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Four Tips To Make Your Sabbatical Travels More Meaningful

Four Tips To Make Your Sabbatical Travels More Meaningful

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After working in the same company for years, some employees get the chance to file for a sabbatical leave. Others can even continue to receive their complete salary even while on a break. It may sound too good to be true but it is in fact a fitting reward for employees who have been loyal to a company for a certain period of time. If you are one of the lucky people who are fortunate to take a sabbatical leave and are wondering how best to spend it, traveling is undoubtedly a great option. 

A change of scenery coupled with new experiences can effectively provide the relaxation and leisure you have always wanted. However, aside from its recreational benefits, sabbatical travel can also be a chance for self-growth and exploration. The following list four tips to make your sabbatical travel adventure more meaningful. 

Fulfill a bucket list item.

Is there a special destination you have always wanted to visit? You probably wanted to try a certain activity in this place as well. Maybe you wish to take a stroll along the Great Wall of China or take an epic road trip to a US state. Or you may want to try a local delicacy or attend a popular event in a quaint foreign town. Make your sabbatical travel more memorable by taking the time to fulfill items in your bucket list. 

Learn a new skill.

You might be on a break but your chance for a job promotion or salary increase can still be possible upon your return. That is if you use your sabbatical leave as a chance to learn a new skill. You can take a short course on something that will upgrade your competencies and increase your knowledge. It may be a little challenging goal to travel and study at the same time but the rewards you will gain will surely be worth it.  

Try a new career.

To travel and work is another wise option for those who love hitting two birds with one stone. It is also a chance to explore other fields or careers like teaching or writing. One way to do this is by sending job applications to companies in your choice of destinations before your sabbatical leave. You may even discover your life’s purpose at the end of your sabbatical.

Do something good for others.

Your career or work schedule may have prevented you from answering calls for volunteerism in the past. With your sabbatical leave privilege, you now have free time to extend help to others. Another good news is that it is something you can do while traveling. You can apply to be a part of groups that organize worthy causes to far-flung areas. Aside from the satisfaction of doing good to others, you also get a chance to closely mingle with the locals, giving you in-depth knowledge about the place you are exploring.

Who would say no to the idea of taking a sabbatical leave? The chance to enjoy a long vacation with the assurance that your job will still be waiting upon your return is one of the best perks that a firm can offer to their employees. As not everyone gets the chance to take a sabbatical leave, those who do should make sure to make the most out of this privilege.

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Want to Turn Your Travel Goals Into Reality? Do These 3 Things

Want to Turn Your Travel Goals Into Reality? Do These 3 Things

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The world is bursting with wonderful places to explore and discover. From your very own city to the most remote island in the world, it is not impossible to discover hidden gems that are worth a visit. Since there are so many must-see breathtaking sights everywhere, creating a travel bucket list is surely a piece of cake. The real challenge, though, begins as you try to take steps to ensure that your bucket list does not remain a list forever.

Traveling requires careful planning, ample resources and enough free time. Sadly, it is irresponsible and careless to just pack your bags and go whenever you please. Aside from that your regular lifestyle can get so hectic that even with a strong sense of wanderlust and adventure, your bucket list can soon turn into a forgotten list. Serious travelers, though, do not let that happen because they take the necessary steps to achieve their goals. If you are likewise serious in fulfilling your travel goals, you may want to try the suggestions presented below.

Build up your savings.

Traveling is not a cheap hobby. Insufficient funds is one of the most common worry of people who want to go on a trip. So if you really wish to travel, one of the first things to prioritize is building up your savings. You want to be smart in handling your finances so you do not spend all your hard-earned money on unnecessary things.  To augment your income, you can choose to do part-time jobs or start a side business. It is also nice to have a separate savings account where you can grow your money for future travels. When you already have enough money for a trip, you can also research for ways on how you can maximize your budget. It would not hurt to read money-saving tips from other travelers who have been to your destination of choice. You may also want to keep your eyes open for budget promos and travel deals from companies. Keep in mind that a memorable vacation does not necessarily have to be expensive.

Set a time and schedule for it.

