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How to plan the best roadtrip EVER 

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I looooove roadtrips! I am that girl who dreads the arrival. I will take my pillow, my snacks, my books and my phone and consider the car as my house for the whole ride. As a matter of fact, I get most inspired in cars or buses! Probably because I find time to just sit down, look at the landscapes and have some good convos with my lover while playing some Angus and Julia Stone on the radio, Clean Bandit, Coldplay or some good country music. Ahhh… This is heaven to me. 

Roadtrips can be pure bliss or hell. It all depends on your preparation. And I want this blog to make you all PROS! This is why I prepared this list so your roadtrips can be a blast.

1- Make sure you are comfortable 

Comfort is sooo important if you are going to be in a car for more than 30 minutes! Make sure you year yoga pants so your legs don’t get stiff. Also, wear a loose t-shirt and remember to take a hoody with you in case it gets chilly. Wear comfy shoes that are easy to put on and off (just like the airport) and take a pillow and light sheet. Once this list is checked, there is no way you will be uncomfortable during your ride!

2- Stay healthy! 

Rule numero dos is to pack healthy snacks. Getting car sickness because you are too full or because something did not go down right is no fun. I have particularly fragile intestines so I do my best to bring fruits that I can eat on the go, some avocados and a spoon and knife. People will think that it’s quite weird that you walk around with a big knife but trust me, your stomach will thank you later! I suggest bananas, watermelon, pineapples, mangos and avocados.

3-Avoid boredom

Books, a camera,  and a 3G connection are all it takes to avoid getting bored. Most people can’t read in cars but if you are a weirdo like me, cars are your favourite place to read. Bring your goodies with you and you will have so much fun you will not see the time pass.

4-Have a killer playlist 

There is no roadtrip without music (A blog post about the perfect roadtrip playlist is coming soon). Have a list of the songs you love the most while riding. For me, songs that have great instrumental and powerful(even weird) lyrics are my best option for roadtrips. I love Coldplay, One Republic, The Script,Angus and Julia Stone, Ed Sheeran, Worship music like Bethel and Hillsongs, Annnnnnd when things get a little more romantic, I play some Shania Twain 🙂 I listen to sooo many different song categories. It really all depends on the mood.

5-Be in good company 😉 

I adore roadtrips with my boyfriend or with close friends and family! It is such a precious time to talk and bond!  I still remember a time where I laughed so much I cried in the car. I still like when we hold hands. I love talking about everything. I don’t know why roadtrips help people communicate so much. It must be the mountains and the music in the background. Come on, how can teenage dream by Katy Perry not make you want to be wild and kiss your lover at gaz stations?! Is it just me?

Anyways I surely hope this post helped. I firmely believe that roadtrips can be so much fun if we simply take a little time to plan

Do You like roadtrips? Do you have any thing you would like to add to this list? Share with me in the comment box below.

Xoxo

A travel lover

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7 Easy steps to stop wishing your life away and book that trip! 

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Let’s face it, it is not easy for everybody to book a ticket and jump on a plane. There are so many factors keeping people from stopping to wish their life away and just go. Fear is the  number one factor. It is a lie that hides in our spirits and whispers that we will not be able to follow our dreams because we are not good enough, because our dreams are unrealistic or because it won’t work out for us. LIES THEY TELL! I see so many people wasting years talking about this new business, this new idea, this new project they are working on without ever taking action. My goal for this blog is to not only share my passion for life and traveling but to create a community of bold people who have the guts to follow their dreams with passion and drive! So, if you have been wanting to travel but never had the courage to do so, this post is for you! If you are sitting there scrolling through your feed thinking that everybody gets to travel and explore the world, this post is DEFINITELY for you.

So how can you go from wishing your life away to booking that trip in easy steps?

STEP 1

Make a list of all the reasons you want to go, then make a list of all the reasons you’ve waited this long. Make sure that what you write really comes from the heart and reflects your fears and passion. Don’t be ashamed of what might come out. Nobody will read it anyways. It is your moment to face your real demons and make a clean up on the inside.

