How To Travel The World Cheap! | Mike Rush | Skillshare
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22 Lessons (1h 5m)
    • 1. Welcome to Live the Dream

      1:36
    • 2. About me

      3:41
    • 3. Money Welcome video

      2:10
    • 4. Money what types of expenses %2C pre%2C during%2C post

      0:42
    • 5. Money 3 pillars

      2:29
    • 6. Money Preexpenses

      4:37
    • 7. Money During travel Expenses

      3:01
    • 8. Money Post travel

      2:18
    • 9. Flights fundamentals

      5:10
    • 10. Flights set alerts

      1:45
    • 11. Accommodations welcome

      1:07
    • 12. Accomodations Fundamentals

      7:30
    • 13. Courses

      1:51
    • 14. Everyone is doing

      2:15
    • 15. Guidebooks

      4:53
    • 16. How to pack backpack

      3:59
    • 17. How to pack fundamentals

      5:00
    • 18. How to pack never bring

      3:39
    • 19. Never the right timing

      1:58
    • 20. World Travel Experts

      1:26
    • 21. Travel Insurance

      3:01
    • 22. Thank you!

      0:55
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Do you like to travel? Do you like to save money? Do you like to enjoy your travel experience as much as possible? If so, this course is built specifically for you! This course really helps people that want to travel but think it's only for the rich or have a lot of excuses why they can't make it happen...

After 10+ years of traveling to over 23+ countries, 35+ states throughout the United States, and with a huge passion for traveling this course has been created to help you out in a variety of ways. Take your travel experience to the next level with a variety of incredible tips that will make your travel better and more affordable than ever before!

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Mike Rush

World Traveler, Author, Entrepreneur

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Michael Rush is an avid world traveler, loves adventures, building businesses online, meeting a variety of different people, dancing, foodie, and has an overall love for life! Over the last decade he has traveled to 23+ countries, over 40+ states within the USA and been on many crazy adventures whether it's shark diving off the coast of South Africa, exploring temples in SE Asia, staying over 3 months in Brazil for the Olympics, or drinking beers with his brother at Oktoberfest in Germany he's always exploring and learning what the world has to offer.

