Work And Travel: How To Do Both

Let’s face it: life is short. Each year is even shorter. We get only 52 weekends in a year, and if you get paid monthly, then you only have twelve pay-days. You’re probably entitled to about twenty-something days of holiday at your day job too. With that and your weekends, you have to fit in seeing family and friends, going to weddings, doing nothing, pursuing interesting activities and also travelling.

It can sometimes feel impossible to fit it all in. However, if travel is important to you, there are ways that you can adopt to do more of it (travel, that is) and still work at the same time. But how, you ask? Check out these tips:

Speak to Your Boss

There’s a good chance that you won’t have to quit your job to work and travel simultaneously. As an increasing number of people are working remotely, the idea of flexible working is gathering steam. You may be surprised by how responsive your boss might be when it comes to allowing you to try working from home, wherever in the world that may be. There are innumerable places you can work from too, as digital nomads are on the rise and multitudes are opting for this way of life. Check out this Bali Bustle coliving space as an example of where you could be living.

Teach English Online

If keeping your current job is not an option, or if you want something new anyway, then you could have a go at teaching English online. All you need to be is a native or near-native English speaker, and you need a reliable internet connection, a microphone, a webcam and a quiet space for the lessons. You should also have a university degree and an internationally recognized 40+ Hour TEFL Certificate. Teaching English online is a great way to earn a good amount of money while choosing your own work schedule. And, as with most companies, you can work from anywhere in the world.

Start a Blog

Today, blogs of various types are some of the most profitable websites online. While building a personal brand is a new concept to many people, it’s proven to work faster and more efficiently than working with many large brands with huge budgets. There are a lot of different ways that a blog can earn money. But generally, as your audience and traffic grow, you’ll start making money from advertising, affiliate marketing, product sales, freelance writing and much more. You just need something you’re passionate about to start writing.

Work on a Cruise Ship

Working on a cruise ship is a great work-and-travel job because you have little to no overhead costs while you’re on the cruise liner. Your housing, accommodation and travel are all paid for, so most people who travel and work on luxury liners can save 90-100% of their paychecks (to be spent spend later, exclusively on travel)!

Become a Yoga Teacher

If you’re passionate about yoga, then you’re in luck because a lot of other people all over the world are too. To become a yoga instructor, you’ll need a yoga teacher training certification and a good level of health and fitness, but this job allows you to work both online, or in person.

As for me, I am a full-time freelance travel writer. This helps me immensely in choosing the clients I wish to work with, and at the same time, lends me the flexibility to travel (or pursue other interests) whenever I want.

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Savvy Travel Tips to Make Your Next Beach Trip Great

If you love spending time at the beach, then make sure that you are actually able to enjoy it. Making the most of beaches on your travels comes with a lot of preparation. When you plan properly, it can mean the difference between having a great time on the sand, and being miserable because you have a sunburn, an insect-bite, or are uncomfortable. A great beach vacation will need some planning and packing so that you are prepared for both the good weather, and hopefully not too much of the bad weather. Then, you can carry some essentials with you like sunglasses and sun lotion. Having items like water, fans and towels will ensure that you are as comfortable as possible. Here are some suggestions to make it certain that you will have a great time in the sun, as well as the sand, and the surf, of course!

Choose The Right Beach

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Do Your Research! To start off, you need to decide on the kind of experience you are looking to have on your vacation. Do you enjoy lively and busy beaches, with group surfing and watersports on offer? Or would you rather prefer a really quiet beach where you can sit back on a hammock, read a book and enjoy the calmness of being by the sea? Do you want to go someplace that has boat clubs so that you can head out on the waters? Or does swimming sound more appealing to you? Will you be travelling alone or have friends or family with you? The answers to all of these questions will help you choose the best beach for your needs. Do some research and then you will be able to find a beach that has the kind of environment that you will appreciate to the hilt.

Find A Comfortable Place To Sit Or Bathe

If you are going to be at the beach for the whole day, then you’d want to be at ease. But what are your options? When you are on your travels, you are unlikely to be able to take things like a deckchair with you. So it can be a good idea to see what the beach already has on offer. There will be charges, but for all day, it is pretty reasonable and a sane choice to make. By all means, take your towels, but if you think you’ll need something else for your comfort, then inflatables are always a good idea as they can be deflated to take home with you.