STEP 2

After putting these 2 lists together, take a moment to decide if the reasons you did not go are really acceptable. Chances are, you were simply making excuses!You have a child? You might have someone you trust who could babysit for a week or two. You don’t have enough money? Hello…..most of us don’t. That’s why saving takes a little time and requires effort.  Instead of sitting on these excuses, write down a SOLUTION for each of them.

STEP 3

Congratulations! If you’ve made it this far, this means that you are on a good path. Step 3 is picking your destination. Think about the kind of experience you want to have and choose the destination that will help you reach that goal! If you are going to a country just because your fiends are going but you know you won’t have a great time, do NOT go. This is dangerous because it will not only make you waste time and money but it might also make you think that you do not like to travel which will only be a clouded judgment based on one bad experience.

STEP 4

Put deadlines on your planning! First, pick the date you want to leave. It is very important to know exactly where you want to go and in which period you want to go. Put a realistic deadline that will allow you enough time to save up money, do your research, get your visa if necessary. Put a deadline on each  step! make sure you know how much time the visa process takes so you apply on time, put a deadline for your pictures and for sending out forms. Set deadlines to book your hostels or hotels and even to pack your bags! (Yes I know, this last one is not always easy).

STEP 5

Have a plan! Money will not fall out of a tree. So find realistic ways to collect money. If you work, decide which % of your paycheck you will use to travel. You can also get some side jobs like babysitting, writing for blogs are newspapers, or by using any of your talents really to generate some revenue! You can sell some clothes. I am sure that there are so many things in your closet you do not need. Make some researches and learn more about how you can earn a few extra bucks from selling stuff you do not wear anymore and make some space in your closet! Put your change in a box. This! my friends is such a fun method. Whenever you get some change from buying at the supermarket or else, you can put it in a box and not count the money until you are ready to leave for your trip. I can’t count how many times I booked a trip without having the hostel, food and activities money available. I just knew that I would hustle until I could collect every penny and it worked!

STEP 6

Stay motivated! Do not give up. Stay motivated by reading blog stories about the destination, talk about it, share with people. This will help you stay motivated throughout the waiting process.

STEP 7

Believe that it is not as impossible as it seems and that YOU can make it happen. If people are doing it, it must be possible. Stop thinking that only a privileged few can make their dreams come true. Traveling is one of the best ways to learn and you too can embrace it only by making your researches and really setting your mind to it.

Have you been waiting for a boost to plan your trip? Did this post help in any way? Share with me in the comment box below!

xoxo

A travel lover

4 Tips for Visiting Australia on a Budget (3 min read)

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4 TIPS FOR VISITING AUSTRALIA ON A BUDGET (3 MIN READ)

 

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Katie Dundas

Founder & Owner of: The Accidental Australian

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Travel Writer


The incredible continent of Australia should be high on any millionaire (or backpacker’s) list of places to visit. However, if you fall more on the backpacker end of the scale, and less on the millionaire’s, you’ll find Australia can be an expensive place to visit.
But, fear not, there are a few tricks of the trade that can save you some money on your adventures:

1. Ask for a discount. Yes, it sounds like a trick, but this can actually work, especially if you are looking to travel in the off-season. On my recent trip to Victoria, I had previously seen the tour I was interested in on sale for a much lower rate; however that price hadn’t been extended to the weekend I was looking to travel.

As luck would have it, turns out many people aren’t looking to travel the Great Ocean Road in the middle of a very cold and wet winter, and the tour operator would rather sell the trips at a lower profit margin than not sell them at all. The other obvious selling point of travelling in the winter, besides saving some money, is that the attractions you are looking to see will be far less crowded, fewer tourists with tripods pushing in front of you to photograph their 6 crying children, shorter queues for ice cream cones, etc. etc. There’s always the possibility that you won’t get a discount just by asking, but if you don’t ask, you don’t get.

