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How Travelers Use Social Media

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Social media is one of the most remarkable inventions of the 21st century. According to a buddy of mine that owns a collision center out in Texas and shared with me that studies show a significant number of travelers are now turning to social media for planning and executing excursions. So, how do travelers benefit from using social media? In the following chapters, we discuss how travelers use social media.

Inspiration for Travels

Statistics indicate about 30% of travelers in the US use social media to get inspiration for trips. On the other hand, 52% of travelers who use Facebook get trip inspiration from checking the photos of their friends and followers. This is mainly because most travelers often share their experiences on social media. By shifting through the content on social media, travelers can easily find interesting destinations and activities for their next trips.

Finding the Best Travel Deals

Owing to the prominence of social media, it is an ideal marketing platform for travel companies including, airline operators, hotels and other players. Although there are some marketing platforms, social media is more convenient, less costly and has a wider coverage. As a result, it is easier for travelers to get the best deals on social media. Thanks to the advancements in technology, travelers can now even do bookings directly on social media.

Sharing Travel Stories

Social media offers a platform where users can easily share their unique stories with the rest of the world. Travelers can share their experiences on social media in writing, through photos as well as videos. Besides posting their stories, social media also has provisions whereby users can freely interact through liking and commenting on the items.

As a Back Up

Whether it is done in writing or through photos and videos, the content shared on social media can remain there even for a lifetime if it is not deleted. This ensures that even if the camera or phone that was used to collect the content is lost or damaged, they can still be retrieved whenever and wherever there is need.

Overall, travelers use social media to inspire and engage others on matters travel. Some who travel as a means of earning a living also use the platform to market themselves.

 

Tips for Long Haul Flights with Young Kids

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Going on adventures with kids is a great opportunity to really get close and bond with your family. It is an experience that both of you will live to remember for the rest of your lives. However, it also comes with its share of challenges that could turn the whole trip into a nightmare if you do not know how cope with them. The following are tips to help you ensure safe and fun-packed long haul trips with young kids.

Know the Regulations and Charges for Traveling With Children

While it is not bad to travel with young kids, there are certain rules and charges that apply to such travelers. Those regulations vary from one airline to another. Sometimes, children can be allowed to travel free of charge but, there are also some airlines that will require you to pay when coming with your kids on a flight. International flights are usually very costly, so, if you are a budget traveler, it would be important to compare the rates from different airlines beforehand.

Pack Smart

Unlike adults that can adapt so fast, long haul trips are often overwhelming to young kids. Some of the basic items that you should never leave out when packing include wet wipes, snacks, games and one or two of their favorite toys, medicine, extra clothes and water. If there are things you can buy on the road, save the space. Be sure to also check the weight limits with your airline to avoid over-packing. Whatever you choose to pack for your trip, try to keep it simple. And, let each kid carry their own plane bag.

Keep the Kids Comfortable

Comfort can be hard to define, especially when you are on long distance flights. To keep young kids comfortable on the flight, make sure they are properly dressed and have the right seats with pillows. Besides, you should also try to keep them occupied whenever they are awake so they do not get bored. During stopovers, take short breaks to move around the airport with them so they stretch a bit before embarking on the flight.

Travelling with kids is a wonderful experience with lots of memories to cherish. With better preparation and the above tips, you can make yours the adventure of a lifetime.

 

How Travelers Make Money

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Most people often think that travelling only involves spending money. Today, it is easier to travel and also make money on the side. In fact, there are many ways that you can now pursue to make money while traveling. You can use the money to enrich your life either by investments or funding future trips. Nevertheless, below are the main ways that travelers use to make money.

Travel Blogging

If you are a good writer and have the ability to produce killer content, travel blogging can be a decent way to earn some good money. There are freelance travel bloggers and those that are invited to fully paid trips by various travel companies. The main idea is to produce content that will inspire others to visit certain destinations, thereby giving business to travel companies. As a freelancer, you can also sell your travel stories, photos and videos to travel companies to help them generate business.

Teaching English Overseas

Many countries across the world are currently in dire need of English teachers. And, native English speakers are usually given first priority. While the requirements for the job vary from one country to another, there is usually not much experience needed. As such, teaching English is often an ideal way for most travelers to spend more time overseas while also making money.

