Maldives Tips and Tricks budget travel


By Low Budget Maldives

Here, we will share with you Maldives tips and tricks that you can save in your budget.

Ended, Maldives is one of the expensive travel destinations in the world. The luxurious resorts, world-class quality facilities, Maldives is a near heaven paradise. Very elegant beaches, white sandy sand, crystal clear water lagoon, stunning natural coral landscape, you cant imagine that this paradise can be found in the Indian Ocean. In this Maldives Tips and Tricks article, we will share our knowledge and experience on how to save a dollar when visiting in the Maldives. Have you imagine, that can spend your holidays in this dream paradise with a less budget.

The Maldives is a tropical country in the Indian Ocean made out of 26 ring-formed atolls, which are comprised of more than 1,000 coral islands. It’s known for its shorelines, blue tidal ponds, and broad reefs.
Read: Where is the Maldives located on the world map.
Read: Best time to visit in the Maldives


There is twenty plus airline that flies to the Maldives from different airport hub around the Globe. Finding cheap flights to the Maldives is the best way that you can save dollars in your budget. In this case, I used cheapflight website. As you can see in the photo, the cheapest flight is on top for $224 only a round trip flight from Singapore to Maldives. Tiger air or scoot airline has given the lowest ticket price. There are a lot of sites that you can compare flight.

Find out: Maldives Aiports


Rufiyaa is the Local currency of the Maldives. $1 = 15.40mvr, the bank rate and most of the store and resorts follow this changing rate. For tourist/traveler, Changing your dollar to rufiyaa is not necessary, because US dollars or cards are widely accepted in the Maldives.

Maldives Traditional dress


Seaplane and ferry or speedboat are the main transportation in the Maldives. From island to island. Ferry has the cheapest fare in terms of transportation in the Maldives. For only 3mvr-30mvr($0.03-$2) it depends on the distance of the island, but it takes a long ride before you arrived at your destination. You can check the ferry schedule here. 50mvr-200mvr($3.4-$15) for the speedboat, it depends also on the distance of the island, but mostly, guesthouse or resorts will arrange for the ride. Seaplane, is the exciting way of transportation in the Maldives, as you fly above the Maldives land, you can see the stunning chain islands.Resorts or guesthouse will arrange for the transportation and it cost $200 to up. Here’s gives you an idea of the cost of the Maldives.

Maldives Tips and Tricks where to stay

The cheapest island resorts (deluxe) it cost $200-$400 per night, with free wifi, tv, air conditioning, etc. However, water villa or bungalow is more expensive $450 up to thousands dollar per night, with swimming pool, easy access to the lagoon. But not all travelers can afford that price. Thanks to the new law, local island are allowed to accept tourist/travelers in their guesthouse.
Staying in the guesthouse is the cheapest accommodation in the Maldives, inhabited islands have a lot of guesthouses where you can stay in a low price for about $70-$150 per night, it depends on your package.

Read: Best Place to stay in the Maldives


If you are staying in the island resorts, all your meal and drinks are included. But if you are staying in the guesthouse in the local island, you can find a local restaurant where you can eat for just 50mvr-90mvr. But mostly they served is a curry dishes or spicy. And for a nicer restaurant or some of the hotel and guesthouse, expect to pay 120mvr – 170mvr in every meal.

Read: Foods in the Maldives

Cheap Excursions

You can find a cheap excursion from a guesthouse or a small booth near the beach(assuming that you’re staying in the guesthouse from local island). Don’t be afraid to ask or inquire and compare their price and packages. Most of the water sports activity it cost $100 for 3 or 4 excursions ( like jet skiing, banana boat riding, kayak), there are a lot of exciting activities you can do them in the Maldivies. If you love diving, some guesthouse also offers this kind of activity, for a single dive it cost $75-$100 within the island.

Read: Maldives Excursion

Day visit in the resorts

Of course, spending holiday in the Maldives would not be complete if you cant experience to live like a prince or princess in this luxurious resort. Most of the guesthouses have a day visit activities in the nearby resorts where you will be able to experience luxurious ambiance, standard service, and high quality facilities and amenities without spending too much of your money. Not only that, you will also experience to dine in their restaurant which has an intercontinental foods. What more can you ask for? Be wise and save trice!

Read: Things need to know in the Maldives

Now, you have an idea or tips on how to save your budget when spending Holiday in the Maldives.
If you found this Maldives Tips and Tricks article helpful to you or if you have any questions or experience you wanted to share to us by the time you visit in the Maldives, feel free to comment below.
Enjoy your travel.

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What is Digital Marketing?

Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing also is known as online marketing mostly in German speaking countries compromises all types of marketing, which are executed online. So what is the difference between the traditional marketing like print media vs. digital marketing?

  1. It is way more efficient. That’s why the ROI is higher. In other words, as an example, you need to spend way less money to reach audiences. Sending mails to people, who are likely to be interested in your products or services cost a certain amount of money to send it. With Emails it is even for free.
  2. It is faster. Because time is money, being faster is also valuable. Besides first come, first serve. When you are faster than your competitor on the market, you can sell your products or services first.
  3. Higher visibility. It is way easier to reach 1000 people with digital marketing than the traditional one. For example, there are many Facebook groups out there with thousands of members. Just one single promotion of your product or services and you already reached these many people.
  4. It is measurable. You can see right away, how many clicks your ads has or with web analytics, you can see, how many visitors your website has and it looks like this: trafficSo this week I have about 4000 visitors on my website. It also can report me, where the visitors come from like from which country or from which source like Google, Facebook, Pinterest etc.