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1. Welcome to Live the Dream: hello and welcome to live the dream by Russia beyond dot com. My name's Mike Rush, and I just want to welcome you to our program today. Really excited to have you and want to teach you everything I've learned over the last decade on what you can do to live the dream. And so this whole program has been developed on the idea that I have so many people that say, I wish I could do what you're doing as faras traveling the world, seeing all these different countries cultures, foods, beaches, events, different places. And so really taking all this knowledge I've developed over the last several years and being able to give that to you in regards Teoh saving money, experiencing travel as best as possible and just taking that travel lifestyle to the next level. So again, welcome to this program. Join in, reach out to me if you need anything at all. Absolutely love this. So I'm very excited to jump in and just give all the little tips I have here in there. You'll be learning from my failures, which there have been plenty along the way as well as my successes and just drying off All the knowledge that I've read, watched, talked with other people about. And if you need anything at all, feel free to reach out to me directly, and we'll take it from here. But go through this program and I hope that you're able to live the dream very soon. Thank you so much and enjoy. 2. About me: Hey, what's going on? My name is Mike Rush, and I just want to introduce myself a little bit before we jump into a bunch of different courses here, have the chance for you to get to know me a little bit better. And then also, I'd love to get to know you Mawr. Throughout this program, we're gonna be working together to talk about how it's affordable to get out there and travel the world. And so just a little bit about me. I've always loved traveling throughout my entire life, going back to my childhood. My family always had a travel budget built in and so growing up were always traveling places throughout. The United States loved exploring different, doing different road trips as well as going to visit some of my family throughout the United States. And then I started to do a couple international trips right out of college, is really win and ignited. My travel bug had a chance to go down to Peru with three of some of my best friends and explorer right after college for about three months, and from there I just knew that the traveling is something I always wanted to Dio. And so I kind of did your typical pattern of go to school, get a degree, get a job and found myself sitting in an office from about 8 to 5, working 40 50 60 hour weeks and then, at a certain point, realized that I wanted to get out and travel the world, really see it, and I set my sights on traveling for over a year. And so throughout that year, it actually turning about a year and 1/2 I was able to see about 20 plus countries and just overall have this huge love for travel. And so the inspiration behind making this is I remember what it was like before I set out to travel. I remember thinking it was incredibly difficult to achieve. I don't know how other people were out there traveling around the world how much it would cost if it was safe or not, however, find deals just everything that comes with traveling. I was really curious and had to learn a ton over the years. So through a lot of mistakes. Ah, lot of successes throughout traveling, having some of the funnest adventures I can possibly think of with a lot of friends decided to make this course to hopefully help you cut through some of the learning curve that comes with traveling. So if you traveled for a long, long time, you'll still pick up on things along the way. But this course is really built for those that are maybe setting out for the first time, or you've traveled a little bit, but want to know more of the ins and outs as you extend on your travel lifestyle. So that's a little bit about me, I guess, a little bit more used to love to. We'll still do about love, playing sports, hiking, dancing, different places, trying out a lot of different food and drinks. And somehow I always find myself traveling to beach areas and really love the sunshine and just love exploring. I'm I'm all about adventure trying out new things, and, uh, yeah, I mean, that's that's just a little bit about me. We'll get to know each other a little bit better throughout this course, but I appreciate you being here and again. If you need anything, just reach out to me directly and we'll take it from there 3. Money Welcome video: hello and welcome to live the dream, The money section. So money, money, money. Everyone's always talking about it and see they're holding people back or driving people forward. Probably the number one question I get is, How can you afford to travel a long period of time? And so that's what this section's gonna dive into. I wish there was a little bit more information on this online under some quick tips and less and a bunch of different things you could find. But it's not coming in directly from someone that's traveled and really seen the ins and outs of what's out there and what to expect. So I do want to cover a lot in the section. I know sometimes money is a little bit taboo or something that people don't like to talk about. And I also know that there's a variety of different budgets out there. Three amount of money you have might be way more than I'm talking about or way less, and it might seem like this is very difficult, but I'm trying to touch on kind of the average budget of anywhere from about $4200 per day . I'm not talking in extreme luxuries, living out of resorts, and I'm not talking about sleeping on a park bench. So it's anywhere from someone that's willing. Teoh sleep in hostels to mid range hotels and is not afraid of economy class on different flights and again really just want to address the main expenses that go along with traveling. There's a lot of little things that fall in between, but just give you a broad sense of what you can expect and how to go about your budgeting, saving and how you can live the dream. So let's dive into it. If you have any questions, reach out to me directly. I hope you really enjoy this section, and again I'll continue to expand on it as more and more questions come in but very excited . Teoh give you the insight that I've drawn off of for the last decade or so, so I hope this helps you out of time and enjoy 4. Money what types of expenses %2C pre%2C during%2C post: so I want to dive into expenses and money throughout your travels, but I want to break it down a little bit further and give you three different sections. First there's the pretty travel. There's the during travel expenses. And then there's the post travel expenses or money or budget. And so I'm gonna provide a couple different videos on this and really let you know my mindset and what helped me travel for as long as possible. So enjoy those videos and if you have tips along the way or any questions and reach out to me and let me know. 5. Money 3 pillars: so first and foremost, I think that there's basically three main expenses that go along with travel. Obviously, there's a lot of different expenses in between some smaller expenses. But the three that I want to talk about our first of all flights, I think flights are hands down one of the most expensive parts of travel. It could be overwhelming. I can eat up your budget right away before you even go somewhere you might already be thinking, Wow, this is way too expensive. And again, it's one of the biggest things that whenever people are traveling