Yes, you can afford to travel Comments Off on Yes, you can afford to travel 1782

Traveling is not a luxury activity for the one percent, it is an obtainable goal at any budget. Staying in five-star hotels and rarely leaving the resort is not traveling, it’s a vacation. Traveling is about getting to know a culture and stepping outside of your comfort zone, not ordering room service. You don’t have to sell your kidney on the black market to afford to travel. Learn some of best travel secrets to afford to globetrot across the world. Here are 10 travel tips everyone should know about traveling on a budget.

  1. Adjust your Spending Habits

Budgeting for travel doesn’t mean you have to spend every night at home eating cup-of-noodles. It is about prioritizing your spending. Stop spending money on things and start spending money on experiences. Don’t waste your money on material items, spend it going out with friends. And when you have to buy a sofa at the second-hand store it won’t seem so important when you have a life filled with experiences rather than a storage unit full of lamps and sofas.

  1. Travel Strategically

Culture, beauty, and adventure can be found in just about every corner of the world, so deciding where to travel can be daunting. Narrow it down by researching countries that are affordable for your budget. For beach destinations, don’t travel to Malibu or the French Riviera, instead visit the coast of Colombia or the beaches of Montenegro. When traveling to Asia, consider options such as Vietnam and Thailand rather than Japan for example. There are hidden gems in countries you would never expect. Looking for the road less traveled has many benefits, and saving money is top on the list.

  1. Travel Off-Season

Everything is cheaper during low season. From plane tickets to accommodations to restaurants, you can save a lot of money by traveling off-season. Choose a few countries of interest and do some research to determine the high season for tourists. Perhaps February is high season for Brazil but the low season for Argentina. If your heart is set on Brazil simply go in March or April instead when the high season fades.

  1. Choose your Travel Partner Wisely

Traveling alone is an incredible experience, but often times we travel with friends or in groups. Choosing a travel partner with a similar travel style is important for a plethora of reasons, but especially when it comes to saving money. For example, a traveler that prioritizes spending money on dining out as opposed to spending money on nicer accommodations would not travel well with a traveler that prefers to save money by eating cheaply and spending more on accommodations. The right travel partner can make all the difference in having an unforgettable trip and staying within your budget.

  1. Stay in Hostels

Don’t let the film “Taken” scare you, staying in hostels is the best option when you are traveling. Hostels are not only cheap but an experience that allows you to meet fellow travelers from all over the world. Hostels often come equipped with kitchens and bars so you can cook and socialize with other travelers. Fellow travelers, along with the hostel staff, provide a wealth of knowledge and helpful resources for cheap places to eat, drink, and free things to do in the area. And if you’re not keen on staying in a shared room, most hostels have very affordable private rooms.

  1. Cook

Discovering the food of another country is one of the most exciting pieces of traveling. With great prices on hostels and Airbnb, it’s never been easier to find accommodations that include access to a kitchen. Get lost in local markets and buy produce and ingredients typical of the region. Cooking a traditional dish with local products is an incredible way to get to know a culture. Plus it saves money. Cooking at least one meal per day will cut costs drastically.

  1. Travel Light

Most airlines have weight or size restrictions for luggage, so travel light. To avoid paying extra money for checked bags take just one traveler’s backpack and one personal item that fits the luggage restrictions. Put the heaviest items in your ‘personal bag’ rather than your checked-bag, typically the airlines don’t bother weighing personal items. Generally, checked luggage must be 21 inches or less in length. Forget about bringing 10 books or five pairs of shoes, pack light with versatile clothing and only the necessities.

  1. Travel at Night

Overnight travel is a great trick to save money. There are plenty of overnight buses and trains to get your from city to city or even one country to another. They tend to be more comfortable than taking ‘red-eyes’ or overnight flights, but all accomplish the same thing; eliminating the cost of a night of accommodation. Especially if the trip involves traveling to many different places, overnight travel cuts out nights of accommodation fees. While it can be hard to sleep on buses, trains, and planes, an easy remedy is to have a couple of glasses of wine before you board to help you fall right to sleep.

