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Why Traveling Is Not Only For The Rich

Many people think that traveling is a lucrative activity that only the rich, famous, and those who can afford can take it. Contrary to that belief, traveling is for everyone who loves to venture out in the open, to see new places, meet the locals, experience other cultures, visit interesting attractions, taste unique local cuisines, and build memories that will last a lifetime.

Why are people too aloof about the travel scene? What puts them off? Could it be the numerous documents to secure and buy like the super visa insurance if you’re traveling abroad? Perhaps, the cost of traveling scares people away from viewing the activity in a different light. I asked that before I got bitten by the travel bug.  I used to think that it is something I could not achieve in my lifetime but I was wrong.  We all could enjoy a little bit of travel even locally, and that too will involve costs.

So, why is traveling for everyone regardless of your income level?

Pay less or more depending on your budget

All travels, no matter how simple they are, will still amount to something. That is a constant factor that everyone who wishes to travel in the future take into consideration. And for the seasoned travelers, sticking to a budget is one of the keys to enjoy an affordable trip without burning a hole in your bank account.

There may be costs involved but it all depends on how you plan your travel and where you want to go. Other than that, cost is just one of the aspects people have to consider and accept about traveling.

 

It’s all in the mindset

Yes, some people think that traveling is only for the rich people because they can afford it. Wrong. That is certainly not the case. In fact, traveling is for everyone who wish to take the adventure and experience the bliss of being in a different place at least once in a while. It’s not always about the money when you travel. There are many ways you can travel without having to shell out a fortune. You can stay with friends or relatives in a different place to get free accommodation. You can find perfect deals to suit your budget when you book early or as a group. Tap the tips and tricks of the travel trade to save a lot for the travel of your dreams. You can joy free walking tours to save on sightseeing cost. There are many creative ways to save on cost. Check the web for many forums and resources from traveling folks and read their tips to save on a trip.

 

Traveling is not only taking flights to another destination

Another misconception about traveling is that people think that it is only when you’re actually flying to a different destination. Traveling is not just booking a flight ticket, buying it, and showing up in the airport to take the flight on the day of your trip. Traveling is more than the type of transportation you will take. It can be driving to the next province, state, or county in your own country. It can be taking a weekend trip to the nearest beach resort. It can also be visiting friends or relatives who live in another part of the town or staying with those you know who live overseas. Traveling is all about moving out and about to wonderful places to unwind and make wonderful memories.

I travel even if my budget is tight. I just stay in cheaper hotels or visit relatives and friends in another country to save on accommodation. You see, I am not rich. I don’t have millions in my bank account but I try to make a point to save enough to finance a short trip somewhere. I save here and there for a yearly travel because the memories you make are those that money can’t buy.

The travel bug has bitten me and it is one bite that I don’t mind.

 

About the author:

Ria C is a travel blogger who owns The Travel Bug blog. She writes about her adventures in other countries, offers travel tips like getting snowbird travel insurance or other travel insurance to keep you covered, shares her hotel reviews, and the interesting places she’s been. She is also a mommy blogger who writes on her other family oriented blogs including The Mommalogues.

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April 15, 2017
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Stop the Hypocrisy!

I show no mercy to people who are hypocrites or in layman’s term, “plastic!” I wonder why there is such a characteristic as vile as being pretentious and all.  Is it too hard to be honest and real?

I am not surprised why a lot (and I mean, A LOT!) of people do not like me. I don’t like putting up a front and treating someone so nicely. I do not pretend I like someone like what these plastic people are doing that the moment that person turns his or her back, he/she has been stabbed a million times only to resurrect him/her and do the vicious cycle all over again. I am not like that. I don’t know how to play that game even if it will benefit me in such a horrible way.  I don’t like it and I don’t have the knack to even entertain such behavior or see people sway with sweet-nothings.

 

(Photo credit: credit to meetville.com/owner of this quote)

 

I have met many people in my life and so far, this is the only time I have met some who are outright “plastic.” They shower you with all the “pambobola” (sweet talks) in the world, even calls you “Ate or Manang or Tita” (elder sister/relative) and yet, their true colours come out when you try to bring up something that is very real about character formation. What is that? They cannot stand constructive criticisms when they are the subject and yet they hand out those like flyers in a market. I’d rather you don’t call me with those respectful terms when they do not mean anything to you.  Stop the BS!

It is also very disrespectful to me who is being real so you, plastic people, know where to stand. But to treat me and the ones I love like dirt bags in my own territory is crossing the line.

I wonder how people stand other people who are like that? I cannot fathom the wiliness of such attitude. Is it genetics? Is it environmental influence? Is it the lack of education to behave properly and accept the truth? What ever it is, it is so deceiving and outright bad.  If you cannot be real, then get out of my way!

 

 

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March 27, 2017
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Admiring The Script

Photo credit: bing.com

Photo credit: bing.com

I know, mommies shouldn’t have crushes but hey, mommies are human too. When we like someone, that someone is probably famous like an actor or a singer. In my case, I admire Danny O’Donoghue. He is the lead singer of The Script. I first noticed him at The Voice UK. I didn’t notice him for his looks as my eyes are only set for my one and only hubby (kisses!). What drew me to him is his amazing talent in singing and song-writing.

His band, The Script is famous for their songs, Break Even, The Man Who Can’t Be Move, For The First Time and many more. They are composed of 3 band players, 1 lead vocal (him), a guitarist and a keyboard player.

I felt bad because few years back, they performed here in Dubai and I was so keen to watch them. I wanted to see how the stage would be prepared and where the band would perform. I wanted to know if they would use special effects during their performance here. But I guess, they didn’t have to do all that as they are really talented through and through.