around, they reach out to me and say, Look, the flight itself is way too expensive. I don't know how I can make this happen, so I have a full section on flights. Then I'm gonna take you through exactly how I find great deals. The second part is accommodations again. Accommodations can easily take away your whole budget if you let it, and it can be difficult. There's certain places where I definitely recommend that you're reaching out to your friends or family to make the trip possible. But accommodations in general are going to be one of the three biggest expenses you have in . That's why I have made a whole section on that as well. I'll take you through a lot of different ways to make that happen. It be affordable as possible. And then the third thing that I think is one of the biggest expenses is transportation. And so whether you're taking a boat, a plane, a train, a taxi, uber, whatever you're taking, those expenses can really add up. So I want to talk about that a bit. How you can best go about finding some different options for your transportation. And again, there's a ton of other expenses, whether it's entertainment, food, drink, whatever else comes with your travel lifestyle. But those are the three main ones. Flights, accommodations, transportation. And I want to show you exactly the ways that you can save money, live within a budget and travel longer. So check out those areas. Let me know what you think if you have any questions, and I hope this helps you out 6. Money Preexpenses: All right, So right now, I want to talk about your pre travel expenses. This is before you've set out for several months or indefinitely for a lot of the travelers out there and just want talk about the mindset and how you go about preparing to go into your travels and talk about a lot of things that helped me out before I made my journey. And so I think one of the biggest things is right away. You're gonna realize that a lot of your possessions, where things you might have that you're absolutely not going to need you're going to want to put those in basically three piles and one of those piles. There's a lot of stuff that you have is just junk. So make a junk pile, make a pile where you're gonna keep things again. I encourage you to limit this as much as possible. When you start traveling around, you're gonna really realize that there's very little you need or want or you want to have to worry about as you're traveling around. And then there's the sell pile, which really adds up. There's so many people I've talked to you that before they took off for traveling and they just sold all this. All these things that they didn't even realize was adding up to hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. And so first of all, with the junk pile, get rid of it, find a good cause or whatever it is that you know, all the stuff that you thought you needed, that you're able to just get rid of it free out of your mind and send it off on being send it to people that can use it a lot more than you can. I know. Had a lot of clothes and things where I just got rid of it. And then in your key pile, I really, really encourage you to keep this as small as possible. When I traveled around, I came back and realized that I kept some stuff that I just never gonna use. Never need, could have used the money, really didn't need to taking up space at my friends or families house. But so with the keep pile again on Lee, keep things that one you're gonna use that you really are gonna use. I kept so much stuff that never use again and then two. If it does have real value or meaning, I encourage you to keep that. But also try and keep things that are a little more tidy and not just taking up tons of space. So don't keep your being banged. Chair has sentimental value from way back. I mean, really, really look at the stuff you have and whether you need to keep it or not ended with the sell pile. I really encourage you to just sell as much as possible. Give yourself some time for this. I know it takes weeks, if not months, to really sell everything you want to sell. I was selling like my bike, my couches, all this different stuff, and it definitely took a couple of weeks to get rid of all of this. So with selling, I encourage you to post everything, just go out, post everything online. The worst that can happen is you get tons offers for stuff and then you realize that I want to keep this are again. Get out there, post everything. That's the first thing just posted posted posted, whether it's Craigslist or a lot of different APS out there like offer up let go, Really get after it. Put it on Facebook, where you can sell a lot of different things. Your friends and family will want to swoop in and grab it and then just sell, sell, sell, sell, sell. I wish I would have sold a couple more things, but it really added up. I didn't realize I had hundreds of dollars worth of stuff that was just sitting around my house and went so much further when I was in In countries where hundreds of dollars can last you a month or months at a time. So that's my advice. If you're getting ready to travel, you know, junket, keep it or sell it. We'll have more information within this program on exactly how you can do that and the tools that I utilize. But I really hope that helps you as you prepare to get underway for your travels and get ready to live the dream. So thank you very much. 7. Money During travel Expenses: and now for your during your travel expenses and during your travels. You definitely want to make sure that you do have your budget in mind and that you're sticking closely to it. And so with this, you should have online banking some way to be keeping tabs on exactly what you're doing. And the one app that I loved that I encourage you if you want is mint dot com They have an app that really shows all the expenditures. I know there's lots of apps out there that can help out with that. But for me, that was one of the best APS possible, really keeping me on my budget, letting me know whether or not I was staying within, uh, the amount of money that I had set aside with your during your travel expenses. I highly, highly, highly encourage a credit card that has no international fees. The first time I set out internationally, I did not have a credit card that was free of fees, and every time I turned around, I was getting hit for several dollars on both sides. I was getting hit in the country I was in, and then my bank was charging me and I was just losing money so quickly and then also, and I got a credit card that was international for the free and just save so much money with each and every transaction. Definitely find a credit card that will not charge you those fees. As for cash during during your travels, always encourage you to have some cash, but you don't want to overdo it, and you definitely don't want to overdo it. With the amount of cash that you have on you, you're just setting yourself up for trouble and can run into some different situations. I've had some different friends that have gotten their money taken from them, and then I've had a lot of friends that just flat out lost their bag with the money in it. So I don't think it's very smart to have a ton of cash on you, but you always want to have a little bit, and I ran into a couple of times where I barely had enough cash to you get in a taxi and go where I needed to go. Or there's just so many situations where I needed food or a charger and having a little bit of cash on you can go a long way. So with that again, stay within your budget, really plug into your daily finances and stay on board with your weekly monthly, and that will ultimately help you out with all of your travels as you're on your way. So that's a little bit of advice. There'll be more information within this program and enjoy. 