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Travel Hacking Masterclass - From Beginner to Nomad

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Booking Flights


    • 3.

      Finding Accommodations


    • 4.

      How to Pack Like a Champion


    • 5.

      Airport/Flying Tips


    • 6.

      How to Learn Languages


    • 7.

      Best Tips to Eat, Get Around Cities, and Visit Tourist Sites


    • 8.

      How to Get Visas


    • 9.

      How to Make Local Friends


    • 10.

      Ultimate Points Guide


    • 11.

      How to Stay Safe


    • 12.

      General Travel Tips | Top-10 Must Knows


    • 13.

      Our Favorite Countries


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About This Class

In this class, you'll learn tips and strategies for traveling the world, from beginners to nomads.


Travel hacking has three areas of study:

  1. The Basics - These are transportation, accommodation, and food. We'll learn how to book flights and rate the pros and cons of hotels, hostels, and airbnbs. We'll share how to get around cities, and we'll dive into the confusing world of airline and hotel points, a huge key to traveling when leveraged properly.
  2. Maximizing Your Trips - We'll investigate the ins and outs of learning languages and making local friends. You'll uncover techniques for staying safe, and we'll share our well-earned Top 10 must-know travel tips.
  3. Choosing where to go / getting in - Here we'll discover the struggles and tricks for getting visas, how to make your airport/flying experiences more enjoyable, and our favorite countries.

If you're a complete beginner to traveling, we'll ease you in with the basic fundamentals before getting fancy with points and visas. If you're an intermediate or expert nomad, hopefully you'll learn something useful (the top-10 must-know travel tips video is full of gems)

Who are we?

Our names are Wyatt and Reyka - we are a couple of college sweethearts from the US who graduated in 2021 and fell in love with travel on our celebratory trip to Mexico. We have now traveled to 14 countries across Asia, Central America, Europe, the Caribbean, and North America with no end in sight.

Travel is heavily romanticized in movies and TV series, but we think it is still underrated. The amount of joy, learning, and life wisdom you learn by meeting people from far-away cultures is mind boggling. There is simply nothing else like it. And what's great is it's within your finger tips. It can be three months in Europe, a year in Asia, or a decade of visiting 100+ countries. We created this course to make the travel dream a reality for anyone who wants to see all the wonders of our fantastic world.

Meet Your Teacher


We're Wyatt and Reyka, YouTubers, creators, and online teachers. We graduated from the College of Wooster in 2021, and immediately began to travel the world. Now, we live out of our suitcases, spending our time making videos, learning languages, and exploring our planet.

We started our YouTube journey on what we planned to simply be a 1.5 month trip to Mexico in June of 2021, making goofy videos for our family to keep tabs on us. This sparked a passion for travel and making videos. Now, two years later, we travel full-time and hope to visit 50 countries over the next few years. To pay the bills, we teach english online and create social media for a nonprofit based out of Columbus. This background in travel, video, and teaching has ... See full profile