Now, you have a quick understanding, why Digital Marketing is better than the traditional one. Here comes some types of Digital Marketing:

  1. SEO stands for search engine optimization, so that you can be ranked higher on search engines like Google. I’ve already written a blog article about it, so check it out: What is SEO?
  2. Content marketing can be any kind of content like text, audio and video for example blogs, youtube videos, tutorials, podcasts etc. So it is mostly informative like explanations, tutorials etc. or entertaining making yourself competent to persuade potential customers to purchase the products or services.
  3. Social media marketing is used on social media platforms like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Quora, LinkedIn etc. not only to attract customers, but also to attract potential employees, inform the public. So social media marketing has also a PR function and much more. The biggest social media company, I know, is Facebook with about 2.1b users. Only Google has more users, but Google exists already a decade earlier. Within social media marketing, it also exists influencer marketing. Influencers are people, who have a big influence on a certain niche. For example one of the top Instagram influencer Rachel Brathen with 2.1m followers charge $25 000 per post.
  4. Email marketing is used for example to inform customers about the latest products or services news, but also for promoting contents. It’s not only good for sending newsletters, but it can also be more individualized.
  5. Online advertisements are also known as pay per click, where Businesses have to pay a certain amount of money, if users click on the advertisement, which is really effective, because you only have to pay, when a potential customer is interested in, what you have to offer.
  6. Affiliate marketing is also an effective way to increase sales, because you only have to pay to the affiliate, if he or she is able to make sales for you. Affiliates can be influencers, bloggers, youtubers etc.

The list is definitely not complete. It is just to give you a quick overview over digital marketing. I hope you liked it. In order to stay up to date just like my Facebook page The Doan’s blog. Here is another related article: What is SEM?

7 things to love about your long distance relationship

long distance relationship

By Elephant on the Road

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and I’m feeling very romantic. I finally have a date to see my boyfriend and after 5 months of distance, we will see each other again on February 18th. Which had me thinking… I should totally write a post about things to love about your long distance relationship. Because we all need encouraging words here and there. And what’s the best way to do it? By remembering all those great things that come with being in a long-distance relationship.

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Being in a long-distance relationship can bring many insecurities at the beginning. The constant ‘what ifs’ can make the situation even worst. But everything gets better with time. For many can be hard to trust easily and being so far from your significant others force you to do it. I mean, if you are starting this relationship you must believe in your partner and trust that he or she won’t break your heart.

What other choices you have anyway? Go crazy with jealousy? Start fights over small things? That’s not healthy, and it makes the whole relationship harder to maintain. Just trust and hope for the best. This is one of my favorites things to love about your long distance relationship. You learn how to trust your partner so much, small things don’t bother you anymore.


Relationships consume a lot of time, and I don’t say that as a bad thing. Spending your time with your significant other is an amazing thing. After all, we are with that person because we love to spend the time together. But at the same time, it’s good to have a balance between every aspect of your life. Your friends, family, school, work, and even your hobbies. Being in a long distance relationship makes that balance so much easier to achieve.

And even though you are doing something else, you can still be in contact via text message. Just remember that if your partner isn’t answering…  he or she is not avoiding you. They are just doing something else. I have to admit that I had a hard time understanding that when my boyfriend started working. We had more time when we both were in school and that suddenly changed. From getting texts throughout the day, to only certain times a day. The change was hard, but I learned to love the extra time to do something else.


I have written about this issue many times. We all know how easily can be to misunderstand someone’s text message. This is something everybody can relate. It happens with friends, co-workers, literally everyone. We depend on emojis, and if we don’t use them, we risk sounding rude or upset. While in a long distance relationship the last things we want is, start a fight over something so silly, like sounding too rude in your message.

So after two years in this relationship, I have learned how to communicate my feelings and how to write them. Yes, I might be upset witing a message, but I have to add that extra smiley face because we aren’t together to work it out. And I don’t want to make it worst.

It takes times to understand it, but you learn eventually. Keeping your arguments to the minimum is the best. Although… we all know how hard that can be. Even if we try hard, even if we are conscious of it, we forget it. Or we are so into the argument, we choose not to remember it.

7 Things To Love About Your Long Distance Relationship. Relationship tips. LDR. Long distance relationships. Elephant on the Road.


I love this part! I’m a very creative and crafty person and I’m always looking for new projects to work on and give them to my boyfriend. I have to add too, he loves everything I make. But I don’t only mean giving physical gifts (we can’t forget about how expensive shipping those gifts can be). Saying I love you over text can turn very monotone and meaningless. And you can think, okay then, how do I say I love you without saying it if the person is not with me to show it? That’s a great question! Because I always think about that too.

What do we do? That will depend on every person. I used to send my boyfriend small videos of me singing love songs or any song for that matter. We call them concerts and they are so much fun! Find little things to share with your significant other. It will make the relationship less monotonous.


Even if the distance is a few hours. You have to move to another city to see your significant other. For me, it means I have to travel to another country. Which can be expensive, but since I love traveling, I tried not to be upset about that issue.

