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Travel World Wide With Very Little Cash

Travel world wide without much cash? You must be crazy! Everyone knows that world travel takes a lot of money and that if you don’t have money, you can’t do it.

Wrong! The only thing it takes to travel the world is a passport and the will to travel. Just pick up one foot and put it in front of the other. The hard part is getting away from your attachments to the things that hold you back. If you have to pay a hefty mortgage bill, auto payments, insurance premiums, and credit card bills, chances are that you aren’t going to break free from your job and move out into the world of travel.

So, how do you break free and become a world traveling vagabond? First of all, you have to get rid of all that debt. If your house payments are costing you more than your house is worth, sell it. Get out from under that monstrosity, even if you take a loss. Next, get rid of your hummer and start taking the bus. Get a consolidation loan for all of your debts and then negotiate for a lower interest rate, or just go bankrupt! Why not! The whole world awaits you!

Worried about pulling your kids from school? Why? Public education stinks and your children will get a better education on the road than they will ever get in some under funded, state supported school. Maybe it’s your family that is holding you back. Wife doesn’t want to travel? Dump her, put her at her mother’s, or let her support the household while you are gone. Same goes for husbands. Who needs a stick in the mud?

Finally, the job. Tell your boss that you don’t want to come to the office any more. Tell him you will be more productive from home. Tell him that you need some time to figure things out. Or just quit. The world is waiting and you are dying! It’s time to live! Travel world wide and damn the consequences.

Options For Traveling to Beaches and Resort Towns

There are many options for travelers who have chosen or who plan on traveling to a resort or beach town. It used to be that everyone wanted to travel and vacation in the Hawaiian islands but there have been many changes in the travel world these days. Now even more than ever people are vacationing in places like Curacao, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, and even Brazil, especially along the shore lines. These places are becoming increasingly popular vacation destinations and really beautiful resort towns. It is not that these places have not always been there or been around but they are becoming increasingly popular.

So what are the options for travel to a place like Curacao, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, or Brazil? With the increased popularity in travel to destinations other than Hawaii for the general traveling population come increased vacation options. One option available is called all inclusive travel which involves paying one price for multiple services upfront. All inclusive travel can really work for those who don’t want to worry about paying as you go for things like food and beverages. Many times all inclusive travel also includes a number of activities.

Curacao, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, and Brazil all have something in common which is their beauty and close proximity to beaches and great weather as well. There are many vacation package deals that are available and give you a great chance to take advantage of all that great weather and some seriously fun activities. Very few people get to take in the beach all the time and thus need a vacation to do so. Vacationing in such places can really open a traveler’s eyes to a whole new world of vacationing and people and culture too.

Families that are vacationing together can also consider planning vacations together in these new and exotic vacation destinations. What could be better than your entire family having new experiences together and learning together about cultures and other habitats? Many of these places even offer something exclusively for families. There are actually many all inclusive family resorts that cater truly to families. This can be especially nice for both families with multiple children and families only with one child. The children can play together for specially planned events and then the parents can spend time together too enjoying life as adults. There is so much for a family to do and so many ways to spend time together.

A Tip For Success In YTB Travel MLM

This evening I spoke with a great lady with such a delightful, outgoing personality, we’ll call her ‘Sheryl.’ Sheryl contacted me looking for help in her YTB Travel MLM business and said she didn’t know how to recruit. With such a great phone presence, she certainly wasn’t shy. I asked her why she got into YTB Travel in the first place.

She said she was originally involved with another MLM company and, as much as she enjoyed their products, she really loves traveling and that’s all she’s ever really wanted to do. When she recently found the YTB Travel MLM business, it was a no-brainer.

So, I tested her faith a little further… I said, “Sheryl, let’s say I told you to drop your life right now and simply give everything to me. I want you to get on a plane and you can go travel the world anywhere and everywhere you want on my dime for the rest of your life. You will have no money, no property, no belongings, and no home, but I will cover your travel costs, food, etc. How would you feel about that?”