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1. Introduction: There's a common misconception that travel has to be extensive. Hi friends or Wyatt and Rica. And in the past year-and-a-half, we visited 13 countries, staying in four of them for over a month and living in one of them for half a year. Over this time, we've made a ton of mistakes that could have saved us thousands of dollars. Our goal in this course is to share the knowledge that we have learned to make travel affordable and easy for you. For you will be active in the comments if you have any questions, Let's do it. Let's go. 2. Booking Flights: Flight prices never make sense, period. So in this lesson I'm going to try to break down all of the different true blight concepts that can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on flights throughout your life. The first lesson is fly from airport hubs. This is something I wish I would've known a long time ago. It may have saved me a lot of money. The rule is really simple. Bigger airports have more competition, right? Because there's more airlines. They're, they're flying more flights. So what the airlines do is they lower prices to attract different flyers to their flights. E.g. if I book a flight between JFK in New York, harris, chances are that is gonna be one of the cheapest flights out there to cross the Atlantic. There's a new flight, I'm pretty sure, from Cleveland to Dublin, the sway smaller cities. So nine times out of ten, I'm assuming that the flights from New York are gonna be cheaper because they're just massive airports. There's a ton of competition and they have to cut prices. I'm actually from a city called Bellingham, Washington, which is like 2 h from Seattle. And there are direct flights from Bellingham, like San Diego, and I think there's one to Hawaii. But it's almost always true that if you just take a bus or drive down to Seattle and then fly it where you're trying to go. You could like knockoff 100, $203 off your flight ticket. The next rule is fly on Wednesdays book on Sundays. It's no secret that flights on weekends are almost always more expensive than weekdays. For obvious reasons, people are just like busy on the weekdays and they're just want to go somewhere on the weekends. We almost always fly in the middle of the week on Wednesdays. It's just saves us a lot of money just to fly on that particular day and it doesn't really disrupt our plans at all. But if you book on Sundays, I think this has to do with like website traffic or something. There was a study report done that you can save on average 5% just by booking flights on sundays instead of Friday's on domestic flights and 15% international flights, That's like a lot of money. So we just try to always book our flights on Sundays, fly on Wednesdays. And that on average is probably saving us like ten to 15% of what we would have normally paid tip number three book flights as early as possible. Eric and I honestly could get a lot better at this. We liked the idea of just being able to change on the fly, which is totally fine, but we're probably losing money doing this on domestic flights. They say bookings six months in advance can save you about ten per cent on average on the flight you're gonna take domestically it like 5% internationally. All these different percentage decreases can add up to be a lot of money in the long run. Tip number four is use Google Flights alone with Sky scanner. Google Flights is a great way to just see the flights that are out there. That's always my first search. And then I go to sky scanner to see if there's anything that Google Flights me, I'm not picked up. That is a lot cheaper. That's basically a kayak is supposed to be maybe better at finding just random airlines. But I've never really used it because Sky scanner usually does the job. Another flying thing that I want to touch on is booking a lot of layovers. So like if I wanted to get from Seattle to Shanghai, maybe booking with like five layovers. I stopped in Paris and then Istanbul and then New Delhi. Maybe that could save me money, like just looking at domain price. But when doing that, there's actually a lot of added risk because the more flights I take, the more chance there is that I'll miss a flight or like my baggage will get lost. And all those little things that could go out could end up charging you a lot of money just because you have to book hotels. You have to buy more like airport food, which is often more expensive. So maybe just book like a one layover flight or trying to get non-stop. But if you don't, it's totally fine. We've slept on many of many in airport ground getting somewhere. And sometimes it you just do what you gotta do and what you can do sometimes with these roundtrip flights. This is another tip that I just remembered. You can book round trip. Then once you get there, you can change the flight day if you wanted to go. So I'd like to Amsterdam, this example. You can book a flight there and then you can have your return trip ticket save for the future. So it's just it's just cheaper to get there because it said on the 93 in comparison to 900 round-trip or single one way. And then you just change your flight date for a couple of months and then you basically have a free flight back and it's cheaper to get there. Anyway, this brings us to our assignment. I want you to choose a dream destination and then use all of these concepts to find the cheapest flight possible. I'm really excited to see what you guys find. Let me know in the comments. Peace out. 3. Finding Accommodations: Now I know everyone is trying to find a quick fix when it comes to finding the cheapest and best accommodation out there. But unfortunately, there isn't one. Finding cheap accommodation when traveling on a budget does require research. However, in this lesson, I'm going to teach you guys everything that I know about fighting tuple accommodation to hopefully make the process go a little smoother. In terms of accommodation, I think that there is a balance that has to be considered between finding a place that you feel most comfortable in and finding a super cheap accommodation. A lot of times it does require some compromise on one side or the other. However, it is possible to find that sweet spot. They were pretty much three popular and super common types of accommodation out there when traveling. And those are hotels, hostels and white and my personal favorite, AirBnB. First hotels. Now, honestly, if I had enough money to be able to stay at nice hotels like the Hilton or the Marriott. Everywhere I go, I totally would. Why am I unfortunately, don't have enough money to be able to do that while traveling full-time. However, y and I have stayed in a lot of budget hotels are fairly priced and surprisingly really good. There's a lot of different websites you can look up. or just Google. Google Maps actually is pretty great. It has all the prices pretty much per night for different hotels. And then it will lead you to whether it's like or whatever that may be. I would say the times that y and I have chosen a budget hotel is when it is no more than $3 a night, and it has included breakfast. If you decide to go the hotel route, I definitely recommend getting one would include breakfast. It is so worth it if you are traveling on budget, e.g. if you were choosing between a 15 dollar a night hostile or $130 a night hotel with included breakfast. Probably choose the hotel. Because think about it this way. You most likely will already be spending $15 a day on a meal. So you can have that 15 dollar a day meal included with a nice hotel. I say it's worth it also included breakfast most of the time, our buffets. So you can get as much as you want. Why am I definitely take advantage of this whenever we have the opportunity to get a hotel with included breakfast. Next is a hostile Why didn't I have stayed in hostels. And while it's probably your best bet if you are traveling solo and want to meet friends and want to travel super cheap, it might not be the best bet for couples, e.g. if you have to choose between a private hotel with all the amenities, that is $25 a night, or a hostel that is $10 a bed per night. We will choose the hotel every day of the week because yes, you will be paying $5 more each night. But that's for all of the privacy and amenities and all those things that will just make us way more comfortable than having to say hostile, it's totally worth that extra $5 for us. However, again, if you are a solo traveler and really only need one bed, hospitals might be the better move for you because they will end up being cheaper. Another option is they do offer private rooms in hostels, which tend to be maybe cheaper than a hotel. So you could go that route, maybe the ADA private bathroom, but it could be cheaper. And those, that social element of hostels, they can be really fun. You can meet other travelers. A good time if you're really looking for that within your travels, maybe choosing a hostile would be better for you and more comfortable. I found that that one of the best sites to look for hostels in different destinations is hostile world. They just have so many options. It's great. Finally, Airbnb. Again. Why didn't I use AirBNB the most indefinitely? Think that it is the best bet if you are traveling in groups of two or more and want a more cheaper accommodation, if you really take a second to look and research on the Airbnb website, you can find accommodation that is around 25 or $30 and can be really nice. I would say though, it depends on where you're traveling and the destination you choose. One cool thing about Airbnb is that you can include filters based on what you're looking for in an accommodation, e.g. you can filter out if you want Wi-Fi or you can filter out if you want entire place or just if you're willing to stay in a private room. They also have failed terrorists for how much you are willing to pay per night and the price point you want for your accommodation. Another great thing about Airbnb is that you can get accommodation that includes kitchens and also washers and dryers sometimes, which can save you money if you're willing to cook. And it will save you a trip to the laundry mat if you for some reason need laundry because you can do it at your