Those Who Wander - February 2016 #2

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THOSEWHO

Date

WANDER

KEEP WONDERING - KEEP WANDERING

FEBRUARY 2016

HOWTOTAKEABREATHTAKING

SOLOSELFIE

by SHUOHUANG

HOWTO

STAY

HEALTHY

ONTHEROAD

with Madeline Shaw

7THINGS THAT

HAPPENED WHEN

I DECIDED TO

TRAVEL THE

WORLD FULL TIM E

PLUS

Little Wanderlust Stories

Mapping Megan

Two Scots Abroad

We Are Wanderers

& #DestofDay

Page


Those Who Wander has always been about

creating a vibrant and active community of

like-minded travellers and wanderers. Just how

vibrant and active it is was proven when we

sought articles and contributions for this month?s

edition. We were inundated with creative content,

spectacular photos and beautiful stories ? far too

many to include in one edition! We hope we have

included something for everyone and that you?ll

enjoy this edition.

We?d also like to thank those partners who have

gotten behind us to make it a possibility ?

especially High Sierra who surprised us with a

giveaway for the best # destofday competition for

one lucky wanderer and have blown us away by

offering the same pack for our March competition

? check out page xx for details on how you can

win.

It is such a joy to talk to community members

each week, hear about their adventures or where

they are off to and what some time away from the

?real world? has given them. We hope to hear

from more of you in the future, especially with big

things in the pipeline such as our official

wanderer wares that our ambassadors will be

showing off over the next few weeks.

A proportion of all proceeds of Those Who

Wander projects go to our friends at Casa

Guatemala. Heather and her team work tirelessly

to look after 250+ children day in and out,

providing them with medical care, education and

a safe space. Our aim in 2016 is to pay for a

teacher?s annual salary ? so if you like this edition

share it with your friends! The more readers the

more companies we can work with to make this a

reality.

Enjoy the read and as always please reach out to

us ? if you have something you?d like to share, a

blog to promote or a story you think could

resonate with the community. Your input is what

makes this the community it is.

Happy Travels & Much Love ,

Jess x


5 HEALTHYTRAVELSNACKS

I am currently in Africa on safari and

having the most amazing time.

Travelling means going on an

adventure, but also plane food.

I am often asked how to stay healthy

while travelling. For me its all about

pre-planning and having great

selection of snacks to hand.

I?ve got a handy list below, of the best

travel snacks to eat whilst on the road.

CRISPYWASABI WHEATGRASSKALECHIPS

Kale chips are a great alternative to crisps.

They are crunchy like crisps and they come

in so many different flavours, I love the

wasabi ones! Kale is high in protein, which

will fill you up during your travels. It

contains fibre and sulfur, which are great for

detoxifying and keep your liver healthy. It?s

also really high in iron, so make sure you

munch away on these tasty little treats to

keep your body healthy while on holiday!

NAKDCASHEWCOOKIEBAR

These are gluten free, and made only from

raw fruit and nuts. They are 100% natural

and will keep you filled up until your next

meal!

SAVSESUPERORANGE

So although you can?t take liquids through

airport security, I love fuelling myself up for

a flight with a Savse smoothie. The nutrients

from the cold pressed and HPP preserved

drink will keep you full, and your skin

hydrated and full of vitamins! Flights tend to

be very dehydrating so it?s a great way to up

your nutrients before you fly.

LOVERAWCOCONUTANDCHIAORGANIC

BAR

This amazing superfood bar contains Chia

seeds, which absorb 10-12 their weight in

water. They will keep your body super

hydrated, which is great whether you?re on

the beach or a plane.

RUDEHEALTH, THEBEETROOT

Free of refined sugar and gluten, this little

powerhouse bar is full of veggie goodness.

It?s made from dates, nuts and beetroot. The

dates and nuts will give you energy keep

you feeling full, and the beetroot is a great

antioxidant, containing potassium,

magnesium and vitamins A, B6 and C.


HEALTHYTRAVELSNACKS


THEULTIMATE

SELFIE

Nothing beats a good selfie when you?re travelling, but you can be so

much more creative than just holding up your phone and grinning into it.

Here?s howto get holiday selfies that everyone will remember, from

intrepid traveller Shuo Huang.


