Travel Tips

Travel Tips

Every human being yearns for an adventure some time in their life. The adventure may be as simple as taking a road trip or going kayaking, or maybe something riskier like going to a country where you don’t speak a lick of the language. I consider myself a travel junkie. I live for adventure. I have traveled since I was just as tiny as a sunflower seed in my mother’s womb. My first international travel was when I was a few months old and traveled to the Caymen Islands. However, none of those early experiences really impacted me. My most impactful adventure really began with a two-day ticket to Lollapalooza the summer before my junior year of high school. I had the absolute best time of my life, and I’ve gone back every year since. My motto in the years since that summer has been to spend my money on experiences, rather than material items.
Even though I started traveling at a young age, I can’t really remember many of those experiences, nor did I appreciate any of the travel. However, in high school I really got bit by the travel bug after the summer before my senior year. That summer I got to travel to Spain with a school exchange program, a week trip to New Orleans, and a one week service trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. After that summer, all I wanted to do was travel and have new amazing experiences. So, I have compiled some tips for those wanting to travel with little to nothing in their bank account.
The cheapest region to travel to is Asia because many economies there are just developing. By far the cheapest way to travel is with a volunteer or service trip. I have been on three service trips to Mexico, each with a religious organization. You pay very little for accommodations in exchange for service that you give to the organization. Plus, if you book your flights early, you will save more dough and have more money to spend when you get to your destination country (Which is probably the biggest expense saver when traveling anywhere!!). It can also be very easy to fundraise for this type of trip, because people tend like sponsoring a trip that helps you are give back to a community.
For those still in school, studying abroad is also a fantastic option. It can help to eliminate some of your college credits and you get to travel on the weekends. More often than not, international universities are less expensive than U.S. universities. In fact, Germany offers free tuition to those wanting to study from the U.S. If you are not in school, places like the U.K. and Singapore are great places to look for work because their main language is English. Also, there are  programs offered by the government called working holiday visas. The age range and time depends upon the program and country you apply to work in. Another idea is to apply to teach English in another country. English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and it is the most common language used in the business market. Countries are always looking for people who can teach it.
These are some of the biggest tips I have for those seeking an adventure, but there are all kinds of additional opportunities out there. So, my last tip: Get out there and experience all that life has to offer!

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