Best Way To Travel The World Cheap – Does It Exist?!

In this article today we’re going to go over a often believed misnomer. Traveling The World, and Cheap. Can one travel the world cheaply and efficiently? A Often contemplated question. Most if not all people want to travel on some level. Sights, sounds, and experiences! It’s what makes life worth living! The only drawbacks that stop most are two “little” things. Time and money. Now today I’ll just be focusing on the second factor that hinders most people, money. In a future article I will discuss the time variable, but today I ask the question again; can one travel cheaply which may equate to more and more opportunities to travel?

The question you need to ask yourself to better help you achieve that answer is HOW do you want to travel? We need to access what kind of traveling you are envisioning. Are we looking at staying at the finest resorts money can buy or do we want to live like a local? You do have options! Which decision you choose has a outcome on how much you pay, obviously. That isn’t to say you can’t have the best of both worlds! Having a wonderful trip while saving some cold hard cash. Read on to discover the main options you have you may never have known about.

Backpacking
Pros: Complete freedom to do as you please.
Cons: Be prepared to live on your feet.

The cheapest option by far. Simply pick a destination and go! Can be (isn’t always) coupled with “Hosteling” (see below). There’s plenty of drawbacks that may be garnered from the average layman. Such as sleeping outside and possibly no access to utilities for long stretches at a time and the possibility of getting totally lost, but alas, that is part of the thrill of pretending to be an ancient nomad. Something romantic about that. And you may see things and learn things about yourself you wouldn’t have otherwise! Definitely not recommended for those short on time though. Getting lost in the wilderness may not bode well with your boss.

Hostels
Pros: Usually cheap! Good if you want the “authentic” local experience.
Cons: Some are really seedy and gross! May be out of the way of the real touristy attractions.

Ah Hostels! The financially conservative man’s prime choice! Hostel’s fuse the cheap and value all into one nicely tied red ribbon package! Live like a local without breaking the bank! What can be wrong with that?! Well besides possibly being out the of way, they can sometimes be seedy and grungy, but beats sleeping on a bench like a backpacker might! I digress, there are actually quite a few nice hostels, but I just want to give both viewpoints so you aren’t scared to death when you stay in one and a rat crawls out of that toilet that looks like it hasn’t seen a remodel since 1902…

Finally…

Resorts
Pros: Live like a king!
Cons: Realize you aren’t as rich as one!

Resorts… what more can be said? Beautiful, relaxing, and… EXPENSIVE! Don’t misinterpret! There’s nothing wrong with them, just that, without proper planning, one can expect to pay your arm and leg! Plus, with the fancier ones that are gigantic, you’ll usually find yourself way out in the middle of nowhere. More so than Hostels. Hey, big resorts needs a big properties. That may be a vibe killer, but most resorts on that caliber have shuttles. So, don’t fret. Always book in advance with these to lock in the best rates kids. Bringing along your “bros” to cheapen the sting of that bill isn’t a bad idea either!

There you have it!

In closing, I hope you enjoyed a breakdown of ways to travel and learned a new vehicle to do so you may have never imagined. Life is short! Try all three at least once! Whichever way you pick, just travel! Until next time!

Happy Travels! – Nickey

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The Pros and Cons of Web Conferencing: Weighing Your Options

If you are considering new technology for your office, you may be trying to weigh the pros and cons of web conferencing. This new technology can revolutionize how you do business. But you do need to weigh your options carefully before you jump and make any decisions.

Save Money

One of the big advantages of web conferencing is that you save a tremendous amount of money on business travel. Businesses have had to shell out a lot of money on travel expenses. Although no one was thrilled about it, this was simply the cost of doing business. Companies had to swallow the expense of airfare for employees to travel to meetings, to pitch ideas to new clients and existing clients, and for training as well.

But the expenses did not stop at airfare. Employees must also have transportation from the airport to the meeting site. So cab fare or rental cars were also an expense companies paid for. If the meetings ran late or the schedule with the airlines didn’t allow a flight home that same day, then employees must have hotel accommodations.

All of these costs add up. But with web conferencing, you don’t have to lay out money for these expenses.