Shuo Huang is an intrepid visual storyteller supplying imagery, stories

and undertaking commissions for a wide range of business clients.

Shuo is currently based in London, UK, from where he travels

extensively. His diverse portfolio includes images from nearly 60

countries throughout the world ranging from the mountainous Andes

in South America to the enigmatic Far East. Specialising in landscape

photography, he has photographed six of the seven continents.


A dramatic selfie in

front of the Eiffel

Tower


Striking a pose at Shoshone

Point over the Grand

Canyon

Striking a pose at Shoshone Point over the Grand Canyon


Cuba is a sexy place! It has the

typical Caribbean atmosphere

with some additional Latino

pizzazz mixed in, and copious

amounts of ridiculously cheap

?ron?(rum) and salsa on every

corner! It is rightly so, high up

on most bucket lists.

We?ve only managed to visit half of the

country?s highlights but that?s not through a

lack of trying. Cuba isn?t an easy place to

navigate, no one seems to know the bus

times but everyone has a friend (that pays

commission) who is a taxi driver willing to

take you most places for $25 U.S. each (our

daily budget).

We desperately wanted to see the real Cuba

but have only succeeded in making our way

to the places geared up for tourists (Havana,

Viñales, Trinidad and the less touristy Bay of

Pigs.) I spoke to an Aussie who hired a car to

see the island but was frustrated at the

lackof road signs; he had to rely on

directions of locals. The locals are friendly

and would happily point you in the right

direction, as well as offering their friend?s

casa particular (a room), a restaurant, cigars,

even a female escort etc.

Here lies my problem with Cuba, nothing is,

as it seems. Everything and everyone felt to

us like a hustle aimed at emptying your

wallet. People on vacation are always a lot

more relaxed about spending their money;

holidays are all about enjoying yourself after

all. However, some Cubans are very aware of

this and are all too eager to help you waste

your hard earned cash at every turn!

After quite literally spending three weeks,

I?ve compiled a list of the 10 scams to avoid

in Cuba. Follow these tips to help you keep

some of that the CUC in your pockets whilst

having a great time but also giving the lovely

Cuban people a fair price for their services.

WHENDIDYOUARRIVE, SIR?

If you answer ?today? expect the response to

be along the lines of? "What a great day to

arrive, it?s the national day of ? whatever

black market goods / service he is selling" ? at

an over inflated price, of course!

LECHE?CON!?

Spanish speakers will get my word play here.

We?ve met two clever guys who fell for this

one as well as having it tried on us! A

jinetero (hustler) will plea with you to buy

his baby some milk (leche.) When you arrive

in the supermarket the milk will be

prepackaged in a bag ready to go and you?ll

be charged $20-30! Once you leave the

shop, the milk is returned and shopkeeper

and the tag team hustlers split their loot!

Don?t cry over spilled milk ? apologise and

move on.

$6 COFFEE? WHATASTIR

Some shops sell overpriced coffee, please don?t

be surprised when a local ?kindly?offers to buy it

for you in local currency (CUP) at a fraction of

the cost in exchange for a dollar. Another scam!

Coffee is about 50 cents ? $1. If you are

particularly gullible this scam will be extended.

Your new friend will now wander through the

streets with you sharing friendly local

knowledge. Do expect a bill for a private tour at

the end. This happened to a mature couple we

met.

BLOWINGSMOKE

Everyone seems to sell cheap knocked off

cigars. Don?t buy them, the sealed box

normally contains banana leaves. Only buy

from plantations or shops, fakes and no duty

paid will be confiscated at customs. There is

even a great difference in price between

authentic Cuban cigars. Cigars in the official

shop in Viñales were three times cheaper

than the official shop in Havana.


7THINGSTHATHAPPE

TOTRAVELTHEW

JANEYBRECHIN

LITTLEWANDERLUSTSTORIES.COM

Howmany times a day, week, month or

year do you dreamof packing it all in?

Giving up that job, walking out, going

home and packing a bag, turning up at

the airport check in desk ? after

playinga game of ?duck duck goose?

withdestinationchoices ? buying that

ticket ? toanywhere. Anywhere but

here ? stepping onto that plane for a

magical adventure which will only lead

to good things.