accommodation. Airbnb also offers discounts on accommodation if you are willing to stay there for more than a week or more than a month. One caveat about Airbnb is that you have to be really careful when choosing a place because the initial price most likely isn't the actual price. There are a lot of times where Airbnb taxon a bunch of service fees and cleaning fees, making your accommodation way more expensive than you originally thought. What is important is you just have to be careful and make sure you understand the final price, what service fees in cleaning, these are included, okay, now time for your assignment. Your goal is to go and research and find the best balance that works for you between the most comfortable accommodation and the cheapest. Now this is going to look different for everybody. It will be successful if you think that you will feel comfortable in that place and you think that it will work with your budget. All right, guys, now it's your turn. Let's do it. 4. How to Pack Like a Champion: Why didn't I consolidated all of our stuff down to one carry-on bag and two backpacks. How? Well, I'm going to show you this lesson. We'll be separated into four parts, pros and cons of each bag. General packing tips, a few sneaky packing tips, and our most treasured travel items. Alright, we should probably start this lesson by saying that there isn't a magical way to pack your bags. It is really based on personal preference, how big of a size bag you have, and how much stuff you are planning to bring on your trip. We're just going to show you how we pack our bags based off our manners step in our personal experience. First step is the pros and cons of each bag. Why didn't I obviously are prokaryotes and in most cases than not try to use just a carry-on because we want to save money. And a lot of flights tend to offer free carry on with your flight ticket checked bags unless you have certain travel perks and rewards are going to you a bit extra. However, there is the obvious pro of the checked bag, which is you can take more stuff with a carry-on bag though. You can take it on the flight with you so you never have to worry about your bag getting lost while you're flying to your different destinations. One tip I have about consolidating down to just to carry on and personal item is to maximize that personal item. Why I have huge backpacks that we take with us everywhere and we put a ton of stuff in there. Now, I know that there is normally a certain size requirement that you have to fulfill for your personal item bag. And I'm not going to say that this 100% happens all the time, but I'm going to tell you more likely than not, we have been able to take these personal items bags with us. This is the E bags mother lode backpack, particularly. I love it because I can literally fit like two pairs of shoes in there and all my stuff, and it can fit under the plane seat. One great thing though, is that you can pretty much stuff your personalized and bags in the overhead compartment and nobody really checks that or makes you take them down unless it's a super full plane. We have had instances where they're like, You need to take that down. We need to put like a carry-on item in their next steps. General packing tips. I'm going to start with close. Now, the way that mean why it consolidate in terms of clothes is we really only have about one to two weeks worth of clothes. Why it has only one weeks where the clothes I probably have about two weeks worth of clothes. And how we do that is laundry mats are everywhere around pretty much any destination. And we're also lucky enough that in many of our AirBNB is we have a washer and dryer. So really you just need a certain amount of clothes that will take you to that next time when you can wash your clothes and then have a whole another set of clean clothes. Also, laundry mats are super cheap. They're really only normally $1 to wash your clothes. So you're really not losing out that much money. If you are theoretically only go to bring a week's worth of clothes, it can get to a point where you seem like you're wearing the same thing every day, which is okay if you want that. But for me who likes to change it up a little bit, I try and bring clothes that I can mix and match. So e.g. if you have three pants of basic colors and then three types of basic colors, that's nine outlet is each of the tops can go with each of the pants. There you go. More outfits. Next, I'm gonna talk about toiletries pretty much 100% of the time. Unless you are super picky about the brand of toilet tree, you can find all of your toiletries at the destination that you are going to, e.g. why didn't I by shaving cream, lasers, shampoo for Wyatt, By wash, pretty much everything at the stores. When we get to the destination. I have a selected few things that I needed. I'm very particular about, but for the most part, we buy everything. Now, if you're like me and have those very particular toiletry items that are actually liquids. You'll probably come across a few problems when only wanting to take a carry on. That problem is the liquid requirement for carry-on and personal item bags. Most airport and airports securities around the world have restrictions on liquid and the amount of liquid that you can carry on berries. But in the US you can carry on 3.4 ounce bottles in a court sized bag. Now when I first started traveling, I came across a lot of problems with this rural because I have a lot of creams and liquids that I needed to carry around with me for my sensitive skin. However, I have now since found a solution. Instead of checking a bag and taking a huge thing of liquid, I've put that huge thing of liquid that I need and separated it out into smaller travel size bottles. And then I just used a lot of them and intermix them amongst the three. Bags. That way I'm able to travel with the same amount of liquid that I would in a checked bag, but it's just interspersed throughout my three bags in smaller containers. That's kind of a way that you can get around that whole liquid rule if you want to just take a carry-on and personal item. Now we're gonna move on to sneaky packing tips. The first one is if you have a lot of stuff that you want to bring in, only want to use a carry-on and a backpack, but you're running out of space. Use a pillowcase. You I have to pay extra money for a pillowcase. You can just carry that on with you along with your personal item and carry on. So if you just stuff all those extra stuff that you'd need in the pillowcase, you're able to have more storage space. Another sneaky tip is of course, there is a requirement for both checked bags in carry-on bags. And sometimes it can get really upsetting when you are just over that weight requirement and have to pay for another bag. A way to get around that is to put on your heaviest clothes and shoes to kind of lessen that weight that would have been in your bag. I know it doesn't sound the most comfortable, but you can always take off your clothes once you get on the plane. Next up is my favorite part, our most treasured travel items. First off, I have our passport pouch. It is super thin, so you can just put it under your clothes and nobody sees a thing. Also, it is RFID proof. There are cases rarely, but sometimes when people can get your credit card information by simply tapping your bag, if you get something that's RFID proof, they literally can tap it and they won't be able to get your information. You're pretty much free from that ever happening. Now there are different brands out there, but I personally have the Laney brand. I really like it on top of the passport pouch. We also have fanny packs. Why at night, as you know, loved fanny packs because you can keep them close to you and it's just a whole lot of space for stuff. The next thing is our power strip. We use the sceptics brand and it is so nice. What's so great about this posture isn't actually comes with a built-in travel adapter. And we bring all of the adapters to make sure that we have them for every country we go to. But depending on what destination you have, you can just look it up and then bring that particular adapter. So nice. You just clip it in there. Sticking in outlet works every time. And what's so great is that these are US outlets. So you only need one adapter that will allow you to plug in 123456 different plugins from the US. This is just great if you have a ton of devices, it comes very much in handy. Again, why don't I try and carry on everything. But there are times when the airline doesn't accept carry ons and they make you check your bag at either the gate or the check-in desk, and that comes with risk. Fortunately, however, there are now air tags. Air tags only cost $40 on Amazon, and basically you can track your bag if you have the air tag in your suitcase from your phone, this will save you a ton of time because you don't have to go back-and-forth to the airport to see if the bags arrived, et cetera, because you'll know exactly where it is. We actually heard of a story about a guy that lost his luggage and the luggage was actually stolen. He had an air tag inside of it, so he was able to track it all the way to the House of the stolen luggage. Quick note, they are designed to be used with Apple products, but we have read that you should be able to use it with Android as well, and that's it for this lesson. We have no assignment, so let's move on to the next one. 5. Airport/Flying Tips: In this lesson, we're going to talk about airport and flying tips. When I started traveling, there was a lot of things that we didn't know about our airport and flying experience that could have made it a whole lot better. I'm going to share all those tips with you. So hopefully you can have an even better airport and flying experience. First step is layovers. If you are planning to book a flight with more than one layover, particularly when it includes an international flight where you have to go through customs, you must book a flight with at least 3 h of layover time in-between. Why not? I have been through so many scenarios where we had booked a plate with a shortly overtime thinking we'd have in a time and then we go through lungs, security lines or too long of a line of customs. And then we'd have to go through the