I am waiting for their next performance in Dubai and I hope by then, I will be able to buy a concert ticket and watch it with my family.

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February 2, 2017
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Thanksgiving Greetings 2016

My family went through a series of heartaches this year (started during the first quarter) and trickled even up to November. I keep reminding myself that there are reasons why things happen and someday, I will understand them. And despite of all the heartaches and sadness that enveloped my family, I still have that hope and faith that there is always something to be grateful for. And those little blessings that I often disregard is one of them.

Thank you Lord for the blessings, great and small.

 

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!

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November 23, 2016
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It’s Movember!

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Say what again? Did I actually have a typo over there? No, you read it correctly. It is Movember! It is the month of men’s health awareness to be brought into light and take center stage just like how women have their special month of October to highlight the fight against Breast Cancer and other health issues.

Movember is actually an annual event encouraging men of all ages (as long as you can grow moustache, perhaps) to grow mustaches for a month to show their support to the movement that highlights men’s health. Any contribution brought about by this movement is donated to organizations that highlights the issues surrounding men’s health, more specifically, the prostrate cancer.

Mo is taken from moustache and the Vember form November.

There’s also the Moscars where men are encouraged to submit their entries for their grown moustache and there are rules and set criteria to follow to be eligible.

To know more about this movement, you can click on this site: www.movember.com

Register and be a part of this global cause.

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November 18, 2016
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Taking Your Toddler on Vacation

One of the most common tips I get asked about is traveling with a toddler. In particular, taking a toddler on a vacation. Many new parents hear horror stories and worry that they can’t have a relaxing vacation until their toddler grows up. From experience, I know that taking a vacation with a toddler can be a positive experience, and they love seeing new things. The trick is to be prepared. I’ve put together my top three tips to help you enjoy a family vacation with a toddler.

It All Starts With a List

Traveling can be exhausting, and when a toddler gets exhausted, they want their comfort items. Teddy bears, blankets, you name it. The most common nightmare stories I hear could have been solved if the right comfort item was on hand. For one month before my last vacation, I made a list of all of the toys and comfort items my toddler asked for (or cried when it wasn’t available). When I was packing our family’s bags, I used the list to make sure I didn’t forget any.

Choose the Right Vacation

Before I had my little one, I never actually planned my holiday further than a flight and a hotel. When I became a Mom, I needed to change that. I learned that if my little one knew there was adventure ahead, they became excited instead of agitated. If you are new to planning ahead, look at the Groupon Coupons page for Great Value Vacations and find an ‘all inclusive’ package. Every time my toddler started to become tired at the end of the day; I reminded them of what else we had in store for the vacation.

Plan Your Down Time

During your vacation, there are going to be instances where there isn’t much happening. Times like traveling to and between destinations, or just resting for the night before sleep. During these times, entertainment is going to be your best friend. Before you leave the house, load your phone or your tablet with movies or educational games which can keep a little one’s mind occupied and off the idea of just waiting around.

Remember that if you bring movies and games, be sure that your toddler doesn’t just watch and play all vacation. Be clear that your phone/tablet is only available between activities.

Taking a family vacation is a great way to bond and enjoy a much-needed adventure. Instead of dreading the idea, take these tips in mind and enjoy!

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June 27, 2016
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Picking Yourself Up

I was inspired by the ‘So You Think You Can Dance, Next Generation’ to write this post. I was just watching those super talented kids pour their hearts out on their performance to move on to the show. There’s this one kiddo whom I can relate to when I was younger and being bullied.

His name is Jarayn. He is very good in Hip-Hop but for that particular test, the kids were made to dance something that was out of their genre and comfort zones. I think they were asked to memorise a choreography for a Broadway-kind of dance stint. It is very obvious that the dance routine was really out of his elements so he struggled to keep up.  And after his stint, he bolted out leaving Fik-Shun (his team leader/coach) shouting from the sidelines, asking him why?

I was saddened to hear that Jarayn is a victim of bullying. I know that feeling. I was bullied too when I was in elementary, always being picked for my height, for my brains, for just being me. Jarayn was then let-go by Fik-Shun but has given him plenty of words to encourage him to keep pursuing his passion. Jarayn even mentioned something about how dance makes him happy. Fik-Shun told him that dance is there for him.  And the people gathered to give him a boost.

Well, if my younger “me” was there, I would tell him to cheer up, hold his head up high, and not to let those bullies get into him. Instead, pour his mind and heart to developing his passion further or even learning new skills. He doesn’t have to prove himself to his bullies. He doesn’t owe them anything. He must pick up the pieces of his broken heart and move on.

I can’t help but cry with him while watching the show. He is young, so vulnerable, and so intense at the same time. I know it is painful and difficult to be rejected in a place where you think you will be safe and where you get your strength, happiness, and security from. Kiddo, the real world can be cruel BUT that doesn’t mean you give up on your dreams. No. All the more you should develop and pursue it. Life can be tough and so is the dance world but never in your young heart and mind think that just because you failed one time, doesn’t mean you will always fail thereafter.  And as for your bullies, leave them be. I bet they don’t even know how to dance.

We all face rejections in life. I have had my many shares of rejections even up to this day but I guess, my resiliency (a better term for my stubbornness) just keeps me pushing and pushing until I achieve my goals and dreams. Rejections can either make or break you, use it positively to your advantage. Develop in your weak areas and you’ll be surprised how that rejection has made you a better, stronger, and a more confident person.

I learned to fend for myself at an early age, to fight my own battles and when to move on. Life’s like that. You win some, you lose some but you never, ever give up.

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June 21, 2016
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