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6 Basic Money Saving Tips for Travel Adventures in 2013

We want to help you start travelling this year. Check out our 6 basic money saving tips for travel adventures in 2013 to get your started on the road.

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2012 was an incredible year of travel adventures for us. We used our money saving tips for travel and visited 14 countries. We were quite honestly living the travel dream.

kayaking in Naples

Kayaking in Naples, Italy

While some may think we are loaded with money, they would be very wrong.

In reality, the way we manage to have so many travel adventures around the world is because we prioritise and follow achievable money saving tips for travel.

With a little organisation about how we live on a day to day basis, we are able to save more money to travel.

Set your travel goals first

Before you read on, set two goals; where you want to travel and how long for. There is no point saying you want to travel around the world for 12 months if you only are willing to save $1000.

While I am sure there must be a way to travel for 12 months on $1000 (let me know if you find out how), it is important to be realistic about your travel budget. If you stay in 5 star resorts then you obviously need to save a little more money, than if you stay in backpacker accommodation.

Vernazza Cinque Terre photos

Additionally, if you only want to go on a 2 week trip to the perfect vacation destination then you don’t have to save as much. If you want to enjoy an island paradise why not fly to Bali. You can enjoy island life, the amazing beaches and water sports all within your budget. Most people believe that beach front hotels are really expensive, but with little effort you can find great deals on ocean front Bali hotels. You can always use Marriott Rewards too.

If you don’t know which accommodation you would prefer, then check out our Hostels vs Hotels vs Apartments article.

6 Basic Money Saving Tips for Travel

With your travel goals set, you can use these 6 basic money saving tips to start travelling to help get you on the road to your own travel adventures in 2013.

Start Saving

Yup that’s right, start saving. You have to actually make a commitment to saving before you can even begin. There is no point going into this half-a$$ed if you are just going to give up in a few weeks.

Open a new bank account with a good interest rate and deposit your first $1. Ideally it would be more than that if you can afford it, but depositing the first $1 means that you have started!

Work out your necessary expenses budget

While it would be great if we could save every penny we make, there are some necessary expenses. You need to eat, put a roof over your head etc. Luckily you can quite easily figure out what your necessary expenses are.

Gözleme traditional Turkish Food

Cut your expenses so you can eat gozleme in Turkey.

And once you have those, you will know how much of your pay cheque you can afford to save. Anything extra should go straight into your bank account removing any temptation for you to make impulse purchases.

Use Cash and get a Piggy Bank

With your necessary expenses worked out you should know exactly how much cash you will need each week. By only getting out a set amount of cash each week you will limit how much you spend with the rest of your pay cheque going into savings.

Any coins from your wallet can also be thrown straight into your piggy bank (or jar). It is amazing how quickly loose change adds up. Within a few weeks you will have enough for another nights accommodation or a nice meal out.

The other benefit is that if you remove the coins then you are less likely to use those coins to buy small treats all the time too.

Change your spending habits

You will need to make sacrifices when you begin to save money for your own travel adventures in 2013. It is important to remember in the back of your mind that you are doing it for a reason…

Sunset Busabout Sail Turkey

Is this reason enough to save money for travel?

Take a look at what you spend your money on at the moment. Every time you buy a cup of coffee, round of beers, go out for lunch or drive to work, they all cost you savings. Money that you could have used while travelling.

By cutting out these small purchases, you will rapidly increase your savings in your new bank account.

Sell your unwanted stuff

Now that you have cut down on a bunch of expenses, you should have some extra money building up every time youe pay cheque comes in.

One trick to boosting your savings right before you leave, is to look at selling some of the things lying around the house. Depending on how long you are travelling for depends on what you can sell. If you are going for a year or more then look at your electronics first.

Realistically, in a years time some of the electronics you own might be getting out of date. While they might be worth money now, they probably won’t be in another years time.

Look at your old clothes, books and furniture. Anything you don’t need in your backpack for your travel adventure can probably be sold.

