in the movies or in the newscast but being there is learning first hand.

     Each nationality celebrates different holidays and feasts important to them.

    Respect the culture that do not believe on what you normally celebrate and do.

FOOD

    Every country has a unique way of preparing their food and have a distinct flavor. Anywhere in the world has its own specialty and that is one good reason to travel. You get to experience the taste of what each country is good at. The aroma and taste of food can trigger memories. Once you can encounter it again, you can remember the place.

There are also different ways and utensils used for eating. Spoon and fork are used in general. Others use chopsticks. There are also people who use their hands. It would be exciting to go places and eat their food the way the locals do.

HOW TO GREET PEOPLE

     Know this before you travel. It would be nice to get this knowledge into practice. Whether you shake hands with them, put the back of their hand on your forehead, or bow to greet them.

SPORTS

     Every culture has their own sports. When you travel, make sure to buy a ticket to their most loved sports. Be there with the crowd. Experience what it is to be in a game that you only get to watch on television.

Different people in different places with different culture. Travel and get to know them. The world is waiting for you to explore.


REASONS WHY WE NEED TO TRAVEL

There are a thousand reasons why we need to travel but it only takes a few to know that  it is beneficial.


RETREAT

       If you are experiencing a not so pleasant situation or besieged by personal problems, traveling can be a sort of therapy. It could be a time to meditate, to discern the things you think you’ve done wrong, for you to be able to correct. And you will go home a new person.

RELAXATION

     The human body needs time to rest and get rid of the stress and pressure building up doing your daily routine you may think as boring. Travel can help you to be able to continue living a healthy life. Traveling is one way to relax. Just don’t overdo it.

TO SEE THE WORLD & LEARN

       The world has been there since the beginning and open for us to see. If given the opportunity, travel and savor the moment to learn and appreciate the diversity of culture. Visiting different places, knowing different people, tasting a diversity of food, learning different languages (even just a few lines) is exciting. You will come to love other races other than your own. And appreciate more the part of the world you call home.

TO BUILD UP CONFIDENCE

     If you are the dependent type, cannot go to the mall without company, cannot eat out on your own, there is still hope. Try traveling alone. It doesn’t have to be far from your home as a start up. Get the feel of being independent. Decide for your own. Don’t be scared to be alone or to be left alone. At some point in our lives, it is beneficial to be alone.

SOCIALIZATION

    If you are an outgoing person, traveling promises lots of opportunities for you to meet new acquaintances that can turn into lasting friendship. If you are the opposite, traveling can be an instrument for you to experience life in a different light.

       Social media is a great tool for socializing and building friendship but virtual socialization is a far cry from the real thing. Meeting people face to face is not yet out of style. 

LIFE-CHANGING

       If you think your life needs to make a 360° turn, then travel. Traveling gives you the chance to think and focus on the things you are just taking for granted. The time you will spend in a different surrounding can make you objective. The events and things that make you subconsciously uncomfortable, can now have the chance to be sorted. And to resolve some bothering issues would become easier.

COLLECT BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES

        A collection of memories is a by-product of traveling and you marked them as unforgettable. Everytime you remember them, it will leave warmth feelings in your heart. 

     You can take with you bagful of souvenirs that can be lost and destroyed in time but the memories you collected from the places you’ve traveled in, are forever etched in you. Old age and sickness may make you forget them. But the heart can still feel what the mind might forget.

To everyone, reason or no reason, travel. Believe it or not, traveling is beneficial. For your health and for your well-being.


Eight Simple Tips for a better travel experience

To travel the world has always been one of the most common things included in an individual’s bucket list. Almost everyone if not all would truly love to experience new things, explore new sights, and even discover oneself through travelling. However, travelling is not purely fun, it isn’t a bed of roses. Travelers often encounter struggles before, during, and even after traveling itself. So, how do we make sure that we make the most of our travel experience? Here are eight simple tips for us to consider in order to have a fun, exciting, memorable, and hassle – free travel experience.