Exploring new cities with my boyfriend it’s so fun! And being a tourist in your hometown is also something I always enjoy. For sure, this is one of the best things to love about your long distance relationship. It’s a great opportunity to do new things with your boyfriend or girlfriend.


Yes. There are moments when you don’t know what to do. Or moments when you ask yourself if you should keep going, not sure if the relationship is going somewhere. But once you pass those bad thoughts, things start to look brighter. With all the problems that come with long-distance relationships, something that I always remember is how lucky I am to go through this. Because it brings so many benefits to the relationship in the long run that it makes me feel grateful too.


During the two years I’ve been in a long distance relationship, I’ve grown as a person. I feel and see the difference in me between before starting this relationship and after. For me, all good changes. I learned many things about me; one of them, realizing how patient I am. Also, how persistent I can be when I really want something.

And this is something I really want to highlight in this post about the things to love about your long distance relationship. It is so difficult to be far away from your significant other; and we are so focused on making the relationship work, that sometimes we forget about us. About how long distance relationships change us.

So what do you think about this post? Is there something else you love about long distance relationships? Let me know in the comments!


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What is ICO?


What is ICO?

ICO also known als crowd sale, token sale or crowdfunding is smilar to IPO, but you don’t get shares. Instead you get cryptocurrencies with the possibility to get dividends like the coin Dash does. It’s a way to raise money for your startup to be able to run this project, you are raising for. Unlike IPO it is not regulated, so the failure rate is pretty high. Some says, that on the long run only 10% of the cryptocurrencies will survive. The 1st ICO ever was in 2014, where Ethereum could raise about $2,2m. Last year was a popular year for ICOs, because there were more than 1000s new ICOs. Unfortenately about 50% of it already failed. It also happened sometimes, that those ICOs were scams, where the scammer collected the money and just ran away. That’s why in the US, EU and South Korea they plan to regulate it. China even banned it. Most recently Telegram could raise about $850b for its ICO. Some are speculating, that Amazon would do its own ICO, which would have a way bigger impact on the cryptocurrency market.

On their website you can see the team members sometimes with its advisors. From there you can have an impression, whether they might be able to push through their project. Besides there is a also a white paper describing their project more deeply with a roadmap to see their plan for the future. Most of them are based on Ethereum blockchain with ERC20 standard. To be able to take part in it, you mostly have to buy Ethereum or Bitcoin. With your Ethereum coins you will buy their cryptocurrencies. For example 1 Ethereum is worth 1000 ICO cryptos. So you don’t directly buy their cryptocurrencies with fiat money like $ or €, but you have to buy with another cryptocurrency instead.

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Travel – 10 Tips on how to survivce a long flight


By Ania Travels

We’ve all been there, we sit online browsing through flights hours on end, again and again, calculating what’s the shortest time I can be on a plane for the cheapest price. You finally find one that’s “tolerable”, click, enter your credit card and you just booked yourself a flight halfway around the world. Then you forget about that flight for 4ish months and about two weeks before your flight you realize CRAP, halfway around the world really means halfway around the world and a 10+ hour flight. So you panic not only because you have to pack for a vacation halfway around the world, but you also hate flying too! Well… I’m here to give you 10 tips how to survive a long flight and how to make them more tolerable. So that’s one less thing you don’t have to worry about, and you can enjoy your vacation!


Ask to be seated in the back 

This is one of my favorite hacks when flying. When you go to check in at the counter ask them to seat you all the way in the back. People usually want to sit up from so they can get off the plane quicker, but you’ll be smart and sit in the back. The back is usually less crowded and I’ve scored full rows to myself by doing this. Even if you can’t score a full row, there are usually empty seats around and there’s more wiggle room to move around and pick a seat of your choosing.


Catch up on your beauty rest + consider a sleeping aid

Because I travel so much, people always think that I’m jet legged since I change time zones so much. But tell you the truth I rarely get jet lagged. This is because I sleep on my long flights to pass up the time zone. When you do this make sure you calculate how much sleep you need. What I like to do is look at the time of my arrival and work backward. If I land in the middle of the day I know I have to get some sleep so I can stay up when I land and go to bed at a normal time. But if I land in the evening I know I can’t sleep too long because then I’ll be up all night. Calculate it the right way and you can completely avoid jet lag.

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You might have problems sleeping on planes though. I’m the complete opposite, I actually suffer from insomnia, but on flights I can sleep, must have something to do with being thousands of feet up in the air. But if you’re not as lucky, consider taking a natural sleeping aid so you can catch up on your sleep. Be careful though, test out how you react to the sleep aid before you fly, sleeping pills do act differently in your body at a higher altitude.

Bring something to do

You’re going to be on this plane for 10+ hours. Bring something fun to do to entertain yourself. Most long flights do have in-flight entertainment now which is amazing, but I’ve also been on flights where I’ve watched all of the movies, or my tv screen doesn’t work. I like to download a couple movies from Netflix onto my phone and download a book or two onto my kindle I also make sure that my laptop is fully charged so I can get at least a couple hours of work done.