Chai Tea Istanbul Spice Market

Finally, treat yourself

Okay so this isn’t a money saving tip. But saving is damn hard work. You have to make sacrifices from your usual daily lifestyle to be able to save money for travel. That is why it is important to treat yourself every once in a while to stay sane.

Just don’t go crazy!

Limit yourself to grabbing a beer with your mates, go out for dinner with your loved one or just rent a movie to chill out. By treating yourself, only very rarely, you will be able to save for a lot longer.

This will allow you to get out and begin to enjoy your travels. The best place to start is to get all your vacation rentals tips and ideas from here, before getting out and spending that hard earned cash.

So where are you going to go with all your money saved?

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70 Comments

  1. Cynthia

    January 10, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Good ideas all. Especially the one about changing your spending habits. It really makes a difference!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      Once you cut out a few of the unnecessary spending habits then it is amazing how quickly you can save money!

  2. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    January 10, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Good tips, Cole! I’m always amazed when I meet people who think they can’t afford to travel at all and then I look around their homes or their cars and see how much money they must have spent on all that stuff. You CAN afford to travel if you exercise discipline and are willing to set goals, as you said, and go without a few worldly possessions. Here’s to a great 2013 for you guys!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      Well said Ellen! We still buy lots of stuff that I end up regretting and we are very tight with our money haha. I am always impressed by travellers with smaller backpacks than us, even though we only travel with carry on!

  3. Dami

    January 10, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    I’m going travelling in 4 months so ill be taking these tips into consideration

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      Great to hear Dami! Good luck on your travels in 2013 and hope you can save lots of money to enjoy on your trip 😀

  4. Cailin

    January 10, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Great tips Cole! I definitely need to learn how to budget better so I can go on more awesome trips! 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      Haha we ALL need to learn to budget better. I still spend money on crap I don’t need and I am a tight-a$$!

  5. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    January 10, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    living the “travel dream” certainly does requires sacrifices which helps separate the dreamers from the doers out there on the road.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Always surprised (and a little annoyed) when people ask us whether we are rich. It doesn’t take much to make your travel dreams a reality if you put your mind to it.

  6. Jeremy Branham

    January 10, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Setting a budget is one of the most important things you can do – whether it’s for traveling or not. Many people waste money and spend a lot on things that aren’t even aware until they see it on paper. Save more, spend less, and watch what you spend your money on.

    The most important money saving tip? Don’t spend more than you have (no debt). Seems simple but many people can’t seem to obey this simple money saving principle.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Great advice Jeremy! It is why all our economies are in such trouble and yet people still continue to spend money that they clearly don’t have. Credit cards and loans are the biggest marketing scams in recent history!

  7. Sarah

    January 10, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Great advice! It’s all about priorities. It’s amazing how much you can save when you realize how little you need! I’m saving up for a big trip later this year and I have done all of these! 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Great to hear that you are already saving hard Sarah. Hope your travels go well at the end of the year 😀

  8. John

    January 11, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    The very first thing I did was work out the numbers. I was moving abroad so I wanted as much as possible. I calculated how many pay cheques I was getting before I left and how much I was determined to save from each pay. This told me basically how much I would save right from the start. I ended up saving $6000 in 6 months.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      That is awesome John! Definitely not hard to put aside a few hundred dollars a month (or a $1000 in your case) and watch how quickly it grows 😉

  9. Lissie

    January 12, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    I always tell the story of a friend being genuinely envious that I could travel to South America for 6 months, while we sat on the leather furniture she had just bought – which probably cost as much as 1/2 of my trip budget!

    It’s all about prioritisation. Sure there’s a few tricks you learn along the way – I take great delight in not being charged bank fees to use my own cash overseas – but really the bottom line is – just work out a plan, save the money and get on the plane!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      Hahaha that is a brilliant story Lissie! Need to figure out how not to be charged bank fees… That would definitely save some money.

  10. Amanda @ Farsickness

    January 12, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    I’m horrible with budgets and money and taking out cash weekly has been a life changer. I’m so much more aware of what I’m spending and have saved so much in the past 6 months since I started. Also, I clean out my purse/wallet once a week and put my coins in a jar and I’ve saved a few hundred dollars in 2 years.