2. Skyscanner. This is one of my favourite travel sites for finding cheap flights, both Australia and worldwide. In fact, I almost hate mentioning it, in case the rest of the world discovers its awesomeness and it somehow becomes less effective for me. Unlike some of the American flight search engines, it doesn’t exclude certain (low-cost) airlines from its search results, and it doesn’t charge booking fees, as WebJet and other Australian search engines do. Before I came to Aus, I booked a London to Bangkok trip, and saved the equivalent of about $200, plus flew with a better airline than I had budgeted for.

3. Get paid (sort of) to caravan. Campervan (RV) rental companies often need to move their cars quickly between rental locations, depending on demand. If you are cool with last minute planning, you can often rent a campervan for $5/day, as well as get reimbursed for fuel along the way. (Google Standby Relocs or Drive Now) You need to put up a bond, which gets returned as long as you don’t wrap their caravan around a telephone pole, and you are limited in the number of days you have to make the trip (although sometimes you can purchase extra days for the full rental fee).

I haven’t tried it yet, but I think it sounds like a great way to (frugally) do an Australian road trip, especially when you look at the daily rate for rentals. You can always drop the car off, spend a few days sightseeing, then get a flight back, or even pick up another caravan and keep going. If I was unemployed, this is where I would be right now.

4. Sign up to Travelzoo Australia and airline mailing lists. Get the current travel specials in your inbox. Tiger and Jetstar, the two Australian budget airlines, often do Friday afternoon mailings, with super cheap flights, the catch being they are limited to the first few hundred seats sold.

As with all the budget airlines, you’ll pay extra for checked luggage, but carry-on is free. Don’t let the system beat you- pack light and wear your heaviest clothes on the plane. Nothing wrong with doubling up on tops or sweaters to keep under the weight limit, then taking them off once you get past security (not that I’ve done this…)
Also, I’ve noticed that while travelling domestic, security controls allow liquids to go through, unlike at home. (While chugging a water bottle before I went through security, a guard gave me an exasperated look, rolled his eyes, and told me I didn’t need to throw away the water. No doubt he had done this numerous times, probably to every American he encountered.) But, that means you can take shampoo, soap, etc. in your carry on and not create an international incident. I’d probably still leave the fireworks at home though.

How do you save money when travelling? Feel free to comment in the post below!


Article Credits: Katie Dundas

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

(For Travel Bloggers & More)

7 Easy steps to stop wishing your life away and book that trip! 

7 Easy steps to stop wishing your life away and book that trip! – http://wp.me/p4if6I-OX

Let’s face it, it is not easy for everybody to book a ticket and jump on a plane. There are so many factors keeping people from stopping to wish their life away and just go. Fear is the  number one factor. It is a lie that hides in our spirits and whispers that we will not be able to follow our dreams because we are not good enough, because our dreams are unrealistic or because it won’t work out for us. LIES THEY TELL! I see so many people wasting years talking about this new business, this new idea, this new project they are working on without ever taking action. My goal for this blog is to not only share my passion for life and traveling but to create a community of bold people who have the guts to follow their dreams with passion and drive! So, if you have been wanting to travel but never had the courage to do so, this post is for you! If you are sitting there scrolling through your feed thinking that everybody gets to travel and explore the world, this post is DEFINITELY for you.

So how can you go from wishing your life away to booking that trip in easy steps?

STEP 1

Make a list of all the reasons you want to go, then make a list of all the reasons you’ve waited this long. Make sure that what you write really comes from the heart and reflects your fears and passion. Don’t be ashamed of what might come out. Nobody will read it anyways. It is your moment to face your real demons and make a clean up on the inside.

STEP 2

After putting these 2 lists together, take a moment to decide if the reasons you did not go are really acceptable. Chances are, you were simply making excuses!You have a child? You might have someone you trust who could babysit for a week or two. You don’t have enough money? Hello…..most of us don’t. That’s why saving takes a little time and requires effort.  Instead of sitting on these excuses, write down a SOLUTION for each of them.