8. Money Post travel: so I know you're just trying to live the dream, your focus on your travels, adventures and you're living it up. But now is for the post travel expenses. And I really want to talk about this because I've met a ton of people and even myself a little bit where you're going through living the dream, you've taken care of your finances, and then you come out on the other side and you realize you don't quite have as much money as you wish Teoh or the thought you might have. And with that it does make it a lot more stressful. Jumping back into the real world, getting yourself on your feet and taking care of your expenses here. And so with post travel expenses, I guess the biggest thing you don't realize when you're traveling is when you do jump back into your normal life. The things that killed me when I got back is I had to pay for car tabs, get everything updated, fix my car, get all the expenses that are involved with that healthcare insurance rent. So you really want to have, I would say, at least 3 to 6 months of expenses waiting for you on the other side again. I'm not a financial advisor, but I'm someone who has talked to hundreds of travelers that come back, and they have that rude awakening of not having much cash is they would have hoped for on the other side of travel. So I think it's worthy of mentioning again. Make sure you have that set up. There's just so much that you don't see right away. I didn't see playing hundreds of dollars into my car to get that running, and it's just finding a job can take weeks or months. So it's just not. Everything's is easy a transition. And the reason I made this section is cause I've just seen it too much. Where were people? Neglect the thought of the post travel expenses? So have your stuff readily available, Your money in order when you get back from traveling and you'll continue to live the dream home 9. Flights fundamentals: all right for the flight section. I think this is gonna be huge and help you out as much as possible. And so I want to cover basically the fundamentals that I've used over the last 10 plus years for finding some of the best flights that are out there, finding those deals and really being able to extend my dollar as far as possible. And so I want to start off and say that I think flexibility is the number one key to finding cheaper flights flexibility within which days you want to travel. Which times of the year which airports were willing to travel to, and just keeping that flexibility wide open. It's definitely the difference between pain several hundreds of dollars and paying a couple $100 or being able to save about 50% 70% off what you would have to dio if you're not flexible. So flexibility is absolutely the number one thing I recommend for all flights and how I'm able to travel for long periods of time, just being flexible as faras, where maybe you fly into and where you fly out of so really keeping an open mind of of that flexibility Also cross referencing. So cross referencing means. Yes, I have my favorite sites on. Yes, I would love it if the website ago to always finds the best deal but taking an extra 2345 minutes to pull open another town and checking another website to see what deals they have time and time again, I've thought I found the best deal possible, opened up another website and was able to find something. I mean, whether it's 10 2030 $40 cheaper up to a couple 100 it's just within a couple of minutes of extra research. So then also, this one should be more obvious. I talked to a lot of people about this when they're looking for flights, what they're doing and what their processes. But I always go ahead and tell my friends, family and even social media posted out there where I want to go. And this might be the best way that I've personally saved a lot of money I've had where I've told friends I want to go certain places and, for example, I was living in the Portland area and wanted to go to North Carolina and all the flights were about 5 $600 maybe maybe even 700. And then one day my friend said, Hey, look at this flight. It's $200 round trip and I actually had to look at it a couple times because I wasn't sure if it was a scam or not, and within five minutes I booked that flight. I hadn't even planned on booking it quite yet. I wasn't even starting to look, but it was such a good deal. Saved me 34 $500 and was able to do a trip of lifetime. Meet my friend out there, and it was all because I just Whenever I go somewhere, I'm always telling my network especially important. If you're going somewhere with friends and family, they're already gonna be looking anyway. And so having them look out for you is no extra time or or energy for them. They're already looking, so it's incredibly helpful. And then I've also had where I just mentioned a destination and someone's looking and they say, Did you have you seen this? And it's just save me hundreds of dollars, thousands of dollars throughout the years and then the other biggest thing is your time of the week as well as your timing sometime in the week. May or may not be a myth, but I've found a ton of my best deals on Monday nights and Tuesday nights. I think it has to do with the supply and demand of airlines trying to really entice people to purchase maybe when the numbers were low and then time of the week has saved me hundreds of dollars. If there's a festival going on on, say, a Saturday, most people fly in Friday leave on Sunday. What I always try and do is if I could get there, maybe the Monday before and then the leave the Monday or Tuesday after that saves hundreds of dollars. So again, this is This is typically firm or long term travel for people that have weeks of time, but planning accordingly to the time of the week and then the timing that you're flying in and out of places has saved thousands of dollars. So I'm gonna pack all the information I have into finding the best flights available. Finding those deals, let me know if you have any thoughts or additional ideas and I'll go ahead and plug it in. But thank you so much. I hope this helps you to live the dream and travel longer. 10. Flights set alerts: So for flights, I used to go ahead and check the Internet 345 times per day, scouring for flights, often times beating my head against the same wall, seeing the same deals over and over and really not getting anywhere pretty fast. And so one thing I started to dio it's helped me out a ton is I go ahead and set and alert . And I think most major websites do have a price alert that you can set instead of trying to find the best flight, trying to find the best flight and really having all this energy that you're spending going outwards. It's really, really nice toe have to be able to wake up in the morning and get an email that says, Hey, here's the best flight that we have. Oftentimes it falls within the price range you're looking for, and you can go ahead and book it on the spot. And so I just encourage you even actually really encourage. If you're thinking about going somewhere, it doesn't hurt to go ahead and set on alert. You'll be surprised by the amount of deals you find for places that you were kind of thinking about. And then once you see that deal, it makes it a no brainer that you're going to go visit that place because it's so affordable. So set the alert, and then I encourage you set a ton of alerts for different times, different places. And who knows? You might just stumble upon a deal that you really have never even been thinking about. But it comes right to your doorstep and sets you off on a new adventure, so check out the alerts. 