We all dream it, rarely we do it and that?s

okay. Maybe you just had a bad day?

But what happens when you do decide to do

it? Maybe not in such an extreme fashion as

simple ?quitting life?as I call it ? even though

it would be pretty awesome to do so ? for the

average joe it will take a lot more time to get

on that plane, sadly we don?t all have a

limitless bank account.

Over a year ago I made the decision to travel

the world full-time (you can read more about

that here). It took me over a year to get

everything ready for heading off.

The internet is filled with tantalising and

beautiful articles on how we should all ?quit

our jobs and travel the world?but some (if

not most) don?t explain the real cost of

making the decision to travel full-time ? and


7THINGSTHATHAPPE

TOTRAVELTHEW

Howmany times a day, week, month or

year do you dreamof packing it all in?

Giving up that job, walking out, going

home and packing a bag, turning up at

the airport check in desk ? after

playinga game of ?duck duck goose?

withdestinationchoices ? buying that

ticket ? toanywhere. Anywhere but

here ? stepping onto that plane for a

magical adventure which will only lead

to good things.

We all dream it, rarely we do it and that?s

okay. Maybe you just had a bad day?

But what happens when you do decide to do

it? Maybe not in such an extreme fashion as

simple ?quitting life?as I call it ? even though

it would be pretty awesome to do so ? for the

average joe it will take a lot more time to get

on that plane, sadly we don?t all have a

limitless bank account.

Over a year ago I made the decision to travel

the world full-time (you can read more about

that here). It took me over a year to get

everything ready for heading off.

The internet is filled with tantalising and

beautiful articles on how we should all ?quit

our jobs and travel the world?but some (if

not most) don?t explain the real cost of

making the decision to travel full-time ? and


It is amazing what you can actually achieve

when you put your mind to it. Within

months I had paid it off, had more money

than I bargained for and was well on my

way of putting my trip together. I didn?t

work crazy hours (at this point), I don?t have

a high-flying fancy job, I didn?t win the

lottery ? although, I did win a fiver once or

twice, success! ? the secret? Budgeting? .

YOULEARNVERYQUICKLYHOWMUCHMATERIAL

WEALTHYOUDON?TNEED?.

Budgeting pretty much leads you to

breaking habits you once clung to. No more

pay-day splurges on clothes I?d never wear,

no more gadgets just because they?re the

new model, that christmas coffee special?

nope I?m good with instant (well, not really

but I?ll cope).

Months down the line and I sold most

things I owned, gave away clothes I didn?t

wear (if I couldn?t sell them) and realised

that I actually felt better without having so

much ?stuff?, not feeling the pressure to buy

new ?stuff?and the disappointment when I

didn?t have it was almost liberating (almost,

you can not crave shopping sometime).

YOULEARNTHATSAYING?NO?DOESN?TMAKE

YOUABADPERSON?

Before deciding to travel and finalising

budgets I found it almost impossible to say

?No?to people.

I went out when I didn?t feel like it because

I was too sacred to let people down, I would

go to the expensive restaurant, nights out,

I?d buy that expensive purse, go to places I

hated, hang out with you when I wanted to

be alone you name it. I couldn?t stop

myself.

I was so scared of letting people down, I

never wanted to be someone who you

couldn?t rely on. But being this way doesn?t

make you appreciated, or respected.

When I started to say No to things I would

justify them to people with alternative

excuses, eventually moving to the ?I?m

going to travel I need to save money, sorry?

then to eventually, just saying No. I became

a stronger person, happier too believe it or

not.

Saying ?No?made me appreciate the time I

did go and do things. I did what I wanted to

do rather than feeling obliged to do

something. It saved me a heck of a lot of

money too! Saying ?No?kind of liberates

you a little.

I WASQUESTIONED(MORETHANONCE) IFI HAD

ANYMATERNALINSTINCTSATALL?

Hold. The. Phone. Are you serious!?

Yes I am, believe it or not this is a question I

was asked a few times before taking off? .

Never for a second did I think that making

the decision to travel the world solo at 24

meant that I had to justify a life I hadn?t

even began to think of. A pretty personal

question which all of sudden became open

for conversation. At 23/ 24 I can?t say the

whole marriage and babies part of life was

anywhere near being open for

conversation.