  1. Plan for your itinerary. It pays to have clear destinations and activities in mind. Make a list of all the places you would want to visit and all the activities you would want to do. Through this, you can save time, energy, and money. Yet, be open to surprises and experiences that are out of schedule too. Sometimes, best things happened when not planned.
  2. Prepare all documents for immigration. Nothing to worry if you have the necessary documents needed to be presented to the immigration officer such as passport, itinerary, hotel reservations, and the like. Speaking of immigration, just be courteous too. Surely, they would wish you a happy trip.
  3. Travel light. Pack only the things you need in your trip. You would not want to be carrying heavy loads that it becomes a burden. Who would want to be strolling around while bringing many things? You’ll end up with muscle pains!
  4. Wear the right clothes. In order to enjoy your whole trip, make sure to dress comfortably and appropriately. Take note that there are places that strictly follow dress codes and following it means respecting the place and its people too. Dressing up properly would make you feel at ease for the whole duration of your tour.
  5. Acculturate yourself. Locals would appreciate if you would try to interact with them even just through basic greetings and phrases. They would love you for that.
  6. Take photos but make sure to give yourself moment to capture experiences without a camera. This simply means that photos are best remembrance for our trips yet there are experiences that are best captured by the heart and eyes. As what people say, the best moments are captured not by the click of the camera but by the eyes and heart.
  7. Make friends but be cautious. It would be lovely to add to your friend’s list whether they are travelers like you or locals. Who knows these new acquaintances would become real friends? However, always leave room to be wary. Nothing is wrong when you are being cautious. You are not in your place so it would be best to make friends but keep yourself guarded still.
  8. Enjoy! Have fun! Everything boils down to how you would want your trip to be. So, while you take note of all small and big details of your trip, always bear in mind the reason behind having to travel…and that is to enjoy and have fun.

These are eight simple tips for a better travel experience. So, what are you waiting for? Go and plan for your next travel adventure and take note of all these simple tips that might help you have a fun, exciting, memorable, and hassle – free travel experience.


Do you want to travel but on a Tight Budget? Worry No More!

Trendy beautiful young female traveller with a piggy bank balanced on her suitcase and her sunglasses on her head smiling in satisfaction that her savings with pay for her travel and holidays

Growing up in a small town sometimes limits people to build dreams. For girls, getting married right after high school sometimes comes on top of the list while boys thought of earning a living so they can start to take responsibilities in the family. Sadly, studying in college or earning a degree, or even goes out of that small town where they grew up comes last on the list or not even part of the list at all.

          These thoughts aren’t bad I must say. However, the world is big and it offers many opportunities for individuals to explore, to discover, and to experience. It just depends on the person if he or she is willing to take the risks and if that person is courageous enough to add to these so-called limited ideas of dreams.

          To see the world seems very elusive. People sometimes tagged it as the most expensive dream.  Plane tickets, hotel accommodations, food and transport expenses not to mention the souvenirs are just few reasons why traveling is sometimes branded as extravagant.

          But are these enough reasons to stop oneself from seeing the world? Are these enough reasons to limit our horizon? Definitely, Not. Certainly, traveling can be truly expensive and extravagant to a lot of people. But that is if the one who plans to travel does not prepare at all. Besides, there are many promo airline fares, and tour packages nowadays that are offered to at least make those hopeful individuals who want to see new places reach one of their dreams.

          So, what to we do to be able to go and see places we thought we could only see on televisions and magazines without spending too much?

          First of all, Plan ahead. Nothing beats a good planning. Everything will fall back to whether or not the hopeful traveler makes a plan.

          Second, check out online on advisories and advertisements for promo airline tickets. This would surely help cut the travel expenses. However, you should make sure that while there are still no promo airline tickets, one must start saving for airline flights.

Third, if you are employed, make sure to ask permission ahead. Your employer’s approval to your travel helps you to leave the country without mush hassle.

Fourth, check on hotel accommodations that are not only clean, safe, and near the tourist destinations but also affordable. This can be checked on different websites and find time to read its reviews. Also, ask some recommendations from those friends who have been to your desired travel destinations.

Fifth, have a realistic food and transport allowance and stick to the budget. Be ready to spend on food as this is a necessity. You wouldn’t want to be traveling in an empty or not satisfied stomach. On the other hand, for transport allowance, this can still be haggled. Just do the haggling respectfully.   

Sixth, if you can just walk, you might as well do it especially if the places you would want to visit are near to one another.

Lastly, if it is your first-time to travel, it would be best if you do it with companions. Your friends or travel buddies would not only be there for fun but they will also serve the purpose of saving since you would be dividing expenses.

These are just some of the recommendations on what to do when you want to travel but on a tight budget. Remember, money should not hinder one from going to places. With the right planning, preparation, and strategy, you would surely enjoy traveling. Also, include in your list of dreams the desire to travel since there are many ideas on how to do it with limited resources.


SUMMER: RIGHT TIME TO TRAVEL?

