See the Globe on a Student’s Budget

Not long ago, KC Owens from Blogging Across the Pond approached me to publish a post that he has written on travelling. Since we are both travel enthusiasts, I say “Why not?” So, here’s his post, enjoy!

KC Owens has written and submitted this article. KC is a college student who loves traveling, college life, fitness and a good survival kit. He enjoys studying different cultures, meeting new people and leaving his footprint somewhere most people only read about.

If you are a student ready to take the plunge into world travel, then you can get there by saving a little money and working hard to have enough cash to carry. With a little research and thorough planning, you can make your dream travel a reality while you are still a student. Follow this guide of travel tips to stay on budget and to make it back home without going broke!

1. Saving Enough Money and Paying Your Way

The key to a successful vacation abroad is having enough money to cover your trip. If you can manage it, take on a part-time job during the semester and a full-time job during your summers in between school; I do this and it helps quite a bit while both paying for school and funding an adventure. If you can estimate how much your total trip will cost, you can set a goal for saving. Before leaving on my first trip, I did not meet my budgeting goal so I researched what other options I had and according to Credit Card Insider, many students are using credit cards to help afford their education, bills and vacations. If it worked well for others I thought it would work well for me, too. Having a student credit card was a lifesaver for my trip. First, it allowed me to buy plane tickets without having the cash up front before my trip. Then, while I was traveling it automatically exchanged currencies for me so I didn’t have to waste time and money at kiosks every time I jumped the border. It even kept me safer because most pickpockets look for travelers who pull out a wad of cash when they pay for different items. By having a credit card, I was able to save time and money before my trip and during it. I wouldn’t recommend a card to everyone, but I would recommend doing some research to find out what could be a viable option for you and your travel budget.

2. Pack Lightly

By packing everything I need for my adventures into one small bag, I save tons of money. How? Most airlines and train companies charge their passengers extra for having numerous heavy bags; if you only have one small carry on, your ticket will be much cheaper. It also saves you money because you only need to buy one locker at a hostel instead of several. Over a week or a few weeks, this can add up to a lot of money! Select clothes that you can wash easily and that will air-dry quickly, such as microfiber and cotton mixes. By doing this, you can wash your clothes quickly in a sink and have them dry. This allows you to pack fewer clothes, carry a smaller bag and not have to pay for Laundromat services while abroad.

3. Plan Overnights before you Arrive There

Planning ahead of time is always a great idea no matter what you’re doing. When traveling, it’s the best decision you can make. I always plan ahead because when I don’t, something goes wrong. Once, my travel buddy and I spent a night outside in the cold because we both forgot to book a hostel. Now that’s bad planning. Now, I always book hostels a few days in advance. This saves money and it allows me to plan other things like sightseeing, tours and mountain climbs. Make sure you book a room with several beds, as your bill will be much cheaper than if you were to rent a private room. Also, pick a hostel outside the city limits; they tend to be much cheaper than that right in the heart of the city.

Get ready for budget travel to your favorite destination or to a locale that you have dreamed of for a long time. All it takes is a little planning and saving to see the world on a student’s budget. Follow this guide of travel tips, and you will be there before you know it!

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Photo with courtesy of Piotr Ciuchta

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Yokoso! Japan!

If some of you have been wondering why I’ve not been posting any blog entries recently, the reason is that I’m in Japan now. Due to some constraints, I can’t upload any photos for the photo challenge.

This is a Hanami (sakura viewing) trip to Kansai area. I’ve seen some trees that are fully bloomed in Kyoto but most trees just started to bloom only. The full bloom date is expected to be tomorrow. So, do stay tuned for photos of the sakura when I’m back in Singapore 🙂

With courtesy of DestinationSpotting (http:destinationspotting.wordpress.com/)

How it all started?

Recently, I’ve read a blog post by Walkingon Travels sharing Who, What, Where and When she was inspired to travel. I’m greatly inspired by her to write a similar post too.

Who: I’ve never travelled to any other countries until I graduated from university. Neither have any of my immediate family members travelled overseas before. So, who inspired me to travel? It was my two best friends who travel frequently and tell me their adventures. They make me feel like going out to see the world!

What: Although I enjoyed my first trip, but it was only after I’ve bought my first digital compact camera that I felt the urge to go for more trips. What excites me most during every trip is the ability to take photos of the wonderful and beautiful scenery and share with my family and friends.

Where: My first trip was a budgeted travel package to Europe. It was fun as I got to know many friends and some I still keep in contact. I’ve also visited many places such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Colosseum. These are place that I used to see on TV only! It was also much fun when we were given free time to venture on our own and we went to watch a musical in London. It was my first taste of free-n-easy travelling, which I fell in love with.

When: I was 22 years old when I first board a plane and went overseas. Everything was so exciting, seeing the clouds and mountains from the plane’s window. Even going through the customs was exciting to me! It was a truly memorable trip with so many “firsts”!

If you like this post, why not start writing a similar one yourself?

Feng Shui for Singapore Flyer

With courtesy of The Singapore Flyer, http://www.singaporeflyer.com/

Recently, I’ve read an interesting news article that talks about the usage of feng shui on the Singpaore Flyer.

The Flyer has 28 cabins, each cabin can take only 28 passengers, each complete turn of the ferris wheel takes 28 minutes and the wheel is programmed to turn 28 times a day! The number 28 appears everywhere in the wheel’s operation. The reason for this is that “28” is an auspicious number in feng shui and it sounds like “easy to get rich” in chinese. Chinese also believe that after taking ride in the Flyer, their luck will change for the better.

Not only that, the authority board has changed the wheel’s rotation from an anti-clockwise direction to a clockwise direction – with views of eastern Singapore on the ascent and that of the financial centre on the descent. This is to signify bringing wealth from the east to the finanancial centre. Not only that, this also ensures that the best view, that of the skyline of Singapore, stays in the minds of the passengers.

After reading all these, don’t you feel like taking a ride in the Flyer? I know I do.

Heartbeat of Taiwan 台湾的心跳声

This song is specially written for World Expo 2010. One can learn about the different attractions and culture of Taiwan from the MV. It shall be the first step to my planning.

Here’s a list of the things mentioned in the MV:

  • YongHe beancurd (永和豆浆)
  • 天灯
  • Night markets (夜市)
  • Long Shan Temple (龙山寺)
  • Chia-Nan Plain (嘉南平原)
  • Ping-Tung tuna (屏东黑鲔鱼)
  • Danshui Fisherman’s Wharf (淡水渔人码头)
  • Taroko Gorge (太鲁阁)
  • Mino paper umbrellas (美浓纸伞)
  • Sanyi wood carvings (三义木雕)
  • Taipei 101
  • Cloud Gate dance theatre (云门舞集)
  • Firecrackers (盐水蜂炮)
  • Matsu (妈祖)…

Did I miss out any?