Stay hydrated

I can’t stress enough how important water is while you travel. Traveling, in general, dehydrates you, but when you’re up thousands of feet above ground where the air is extra dry will dehydrate you even more. What I like to do is bring a refillable water bottle with me, fill it up at the airport, and purchase another bottle of water at the airport. This eliminates having to ask the flight attendant for water every 30 minutes.


Bring snacks

I’m a HUGE snacker!!! I’m pretty much eating all day every day, and the same goes while I’m traveling. Let’s face it the food on the flights suck, and airport food gets pricey. So bring some TSA friendly snacks and eat whenever you get hungry. Some of my favorites snacks to bring on board include the RX BarsOrchard Valley Nut MixVeggie CrispsMini Lara Bars, and Sahale Snacks Nut Blends.

Befriend the crew

The crewmembers deal with difficult people all day long, the last thing they want is another person being difficult. A simple thank you and smile goes a long way. But the extra mile is even better. When I purchase my snacks to bring on board I usually bring a few extras and give them to the crewmembers. They’re stuck eating airplane food most of the time too, so they really appreciate it. I know a few people who have also make goodie-bags for the crewmembers. If you do this it will definitely be appreciated, might even score you an upgrade or other special treatment.


Wear comfortable clothes

I’ve literally seen some women get on a 10+ hour flight in full makeup, heels, and dresses. Like woman WHAT ARE YOU DOING???? Be comfortable!!! You’re going to be stuck in this tube for the next 10+ hours, don’t you want to be as comfortable as possible? Your body naturally swells up while you travel also, so wearing loose clothes won’t leave you gasping for air at the end of your flight.


Bring a scarf

Flights get cold! Something about being so high off the ground that they just need to crank the air up on every single flight you ever take. Bring a scarf and layer up. Scarves are great too because you can use them as a blanket, as a pillow, put it over your face when you sleep, and when you’re traveling they’re great to cover your shoulders at churches/temples. Check out this awesome scarf that not only covers you up, but also has a hidden pocket to keep your money/passport safe.

Move! Move! Move! (and do a little happy dance)

You are on that plane for 10+ hours, that is a long time to be sitting in a tiny little seat for so long. So stand up, walk the isles, move around a little in your seat, or put on some great music and do a little dance in your seat.

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Keep it fresh

Keep all of your essentials on you. You are there for a long time so you’ll probably want to freshen up. I always keep a toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, and deodorant with me on a long flight.

Xoxo Ania Travels 💜

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A new freelancer platform based on blockchain!


Currently freelancers mostly are using upwork to find jobs, but the fees are high and it can happen, that you don’t get paid at all. Now a new platform is coming up based on blockchain using its advantages like more reliable and less fees: Blocklancer. Its technology is based on Ethereum.

It is currently in its ICO phase and it ends in 1 hour. If you want to know, what blockchain is, read here: What is Blockchain?

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Tips to keep your Long Distance Relationship strong


By Zyra Kuma

Personally, being in a LDR (long distance relationship) has it’s ups and downs (like having to keep in touch with your significant other or not being able to be physically there for each.)

Even though people think you’re alone, it doesn’t mean you’re not.

I’ve been in a LDR with my boyfriend for 7 months now (by the time I’m writing this) but we’re still standing strong as ever because we know that we have goals to reach that include each other.

So if you’re in a long distance relationship, then here are 10 tips to keep your LDR together.


I know that some people say that communicating 247 everyday would make their relationship stronger. Maybe that’s just them but for me, I would have my alone times than spend every hour with my boyfriend. Why? Because sometimes, relationships can get boring and irritating when you have nothing to say or discuss with each other or you might even get too attached with each other! (Not a good thing at all)

2. Let your significant other know what you’re doing

Letting your partner know if you’re going out with friends or going to a club is a good thing because then you’ll be able to keep in touch with one another and know what’s going on in their daily life. Don’t forget to let your partner know what you’re up to! (except go to the bathroom.)


People who have been in a relationship for a long time would know that it’s tough having a LDR especially with the lack of physical interactions. But don’t worry, always be hopeful and positive because some day, who knows if you’ll either be able to get married and living with them.


Same with the first tip, it can get really irritating, boring or “attachy” if you spend time communicating with your partner 247 along with distractions! Having space can be beneficial to both of you because 1. you’ll get your work done and 2. you’ll get this feeling where you miss them and have more things to talk about.


Who says LDR can be limited? (Miley says. Jokes.) But seriously, you get to still do things with each other like watch videos while voice calling or texting (that’s what my bf and I do), duo with each other on video games or video call and cook together. What is your favourite thing to do together if you’re in a LDR?


My boyfriend and I love talking about the future. For example, my boyfriend and I are planning to split the bills, have two puppies etc. (but I won’t go further on talking about our future goals because that would take forever.)


Being honest is the top number 1 thing that will keep ANY relationship together. If things turn from honesty to dishonesty, things will get a lot messier in the long run. Don’t forget to be honest to your partner.


People may thing that keeping their problems in would cause no problem but it doesn’t. Be open to your partner in any relationship so you’ll feel relieved to let it out to someone who’s special and also, your partner will gain more trust in you.


Ever stayed up all night talking to your bf/gf having these deep conversations and never wanting it to end? I have. It made my bf and I closer together. These deep conversations have an impact on our bond. It sure makes you lose track of time and have that feeling on how you fell in love with them in the first place.