MYPETSHADTOFINDANEWFOREVERHOME?

This was the hardest decision to make.

Sadly my family were in no position to take

care of my two kitties while I hopped on a

one way ticket to the other side of the

world, with no return date.

A month before I left I managed to find

them a home, I can?t begin to explain how

much I was beginning to worry that I would

have to make the guilty trip to the Rescue

Centre and drop them off.

Thankfully, an old colleague of mine took

them in. I can?t begin to express how

grateful I was? . even though I was (and

am) completely heartbroken to have to

give them away.

It is an amazing feeling to take

control of your own life and this is

what I had to do to travel the world.

Alot of sacrifices were made a long

the way. Would I go back and do

anything differently? No I would not.

I BECAMETHEBESTVERSIONOFMYSELFI HAD

EVERKNOWN?

Yes it is true. When I made the decision to

travel I had debt, was unhappy with where I

was in life, had no long-term goals and

only knew that I didn?t want to just drift

through life.

Once I had firmly decided to travel I had a

very BIG goal to work toward, I worked

hard and even took on an extra job at one

point ? hello 60+ hour weeks, I hate you ?

but I was happy. I paid off all my debt but

had no money to play with, but I was richer

than I had been in years. I began to say ?no?

to people and put myself and my needs

first for a change, it was liberating. I wore

old clothes and outfits over again but I

really didn?t care ? and quickly realised, no

one else did either.


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# 5 ? TripVerse

Let?s say that after browsing through TripAdvisor?s

city guides, you decided that you want to create your

own itinerary based from their top lists. You surely

wouldn?t want to go through the hassle of making

notes or excel sheets since you would definitely

want a more systematized and easy way of creating

your personal itinerary? Well then this app,

TripVerse, can do that job for you!

WHY I LOVE IT:

Creating a travel plan is so easy since activities or

locations can easily be mapped. This is because

TripVerse is integrated with Google Maps, Flickr, and

Foursquare so once you fill in the location, the app

will provide you the address, phone numbers,

pictures, and more!Once you finish creating your

itinerary, you can read and use the app offline! You

can also store an offline map of your destination for

free.You?re free to share your itinerary with other

users of the app, and you can also see theirs!

DOWNLOAD: iOS / Android

# 6 ? Here

Whenever someone thinks of travel apps with

integrated maps to bring with them in their travels,

Google Maps immediately comes to mind. This is a

natural ?response?since it?s a really helpful app to

have on your phone. Everybody uses it ? I use it too,

of course! However, for those who would want

to use a map app that can be used offline or without

WiFi, that?s when Google Maps become an

unfriendly companion? so thankfully, there?s the

travel app ?Here?!

WHY I LOVE IT:

With maps for over 100 countries around the world,

you can never be lost with Here! Besides, as long as

you download beforehand your destination?s map,

you can use it freely afterwards for offline use.It?s

helpful when you?re in a new city and in the verge of

getting lost since it functions as your personal GPS.

No matter if you?d like to walk or use public

transportation, with its voice-guided turn-by-turn

navigation, you will be guided right to your

destination! (It follows therefore, that this app can

function as a car GPS if you?re driving).Real-time

traffic and incident information for more than 40

countries.Public transit maps, directions and

information for more than 900 cities

DOWNLOAD: iOS / Android

ALTERNATIVE: Google Maps (iOS / Android).

# 7 ? Google Translate

For cities and towns that don?t generally speak

English, it?s very helpful to have a language guide on

hand. Surely you can?t bring around with you all

those heavy phrasebooks, if for example, you?re

planning on traveling to several countries. That?s

why we can all agree how we are all so thankful for

Google Translate!

WHY I LOVE IT:

It?s now possible download languages into your

phone through the Google Translate app so that you

can use it offline.After Google seemingly acquired

the technology of a previous app called ?Word Lens?,

Google Translate can now instantly translate printed

texts in 26 new languages with the use of your

phone camera! It?s pure genius, especially when it

comes to languages that use special

characters.There is a two-way automatic speech

translation in 40 languages.

