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14 Budget-Friendly Travel Hacks for Millenials

14 budget friendly travel hacks for millenials


By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 19 Apr 2019

You’ve been bitten by the travel bug and you’re itching for an adventure. Maybe you’ve recently graduated and are taking some time off to explore the world before diving into your dream career. Or perhaps you’ve got some vacation days to use and are hoping to plan your ideal trip. If you’re anything like most people, there is no shortage in the list of places that you’d like to visit. There are plenty of destinations that sound appealing, but despite the dreams of faraway places and the desire to explore, you haven’t planned your trip yet…why not?

For many people, the logistics of planning, and yes, financing a trip can be overwhelming. You may be wondering, “Where do I begin?” or “Is my dream of traveling even possible?” This can feel especially daunting for young adults who probably aren’t making six-figure salaries yet and are slowly paying down student loan debt.

Although it may feel like an impossible dream, traveling in your twenties and thirties is not only possible but can also be affordable! Here are our top hacks to make planning your ideal vacation easier and more affordable.

  • Take Advantage of Travel Programs for Young Adults If you are interested in traveling with a group, organizations such as Under 30 Experiences offer travel packages specifically designed for young adults. The itinerary and budgets for these trips are created with the young traveler in mind. It’s a great way to meet new people, explore new places, and enjoy a fantastic vacation without needing to plan each detail yourself!

  • Apply For Paid Internships If you are looking to travel abroad, look into paid internship opportunities. Many internship programs cover your living expenses or even offer salaries, stipends or honorariums. For example, Global Nomadic’s Teach Abroad and China Au Pair programs offer paid placements that give you the option to spend a significant amount of time immersing yourself in another culture and exploring new cities while working for a salary.

  • Compare Flights It’s common knowledge that you should always compare flight prices before booking your ticket, especially if you are planning your trip on a budget. Sites such as momondo.com and skyscanner.com allow you to compare ticket prices from all major airlines, giving you the ability to book the most affordable ticket.
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  • Search for Airfare Using An Incognito Browser When using a typical web browser, websites are collecting cookies, meaning they record the information you search. When a particular flight is searched for multiple times, airlines begin to consider this flight to be in high demand. Consequently, airlines will raise their ticket prices. Using an incognito browser does not allow airline websites to track your searches and or raise their ticket prices based on your interest.
  • Use “Spot” to Find Restaurants and Dining Options While you are probably familiar with “Yelp”, a website and app designed to give you information about local restaurants, you may be less familiar with the “Spot” app. Unlike Yelp, which relies primarily on subjective customer reviews, Spot is a free app that combines information from Zagat and other expert publications in addition to customer reviews. This provides you with the most well-rounded information about local restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and more.

  • The “Gametime” App Makes Planning Activities Simple It’s all about experiences. If you find yourself with a free evening on your vacation and looking for something to do, Gametime is an app that allows you to purchase last minute and discounted tickets to local sporting events, concerts, and shows. It’s an easy and affordable way to fill your trip with fun activities and lasting memories.

  • Don’t Book Hotels in High Tourist Areas There is a reason they are called “tourist traps”. In most cities, there is typically an area that has the greatest concentration of tourist attractions and activities. For example, when visiting New York City, Times Square is filled with attractions to occupy the countless tourists that fill its streets. These areas are also where you will find the most expensive hotels. When visiting a popular tourist destination, book your hotel outside of the most touristy parts of the city. You’ll likely find a hotel with just as many amenities and luxuries as you would in the center of the main tourist area, but for a much better price.

  • Choose Restaurants Outside of Touristy Areas Just like hotels, restaurants found in the center of tourist areas are often significantly more expensive than those found just outside of the main area of attraction. When you choose restaurants outside of the tourist traps, not only are you getting better prices, but you’ll probably find yourself sitting the “local favorite.” In many cases, the restaurants favored by the local population have better food and a more enjoyable atmosphere than the expensive, touristy alternatives.

  • Create A Monthly Savings Goal The number one reason people don’t pursue their dreams of traveling is feeling intimidated by the upfront cost of travel. Once you’ve done a little bit of research on your ideal trip, you should have a pretty good idea of what the overall cost will be. Even when utilizing all of the budget-friendly tools and hacks, traveling costs money and it’s a good idea to save ahead of time.

Take your estimated total cost and divide it by the number of months you have to save.

For example, if your trip to Ireland is going to cost you $1500 and you have 12 months to save, your monthly savings goal would be $125. $125 can feel like a more manageable and less overwhelming number, making you less likely to give up your plans before you’ve even started saving.

