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Travel Tips for Millennials

Young millennials have the perfect circumstances to travel, less responsibilities and nothing holding them down.  Here is the best advice I can give young millennials on travel that I wish I received when I was 20 years old.

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I hear a lot of young people nowadays talking about how hard it is to travel and how they wish they could get out more. Well, the time is now people and your window to wander around the globe is shrinking everyday. Young millennials have the perfect circumstances to travel, less responsibilities and nothing holding them down. Us adults have jobs, families, children and beer bellies among other issues.

If I were 20 years old again, I’d travel as much as I could and see the world and broaden my experiences. These valuable lessons you’ll learn traveling will shape your life from here on, so take advantage of your freedom and travel young friends.

Here is the best advice I can give young millennials on travel that I wish I received when I was 20 years old.

 

Travel Slow

Take your time and enjoy the scenery. Many of us try and jam pack so much into a trip because we are worried about missing something, when in reality if you try and do too much you are missing the entire trip. The idea of travel is to relax, experience new things and broaden our worldview, but if you are constantly on the go, you won’t enjoy yourself.

Millennials if you must make plans while traveling, make them as loose as possible so that you can actually enjoy your travels and learn a little bit about yourself in the process.

 

Put Away your phone

Turn of your damn phone and look around, the world’s beauty might just surprise you sometimes. My biggest issue with Millennials is their reliance on technology and screens in general.   I see it all the time, I’ll be traveling in exotic locals and I’ll look over to see a millennial nose deep in their phones as the most epic of sights is in front of them. Try and leave your phone at home, truly check out and see the world with your two eyes.

 

Say yes

Be a yes person and take any adventure that is presented. How often will some fellow traveler invite you on an epic journey? Not often is the answer, so take advantage of your youth and do it, whatever IT is.   Learn to say yes and life-changing adventures will be your reward.  You are a millennial, you have no responsibilities, no career, no kids so say yes.

 

Never too young

I wish I traveled more when I was much younger, but I didn’t take advantage. I did travel right after high school and it was the best thing I’ve ever done. I was a legal adult but my maturity was so low. Taking the opportunities given to me was the best decisions I made and I learned so much about myself. Get out there and explore the world, your older self will thank you.

 

Photos aren’t everything

Instagram pictures aren’t what make travel worth it, it’s the experiences. Don’t spend your entire trip taking photos, instead, put aside some time to take pictures and the rest to experience new cultures and things.

No excuses

Stop making excuses why you aren’t traveling and make excuses why you are traveling. Your job right out of college will and can wait, so take a week and see Thailand or visit a new state. Travel doesn’t have to be a huge deal, instead make it a part of your life.

 

Go alone

Waiting for your friends to be ready and you will wait forever. Take the initiative and make your own path. Traveling solo will make you a better person and much more self-reliant.

 

Save your money

Put a little bit aside each month for travel and before you know it you can have the most epic vacation ever and it’s basically free. Taking $50-100 a month adds up quick and you wont have to break the bank.

 

Travel now – pay later

Putting a trip on a credit card isn’t the worst idea if you are young and are responsible at paying it off. Don’t worry about the bills now, you are young and have a lifetime to pay them off. What you won’t have forever is your youth.

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Learn How This Family Of 4 Lives Out Of Their Backpacks

Nothing can stand in the way of this world-traveling family. Learn how they do it!

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For a large number of US families, traveling and vacation experiences are a once-a-year luxury. Exploring new regions and cultures in such a traditional yet small time-frame simply did not work for Astrid Vinje and Clint Bush, a couple that married in 2009. The former Seattle-based couple realized that their time-consuming commutes were incredibly tiring and that their kids were spending more time at daycare than they were spending at home. The question began to permeate their daily lives. Could they manage to maintain jobs and raise two young children wherever they traveled?

The Family Travel Conference

After attending an incredibly insightful family travel conference held in British Columbia, the couple was able to determine that they could actually make their dream work. But what would their plan look like? Well, they wanted to live three-years on the road as their two children, Mira (8) & Julian (5), were not yet seriously tied down by school and after-school commitments. 

In order to make this plan work, Astrid and Clint needed to be extremely realistic when determining their needs for such a long stretch of “vacation.” While difficult, the logistic behind the feat was manageable. Clint was able to work remotely as he made websites for brands and companies while Astrid was to work on remote writing gigs and continuously update their family blog – “The Wandering Daughter.”

With advice from other parents at the travel conference, the couple was also able to make the most of their chosen arrangement. The couple took this advice to heart. They were able to stretch their finances by staying longer in cheaper countries (Mexico, for example), do a large amount of costly traveling during the off-season, and staying in apartments, as opposed to hotels, so that they had access to a kitchen so that they could cook their own meals. 

Same ‘Ole, Same ‘Ole

The couple mentioned that even with their lack of a permanent location, they were even able to maintain similar state-side lives. Clint mentioned that “I work in the middle of the week and she does homeschooling with the kids… And then I give her Mondays and Fridays [so] she able to work and I do the kids’ schooling. Our schedule ironically is very similar to what it was in the States where we work throughout the week, and then the weekends are usually our time to go out and explore more.” 

Even more so, travel plans are dictated by only the essential travel elements. For example, the family will only travel to warm-weather locations in order to avoid the purchase and packing of winter coats. On the other hand, children do all of their homework on the family laptop to avoid carrying around heavy and often-outdated textbooks. 