DOWNLOAD: iOS / Android

# 8? Trail Wallet

I adore Trail Wallet. It?s certainly one of my favorite

travel apps especially when it comes to tracking

travel expenses. Built by travelers, you can easily

organize your expenses in this app by trip or by

month. You can also set yourself a daily budget limit

and then easily add expenses as you go.

WHY I LOVE IT:

Designed for ease and fast use, whenever you incur

an expense, you can just simply launch the app, add

the amount using its ?Quick Add?screen and you?re

done! It?s a no-frill experience so you don?t have to

spend so much time on it while you?re on the

road.You can set categories, themes, colors,

breakdowns, etc. And at the end of your trip, you will

have interactive + comprehensive charts and reports

showing how your spending behavior went.As you

can see from the screenshots above, the app?s

interface is very modern and organized. Plus, it has

fun customizable characters that will alert you if

you?re ever going over your budget. (And would

even coax you to relax if you?re under your budget).

DOWNLOAD: iOS


# 5 ? TripVerse

Let?s say that after browsing through TripAdvisor?s

city guides, you decided that you want to create your

own itinerary based from their top lists. You surely

wouldn?t want to go through the hassle of making

notes or excel sheets since you would definitely

want a more systematized and easy way of creating

your personal itinerary? Well then this app,

TripVerse, can do that job for you!

WHY I LOVE IT:

Creating a travel plan is so easy since activities or

locations can easily be mapped. This is because

TripVerse is integrated with Google Maps, Flickr, and

Foursquare so once you fill in the location, the app

will provide you the address, phone numbers,

pictures, and more!Once you finish creating your

itinerary, you can read and use the app offline! You

can also store an offline map of your destination for

free.You?re free to share your itinerary with other

users of the app, and you can also see theirs!

DOWNLOAD: iOS / Android

# 6 ? Here

Whenever someone thinks of travel apps with

integrated maps to bring with them in their travels,

Google Maps immediately comes to mind. This is a

natural ?response?since it?s a really helpful app to

have on your phone. Everybody uses it ? I use it too,

of course! However, for those who would want

to use a map app that can be used offline or without

WiFi, that?s when Google Maps become an

unfriendly companion? so thankfully, there?s the

travel app ?Here?!

WHY I LOVE IT:

With maps for over 100 countries around the world,

you can never be lost with Here! Besides, as long as

you download beforehand your destination?s map,

you can use it freely afterwards for offline use.It?s

helpful when you?re in a new city and in the verge of

getting lost since it functions as your personal GPS.

No matter if you?d like to walk or use public

transportation, with its voice-guided turn-by-turn

navigation, you will be guided right to your

destination! (It follows therefore, that this app can

function as a car GPS if you?re driving).Real-time

traffic and incident information for more than 40

countries.Public transit maps, directions and

information for more than 900 cities

DOWNLOAD: iOS / Android

ALTERNATIVE: Google Maps (iOS / Android).

# 7 ? Google Translate

For cities and towns that don?t generally speak

English, it?s very helpful to have a language guide on

hand. Surely you can?t bring around with you all

those heavy phrasebooks, if for example, you?re

planning on traveling to several countries. That?s

why we can all agree how we are all so thankful for

Google Translate!

WHY I LOVE IT:

It?s now possible download languages into your

phone through the Google Translate app so that you

can use it offline.After Google seemingly acquired

the technology of a previous app called ?Word Lens?,

Google Translate can now instantly translate printed

texts in 26 new languages with the use of your

phone camera! It?s pure genius, especially when it

comes to languages that use special

characters.There is a two-way automatic speech

translation in 40 languages.

DOWNLOAD: iOS / Android

# 8? Trail Wallet

I adore Trail Wallet. It?s certainly one of my favorite

travel apps especially when it comes to tracking

travel expenses. Built by travelers, you can easily

organize your expenses in this app by trip or by

month. You can also set yourself a daily budget limit

and then easily add expenses as you go.

WHY I LOVE IT:

Designed for ease and fast use, whenever you incur

an expense, you can just simply launch the app, add

the amount using its ?Quick Add?screen and you?re

done! It?s a no-frill experience so you don?t have to

spend so much time on it while you?re on the

road.You can set categories, themes, colors,

breakdowns, etc. And at the end of your trip, you will

have interactive + comprehensive charts and reports

showing how your spending behavior went.As you

can see from the screenshots above, the app?s

interface is very modern and organized. Plus, it has

fun customizable characters that will alert you if

you?re ever going over your budget. (And would

even coax you to relax if you?re under your budget).