Apply Sunscreen Frequently

According to skin cancer experts, you need to make sure that you are applying around two tablespoons of sunscreen to your body every couple of hours, and at least half an hour before going out into the sun, giving it time to sink in. If you go in the water, then reapply quickly afterwards, even if you have a waterproof sunscreen. Sunglasses and hats, too, are great for hot sunny days. Better to be safe than sorry!

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Private Luxury: Breaking Away From The All-Inclusive Holiday Packages

Before we take a look at bespoke indulgences, let me make it clear that there’s nothing wrong with, say, a two-week trip to a 4-star hotel in Spain. However, with so many destinations and holiday experiences now readily available, it would be a shame to miss out on those opportunities. After all, variety is the spice of life. Enjoying some private luxury is one of the best ways to build a holiday that you’ll never forget. Here are five of the best ways to do it.

Hire A Private Home

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City breaks are a winning solution for many, especially for long weekends and other short breaks. Solo travellers, couples, and groups alike can enjoy this. While there are many ways to appreciate places like Geneva on a budget, staying in a private rental home is the best. Even if you have a large budget, having a little privacy compared to staying in a noisy hotel is a hugely rewarding factor. Furthermore, in many cities, this route provides far greater flexibility with regards to location.

Stay In Paradise

What could be better than waking up to your own slice of paradise each morning? How about waking up in a private hotel as part of a bigger resort. The Maldives are among the most desired destinations on the planet. The ability to wake up in your own private chalet right by the water is truly incredible. As a honeymoon solution for newlywed couples, there is no better option out there. The slice of privacy certainly adds to the sense of luxury, but the backdrops and sea are equally essential.

Head Out To Sea

Cruises are deemed one of the best holiday experiences in the market. With the support of a sailboat charter company, it is possible to enjoy all of those rewards but with a sense of privacy and freedom like no other. With sailboats available in destinations all over the world, exploring the seas and port towns has never been easier. For small to medium size groups, this is truly the perfect way to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The sense of exclusivity is truly astonishing.

Take A Walking Tour

Machu Picchu

The word ‘luxury’ probably isn’t the first thing you’ll think of when discussing hiking holidays. While it is a little rough and ready, the sights that you’ll see are sure to make the trip seem extra special. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the best, but there are plenty of alternative solutions out there. Once you reach the final destination, you can always spend a few days relaxing at an opulent place to gain the best of both worlds. The memories created will be incredible.

Staycation

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There’s no place like home, and a staycation may be your ultimate solution. This gives you a chance to truly appreciate all the wonderful things in your local area. Moreover, you’ll be guaranteed a good night’s sleep and all the comforts of home. Other benefits include the financial aspects as well as the fact that you’ll have removed the long haul journey. As long as you time it at the right point of the year, this can be a marvellous solution.

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3 Good Reasons to Visit Australia

Everyone, no matter where in the world he or she is, knows at least a couple of things about Australia. Admittedly, those things usually revolve around Steve Irwin and Crocodile Dundee, but it could be weirder. Australia is one of the most coveted travel destinations in the world for all sorts of reasons, ranging from its extraordinary variety of landscapes to its famously laid-back and beach-centred culture, and of course, kangaroos and koala bears. These days, it’s easy to visit Australia, and convenient to get around too, what with deals at burswoodcarrentals.com.au factoring into things. If you’ve been debating whether or not to pay a visit to the land down under, here are a few reasons why you should go ahead with your plan.

It’s Like Nowhere Else In The World

Say what you like about Australia, but it is certainly a very unique place. The Australian culture is renowned for being funny, outgoing, laid-back, sports-oriented, and most importantly, all of this rolled into one. Simultaneously, The country has a rich frontier history, similar in some ways to the Wild West of the United States, while also being home to some of the oldest indigenous populations in the world. Whether you want to go down to the beach for a barbecue and a surf session, check out the nightlife in one of Australia’s major cities, or experience an immersive ecological tour, there’s no mistaking an Australian vacation for anything else.

The Weather & Surf Are Great

Of course, Australia is a big place, and there’s a lot of stuff going on there. All the same, a major factor why people visit is a simple fact that the weather and surf are great. If you happen to come from a corner of the world with a more “temperamental” climate, such as the United Kingdom, Australia can be the perfect summer getaway. Of course, you’ve got to keep in mind that Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, so summer here happens to fall throughout December and the “winter months” of the Northern Hemisphere. By all accounts, Australia is one of the best places in the world to go surfing, and to relax by some of the most picturesque seaside locations.