  1. Visit a Friend

Travel to places where you have friends. Everyone has a friend they are envious of for living somewhere cool. Staying with friends is not only a great way to save money on accommodations, but friends are like having your own free tour guide to the area. Just bring a bottle of wine or buy a round of drinks to show your appreciation.

  1. Get a Travel Credit Card

Flights can be the most expensive part of traveling, so having a credit card that earns miles is very valuable for a traveler. If you have good credit, get a travel credit card, and use it for every purchase you make. Be sure to pay the card off completely each month. Many companies offer double or triple points for travel and dining expenses and give huge bonus points for frequent usage or recommending friends. Finding the right card and using it properly can be the difference between paying for flights and flying for free multiple times per year.

Stop envying those that travel and become a traveler. Budget travel is not only possible but an incredible life experience. What are you waiting for, pull the trigger, buy the plane ticket and go!

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The Netflix show you need in your life Comments Off on The Netflix show you need in your life 72479

Netflix is definitely the place to go if you are looking for the best of the best. Their shows cover all genres, niches, clichés and so much more – there’s something fun for everyone. Aside from their exclusive Netflix original series’, they also let you stream hundreds of shows from anywhere on up to six devices. The little company that started out as a mail-in DVD rental startup has grown into one of the biggest names in motion production and streaming.

Currently, Netflix has a seemingly never-ending library of top-notch award-winning TV shows. Their series mostly receive positive reviews from their audiences and the fact that all the episodes of a season are usually released all at once makes the fans even love them more. Who doesn’t love a good Netflix “binge?” It really removes the mind-numbing pressure of waiting one whole week for another episode of a series that has twenty-something episodes in a season. While we’re discussing Netflix, it’s also important to mention that they make series’ that are considered “next-generation” and “out of this world,” so it will make what we are attempting to do here extremely difficult, but we have to be tough. 😃

Listed below are some of the best series out there based on popular review and well, our opinion too. Picking one show is tough, so let’s explore some shows that made the final cut for the “one Netflix show that you definitely must see.”

The Umbrella Academy

If you are into superheroes, then the obvious choice of a Netflix original will have to be The Umbrella Academy. Although the series debuted just a few days ago, it has racked up quite the reviews from fans and critics everywhere. The extreme and unexpected turn of events was unprecedented, and don’t get us started on the bad-assery that is number five. The plot revolves around seven individuals all born on the same day through arguably miraculous means. They were, however, unfortunate enough to be adopted by an eccentric billionaire bent on saving the human race. After adopting these kids, the billionaire built a school, The Umbrella Academy to help these kids harness their powers and save the world. Surprisingly, they all quickly disbanded as they hit their late teens and sought out life outside the four walls of The Umbrella Academy, all except number one. They all reunite thirteen years later to scatter their father ashes and they stay around to investigate their father’s death and stop the apocalypse that their long-lost brother five warns them about.

This series features an unexpected ending, a cast that is to die for, and a diverse set of characters.

Stranger Things

The 80s were famous for the wacky theories that floated around everyone’s minds, Stranger Things revisits those theories and the 80s of course, and brings them to life. Join Dustin, Lucas, Mike, Steve, Nancy, and Eleven as they try to rescue Will from the Upside Down all while fighting a monster who can appear out of thin air. The show explores theories of government top-secret researchers and the discovery of alien life. The show takes an old idea and gives it a fresh new outlook. It makes most producers and writers ask questions like: Why haven’t we thought of this? The show also won a ton of awards and has fans binging the old seasons in anticipation of the next season to drop in April.

Narcos

If you love Tom Cruise in American Made then you will love Narcos. It’s the famous Netflix retelling of the rise of the drug trade in Columbia in the 80s. It recounts the life tail of famous kingpins and their battle with law enforcement. It’s filled with everything you’d expect from the legendary Pablo. It’s packed with power plays, money, guns, and of course, drugs.