11. Accommodations welcome: all right, So with accommodations being one of the biggest expenses you'll face throughout your travels, I want to dedicate this section to finding those deals different ways that you can book these accommodations and basically save some money and extend your travel as long as possible. So I'll be talking about some of the different websites that I like and exactly how I go about booking different accommodations. But I encourage you. If you have any websites that you love or any ideas or thoughts or comments, please let me know. I'll go ahead and update everything I can keep. It is update as possible and current and pass that knowledge along to everyone within this program. So I hope this helps out Aton. I know that I've been able to find several deals and save thousands of dollars throughout the years just by using a lot of these simple techniques. Some of these these websites are great. So dive in on, stay in touch and remember it to live the dream 12. Accomodations Fundamentals: as I mentioned, accommodations is one of the biggest expenses you'll face on your entire trip, and I don't want that to hold you back. So for accommodations, basically, I find there are about four different areas for accommodations, and we'll just run through him real fast and again. I'll give you as much information as possible. But number one, I would say, is you confined stuff for free, Free, free, free might be a great way for you to go. Number two is your cheap or entry level accommodations you're gonna be spending as little as possible. Three is kind of that mid range, very comfortable, maybe has a little bit more perks. And then four is when you start to splurge and you realize that you want room service, a resort, a water slide and whenever else you might need eso again that were mainly sticking to these top three. That expensive, luxurious life. You can find that maybe somewhere else, but only touch on that in like certain countries where it's extremely affordable. And so for free. Free is something that not enough people you lies and you might say, Well, how do you find a free place to stay. Obviously you have tow any place you go is gonna cost money. And so there's a couple different ways. And I guess first, all talk about utilizing your resource is of friends, family, friends of friends and being able to find different ways to find a combination for free. And so with this, I always encourage you to give several weeks of planning again. You can find maybe, oh, tomorrow I need a place to stay and connects and friends able Teoh connect with a friend of a friend. But with this, the way that I found the most success Waas you tell people you're gonna be somewhere in a certain month or certain weekend. And then from there, if you give people enough time to plan, they can adjust. Stuff will be in town. I don't know how many times I thought I was gonna get lucky with finding a place to stay, and the person was out of town. I've been in town all year, but the year that the day that I want to stay there, they were out of town or visiting a friend. But again, if I would have given more notice I would say at least 22 plus weeks and this becomes a lot more affordable, are a lot more reasonable. And then family is a great option. Again, most families air very accommodating friends of friends. As long as you're very respectful, they'll be sure Teoh recommend you is a house gas. You can add as much value as they're giving to you, so they will love to have you stay there. And then another place that I would go for free is couchsurfing dot com. It's funny. I thought everyone knew about it, but apparently it's still something that people were curious when they hear about it. But couch surfing is a great place. People have reviews on whether they're good host or whether you're a good person to have stayed there, and that's a freeway to get some lodging. Couchsurfing dot com have a lot of friends and people that use it and loved it. So then entry level with entry level. I would say hostels air not is intimidating, as they might seem at first. I remember when I set out, I thought I wasn't sure about the hostile thing. The lifestyle, obviously within the United States. Hostels are a little bit hit, and Miss a Sfar is just what they provide the comfort level. But when you're traveling around the world, some of these hostiles are some of the most comfortable places I've ever stayed in. The price point is exactly what Abel was exactly what allowed me to travel for so long. Eso again. That's like your entry level. Cheaper, more affordable lodging. Middle of the road. I would say with this, you definitely, definitely, definitely want Teoh Search for deals ahead of time, and the best way to find deals is have a little bit of flexibility and plan around major events or major festivals. If you're trying to book something within the middle of a festival again, that's that's not the best time to do it. And I mean, it's just drives the price way, way up, so continue to look for deals. Uh, I love booking dot com. I love kayak dot com bookings. Great. I'll give you some more information on that, but they allow you to book a place without necessarily paying right on the spot and just found a ton of success on that site, and then The last thing I talked about was your luxury resort, and I normally try and stay away from this. But the the two best ways to do this are one you can go to a long actually is three. You go to a lot of great resorts in countries where your money goes a lot further. So, for example, in Thailand I was seeing at this beautiful hotel that was Cliffside had a pool outside my room, delivered room service, and it was incredibly affordable because it was Thailand and their prices there are just a lot cheaper. So I mean, I was paying basically your mid level price for this place that was just extravagant. The second way is to catch places when their off season. So places that are out of season. I know, for example, if you stay in Phoenix when it's blazing hot in the summer, you confined 45 star resorts that are incredibly cheap again. It's because they're trying to draw people in. It is off. Season might not be as comfortable, but if you're looking for that luxurious lifestyle when you catch places, offseason is when they're a lot more affordable and then the last way is utilizing some different perks or programs through credit cards. I mean, that's a way that a lot of my friends and family stay at these very nice hotels. They get a night free or two nights or three nights or seven nights. Throughout the years they've been saving these points. And so that's one of the most affordable ways to go about it is it's kind of a byproduct of what you've already done with different purchases, and you've earned those points. So with the combinations, I'll jump MAWR into it with information within this program. But I hope that helps you out with booking all your accommodations and makes it as affordable as possible. Thank you very much. 13. Courses: hello and welcome to the section called Courses. And this section is for a couple of different resource Is that I found are above and beyond a lot of the information you can find out they're just on the general Internet and I'll continue to update this, as course has become available, continue to plug my courses in and really want to help you out as much as possible. But all these courses within this section are just different ways to really enhance your skill set, find what you're most interested in and be willing to make that investment in yourself and explore within these courses that are coming from people that have the expertise and the knowledge in what you're looking for. The reason these courses air so great, because it's everything that you want to find all packed in to a course that set up to help you from a busy accomplish what you want to accomplish. So I've tried all these programs out. I do really enjoy them and have learned so much from them. So that's why I'm recommending them. And again, I hope this really helps you out. If you have any questions, let me know most or all of these programs do have some kind of money back guarantee. So if you're not quite sure and you think that you're not ready to invest, I would say, Don't be afraid to because if it's not the right program for you, you'll be able Teoh, get the money back guarantee on the programs that have that. So enjoy these courses. Let me know if you have other courses that you really enjoy or have learned from. And, yeah, just dive in and continue learning. Enjoy. 