Travel and Places : A 5-Step Guide On How To Travel The World

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This guide is for those who would love nothing more than to see the world but have no idea how to begin. Hopefully, these simple steps will help get you going.

1. Save your money.

Unfortunately, there is no way out of this step. To travel for the long haul, you need to accrue a fair amount of money before you begin.

There are many articles out there that offer advice on how to make simple cutbacks to save money. Nomadic Matt’s travel site has a helpful post on cutting back expenses that includes some great tips. Check out his whole blog; it has been the main source of inspiration for me to follow my travel dreams.

Many people I know have successfully traveled for one year without having to work at all in regions such as Southeast Asia and South America with $10,000-$15,000 they have saved up.

I know this number seems daunting to accumulate, but it really isn’t as difficult as it seems once you build up some steam and make saving a priority. Simple steps such as getting a roommate, skipping your daily Starbucks, and immediately putting aside 20% of your paycheck for travel will accelerate this process exponentially.

If you don’t want to wait that long to save up that large of an amount, you are still in luck. It is possible to save a couple of thousand dollars initially and then hustle while abroad to accumulate even more money, bringing me to my next step…

2. Work abroad.

There are several ways that you can save money while traveling. In this way, you are working but still living in a new, exciting place. Best of both worlds!

Another great option is teaching English in Southeast Asia, China, or Taiwan. English teachers are in demand all over the world, and monthly salaries range anywhere from $500-$2,000 depending on your hours and the country where you are teaching.

Many travelers choose to make Australia or New Zealand their first destination and stay for a couple of months on a work holiday visa to bartend, serve, work on a farm, or even pick fruit to save up some money.

The Australian minimum wage is $16.87, so you can make a fair amount of money doing pretty much anything. Check out the Wandering Orange’s post on how she saved $10,000 in less than five months living and working in Sydney, Australia.

3. Work in hostels in exchange for free food and lodging.

Many hostels will let you work behind the desk or do basic administrative tasks in exchange for free living, allowing you to stretch out your money on the road.

When I was in Cambodia, I met many Western travelers who had stopped in Koh Rong Island for a couple months working as servers in bars and restaurants in exchange for a free bed and food. In Sihanoukville, an Irish girl I met worked as a bartender on the beach and lived on the upper floor of the bar for free. In Manila, Americans worked behind the front desk at Pink Manila Hostel so they could stay for a longer while in the city.

The point is, you have options. Accommodation does not have to break the bank, and in exchange for a little sweat you can actually have your basic needs covered completely.

4. Don’t worry about not being able to make friends; simply hang out in a hostel’s common rooms.

Reaching out when you are traveling becomes a necessity, and you’ll be surprised at how comfortable you’ll feel about striking up conversations with strangers after some practice. One of the most beautiful lessons that traveling has taught me in the past year is that if you put yourself out there, most people will go out of their way to be friendly and helpful.

I went to China last September on my own. I’d always considered myself a somewhat socially awkward person, but when I arrived in Nanjing, I found myself shamelessly talking to anyone and everyone solely because I did not want to end up alone.

The thing is, everyone abroad is outside of his or her comfort zone, and many people are traveling solo. Thus, there is an inherent openness and willingness to meet new people that you may not experience at home because people are surrounded by their already established bubble of friends and family.

Hostels are great places to meet fellow travelers. Trust me, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make new friends and new traveling buddies. In Hualien, Taiwan, I met two Americans at the bar of my hostel and we ended up traveling together for a week in three different cities.

5. Don’t worry about planning every detail of your trip.

Of course, before leaving home, you should have an idea of what part of the world you want to see. However, don’t feel as if you have to plan out transportation, activities, and places you want to eat before you even get there.

Most research you do on the Internet will not be as helpful as local advice. Just talking the person working behind the desk at your hostel can inform you of the best activities, convenient methods of getting from point A to point B, and delicious local eateries in the area.

While in the Philippines, my friend and I had no idea how we would get from the Puerto Princesa airport to Palawan. A tuk-tukdriver eventually led us to a van packed full of other travelers for a very affordable price. You have to have faith that things will somehow work out and take that blind leap of faith. All it takes once you get somewhere is to simply ask.

I’ve spontaneously chosen some of my most amazing destinations based on word of mouth from travelers I’ve met within the country. The brilliance of flexibility is that it allows you to change your plans if you encounter exciting options that you didn’t know about before.

Sincerely,

Ellie Rayne

Random Thoughts : The 9 Letters to Him (3)

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Letter THREE

Dear Darling,

Do you still recall the first steps I took when we were down the isle? It was the most beautiful day of all, granted our children was not there when we made our first vows but recalling that day now, it was the most romantic evening I ever gone through with you. The bright and cozy white and red room, drapes of red curtains and roses, the scent of fresh flowers and the pond outside, the move I made, walking down the isle alone, but with dignity and pride, I saw the glimmer of shine in your eyes, and me asking how I looked in my wedding gown, but when you said to me “Baby you look like a goddess in my eyes.. no matter what you wear today.” My heart was touched, it felt as if a thousand droplets of pure crystals filled my empty heart and turned it into a shining crystallized diamond, stuck in my heart, stuck in my chest only you had the key to open and close it as you pleased.