    Great tips!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      Everyone can always do more to save money. A few coins here or there add up so quickly! And the few extra hundred dollars you saved will be able to fund at least a few weeks of travel 🙂

  11. Peggy Lilley

    January 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Hi, I love your blog. We’re from Tauranga (I’m pretty sure you’re familiar with the sunny BOP) and we’re avid travellers. We take our 8 yr old son with us at every opportunity and also host people from overseas too. 2012 saw us in Japan and
    Australia, this year USA and Canada. 2014 will see us living in Spain and our son will most likely be home schooled there. We love travel and all our surplus funds go towards this, we live very simply usually.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Of course I am familiar with Tauranga Peggy! I grew up there 😀 Born and raised in Otumoetai! You sound like you are living the travel dream as well. Very envious of your trip to Japan and maybe we will cross paths on our travels one day soon 🙂

  12. Vera

    January 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Very good – travel-related or not, improving your financial situation is always a beneficient thing to do! But boy, it’s much easier KNOWING all these things than to actually put them into practice and start forming new habits *sigh*… But as Jeremy said: debt is a no-go, and I avoid spending too much money by opp-shopping a lot. That’s not for everyone, though (but there are also upper class second-hand shops that are pretty much like regular stores, it has to be said). I like it how you include the little treat – because one still has to live, right? Otherwise you fall off the wagon quicker than I can eat a cookie when on a diet. Speaking obviously for myself here:)…

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      You nailed it Vera! Even about the cookie and diet part 🙂 I will even confess that a lot of the time I fall out of my own habits that I am trying to preach about! But if you can stick to them “most” of the time, then you are on a winner and closer to realising your travel dreams.

  13. T.W. Anderson @ Marginal Boundaries

    January 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Getting into a position where you are debt-free is a great start. As is getting ready of all your stuff.

    The big kicker for me was after I left the U.S. and going from needing a truck for my construction company, to not needing a vehicle. The truck alone was costing me $1,500+ a month in fuel costs + maintenance/insurance/etc., so that right there allowed me to put 1500 a month back into my savings.

    Then, dropping my cost of living from $2,500 to $3,000 a month to a mere $600 to $800 a month while living in Sofia, Bulgaria; Bogota, Colombia; and Cancun, Mexico…well, that’s allowed me to put another 2k+ a month back into my savings.

    I haven’t spent more than $800 a month in over 5 years on my costs…that’s total entertainment + rent + food. But I’m also not flying around the world all the time; I live long-term in places and explore locally with friends until I’ve fully uncovered a destination.

    Just by making a location change, I was able to start putting 3k+ a month back into my savings. I’m turning 33 in a week, and for all intents and purposes I’ve been “retired” since I became debt-free in 2009, and that was after selling off everything I had in the U.S. and leaving it behind in 2008.

    Now, as Marginal Boundaries grows, it’s leading to more and more opportunities.

    Good post with some good basic tips.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      You are living the dream it seems! Being able to live and work remotely makes a huge difference to how much you can save. Unfortunately not all people have those opportunities, largely to them not pursuing their own dreams! Hope Marginal Boundaries continues to grow for you and we would love to be involved if you make it over to Bulgaria for the next retreat 😀

      • T.W. Anderson @ Marginal Boundaries

        January 16, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        It all comes down to how badly someone wants something to happen. A phrase I use constantly is “The only person holding you back from success…is you”.

        In an age of free information and global Internet, just about everyone has equal opportunities to create passive income, especially considering blogs, social media and all the platforms you need to create a brand/business are 100% free.

        And a person doesn’t even need a computer! Use an Internet cafe, or your smartphone or a tablet 🙂

        Anyway….follow your dreams, everyone! It’s the way to true happiness and success!