headache of bidding a new flight, going through those long, long lines to information desk and then probably having to spend money on hotels because you wouldn't get a flight for the same day if you already plan ahead and book a flight with a super long layover time, you never have to worry about those long lines and get to your gate with plenty of time to spare. Now one caveat to that tip is that with domestic flights, you may not need to have as big of a layover for international flights. I definitely recommend at least 3 h in between. But if it's a domestic flight, you'll probably be able to get away with only a two hour layover. The next tip is to get to the airport two to 3 h early before your flight. Now, honestly, we really haven't encountered many experiences where the security line as long or whether we almost didn't make it to our gate or did it make it to the gate at all in time. But the times that we did, it sucked. We have missed our flight before once when trying to get through the security line and it being way too long. And it just created a huge headache of trying to find more flights and it just was mess. So even though it might seem a little extra, going to the airport two to 3 h early is a good idea. Another thing is something to consider. Airport pre-check, airport pre-tax are basically you pay money to be able to skip the security lines and go through the security process way faster. Now, pre-check does cost money, but if you are flying multiple times throughout the year, particularly domestic flights or just flights in the US. I might recommend getting one because it will save you a whole lot of time and a whole lot of stress to just get to your gate as soon as possible. This next one is, I think, super useful. Now when you're booking your flights online, it does give you an option to choose your seat on the plane, but it pretty much always cost money if you opt out of paying to choose where your seat is, it basically does a random selection and you don't get to choose where you are. Normally you end up in a middle seat. If you're traveling with a partner like me and Wyatt, we a lot of the times end up not getting seats next to each other. Now this doesn't happen 100% of the time, but more likely than not, if you go to the check-in desk or the information desk and asked to sit next to your travel partner if you're not together or asked to go closer to the front of the plane or to have a window seat. That person will give you a seat change for free. The key is to go as early as possible. The later you wait, and the closer it is to your flight time, the less likely it will be that you can change your seat. Also, another tip is to buy chocolates for the flight attendants. This is another one that does not happen 100% of the time. But sometimes if you get the flight attendants chocolates, they will be more likely to come up to you and ask if you want to see upgrade or seat change if there is one available last-minute enclave Also too, even if they don't offer you that, there'll be way friendlier to you because you gave them a gift which would lead to a even better like experience. The next tip is about checked bags. I recommend always taking not only important items in your personal item that, but I also recommend taking maybe an extra set of clothes, a toothbrush, and stuff just in case you're checked bag gets lost. And it happened to me before where I lost my luggage and I didn't have anything. I literally had to borrow a ton of stuff from people and it just wasn't, it just wasn't that great of an experience for me. So now I make sure to pack all things that you may need as like an overnight bag slash personal item. So then just in case you have the stuff that you need for that night, if for some reason your trash bag gets lost, another tip is bring snacks from home that you can take through security width, you know, let me tell you, airport food is expensive and a lot of times travel days, especially when you're traveling by plane, can take pretty much the whole day. With that, it is very likely that you'll get hungry throughout the day to save some money. You can buy food outside of the airport where it will be cheaper and then bring it through security with you. Now here's the caveat. Not all food can go through security, but you should be good with easy and solid snacks like chips, I know breadth, and go through some types of candy if you want to bring us food with you and are unsure whether it can go through security. You can just look it up on Google and it will tell you for sure. The next tip is airport lounges. Now, lounges do cost money, but there are a lot of words through different credit cards that you can get that include lounge access. If you do have lounge access, that includes the possibilities of getting free food, free Wi-Fi that's better than your average for each airport Wi-Fi. And just the ability to sit until in a nice area. And those are all the airport and flying tips. There's no assignment for this lesson, so you can go straight to the next one. See you later. 6. How to Learn Languages: No classes, no duolingo. The secret to learning languages is conversations. This lesson will be broken up into three different parts. Why conversations are the best? How to have conversations with people, and some general tips on language learning. I studied Spanish for like seven years. I studied it for four years of high school and three years of college. And even after all that time, I still was not able to have a basic conversation in Spanish. And then I went and studied abroad in Spain for two months. And low-ball, I could speak Spanish after just two months. Why is that? It may seem simple and obvious, but there are actually some pretty interesting reasons on why conversation is the best way for us to learn languages. What is the best way to learn anything like not even talking about languages? When have you learned the most about something? And I would wager that the times that you've learned the most things are when it feels important. A lot of us know like what we're studying for classes and stuff that we know it's important to learn it, but only when we feel that do we actually do it. I remember one morning I woke up early in Spain and my host mom was there making breakfast. And she said, Oh, Acemoglu Galloway and I knew it us and ointment it's like you have today, but I didn't know what MOD dugata. So I asked her to wake up early and I was like, Oh, now, literally, I will never forget Monday regard. I've used that same word probably dozens of times since then I've been able to communicate it and that's because it felt bad not to know it. And then so I learned it and now I never have to feel bad not knowing if feels important to know that word. And that is the magic of conversation. All of these like study tools and stuff, if I miss a flashcard on whatever website, then there's very little importance to that. There's no reason to learn that flashcard. But if I'm unable to communicate a word with someone or they say a word to me and I don't understand it. I will remember that word like ten times more often it's going to stick to my brain for way longer just because I know it's important. I felt that its importance in real life. And therefore, I'm not going to forget that word. We are social creatures and we rely on each other to survive and to communicate is a huge part of relying on each other. So it's just hardwired into us to want to be able to communicate. So if we can't, then we will learn faster. So now I'm going to dive into different language learning tips when you're not at a country. And when you're in the country, let's do it. When you're not in the country. You can speak with someone online. There are loads of websites where you can pay for private one-on-one tutors, ice hockey, pre-play, amazing talker, et cetera. Super affordable lessons to It's only like 11, $12 an hour usually. And you can speak with a native speaker who has practiced teaching language. And you can just slowly sort of practice way better than just studying flashcards or something because they can give you words, you implement them in a sentence right there. Stuck. You're not going to forget it. You can also find someone in the area who knows or speaks the language. You're alerting. Oftentimes they'll want to learn the language of the local area, particularly English like in the United States, there are tons of people from all around the world. You can literally look up Thai people in the Bellingham, Seattle area and you'll often get a hit on whatever website, unlike my language, where you could just sort of organize a Hangout where you spend half the time speaking and tie half the time speaking in English. And then you can really just get a lot of mileage out of that. It's free and you might make a really good friend. Next up is when you're actually in the country that speaks the language you're trying to learn. This is a lot easier obviously, but it is not a guarantee if you don't go out and try to find someone to speak with, you're not going to learn it. Notoriously, people have come to the United States and not learned English just because they don't go out and try to speak as much as possible. You gotta just put yourself out there. But it is hard to find those situations where native speakers want to talk to you or it's easy to go up to them. So I'm gonna give you a bunch of examples that will help first step group activities. If you go to a local gym, you can often cited for yoga class or dance class or a workout class, and then just strike up conversation with people. This goes back to making friends with locals. So you just want to put yourself in scenarios where conversation just happens naturally. Sports, also, soccer. Soccer is like the global sport football in many places, classic. Finding areas that people are willing to speak with you and it's normal. And also, if you say like, oh, I want to learn your language, they won't think at least that they have to speak your language. People honestly get excited too, because it's like as a gesture of respect often that you're taking the time to learn their language. So it's just kind of a win-win. If you're watching this, I'm assuming you know English, which is lucky for you because English