14. Everyone is doing: so if you're setting out right now, you want to travel, but you're just not sure if it's right for you. I'm sure there's tons of reasons, excuses or whatever that might be popping up. And I want to let you know that I've seen travelers from all different walks of life. I've seen older gentlemen that air setting out by themselves are seeing groups of younger girls that are setting out to travel solo female travelers Mid career pre career post career. Really, there is a huge travel circuit that until you set out in travel and you really don't realize it exists. But once you do set out in travel, you start to realize that there's people of all different budgets, activity levels. Um, just everyone in general has their different way of getting out there and traveling. So if you're thinking you're too old to broke or don't have enough money, I mean, there's just countless number of ways that you can talk yourself out of travel. But I can tell you first hand that I've met people that set out with a very, very small budget, and they extend their travels for long periods of time. And then there's people that use up their whole budget in the first month. But really, no matter what your excuses, I guarantee I've seen someone out there that's traveling the world, really exploring and getting after it. So whether you have kids or whether you're your job, too many bills, yes, it it might be a little more work, and it might take a different path for you. But again, there's a lot of people that have made happen. I encourage you to seek out. Maybe someone that's in a similar situation is you and really find out how they made it happen. If any of these excuses are proving to be a big burdens for you, so there you have it. No excuses. Get out their travel and you'll be able to afford it if you follow a lot of these tips along the way. 15. Guidebooks: all right. I want to talk a little bit about guidebooks, and so guidebooks are something that are absolutely incredible. I know hundreds of thousands or millions of people use guidebooks, but I want to just give a quick thought on guidebooks and how you should use them and how you should use them. And a special tip that save me hundreds of dollars along the way. So first of all guide books may get you very familiarized with an area. And I think my biggest tip is that if you're gonna use a guidebook, start reading it weeks in advance. It's gonna give you a better idea. You're not going to get caught up in the whirlwind of if you arrive to a place and all sudden, you find yourself face down in a guide book trying to pick up on what's around you. If you're able to read the guidebook prior to your trip, it's going to give you a better bearings on where you're at, where you want to go and set out on your budget and really plan a lot better. So giving it a couple of weeks ahead of time is an incredible way to go. One of the biggest things I don't recommend for guidebooks is, I think, often times people take the guidebook too literal and just step by step. Follow along on the guidebook and their adventure basically becomes someone else's adventure. And you lose out a lot on that experience of meeting different people, seeing things that not everyone sets out to dio with a lot of the advice within these books , you they do start to get higher prices and you get more of a touristy experience. Some places within guidebooks are simply popular because of the guidebooks and loses that sense of local flavor. So you'll start to see that, and you'll really want to branch out and find your own own places and explore. Another reason I don't necessarily like guidebooks is they really set your perspective before you go somewhere. And so if they say the people here are incredibly friendly, or I mean, I'm telling you that they're they're not friendly at all, you kind of go into that setting with the preconceived ideas, and you can have your mind made up before you're able to experience the people or the culture and so don't get too caught up in what someone else is saying. They have different experiences and often times we're talking about broad strokes of the brush. I mean to say so, since any people of the whole country are a certain way can really be misleading because you're gonna find great people everywhere, Ugo and really treat that as a present moment. So then the tip for saving hundreds of dollars in there. The thing that I wish I would have done years of Gore years before I started doing this was I used to buy guidebooks all the time. Go Teoh local store, and these guidebooks could be pretty expensive. And so what I found. And it's kind of a no brainer once you do it. But I spent so many years spending money on books that when my brother finally told me to rent these books from the library, I was finding these same exact books that I was spending in 2030 $40 for and instead of enemy. If you're buying several books, that really adds up. But instead I was going to my local library, renting these books out and saving hundreds of dollars. The nice part was. These books are huge. I mean, they take up a lot of space, and so after I was done with him, I would just send him back to the library, and they're no longer cluttering my house up. So yes, user local library and you'll find the same books for free. And that's just one of those tips that I don't know. Why didn't think of it earlier? But I hope that really helps you out. And if it's something you weren't thinking of, take me up on it and head right to your library. So that's just a little bit on guidebooks again. I really like digital guidebooks as well. It makes a lot easier. Carrying around 34 guidebooks is not something I recommend, but if you could give it on your phone, it's becoming more and more popular. And at the end of the day, they are great. They give you a good perspective on places from people who have been there, done that and invested the time into putting their knowledge down for you to explore. So I hope that helps and thank you so much. 16. How to pack backpack: how to get a travel backpack. And with this, I'm talking your big bag. Obviously, some people take around luggage. I highly, I don't recommend that wheels and different transportation and lugging your luggage around is not a good idea. On a lot of places, you're gonna travel. So I'm talking about your big backpack as you're traveling for two plus three plus weeks. How do you find that and where do you even start? And so with this, I highly highly recommend you find a sporting goods store that is going to allow you to try on these backpacks. You definitely want to make sure the fit has enough support. Both throat the chest straps and then also fits well on your