  14. Lillie - @WorldLillie

    January 12, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Excellent advice. It is shocking how many people complain they don’t have money to travel, then go out and buy tons of new appliances and clothes! Keep on spreading the word. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Agreed Lillie! They think we are rich or something when we travel. Although I think they must be rich (and a little mad in the head) to be buying goods instead of experiences 🙂

  15. Jennifer

    January 14, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Good tips, Cole! These days Tim and I find ourselves truly considering if we need something when we purchase it. “Do I really want that? Because that is the cost of X when traveling!” It’s all about making travel a priority in your life.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      I am constantly thinking the same way Jennifer. If I spend that much on XXX then how many nights will I lose while travelling haha.

  16. Cheryl

    January 15, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Timely tips for move as I recently moved home to Toronto to save again for a future of more travelling. It’s going to be tough as you said, but I need to focus on the end game and make travel a long-term priority in my life. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      We are stuck back in Edinburgh saving up for our summer travels as well! So hard going back into savings mode, especially with our bank accounts currently so low.

      • Cheryl

        January 17, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        Ha ha, I know the feeling. I just moved into a new flat and it seems like I’ve been bleeding cash – giving a deposit, buying various odds and ends etc. It will get better next month but January hasn’t been an easy one!

  17. Arjun Rajkumar

    January 17, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    I’ve begun to save for a 30 day holiday in August. Not really decided where I want to travel (from India) – but I know that I want to be on the road for 30 days. Travel and do nothing else. When I started putting money away for this holiday is when I actually knew that I will make this happen – before that, it was just an idea/dream. Great tips, Cole! Keep them coming.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 17, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      Well done Arjun! Good luck for your saving. Sometimes not having a plan for travel is the best plan in my opinion. Just go wherever you feel like it each day as long as it is somewhere new 🙂

  18. Jade - OurOyster.com

    January 18, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    We set aside a certain percentage of our weekly wage in a travel savings account… unforuntatly we still make stupid impulse purchases on the credit card :S

    • Cole Burmester

      January 18, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      Are you using a Credit Card that at least gives you cashback or Airmiles? And as long as you pay it off each month then I think using credit cards is a great idea. But stay away from the impulse buys 😛

  19. Lady

    January 19, 2013 at 5:18 AM

    Nice tips. Those really are handy for a travellover like me. Thanks!:)

  20. Kristy

    January 21, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    This year I also planning to save a bigger amount of money for my travel trip to Switzerland with my boyfriend and I already started cutting the usage of my electricity and water. I also set the amount of cash that I will spend for a week so that I can monitor how my expenses.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 21, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      Brilliant Kristy! Keep it up and remember to look forward to your trip 🙂

  21. Caro

    January 21, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Discipline is key, amen! We saved all of our money in 10 months. Instead of saving and one day hoping for the best, we set a departure date and THEN made sure we’d save enough by that date. Great tips!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 21, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      Great point Caro! Make that date and then you are committed 🙂

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  23. Matthew Karsten

    January 22, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Changing my spending habits was a huge part of saving for my initial trip too. Sold my car and bought a bicycle and a bus pass in Miami, stopped going to bars & clubs, and made my own meals. Saved a ton of money, felt great, and got more work done. Great tips guys. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 22, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      I bet when you started biking and slowed down on the drinking then your fitness levels etc all sky rocketed too. Not just your savings 🙂 Great work Matthew!

  24. Steve

    January 22, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    It’s amazing how many people ask how we afford to travel perpetually. As you say – spend wisely, save money. If travel is a real priority, you’ll find a way somewhow.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Agreed Steve! Make travel a priority, not collecting “stuff” 🙂

  25. Jennifer Miner

    January 22, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Useful tips. I think a big part of saving for travel is a matter of priorities. As someone mentioned above, I too know several people who say they’d like to travel more but can’t afford it –yet they eat out and go out drinking at least twice a week. It’s important for them (and a LOT of people!) to enjoy each week as much as they can, and if this means going out to eat and drink with their friends, so be it. it is their right to spend their money that way, and then to have less discretionary funds to spend on travel. Different priorities for different people.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 23, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Very true Jennifer. While we do enjoy the occasional drink with our mates, we also know that having drinks at home beforehand will save us lots of money! Some people are quite happy to fritter away money though which we just don’t get 😉