I felt her heart skip a beat at the mere thought.

“It would be Heaven,” she said. “Then, you’ve picked the right business for you because you have a true passion for what you’re doing,” I told her. That’s the first step – and the most important in my book. Too many people get into their MLM business for the wrong reasons. Often times they’re sweet-talked into joining someone’s MLM only to ‘help out a friend’ or family member in the blind hopes it will lead to huge income… which is always the wrong reason to join a business.

If you’re like Sheryl, you may find this hard to believe, but not everyone views traveling with the same passion, even though almost everyone enjoys traveling at one time or another for business or vacation. However, there are still 10’s of thousands of people who share those same passionate dreams of a life of traveling bliss like Sheryl, but you must seek them out.

As much of a no-brainer as this may appear, the important concept to be successful in your YTB Travel MLM business is to not have the mindset of simply trying to blindly recruit every warm body who comes within shouting distance who may have once thought of taking a cruise through the Florida Keys.

Wanting a discount on airfare is one thing. Wanting to build a business is clearly another.

These are NOT your YTB Travel business builders.

Maybe they’ll be your customers… some day… maybe! Probably not.

To find out their passions, you’ve got to qualify your prospect first – ask questions about how they feel about traveling. They’ll tell you. If they’re not crazy about it like you – next! …and shut up. Don’t try to convince someone they should get into the travel world if they aren’t interested. Why? You’re wasting you’re time talking to the wrong people.

I’ve met SO many people like Sheryl it’s incredible. Too many new YTB Travel RTA’s are so busy trying to convince (sweet-talk) their friends and family to join their YTB Travel downline (because it’s what they’ve been taught) they’re missing out on all the other people who would genuinely LOVE to join, but never heard of YTB Travel.

Did you catch the part about how Sheryl has always loved traveling, but only RECENTLY found YTB Travel? There’s THOUSANDS of people like Sheryl out there! She didn’t join in the hopes of making great money (although, she really wants to make money, too).

If you’re like Sheryl, or even close, first, you need to think about YOUR lifestyle now and understand that other people who think like you are in a similar situation as you, because they want the same things you want. So, you need to learn to attract like-minded people, instead of wasting your time trying to force and convince people who really are not interested.

Think about YOU for a minute: What’s your lifestyle like? What kind of job do you have? Where do you hang out? What kind of food do you like? Where do you like to shop? Why do you shop there? What kind of TV shows do you watch? Start looking in these area for like-minded people.

Sure, you might have one friend that shares your travel passions, and, if so, they’ll be the RARE exception.

Stop looking for “just anybody” to talk to and start looking for people who already express their own genuine interest in travel …not because you convinced them of it. These will be your best business builders and will never give up just because the money isn’t coming in one day. (See my previous article: MLM Leads…Reality Check)

Tips For Top Travel

Have you ever experienced a serious disaster whilst on holiday. If not, it’s merely a matter of time. It has been said there are two kinds of travelers, those that have experienced a problem holiday and those that are still going to.

Tasked with identifying the top ten travel tips immediately got my mind going but an idea soon took shape. Why not use the experiences of the professionals, ask them to identify the more common causes of problems when travelling. Unbeknown to me this certainly dropped the cat amongst the pigeons, largely because limiting this to only ten became a problem, thank you so much to all those who were a part of the panel.

One of the most common problems and a unanimous choice of the panel were problems surrounding logistical arrangements. Largely related to reservations; dates and ticketing, these can be problematic despite the ease and simplicity of the internet. It is imperative when planning any holiday to any destination that all bookings are made well in advance, followed up either by e-mail or telephone a few days before your departure and still in time to rectify problems if discovered. After this has been done, prevent further problems by ensuring you have proof in the form of copies of any relevant document or reference number, this could be a receipt confirmation of a deposit paid or any item depending on your personal arrangements. This is one of those suggestions where prevention is definitely far better than cure.

