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  • Summer travel planning: 5 volunteering destinations

    Kathmandu, Nepal, photo by lavenderstreak on FlickrSummer is the best time for a holiday in many parts of the world, but it can also be a peak season when prices can be really high. There’s a lazy,laid back atmosphere floating around in summer that makes you want to take off to some remote part of the world and forget about work or school for a while. And while summer holidays have always been popular, a rising trend among vacationers is to go on volunteering holidays. People volunteer for a variety of reasons, some because they genuinely want to help, and others as a way of expanding their horizons and traveling far away on a tight budget. Whatever your motivations, here are some ideas for your summer travel planning: 5 volunteering destinations where you can share your skills, do some good and meet fellow travelers and locals.

     
  • The traveler’s guide to WWOOF-ing

    photo by Peter Blanchard on Flickr

    Traveling is no longer such a bug deal like a century ago, and even the most budget conscious traveler can find ways to visit some of the most faraway and wonderful places on the planet. Even traveling on a shoestring can be eco-conscious and sustain local conomies, but there are others ways to discover some of the most beautiful spots in the world without making a dent in your savings. WWOOF-ing, better known as World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, by no means a lazy holiday, but it is the kind of vacation that will allow you to gain insights into your host culture, into the ways of the land, and even teach you a thing or two. Here’s a traveler’s guide to WWOOF-ing, for those who are looking into novels ways of experiencing travel.

     
  • Responsible travel in developing countries

    photo by Luke PartridgeWe all want to travel responsibly, reduce our carbon footprints, preserve the environment and the attractions we like so that we’ll have something to return to even decades after our visit. Responsible travel is a matter of common sense, usually, but sometimes it can be tricky. What happens when we travel to places that are considerably less wealthy or economically developed than out home countries? Visiting poverty-stricken areas can land you with some dilemmas as to how you can enjoy the sights without feeling guilty, and how to help out without being overbearing. If you’ve ever been in this situation, here are some tips for responsible travel in developing countries.

     
  • 5 ways to travel for free around the world

    For many people passionate about traveling, a round the world trip, or even a regular longer trip will probably sound like a dream come true. But in addition to the various problems you have to take care of before embarking on a long trip (figuring out what to do with your job and other commitments), the financial aspect is also a big deal for most travelers. After all, living and traveling through who knows countries for months can take a huge toll on your savings, but luckily, there are ways to make your trip cheaper. You won’t be able to travel completely for free, but there are some travel arrangements that won’t cost you a penny. Here are 5 ways to travel for free around the world.

     
  • Top 5 destinations for volunteering

    Haiti

    The main reason why you should consider volunteering abroad is to make a difference in the world – there’s no replicating the satisfaction you get from knowing that you helped out, even if only a little bit. But then again, there are some more worldly reasons too for choosing volunteering: you get to travel, and you get to travel with your expenses partly covered by someone else. If you are on a tight budge, volunteering is a great way to see the world without breaking the bank. There are lots of volunteering opportunities abroad that will cover accommodation and meals, and sometimes even travel costs. So if you feel like you can change the world and you want to have fun while doing it, here are top 5 destinations for volunteering.

     
  • Gap Years – And Some Different Ways You Could Look at One

    For many students, whether finishing their GCSEs, A-Levels, or a university degree, a gap year is a rite of passage: it’s a chance to take a break from endless years of exams, endless speeches about future careers, and endless goal-orientated programmes.

    Animal Rescue in Costa Rica

    Costa Rica Animal Rescue

    For these reasons and more, gap years programmes are an invaluable experience, and while they sometimes get a bad name, they teach people life lessons that the rat race doesn’t: they can deal with existential angst and the importance of people power, and they can show you just how easy another way of living could be…before you get right back into the daily grind. Plus, they can provide valuable experience for the daily grind, so that you may just end up with a better chance of securing a dream job after you’ve been on a gap year than before one.

     
  • Top 10 jobs you can take while traveling

    The ideal way to travel is with enough money in your bank account to get you through your trip (and even some extra, if possible), but budget can be a big problem for many potential travelers. So if you are not good at saving up your money for your travel fund, there’s something else you can do to ensure that you don’t end up penniless on the road: work while traveling! There are lots of short term jobs that can take you to faraway and exotic places. Work 8 hours a day or less, and enjoy the sights for the rest of the day. So here’s a list of the top 10 jobs you can take while traveling.

     
 
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