Think of summer. You will feel the warmth of the

sun. You would want to go to the beach. And you

want to travel.

 

 

You can travel anytime you want but why summer? Because if you think of winter, you cannot think of swimming. You cannot think of going anywhere.

 

Today, travelling became easier and places became more accessible. You can take a one-day trip in summer. It is a season when you can have all the sunshine you can get. It  is the best time for swimming. Either in swimming pools or in the beach. The feel of water in your warm skin can refresh you.

 

As summer is the hottest time of the year, you can treat yourself to cold drinks, shaved ice, air-conditioned rooms, cold baths, and anything that can keep you cool and refreshed.

 

Summer is the best time to visit waterparks, eating ice cream  , enjoying cold fruits, or watching a long awaited movie in a very cold cinema. Keep yourself re-hydrated in warm times like summer to safeguard your health.

 

If you love to socialize, want to meet people and make new friends, vacationing in summer could be an nice time for it. You can be in a crowd, with people who wanted to meet people  just like you. You will enjoy the company of new friends longer for it is in summer when days are longest and the nights are shortest.

 

You can do many things in summer. Summertime is an ideal time to travel for the young as well as for the old. When it is getting warmer, go out for a swim or just travel in a place where the sun is giving off a not-too-hot rays.

 

If you want to visit unique or normal places, you can see them clearly in summer. It would be easier to go places in summer and enjoy everything under the heat of the sun. And a time to see the moon at its best.

 

It may not be always true, but sunshine denotes happiness. When we say Summer, you can always imagine sunshiny days rather than gloomy times. Travels need not be too expensive. In summer, lots of people wanted to travel so it would be nice to book for a tour group. That way, it would cost you less than having to travel alone.

 

Travelling can be made on foot, a two-wheel drive, train, ship, or airplanes. Whatever means you want to get to your destination, think of your safety first.  No matter how adventurous you are, avoid unnecessary risks. Be wary of your surroundings, and make sure you would not be a target of crime or violence. And whatever your reasons for wanting to travel, make the most of your time, make it beneficial for your own well being, and bring back beautiful and unforgettable memories with you back home.

 

Any season of the year may be the right time to travel but one of the best and popular time is in Summer. Plan and save now. Think of Summer.


DO YOU WANT TO BE A BETTER TRAVELER?

Wanderlust is in the blood of a traveler. One can not just remain as a mediocre traveler. You can always become an upgraded type of a traveler.

 

 

Learn to Pack the Best Way

  It won’t be so surprising if you paid extra for your hefty baggage on your first time to travel. As you experience the hassle of bringing too much and not using them, you will make sure, you won’t do the same mistake again. Travel light. Focus on the basics. It is more comfortable. It won’t slow you down.

 

Have an Effective Time Management

  You may not consider that time is gold but others do. To some, it is as precious as gold.

 

“It’s better to wait than let anyone wait for you”. When you travel with a group, it would be safe to take this simple thought to heart as your motto.

 

Be conscious of time. When you need to meet your group in a specified time, be there a little earlier if not on time. There is nothing more irritating than having to wait for someone who is already late.

 

Be Extra Patient

  It is so true that patience is a virtue. It could bring you to places and enjoy them. There is nothing more patience consuming than being tossed about in the midst of a crowd, being the last of a very long line, trying to understand delays of your booked flights, and waiting for a late member of your group. But before impatience can kick in, accept it as natural for a traveler to experience.

 

Be Genuinely Friendly

  Even if you are generally a quiet person, learn to go out of your way and make friends with fellow travelers or the locals who are complete strangers.    

 

When you are pushed by someone who is in a hurry just like you, smile at that person.

 

If they managed to step on your toes, it’s understandable you won’t really feel like smiling, just hold your tongue. It is something you can’t be thankful for, but don’t be rude. Nobody wanted to do something like that intentionally.

 

When you are supposed to fall in line in a queue of passengers, turn your back and smile at that person behind you. Just hope that the one in front of you will turn their back so that you can smile at them too. When you’re done smiling at them, you can strike a simple conversation. Say, maybe how long the line is before you get to check in. When they seem not too interested, let your emergency measure out. Maybe a not so thick paperback novel. If you can’t really understand what you are reading while standing, you can make use of your waiting time to call a friend or a family at home.

 

Just enjoy the chance to stretch your legs which you can seldom do while at work.

 

To be able to form friendship anywhere you go, is one of a traveler’s fulfillment.

