Travel Made Easy - Hillary Scholl - ebook
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With the continuous growth of  consumer spending in leisure and rapid number of internet penetration, traveling has become a trending lifestyle for all travellers of all ages.Airlines, accommodations, and service  providers have evolve significantly to cater this social-savvy generation of travellers with wide range of low cost/affordable options.Now, exotic and lavish destinations such as Europe , China , USA , South Asia  are within their reach with  option to book with low cost  carrier  flights or  booking   under  tour  packagesToday, with the millennial  increasing  ability to work flexibly , travellers are much more likely to throw some leisure time into their business trip which  brought on further changes  as  new enhancement in technology has also enabled these adventurers to easily plan their travel and share their travel experiences online, another behaviour that put brands and e-commerce players on a greater pace of travel market competition.Always  looking  for  better pricing  against value, travellers are exchanging traditional hotel stays for more affordable options.Acceptance to an Airbnb’s accommodation   offer is often more affordable and also creates a more authentic experience. Before you can understand how the travel industry is changing, you have to look at the people who are changing it and what they value.Millennials are traveling for business more than formers generations and ensuring the travel industry caters to their needs.This book  will be dedicated to these globetrotters, curious explorers, leisure-seekers  .It  will take us to an adventure on how traveling enrich their cultural sense, hoping that it would inspire and excite  all Wannabe to start their own journey.

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Travel Made Easy

Enrich Lifestyle through travel at a budget

Copyright

Copyright © 2017 Hillary Scholl

All rights reserved.

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This publication is not intended to be a guidebook and is sold with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional services.

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Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright Page

Disclaimer | All attempts have been made to verify information provided in this publication, but neither the author nor the publisher assumes any responsibility for errors, omissions, or contrary interpretation of the subject matter herein. | The purchaser/reader of this publication assumes responsibility for the use of the information contained in it. The author and publisher assume no responsibility or liability whatsoever on the behalf of any purchaser/reader of these materials. | Travel Made Easy provides information about how to find economic methods of plane, train, and bus travel; how to find inexpensive meals; how to book inexpensive hotel rooms or stay for free with locals; and how to find inexpensive or free activities at your destination of choice. | Please note that you will need to verify all information since changes occur rapidly and without warning. Online links are correct at time of publication

Introduction

Defining Your | Travel Experience

Special Travel And Lodging Situations

The New Airbnb  Business Model

Budget Planning

Money Talks | and You Better Listen

Useful Tips for Budgeting

Transportation Tips

Finding Deals on Lodging Accommodations

Culture and Entertainment

Budget Travels

Stay Healthy While Travelling

Travel Insurance

Disclaimer

All attempts have been made to verify information provided in this publication, but neither the author nor the publisher assumes any responsibility for errors, omissions, or contrary interpretation of the subject matter herein.

The purchaser/reader of this publication assumes responsibility for the use of the information contained in it. The author and publisher assume no responsibility or liability whatsoever on the behalf of any purchaser/reader of these materials.

Travel Made Easy provides information about how to find economic methods of plane, train, and bus travel; how to find inexpensive meals; how to book inexpensive hotel rooms or stay for free with locals; and how to find inexpensive or free activities at your destination of choice.

Please note that you will need to verify all information since changes occur rapidly and without warning. Online links are correct at time of publication 

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION 4

1 DEFINING YOUR  TRAVEL EXPERIENCE 7

2 SPECIAL TRAVEL AND LODGING SITUATIONS  15

3 THE NEW AIRBNB  BUSINESS MODEL 21

4 BUDGET  PLANNING  27

5 MONEY  TALKS  AND YOU BETTER LISTEN 33

6 USEFUL TIPS ON BUDGETING 39

7 TRANSPORTATION TIPS 49

8 FINDING DEALS ON  LODGING  ACCOMODATIONS 58

9 CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT 62

10 BUDGET TRAVELS 64

11 STAY HEALTHY WHILE TRAVELLING 81

12 TRAVEL INSURANCE 88

Introduction

It has been a beacon of light at the end of a dark tunnel - an escape from the every day. You have been batting several ideas around in your head. You want to go big, wander far, push the holiday boundaries or at least escape from work and your everyday life.

