Being an expat in Dublin

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Ireland is a great country for expats. All the big US Americans are here. That’s why it is also known as the European version of Sillicon Valley. For example the Headquarter of Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Dell, VMware, Kingston, Intel, Adobe, Symantic, Airbnb etc. just to name a few. Ireland also uses € Euros as a currency, but North Ireland uses £ British pounds, because only North Ireland is part of the UK, so Brexit only effects them. Please keep that in mind for visa issues later on.

Because I’m a German citizen, I don’t need any visa or work permit. It’s like I’m working in my home country, which is very convenient and it saves money, but as an EU citizen, you also have to do some paperwork. You just have to apply for the PPS number and Bank account. It has to be an Irish Bank account, not any EU Bank account, which requires you a little bit more paperwork. In order to get the PPS number, you have to provide your passport, ID and evidence of address. A tenancy agreement can be regarded as proof of evidence. Please bear in mind, that the opening hours of such authority is only during normal Business hours, which means, it is recommended to apply for the PPS number before your start date. In order to open a bank account you have to provide your passport and your PPS number. That is basically it. Same like local citizen.

Tax in Ireland is more straight forward than in Germany. If your salary is below 32 800€, the tax will be 20%. If it is above this limit, it will be 40%. For example the net salary of annually 32 000€ is the same like 37 000€ in Germany. Actually you can not compare it like this way, because the health insurance in Germany is pretty, so you do not need a private health insurance. So it is like you get, what you paid for. Having a private health in Germany is most of the case just a status symbol like having a fancy car.

The living cost is pretty high for low quality. That’s why Ireland got money from the EU like other poor countries. Since the joining of the European Union in 1973 it received €50bn, but it a few years ago, but a few years ago, it started contributing to the EU. There are many old houses. It looks like the war is recently over or something, so not very inviting to stay there. So if you want to stay in very pretty, modern and well designed apartments, it is better to go to Zürich. They have the best apartments I’ve ever seen in my life. It looks like paradise, although I have no clue, how a paradise supposes to look like. Haha. The average salary for graduates is €25 000, which is pretty low compared to Germany with €44 000, which is about 75% higher in Germany. Although the tax in Ireland is a little bit lower than in Germany, it can’t compensate that big difference. The rent price in Dublin for a double room is on average 1000€ per month, which is about 50% till 70% higher than in Germany. Considering the low salary and the high living cost, Germany is more than 100% better than Dublin. With the low salary and high living cost, you only can afford bread and water. Because I have more than 1 income stream, I could afford beer sometimes 😀

In terms of infrastructure, Dublin has no metro to the city center from the airport. Only buses. German cities with similar amount of population have already a metro to the city center. So Dublin is falling about half century from behind. The whole city has only 3 lines and the buses don’t have air conditioners. The good thing about it, you don’t need to go to sauna any more. German cities with that size of Dublin have at least 10 metro lines. You might argue, that I could buy a car, but I will only buy a car, if I know, where I will settle down, but after being to 22 different countries, I still have no idea, where to settle down :D. It is really difficult to find a better place than Germany. Germany is one of the richest country in Europe and in the world. It is hard to beat that. That’s why Germany is the 2nd immigration country right after the US. I’m happy not being an expat in Dublin / Ireland any more. It’s not easy to get used to that kind of low life quality.

Although Ireland is part of the EU, it uses a British socket, which is quite confusing.

British socket

So do not forget to take an adapter with you. There are quite many Brazilians, which is surprising, when I arrived there. In Germany I have not met any of them. From what I have heard from them, it is easier to get an Irish visa and you are allowed to work part time while studying English, which is similar to Germany. I also noticed, that there are more US American tourists than Australian tourists. In Budapest there are almost only Australian tourists. Very interesting …

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Being an expat in Ireland

expats

Ireland is a great country for expats. All the big US Americans are here. That’s why it is also known as the European version of Sillicon Valley. For example the Headquarter of Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Dell, VMware, Kingston, Intel, Adobe, Symantic, Airbnb etc. just to name a few. Ireland also uses € Euros as a currency, but North Ireland uses £ British pounds, because only North Ireland is part of the UK, so Brexit only effects them. Please keep that in mind for visa issues later on.

Because I’m a German citizen, I don’t need any visa or work permit. It’s like I’m working in my home country, which is very convenient and it saves money, but as an EU citizen, you also have to do some paperwork. You just have to apply for the PPS number and Bank account. It has to be an Irish Bank account, not any EU Bank account, which requires you a little bit more paperwork. In order to get the PPS number, you have to provide your passport, ID and evidence of address. A tenancy agreement can be regarded as proof of evidence. Please bear in mind, that the opening hours of such authority is only during normal Business hours, which means, it is recommended to apply for the PPS number before your start date. In order to open a bank account you have to provide your passport and your PPS number. That is basically it. Same like local citizen.

Tax in Ireland is more straight forward than in Germany. If your salary is below 32 800€, the tax will be 20%. If it is above this limit, it will be 40%. For example the net salary of annually 32 000€ is the same like 37 000€ in Germany. Actually you can not compare it like this way, because the health insurance in Germany is pretty, so you do not  need a private health insurance. So it is like you get, what you paid for. Having a private health in Germany is most of the case just a status symbol like having a fancy car.

Although Ireland is part of the EU, it uses a British socket, which is quite confusing.

British socket

So do not forget to take an adapter with you. There are quite many Brazilians, which is surprising, when I arrived there. In Germany I have not met any of them. From what I have heard from them, it is easier to get an Irish visa and you are allowed to work part time while studying English, which is similar to Germany. I also noticed, that there are more US American tourists than Australian tourists. In Budapest there are almost only Australian tourists. Very interesting …

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Maldives Tips and Tricks budget travel

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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

Flights


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

Currency

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

Transportation

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

Foods

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

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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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THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT YOUR LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP

1. YOU TRUST YOUR PARTNER

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.

2. YOU HAVE MORE TIME FOR YOURSELF

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.

3. YOU MASTER YOUR COMMUNICATION SKILLS

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.

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4. CREATIVE WAYS TO SHOW YOUR LOVE

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.

5. WHO SAID TRAVELING?

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.

6. DISTANCE STRAIGHTS YOUR RELATIONSHIP

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.

7. YOU REALIZE HOW STRONG (AND PATIENT) YOU ARE

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!

SINCERELY,
MELISSA

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What is ICO?

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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 survive a long flight

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Tips to keep your Long Distance Relationship strong

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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.

1. COMMUNICATE OFTEN BUT NOT ALWAYS

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.)

3. BE HOPEFUL AND POSITIVE

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.

4. HAVE SOME SPACE SOMETIMES

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.

5. TRY THINGS TOGETHER

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?

6. TALK TO EACH OTHER ABOUT YOUR GOALS IN THE FUTURE

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.)

7. BE HONEST

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.

8. BE OPEN

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.

9. HAVE A DEEP CONVERSATION

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.

10. TAKE TO ACCOUNT THAT VISITING THEM IN REAL LIFE IS A SPECIAL MOMENT

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

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.

Sentosa

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 http://fuievouvoltar.com

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

Travel

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 HotelLook.com or Hotels.com.  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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