  • Travel Over Long Weekends If you don’t have the vacation days or can’t afford to take a full week or two for traveling, take advantage of long weekends. There is a lot you can see and accomplish in three or four days. Choose a destination and top five attractions or activities you’d like to experience on your mini-trip. Traveling over long weekends also allows for more frequent trips throughout the year, as you aren’t requesting as much time off work.

  • Travel During The “Off-Season” Many destinations have a peak travel season when they welcome the majority of their visitors. During these times, activities and restaurants are more crowded, hotels are harder to book, and just about everything is more expensive. Instead of traveling during peak tourist season, avoid the crowds and save some money visiting cities during their “off-season”.

  • Stay in Hostels Popular throughout Europe, these dorm style rooms give travelers a cheaper option for traveling. Hostels offer more affordable prices than most hotels, rental homes, and condos. They are also an excellent place to meet other like-minded travelers.

  • Skip the Souvenirs Although the idea of purchasing t-shirts sporting famous landmarks, or Eiffel Tower snow globes for each of your family members and closest friends may sound alluring, for the sake of your traveling budget, forego the overpriced souvenirs. Instead, take lots of photos and splurge on an experience or two that you’ll always remember.

  • Book In Advance Whether considering plane tickets or searching for hotels rooms, the prices for each component of your trip are likely to skyrocket as you approach your departure date. The earlier you are able to book your trip, the better. You’ll find better deals and be able to create a more seamless travel itinerary if you give yourself some time to arrange the details.

These travel hacks should give you a starting place for planning a trip that is both exciting and affordable. If you’re someone with a desire to travel and a list of places you’d like to visit, choose a destination and get planning! Check out Global Nomadic’s open project opportunities for destination inspiration: https://globalnomadic.com/project-search/

 

Resources:
https://articles.aplus.com/a/travel-hacks-for-20-somethings
https://www.under30experiences.com/blog/how-to-crush-travel-goals-a-guide-for-millennials https://www.hostelworld.com/blog/travel-on-a-budget/
https://www.under30experiences.com/trips/starter-costa-rica

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Five Ways International Work Experience Can Help You Land a Non-profit Job

5 ways international work experience


By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 19 Apr 2019

For those with a passion for a cause, a career in the not for profit space might be a clear cut and obvious path. In fact, in recent years, the desire for meaningful positions in nonprofits has been on the rise among new graduates. The trouble is, with so much competition in the for profit and charities alike, it can be difficult to stand out in a sea of resumes from qualified applicants.

So when it seems like thousands of people are vying for the same jobs as you, what’s the best way for you to stand out and shine as a candidate that’s a cut above the rest?

At Global Nomadic, we’ve noticed that gaining international work experience through volunteer placements and internships can help boost a CV and something not for profit employers love to see.

Here are five reasons why gaining work or volunteer experience abroad can help strengthen your job applications and secure your chances of a great start in a not for profit career.

  1. You’ll have a more Global Perspective

Even if the position you’re applying for is in your home country, many NGOs operate in multiple countries around the world (E.g. World Vision, International Justice Mission, and Doctors Without Borders just to name a few). For this reason, your charity of choice might look more favourably on candidates who have some travel experience under their belt and have had an opportunity to be exposed to different countries, cultures, and customs. To work with clients and colleagues around the globe, one needs to be globally minded and have an appreciation for different perspectives. (Bonus: You’ll likely pick up some basic proficiency in a foreign language during your stay!)

Get one step closer to being a model global citizen with an international placement opportunity! Search and apply here: https://globalnomadic.com/professional-internships/

2. You’ll Be Able to Thrive in New and Uncertain Environments

Travel Journalism in South Africa

Packing up and moving to an unfamiliar place (even if just for a few weeks or months) is the ultimate exercise in adaptability and a great way to demonstrate to any potential non-profit employer that you’re willing to step outside your comfort zone. Just make sure to include this on your resume in a way that highlights how you overcame the challenges of a new environment and how this experience is transferrable to any hurdles you might face in your potential new role.

Want to thrive outside of your comfort zone? Explore an international internship with a Global Nomadic project partner! Apply here: https://globalnomadic.com/professional-internships/

3. You’ll Have Cross-cultural Networking Skills

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A huge benefit of travelling abroad is meeting other people from all around the world. Having a global network of colleagues at your fingertips can not only add to the value you bring to a non-profit organization and provide you with the skills you need to manage relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders, but those global connections will serve you in your career in the long run. Just be sure you’re contributing to these relationships equally so that the network remains mutually beneficial. This means taking the time to share valuable resources, offer referrals and stay in touch on a regular basis instead of only reaching out when you need a favour.