You have formulated several big plans on how to spend the time off from work or school. Far away countries beckon. You want to go to an exotic locale. Perhaps, there is a specific tropical island, a cultural icon, a cosmopolitan center, a theme park or a cottage getaway on your mind. You may be dreaming of a camping trip, a hiking adventure or a backpacking journey across some isolated wilderness or foreign country. You could be planning to spend time at a luxury resort by yourself or with a friend. You could go on a romantic cruise or take off to a fun family spot.

These may be realities. They could be possible. However, life can get in the way of taking the ideal summer vacation. Sometimes you really cannot afford to go on a luxury vacation. You work hard and try to save money for that great summer vacation. You or you and your partner have set aside certain funds for the summer holidays. There has been some scrimping and saving involved. For a while, it looks like you are actually on target. Everything is going as planned. Then problems strike.

There are those sudden expenses. You have a medical emergency and the doctors or dentists want their money now. Your dog or cat has to go to the vet’s. Your car needs unforeseen repair work. There are unexpected school expenses. The house or apartment requires major renovations or repairs. Suddenly, the money you thought you had for the holidays is gone. It may not seem fair, but these things do happen. Sometimes, you simply do not have the money to go on the vacation of your dreams.

When you have financial problems or are unable to spend the money you had hoped to on your summer trip, do not give up planning your vacation. In fact, you may need a getaway more than ever. What you also need not to ignore is planning. When your money is tight is the very time you must plan with extreme care. You need to find all the means to extract the most fun for every single dollar you have. You need to be creative in finding the ways and means to make your vacation cheaper. You may also have to rethink your own traditional concept of the vacation idea.

The following chapters are to help you plan a vacation when you have to live on a budget. They will guide you through the process. These pages will aid you in discovering a vacation you can afford and will enjoy. You will also discover how to plan the vacation and how to find ways to defray the costs. The tips and material focus on singles but can be readily applied to couples and families.

Defining Your

Travel Experience

Before you even sit down to plan the budget for your trip, you need to determine where you and possibly your family or partner (friend or group) plan to go. You need to understand what motives you have or the specific nature of the trip you plan to take. Knowing what exactly you want will help you decide on your vacation destination.

You probably have a bucket list of destinations that you can’t wait to visit. And your list has probably been growing longer and longer over the years. You add more destinations every time you see a travel show on tv or hear your friends rave about their most recent vacation.

Where you want to go is limited only by your imagination and your ability to devise a plan for your chosen destination to fit your budget. You probably want to go just about everywhere, but you realize that you have to explore the world just one spot each year. So each year presents you with the challenge of figuring out which location will get your money that year.

Still, choosing where to go next can be very difficult. You might be able to narrow the choices by asking yourself a few questions.

•  How much time do you have?

Are  You considering to Work and travel  or to Join  Volunteering

•  Are you in the mood for an adventure or relaxation?

•  Do you prefer city atmosphere for this trip? Or maybe the beach, mountains, or countryside?

•  Are you looking for warm weather or cold?

You can think of many more questions like these to ask yourself as a way of narrowing down your choices before evaluating the locations on your bucket list.

Even if you have a limited budget, you know that experiences are more important than material items so you’ve probably been giving up luxuries throughout the year in order to put money aside for travel.

Here Are Some Major Factors to Consider

Some travel destinations are more popular than others. This can be both good and bad when you’re planning a trip on a restricted budget. Sometimes popular spots charge inflated prices because they know they’re so popular that people will pay whatever they ask. Many of these places have a short tourist season so you can hardly blame them for trying to make as much money as possible during that short time.

Are you okay with a short commute each day and not having a hotel right in the middle of the action? If your answer is yes, you can probably manage to find affordable accommodations at even the most expensive destinations. Just stay outside of town.