STEP 3

Congratulations! If you’ve made it this far, this means that you are on a good path. Step 3 is picking your destination. Think about the kind of experience you want to have and choose the destination that will help you reach that goal! If you are going to a country just because your fiends are going but you know you won’t have a great time, do NOT go. This is dangerous because it will not only make you waste time and money but it might also make you think that you do not like to travel which will only be a clouded judgment based on one bad experience.

STEP 4

Put deadlines on your planning! First, pick the date you want to leave. It is very important to know exactly where you want to go and in which period you want to go. Put a realistic deadline that will allow you enough time to save up money, do your research, get your visa if necessary. Put a deadline on each  step! make sure you know how much time the visa process takes so you apply on time, put a deadline for your pictures and for sending out forms. Set deadlines to book your hostels or hotels and even to pack your bags! (Yes I know, this last one is not always easy).

STEP 5

Have a plan! Money will not fall out of a tree. So find realistic ways to collect money. If you work, decide which % of your paycheck you will use to travel. You can also get some side jobs like babysitting, writing for blogs are newspapers, or by using any of your talents really to generate some revenue! You can sell some clothes. I am sure that there are so many things in your closet you do not need. Make some researches and learn more about how you can earn a few extra bucks from selling stuff you do not wear anymore and make some space in your closet! Put your change in a box. This! my friends is such a fun method. Whenever you get some change from buying at the supermarket or else, you can put it in a box and not count the money until you are ready to leave for your trip. I can’t count how many times I booked a trip without having the hostel, food and activities money available. I just knew that I would hustle until I could collect every penny and it worked!

STEP 6

Stay motivated! Do not give up. Stay motivated by reading blog stories about the destination, talk about it, share with people. This will help you stay motivated throughout the waiting process.

STEP 7

Believe that it is not as impossible as it seems and that YOU can make it happen. If people are doing it, it must be possible. Stop thinking that only a privileged few can make their dreams come true. Traveling is one of the best ways to learn and you too can embrace it only by making your researches and really setting your mind to it.

Have you been waiting for a boost to plan your trip? Did this post help in any way? Share with me in the comment box below!

xoxo

A travel lover

Top 11 Money-Saving Tips For Visiting London

Squeeze the most out of your trip to London with our top money-saving tips. And the best bit? Many of these affordable options are way more fun than pricey alternatives!

 

1. Get a Visitor Oyster Card

Possibly the best way to save money in London is by getting yourself an Oyster Card travel smartcard for the city’s fantastic public transport system. Using a Visitor Oyster Card is more than 50% cheaper than buying one-day paper Travelcards or single tickets with cash (order one before you arrive to start saving immediately!).
Insider tip: Visitor Oyster Card holders qualify for a range of food, drink and other discounts and special offers.

2. Leg It!

Although you’ll want to use public transport for longer journeys (see above), Central London is ideal for walking or cycling using the city’s Santander Cycles scheme. This way you see more sights, get some exercise and may even happen across some hidden gems on your journey!
Insider tip: Especially at busy times, it’s actually faster to walk between stations such as Covent Garden and Leicester Square.

3. Free Attractions

London has a host of amazing free attractions and landmarks that you can visit without spending a penny. These include top art galleries and museums including Tate Modern, National Gallery and British Museum, the Southbank Centre art complex, and outdoor spaces such as Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath.
Insider tip: Don’t miss free spectacles such as Changing the Guard.

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British Museum

4. Cheap West End Tickets

Seeing a West End theatre show doesn’t have to be expensive. Buy your tickets in advance for big discounts. You can also visit the TKTS booth in Leicester Square for cheap, last minute tickets.
Insider tip:
If you know what you want to see, try lining up at the theatre for stand-by tickets and returns. More tips on buying theatre tickets.

5. The London Pass

The London Pass gets you in free (often with fast-track entry) to more than 60 top London attractions including the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, London Bridge Experience and the Thames River Cruise.
Insider tip: Plan the perfect day out with London Pass using our itinerary.