Ready to build your global network? Take the first step with an international volunteer placement: https://globalnomadic.com/professional-internships/

 

4. Employers Like Well-Rounded People

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Even if your internships aren’t all directly related to the positions you’re applying for, having experience working abroad can demonstrate to potential employers that you’re open-minded and able to integrate well into a variety of work environments– ideal for many non-profit positions that typically expect their employees to be multi-faceted, wear several hats on the job and pitch in wherever is needed. Being willing to go beyond the status quo and jump headlong into projects that may not be exactly what you’re officially trained in is a highly valued trait in the not for profit world!

Enrich your life and CV with a diverse global experience! Search and apply for a Global Nomadic placement abroad today: https://globalnomadic.com/professional-internships/

5. You’ll Be More Resourceful

Guatemala: Medical and Healthcare Project

Travelling abroad for an internship or volunteer position– especially as a recent graduate or summer — often entails figuring out logistics such as financing and budgeting– skills that are critical in any full-time job. Many not-for-profits rely on grants and donors to keep operations moving, and are often far more limited with their resources than their for-profit counterparts. Being able to think creatively about problem solving (even if that problem is figuring out how to survive a move across the globe with just one bag and a passport) will win you major points on your job applications.

 

Want to cultivate more resourcefulness and creativity for future employers? Learn to think outside the box with a challenging international placement! Apply today: https://globalnomadic.com/professional-internships/

Whether you’re just starting out your career or pivoting from a previous vocation, breaking into the not for profit world can be challenging if your applications blend in too easily with the rest. As careers in non-profits become more desirable (i.e. competitive), completing a volunteer placement or internship abroad can help you get the exposure you need to stand out as a candidate when it comes to landing a role in a not for profit that is both fulfilling and tailored to your area of expertise.  

Ready to start your journey abroad? Check out Global Nomadic’s opportunities page for current internships and volunteer placements: https://globalnomadic.com/project-search/

 

Sources:

https://casefoundation.org/blog/pros-and-cons-working-nonprofit-sector/

https://idealistcareers.org/top-nonprofits-look-job-applicants/

https://talentegg.ca/incubator/2009/07/09/what-travel-means-for-students-and-new-grads-in-the-current-job-market/

https://talentegg.ca/incubator/2012/12/19/prepare-career-nonprofit-sector/

 

 

 

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8 Unique Environmental Internship opportunities to take advantage of Right Now

Re-wilding Namibia


By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 19 Apr 2019

If you’re a new graduate with a passion for saving the planet, an environmental internship or volunteer placement abroad might be the right next step for you. Global Nomadic partners with some incredible organizations who are working diligently to protect the earth’s resources. Here are seven of the most exciting environmental and conservation internship opportunities you can take advantage of right now:

  1. Malawi: Environmental Conservation Internship

Veterinary Internship in Malawi

 

There are many incredible reasons to visit Malawi– friendly people, stunning scenery, rich culture. However, Malawi is also home to poverty, deforestation and a degrading environment. This internship will provide an opportunity for participants to work with one of our trusted NGO partners to address issues of both social welfare and environmental conservation. Apply to this project to build a range of skills across several conservation disciplines and gain both “sanctuary and “field” experience.

2. Ecuador: Amazonian Forest Foods and Culinary Arts

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Got a passion for the culinary arts? Learn first hand in this unique culinary internship how to make the most of mother nature with sustainable food and farming in the Amazon rainforest. You’ll be placed with a farming family in a community that is working to bring traditional forest food into the mainstream so that locals and visitors alike will come to appreciate the natural abundance that the Amazon has to offer. Bonus– You’ll also be able to participate in traditional Amazonian activities, like trekking waterfalls and making chocolate from fresh cacao!

3. Costa Rica: Conservation Education and Research Internship

Costa Rica environmental development programme

Located on a private nature reserve in rural Costa Rica, this project is a great match if you’re looking for a more challenging and immersive experience. The Conservation Education and Research Internship is part of a project dedicated to teaching visitors more about the local wildlife and environment. Your placement will provide hands-on academic research training, will give you the opportunity to not only support studies by respected scientists from around the world, but also a chance to potentially take lead on your own smaller projects.

4. St Eustatius (Caribbean): Botanical Garden Environmental Conservation

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Everyone loves and appreciates the Caribbean for it’s stunning beaches, year-round tropical climate, and lush landscapes. Caribbean ecosystems are critical to the well-being of island economies and local populations, yet they are under threat and many are in decline as a result of water pollution and climate change. Join a team of experienced professionals at St. Eustatius National parks for a short term project that will give you the opportunity to help preserve vital land and marine protected areas for the benefit of future generations.