  26. wanderingeducators

    January 22, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Fantastic tips. and if you get the whole family involved, it’s much easier. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 23, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      Definitely! Start with the kids and they are the ones that end up saving lots. Especially if they know that they will get treats instead while travelling. I would much rather say no to an ice cream now, IF I know I will get one somewhere awesome on our journey 😀

  27. Larissa

    January 22, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Good, common sense advice, Cole. Living within our means is what enabled us to take a 14-month RTW. Now that we’re finished that particular trip we also realize we can live much more simply, making it easier to have money for travel. In fact, as long as we have enough to travel, we’ll keep living on the road. . . loving the nomadic life! 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      You can definitely bring a lot of travel tips back home with you which is what we enjoy the most. Travel allows you to see how other people get by with very little and it changes the way we do things too 😀

  28. Sammy McIntyre

    January 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    After two years on the road, I’m heading back home to the real world for a year or two to save for the next lot of adventures. I’ll be back to using this common-sense advice to build up the bank balance again! Thanks guys.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 23, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      No worries Sammy! Good luck with the saving and hopefully you can get back on the road again soon.

  29. Adam

    January 24, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Good tips! Definitely the most stressful part about travel planning is money-saving…

    • Cole Burmester

      January 25, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      Totally agree. We are trying to calculate how far we can go this summer at the moment and how much we can save between now and then!

  30. Micki

    January 24, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Great tips! I’m always amazed how much money we can raise buy just selling some of our extra stuff (of course, it’s depressing to consider how much we spend on our stuff in the first place, but still…).

    We’re Canadian, and from British Columbia, one of the most expensive provinces for housing, so we find that we save a lot of money by traveling to places where housing and food cost us a lot less.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 25, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      Our next move is hopefully going to be through Eastern Europe and then South East Asia so it will be nice to see our money going further 😀

  31. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    January 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Great money saving tips! I especially need to get on the one about selling stuff. I’m still paying for a storage unit full of stuff from my non-traveling life – Ugh!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 25, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      We were watching hoarders the other day and they were tackling this exact problem! Basically people were paying hundreds of dollars a month to store junk ;P

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  34. Timothy W Pawiro

    December 29, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Agree with coins saving! You won’t know how much you have saved until you deposit the coins at your bank! Haha …

    Anyway, thanks for the tips! 🙂

  35. Gracey spurek

    July 11, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Great tips. Traveling is really very adventurous but the main issue is of budget. Many people fail to stay in their budget and go over budget. I think the best way to save money on your travel is by reducing your transportation and accommodation cost.

  36. Mark H

    December 15, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Those gozleme look delicious. Great photos Cole!

  37. Cassie

    March 29, 2017 at 7:17 PM

    There’s not really anything else to add to your post. If you want to have a fabulous vacation you need to start saving early.

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How to Travel with Friends (and Stay Friends Afterwards)

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Our friends are a very important part of our lives – they are the people we can rely on, a shoulder to cry on and someone to have a great laugh with. They are almost like family and we often spend a lot of time with them. That makes travelling together seem the logical step. But sometimes, things can go wrong – so how can you travel with friends and be sure to stay friends afterwards?

Why travel with your friends?

One of the top reasons to travel with friends is that it is better than travelling alone. More than that, you and your friend or friends have different experiences, personalities and approaches and this works well for travelling. Maybe you are a little shy whereas your friend is more confident. Or you like to try things and they are a little hesitant – yin and yang of sorts, complementing each other.

Having your friend along can make the boring parts of the holiday more interesting. Bus, plane or train journeys are a necessary part of travel but can be a bit boring. If you are travelling with your friend, however, you have someone to chat with, swap magazines with or even listen to music together.

Travelling is a great way to reconnect with friends that you have fallen out of touch with. In fact, it is one of the ways that Roses Only recommend that you reconnect with someone that you haven’t seen for a while. Going somewhere different, making new shared experiences is a brilliant way to reignite your friendship and give you a chance to clear the air on any past issues.

Planning the trip

Once you have decided that you and a friend (or friends) want to travel together, you next need to start planning the trip. And this is where you need to get very specific to make the trip a success.