is the global language. A lot of places you can travel and not need to learn the language of local places. Just because so many people are learning English in classes nowadays that most often people have like basic things they can say. So you could get around. But it's great news because often if you speak English, people want to speak with native speaker, right? They're trying to learn your language. You're trying to learn. There's, so you can go and apps. Some of my favorites that I've had success on our Hello talk or tandem, or high native. And you make an account, It's like a dating app basically, but just for making language exchange friends, I'd make sure to tell whoever you meet up with like, Oh, it's like 5050 will talk to the beginning of the night in your language. And then at the end in mind, just because if they know English really good, oftentimes you'll just end up speaking in English. So you just want to make sure it's 50, 50. But again, that's up to you. Like if you just want to go and like, sometimes speak their language, most time speak English. You can do that too. Again, with friends, the best places to spark a conversation, or places where people are talking. These are bars, concerts, clubs, go up to people say, oh our ni hao, whatever you need, whatever language you're trying to learn. And people will be really excited, say you're trying to learn the language and then boom, that's it. If you don't know anything, I would start with just efficiency. You're trying to learn the bare-bones communication as fast as possible. You want to learn the most valuable words asap, That is the top 100 most common words. These often make up over 50% of spoken conversations in English. Those words are, and on, I do. Like things we say pretty much every single sentence. And oftentimes you will automatically, if you get these down and understand the context and everything that goes around each of these deceptively simple words you will be able to understand so much it's kinda crazy. Also, if you just memorize some basic travel phrases, classic, those things are also really useful. Where is that? What is your name? Nice to meet you. People often ask me, how did you learn this? Having that phrase on Mark is good. I would like this. What is this? How much does this cost? Getting those basic ones is really important too. To get the most accurate translations, you can go to That's way better than Google Translate most of the time. And to get accurate pronunciation of words because, I mean, you're reading it. Oftentimes it's written and printed. It's different than it's written. You can go to four and just type in the word. And then in most languages, it will actually tell you how to pronounce it. And like a native speaker will pronounce it for you. So you just automatically know how to pronounce the word. I also want to just say, Be brave, right? Like learning a language. You can't be introverted when you're learning a language, you have to go out and speak people won't come up to you. Oftentimes you have to go out there, spark of conversation. And just, yeah, how foreign language learning, it's not a chore. It's going to open you up to a whole new world. Some last notes on language learning. Don't use Duolingo. Everyone uses it. It doesn't work. It's not going to stick in your brain. Just try to, try to find ways to talk to people. And you'll be really glad you did. Your assignment for this course is to choose a language, right? You can choose any of them. Mandarin is the really popular one. I mean, if you're trying to go to China, Spanish, he was trying to go to Latin America. You could do French. If you're trying to go to Africa. Any language you want, and find the top ten most common words in that language and try to memorize them. And that's your homework for this one, let me know in the comments how it goes. 7. Best Tips to Eat, Get Around Cities, and Visit Tourist Sites: This next lesson is how to budget and save money for food, tourist attractions, and other day-to-day travel expenses. First is now 100%. The easiest way to save money while traveling is through cooking. However, you are often staying in your destination for only a short period of time and want to taste the local cuisine and have fun and go out, in most cases, the cheapest places in any destination, or those that are not on Google Maps, go and find places not you just kind of see while walking across the street. Also, if you're willing to be a little bit more adventurous, street food is always cheaper than restaurant food and it's delicious. Next up is tourist attractions. Obviously there are gonna be those tourist attractions where you just are going to have to bite the bullet and pay for it regardless of what the cost is because you're there and you want to experience it. However, there are a lot of things to do in various countries that don't cost any money at all, like visiting outdoor monuments, going on hikes, going to a park. Also for those tourist attractions that do cost money, I recommend paying ahead of time online because that will save you money next, inner city transportation costs, I will always recommend if it's a possibility to take public transit, public transit is always gonna be your cheaper option. However, there are a lot of places that have better public transit systems than others. E.g. Japan has the best public transit system in my opinion, you can literally get anywhere by training. So in that case, using public transit would 100 per cent be the way to go because it'll save you money and it's just so easy. However, in Mexico, e.g. the public transit system isn't as consistent and much harder to navigate. Another option is Uber. There is also taxis, but honestly, doing Uber is just so much easier because you don't have to worry about haggling for prices. You pretty much know exactly what you're going to pay before you even get in the car. And that's pretty much it. There's no assignment for this lesson, so we're just going to move on to the next one. 8. How to Get Visas: The pieces are tedious but necessary part of travel. In this lesson, I'm going to do an entire crash course on visas. Let's go. There are basically four different ways to enter a country. One of them is VSA not required. That is what you see here. Oh, yeah. You have like all these stamps, those are visa not required entries. That is, they have the country on there along with the date, and then you're allowed to stay for a certain amount of time without getting a visa. And then whenever you leave that check the date that you got there and then count how many days and you only save for a certain amount of days and we'll get to how to know how many days you're allowed to stay later. The next one is visa on arrival. So whenever you get somewhere, you just like give you a visa. You go through immigration and I'll give you one. You just like state while you're traveling, we haven't done that yet, but eventually we will have two. Another one is an EV side. This is like the new 21st century style of travel. Immigration require you to register online beforehand and then you get like an E visa. I'm pretty sure it's just gonna be sent to our email and then you are free to enter the country, as I assume. And then whatever you get there, I'm guessing there, verify that you're in the system. And the last one is pre VSA required entry. I've had to get to pre-arrival visas before both of them for Spain in Europe first, I want to give a little background on what visas are, which one you need depends on which country you're from and which comes to you, you're visiting and for how long you're staying there. The most powerful passports in the world are the ones that can get you into the most countries, either visa free or visa on arrival. The most powerful and at the time of recording, this is the United Arab Emirates passport, which gets you into 174 countries, visa free or visa on arrival, which is just a ton. And travelers from there super, super lucky. Now to see where you can go and which visa you need if you need a visa, my favorite website literally is Wikipedia, because you can look up visa requirements for blank citizens. I'm constantly on this website just for United States citizens. And then it shows you like Visa not required, visa required E visa. So it just kinda shows you your options and if you want to go somewhere, it tells you kinda just like a basic information or what you need. Important thing. All these d says our tourism visas. So some of them are long stay, especially if you have a really, really powerful passport, but usually they're actually for short time. So like to come to Japan, we only get 90 days. In Singapore we only got 90 days. And Dominican Republic, he was among 30. So if you're trying to stay there for longer than that, if you're like a study abroad, if you're trying to work, if you're trying to immigrate somewhere, you're going to need to get a visa, edit embassy or consulate. So I'm going to get into my top tips on how to make this a successful process, how to make it better. Let's do it. Number one, apply as early as possible. Getting a visa often takes way longer than you think it should take. You're dealing with a federal government, so you're going to have to go through a lot of bureaucratic hoops to get what you want. And it just ends up taking a lot more time than you think the two visas I got, they each took over two or three months to send in all my documents, get it back. I did send documents to another place. A long process. So the earlier you can apply, especially if you're trying to go somewhere and a specific timeframe over the holidays to visit family. Or if you only have a specific break from work and you need to go some like on a trip in that time period. That brings me to my second point which is don't look traveled before you actually get your visa. Pieces. That I it's just it happens you might forget a document. You might submitted it too late, might have just been a grumpy officer that day. Like things just happen and you never know what's gonna get accepted or denied. So just don't book travel until after and you might save yourself a lot of money. Next up is double, triple quadruple quintuple. Check that you have all your documents ready before you send in your