Normally, if you choose a hotel right in the center of your destination, it will be more expensive than hotels further away from the action.

So when you’re in the process of choosing your vacation spot, don’t eliminate even the most expensive destinations until you’ve explored whether you could afford it if you stay on the outskirts or in the next town.

Doing a little research before departure can help you know what fees to expect and what you will need to avoid in order to keep your budget in reach. Look for tourist destinations that offer a lot of free and inexpensive things to do.

Just about every destination has some options that are free. Sometimes these options are a lot of fun and take all day to explore. But some locations have more of those free or inexpensive options than others or consider  a working holiday  that  provides a great opportunity for travelers to venture out of their comfort zones and immerse in a different culture.  Some countries  like Australia , USA, UK  or  New Zealand  provides  work and holiday program allows  travelers to gain insight into the work culture while having an equal share of play and travel. It brings a fresh change from the constant work-constant play routine we are used to. Spending months travelling and working will give you a fresh outlook on what’s important in life and even show you how important balance is.

Check the destinations that you’re considering for the following freebies. You might find that one of your preferred vacation spots has more freebies than the others. That could make your decision much easier.

•National and state parks – These are dotted around the world, some more popular than others. Some are also in better shape than others, so do some research before you plan to spend a day in a park that may not have public restrooms.

•City parks and monuments – These are easy to find within a city. They often include street fairs and art walks at certain times of the year, so plan your trip accordingly to take advantage of this free entertainment.

•Beaches and surrounding walkways – Beaches themselves are a great way to enjoy a public area for no cost. Be aware that some beaches are private property – always look for signs before entering. The surrounding walkways often have street performers who may be looking for a couple of coins as tips, but they’re eager to entertain everyone in the hopes of more tips. This type of area usually has enough small cafés and restaurants that you can find one to fit your budget.

•Popular sections that are found inside popular areas – These are places that are often only a few blocks wide, such as Times Square in New York City, Bourbon Street in New Orleans, or Trafalgar Square in London. These areas are tourist destinations in themselves and give you great photo opportunities. The areas are free to wander around, but souvenirs in popular tourist areas like these can be expensive. In addition, restaurants directly in the area are often more expensive than those just a few blocks away.

•Walking tours of downtown areas – Most cities that have downtown areas have free walking tour maps widely available at hotels and area stores. Always make sure these are free before taking so you don’t have an angry store owner running after you. If you can't find a map, you can always download one to your mobile device – or just be adventurous and start walking.

Alternatively, check at your hotel to see if they have information about any inexpensive guided walking tours.

•Historic sites – Sites centered on history of the area are generally popular. Whether that history is from the Civil War or a civilization that was ancient before Rome fell, many historic sites will allow you to explore their grounds for free.

Some historic sites are clearly divided into free and paid areas. The free area may have more than enough to entertain you. Don’t worry about straying unknowingly into the paid area. It’s generally fenced or walled in with a ticket booth prominent. Do some research ahead of time. Unless you really want to see what's on the other side of that fence, avoid the paid locations for a cheap vacation.

•Sections of a city, such as Chinatown – Wonderful places to visit, these cultural centers often have their own tourist activities and festivals contained within their borders. For a fun cultural experience, be sure to investigate these areas of a city.

These free and inexpensive possibilities at a location enhance your vacation without breaking your budget. And as a bonus, you get a feel for the history, the cultural heritage, and the traditions that developed the area. It is in experiencing a mixture of all these different aspects that you come to truly know a place.

Many of these attractions at a travel destination have brochures that can be picked up for free. Take those brochures home as souvenirs instead of buying expensive books.

In addition, you’ll find plenty of photo opportunities in these areas, all of which can later be combined with the brochures to create a souvenir scrapbook that will be worth more to you than any expensive trinket or book you can find.

By researching how many free or inexpensive attractions are available at the destinations on your bucket list, you can narrow your choices and get closer to deciding where your next vacation will be.