Aside from not having enough money, there is another dilemma that aspiring travelers constantly face and that is lack of time. It’s likely that one look at your full calendar or schedule is enough to convince you that you have no time to travel. So you find yourself delaying or cancelling your travel plans again and again. However, if you really want to travel, you do not just wait for the time when your schedule is free enough. Rather, you make an effort to create a schedule and stick to it no matter what. This may mean that you have to master time management skills. If you can manage your time well, you are likely to achieve a work-life balance. The end result is a guaranteed time for relaxation time which can be used to travel.

Stop making excuses.

In many ways, traveling is stepping out of your comfort zone. So worries and fears may start creeping up even as you plan your escapades. Still, if you are serious about your travel goals, you accept that experiencing some discomforts is part of the trip. You also decide to cope or adjust to whatever inconvenient situations you may experience. Some hassles may be unavoidable but they can make traveling more enjoyable.

To travel for leisure and visit amazing places sound like a dream come true. Sadly, this dream stay  just a dream for most people Break away from the typical by turning your goals into reality. Take the necessary steps to achieve your dreams and start ticking off the places in your bucket list!

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Three Ways You Can Live a Life of Travel Everyday

Three Ways You Can Live a Life of Travel Everyday

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With the hustle and bustle of daily life, it can be easy to let daily pressures get in the way of planning your next trip. There never seems to be enough time or money, and even when those elements fall into place, it doesn’t feel like it’s enough to make your traveling dreams a reality. With a little planning and perspective, you can turn your life around into a lifestyle fit for travel. To learn how, see how these three tips can help you live the life of travel you’ve always wanted.

Make Travel a Priority

One common reason people lack travel in their life is because they do not make it a priority. One way to put travel first is by actively seeking out opportunities for travel. Do you have an out-of-state wedding coming up? If so, extend your trip at the location of the wedding and explore the area. Along the same vein, if you have to travel for work, book time to arrive a few days early or after your business meetings to stay and see the nearby sights.

Get Organized

In order to see your travel dreams through, you need to give it the careful thought and attention you’d give anything else that is a priority in your life. Being organized is the one way you can ensure your travel dreams are realized. One way to get started is by budgeting vacation time for travel each year. Bust out your calendar and pick a week in the year to designate to your trip. This will help you get your planning rolling and allow you to start setting deadlines to research locations and book your vacation.

Save Well

Money is always a huge factor when deciding if and when you should travel. And if you aren’t taking active steps to save for your trip, it might not come to fruition. Consider opening a separate savings account specifically for travel. Set up an automatic direct deposit to your savings for each paycheck so you can start collecting funds for your trip without giving it a second thought. This way, your extra travel money has a place to go and won’t be mindlessly spent.

Travel isn’t only reserved for those with endless amounts of dispensable funds and time. Clearly, making your life one of travel and adventure can be achieved with thoughtful planning and determination. If you are pressed for time in your daily life, opt for shorter trips within your own state. See what nearby locations inspire you that are within a few hours of your home. While it may seem like there’s never a perfect time to make travel plans, sometimes you just have to get started with planning.

 

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3 Things to Look For in the Perfect Travel Companion

3 Things to Look For in the Perfect Travel Companion

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Traveling is one of the most amazing things you can do to expand your awareness and broaden your horizons. But it takes a lot of planning before you embark on your adventure. Booking hotels, coordinating transportation, scheduling activities, and packing essential traveling gear is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to travel preparation.

But one of the more overlooked steps in preparing for a trip is picking out the right travel partner. Just because you’ve been friends since college or you make great tennis partners, doesn’t mean you will travel well together. Check out these 3 tips to make sure you pick out your travel partner wisely.

Pick a travel companion who shares your interests

When you choose someone totravelwith, the first thing you should consider is their interests in comparison to your own. If you can’t wait to explore the city’s best art galleries or spend the afternoon sightseeing the landscapes that surround the city but your travel partner is more excited to check out the cafes and shops, you may run into more than a few bumps along the way. Before you hit purchase on your plane ticket, make sure the person you travel with shares the same interests in activities as you do.