  1. Understand what you both want

One of the main reasons that friends’ vacations go wrong is that you end up wanting different things. You want to see the museums and art galleries of the city while your friend wants to party until 3am and sleep most of the day (or vice versa). There’s nothing wrong with either approach but you want to have some shared ground. So, understand what you both want from the trip and how this matches up – museums one day, party on the night, sleep the next day then repeat for example.

  1. Map out where to stay

Another area people can disagree on is where to stay. Some of us are pretty casual and will sleep anywhere that is clean. Others prefer the finer things in life and want a three or four-star hotel as a minimum. Some love camping while others need foundations and a fixed roof. Understand where you both want to stay before considering making a booking to avoid someone being uncomfortable and unhappy.

  1. Discuss money

A top cause of fights when people travel together is money so decide before you leave how it will work. For example, do you pay for your own stuff in each meal or just split the bill 50/50? If you do this, make sure one person doesn’t go for expensive wine and other a glass of water or it will start to irritate them. The same goes for other costs – decide beforehand how to approach things to avoid conflict while away from home.

  1. Know yourself and be honest

This might sound strange but we all have those little quirks that can create friction when you are almost living with someone for a week or two. You snore, or your friend has to have the TV on all the time. You have to have a packet of crisps before bed or your friend insists on brushing their teeth with the electric toothbrush at 3am. Know your weird little quirks and warn your friend about them. That way there are no nasty surprises, it can be made into a joke and you can prepare for it (where possible – if anyone has a sure cure for snoring, let everyone know).

During the trip

While the idea of going on holiday with a friend is that you spend time together, don’t assume you have to be tied at the hip and do everything together. In fact, it is good to have some time apart for those separate interests. Have a day to yourself and then you will have some great stories to tell on the evening when you get together for your meal.

Travelling with others means that you need to be flexible but also not too flexible – don’t let the other person make every decision as they might resent this. The ideal balance is to give on the things that aren’t super important to you and stick to your ground on the really important stuff. Say you want a day at the beach but you aren’t too worried about visiting that museum your friend likes. So stick to your guns with the beach and concede to the museum trip.

Because you are friends you likely know each other pretty well but it is different when you are practically living together. We all have bad days and when you are travelling with someone and they have such a day, it is important to be understanding and patient – and they do the same with you. Don’t take it personally, give them space if they need it or just be there for them if that works.

Conclusion

Travelling with a friend is a memorable experience if done right but can end a friendship if done wrong. That’s why planning is important, and understanding is crucial – we all have our funny little ways and when you are with someone most of the time, these come to the fore. By being flexible and understanding, you can both have an amazing time, take loads of stunning photos and have a trip you will never forget – and still be friends when you get home!

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How Three Different Countries Celebrate Christmas

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As wonderful as travelling and exploring the world is, Christmas is a time best spent at home, right? Not necessarily – there’s no reason to keep your Christmas at home. After all, if you’re passionate about exploring new cultures (or even if you’re just bored of turkey), that doesn’t have to stop when the holidays come around. Even if you prefer to be where you’ve always known, why not try out other cultures from the comfort of your own abode?

So what’s your Christmas theme? Here are a few of our favourite suggestions.

1. Indian Christmas

Christmas in India focuses mostly on religion, as only 2.3% of the population is Christian, so the holiday isn’t as ingrained into the culture of the country as it is in Britain. A large part of Christmas in India is Midnight mass, and afterwards, families have a feast of delicacies, including many different Christmas sweets. The traditional fruitcake is present but there are also rose cookies, sweet dumplings, curly doughballs, and so much more. And if you don’t feel like Christmas Eve is the best time for experimentation in the kitchen, no need to fear: with takeaway services like Deliveroo around, great cuisine is always available with much less work for you! Also, don’t forgo the Christmas lights this year: Indian festivals are nearly always bright and colourful, and also nothing feels more Christmassy than colourful twinkling lights.

2. Italian Christmas

So, how is Christmas celebrated in the home of Catholicism? Well, one of the most important parts is the Nativity crib scene. Naples is famous for its cribs and crib making, with good reason: the first Neapolitan crib is thought to date back to 1025! So, for an Italian Christmas, put out your crib on the 8th of December and add the figure of baby Jesus to it on Christmas Eve.