Our second tip is all encompassing and covers the packing of essential items. Obviously these items might vary according to your personal plans but would perhaps include items such as passports and ID documents; applicable drivers licences; money – credit cards, wallets and other financial needs; mobile phones and camera’s, (get with it, preferably digital) are essential items nowadays, together with supporting items such as chargers and memory cards. On my personal list are always sunglasses, activity equipment, a few books, a pack of cards, a multi-purpose pocket knife and other smaller items or games which always come in handy.

How are we doing so far, the bottom line is that with tip numbers one and two you can go almost anywhere in the world and if you have forgotten anything else you can purchase them en route.

Tip number three is so absolutely boring you might well stop reading at this point but it remains one of the most common causes of holidays being cancelled. Before you leave home ensure that all domestic matters are resolved and tucked in to bed. These will again vary but will certainly surround adequate locking up and security issues; paying all accounts, in particular municipal services; cancelling any deliveries; ensuring access is available to a trusted friend or relative in the event of a fire or emergency; ensuring pets are adequately cared for and that someone responsible is able to contact you in the case of emergency during your holiday. Yes…boring….but oh so often the cause of having to either come back early or returning to face a smelly deep freeze or worse.

The basics are covered and now we can move onto the fun part, tip number four surrounds choosing the right holiday for your needs and enjoyment. To haul three children under ten years old to a game reserve for ten days will stretch your patience and theirs, you might enjoy spending half an hour looking at a bird or waiting for an Elephant to come to a waterhole while sipping a Chardonnay, they certainly wouldn’t. If you have had a really stressful year and are going on holiday for a time out, a few days in London followed by a few in Rome and a low cost flight via Moscow to save a few cents would mean lots of flights; too many airports and complicated transit arrangements. Our panel suggests taking a few extra minutes to analyse the real needs of all travelling partners before selecting your holiday destination.

You have analysed your own needs and decided on let’s say a scuba diving holiday as an example. Tip number five stays with destination choice and is all about research. That’s easy I hear you saying, once you’ve decided what type of holiday you want. However, you could also end up on a scuba diving holiday in monsoon season, perhaps to a great destination at most times of the year but in the month you have chosen, it’s infested with mosquito’s and a temperature of 45 degrees, is that what you wanted.

Perhaps you might be looking for a quiet and romantic getaway and choose a week in a Spanish seaside village only to find out it clashes with a local political election and the local school holidays. Time researching local conditions is well spent, beware particularly of special offers or discounts, these are usually offered for a reason and often due to seasonality or other sub-optimal characteristics of the destination at the time the offer applies. This same principle applies to discounted flights and packages, it’s important to be fully aware of which items and costs are included and not included in the price.

How far have we gone so far, in summary we have the logistics and essential equipment under control, chosen a stunning destination to ensure our needs are covered and we have selected the dates to suit the destination characteristics.

Tip number six is about the modern day wonder of the travellers’ world. You guessed it, the internet. This modern tool enables you to ensure you are fully au fait with all and any information you might need. From disco’s to dive centres, museums to mausoleums, cathedrals to camping grounds, the information is easily available to you from the comfort of your home; office or failing which, an internet cafĂ©. Referring back to our Spanish village, if you want to know the history, what to see and do while you’re there, the internet provides this service. Even once you’re there, if you want to send pics and news to someone at home, the internet has really made this simple. I read recently that in excess of 70% of all travel arrangements are now made on-line, wow, that is an awesome number and it is no doubt climbing, not without reason.

A list of top ten tips would definitely be incomplete without a reference to the importance of adequate packing. Notice we say adequate as it does vary according to destination and travel method. A car trip to Port Alfred with a trailer and roof rack is a far different scenario than a flight to London. Tip number seven is to pack early; to pack correctly and most of all to pack according to a well prepared list. One often makes the mistake of packing too much, leaving little room for error and no space to include a few souvenirs or that tee-shirt that looked so good in the market. On a personal note our family has a rule, what you pack you carry, this has a fantastic effect of ensuring no one packs without a plan.