Traveling with such a young family would most likely seem daunting for such a young family, but Clint & Astrid have clearly been able to make the most of the challenge and opportunity. Could you ever see yourself taking on such an experience? 


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Uber Really Doesn’t Exist In These Cities?

If you rely heavily on ride-sharing apps like Uber, maybe avoid these places on your next vacation. 

 

 

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Uber has become such a regular part of our lives that we can barely remember when it didn’t exist. In fact, we rely on it so much that I’d venture to say a lot of people wouldn’t know how to get around if suddenly the ride-sharing app didn’t exist anymore! Well, you might be surprised to learn that Uber is still banned in many areas. So be wary if you’re planning on traveling to these places any time soon.

HUNGARY

Hungary faced the same dilemma that every city and county that has Uber faced: should ride-sharing drivers face the same requirements as a taxi driver? They are, after all, basically exactly the same as a taxi. But in many places, they are most certainly treated differently and not required to adhere to the same regulations. So because of this, Hungary banned the app throughout the country.

DENMARK

Denmark is a beautiful country that can make for a great vacation. Especially a city like Copenhagen. But in 2016 they passed a law that said all taxis were required to have seat occupancy sensors and fare meters. Uber did not like this and just completely withdrew from the country. But luckily at least Copenhagen is a great bicycle-friendly city.

CHINA

This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. China regularly goes out of their way to keep their people being exposed to certain luxuries, including things as simple as access to certain websites. But oddly enough, the decision to not exist in China was made by Uber and it was an economic one. They existed there for a few years, but reportedly were losing roughly $1 billion a year in doing so! So they quickly removed themselves from China entirely.

NORTHERN TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA

Uber is still available in most of Australia, especially the major cities. But if you ever end up in the northern territory, like in cities such as Alice Springs or Darwin, for example, you better have your own transportation figured out, because Uber doesn’t exist there. They withdrew from the area after a new law was passed requiring car owners to pay a license fee. Uber saw the fees as too expensive and inefficient.

FRANCE, ITALY, FINLAND, GERMANY, AND THE NETHERLANDS

We’re lumping all these countries together because the app is only partially banned in certain parts of these countries. In Germany, for example, it basically only exists in major cities like Berlin and Munich. While in the other countries, it exists but only professionals are able to use the app as a driver. The average Joe Schmo can’t take it up as a side hustle.

LONDON… MAYBE

Technically Uber is still operating in London for the moment. London did rule in 2017 to ban the app from the city, but as Uber is currently appealing the decision it’s still available. London’s main problem with the app was legal accountability. They were unhappy with the minimal background checks drivers had to go through and Uber’s limited system for reporting criminal offenses. So it could be gone very soon… but it’s still there for now.


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Check Out The Next Generation Of Theme Parks

From Disney’s new Star Wars Land to Universal Studios Beijing, there is something for everyone in these fantasylands.

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The world of theme parks is about to get really exciting in the next few years. A whole slew of awesome new parks are slated to open soon and each one has something exciting. From Disney’s new Star Wars Land to Universal Studios Beijing, there is something for everyone in these fantasylands. Let’s check out the newest crop of theme parks and see why you should be so excited.

 

Pandora – Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney is set to unveil their latest creation, Pandora; the World of Avatar is an expansion to their Animal Kingdom in Florida. This groundbreaking theme park puts visitors into the world of Avatar and sets them on the planet of Pandora. James Cameron, the director who brought us Avatar has been deeply involved in the planning and execution of the new park. Expect lush forests of bioluminescent creatures and out of this world technology.

 

Disney’s Star Wars Land

Disney is doing it again but this time in both Florida and California, wherein 2019 it will debut the Star Wars land. Disney purchased the Star Wars rights in 2009 for a record 4 billion dollars and has been steadily exploiting the franchise. From the concept drawings, you can tell it’s going to be massive in scale and should fully immerse fans in the Star Wars universe. I know people will start lining up for these parks early so be prepared to wait a little bit.

 

Paramount Park, London

The long-anticipated London theme park has gone through some setbacks but it seems on track for a 2022 opening. Expect rides from Paramount icons like Star Trek, Indiana Jones, and Iron Man. This 3 billion dollar theme park better live up its enormous hype or there will be some salty Brits.

 

Universal Studios Beijing

Disney recently opened up in Shanghai so of course, their bitter rival Universal Studios had to open a park in the region. So enter Universal Studios Beijing, the mega-park set to open in 2020. There are plenty of fun parks in China but none are expected to be as grand as Universal Studios Beijing. They are attempting to build a park with heart and soul, so expect something huge and grandiose.

 

Warner Bros. World, Abu Dhabi

Expected to rely heavily on the brands biggest stars, Looney Tunes, and DC Comics. The completely indoor theme park will open in 2018 and is expected to dominate the landscape of Abu Dhabi. The UAE (United Arab Emirates) is a little overloaded with theme parks as of recent but this one is expected to be massive.

 

Wanda Theme Parks

China’s richest man owns Wanda Theme Parks and his goal is to make his theme park company bigger than all others. There are ten mega-theme parks expected to open in the next 5 years in China and that sounds crazy. These theme parks will put all other Chinese parks to shame as they are investing in Hollywood franchises and other huge budget trademarks.

 

Expect huge things from these mega parks in the next few years as the technology and budgets just keep growing and getting bigger.


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