You’ll Find Various Ecosystems & Landscapes To Explore

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Australia is famously an ecologically-varied country, with enormous interior deserts, ancient tropical rainforests, beautiful coastal regions with coral reefs, and more. If you’ve got a special interest in the environment at large, there are not many vacation options that will allow you to explore as many different natural settings in a single trip as Australia will. Plan your trip in advance, and try to develop a clear sense of which locations you want to see. There are, among other things, “microclimates” that encompass a variety of different ecosystems, within a relatively small area. A trip to Australia could take you on a desert pilgrimage to Ayers Rock, or an excursion into the Jurassic heart of the oldest tropical rainforest on earth – Daintree Rainforest.

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Places To See In Asia This Year

Asia is a vast, stunning and one of the most unique parts of the world. Within this continent, there is a wealth of different countries to explore, animals to observe and food to taste. Today, we’re going to take a look into some of the places in Asia which you should add to your bucket list this year.

Bali, Indonesia

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The first place is one of the most popular holiday destinations in entire Asia while being a stunning sanctuary of tranquillity and natural beauty. Indonesia is a beautiful country anyway, and whether you decide to try coffee in Java, stay at Jual Rumah Di Medan or island hop for a few weeks, there is a lot to see and do. Bali is a small island in the heart of the country, and often a place people go to enjoy a weekend away and for some great waterfall walks. It is also a great place to scout for a yoga retreat.

Bandung, Indonesia

Bandung is the third largest city in Indonesia and a place full of vibrant culture and lots of activities to participate in. During your visit here, you’ll be able to shop around the city and enjoy the markets where handmade ceramics and clothes are sold. You can also enjoy the Dutch colonial architecture as well as a stunning zoo and a relaxing botanical garden. There’s something for everyone in Bandung, and you’ll never run out of things to do.

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is a world away from the idyllic and quiet islands of Thailand. Until you set foot into the city, you won’t believe how buzzing and beautiful this city really is. The capital of Thailand, Bangkok is full of life, with plenty to do and see during your stay. The Wat Arun temple will give you a striking view of the riverside. You’ll also be able to enjoy a thriving market with over 15,000 stalls and fusion food from all over Asia.

Beijing, China

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China is perhaps one of the most well-known countries in Asia, and also a location which enjoys some amazing cultural hotspots and natural landmarks. Beijing is an amazing place for you to visit if you want to be able to see the wealth of history in this country. Do not miss the Great Wall of China and the National Museum which houses relics and artefacts spanning the last 3000 years. The city itself is stunning at night when the lights take over the cityscape, offering you plenty of activities to enjoy.

Chengdu, China

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Chengdu might be a lesser known name when you search for places to see in China, but it is a location which should definitely have on your bucket list this year if you love history. This city reaches as far back as 6000 years, and is a wealth of chronicles and magic. The main attraction you’ll appreciate in this city is the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre which helps to bring pandas back into the wild to keep the species alive for the years to come.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand is an incredibly vast space to explore, and with the many islands and cities to choose from, it can be hard to nail down a single destination for the trip. However, the small city of Chiang Mai is where many travellers come during their backpacking adventures. There are lots of places to enjoy a vibrant nightlife, amazing food, and lots of areas to shop for some new clothes and jewellery.

Da Nang, Vietnam

Vietnam is a highly underrated country in Asia, often overlooked when people plan a summer vacation. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful nation, and one which is definitely worth a visit. Da Nang is a coastal city in the heart of the country, and a great place to enjoy sandy beaches which aren’t overpopulated. It also has a Dragon Bridge which runs over a river.

Fukuoka, Japan

Bridge Dazaifu Fukuoka

Japan is known for its amazing landscapes, and when we think of the most idyllic place in the country, most of us picture cherry blossoms, a lake and temples. Fukuoka is the epitome of an ideal Japanese scene, and during your time here, you will be able to see some stunning temples, relax on the beach and eat fresh seafood in the evenings. Make sure you also see the castle in Maizuru Park.

Goa, India

India is one of the most vibrant cultural spots in this part of the world. If you fancy relaxing this summer, a visit to Goa is a great idea. This state is located by the sea and apart from endless beaches, you will be able to see the Basilica of Bom Jesus which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a great landmark to behold. You can also enjoy a fresh Goan curry to relish the coastal flavours.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is the second largest city in Vietnam and a great place to enjoy the architecture and history of the country. You’ll be able to delve into the French culture as well as Chinese history, and see a whole wealth of amazing things. There are over 600 temples in the city as well as parks to enjoy a stroll in, and markets and spots to eat at.

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