One thing that is great about this is that you’ll get this really happy, nervous and bubbly feeling inside when you haven’t seen someone for a very long time. So make sure you cherish those moments.

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Travel – 5 Things You Must Do When Visiting Singapore


By Brando Beauty

Planning a trip to Singapore? Here are five things you can check out while you are there and some interesting facts about the modern and amazing city.

Singapore was founded in 1819 as a British trading colony. The city-state has come a long way since that time period, as it has grown into a very prosperous country. Today, Singapore is filled with modern subways, skyscrapers and national monuments that are featured in national magazines, media outlets, and textbooks. It has been classified as one of the “most popular travel destinations” in the world. If you have never been there, you should definitely try to do it at least once in your life. Below, you will discover more information about Singapore and how to get the most out of your vacation.


On our second day in Singapore we realized that we got to see pretty much everything in the city itself which lies in the southern part of the island, so we had several options of a pastime somewhe…

Sentosa is a small island off the southern coast of the country. It was once known as PulauBelakang Mati, which means “The Island After Death” in Malay. The name was given to the island after the British were defeated at the Fortress Singapore on the island. Sentosa underwent a major rebranding, transforming it into a large tourist attraction. Many people who have visited the island since then refer to it as an “island getaway” for singles, couples, and families.

Head To Chinatown

Chinatown night market, Petaling Street, Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Southeast Asia by Gavin Hellier

There are many countries in the world that have their very own Chinatown. Singapore is no different. Singapore is made up of mostly immigrants and a large portion of these individuals was originally from China. Chinatown is one of the biggest ethnic enclaves in the entire country. It offers a wealth of entertainment for a tourist. For instance, you’ll be able to enjoy delicious Chinese cuisine and shop for cute souvenirs. More importantly, you’ll be given the opportunity to explore the unique culture of the Chinese residing in the country.

Dance Theatre

Singapore Dance Theatre Don Quixote photo Bernie Ng

Each country has its own unique form of dance. Dancing gives the artist the opportunity to express themselves and tell a story. When visiting Singapore, you will definitely want to consider seeing a performance of this kind. The wushu form of dancing is one of the most popular in Singapore. If you want to get the most out of your trip to Singapore and want to keep the entire family satisfied, you will definitely want to visit one of the local dance theaters.

Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer - Singapura

Do you enjoy a little adrenaline rush? If so, you will absolutely love the Singapore Flyer. This amazing Ferris Wheel just happens to be one of the biggest in the entire world. In fact, it is the largest observation wheel in Asia and it delivers a stunning 360-degree view of the nearby city. It was originally opened in 2008 and it is still one of the hottest tourist attractions today!

Merlion Park

The iconic Merlion in the Merlion Park in Singapore

Singapore is home to many amazing attractions. Merlion Park is located on Marina Bay and it just happens to be one of the best. The park is home to an amazing statute, which will give your kids a giggle. It stands 28 feet tall and spews water. Plus, this is one of the most cost-effective tourist destinations in the entire country. You can enjoy everything Merlion Park has to offer while spending next to nothing. You can visit the park at any time of the day or night for free!

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Travel – 10 ways to save money while travelling


By Lindsay Ferner

Ever since Nick and I began taking long trips overseas to backpack around Asia, the most common question we get is regarding the logistics of affording to travel so long.

The second most common remark we get is, „It must be nice to be you!“  To which I would love to have the guts to respond with an equally unsavory remark, but I’m way too nice.

While saving money before traveling will be addressed in a different post, here is where I’m going to talk about the strategies we use to make our money stretch farther, thereby allowing us to travel longer, sometimes for 4 months at a time.

10 ways to save money while traveling

Being from America, where the cost of living is high, and it’s easy to spend money (or use credit cards) to keep up with the lifestyles of those around us, I understand how it can seem impossible to stretch a few thousand dollars over a few months of travel.  It is impossible if you’re not strategic.

We hope you get some ideas from this list.  Be sure to read #10 because that’s my favorite and most useful one.

1.  Choose your destination wisely

Okay, this isn’t exactly saving money while traveling, but it is the very foundation of it.  There’s no way to budget travel if you choose the most expensive places on earth.  So your ability to travel cheaply is dependent upon where you go first and foremost.  Now into the details.

2.  Get the cheapest flight possible

Getting cheap airfare is like a game to me.  There are strategies I use, websites I prefer, and secrets I will never tell.  Just kidding about the secrets.  You can read all about our favorite websites to book cheap travel.

One of my strategies is to book 3-4 months ahead of time and have relatively flexible dates. I also use multiple search sites to compare prices.  You can find those sites here.

After you’ve done significant searching and found the golden ticket, it’s critical to book the flights either using a different computer, or by opening a private window.  The majority of search sites will save your search criteria and jack up the prices on you.  So be smarter than them!

3.  Do not shop at the airport

This means snacks, magazines, neck pillows, water, anything.  They inflate the prices so dramatically that you are essentially being ripped off.  So stock your carrying on with everything you need before getting to the airport.  Bring an empty water bottle through TSA and refill it on the other side (not always safe to do based not the quality of the drinking water of course), and keep yourself occupied without shopping.

This goes for the end of your trip as well, don’t do your souvenir shopping at the airports.  If you must purchase something for family back home, do it with the local shops during your trip and support their economy instead of the overpriced, cheap stuff at the airport.