application. Because if you're missing even one little thing, they're likely not going to email you and be like, Oh, you miss this thing though, they're just going to deny you, send your step back. You wasted a bunch of money trying to send it to them Getting these documents, you have to do it again. It's just going to waste a lot of time and money. So just take an extra day, doubled track like ten times, have someone else look at the website and make sure you have everything, everything in your power to be as prepared as possible. I'm sending you my documents to in a folder, I would put sticky notes to 0. Here is my bank history, here is my background check, here is my outbound flight and inbound flight just label that, make their lives as easy as possible. They'll appreciate it probably because they often have to I'm assuming, comb through documents that people don't label, it will just give you an extra edge to getting approved. Next step is to have a clear purpose of travel. The more honest you are, the more genuine you are, the more likely they'll approve you. What these officers are looking for is people who will try to immigrate to a country on a tourist visa who are going to come and then not leave, right? So you're just trying to convince them, Oh, I just want to do this and this and this. And then I'm gonna go right and be honest and be clear, be transparent, and try to provide as much proof as possible. And don't get worried if they ask you questions, they're just doing their job. Also, it can help you to book a company to help you expedite the entire visa process? I did do that for one particular document. I needed to get my background check ratified by the US Secretary of State in Washington DC. And so I paid 100 dollar, set my documents. It was just way worth it. They got it back to me in like a week or two and it was going to take four or five or six weeks probably otherwise, that was just a blessing. One thing I'll say fact check right leg, make sure they're legit, make sure they're not a scab. Look at the reviews. Ask your social circle if your friends or family have ever used this particular company, just do everything you can to sort of protect your future, protect your precious information. So those are all the specific visa tips that I have. My last thing I want to say is just be persistent. It takes a lot of time, but continuous effort really goes a long way in this process. Just keep trying. Email them, ask questions, just send all the documents and you need if you miss something, did forget something, asked if you could just send that, just be really, really persisted and then eventually you'll get your visa. Now here's your assignment. How long are you able to stay in countries on a visa on arrival basis or a visa not required basis. Well, I want you to go to the Wikipedia page for your home country, whichever country you are a citizen of. What I want you to do is just scroll through the list and see the different countries you can visit and for how long on the visa not required, how long can you stay if you just get that little stamp, your passport, and that's your assignment, let me know in the comments what you find. And now we're just going to get into the next lesson. Let's go. 9. How to Make Local Friends: It's not about the journey or the destination, it's about the company. Along the way, you fly really far away, you find cheap accommodation, you learn a new language, you find ways to make money online. But at the end of the day, the best part about traveling is the people we meet in different places. Making local friends in different places is just, it's just magical. Like despite growing up in completely different parts of the world and clearly different cultures and taking different life paths. You just, you come together and you connect. And it's an amazing thing. Of course, the why of making local friends is a lot easier than the house. So this video we're gonna just gonna go into how to make local friends. All the tips and tricks that we've learned in all these different places to meet really cool people and connect with them. Number one, group classes or activities, the hail or best method of all time. Just think to yourself, Where have you made the most friends in your life? I'm assuming it was at either work or school or some sort of group activity like sports or dance or class or something. And that remains true even when you're super far from your home. So how do you do that? There are a lot of options. You could go to a yoga class or a dance class or some sort of work at clouds. So the local gym, one thing that I love to do is if a sport that I love, I love shooting hoops or playing soccer. If that is popular in the country, then I will just literally find the court and then go and then just ask them if I can play with them. I made some great friends and Mexico doing this, I made great friends in Puerto Rico, Rica, and I actually went on an excursion with them to L, E, and K and National Park. It was amazing. And we went somewhere with locals. They actually knew where to go. So that made it fun. Tripoli fund because we just got to connect with them. Way number two, any social scenario is great for making friends. By social, I mean, we're like people are just sort of mingling in general. That could be at a restaurant except not like a formal one where people are sitting down eating more like street food. Street food might be great because it's a lot of movement. It's not as socially weird to just go up to people and say, Yeah, what's up? It's not like they're like a formal dinner or something. Bars, obviously, clubs, dancing, that's grades. Yeah. So any social scenario, concerts, you get the picture. Number three, the magic of just saying can I come. It's often the case where you'll be inter-group and people will just be making plans and then it seems like they might not invite you. You can just ask, can I come and then they may not even have thought about it. It's not like they weren't trying to not let you come and you have an awesome experience there aren't sure why not? Yeah, do you want to come? You could make amazing memories by doing this. I know it's cool too, because it shows you're interested in being friends. And sometimes you have to make the first move because I don't know, friendships are hard and people oftentimes won't come to you, especially when you're a tourist. People will come to you. If you express that interest, then people are like kinda breaks down a barrier. People haven't borders. And then there'll be lecture. There are apps you can use. I mean, if you're looking to date while traveling, if you use the classics, bumble her Tinder. But if you're just looking for meetups, you can do like my language exchange during language literally couchsurfing. If you stay there and want to meet the host, you can be great too. We met some hosts. Hello talk is another like language exchange, but you could just make, to make friends too, if you want, people would be stoked. A lot of countries just to find someone. If you speak English, you speak English with social media. I mean, you can literally just look up people in the area and just DM 30 people until someone's like, Yeah, sure, let's hang out. That's it. Among all of these things, it takes bravery to go up to someone and say, hi, do you want to hang out? It's tough, but 100% of the time it's gonna be worth it. But you can lean into it. You don't have to go crazy, just you say hi to one person in the night and that can be a victory. There is a beauty of speaking to locals. And I also want to mention often when traveling, it's the most fun just to hang out with other travelers from other places. I think what other people are traveling, they are in the same boat as you write, I heard one guy say that your leg just like craving social connections so much that like in a hostel for instance, that everyone's just like, hey, want to hang out so you can meet people from all over and sure you're not in their place or in their home, but if you exchange their number, you can go visit them. Anyway. There's no assignment for this lesson, so we're just gonna get right into the next one. 10. Ultimate Points Guide: With points that I basically got for free, I've been able to book Rican i2 flights. These would have cost like 700 or $800 and they were essentially free. So I'm going to tell you everything about points in this lesson, this because it's gonna be a huge points crash course. I think it's gonna be really helpful for a lot of you. Let's get into it. Let me preface this entire section by saying that you don't need points to travel weekend. I spent the first year and three months. We only got into points recently. We've learned a lot about it. If it's gonna be a lot on you and you don't need to do it, but they are helpful. So we're gonna go like Basics. Credit cards often do a thing called the welcome sign-up bonuses. So you cited for the card, you spend a certain amount of money and then they will give you just a huge, huge chunk of points. It's like a onetime thing. And then after that you'll get points based on how much you spend. But this welcome bonus is a huge deal because you can sign up for a card, spend enough to get the welcome bonus on things that you normally like you'd spend on otherwise groceries for us, Airbnb, these slides, everything, and then you hit that bonus, you get it. And then you can just move on to another credit card. There are a bunch of different companies that you can get credit cards through. American Express, Chase, CitiBank, Capital One naming a few. A lot of hotels or airlines often partner with these companies to give welcomed like points only for that company, like Alaska Airlines, United, American, all those, these offers are often changing. How many points they'll give you once you hit the welcome bonus and how much you have to spend. But you can go to the Daily or the Points They both have really comprehensive, up-to-date list of credit cards that you can buy along with the packages with them. This is something called credit card churning. And I just wanted to say that I am not a financial advisor by any means. And in general, this is something that you don't want to do if you're making a big purchase anytime soon, if you're