 

Patronize Local Products

  Different people from different countries have their own unique craftsmanship and creativity. Souvenir is always on the list of a traveler and it is often what friends of a traveler receives.

 

Buy products of the place you are visiting. It can help the economy of the locals and it can be a nice gift for friends and family. Souvenirs preserve memories of the places and experiences you once had, that time made you forget.

 

Be Extra Cautious

  A traveler’s goal is to learn, to enjoy, and to relax. But don’t loosen your defenses. A foreign country is as foreign as it sound. Study their culture and customs ahead. It would bring more excitement to the visit. It would make you safer.

 

Be Eco-friendly. Love the Earth

  Do not allow yourself to be an accessory in harming Mother Nature. Be a responsible traveler. Throw your trash in the garbage bin provided. Do not rely so much on disposables. Bring a water tumbler which you can just refill.

  Do not pick flowers in bloom. Their beauty are more appreciated when they are fresh, not wilted.      

 

With these traits and behaviors, you will be loved by the locals. You will not be considered ill-mannered. And you will not be remembered as someone who is not a good travel companion. Practice makes perfect always applies.

 


NEGATIVE EMOTIONS YOU SHOULDN’T FEEL WHEN YOU TRAVEL

 

DOUBT

  Plan a trip. Do not doubt that it will push through. Believe that you can save for it. Believe that you can afford to be away from work for a few days. Believe that it will be for your well being. Never doubt for even a second, that you can.

 

ANXIETY

    There are types of people who gets anxious before a trip for no reason at all. But there are also valid reasons why they do. Maybe the waiting makes them feel that way. The negative thoughts of what might happen can also contribute to the feelings of anxiety. Leaving the house unmanned, trying to double check (again) what to bring, what not to forget, there is an endless list of reasons to be nervous before a trip.

 

FEAR

    There are some people who are afraid to travel. They probably think of accidents, being scammed, or robbed. Imagination has no limit. Never give it a free rein in your mind. It will rob you the right to enjoy.  Do not give an inch to fear or it will swallow you whole.

 

ANGER

    When plans are not going your way, it is easy to get angry. Anger can breed hostility. You cannot attract friends if you are easily annoyed. Even if people who cut in line, or stepped on your toes are really annoying, do not shout at them. If you do, you can get  into trouble with that kind of attitude. Control your anger especially if you are in a foreign land. Nobody wants to help an irate person.

 

GUILT

    Never feel guilty if you are enjoying with friends or when you are enjoying a trip alone. As long as you arranged your schedule well, and you take extra care to the tasks and people you left behind, then you can go your way and be comfortable on your most awaited trip. Do not punish yourself just because you think you deserve a nice trip.

 

ARROGANCE

    When you travel, there are endless opportunities and chances of meeting people of different attitudes and different social status. Never look down on people, neither feel inferior to anyone. Remember a line of the famous prose poem by Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata “…If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.”

 

DISAPPOINTMENT

    In a trip, there is always a possibility of a not-100%-going-as-planned to happen. Your itinerary might be trimmed down to fewer sights due to some rain or any unexpected phenomenon. Do not be disappointed. Savor the moment. It will be added to your list of new experiences.

 

REGRET

    Never felt remorse for indulging yourself in some luxurious trip. The moment a traveler is headed home, it is when  reality usually strikes hard in the head. You might feel regretful that you have spent most of your savings. Do not feel that way. Instead,  be thankful for being blessed with good health that enables you to work. You can earn it back in no time.

 

    A negative thought added with more negative thoughts will never make it positive. Refrain from thinking negative thoughts that may arise when you travel. Make your travel something you can remember for a long time. It is not everyday that anyone can travel. So when you have the chance, enjoy it and make it worthwhile.


TRAVEL IS A PLEASURE BUT SAFETY FIRST

 

“A journey of a thousand miles, begins with s single step.” -Lao Tsu

 

  Travel is what almost every human being on earth wanted to do and experience. Sometimes you can say that the desire to travel is inborn. The moment a child takes its first step, there is no turning back. All you can do is to start counting the miles.

 

  For you not to regret the travel you are most excited to take, be wary of possible dangers and risks that you might encounter. Take precautions to ensure that your travel will be as safe as it could be.

 

Beware of Fake Agencies

  In booking your trip, make sure that you buy your tickets or package from a legitimate travel agency. Do not readily trust advertisements from social media without verifying its legality. Don’t outrightly pay for hotel accommodations without checking if the establishment really exist.