DOWNLOAD: iOS


A year ago, I started dating

a hiker. Our first date was

normal enough ? we

walked around Prague?s

Old Town and the castle

grounds and had ice cream

and pilsner like a cute new

couple. But our second date

was a bit outside my

comfort zone. With just a

small backpack each, we

rode a train and a bus to

Cesky Svycarsko and spent

the next two days hiking,

and hiking, and hiking some

more.

Since then, I?ve been to

many more hikes with him,

and this is what I?ve

learned:

LEARNTOPACKVERY, VERYLIGHT

On that first hike, I had in my bag: two shirts,

two scarves, two pairs of pants, extra shoes,

two towels, a week?s worth of toiletries, two

cameras, a tripod, an iPad, chargers and

connectors, and lots of food. All he had in his

bag was a jacket (which I ended up using), a

bottle of water (which I ended up drinking),

and a bottle of wine (which we emptied that

night).

Though he was the perfect gentleman and

carried both our bags the whole 20-KM hike

that first time, I have since learned to need

less, make do, and appreciate more.

LEARNTOTRUSTANDYIELDCONTROL

As a self-confessed Type A control freak, this

was one of the hardest lessons I had to learn.

I always had itineraries and lists and always

knew where I was going and what I was

going to see and do. Take me to a strange

city and I can make my way around. I can

even drive hundreds of kilometers in a

strange country. Just give me a few days and

Google maps to figure it out.

But going into the forests and the mountains

is a different thing all together. Sometimes,

you just have to follow the path ? and the

boy who seems to know what he?s doing ?

and see where it leads you.

BEPREPAREDTOHAVETIREDLEGSAND

BURNINGLUNGS.

Before I met my hiker boyfriend, holidays

meant lying on the beach reading a good

book in between sips of daiquiri. So it?s no

surprise that, being as unfit as I was and

having way shorter legs than him, it took me

great efforts to fall in step with him. This is

still an ongoing process, but every new hike,

I get better and better at it.

JUSTSWEATITOUT.

The good thing about hikers is that they?re

not easily grossed out. No need to be

self-conscious waking up or sweating next to

them. Chances are, they?ve seen much

worse.

REDEFINEYOURLIMITS.

I never thought I could hike 30 KM until I did.

I never thought I could go through a forest at

night until I did. I never thought I could dip

into a freezing lake until I trekked until my

legs were burning and it was just crazy not

to. Every peak is reached through a journey

of self-discovery.


CASHONLY? PAYFORYOURTRAVELUP

FRONT

The most important thing to consider when

aiming to travel while paying off your debt is

if you can actually afford to do it. This means

not putting travel on your credit cards, and

paying for everything up front, in cash.

If you can?t afford to pay for your trip upfront

and still make payments towards your debt,

you shouldn?t travel. If you can afford to pay

for it with cash, while still having enough

for your monthly repayments, then travel

away!

This may mean traveling differently than you

have in the past, and possibly making

sacrifices to save. For example, your idea of a

vacation could be 5 star hotels. Instead,

consider options for free accommodation like

house-sitting, home exchange, or

couch-surfing. How much debt is too much

If you can?t afford international travel, think

about short weekend trips and staycations;

local travel to discover your home state

instead of jumping on a 24 hour flight.

Shorter trips count as travel too. The

excitement is in experiencing something

new.

There are many people traveling the world

on less than $25 a day, so while you may

have to travel differently to achieve it, there

are endless opportunities out there for

budget travelers while keeping a manageable

hold on your debt.

Read: How to Travel Cheap. The Ultimate

Money Hacking Guide For International

Travel

DOYOURRESEARCH

Traveling while in debt means you need to do

extensive research. You?re going to have to

stick to a tight budget, and that means

completing hard research on your desired

destination. How much is the average cost of

food? What is the average cost of

accommodation? Are there free attractions

and cheap things to do? Can I still travel if I?m

in debt? Should I put travel on my credit

cards?

