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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Strategies that Get Me Overseas Every Year

I’m not rich or highly educated or remarkable in any way. Yet, I have managed to get across the ocean every year for the past eight. Sometimes I stay away for two months at a time, sometimes I stay in luxury, sometimes I sleep on the street. But I know how to make it work, and I’m going to share some of my secrets with you. This travel habit has made me a hero among my friends, and I’ve even had the pleasure of taking a few of them along to some of my favorite spots. I’m here to tell you that almost anyone can do this, if it is made a priority. I’m a single guy, so I’m talking to other people without kids. Parents can still do this stuff though, the internet’s full of ways. For now, here are my best tips for getting overseas often.

1) Travel in Luxury When You Get Lucky; Take What You Can Get When You Aren’t. I like to travel with what I can carry in a backpack. It makes customs a breeze. It keeps me on the move with ease. But I’m not some ascetic; this is just the easiest way to do things...most of the time. I have been known to travel to the occasional luxury spot, when I can afford it. I do this by monitoring lots of luxurious resorts and travel destination providers, for the purpose of catching awesome sales when they strike. One of my go-to sale sources is Corinthia Hotels, who are having their annual sale event right now. I have already booked mine, so I’m sharing this so you too can enjoy a lux vacation on the cheap. There are lots of other places to catch deals, but you’ve got find those on your own. I keep some of these honey holes to myself! The same also goes for flights. You’ve got to learn how to negotiate good prices, and catch sales when they surface. If you can’t get cheap flights, it’s hard to travel where you want.

2) I make meeting people one of my top priorities. I’m a member of several online travel communities. I’ve also met a lot of Couch Surfers in my day, some of whom have become my best friends. I’ve even met this one guy, Ted, from Brussels, in 3 different countries in 3 different continents. World travelers are a small community, and you’ll meet close knit friends sooner than you think. Anyway, meeting people is also good, because you’ve got friends everywhere you go, places to stay, ins to the best eating/drinking places, and guides to awesome locales around the world.

3) You’ve got to be able to make money on the road. I have taught ESL classes, worked as a gondolier, modeled for a sculptor, bussed tables in a place where I didn’t speak the language, and blogged about ten thousand posts for different bloggers around the world. I can be pretty much self-sufficient anywhere I find myself. Nowadays, most of my work happens online, so if there’s WIFI, I’m good to go. You’ve got to start finding work you can do anywhere. It makes long term travel so much easier. If you can get to work on these three things, you’ll be ready for the trip of your life within the year! Maybe I’ll see you out there somewhere!

About the Author: Boris Dzhingarov is passionate about travelling. He writes for several travel blogs online.



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