5. Peru: Renewable Energy Development

renewable energy internship

In this sustainable development internship, you’ll be working with an NGO partner that is committed to investing in and improving the quality of life for poor Peruvian coastal communities that have fallen prey to uncontrolled tourism for over a decade. Through projects focused on education, infrastructure, environment and sustainability, you’ll gain valuable insights and learn first-hand the foundational principles of managing a non-profit in a developing region.

7. New Zealand: Off-grid Environmental Conservation

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Looking to experience that minimalist, disconnected lifestyle? Unplug with this off-grid environmental conservation project in Northland, New Zealand. You’ll work with a partner organization built on sustainable principles and help to protect, monitor and restore the lush surrounding forest and monitor the wildlife that call the forest home. Volunteers help to create access trail, protect native forest species from invasive species. With the internship option, you’ll also learn how to set-up a similar non-profit from design and accounting to marketing strategies.

8. Namibia: Re-wilding Environmental Project

Re-wilding Environmental Development Project in Namibia

Discover southern Africa with an exciting project that offers exposure the vast wildlife of the Namibian ecosystem and the opportunity to work alongside a team to protect and conserve it. The project site is home to some of the most iconic species of plants and animals– the African leopard, the Greater Kudu, Caracal, Hoey badeter and quiver tree to name a few! If you’re an aspiring and adventurous naturalist who wants to focus on science, conversation and leadership skills, this wilderness experience might be the perfect opportunity for you!

Looking for amazing internship or volunteer opportunities around the world? Check out the rest of our available projects at https://globalnomadic.com/.

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9 Affordable Countries to Visit During Your Gap Year

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By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 04 Mar 2019

Gap years can afford you the opportunity to travel abroad or gain world experience before launching head first into further education or a career.

While the idea of travelling abroad during your gap year may seem financially out of reach, here are several places you can visit that will give you an affordable travel experience and offer opportunities to volunteer, access internship placements and even earn money while you’re abroad.

1) Laos

9 Affordable Countries to Visit During Your Gap YearSandwiched between Thailand and Vietnam, this landlocked Southeast Asian destination is a hidden gem and an often overlooked tourist hotspot. Boasting mountainous terrain, picturesque waterfalls, stunning architecture (think lots of temples and buddhist monasteries) and rich culture, Laos is a beautiful place to spend time during your gap year. It’s also fairly easy to travel to neighbouring countries.

Approximate/Avg Cost Per Day:

As low as 12 USD/ 11 EUR/ 10 GBP

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2) Thailand

9 Affordable Countries to Visit During Your Gap YearAnother popular destination in Southeast Asia, Thailand is known for its incredible tourist culture, stunning beaches, tasty cuisine and lively ex-pat community. Many backpackers and travellers like to hit vacation spots like Phuket and Chiang Mai to visit historic sites. Western expats often choose Thailand as a home away from home due to the low cost of living compared to their North American or European home-towns.

Approximate/Avg Cost Per Day:

As low as 25 USD/22 EUR/ 19 GBP

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3) India

9 Affordable Countries to Visit During Your Gap YearAs the second-most populous country in the world, India definitely provides a rich travel experience. With its history, culture and traditions, iconic landmarks like the Taj Mahal, and delicious local cuisine, this South Asian destination has a lot to offer the modern traveller. Along with being a hub for information/technology opportunities, more rural areas in India can offer opportunities to exchange accommodations and meals for work.

Approximate/Avg Cost Per Day:

As low as 10 USD/ 9 EUR/ 8 GBP

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4) South Africa

9 Affordable Countries to Visit During Your Gap YearVisit the southernmost tip of the African continent and explore the historic sites of Johannesburg, the beautiful coast of Cape Town, or cosmopolitan Durban Beach. In South Africa, you’ll experience the multi-ethnic community and fusion of variety of cultures (there are 11 officially recognized languages!). Notable sites to visit include Mandela House, The Apartheid Museum, Kruger National Park and The Garden Route along the coast.

Approximate/Avg Cost Per Day:

As low as 39 USD/ 34 EUR/ 30 GBP

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5) Greece

9 Affordable Countries to Visit During Your Gap Year greeceTake a walk through ancient history in Athens, drink in the scenic azure blue waters on the coast and bask in the beauty of Santorini’s white-washed buildings. Greece is a European tourist gem, and is eager to welcome tourists to help give the economy a boost. If you’re looking for a beautiful but affordable place to visit during your gap year, make sure Greece is on the list!