For accommodation, use third party booking

sites to find the most competitive rates. And

compare prices across 3 or 4 sites. Don?t

forget about renting houses or condos

through sites like Airbnb, and make sure to

also look up the prices at hostels. Do people

travel the world while paying off debt?

Hostels have come a long way with private

rooms, and are usually available for a bargain

price. You?re only looking for a place to sleep

after-all; as long as you?re getting a room

which is clean, it doesn?t have to be first rate.

Once you have your accommodation

arranged, do the same for your travel

transportation. After comparing prices on

third party websites, and identifying

companies with the cheapest rates, then pull

up their websites directly, to see if they offer

the same rates. Possible to travel while in a

lot of debt?

Before you leave for your trip, tap into your

social media network. Post a status update on

Facebook or send out a tweet on Twitter,

letting your friends know where you are

going and that you?d love their

recommendations on the best cheap eats and

free things to do. If your friends don?t have

any tips to share with you, chances are they

will know someone who does.

Only use the credit card with purchases you will

pay off that same day. No more charging up new

debt to be able to travel.


CASHONLY? PAYFORYOURTRAVELUP

FRONT

The most important thing to consider when

aiming to travel while paying off your debt is

if you can actually afford to do it. This means

not putting travel on your credit cards, and

paying for everything up front, in cash.

If you can?t afford to pay for your trip upfront

and still make payments towards your debt,

you shouldn?t travel. If you can afford to pay

for it with cash, while still having enough

for your monthly repayments, then travel

away!

This may mean traveling differently than you

have in the past, and possibly making

sacrifices to save. For example, your idea of a

vacation could be 5 star hotels. Instead,

consider options for free accommodation like

house-sitting, home exchange, or

couch-surfing. How much debt is too much

If you can?t afford international travel, think

about short weekend trips and staycations;

local travel to discover your home state

instead of jumping on a 24 hour flight.

Shorter trips count as travel too. The

excitement is in experiencing something

new.

There are many people traveling the world

on less than $25 a day, so while you may

have to travel differently to achieve it, there

are endless opportunities out there for

budget travelers while keeping a manageable

hold on your debt.

Read: How to Travel Cheap. The Ultimate

Money Hacking Guide For International

Travel

DOYOURRESEARCH

Traveling while in debt means you need to do

extensive research. You?re going to have to

stick to a tight budget, and that means

completing hard research on your desired

destination. How much is the average cost of

food? What is the average cost of

accommodation? Are there free attractions

and cheap things to do? Can I still travel if I?m

in debt? Should I put travel on my credit

cards?

For accommodation, use third party booking

sites to find the most competitive rates. And

compare prices across 3 or 4 sites. Don?t

forget about renting houses or condos

through sites like Airbnb, and make sure to

also look up the prices at hostels. Do people

travel the world while paying off debt?

Hostels have come a long way with private

rooms, and are usually available for a bargain

price. You?re only looking for a place to sleep

after-all; as long as you?re getting a room

which is clean, it doesn?t have to be first rate.

Once you have your accommodation

arranged, do the same for your travel

transportation. After comparing prices on

third party websites, and identifying

companies with the cheapest rates, then pull

up their websites directly, to see if they offer

the same rates. Possible to travel while in a

lot of debt?

Before you leave for your trip, tap into your

social media network. Post a status update on

Facebook or send out a tweet on Twitter,

letting your friends know where you are

going and that you?d love their

recommendations on the best cheap eats and

free things to do. If your friends don?t have

any tips to share with you, chances are they

will know someone who does.


EATLOCALLY

One of the biggest travel expenditures while

traveling is eating. Especially, touristy

destinations. To save your pennies, eat better,

and have a truly authentic experience, eat

with the locals. If an eatery is filled with local

people, you can count on the food to be tasty

and affordable.

Food trucks or carts are another delicious

budget option. They usually offer quick and

local favorites at a fraction of the price. Look

them up on-line to find out their hours and

where they will be located. Many of them

even tweet out their current location. Possible

to travel with student loans?

Street food is the tastiest, cheapest and

easiest way to get a taste for local cuisine, and

is generally the most direct route to forming a

sense of a country?s culture. It?s an

inexpensive way to eat, and will present you

with foreign flavors which will blow your

mind. And it?s very safe ? direct those who tell

you never to eat the street food to my post on

the worst travel tips of all time.

