Five Ways To Pay For Your Next Dream Trip

Five Ways To Pay For Your Next Dream Trip

If travel is your guilty pleasure then fulfilling it is what must be driving you at your day job. The dream of sitting in a beach shack with a beer in hand and the sunset for a view can often be taxing on your paycheck often leaving you with a feeling of restlessness, which every wanderluster can relate to. But as they say, necessity is the mother of all inventions. Smart travellers find ingenious ways to pay for the next big trip, without having to dig deep into their day job salaries. With easy access to internet, location independent gigs have given people great flexibility and more opportunities to earn handy cash that supplements the day-job income.

Here are some five ways to pay for your next dream trip:

1) Barter:

You’ll always have skills that someone else could use. For me it’s photography and WordPress website building. I often reach out to businesses and hotels in the place I plan to wish, offering them my photography skills or website building skills in exchange for stay/ food. It’s a no brainer. I’ve had reasonable success with this and I’ve gone on to become good friends with many such businesses.

2) Complete tasks on Streetbees:

We often overlook the fact that we’re all consumers, and that our thoughts, habits and preferences determine the products that companies make. Giving our feedback on products or sharing info in exchange for cash is a great and easy way to pay for that next trip. I personally like Streetbees because it’s super easy to use. It’s an active marketplace that’s packed with paid activities.

The app is on the Google Play Store and the App Store with a pretty large user base, which is why many large Indian brands work with them directly. Use my reference code k47p0c when you sign up! Recently, Streetbees launched a project in which they asked Indian women to shoot a 2-minute video about their home cleaning routines and the products they use. The cash reward for doing this was Rs.1500, which is a handy sum by any measure. Enough to take care of your visa fees, if you think about it 🙂

3) Host on AirBnB:

While I haven’t signed up as a host on Airbnb myself, I’ve had tonnes of friends who seem to have made Airbnb a consistent source of secondary income. Offering a spare room for 10$-12$ a night is a good way of saving for that grand trip. Don’t be surprised if you end up becoming close friends with your guests; travel always leaves you with a long list of new friends in its wake.

4) Get an Airline – Credit/Debit Card:

Spend smartly. Use an airline affiliated credit or debit card. These cards earn you air miles every time you swipe your card. Yes. Use your card even if it is a trivial purchase. I use the HDFC Jet Airways card and let’s just say that in a span of 6 months, I’ve accumulated enough miles for a trip to Sri Lanka! Ahem. Yes, this could very well be my next destination.

5) Freelance:

There are 24 hours in a day and if you dream of sipping sangrias in Spain, you could spend the free hours after work freelancing. Busting your ass during the week with freelancing gigs can definitely help you earn serious handy cash for the next dream trip. Besides, it also builds your portfolio professionally. Win- win, isn’t it? Check out websites like Fivver and Freelancer to get started!

Combine all of these tips into your daily life and what do you get? Your dream trip of course! Sure, it involves a little bit of hard work, especially if you consider taking up freelancing work, but things like swiping an airline affiliated credit/debit card or doing activities on Streetbees require minimal time and effort.

Give these tips a shot and share your thoughts! In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing my budgeting strategy for my upcoming trips.

 

 

 

Kiev

Travel Tips for Kyiv by Crazzzy Travel

Illia and Nastia are passionate about each other, traveling around the world and sharing their experiences at www.crazzzytravel.com, a blog where you can find plenty of budget travel tips as well as practical information about numerous destinations. They have already been to 33 countries on 4 continents and there ain’t no stopping.

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We love the city of Kyiv, because we grew up there and know almost every single street. It is also a city where we met and fell in love, so we feel pretty connected to it.

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Here are our top 5 travel tips for Kyiv :

Churches

St._Michaels_Golden-Domed_Monastery

Visit ancient churches, like Kyiv Pechersk Lavra , the Saint Sophia’s Cathedral and the St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery. Ukrainian churches differ a lot from both European and Asian sacred places, so you will have a chance to literally dive into Ukrainian divine world.

Tip: When entering the churches, wear long skirt/pants; heads of women must be covered, while for men the rule is vice versa.

Eat in budget restaurants.

Verenyky

There are lots of budget restaurants in Kyiv, the average bill in which for three course meal is around $2-3. Try traditional Ukrainian soup borshch, cabbage rolls golubtsi and dumplings varenyky.

Enjoy nature

Mariinsky Park

Kyiv is known as the city of gardens, so don’t miss your chance! Visit botanic gardens and Mariinsky Park in the downtown.

Enjoy Ukrainian Culture

Open Sky Museum Pyrohiv
Learn more about Ukrainian culture at Open Sky Museum Pyrohiv. Don’t forget to ride a horse there!

Visit Euromaidan

Euromaidan

Visit downtown to witness the street barricades, constructed during the last Euromaidan revolution. Walk along the streets were just several months ago heroes of Ukrainian democracy were shot dead by the snipers of the totalitarian regime.

How to approach the city:

Approach the city easily, be open-minded, since many things you’ll see might seem very controversial, in the light of current political crisis.

travel tips for melbourne

Travel Tips for Melbourne, Aus by Where’s Sharon

My name is Sharon and I blog all about family travel on Where’s Sharon when I am not travelling the world myself. I live in Melbourne, Australia with my husband and young kids. You can also find us on facebook.

Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia with about 4 million inhabitants. It is known as being the sporting and cultural capital of Australia and also has the best food and shopping. I love my adopted home city of Melbourne and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

I grew up in Tasmania, but I have been living in the awesome city of Melbourne, Australia for the past 14 years so it is where I call home. Here are my travel tips for Melbourne, Australia.Travel Tips for Melbourne

Here are the top 5 places I would recommend to you:

1. Visit Federation Square

This popular part of Melbourne seems to constantly be home to some event or festival. There are also many bars and restaurants at Fed Square (http://www.fedsquare.com/) as well as a free museum at ACMI. This should be your first stop in Melbourne as it is also home to a great tourist information centre.

2. Eat at one of Melbourne’s great food precincts

One of my favourite parts of Melbourne is the fabulous food precincts which are spread out about the city. Melbourne is a very multicultural city and this is very clear when it comes to the food. Pick a cuisine that you like and there is a good chance that there is a food precinct which is the place to go to eat it.

3. Watch a sporting match at the MCG.

Melbournians are known for being passionate about sport. The best place to see this for yourself, and enjoy a sporting match at the same time, is at the MCG . In summer you can check out a cricket match and in winter is the very popular Australian Rules football.

4. Shop at the Victoria Market

This massive market is just on the edge of Melbourne’s CBD and is a great place to go souvenir shopping. There are also many other food and clothing bargains at Victoria Market and there is a great food night market in summer.

5. Walk around St Kilda

Melbourne has many cool inner city areas and my favourite is St Kilda. Walk around this area, eat pizza on the beach and enjoy a slice of cake at one of St Kilda’s famous cake shops. There is also a small amusement park and a craft market on weekends as well as many great bars and restaurants.

How to approach the city:

Melbourne is famous for its trams so make sure you catch one while you are in Melbourne. These go to many areas of the city and there is also a free city circle tram. You cannot buy tickets onboard so buy one at a train station or newsagent beforehand.