Boost Productivity

Your employees will be so much more productive when they do not have to jet around the country to conduct business. When you are sleeping in your own bed each night and maintaining your routine rather than having to adjust to new scenery, you feel better. You rest better when you go home each night to your family. All of that adds up to being more productive. Additionally, there is no time lost to travel. Travel time is time out of the office. Most people do not get a lot of work done as they sit in airports or on planes.

More flexibility means more opportunities

Now that you do not have to travel to pitch new clients-or existing clients-you can take advantage of more opportunities. Think about it: rather than having to stretch out meetings over the course of a week because you need to get your employee back in town and give them some time to rest in between trips, you can schedule two meetings in a day.

Downside?

The downside of web conferencing is the possible relationships with your clients. You may have some clients who miss that more personal face-time. And you may have some clients who are just resistant to losing that face-to-face time.

However, you can make sure that you take some time during the web conference to ask about their families, hobbies, etc. You can take other opportunities to maintain your relationships with your clients. Most clients will welcome the opportunity to save time with web conferencing.

Pros:

  • Save money on travel
  • Increase productivity
  • Increase your reach for meetings

Cons:

  • Possible decrease in relationship-building with clients
  • Some clients may be resistant to losing face-to-face contact

The verdict? Overall, web conferencing is a great opportunity to save time and money. Resistant clients will likely come around when they see how useful web conferencing is.

Traveling by Train in Europe – 5 Pros and Cons

The pros and cons of traveling by train vary depending on the county. There are significant differences between traveling by train in North America compared to traveling by train Europe. North Americans may not consider rail travel when planning a European trip because they compare it with the rail service they have experienced at home or they have never traveled by train. They may have some unfounded negative ideas regarding train travel.

Following are examples of what can be regarded as the cons of traveling by train with a rebuttal for each, the pro.

1. Train travel is too expensive. To compare the cost of renting a car with the cost of purchasing a Rail Pass you will have to compare all the variables of the two methods for each trip you take. The cost of car rental or travel with a Rail Pass will be affected by the number of people traveling together, the length of your stay, the distance you plan to travel, where and when you plan to travel. The cost of gasoline, vat and insurance add to the cost of car rental. Extra add cost for reservations, and overnight trips add to the cost of the Rail Pass. If you plan to travel by car or a Rail Pass be sure to make your arrangement before you leave home.

2. Train schedules are restrictive. Many places are not accessible by train. Train travel in Europe is convenient and efficient. The Europe railway network services more than 30,000 cities and towns, with more than 90,000 departures a day on more than 250,000 km of railway tracks.

3. Train travel is inconvenient. Train stations are usually at city centers. Many cities have more than one station. Train stations offer many amenities, restaurants, retail stores, local tour information, money exchange outlets, hotel and lodging information, public transit information, ticket offices, taxis, railway ticket offices, Tourist Information and lockers where you can store your luggage for up to 24 hours. Smaller stations will few amenities. The train stations in large cities are similar to a North American mall except the stations cater to the needs of the traveler.

4. Train travel is slow and inefficient. There are several classes of train in Europe. The high-speed trains are fast. These trains make direct connections between the large cities of Europe. At speeds from 150 to over 300 km an hour high-speed train is the expeditious way to travel. It is much faster than driving. When traveling by plane you will need ground transportation to and from the airport to the city center. For shorter trips there are regional and local trains that travel fast but not as fast as the high-speed trains. All trains run on time.

5. Train travel is not comfortable. Train travel is boring. Train travel is relaxed and comfortable. Some of the amenities found on European trains are: reclining seats with built-in tables and video screens, an integrated audio system, notebook and laptop connections, cellular-friendly areas, and air conditioning. Food is available in several ways depending on the type of train and if you are traveling first class or second class. The high-speed first class ticket holders on some trains are served a meal at their seat. On some trains you have the option of going to a sit down bistro, the lounge or buying snacks at your seat from the snack trolley. Traveling by train offers you a relaxing experience. You can meet other travelers usually from Europe, read, nap, write in your journal or just watch the view from the window.

Traveling by train is an excellent way to experience Europe. The cons of traveling by train are cancelled by the pros. Trains in Europe run on time. You can get off in small or large locations. You are never bored. You arrive at your destination refreshed and ready to go. Travel by train is an enjoyable experience.