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Spend Under $30 a day at these Cheap Hot Spots

We all want to take that vacation, career break, or gap year trip, but with the way the economy is right now, many people are concerned about being financially stable. To some, travel is not an option; it is a luxury. However, the idea that…

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I hear this daily from friends, colleagues and family members: traveling is too expensive so I’m not going anywhere. Well, why not just curl up in a ball and cry me a river. This is so false it’s crazy. There is cheap travel out there and some are so amazing it’s should be considered stealing. I’ve found 5 amazing places that are beautiful, fun and so cheap you’ll spend less than $30 USD a day. The only major expense is the airfare, so save a few dollars every paycheck and you are good to go.

 

Thailand

Thailand is the literal bang(kok) for your buck. For being such a huge tourist destination, Thailand is relatively cheap and affordable. Living off $30 USD a day is quite easy and you won’t be giving up your quality of life. As long as you stay away from the few pricey touristy islands, a cheap vacation is in store for you. Finding a room to rent for under $8 a day is easy as well is eating for under $1 per meal. You won’t spend over 900 Baht ($30 USD) a day and that’s including drinks and tourist activities, like riding an elephant or hanging with monkeys. The food will take you to heaven and back and you won’t spend more than a cup of coffee back home.

Bali

Somehow much cheaper than Thailand, Bali is the vacation destination for Australia so get your “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, OI, OI, OI,” chants ready. Experience the lavish black sand beaches of the southern tip of the island and stay for less that $10 per night. Flights are quite expensive, but just book early and give you some time to save up. Eat local meals for under $2 and fancier Western dishes will only be around $4. If you really want to save money, head inland away from the beaches and into the jungle where $15 a day will be plenty.

Greece

Greece has always been a bargain tourists dream but ever since the entire country almost went bankrupt, it’s cheaper than ever. As someone who once lived in Greece, I feel like these wonderful people need all the help we can get. Visit Greece and spend more than $30 a day, the tourism economy is the only positive thing going on here, so help out. The gyros are incredibly delicious and dirt-cheap. One of the cheapest countries to visit in all of Europe, so live it up. You can stay for less that $10 a night and that is insane for Europe where a room in Paris can easily be over $300 USD per night. Skip the huge tourist attractions and get out of Athens to really make your money stretch.

Central America

Everywhere in Central America is considered cheap but if you want to stay under the $30 a day rule, steer clear of Belize, Costa Rica and Panama. The rest of Central America is cheap and oh so beautiful. Hotels for less that $8 a night, food so divine you may never come home and the beer is way less than a dollar. Enjoy Guatemala or El Salvador for your best budget friendly vacations.

Budapest

Hungary is such an amazingly beautiful country and so welcoming, especially after an expensive trip to France. The people in Hungary are pleasant and very friendly to foreign travelers. Budapest has a special old world charm and the architecture is exquisite. You won’t have a problem finding room and board for under $12 a night and that includes meals. Budapest is a cheaper alternative to places like Prague, where the feel is similar and much more expensive.

 

You can travel the world on pennies if you just plan ahead and search out the deals. They are waiting to be claimed so find some deals and venture to some foreign lands.

Check out the full article on NomadicMatt

Photos Courtesy of EDreams, TravelChannel, Bali-Indonesia.com

 

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Moving To A Job For A 6 Or 12-Month Contract: Tips To Succeed

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Working full-time at a company for years simply is not for everyone. There are those people with great skills that prefer to work on a contract basis. This could be for a year or for 6 months depending on the need of the client. The best aspect of contract work is that hours over 40 per week can be charged at a high rate. This will help reduce the chances of being asked to work a long weekend as it will be very expensive for the company. The truth is that you are not obligated outside of your 40 hours per week to do anything else. Below are tips to help you succeed when you are constantly taking on new contracts in various parts of the country.

Remote Roles Are Superior

The truth is that as a contractor you likely will want to find a remote role. Relocation can come with a number of issues and a multitude of stress. The one variable to consider is that some contractors take jobs in new locations so they can explore the country. The number of remote roles is exploding as so many people are refusing to head back to the office. The pandemic showed companies and professionals that they could maintain productivity while working at home. The convenience led some professionals to vow to never return to a traditional work environment. 

Moving To A New City 

Moving to a new city for a contract can be a blast as you have a certain amount of time that you will be there. You will likely try to find a rental but purchasing furniture is not something that would be considered a good investment. Furniture rental is likely the best option if you do not want to have to deal with moving furniture across the country when you get another contract. You want to get the most out of living in your new city which likely does not include going shopping for furniture. Take the time to look into all of your options for lodging as well as what part of a city that you would like to live in. 

Be Realistic About Your Workload

Contractors can be taken advantage of by some companies as there is very little recourse for them. With this being said, there are contracts that will pay contractors through the entire contract even if they are terminated. You want to be paid on the same level as people that are just as productive as you. Being supremely productive might just lead to more work. You want to thrive in a new contract role without setting expectations far too high to sustain for the entire duration of the contract. 