But what about the food? On Christmas Eve, no meat is eaten (so maybe not the best idea for pigs-in-blankets fans!) so seafood is usually served. Many families also have a large Christmas Eve meal of fish dishes, called The Feast of the Seven Fishes. And, as for pudding, panettone is on the menu!

3. Australian Christmas

For those who don’t enjoy the cold, wet winter that comes along with Christmas, why not bash away the blues with a summery Australian Christmas? You can keep the traditional Christmas food and you can add seafood or barbeque for a twist! Or you could watch a Carols by Candlelight service, which are very popular in Australia but also loved in the rest of the world, including Britain. Check out this Ticketmaster page to find the one nearest you! And for a really authentic feel, you could decorate your house with “Christmas Bush”, a native Australian plant with green leaves and cream coloured flowers (though you won’t experience them turning red over the summer!)

However you decide to celebrate it, make it a very Merry Christmas!

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8 Benefits You Can Get From Traveling

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Many people think they should travel somewhere for a vacation, but some of them never do it just because of fear, doubt, and other reasons that keep them at home. In this article, we have gathered several wonderful benefits you can get from traveling. Keep reading, and we are sure you would be able to make that great travel you always dreamed about!

1. To travel somewhere is a great opportunity to distract from your everyday life. Even if you enjoy spending every day of your life at work and at home, anyway you have your own problems, issues, and difficulties to solve. All people have their crazy schedules with working hard, raising children, and taking care of the family, and sometimes we all can be tired from this fast rhythm. Travel would help you to distract from everyday problems, forget daily routine, give new feelings of freedom and calmness.

2. You can travel with your partner, friends, or just on your own, and you’d get the distraction wherever you go. This would help you to refresh your mind, and relax for several days without thinking about troubles. You will come back to work totally refreshed and maybe you will even look at some things from another angle. Travel is a great stress remover that gives you a lot of positive things.

3. Traveling can improve your knowledge. You can discover new cultures, learn new languages, even get new habits. It’s very interesting to learn something new about other people life, taste new food, and try to do things you never did before. Travel can help you to get wonderful impressions, make new friends, and discover this interesting world. This is much better than any kind of online game of TV show that keeps you so much involved last week. Remember that you will get from the travel much more than you expect, and be ready to new feelings and impressions!

4. New experience will definitely help you in everyday life. People who travel a lot, get a great ability to overcome their problems in easier way. They just learned how to look at the troubles from the different angle, and when we all feel desperate about something happened again, and start think about how our life is unfair, they are thinking about possible ways of solving their problems.

5. Traveling helps to keep a good connection with your family or friends. In our daily life we have so few moments to spend together, probably only on holidays or weekends, but anyway people are usually involved in shopping, watching TV, and thinking about Monday is coming soon. During your travel, you experience all great moments with your friends and family, and it gives you a wonderful feeling of strong connection you all have. This is great to make a photo album or video report of your travel and watch it sometimes.

6. Nowadays, you can plan your trip easily and fast thanks to modern technologies. You can choose you travel budget, duration, and places you’d like to visit. You can book the hotel online and buy tickets on bus or plane without leaving your house. It’s possible to plan any kind of travel depending on your budget, needs, and expectations.

7. You can travel to another country to study there. This is an example how you may spend your travel not only for rest, but also for other useful things. It’s great to compare discovering a new country with studying there. You would be able to increase your intellectual level and improve a lot of skills. It’s a great challenge not everyone is able to take, but it’s also a brilliant opportunity to change your life for better.

8. Traveling can open new talents. If you were always good in writing, you can try to write a book about it. Who knows, maybe your memories about discovering Australia will become a bestseller! Of course, writing is not an easy thing to do, so if you need some help with it, try to find writing tips online or search for a philosophy essay writing service to get some professional help. Even if you won’t publish your papers, it will be very interesting for your family, kids, and grand kids to read those wonderful stories about your exciting travel.

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