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stumbleupon Travel for free or next to nothing? Who’s kidding whom? Is that even possible? We assure you, it’s very much possible. You just have to know how. Join Volunteer Programs There are many volunteer organizations that’ll allow you to travel to the country of your choice and pay you for it, besides. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Explore Other Cheap Travel Options 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. EXTRA: Do not forget a good travel insurance before you go We highly recommend to get a good travel insurance as most likely your standard health insurance won’t work abroad. Travel Tip Shared by Teena Celis

How Can I Save Money on My Smartphone Bill When Traveling Internationally? I recently visited Tokyo for 11 days with a Galaxy Nexus(Verizon). I did not require mobile data or calling, so I turned off the CDMA/LTE radios and did the following: 1) Cached all of Tokyo, Narita, and surrounding areas in Google Maps for offline map use. Google blocks caching for Japan in newer versions, so I had to sideload the .apk for Maps 6.8.1 in order to cache the maps. I used GPS to navigate around the cached areas on foot. 2) Took a pocket router with me to supply myself with wifi in my hotel, which provided wired internet only. 3) For Tokyo Metro routes, I would find the best directions, including the stops and prices, in Maps and take a screenshot.

www.businessinsider 20 Things I Learned From Traveling Around the World | Clayton B. Cornell Travel for long enough and one day you wake up to realize: This is no longer a vacation, it’s your life. Over one year ago I quit my job and decided to travel around the world. This was both a dream 10 years in the making and one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Night train from Belgrade to Sofia. In the last 12 months I learned a lot about long-term travel, what I need to be happy, and how to survive outside of the U.S. Well, here’s part of the answer. “There’s no substitute for just going there.” My trip hasn’t been about sightseeing (although I’ve done that) as much as just being somewhere. When I was younger my dad often said, “The hardest part is just getting out the door.” If you’ve already traveled extensively, you may get a kick out of this. #1) Most of the world’s people are friendly and decent. Except for the French*. Some stereotypes really hold up, but on average, most of the people I’ve met around the world are extremely polite, friendly and helpful. Ha ha, not at all mom! 1. Tillow: The Beach Towel + Pillow This is the perfect invention for beach bums! When all you want to do is to lie down on the beach and perfect your tan, or go for a quick swim in the ocean after, Tillow allows you to do all that with a peace of mind. Not only you can stop piling up sand underneath your towel to create a headrest; you don’t need to carry a beach bag to stash all your gadgets and valuables for when you head to the water and hope that no one will steal them. Via: Tillow Price: not available 2. Do you know the World Health Organization (WHO) attributes 80% of all travel diseases to contaminated drinking water? Via: SteriPenPrice: from USD49.95 3. When you’re traveling, the last thing you want is for your valuables to go missing, but all too often, keys or a bag will get misplaced. Via: TilePrice: from USD19 4. Why walk when you can skate? Via: Micro Kickboard, Micro MobilityPrice: RM1300 5. Another simple solution for beach lovers. Via: SlotFlopsPrice: from USD24.95 6. 7. 8.

Getting Around in Southeast Asia 0Google + Regional flights in Southeast Asia are affordable and convenient -- a great way to get around if your time is short. That said, half the fun of traveling is getting there -- many walk away from land travel in this part of the world saying, "I'll never do it again, but what a trip!" When the massive Soviet 4X4 nearly lays on its side in the deep ruts of a washed-out road in Laos, or that rattletrap motorbike you rented in hill-tribe country in the north of Vietnam catches a flat and leaves you stranded, you might curse yourself or the very road you're on, but you'll have lots of stories to tell when you get back. By Plane Myriad routes into the region are served by international carriers, including Silk Air (the regional arm of Singapore Airlines), Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, Vietnam Airlines, and Garuda Indonesia. Remember that international airports are not restricted to capital cities. By Train By Bus By Boat There are lots of boat adventures in the region.

andrewhy So there is a secret to planning a RTW (round the world) trip that is pretty bold: the only thing holding you back is time. I want to help you make the idea of a round the world trip into a reality. Time is by far the most ‘expensive’ part of a RTW trip. The year or so leading up to planning, and the year of travel. It is not money. The second part of the secret? You know this. Ok, game on. Lets take a deep breath and remember what travel is about in one picture. So here is your 5 simple steps for doing a RTW trip: Step 1: Where do you dream of going? Cool, now take that list, and go there. Step 2: Time is king. Travel is fun. Step 3: Read the synopsis in guidebooks, then leave them at home. I hate the guidebooks. Step 4: Budget, save and book. If I were to ask you to give me blue colored books next week, and it would save my life, do you think you can find them? You need to save for this trip. Start now. A bit tricky. This is annoying because I have to lie, and I don’t like to lie.