Working Holiday Visa

This is also another way that most travelers pursue to explore new cultures and make money. Through this program, you are able to spend time abroad, working non professional jobs for a given period of time that can last up to 24 months. The program is open to people aged between 18 and 30 years old. For US travelers, working holiday visas are available to Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Ireland.

There are other ways that travelers can still make money. However, it should be noted that just like other careers, making money through traveling requires commitment and patience. The money may not start coming in as you expect but, that should never discourage you.  

How to Travel When You Lose Your ID

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Your ID is one of the most essential travel documents that should always have in hand during trips. And, losing it can put you in very difficult spot. The good news is that you can still travel even after losing your ID. The following are guidelines to abide by in case you intend to travel after losing your ID.

File a Police Report

The first thing to do whenever you realize your ID is lost is to immediately file a police report. Filing a police report will give you protection against identity theft, preventing any third parties from using the ID.

Check into the Airport Early

After reporting the matter to the police, they will issue you with a document confirming the loss of your ID. However, you will still have to go through the screening process at the airport, which could be a bit rigorous than the normal procedures. Make sure you tell the airport attendants that you have lost your ID. They may also ask you to fill out a form and provide additional proof of your identity.

If your identity checks out, the airport officials will clear you to fly. Due to the additional screening procedures, it is advisable to arrive at the airport early, about two hours before departure.

Have Other Identification Documents In Hand

It is usually advisable to make copies of your ID and keep them separately when traveling so that whenever the original gets lost, you can still provide the photocopy. In case you do not have them, you should produce other identification documents to confirm your identity. The other identification documents that you will be asked to provide when traveling include drivers’ license, US passport, US Military ID, DHS trusted traveler cards among others.

Losing your ID when traveling can be humiliating. After taking all the above steps, you should begin the process of getting a new one as soon as possible for convenience.

 

How to enjoy Mexico on a tight budget

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International media have focused on the wrong side of Mexico, like the drug syndicates, insecurity, the illegal immigrants crossing into the USA to seek greener pastures and the mighty wall Donald Trump will (may, might) build between Mexico and the USA. Mexico, in case you don’t know, is a vibrant, lively country with rich architecture, parrot-filled jungles, great nightclubs, interesting history, and yummy dishes. Compared to many developing countries, Mexico is paradise. The citizens of Mexico are full of energy and life. But if you are to enjoy all these and more on a budget trip, you have to plan well. These tips should guide you as you travel to Mexico:

Travel South

The “southern” you go, the cheaper it becomes. Moving south of Mexico is pocket-friendly and favors budget travelers like you. You can spend about $30 in a day and still have more than enough fun, including horseback riding; visiting waterfalls, ruins and paradise islands. Of course, you will have to sleep in the cheap hostel dorms in one of the cool cities in the south.

Tour the Mexico City

Although full of traffic and pollution, the diversity in the Mexico City still makes it a popular tourist hotspot and is worth your exploration. In 2016, the New York Times named it the top destination to visit. You can visit the less-noisy parts of the city, like Centro Historico where you can go through historic sites for (here this 🙂 free! There are also La Roma, Xochimilco, Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, and Coyoacan. Fortunately, the metro is much cheaper on daytime, charging about 25 per trip. You can also visit markets, freely stroll in the large nature-themed Chapultepec Park or enjoy boat rides in the canals within the city.

Tour Oaxaca

This is one place you can comfortably tour on a budget. You can visit Perto Escondido, which is a charming beach along the Oaxaca coast. Families and surfers frequent it. The hotels are affordable and the flights’ price reasonable. You can also access the place by bus. If you travel in November, you will be able to witness or take part in a surfing competition.

There is lots of other fun in Oaxaca, such as horse-riding, which cost $10 per person. You can also take a bus tour of Oaxaca at $20 for the whole day. The tour stops at various landmarks.

Eateries

Unfortunately, if you are on a budget, you will have to forego the pleasure of dining in the classy hotels and instead contend with the street dishes. But the good news is that the street foods are also delicious and have that traditional touch you may not get in the high-end hotels. You will enjoy roasted corn, grasshoppers, tacos de canasta and many more Mexican delicacies.

Conclusion

While you can use credit cards in Mexican cities, it is important to note that many establishments mainly prefer cash. So have you enough Mexico peso, which is the currency, for a smooth transaction. The US dollar exchanges at the rate of 1/ MX$18.50.

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