6. Book Online in Advance

If you don’t think you’ll do enough sightseeing to use a London Pass, you can beat the queues and save on ticketed attractions and exhibitions by booking online and in advance. For example, Coca-Cola London Eye tickets are up to 10% cheaper online.
Insider tip: Plan ahead as tickets are often issued in time slots.

7. Happy Hours

For a money-saving night out, keep an eye on pub happy hours or get yourself along to one of London’s many student club nights. With drink promotions, two-for-one deals and more, this is a great way to enjoy yourself without breaking the bank.
Insider tip: Ask at your hostel and check online for the latest student club information.

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8. Small Shows

London has thriving live music, comedy and cabaret scenes. And the great thing about these smaller productions is they’re usually a lot more affordable than traditional theatre shows or big-name music gigs.
Insider tip: Cabaret shows crop up in some amazing and unexpected bijoux venues.

9. Bargain Shopping

London is a shoppers’ paradise and for those watching the pennies, there’s plenty of bargain options. Check out affordable fashion in high street stores such as Primark or search for cheap retro originals at London’s vintage emporiums.
Insider tip: Shop at London’s wonderful markets, where you can often haggle for bigger savings!

10. Cheap Eats

For affordable food, look out for chain restaurants, buffets and traditional cafes. In fine weather, you can purchase pre-made sandwiches from supermarkets or shops such as Pret A Manger and Eat, and dine al fresco in one of London’s lovely parks, gardens or courtyards. Street food has become a very popular social phenomenon: discover the best food trucks in London, and satisfy your taste buds with cheap and mouthwatering street food.
Insider tip: Take a packed lunch to More London for some of the best, free sightseeing in town!

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11. Sleep Cheap

For budget accommodation, look no further than London’s friendly hostels, budget hotel chains, B&B’s and Halls of Residence (as long as you time your trip for the university holidays!)
Insider tip: Did you know you can camp in London?

Read more at http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/budget-london/top-11-moneysaving-tips-for-visiting-london#zWm5i0A0OLforSez.99

5 Ways Voluntarism Can Make You Become a Better Person (2 min read) — Millionaire’s Digest

Written By Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Acha Harrison

Founder & Owner of: Thinking Acha

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor and Successful Living Writer


“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” —Muhammad Ali

What is a voluntarism? Is volunteering about money? Should we measure it that way? Most people would say NO. I started volunteering in 2014. From then till now, I have gained lots that the four walls of education never revealed to me. There’s value in volunteering and I have tapped from such value over time. Being a product of voluntarism, this is true.

Voluntarism is a life – long and significant journey of seeing yourself as part of the community through giving, contributing, and helping other individuals and the community at large. It is engaging with others to make a meaningful contribution to a better community.

“If you help more persons get what they want, they will come together and help you get what you want.”

In the most positive light, voluntarism goes beyond doing something without expecting anything in return. It is about meeting a need. The reward of meeting such needs cannot be overemphasized. Don’t believe me? Here are 5 ways volunteerism can help you become a better person.

1. Gain New Skills And Experience. Voluntarism breaks skill gap. I didn’t learn advocacy, public speaking and social media marketing through school. I learnt them via voluntarism. During a training I had with Milky Way Youth Movement as a Global Youth Ambassador Volunteer in 2015, I learnt how to better use the Google Search and another, how to use social media for advocacy. These are things you aren’t even paying to learn—a gift in today’s world of expensive education. Through voluntarism, you can acquire new skills, gain experience and sometimes even qualifications as you learn, unlearn and relearn.

2. You Can Get Inspired. Are you a writer, an artist, or other creative being? According to Julia Cameron, we all are. You can be inspired or get a new idea as you are volunteering. Voluntarism is a world of idea and inspiration if only you volunteer.