4.  Do not park at the airport

To save quite a bit of money, do everything in your power to secure transportation to and from the airport and keep your car at home or a friends house.  Don’t worry about burdening someone because you can always return the favor.  Call a friend or secure an Uber or Lyft, and save the $12 – $30 a day to leave your car in a parking lot.  That money could be better used to get your an entire day of activities on your trip!

READ MORE:   Why You Should Prioritize Traveling Abroad

5.  Take public transportation

Most countries that are budget friendly have incredible public transportation systems in place.  Or at least inexpensive ways to get around.  Stay away from taxis which will suck your budget dry, and try the local buses, trains, or even hop on the back of a motorcycle.  Sounds sketchy, but is quite popular in some countries.  Navigating the public transport can be tricky, but is a priceless way to experience the culture, and will make your money stretch much further.

For half the price of a cab to transport your luggage to your hotel, in Thailand you can rent a motorbike for the whole day and transport it yourself.  Then go explore!  Score!

For half the price of a cab to transport your luggage to your hotel, in Thailand you can rent a motorbike for the whole day and transport it yourself.  Then go explore!  Score!

6.  Skip pre-packaged tours

Nick and I try to limit tours when we travel because it’s always much less expensive to plan activities ourselves.  Of course, sometimes we are feeling lazy and it’s nice to be catered to, but it’s rare because we also understand that many package tours take you to places where other package tours go, and so you end up feeling like cattle being herded around.

With all those other package tourists around all your travel pictures end up having tons of tourists in them too, which sucks.  There’s a huge sense of freedom to go exploring on your own, so do a little research, ask around, and go!  Your budget will thank you.

7.  Eat at local restaurants

The fewer English words printed on the menu the better.  The less „western food“ on offer the better.  Better, and almost always cheaper.  Skip eating at places that are filled with other tourists, and find the restaurants where the locals are eating.   Eating at the street stalls is even better!

Saving money looks like eating $1 noodles while sitting on the street curb.

Saving money looks like eating $1 noodles while sitting on the street curb.

8.  Do not eat near big tourist attractions

The most expensive and least tasty meals can be found next to the major sights.  The locals know where the money, I mean people, flow, and no matter the country they will take advantage of it.  Throw a snack in your bag before you go incase you get hungry, and then leave the area to find a proper meal.  This will cut costs dramatically.

9.  Do not make hotel reservations ahead of time unless you have to

I can almost feel your adrenaline pumping at the thought of showing up to a new location without a place to stay.  Trust, it can be a little unnerving if you haven’t done your research and you arrive in the dark.

Nick and I always try to narrow down our hotel options to 3 or 4 possibilities in a certain neighborhood before arriving, and we do our best to arrive in new places in the day time.  That way it gives us the opportunity to visit the hotels or hostels to see what we are getting, and then negotiate a better price.

Also, staying at places that even have a website and ability to book online means they are going to be pricier than other places in the area.  Finding a cheap place that isn’t online is always good for the budget.

But, if you absolutely MUST book your room online, which happens to us time to time, then I recommend using or  We also like AirBnB, but who doesn’t?  These are affiliate links by the way, and if you use them to book, you will be helping this blog. So, thank you in advance.

10.  Put your daily budget in cash in a separate wallet

This is my absolute favorite way to save money while traveling, and a must for me to stay on track during a long trip.  I travel with two wallets.  One is a money belt where I keep my cards and cash and passport.  The other is a tiny little zip-up pouch.

Each morning I take my daily budget out of the money belt and put it into the pouch.  There are two upsides to this.  First, I can see what I’m spending through out the day and it helps me stay within my means.  At the end of the day if I still have money left over I get soooooo excited!  Second, when I’m in public, I’m only ever flashing a few bucks when I go to pay for something, so if I get robbed (god forbid) I can give them the small pouch and only lose one days worth of money.

These are just a few ideas that work well for us.  But there are so many ways to cut costs while traveling like working along the way, volunteering, camping, hitch-hikeing, or bartering.  Be creative!

Do you have a technique you use to save money while traveling?  We’d love to hear about it. Share in the comments below.

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How to Make an Online Marketing Strategy in 7 Steps


By Katie Brimmer

By 9pm my hair was still tied up from 14 hours earlier when I schlepped myself out of bed..

But by this point it had less of an effortlessly messy-sexy-cute thing going on, and more one of a lifeless Pomeranian.

I had been sitting in the same chair for hours on end, only getting up for the most essential of basic human needs: bathroom and coffee breaks.

Yup. There wasn’t any time to play around – I had 11 ideas swirling around in my head about how I needed to market my business online, and even though my butt went numb an hour and a half earlier, I was determined to get everything done NOW.

had to just figure out how to make it all happen.

Well, by 9pm it all came crashing down.

My boyfriend came home from work to find piles of note-scribbled paper, notebooks, pens, 2 laptops, cords, and chargers strewn across the living room floor, and buried in the middle of it all was Pomeranian-head little me, in my sweatpants – ugly-crying.

Yep. Ugly-crying.

If you don’t know, it’s exactly what it sounds like.

Not pretty. Not endearing.


Big mouthed, squinty-eyed, red-faced, crying.