Make sure your travel companion has a similar budget

Money, of course, plays a major role when it comes to travel. Specifically, when picking a travel partner, make sure your budgets match up so that no one is forced to spend more or less than the amount they are comfortable with. Beyond just the budget, however, be sure that you and the person you are traveling with prioritizes the same expenses. If you are more concerned with staying in top-notch hotels but your travel companion is willing to forfeit a luxurious night’s sleep to spend money at as many 5-star restaurants as you can find, you are going to have to work out some kinks to make sure you both are spending your money the way you want to.

Choose a travel companion who places the same amount of importance on alone time

When you travel to a different city with someone, spending loads of time together is inevitable. But if you’re a person who cherishes a few hours of alone time every so often, make sure your travel companion is aware of that and okay with it. But if you plan on spending every waking hour together with the person you travel with, make sure they’re comfortable with that as well. Alone time is precious to some and unnecessary to others, so make sure you have a solid understanding of what the other expects as far as alone time goes.

No one wants to be stuck miles from home at odds with their travel companion. Avoid the travel arguments before they even start by picking out the perfect partner in the first place to explore and experience the world with.

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How Exactly Does Travel Make You Richer?

How Exactly Does Travel Make You Richer?

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You’ve likely heard the common expression, “Travel is the only thing you buy that actually makes you richer.” For all its corniness, it’s really undeniably true. Traveling is an investment in an irreplaceable experience. No two trips are the same, and no two people experience traveling in precisely the same way. Everyone gleans something different from climbing to the peak of Machu Picchu, and no one has the same stories to tell when they come back from snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef.

So, if no one experiences travel in the same way, how exactly does travel make you richer? There are actually three main ways that travel makes you richer in life.

Traveling Allows You to Make New Friends

Friends are an invaluable resource. They’re the family that you actually get to choose. When you’re traveling the world, you’re bound to run into people who have common values and goals in life. Just because they live across the globe, it doesn’t mean that they’re not worth keeping up with.

The amazing thing about modern travel and technology is that you can stay connected with virtually anyone you’ll meet when you’re abroad. Making new friends while on vacation? You can absolutely count that as a ka-ching!

Exploring New Terrains Helps You Explore Yourself

In addition to finding new friends while you’re on vacation, you can also become richer while traveling by getting to know yourself better.

It’s when we immerse ourselves in unfamiliar situations that we learn the most about ourselves. Take the time to invest in who you are as a person, and you’ll come out on the other side a richer, truer version of yourself.

The Memories You Make While Traveling are Priceless

To add another cliché to the mix, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” And, if a picture alone is worth a thousand words, then imagine the value of the memories captured by the photograph.

They’re priceless. At the end of the day, having a piggy bank full of memories from traveling the world is worth far more than having a piggy bank full of dollar bills.

Having both is ideal—and there’s no reason you can’t have it all! 

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The Absolute Best Place to Take a Business Call

The Absolute Best Place to Take a Business Call

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When you own your own business, there’s no boss to tell you to be in Conference Room C promptly at 3 p.m. There’s no shuffling around the office break room, hoping to get the last half of a stale doughnut. When you’re the boss, you can take your business calls wherever you please. Where is the best place to take a business call? They’re ranked right here.

As soon as you build your own business, you can start taking calls from some of these places.

In A Peaceful Hammock on the Beach

Few places are more relaxing than a peaceful hammock strung up right on the beach. Pristine white sand surrounding you, the dull rush of the ocean to soothe your nerves, and a gentle breeze to set you swaying—there could be nothing better.

No, this isn’t a vacation we’re talking about; this is a way to run a successful business. Flip everything you know about making a living on its head. Being an Amway IBO allows you to be your own boss, make your own hours, and work from wherever is most convenient for you. That place might just be the beach in Hawaii!

Before You Board Your Private Jet or Yacht

Private jets and yachts are reserved for the rich and famous. While being a business owner won’t make you Hollywood-famous, it does come with its own sort of prestige—and definitely its own set of perks.

When you run a wildly successful business, you can afford to do things like purchase a private jet or a yacht on a whim. Now that’s a great place to take a business call!  

From Wherever You Please

The top place to take a business call is wherever you please. When you don’t work a traditional nine-to-five job, you don’t have the same constraints as normal employees. You get to make the rules when you’re financially free and independent.

If you want to take your calls from your favorite chair in your man cave, then you can feel free to do so. Whatever works for your business, works. Where is your best place to take a business call?

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