Another great way to save some cash is to pick

up in-season foods at a farmers or local

market. It?s the perfect way to put together a

low-cost and easy meal. Buy a bottle of

sparkling water, some fresh fruit, a baguette,

and cheeses to throw together a gourmet

picnic to take with you on your day of free

sightseeing. afford to travel with student

loans? Travel while paying off debt

Shopping at local markets will not only save

you some green, but you will also be

contributing to the local economy. Travel with

student loans


EATLOCALLY

One of the biggest travel expenditures while

traveling is eating. Especially, touristy

destinations. To save your pennies, eat better,

and have a truly authentic experience, eat

with the locals. If an eatery is filled with local

people, you can count on the food to be tasty

and affordable.

Food trucks or carts are another delicious

budget option. They usually offer quick and

local favorites at a fraction of the price. Look

them up on-line to find out their hours and

where they will be located. Many of them

even tweet out their current location. Possible

to travel with student loans?

Street food is the tastiest, cheapest and

easiest way to get a taste for local cuisine, and

is generally the most direct route to forming a

sense of a country?s culture. It?s an

inexpensive way to eat, and will present you

with foreign flavors which will blow your

mind. And it?s very safe ? direct those who tell

you never to eat the street food to my post on

the worst travel tips of all time.

Another great way to save some cash is to pick

up in-season foods at a farmers or local

market. It?s the perfect way to put together a

low-cost and easy meal. Buy a bottle of

sparkling water, some fresh fruit, a baguette,

and cheeses to throw together a gourmet

picnic to take with you on your day of free

sightseeing. afford to travel with student

loans? Travel while paying off debt

Shopping at local markets will not only save

you some green, but you will also be

contributing to the local economy. Travel with

student loans


"I've ticked a lot off my bucket list in the last 4

months, I celebrated Christmas on a beach on

Magnetic Island, took a selfie with a kangaroo,

went diving on the Great Barrier Reef, went to a

surf camp in Arrawarra, visited the

Whitsundays, hiked the Tongariro Crossing

through the mountains for 22 kilometres and

visited Mt Doom from Lord from the rings - I

couldn?t help but cry when I got to the top

because it was so beautiful. I?ve been kayaking

at Abel Tasman, climbed a glacier, skydived at

Mission Beach, danced at a silent disco on the

beach in Byron Bay, watched a ping pong show

in Bangkok (which is crazy!). We hired a scooter

in Pai, drank beers on the Mekong River, went

tubing in Vang Vieng and did mushroom shake. I

was ripped off pretty badly at the Cambodian

border but I got to visit Angkor Wat which was

incredible.

I had to sign up to couch surfing because my

travel agent booked my hostel a week late and I

had nowhere to go. I ended up having the best

time! He took us to secluded areas and beaches,

introduced us to his friends and I had such a

local experience. It was amazing. I am so

grateful"

"We met online on a website which helps you

find a travel buddy. We hung out a few times

and even met each others parents first! We

have definitley learnt and overcome a lot the

past two months. We have crashed two

scooters, broken a big toe and come down

with a stomach flu. Then my wallet and phone

were stolen while skinny dipping; leaving us

with only one cash card, which we then broke

in Java so we didn't have any money for 4

days. We've had to escape an army of bed

bugs in the middle of the night & have been

taken on a 3 hour journey on the back of a

police scooter only to realise they could not

help us because they didn't have a form in

English. Unfortunately I (pictured right)

punctured my lung in our last scooter crash

and have to fly home to Denmark today. I'm

sad to be leaving but we have had so much

fun despite everything that's happened! Its

been quite an adventure to say the least"


HIGHLYCOMMENDED

Kathy's Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Japan

Paige in Gatton, Queensland , Australia

Jono at the Brandenburg Gates, Berlin

Hannah at San Blas Islands

MARCH # DESTOFDAY

HOW TO ENTER

1. Like the Those Who Wander and High Sierra Facebook Pages

2. Wait for the # DestofDay announcement

3. Comment with your best travel photo and a "Thanks

@HighSierraAustraliaNewZealand

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