hips and your back. You want to have a lot of patting within the straps. They're coming down. And where do you want to start? I would say Go straight to the sporting goods store and try it on. I know, for example, Ari, I has Cem backpack fitting experts. What they'll do is they'll actually try on the backpack, and then they'll stuff some different £2040 bags within your backpack. So then you can really get a feel for how it fits you. You're gonna want to make sure you have the right size. That's hugely important. All these bags nowadays have some adjustment to them, but it's amazing how, if you don't have the right size, it's game over your backpacks gonna give you so many issues, and it's just not gonna work. So going. Get it size, get it fitted. Make sure it fits you well. It doesn't matter if someone else loves a backpack. I have a backpack that I love, but I would recommend it on Lee. If you're going to go in, try it on and make sure that it's you. And then some of the big things with backpacks is enough. Like zippers or compartments. I would always try and plan out what you're gonna have within your backpack. One of the big things that I think is really important is the accessibility within the backpack, and so many of them have where you can get into all your stuff through the top. But then you also want a backpack that has accessibility through the front, maybe the bottom, maybe some of the sides, because that is where you're living in and out off, so make sure it has all the compartments. You need different areas. And then, uh, I'm not sure as far as my exact recommendation on size, it's gonna be exactly what's gonna fit you. But I do. Air on the side of keeping a small is possible. If everyone that has a huge backpack, they always seem to fill it all the way to the top. I know with my backpack, it's rare that I keep it half full, and so somehow, some way, I always manage to fill it up. And so if you're able to get a backpack that can fit all your stuff in it, but make sure that you're not just being excessive. I've seen some people with backpacks there almost as big as they are, and it is not comfortable. It's not is not a good idea for the long term, and overall, if you keep it small and you can pack it all away full. But if you only have so much room, it's really going to keep you within a certain limit. So again, I'm gonna give you as much information as I can on backpacks, a couple that I recommend. But ultimately those air A couple of quick tips that should have you. Well, on your way. All right, well, thank you. 17. How to pack fundamentals: while I do want to show you exactly how I packed and take you through my backpack and all the things that went into it and all the thoughts within it and really show you how to organize everything. I also just want to talk about the fundamentals of packing and and what it takes. And when I highly recommend. I made a lot of mistakes along the way, and so I hope by watching this I can help you out. And so one of the first things I recommend is absolutely have everything as light as possible. Never, ever, ever in my travels did I ever regret going with the lighter option. You think you might need something that's a little bit bulkier and heavier, but then there's an alternative to it, and it just goes a long ways. Your items are already limited as is, and so lighter is 100% better. One of my examples. I used to always love books, and I had a hard transition to going digital, but eventually I made the transition Teoh a kindle or reading on my phone, and it was a game changer. No longer was. I love being around 34 books. I used to be a terrible packer when it came to books thinking I needed him. It's nice to maybe have one, but more than that, and you're just set yourself up for failure, so lighter is better. That is huge. Yeah, you really start to realize that halfway through your travels or a couple weeks in your travels. Another huge mistake that I made at first that I can't recommend enough is having gear that dries easily. There were a numerous amount of times where I would take a long jeans or a sweatshirt that just didn't drive very fast at all, and most of time you could get away with it. But then there's times where you have to hit the road. You have to get going, and I had regular towels. At first, I didn't have a quick drying towel, and I just had where I would ruin all my luggage, would try and cram things into plastic bags, keep him separated. But ultimately, what was a huge positive or something that I improved on? What's getting stuff? Giving close gear that dries quickly, and if you're just starting out traveling, you might say, Well, it's not that big a deal. But the second that you turn your whole bag into a sopping wet mess is when you'll realize that you should have should have trusted me. And then it's a light dries quickly and less is more. And so I always thought I needed at least 78 outfits or more, and every once in a while I would get where my the amount of outfits or close I had was just too big from a bag. But less is really mawr. If you can have some clothes that really provide a wide range of whether it's hot or cold, that's huge. It's really gonna help you out in the long run. But as you start to travel more and more, you'll realize you really don't need that much to get by. And then the last thing. Well, I have two more things, but I would say always be prepared with traveling with some kind of snack on board. There's always a time where you'll want just that little extra boost throughout the day. Have it easily accessible. Man, it's It saved me so many times along the way, and then the last thing I'll mention here is having a smaller day pack again is gonna enhance your pack ability and everything. So much I got where I had a lot of little very, very durable either smaller backpacks or smaller, like laundry bags. And it just helps so much I would have my main pack that had everything I could use. But then, having my day pack really just changed my daily life, and I just loved it. This little backpack I had is so durable, folds up into itself, takes up no room at all. But those are just some of the quick guidelines that I want to give you while you're traveling around. That will really, really help you out in a big way. So diving the more and I'll teach you all about how back 18. How to pack never bring: so really briefly, I want talk about the things that you should never, ever, ever, ever pack. And I just learned this through trial and air and over the years of traveling in a variety of different situations. And so one of the things that I would recommend is to never have Mawr. I would say more than one book, but more than two books in your bag ever, ever, ever. It's so heavy you're lugging it around. You think that you're gonna be able t use on these books, but it really just it adds a lot of clutter, a lot of weight and just it's an absolute mistake that I made for way too long. Maybe have a journal, maybe have one of these little guides that can help you out, but no more than two. It's just a bad idea. Also, never, ever packed something for your long term travels that you're gonna be devastated if you lose and I'm talking both value wise, never packed something that's way too expensive. Um, I see this in particular with phones, computers, a lot of the technology that people bring along, they lose it, and I've seen a lot of people that are crying there, just devastated. They broke, they broke something or Lawson theme. And you have to know, with traveling the duchess part part of travel, you're gonna lose stuff. You're gonna break things. Things are gonna get stolen. It's just part of the game. And