buying a car or a house, because getting a lot of credit cards will ding your credit score temporarily because they have to do what's called a hard search on it, on your credit score, but through a bureau, which is complicated. But anyway, yeah, If you're a big purchase coming up in the next maybe like a year or something. I think it only last 12 months usually that I wouldn't do this. The other huge caveat to this is if you can't pay your credit card bills on time in full every month, this is not for you. The credit card companies will get a lot more money out of you, then you will get out of them. But if you can, then you're just kinda like hacking the system. So how do you choose which card to get? Of course, this is the biggest question you want to get a credit card. Which one? There are two things to think about. First off, are your desires. What do you want out of travel? And how can these credit cards most help you? Are you going to fly most with a particular airline? I mean, if you're from the Pacific Northwest, so many flights in and out of Seattle or Alaska Airlines. So you might want to get a branded car with them which does exist. Just want international flights like if you're like us, basically, if you're just trying to travel the world and use points to do it, then you might want to get a branded card like American Express or Chase, just because they have some of the biggest airline alliances out there. Next up, I want to talk about the concept of keeper cards. Basically, keep records are cards that you're going to want to keep in the long term because they have such good point rate returns consistently, unlike per dollar spent. But it just makes sense to spend your daily purchases on them. For us, that is the Chase Sapphire preferred card, just because it gives like three times the points back on all travel purchases and grocery, I believe, and gas. It's just gives you a lot of points back. And chase points are really, really valuable for us just because we can transfer them to so many different airlines around the world. Now. So if you have these points, usually they have portals on the website where you can book travel. I know Hylton does. Ihg dies. They all they all do. You just have to look like book travel and then book with points. But I wanted to talk about if you get one of the major brand cards, American Express or Chase, there's something called transferrin points, which is just super valuable and is a way to get 50 per cent more returns. If not double, if not triple, you can just get a lot more value out of this by transferring points to particular airlines. If this all sounds like gibberish to, you know, works. There are three main airline alliances in the world. You have one-world star lights and Sky Team. These alliances are all groups of airlines where you can transfer points between them, e.g. Air Canada and United, they're both in starlight. So if I had a bunch of Air Canada voids that I can book a flight on united with my Air Canada points because they're, they're basically Star Alliance points. Most, but not all airlines are part of these three global airline alliances. And here is where it gets amazing. Sometimes airlines really, really, really want you to transfer your points from Chase or American Express or Citibank to their airlines. So they'll offer a percentage bonus for transferring them right now at the time of recording this or maybe it actually expired if you'd like a few days ago. But there was a deal where you could transfer points from Chase to Air Canada with a 30% bonus. So I transferred 33,000 chase points, and now they're 43. I got like 7,000 extra points with the bonus and I can use those to book travel through the air canada portal for like any airline in the star lines and quick pro tip, Air Canada is the most connected airline out of any of the world. They have like a bunch of private partnerships along with the Global Alliance, star lives that they're part of. I really, I'm just kind of a big Air Canada fat even though I'm not from there. But go Air Canada, generally speaking, I've found that transferring points from these major brands to Airlines makes more sense than hotel brands. Because the airline points are just worth more. Basically, you can get to give you an example, like a night at a hotel if costs that. I've never seen one for less than 8,000 points, maybe they can go up to 50,000 points. If you had 50,000 chase points and you transfer it on a one-to-one ratio to a hotel that you maybe could get five-ninths or something if it's a really cheap hotel, but you probably could booked out with cash for like 150 bucks if it's like 39, $30 a night. Or you could transfer those 50,000 points to any major airlines and then you can book a flight for, you can maybe even get a business class flight, crossed the Pacific with that amount of points. So here is what I usually do when I'm trying to go somewhere and I'm looking at points, I just do a bunch of research on how many points I have to spend based on different days, on different airlines and how much cash that would be worth. And then I just tried to find the best deal where the points are worth. The most. Like I'm saving all this money by just using points for it. Another thing about points that's pretty cool is it's often one of the best ways to get a business class or premium economy or even first-class of flight. If you don't have the budget to spend from first-class flights saving a points to have this all at once in a lifetime, boogie experience might be the way to do it. So this is your assignment. I want you to find a city that you really want to visit and go from your home city and then try to visit it just with points and do this price comparison. Tried to find the cheapest flight you can to visit if you have any questions asked me in the comments, but that's it for today. Buh-bye. 11. How to Stay Safe: This lesson is how to stay safe while traveling, at least in the places that we have gotten to, the expectations of safety were blown way to add a proportion by the media. However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't be careful. I would say that in the places that we've been to, the biggest crime that you have to worry about is crime of opportunity. So the best way to stay safe is to avoid giving those people that opportunity. First off is probably the most popular crime you have within travel, which is pickpocketing. There are probably two major places where it picked marketers hang out, and that would be tourist attractions and public transit. So just be super, super careful in those two areas. Next tip is, I recommend getting a fanny pack. Now you could get a backpack and that's really good too. But what's so great about fanny packs is that you can put them so close to your chest or around your waist. And so it could always be on your person, which really helps to prevent pickpocket are, is because the closer it is to your body, the less likely they are going to actually grab it. Versus if it's on your back, then they're so easily able to open the zipper and grab something without you even noticing. I definitely recommend taking a second to biofilm pack that has all the amenities that can help. So e.g. this one has a zipper on the back so you can put super important documents and things right there. So then it's pretty much inaccessible for pickpocket. Another thing that you can do with fanny packs is put it on yourself and then hide it under like a sweatshirt or shirt, which then it's not visible to anyone including pickpocket. Alright, Onto the next step. Try not putting your phone or anything valuable in an easily accessible pocket. Zipped pockets would honestly be better than just an open pocket. However, we have heard about some pickpocket errors and certain destination that slice open your pocket and grabbed the phone from under it. So honestly, if you can try putting your phone in your fanny pack or anywhere else except for your pocket. And might be a better idea if you have a lot of stuff that you want to bring around with their travels, that then requires a backpack. I'd recommend a couple of things. Alright, let me demonstrate what's so great about why it's backpack is he has a little clip here that we connect on to our two zippers. And that kind of prevents the pickpocket or from being able to open it unless he was able to open a latch and then open it, which then decreases the opportunity for the pickpocket or to get you before you notice anything. Another thing is to maybe add a lock to your backpack. That's another way. The harder it is for the pickpocket or to get to your stuff, the less likely they are to pick pocket you. So basically you just want to increase the difficulty of trying to get your stuff. Another thing that why it has on his backpack is he has an opening that has two zippers and internal and an external one. So if a pickpocket or we're trying to get into his backpack, he have to go through two holes, diapers before actually getting it open. And that's to say that y or whoever is holding the backpack doesn't notice beforehand. Next thing is to just make sure to research beforehand. Where are the safe tourist areas to stay and go around in the different countries? Some places like Japan, e.g. or honestly super safe pretty much wherever you go. But there are other places like say, Mexico or Guatemala that do have safe zones and have unsafe zones for tourists. And you can do that through a simple Google search of where are the touristy areas or where the safe zones for blink country. The next thing is to stay in the light and stay near people. The biggest crime of opportunities happen when it's just you and the person doing the crime. So if you avoid that by staying near people as much as possible, you're most likely not going to encounter a big crime at all, except for pickpocketing. Of course, that can happen anywhere. Next is to always make sure that your phone is fully charged with that. Just makes sure that your phone is fully charged before you leave your accommodation. You know that your phone won't last the whole day. Maybe try and get an external battery to keep it charged the whole day. It's just so important to have your phone on you to be able to contact anybody that you may need to contact