The ability to get new contracts regularly that pay well provides ultimate convenience. The ability to take a few months off after a contract allows you to rejuvenate mentally. Use the tips above so you will never have an issue finding a new contract due to the great reputation you have built. 

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Don’t Break The Bank When You Travel

Check out these great money saving tips so you don’t go broke taking your next vacation. 

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There’s really no way around it: traveling is expensive. On top of the obvious charges like flights and hotels, there will always be the little daily expenses that you didn’t fully prepare for when you were preparing for your trip. But the last thing you want to do is just not think about it and throw money around like a madman. There are definitely still ways to save money while traveling. And here they are!

THE TUESDAY RULE

I have to admit, I didn’t even really know about this “rule” before I started writing this article. But, for the most part, the cheapest flights of the week are almost always on a Tuesday. So, if you can, try to schedule all your flights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This can dramatically lower the cost of your vacation.

DON’T BOTHER WITH HOTELS

Thanks to rental services like Airbnb and VRBO the hotel industry has really taken a hit. And prices have gone way up because of it. So, no matter how bad we may feel about their declining business, they’re just not the best option anymore. You can find a great deal with all the service and amenities you need from one of the vacation rental sites. There are even a few sites that deal in “house-swapping” where you basically just stay in each other’s homes during simultaneous vacations and don’t have to pay a thing!

BOOK DIRECTLY THROUGH THE AIRLINE

Many of the flight booking sites like Expedia or Travelocity actually don’t offer as many options as are available to you if you book through the airline. There are other services like Google Flights and Skyscanner that find the cheapest flights being offered by the airlines, and then you can just contact the airline yourself and book those specific flights. It’s a little extra work, but it can end up saving you more money than you think.

A LITTLE SPONTANEITY NEVER HURT ANYONE

Sure, doing your homework and planning ahead can most certainly help you save money on a vacation. But sometimes there are last minute deals made available when airlines are just trying to fill out their flights. So if you have a favorite airline, sign up for the mailing list. This way you’ll know when they are offering really cheap flights. And if you’re in the mood to just get out town regardless of where you’re going, this is a really cheap and fun option.

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8 Reasons to Rent a Car for Your Next Vacation

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8 Reasons to Rent a Car for Your Next Vacation

Vacation is the time to relax and leave your normal day-to-day worries behind. The last thing you want is to stress out over your transportation.

Whether you’re traveling near or far, there are fine reasons to rent a car rather than drive your own vehicle or depend on public transit. Here are a few:

1. Save wear on your own car.

Depending on how far you travel, driving will add a lot of miles on your car. You might as well wear out someone else’s vehicle instead of your own.

Plus, if your own car is old or in bad condition, renting one could help you avoid potential road trouble. Rental cars are highly reliable because they are usually newer models and kept in top shape.

So no matter where you go, you can be fairly confident you won’t get stuck on the side of the road.

2. Save money.

If your car eats a lot of fuel, you might save a lot on gasoline by driving a rental. They’re typically fuel-efficient because they are newer models. And you might be surprised to learn you could save around 15% by booking a rental car at the last minute!

3. Travel safely.

Another reason to choose a rental car over other modes of transportation is safety. Think about it.

In a taxi, you’re relying on another driver. Aboard a train, bus, or subway line, you’re packed into a tight space with many other people. It’s better to be in control of the wheel.

If you drive your own car, and it’s older or already has issues, you run the risk of your car malfunctioning and causing an accident. Rentals are much more reliable because they’re well maintained.

That said, if you’re ever involved in a car crash, make sure to consult an experienced auto-accident attorney. He or she will help you file any insurance or legal claims and make sure you arrive at the best resolution.

4. Drive more comfortably.

Rental cars are kept squeaky clean, so they feel like brand-new vehicles. This will make your travel much more comfortable, compared to your own vehicle, which may be dirty– or at best, cluttered.

You can also choose a car to rent that you wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to drive. Maybe a nice Mercedes Benz or a new Audi.

This is a great way to test-drive nice cars to see what they feel like. And it’s way better than cramming into a subway car or a bus.

5. Show off your ride.

Rental cars not only feel nice on the inside; they also look good on the outside. This means you can drive in style and make a good impression wherever you go. Just be sure you always lock the doors and keep your valuables out of sight, so nobody is tempted to break in!

6. Keep a flexible schedule.

Renting a car means you can come and go as you please. No need to hail a taxi or wait on a bus; just drive when you feel like it.

If you have a full itinerary, it’s faster to get from place to place with a rented vehicle than by relying on public transportation. You’ll have more time for sightseeing and getting in all you want to.

7. Enjoy more privacy.

In a rental car, you can have your own space. You don’t need to worry about strangers listening in on your conversations or making you feel uncomfortable. Travel with privacy.

8. Carry your luggage more easily.

Finally, transferring your luggage between buses, trains, and subways can be a pain. When you have your own rental, you can keep your stuff in your trunk wherever you go. It’s much less hassle and requires less energy.

The Bottom line

When you plan your next vacation, think about getting a rental car. It should make the experience more enjoyable, and that’s what vacation is all about.

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