I hit my wall. I was so overwhelmed trying to figure out how to do everything to market my business online, and felt like I had to make it all work at once.

And as you might be able to tell by now, trying to do 11 things at once doesn’t work.

God bless my boyfriend. He helped me see I had to just take things one step at a time, and make a plan to knock them out one by one.

It was a hard lesson for me to learn when I was starting out in my business, but it was actually a huge turning point. I made a conscious decision to quit over-complicating things for myself, the same way I had been doing for my clients, and I had to start practicing what I preached.

Maybe you’ve got a ton of ideas swirling around your head and you’re overwhelmed with where to even start when it comes to marketing your business online.

Or maybe you’re tired of trying to figure it all out yourself. You end up second-guessing yourself and running in circles only to get nothing done.

Welp, I made something I wish I had back then, and it’ll save you from marketing meltdowns (and save your loved ones from the horrors my boyfriend had to endure…)

It’s my Online Marketing Strategizer: 7 stress-free steps to a doable marketing strategy.
(#bizhack: if you ever struggle to name something, just make up a word and use it)

It’s a tool to help you map out your online marketing strategies into easy-to-do steps, so you know exactly what you have to do to get where you want to be in your business, and goes right along with this post.

1. Your Goals


Having business goals in place can seem simple enough, or even cheesy to some people. But the reality is, you have to know where you want to end up to know where you should be going!

So when it comes to your goals, don’t just write down something like, „Get more clients.“ Make it super specific. Assign your goals with number values and time frames.

For example, „5 new clients at $1,200 each by the end of August 2017“, or „grow my email list by 200 subscribers in the next 3 months.“

That way you can work backwards and break things down to figure out what it takes to one new client, or 50 new email list subscribers. Once you can do it in smaller chunks, you can replicate your process to achieve the bigger goal. Makes sense, right? 🙂

What’s Working?

When it comes to marketing your business online, what’s working well right now?

What kinds of things are giving you the best returns on your time and energy?

Maybe you’ve started to use Facebook more and more and have gained a following fairly easily, and people are engaging with your business page daily, or each time you post.

Or maybe you’ve created an awesome opt-in freebie and put it up on your website, and now you’re growing your email list automatically.

Take a look at the things that are working best for your business right now, and see how you can dive even deeper, and expand that marketing strategy to make work even harder for your business.

What’s Not Working?

Ever come home with new clothes from a great shopping trip and all you want to do is wear everything you just bought? Then maybe you know what happens when you take one look at that dreadful closet that somehow survived the pre-shopping trip era: you want to burn it down.

You wonder how you ever managed to wear all these hideous things. Ugh. NO. They are so NOT your cool, new, edgier style you adopted as of an hour and a half ago.

I’m kidding, (sorta) but you get the idea.

Now that you know what marketing efforts are really working well for your business, you’ll probably know exactly what you need to cut right now.

Maybe you’re spending way too much time planning Instagram posts and doing research to grow your following, but you realize that you’re actually not getting a lot of clicks to your website from there.  Knowing this can help you spend more time doing things with a bigger return on your time and energy, and maybe even the things you love doing more anyway.

2. Target


A huge factor when it comes to marketing your business online is knowing who it is you’re marketing to.  You’ve got to know who you want to target and why, otherwise your marketing message is just going to be lost in the sea of sad online marketing attempts – a mysterious place where so many go, but so few come back from. (Ya like that one?)

So start by describing your audience/clients.

What Do They Do, and What Type of People are They?

I’m quietly protesting the phrase, “Ideal Client” and I’m not going to tell you to visualize what they ate for breakfast and what kind of wild animal they resonate with most.

Hey, there’s a lot of weird advice out there. It can get weird.

Instead, just know the relevant pieces of what you need to know when it comes to targeting those people in your marketing.  I like to start with your current audience/clients, because you can attract more of the same people who will want to work with you.

If you’re not sure how to describe them, here are a few questions to help:

  • Are they male, female, married, single?
  • Where do they live?
  • What’s their age range?
  • What do they do for work or business?
  • What kind of industry?

What Problems Do You Help Them Overcome, or Solve?

Here’s where we start to dive in with your marketing message. We’ll come back to this more in a couple steps to nail down your message.

List out the reasons why your clients come to you for help.

What issues or problems do they need your help with?

When you take these answers and weave them into your marketing, you’ll connect with your audience on a deeper level and hit on those emotional hot buttons.

Why do you want to hit on emotional hot buttons, you ask?

Well, the simple answer is that people want to move away from their pain and frustrations, and they go online to search for answers and solutions.

So if you can articulate a problem or frustration they’re currently experiencing, you’ll catch their attention, and spark intrigue.

Which brings me to the next part of this equation:

What Solution(s) Do You Offer to Fix Their Problem(s)?

When you can articulate their pain and your audience feels like you “get” them, they’ll connect  you with having the perfect solution to that issue.

If you haven’t already, start thinking about what you want to offer people – what you want to ultimately sell.  Why?

Well, if you’re going to be marketing a free offer initially, like a strategy session, a consultation, a freebie, or even a quote – no matter what it is, it should always tie in with what you’ll be selling later on, whether that’s a service, digital products like a course, whatever it may be.