The boring battle of the budget. We all have dream destinations we hope to get to one day, this is unfortunately not a reality for most of us. Tip number eight is to ensure you remain within your personal limits of expenditure. Interest rates are high and could get higher; credit offered by banks can be easily obtained by utilising the credit card options so often available. You don’t want to spend the year after your holiday stressed out about how you’re going to pay it back during the rest of the year. Plan adequately before and during your holiday. Whilst it’s certainly fun to spoil yourselves during a holiday, we suggest you allocate a daily allowance to each person and to the whole group, this will certainly help control costs, particularly in an international destination when one is not fully conversant, it can come back and bite quite hard.

The members of our panel are all seasoned travellers, local and overseas. In conversation we certainly learned that all had on occasion bumped their heads or made often silly mistakes. Our unanimous tip number nine is to enjoy South Africa. As residents of this beautiful country we are all absolutely blessed to live within a reasonable distance from either a beach; lake; mountain; game reserve or whatever it might be that appeals to your family. Too often we feel the need to travel far and wide when it’s all on our doorstep. We might travel to an exotic dive destination but haven’t yet experienced Aliwal Shoal; sit on a Mauritian Beach when our coast offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, perhaps even camping in France when you’ve never been to the Drakensberg or Clarens.

It might be a cliché but we really do have it all in one country. We certainly hope that our leaders will take every action to ensure that it stays that way. We in turn need to appreciate it and invest in local tourism and the job creation it offers. Our panel felt that we need to market ourselves as a destination a little better than we do, encouraging local travellers that Cairo is perhaps not always better than Cape Town. Local is lekker, it has its place alongside braaivleis, biltong, sunny skies and all the rest.

This might be our last tip of the ten we were confined to but it is the simplest and most important – have fun! You’ve worked hard, you deserve your holiday, please don’t forget to enjoy it. In most cases when on holiday, one is surrounded by those your love the most, those dearest and closest.

How To Find A Cheap Travel Insurance

These days, everybody is being more and more competitive. In the educational system, it is now not enough for somebody to get a bachelor’s degree. It is more likely that he or she must also obtain a second course or a master’s degree in order to ensure his or her bright future. This is the thing of the future. The more educated a person is, the more chances he gets when it comes to the job opportunities. It is also the same with companies. It more usual that a company that offers cheaper services gets the client. People are becoming more money conscious that they tend to search for the cheaper offers. Sometimes, doing this leads to overlooking of the disadvantages of the offer. To avoid this, many have tried to set the criteria for the best of the best cheap travel insurance company. Many associations of travel agencies have also taken the initiative to ensure that their members comply with safety requirements while not putting the prices at stake. These travel companies have started helping out each other in bringing out the best in them. They formulated strategies to make their services cheaper but with the same commitment to excellence.

Upon searching the World Wide Web, one may be confused as to the number of the travel companies all claiming that they offer the best cheap online travel insurance quote. Sometimes, their offers can be very interesting and appealing but an ardent eye to these is still a prerequisite before entering a deal with them.

Go Travel Insurance is one company that offers inexpensive travel insurance plans. The company is a division of the equally well known Drakefield Insurance Services Limited operated by the Financial Services Authority. They have been around for eight years now, having been in the industry since 2000. On an average day, they have more than 8,000 visits. They always take time to listen to the concerns of their valued customers and are always in the look out for improvement. Their insurance products are highly recommended by several satisfied clients. Customers can directly buy their insurance over the internet. They have insurances for single trip, annual multi trip, winter sports and even a golf travel insurance.

Aside from the website, they also have their call center where the agents are always standing by to answer the calls of clients for buying purposes or even for inquiries. Their prices are modest; so as to make sure they reach out to all the other travelers’ world wide. Numerous customers came back to them referring friends. This good company-customer relationship makes them click because they take extra care of their customers. They want every customer to be contented to his fullest.

Another cheap travel insurance company is the 247 Travel Insurance which is another good insurance choice. They are likewise committed to service to their clients. They have a number of insurers that are willing to cater to your needs.