3. Build Your Network. Networking is an amazing benefit of volunteering. There’s a saying that goes thus, “Your network determines your networth. Voluntarism offers you the platform to meet with different kind of persons with diverse skills and ability from different regions of the world. You get first hand exposure that can impact on your professional and personal development.

4. Gain Confidence. Voluntarism can help you gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement. Gandhi put it best when he said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

5. Eposed to opportunities. Voluntarism exposes you to wide range of opportunities. Ranging from scholarship and internship to free mentorship, trainings and seminars. Voluntarism feeds you with information about opportunities around the globe. Don’t stay idle, look out for platform to volunteer and if can’t find one, create one.

Have you volunteered before? If Yes, kindly share with us what you learnt from it as we will be glad to hear from you!


Article Credits: Acha Harrison

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

(For Family & Life, Successful Living Bloggers & More)

 

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5 Packing Necessities for Travelers (2 min read)

5 Packing Necessities for Travelers (2 min read)

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Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Valerie Furgerson

Founder & Owner of:Real Red Life Blog

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor and Travel Writer


Wherever you go there are definitely some items that you should have in your bag or suitcase to make your trip run more smoothly. For a more relaxed and  worry-free trip here are 5 packing necessities:

  1. Packing Cubes 

Whoever came up with this idea deserves a medal. “I don’t know, how DO you fit ten shirts in one tight little zipped up compartment?” Beats me. It’s magic. It’s the stuff of wizards. If you are someone that tends to over-pack on trips, these are for you. If you are going on an extended trip, these are for you. If you want to have more room for goodies in your bag, theses are for you. Basically, if you are going on a trip anywhere, these are for you. However, they can be a bit pricey. But I was a little sneaky sneaky and got mine from Amazon (see link below) and they are GREAT. 3 for $24, worth it. Just roll up as many items as you can fit in each cube and still zip it closed and you are good to go. I got 4 pairs of pants and 4 pairs of shorts into just ONE of these bad boys. You can view them here.

  1. Jackets 

No matter where you’re traveling, you should always bring a rain jacket. I have been surprised with a downpour many times. So now when people ask for me any packing advice I always tell them to bring some sort of rain jacket. Even a light one. My favorite one is from The North Face that I absolutely love because it’s thin and therefore easily packable. For colder weather the Patagonia Synchilla is a must-have. It says lightweight but let me tell you, it is WARM and delightful. Money well spent, friends.

  1. Good shoes

This is quite possibly the most important item of your travelling life. Whatever other pairs of shoes that you bring… fine. BUT, make sure you have good walking or hiking shoes. AND make sure you break them in before your trip or you will lose layer upon layer of skin on your feet and you will want to keel over and die. It is best to wear some sort of running shoe with an arch OR some sort of hiking boot that will provide better protection against injury and the elements. Hiking boots will require a lot more time to break in and you can expect to pay quite a bit for them but they are definitely worth the investment.

I recently bought a pair of UGG hiking boots (I know, surprising right?) after discovering a fellow traveler on Instagram who swore by them. They’re amazing in two ways. One, these boots make me feel less like Paul Bunyan and more like Lara Croft. Two, they have THREE ways of protecting your foot/ankle. A zipper, laces and buckles across the ankle. Thank you, UGG.

  1. Portable charger 

I feel like this is something people often forget. These are relatively cheap for the service that they provide. Sometimes we are out taking photos all day and before we know it it’s 3 pm and we have 10% battery left. These can fit conveniently in any bag and they usually hold up to 5 hours of battery life at a time. You can get them at lots of places for around $15 to $20.

  1. A backpack

I find that this isn’t talked about much and it’s so important! This is going to be on your back for almost all of your trip, it had better be good. I opt for a pack that’s small enough to use as a day pack but large enough to last me for the weekend. The North Face Borealis is the perfect size, has a bunch of pockets and it’s much more moderately priced than others of its kind.

With these travel items you should be guaranteed to have a more comfortable and worry-free trip, wherever you’re going!

Safe travels!


Article Credits: Valerie Furgerson

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

 

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