so if you're someone that can't handle that, then I say their downgrade. Get an older model of a phone, get something less expensive but never packed stuff that you're gonna be devastated if you lose. I've seen people that lose, maybe, like a watch that their dad gave them. That was very sentimental. And again, it's something that they will be a lot easier toe keep safe and tidy when you're at home. But not when you're traveling and again things to never, ever, Pac, I would never, ever pack just bulky items that take up a lot of space but don't provide a lot of value. For a while, I had a big pair of goggles, scuba goggles, and I had this when I was traveling around areas that I wasn't gonna be scuba diving in. But this big case and these big goggles were taking up just almost half half my bag. So if you can avoid it, I should have gone with a cheaper pair of goggles or rented, but basically avoid all bull ickiness and stay where you can compact everything into your bag. So again, anything that you can rent very easily that you're not gonna need with you. Go ahead and rent it. That goes with any kind of sporting gear on, and just anything that you could rent go with the rent if possible. So that's just a couple of tips on what to never, ever pack and again throughout this program to show you a variety of ways of what to dio. But that's what not to dio. 19. Never the right timing: So one of the things I have seen hold a lot of people back from traveling is that it is never, ever the right time. People come up with every kind of reason why it's not the right timing, and I've seen people wait months, even years, years go by and they say, I really want to. But this excuse this reason this came up. So if you're watching this and you're thinking I want to travel in this month, what you can do is literally on your calendar. Find a date, write your name down by it and sign off on it. That's when you're gonna travel. I've just had people that I mean, they're friends aren't able to make it. Their plans didn't quite work. But at the end of the day, if you really, really want to travel, set it as your main priority and form other plans around that. If travel just isn't quite a priority, it's always going to slip further and further into the future. And for a lot of people, it ends up not even happening. So I don't want you to be one of those people. I want you to go ahead and make it the forefront priority. If you're really serious about it, and then from there you will make it happen. But I can tell you time and time again there's just there's gonna be something that comes up when you're looking to travel anything short of a complete emergency or something that you really need to take care of. I encourage you to put that travel priority in front of other things that will come along your way. So that's just a bit of advice coming from someone that seen a ton of people that just haven't quite made their travel lifestyle happened, so I hope that helps you make it a priority and you'll be traveling in no time. 20. World Travel Experts: Welcome to the traveler expert section of this program. Not only am I traveling throughout the world, but I've met a lot of great people along the way that our travel experts they've been to 2030 40 plus countries continue to travel throughout their whole life and really experience what trouble has to offer and so created the section because I think it's good to get some different perspectives from a lot of other people that have made it happen as well. And I'll continue to update this if you'd want to be featured within the section. If you're a world traveler typically connecting with people that have traveled to 20 plus countries, and I really made travel a part of their lives, so reach out to me, read through, they're gonna give different advice, different quotes that they like. You'll see some different photos of them, and it's just a great way to know that there's a lot of people out there. They're able Teoh, experience world travel and have this travel bug probably just as much as you dio and yeah , explore and enjoy this area. This is This will teach you a lot about a lot of different ways that people have made this happen. So take care and enjoy 21. Travel Insurance: this section. I want to talk just a little bit about travel insurance, basically because I found that it was a little bit hard to find some information. At first, I was never something that I had to go out and find. I always had my regular health insurance, and it just wasn't something that ever crossed my mind. And so with that, I'm just gonna touch on a couple couple things briefly. And then there's more information within this program that will tell you about some different companies. You can search and whatnot, but I just wanted to say that with travel insurance, it's obviously incredibly important tohave. It's one of those things I would never leave home without. There's just way too many situations that can possibly happen. And it's something that you need when you're traveling around, just can never predict exactly what's gonna happen. And I remember there so many times where I just got lucky. I mean, I was running down hills at full speed and doing some dumb things, climbing some different mountains where I was just one slip away from breaking the leg or having something that would have just financially been a disaster. Luckily that didn't happen. But I did have travel insurance in place in case it did. I've seen time and time again where travel insurance has helped people that break cameras, break computers, get their stuff stolen from them. And there's different reasons. While you might miss a flight and you're able to get reimbursed, there's different natural disasters that occur that just human. Maybe you need to be evacuated again. There's all these unforeseen things that come along with traveling, and so with travel insurance is something that I just think you absolutely you have to get . It's a must have as you're traveling the world again. There's gonna be several different resource is within this chapter of the program that you can check out and explore. And if you have any travel insurance than you recommend, love to hear from you and continue to update this program as I find different insurers that are out there so something you need to go out and get do your research. Make sure you read all the fine print. I think too many times people just assume everything's covered, but it's really on you to go through and read this and figure out what's being covered. But I've just heard a lot of great stories where no one ever expected something to happen. And travel insurance was there. Teoh just I mean, it was a lifesaver. Saved him a ton of money a ton of time and really came through. So go ahead, check that out. And that should help you out of time. Thank you. 22. Thank you!: So at this point, I just want to say a huge thank you to you for watching all these videos, picking up on different tips and advice along the way. And I just love that you have the love for traveling as well, and you can make it happen if you'd like Teoh, you can reach out to me. Let me know what's on your mind as faras traveling goes. But I hope everything I've explained here helps you out. If you need further detail, just let me now and again. You're part of this travel community that gets out there and explorers and have some adventure. So if you got value from this course, if you couldn't leave me a review that would help out a ton would really appreciate it. And I just give the best review you can possibly think of hands again. Thank you very, very much. So have a great day and enjoy your travels