28 July 2017
When did wanderlust become such an obtainable dream?
Wanderlust has become something more and more of us are taking seriously no matter where you are in your career. It’s not just something to put on your bucket list anymore, it’s something to put on your to do now list.
Travel has become more affordable and accessible to us all whilst technology has allowed us to work from home. All we need to be connected to our work place is a lap top and Wifi.
So you could work from the comfort of your own home.
Or if like most people these days and you’re priced out of the housing market anyway you might as well rent an Airbnb place anywhere in the world right?
Why regret not travelling the world when its all at your finger tips. Literally. These days there are plenty of travel websites that will happily direct you to the furthest reaches of the planet.
So where do you start if you’re new at this?
We spoke to travel expert Christina for some tips and advice @the_yogi_travels
A professional travel consultant, she has worked in the industry for over 10 years and a quick chat quickly turned into a two week post extravaganza!
Where do I go?
The first thing that people need to consider before they go travelling is….where?!?
The location can affect the cost massively. For people on a super tight budget you are best sticking to Asia/Africa.
If you are on a mid range budget then Europe.
For people that can afford to spend a bit more then you’re looking at the Americas.
That’s not to say that just because you have a super tight budget you can’t travel the whole world, you just have to be smart about how you do it.
When is the best time to go?!
This will also affect the cost of your trip.
Travelling in peak season for that country will mean flights are more expensive and accommodation prices can go through the roof.
If the season is really important to you then go for it, but if it’s not at the top of the list then consider going out of season/rainy season.
If you do this you still need to make sure that any attractions/sights that you want to visit are still open. They most likely will be but opening hours could be reduced.
Don’t let the weather effect your plans!
Weather can be so unpredictable anyway so don’t be put off visiting somewhere in the rainy season. Life is far too short to wait!
Some of the best days that I’ve had travelling have been exploring in the rain. There’s just something quite invigorating about walking around in just a t-shirt and shorts in the rain without a care in the world.
When travelling the best thing to have is an open mind. People go travelling to step away from day to day life and to learn and experience different things.
Where you stay effects your whole travel experience.
My advice is leave the luxury hotels until your older, retired maybe. The best way to really experience a place and it’s people is to live like a local!
The best websites for this is www.homestay.com
This is not necessarily the cheapest way to do it so even if you just do it the once, its such a great travel experience.
The cheapest is of course to stay in a shared dormitory in a hostel. If sharing a room is not your cup of tea you can get private rooms too, although you may still need to share the bathroom, just make sure you do your research.
One of my favourite things to do when travelling and again this is just to experience it and the rush it brings….don’t pre-book all your accommodation, just turn up.
Pick a hostel at random from your travel guide and hope they have availability. Some of the best and most bazar places I’ve stayed in have come from doing this.
There’s no greater feeling than freedom, being able to come and go as you please, go where ever you want when you want!
Get the rest next week…
Check out the follow up post next week for more amazing travel advice from Christina. Why not check her out on Instagram in the mean time : )
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