or to have Google Maps up if you get lost. All the things your phone is necessary. Finally, make sure to trust your instincts because you might be right in the end. Ignore it, walk away. Whatever you think is best because better safe than sorry. Alright, And those are all the safety tips. There's no assignment for this lesson. So we're just going to move on to the next one. 12. General Travel Tips | Top-10 Must Knows: This lesson is about our top ten must know travel tips. Let's do it. Number one, which is probably the most important. We're starting off with a bag, get traveler's insurance. You don't want to bankrupt yourself and your family when something goes wrong, if you break your leg, break your arm, drop your camera in an ocean. It just protects all of these things. Rica got COVID and Italy, and they reimbursed all of our hotel expenses and our extra flight. It was just fantastic. It's also not super expensive. We've used world Nomads, which was great. We've also used safety wing, that's what we're using currently. It's just a lot cheaper. I know it may seem like a very annoying cost because it's like, well, nothing probably will happen. But if it does, it will save you. Our next tip is how to get data while traveling. Our best option for getting data is probably getting your local sim card at any honestly store yeah, around you. You can look at whatever country you are and you look up like the data providers in the area. Every country has them and they often have little tourist hearts where you just open it up. You take yours out, and you can get data into configure. Another option to get data is through an awesome. I have done this before and I use the app airflow and basically you look up the country you want to go to and then it shows you all the data plans that you can buy. However, this only works if your phone is audible. Yeah. Ethan compatible. Tip number three is healthy travel is happy travel. It's easy while traveling to have a ton of fun. Forget about the basics, but you just want to be eating some vegetable, something green throughout the day. Try to exercise, you're gonna be walking a lot, but if you get your heart rate up, That's definitely good. If you're gonna be doing this for more than a couple of weeks, then you just want to make sure you're keeping yourself healthy and then you'll be happier too. We always are. The more we work out. Yeah, There's really easy freeways going on a run, working out at your house or your Airbnb wherever you're staying. I've also found, I do like jazz or size. I found out the size classes in different locations. The next step we have is to just make sure you stay in touch and call your family and friends to avoid burnout. We've heard of people that just really get homesick, freak out and then just leave and go back home right away. So if you continue to stay in contact with them through FaceTime or WhatsApp or whatever it may be. It can really help you get that little taste of home from wherever you are. Next one, really simple by sleeping mask. A lot of the time you'll be bored or you want to sleep. And if you don't have a sleep mask to a hard. Next one is super important. Do not lose your passport. This is your like life's, this is you, this is your life. Yeah. Like literally garden. You can get another passport in another country. You just have to go to their consulate or embassy. In that cut. It's just like the headache of all headaches. So you'd like to guard it. Next one is budgeting. We don't have budget. This is a huge travel question. How do you budget everything? We just spend money on essentials, like we get transportation, food and accommodation. If you want to create your own travel budget, you can go to travel spend or trip Expense Manager apps that you download. And then I'm pretty sure you plug in your information whenever you buy something, you put it in there, and then it has like a specific budget that you're not allowed to go over, so that could help you. Our next step is Google Maps is surprisingly fantastic. Most of the time. It works a lot of the time. And it actually is really nice because you can pretty much get any way you want to go all the tourist sites and stuff and don't have to worry about the language barrier or whatever. How sometimes that's not the case and you just have to be really careful. E.g. we went to Puerto Rico and the Google Maps was so at a day and never was really helpful for us. But a lot of the countries in Europe, They were really helpful for us. And here in Japan It's really helpful as well. Next up is whether we didn't really worry about the weather that much there. I feel like on the news there's already typhoons and hurricanes, but I think most places are like safe. Most of the time we went to Thailand and it did flood because it was rainy season. So beware of rainy season. Just be weary, especially about rainy season because it might not be like dangerous, but it might ruin your trap. So just maybe just stay cautious of it. Of course, the last tip is vaccines. You generally don't need them. The few exceptions, or Africa, the Amazon, and then some other tropical countries. We got the typhoid vaccine for Southeast Asia. But with that, plenty of people that we've met that are here having gotten it. It also is really dependent on how long you're staying, where you're going within the country, There's a lot. If you want to know what vaccines you need, go to the CDC website is really good and really easy to navigate and it can really help you in your research. There's no assignment for this one. Just if you think we've forgotten anything, which I'm sure we may have, go leave it in the comment section, enter, there'll be an extra resource for you all because then you could see what other people say. It might have some helpful tips out there. 13. Our Favorite Countries: In this lesson, we're gonna give you some of our favorite countries and regions that we have been too. We have not been to Africa, South America, or Australia yet. But as the years go on and we keep traveling more places where he keep updating this list with our new favorites. So check back sometimes and there might be more content here. Alright, we're gonna do it by continent. We're going to start out with gear up. Our top three favorites that we've been to. Italy, France, and Spain. Italy just has amazing foods like so good pasta, pizza, gelato. It's amazing. Aperol spritz, it's just fantastic. Yeah, they also have a cool language, great people and culture, amazing, Unreal sites. Calcium sweet, the David in Florence is wild. Yeah, it's like just crazy to see those up upfront and close. Yeah, France is really cool. It was just kinda, we only have been to Paris and it was only for a weekend, but it was just magical. I mean, people often hate on Paris, but it was fantastic. The food was really good at people who are really nice visiting the loop. We got to see Eiffel Tower classic went to Versailles for Spain. We spend a ton of time, particularly in the southern region, Andalusi. I feel like a lot of people tend to travel in northern side of Spain. But what's so cool is we got to see the country side of things. The small town Pueblos blonde goes. It was so cool. It literally felt like a fairy tale. A lot of time next week with Asia, which currently is my favorite part of the world. I love pretty much every country had been too. It's been awesome because literally the best food in the world, in my opinion, Singapore has these things called hacker markets, which is like why didn't mean college cafeteria? Like in a great way. They have a bunch of different, different cultured little stay and shops. And you go in order your food, It's super, super cheap. And the thing about Singapore is there's a ton of different cultures there. It's just fascinating. It's a great entry point into Asia just because its English speaking. And you get a taste of so many different Asian cultures, it kinda just like gives you the travel bug in Asia. My favorite country in the entire world so far is Japan. I love Japan so much. I couldn't recommend it more. The people are so nice, so welcoming. It is so safe. The train station is like amazing. You can get anywhere by train, which is probably my favorite form of transportation. Thailand is fantastic to then it's just like a really popular tourist destination for a reason. There's really good food. People are really kind, great massages, really cool Buddhist temples. And for those who want to travel on a budget, yes, it costs a lot to get there, but once you're there, it is so crazy cheap like Bangkok street food and you could get like a whole thing, a Pad Thai for dollar, dollar, dollar, dollar USD, like it's crazy and massages you could get for like $7 USD. Next up is Latin America and the Caribbean. First half Guatemala is amazing, particularly like a teeth line is my personal favorite. So pretty There's like volcanoes everywhere. Official Clear Lake culture is so interesting too. It's just a great place. Yeah, It also has adventure. Like if you want to climb a volcano, you can do that. They're, Antigua is super cool. Mexico is so great. Food's great. Beaches are fantastic, culture is so interesting. Weather is just superb. It's great. It's not too loud. It's pretty cheap. Yeah. As cheap as like say Thailand, but it is cheap compared to the United States. And it's cheap in a resort coastal town. But I mean, in the interior cities it's going to be way cheaper. That's true. And the food, the food is so good. Yeah, burritos, tacos like come on and the Caribbean, we'd been to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, both really, really cool. Yeah, the Dominican Republic has probably the best speech I've ever been to buy eyeglasses everywhere. We have been to all the people who have been super welcoming. You don't meet many people. Write the Dominican Republic just had this certain like welcoming vibe that really stuck with me. We really hope this course helps you and inspires you to go take that trip of a lifetime. One of the wonderful parts about travel is whenever you're going on a trip, you never know what you're gonna get out of it. But sometimes you just got to take the leap and go and you'll be glad you did. 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