Approximate/Avg Cost Per Day:

As low as 46 USD/41 EUR/36 GBP

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6) Nepal

9 Affordable Countries to Visit During Your Gap Year nepalTrekking Mount Everest and other snowy peaks of the Himalayas aren’t the only draws towards this South Asian destination. Nepal also offers a wide range of unique cultural experience in both small charming villages and renowned cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara. For an extra dose of intrigue, visit Lokara–the birthplace of the famous Buddha.

Approximate/Avg Cost Per Day:

As low as 10 USD/9 EUR/ 8 GBP

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7) Indonesia

9 Affordable Countries to Visit During Your Gap Year indonesiaWith over 17,000 islands, this popular vacation destination attracts all types of tourists– from new graduates looking for an adventure and individuals looking for a spiritual retreat. Bali is one of this nation’s most well-known bucket-list places to see, not to mention Indonesia reportedly has some of the best scuba-diving in the world!

Approximate/Avg Cost Per Day:

As low as 17 USD/15 EUR/ 13 GBP

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8) Guatemala

9 Affordable Countries to Visit During Your Gap Year guatemalaThis old-world Latin American country is full of stunning colonial architecture, a diverse indigenous culture, drool-worthy local cuisine–all against a backdrop of picturesque volcanic peaks. If you’re a beginner or novice traveller, be sure to do some research and travel with a group to increase your confidence. Better yet, enroll in a volunteer or internship program to get an authentic, immersive experience into Guatemalan life with the guidance of local hosts!

Approximate/Avg Cost Per Day:

As low as 14 USD/12 EUR/11 GBP

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9) Tanzania

9 Affordable Countries to Visit During Your Gap Year tanzaniaTanzania is reportedly the destination over all others for safari adventures. More than this, you can experience beautiful beaches, friendly people, stunning wildlife and breathtaking landscape all in one! If you’re looking for an African adventure on a budget during your gap year, Tanzania is a must!

Approximate/Avg Cost Per Day:

As low as 29 USD/23 EUR/20 GBP

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Are you thinking of taking a gap year? Which countries are at the top of your travel list?

 

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How to Build Your Resume While Travelling the World

How to Build Your Resume While Travelling the World


By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 04 Mar 2019

You’ve just graduated and you’re thinking about the next steps to take to build your resume and land a job that will propel you forward professionally.

Or maybe you’re thinking about a change in career.

Either way, you love to travel and want to explore the world and get work experience without compromising either.

The good news is, you don’t have to choose. It is possible to build your resume while you travel abroad.

Through international job placements, global internships and volunteer opportunities, you can set yourself up for success and hone some impressive skills that will help you stand out when you go to land your dream job in the future.

1) Figure out Your Career Interests

How to Build Your Resume While Travelling the WorldYou might be dead set on a specific career path. Maybe you’re passionate about sustainability and environmental work. Perhaps you’d like to pursue business or not-for-profit management, or you know for sure you’d like to work with wildlife and conservation.

If you already have an idea of the career path you’d like to pursue, you’re already one step ahead. If you’re not entirely sure, start by getting clear on the type of work or industry you’d enjoy. This will help you narrow down what skills and experiences will be valuable to employers in your field.

2) Research High Demand Skills and Experiences

How to Build Your Resume While Travelling the WorldOnce you’ve figured out which career path suits you best, research and make a list of the leading 3-5 organizations and companies in those sectors. Find out the types of jobs they are hiring for, current openings and available positions and make note of the skills and experiences they require. No matter which industry, international experience will give your resume a boost and help you stand out as a well-rounded candidate.

3) Find Internship, Volunteer or Work Abroad Opportunities

How to Build Your Resume While Travelling the World

When you’ve decided on a career that interests you and have done research on the skills and experiences

valued by employers in that field, look for international work opportunities that match. Global Nomadic partners with a number of organizations that offer incredible opportunities to students, graduates, or anyone else interested in gaining international work experience. We build relationships with these organizations and bridge the gap between their need for human resources and your need for valuable hands-on experience. Since 2009, we have sent more than 10,000 interns, volunteers, and TEFL teachers on projects in 40+ countries to work for organizations making a real difference in their field. New volunteer, work and internship opportunities are added on a regular basis– browse openings here: https://globalnomadic.com/project-search/

It’s easier than you think to build an impressive resume while gaining a rich global experience abroad. Whether you’re still in school and thinking about how to make the most of your summer, a new grad unsure of the next step, or a seasoned professional looking to diversify your experience, you can build your resume while travelling the world.

Once you’ve decided on a field, done some research into the valued skills, check out the current available projects offered by our partner organizations!

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