Your initial offer should be the starting point of their value-filled journey with you that ends with your paid offer, which is why I’m a big fan of starting at the end, and working backward.

Alright, so now we’ll expand on this and dive deep.

3. Package


What Do You Want People to Buy?

What do you ultimately want people to buy that will help them with the problems they’re having?
Is it a service/product you already offer to clients, or will it be a new service, product, course, etc.?

For example, if your goal on page 1 is to get 5 new clients, your offer could be a signature package or a new type of service.

What’s the First Step?

What’s the first step people need to take on their path to ultimately buy from you?

Here are some ways people can become leads and/or buy from you:

(yes, I want you to pick one)

  • Subscribe to your email list/newsletter
  • Download an opt-in or freebie
  • Inquire about your services
  • Book a consultation or discovery call
  • Buying digital products(e-books, courses, etc.)
  • Buy physical products or goods

Pull in Prospects
Like I mentioned earlier, a great way to capture leads is to offer something of high value for free.

What can you offer your audience that could help them with the current problems they’re facing?

You can use this on your website, or give it to your current email list.

It can can be anything from a checklist, e-book, guide, etc., to an audio recording or training.

4. Position


What Makes You Different?

What makes you and your business truly unique?

Try not to include things like best customer service or price.

Instead, think about some things you do better/differently than others in your industry that benefits your clients.

Or you can think about what you stand against.  I could go on hour-long rants about the things I see people pulling online find that drive me crazy, so it’s easier for me to know what makes me unique when I can cut out the things I’m not about.

Make it Matter
Why is this relevant and useful to your potential clients/target audience?

If you make your message about you and your business, it won’t have the same effect for your readers.

But if you position your value through your marketing message by making it about your audience, you’ll pull them into your brand’s purpose and create connection.

Marketing Message Formula

Here’s an easy way to craft your marketing message.

„If you’re [insert problem], then this[offer] will [insert desires]”

Problems & Frustrations
What are they currently experiencing that they want to get away from?

+  Your Valuable Offering
(Free or Paid)

+  Desires & Promise
What they want to have, or where they
want to be, that connects with the big promise/result of your offer.

5. Strategy


Now that we’ve got the key pieces in place we can start to map out a killer marketing strategy to get your business and your offer seen online.

Because after all, we can map out the most brilliant marketing strategy in place, but it’ll fall flat on its pretty lil‘ face if it never gets in front of the right people.

This is when the magic really happens!

When you know exactly who you’re speaking to and get your message out there in front of those people, your marketing starts to do the heavy lifting for you.

You’ve nailed your message and created an amazing offer, and the people who need it most are not only seeing it, but they’re engaging with you and taking action.

Whether your offer is a free download, a consultation, or service, you’ll see your audience begin to expand, your email list start to grow (with the right kind of subscribers) by the dozens, and your sales start to climb like never before.

Sound good?

Let’s find your people.

Where Does Your Audience Hang Out Online?

Which platforms do they use regularly?

Are they using social media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn)?

Are they on forums like Quora or Reddit?

What websites do they visit regularly?

Once you know where your audience is hanging out, you can go straight to them and show up where they need you most.

Choose Your Channels

Knowing where your future raving fans and customers are hanging out online is crucial, and now we’re going to devise a plan for you to actually wind up there.

What marketing channels will you use to connect with, and get in front of your audience?

For example:

Social media marketing (Facebook ads,social media posts, etc.)

Content marketing (blog posts, videos, etc.)

Email marketing (opt-in, nurture relationship,sales emails)

Strategy Selection

Start with one main strategy you will use from your answers above.

For example, if you chose content marketing, then blogging would be a main strategy.

Don’t get overwhelmed and think you need to do everything at the same time.

That’s when you end up on the floor ugly-crying in yo’ sweats.

6. Tactics


After you’ve picked a strategy,  break it down into tactics, or the steps needed to achieve your main strategy.

It sounds hard, but I actually think it’s kind of fun because it gives me so much clarity by seeing exactly what I need to do to make my marketing strategies successful, and ultimately my goals a reality. (#nerdalert)

Next we’ll take it even further and build out our tactics into the specific actions needed for each one.

7. Actions


Now you’ll build out your tactics into the specific actions you’ll take for each one like I showed you above.

The great thing about breaking your whole strategy down like this is that you can see exactly what needs to be done for each tactic, so you’ll know what’s working and/or what needs to be improved to get the results you want.

Not only that, but having everything documented like this can serve double-duty as a system in your business for the future! So if you want to replicate the same campaign, you’ll know exactly what to do, and you can delegate the action steps for someone else to work on!

Don’t you love when you can work smarter in your business? 🙂

The Big Idea

Even if you’re just starting out marketing your business online and have only done a little bit here and there…

Even if you usually get totally overwhelmed and think yourself in circles when it comes to figuring out what’s best for your business…

and even if you thought marketing your business online would be too complicated for you to figure out..

I hope you know now that you can absolutely hit those big business goals!

Just by breaking things down into bite-size pieces, everything becomes doable and more realistic.

Instead of sitting in piles of papers, wailing in our sweats, we’ve got a workable plan that we can knock out piece by piece, taking the right actions to reach our big goals.

That’s what it’s all about  – knowing what you need to do to get where you want to be.

It really is that simple.

And you can absolutely do it!


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