13 Reasons Why

If we look at the drama section of Netflix there are a ton of great options. From the thriller Ozark to the emotional 13 Reasons Why to the insightful Orange is the New Black. This section is packed with options. If we had to pick one though it’d be 13 Reasons Why. The series offers an insight into the reasons or conditions surrounding the suicide of Anna Baker. She left 13 audio tapes that were to be passed around between people that she deemed relevant in her life and help them understand why she did it. The series is like being on an emotional rollercoaster of suspense and heartbreak, we highly recommend it.

Black Mirror

Black Mirror is one of the earliest and the most satirical Netflix productions, second to Dear White People. This series is a collection of satirical stories exploring the perceived dangers of modern-day technologies. The series is arguably one of the shows that made Netflix the streaming service it is today and it has this multi-faceted nature that allows the mind to wander.

Our top pick, because the fan loves it so much is Stranger Things.

How to ask your boss for a raise Comments Off on How to ask your boss for a raise 71102

In most companies out there today, there are measures that have been put in place to ensure that employees get promotions and, subsequently, a pay increase. But in the rest of the world we aren’t so lucky. For you to get a pay increase you have to get it done the old-fashioned way; asking your boss for a raise. Upon initial thought, most might think it’s a bad idea. Asking for a pay increase does seem suicidal in the employment front, but it doesn’t have to be. Surely not all bosses are like that but regardless of their temperament they might think the idea ridiculous unless it is supported with a long list of requirements to cushion the request.

In this world we live in, there is no way that someone who doesn’t trust you or particularly like you will choose to favor you or give you what you want. It doesn’t just work that way. It’s simply the order of things and as such your boss needs to like you, trust you and your abilities, and think you deserve a raise before he/she will actually give it to you. Asking him or her after all these boxes have been checked is going to be a breeze, a mere formality. Here are a couple of tips that will help convince your boss to say yes when you ask him or her for a raise.

Put in the time

Your boss won’t just sign off on a salary increase if he or she feels like you are not devoted and consistent. Consistency is very important in the workplace. It shows devotion and dedication to a universal goal. When you come to work on time and clock out at the very last minute your boss will see things differently. He or she will begin to think you are a hard worker and you are a step closer to getting a yes when you ask for a raise.

Increase your productivity

Staying late is but one part of the entire equation. You need to not only put in the time, but the work as well. There needs to be a distinguishable difference in the quality of your work. This will convey that you are as dedicated as you are productive. You don’t have to outshine everyone on your team, you just need to make sure that the boss knows that you provide better results than other teammates. This will make you look industrious and dedicated.

Always help everyone you can

This is a very important step in the plan. When you help your fellow workers and employees out constantly it makes you seem like you care. And this acknowledgement will help your crusade. Make sure you don’t leave the very boss you are trying to impress out. You must make it a point to help your boss when he or she needs it. You could help him/her with the financial books or help with his/her kid. Anything to ensure that the boss understands your importance.

Be a problem solver

This is usually the trump card in this endeavor. This is an instance where you come to the aid of the company you work at. There is always bound to be some form of crises sooner or later when you work at an organization. It’s simply a norm at every institution. When these problems arise and they seem like they might be more complicated and challenging than most anticipated, it’s your chance to dig deep and try to solve the problem for everyone. It’s not a do-or-die situation, but getting a raise is all about scoring points with the boss (over time) and the best way to do that is defusing a bomb that threatens the entire workplace.

Getting a raise without getting a foot in with the boss is extremely difficult. Like any reasonable person, they need to make sure that you deserve the extra sum of money that you are requesting. They can’t simply give out raises without being confident in the recipient’s ability. This is where checking all the boxes comes full circle. If you are a great employee that helps when crises strike, you will definitely be on the boss’s list.

Checking all these boxes will ensure that your request is seen as important and placed above everyone else because you have proved that you are an important part of the team and you deserve a raise. After fulfilling some or all tasks on this list asking your boss for a raise could get you a sure yes. However, it’s important to note that fulfilling this long list is not an assurance that your request will go through. There could be extenuating circumstances that could prevent the boss on signing off on your requests. Circumstances like budget cuts or seniority, etc.

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