Once upon a time, you travelled with a heavy guidebook, a muster of courage to ask a local for more information and by crossing your fingers for luck. These days all you need to know is condensed into a small gadget; all that nervousness, excitement and air of uncertainty has vanished. Information is available to you anywhere there is a network or WIFI signal and you have a smartphone device loaded with lots of useful apps. But which apps are the best? Here’s a guide to some of the handiest apps out there.
Airbnb is a service that manages a relationship between those who want to rent accommodation and those who can provide it. The places are usually someone’s own property and are akin to the traditional bed and breakfast type of lodgings, with a more homely feel. The service offers tourists another option besides the usual offering of camping, hostels, cottages, hotels etc. They are usually more private than camping and hostels and cheaper than hotels plus they often provide the added benefit of interacting with a local resident. So how do you go about using the service? Here’s a handy guide to choosing and using Airbnb:
Travelling for the first time can be really scary. Everything is new and different, literally taking you out of your comfort zone! It’s a great opportunity to embrace new experiences and develop life skills but it can also be very daunting. However this can also present certain hazards and safety issues that you need to be aware of. So before heading off it is a good idea is to follow this guide to being prepared for your first trip.
Voluntourism is when someone, usually from a developed country or privileged background, spends time on a project, typically for a charity or non-governmental organisation, in a developed country. It is often part of a vacation or gap year and mostly lasts for only a few weeks. In recent years this practice has become a multi-billion dollar industry, with travel companies marketing package holiday style experiences to young travellers. However careful thought should be given to engaging in voluntourism and the organisations involved in offering these trips.
Managing your money whilst you are travelling can be quite tricky. How much cash should you take? Where do you keep it? What do you do if it gets stolen? Here’s a guide to some strategies you may want to use to help reduce any money worries whilst exploring the world.
Cruises. Massive floating cities with thousands of passengers that spend short amounts of time in multiple destinations. So what’s so wrong with that? Lots of people love cruising but not so many cruisers know what kind of impact the cruise is having on them, where they visit or how badly it can end up. Here are just a few reasons why taking a cruise is the worst way to travel:
Unfortunately, there are people who choose to commit crimes everywhere. The type and frequency of these crimes can vary, but simple theft such as pickpocketing can be prevalent in many countries. Often tourists visit countries or places where people are desperate for money and foreigners can be easy targets. However, there are some steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime.
So you have chosen your destination, booked your trip and packed your bags. You are ready to travel, right? Not quite! There are quite a few things you need to do before you leave for your travels. Luckily, there is a comprehensive checklist right here, so you are fully prepared.