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Traveling around the world does not have to be for just those with lots of money and/or those who have retired from the workforce.
Whether you have minimal monetary means and/or you work, you can still set aside money over time to make some trips around the globe.
That said it oftentimes comes down to some good handling of your finances, mapping out where you want to go in plenty of time, and making sure you have all your paperwork ready to roll (passport, visa, emergency contacts etc.).
So, where will your world ventures take you?
Seeing the Globe without Going Broke
While it may seem at times like jetting or cruising around the world is nothing short of a pipe dream, you can do it if you really put your mind to it.
For starters, where do you want to go?
Yes, some places have been in the news as of late for good things, others not so good.
Among the venues getting a lot of attention in recent weeks is Brazil.
With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, countless people have flocked to this South American country of more than 200 million people, taking part in the world’s largest gathering of athletes.
In the event a Brazil vacation or other parts of the world are on your mind, here are a few things to follow up on:
- Time of the year – If you are thinking a visit from the U.S. to Brazil is in order; remember that the weather is the opposite of that in the United States. Summer in the U.S. is wintertime in South America and vice-versa. While Brazil typically doesn’t experience the brutally cold weather America’s northeast and Midwest spots can get in wintertime here, the warmest months to journey to Brazil would be from around December to February. If you go in February, you have a week of festival time with the famed Brazilian Carnival. Given all the limelight Rio has gotten in recent weeks, it is sure to remain a hotspot for visitors to South America;
- Local conditions – Unfortunately, some parts of the world continue to be in chaos due to political upheaval and other issues. As a result, Americans are warned to shy away from such regions of the globe. While you may not have the time (or interest for that matter) in following the news from around the world, it is important that you do check with U.S. officials before jetting or cruising off to some far away destination. Checking with the U.S. State Department and/or the local U.S. embassies in any countries you are thinking about visiting is always a good idea. The number one goal of any trip (along with having fun) is making sure you stay safe;
- Getting the necessary time off – Whether you work or are retired, making sure you have the proper amount of time to get away is important. For example, a trip to Australia or some other far away destination really can’t be properly done in just a week’s time. You have to figure on losing a day’s time both coming and going due to air travel. With that in mind, always deduct two days from your travel and sightseeing schedule;
- Adjusting to local foods etc. – It is also important that you have a general idea of the foods you may be eating while traveling abroad. The last thing you want happening is having some kind of food poisoning or other serious reaction to food or drink while far away from home. If you want to play it safer to the vest, there are typically American fast-food and restaurants available in many countries. When it comes to drinking will traveling the globe, be sure to turn to bottled water and avoid lots of ice in your drinks. You also want to avoid drinking tap water, even while in your hotel room. While you can’t 100 percent safeguard yourself from picking up something while away from home, limit those chances by safe sanitary measures.
If a trip or trips around the world are in your near future, make sure you map things out well in advance.
Doing so will increase the chances of making it a journey to remember.
The days before you go for vacations or traveling are usually frantic as you check and double check everything that you need to take with you. The fear of forgetting something important can be overwhelming and checking your passport and tickets at least 18 times is standard practice and that is before you consider clothes, gadgets or anything else. If you are preparing for a journey then the best thing you can do is plan well ahead of time and leave nothing to chance so here are some tips to help you ensure that you’re fully ready for your trip.
Check Before Packing
The best way to ensure that you have everything that you will need is to lay all of your luggage out on the floor before placing it in your suitcase, put clothing into piles of shorts, t-shirts, shirts, shoes, underwear etc. Do the same with your essentials such as passports, boarding passes, plane tickets and currency. The last thing that you need is to unpack your bag once it’s packed to look for something that you fear you’ve forgotten. Lay it all out, check each part and then pack your suitcase with confidence.
Preparing entertainment for your journey is essential, there is going to be a lot of waiting time both in the airport, on the plane or on busses. Download movies, TV shows or E-books ahead of time for later on and ensure you have all necessary chargers. You should also try to pre-download any games that you may want to play but if you forget this I found a brilliant website called Poki that offers free online games. I’m speaking from experience here as the last time I traveled I had no movies or anything on my laptop but a quick search online and I fell on this treasure trove of games of all kinds, strategy, arcade, adventure and even sports. I spent all of my time at JFK playing a ridiculously addictive game called Super Soccer Noggins, a one on one football game where you simply need to score against your opponent using your head and feet. In all honesty Poki saved my life that day because I planned terribly for my wait time.
Food and Snacks
Buying food at the airport can be a costly affair, they know that they have you trapped and unfortunately often charge high prices for snacks and meals. You know very well that you will be spending a lot of money on your vacations but the last thing that you need is to be blowing unnecessary money at the airport on a bag of chips. My advice would be to fill a separate bag with snacks such as fruit, chips and maybe even a sandwich for your journey and your wait time, a little preparation beforehand could save you quite a bit of money in the airport, money that you can then spend on something for more interesting during your vacations.