Around the World Travel Community for Indie Travel - BootsnAll www.supermoney Traveling is complicated. From packing the luggage “just right” to hustling your way through busy airports, getting ready for a trip is never simple. But we’ve scoured the web for sixty ways to make your next trip a whole lot easier. We especially like #46s Chapstick trick! 1. Here’s a nice video on how to pack like a pro. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. Put your camera on a tripod Take about 15 pictures about every 10 seconds Open them all in Photoshop from File->Scripts->Statistics Choose “median.” 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. Most WiFi networks has the blocker designed to let images through, maybe because they are hotlinking some images on the page where they ask for you to log in. 60. Whatsbusy shows which security lines at the airport are busy.

15 Ways to See Europe on the Cheap Given the economy, the number one question I've gotten lately from people is whether to go to Europe. It's true that many people will put off their trips for another time. But millions of globetrotters—who see exploring our world as a way of life—will find a way to keep on traveling. Let's be honest. Advertisement The best travelers are not those with the thickest wallets, but those with a knack for connecting with locals and their culture. Match your hobbies with a local in Helsinki's "Meet the Finns" program—and suddenly, you're searching out classic comics at the flea market with a new local friend. If you're wandering through Spain's Santiago de Compostela and you hear music and dancers in a gym, pop in and observe. Even in London—Europe's priciest city—you can have a world-class experience for next to nothing. Budget travelers need to know their money-saving options, and take advantage of them: Ride the shuttle rather than the taxi in from the airport (saves $40 in Vienna).

26 Killer Travel Gadgets Every Geek Needs Update: For even more kick ass gadgets, check out Another 26 Travel Gadgets Every Geek Needs. I admit it: I’m a tech-head. I love gadgets and I love to travel. Put the two together and I attain a state of bliss somewhere between watching a Meredith Baxter-Birney marathon on Lifetime and that feeling you get when you think about puppies and marshmallows together at the same time. See where I’m going? Anywho, I run through my checklist of essential gear every time I travel: laptop? I started doing some digging and realized I’ve been missing out in a big way. #1: De-Pooify Your Water Supply If you’re not a big fan of drinking animal droppings with your river water while hiking or on the go, the MSR Miox water filter is all you need to de-pooify a steady, virtually unlimited, potable water supply. #2: Gorillapod The Gorillapod. #3: A Hammock for Your ‘lectronics #4: Laser Virtual Keyboard #5: A Real Global Cell Phone My cell phone can beat up your cell phone. #7: Indestructible Travel Cases Mmkay.

Thrifty 50 Travel Tips by Rick Steves By Rick Steves The economy may be wobbly, but our travel dreams are still strong — for good reason. Europe is every bit as magical as ever, and no recession can change that. To help you keep your dream trip affordable, here are 50 thrifty ways to stretch your travel dollar in Europe... A B&B offers double the warmth and cultural intimacy for half the price of a hotel. Avoid touristy restaurants with "We speak English" signs and multilingual menus. Fly open-jaws — that's into one city and out of another. Travel off-season — generally October through April in Europe. Family-run businesses offer the best values because they employ family members to get around Europe's costly labor regulations. Picnics save money. Eat with the season. Use a guidebook. Use ATMs rather than travelers checks. Stay in touch cheaply by dialing direct. Cars are worthless and costly headaches in big cities. Look up friends, relatives, and contacts. Adapt to European tastes. Know your railpass options.

10 Essential Tools for Practical Travelers I grew up traveling. My dad was a manufacturer’s representative in home furnishings, which meant he did a tour of all the furniture stores in the Midwest every few months. In the summers, we went with him, exploring the tiniest of Midwestern towns while he showed the fall line in some Main Street furniture store. After college, I headed to London. When my 6-month work visa expired, I traveled Europe for a month before settling down for a few months to an Army base job in Heidelberg. Since I had built a relationship with a German national in London, the next seven years I went back to Europe at least a half-dozen times, spending a few weeks at a time in Dijon, Antwerp, The Hague, and Heidelberg (her home town), which became bases for shorter trips to Rome, Florence, Brussels, Berlin, Bamberg, Strassbourg, and a dozen smaller towns. Here are a few of the things I’ve picked up over the years that have a special place in my packing list. 1. Instead, pick up a travel clothesline. 2. 3. 4. 5.