 

Do not wear expensive jewelry.

  Jewelry attracts the eyes of almost everyone  you meet. Be it a friend, or a foe. Friends tend to appreciate what you are wearing but bad guys can be covetous and may end up hurting you.

  It may come convenient not to wear your flashy jewelries. You may never know they will be snagged on hedges in the park, lost it,  or worst, your life might be endangered because of it.

 

Beware of Robbers

  Travelers stand out in the midst of a crowd. And scammers can easily spot you.  If possible, never give a sign that you are a tourist, by carrying your camera even if you are not using it, or consulting a map while walking. You will be like walking with a red, x mark on your forehead. An easy target.

 

Avoid a Fight

  It is natural for us to defend ourselves even from

petty injustices or maybe violations of our rights. If that is the case, do it in a way that won’t start an argument.

  Another thing, if a porter insists to carry your luggage even after saying that you could carry it yourself, be firm, say no, but be gentle. Never raise your voice to a stranger, especially in a foreign land.

 

Be Wary Of Scammers

   Never outrightly trust someone who will approach you. They may be posing as a policeman or a tourist guide. Make sure you will never be conned.

     If you want to travel alone, it would be of great help to know what the local transport of your chosen destination looks like, such as taxis. It


WANT TO GAIN SOMETHING WHEN TRAVELING SOLO?

Even if you have a not-so-adventurous spirit, take traveling solo positively. You may be apprehensive about the idea of taking a vacation alone, but still, there are good reasons to try one and… gain a lot:

Wanderlust Traveler Lifestyle Nature Trip Concept

FREEDOM
You can go anytime you want to go. Travel at your own pace, enough to be confident that you won’t keep anyone waiting, and no need for you to wait for anybody either. You don’t need to be a harried traveler just because you are with some company. The feeling of freedom in traveling alone is worth the try.
Time management can be difficult in a big group. Even if your tour guide provides you with a clear itinerary, some of your “ fellow-tourist” will somehow forget or deliberately ignore it. It would be very frustrating if even a quarter of your time intended for sightseeing can just be wasted by waiting for the rest of your group to assemble for the next trip.

You can go anywhere you want. You are free to choose your destination, planned or at random. There will be no discussion within your group on whose preference goes first. And if you are with a tour group, there might be places in your tour package that you don’t want to visit.

You can eat anywhere and anything you want if you are traveling solo. When you are with a group, chances are, even a simple basic daily need such as eating would become complicated.. And if you are more good natured than your company, you will be eating something not much to your liking. You can order what you like, of course, but it is not very satisfying to have a meal you can’t share because nobody in your group wants to eat it except you.

You can also decide on what medium of transportation you want to use. It could be an airplane, a train, a ship, or a car. And when you are already in the center of the city, you can use your legs to explore the shops, the restaurants, or anywhere within walking distance. That way, you can enjoy shopping or just window shopping at leisure. What’s more, you can save some of your fare allowance.

GOOD CHARACTER TRAITS

Self-control. When you are in a foreign land, you tend to control yourself around unfamiliar people. Being a solo traveler, you are conscious of your actions for fear to offend. The good thing about not wanting to offend is to gain new friends and acquaintances.

Responsibility. When traveling alone, you only have yourself to depend on. There is nobody who would decide for you or be able to help you when you are in predicament. But you can call a friend.
Traveling alone makes you conscious with the people around you, and the sceneries before you.
Unlike when you are with a big group, you tend to just go with the flow, and by the end of the trip, you may not even know what routes you were taking, and the whole trip may seem to be flitting.

Confidence. You can bolster your confidence by traveling on your own. Once you started to take responsibility and made right decisions, you will be more confident that you can afterall handle certain situations. And that is another good reason for you to try traveling alone.

TIME
In today’s generation, you will notice that people are afraid to be alone. Only a few spend weekends at home, instead of giving oneself time of reprieve from the hustles and bustles of daily life. Young and old alike are getting bored and depressed if they are alone. They tend to believe that nobody cares for them. And so, going on a vacation solo seems so remote to many.
Do not allow that your happiness and enjoyment will depend on other people. Give yourself time alone. By then, you will know what is your real goal and perspective in life. And traveling solo is the best time for you to think about all these.
It is fulfilling to experience enjoyment even when you are alone. People should learn to enjoy their own company. Try to travel solo.

Going to Paris solo may not be a good idea as the place is well known as the city of lovers. But why not?

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