The minute the ceremony started, us holding hands, beaming from ear to ear, You whispering to me of how you felt. “Baby I am nervous..” and with me, saying “Don’t worry just go on with it.” the thing is, I never told you how I actually felt when I stepped inside the wedding room. I never did had a wedding this way before, all my other marriages.. none ! I tell you none of them actually worked out for me, and none of them actually had a proper ceremony such as grand as we did, I am to tell you.. that You are the first man, first husband or spouse that actually made me …. had the effort to made it look  re-presentable, made it look beautiful and gala looking. Made me know I am doing the right thing in order. 

The vows we made upon each other, I am to tell you that was there first time ever I made a beautiful vow, my first ever vowed I made to a husband of mine in all my other marriages.. I had before this the only word I said at the ceremony is “I Do” and that’s all there is to it. But not with you! No!! It was heavenly special then that.. it was magnificently wonderful to the ears and eyes to read and to hear. You tearing up hearing my vows I had made up for you and me as well for you did it for me. 

But the best moment of all was for us to take wedding poses together, it was ever so memorable and it still intact sharp in my mind, in my heart and head. In my memory my darling. The way, we swayed together, you in your red and black tuxedo, and long red hair, and I was in a bright beautiful white gown, my black hair was tied back up in the most adorable way possible, and the crown and vile actually made it all seem to perfect for each pose we made. Do you still recall them my darling? The one outside by the pond, the second one by the balcony with one feet of mine rising up, “like it popped in dramas” and our lips touched in a kissing moment. And the last pose was us together inside, at a huge window, You were hugging me from behind and placed your chin on my shoulder? Do you still recall them? I bet you do.. But if you did not and only recalled a little.. I am not to blame you my love.. You had much on your mind then thinking of it all the step of the way. But I am to tell you. having another vowed made the next day with our kids and family members beside us was the best and grand finale of our wedding ever made. Oh .. I wish a family portrait is made … a snap shot of the whole family might be nice. But sadly none of it ever happen.. I am still waiting for that day to come. I am still yearning for that family portrait to be done. DON’T EVER.. blame yourself for the portrait never been made for me. You did promise me you’ll try.. but.. you ain’t promising it might go well according to plan.. so no harm done there. 

(Wipes my tears away) Many things you had shown to me my darling from right to wrong.. every step of the way you made me feel welcome. You made me see there is more than just love, it needs trust, it needs loyalty, it needs 2 people to make a good team in marriage itself. Things I have been longing for almost all the time.. since.. I had bad experineces with marriages for a long time. The promises you made.. to make me feel happy in this marriage.. yes.. you actually made that kind of promise to me.. and I still recall it intact so sharp in my memory. I was not sure then.. but I am pretty sure now.. we are going to the right path my darling.. our path.. not yours not mine.. but ours .”Yours, Mine.. and Ours..” Oh.. dear, now I wish to watch that movie once more.. how silly of me. (Don’t chu dare laugh reading this line or else i shall whack you with a whale fry later on) .

To be Continued…………… (Letter FOUR)

SIncerely,

Ellie Rayne 

Random Thoughts : The 9 Letters to Him (2)

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Letter TWO.

Dear Darling, 

For you to accept me as your girl might be a very big move you had made, I am well aware of it. The jealousy  raged up high for the girl you left to be with me.. ( name is not mention for privacy reasons) but for you to wrapped your arms around me and whisper to me on the day bed, “Please.. call me hun ..” I tried my best to even try to call you such thing, it had been a very long period for me to call you As PAPA. Then suddenly meticulously changed to a sweet- honey like named. Oh.. how it made my heart melted, and my tummy full of butterflies. I was darn nervous, but you pulled me in your arms and made sweet tender love to me for the first time. It sparked like fireflies in the sky, it was heavenly… it was rather.. very romantic. Feeling you nibbling on my earlobes saying “Baby I love you..”

It had been a month since we started dating when you knew.. I WAS.. the one.. soo. You took your chance and proposed to me.. WELL .. it was not that hard to guess that I needed you as my husband or spouse.. I did not even call you hun, or darling or something related to a boyfriend when we were a month of dating, I called you ‘hubby’ yes.. it was odd but it was soo true. I think it was a dead give away.. for him to notice that I needed him. I needed you.. hun.. most of all our love sprang up like roses in a rose field. The blooming was so beautiful I Could not resist but to cry when you actually proposed to me in a Drow Language seeking me for my attention, and wanting me to be your lawful wedded wife. 

I was the happiest woman alive back then, the ring was there on my finger, it was beautiful, a very beautiful diamond from heaven. I never ever imagined you going through such effort to have me as you wife, that I am really glad my darling, glad until tears was rolling from my cheeks endlessly without no.. sense of stopping for almost an hour or so. Tears of happiness and joy is all there is to it. 

You hugged me and told me “Don’t cry i am here.. baby.. what is wrong?” I could not even tell you that the reason of my teardrops are not because you upset me it is because.. I did not expected the least to have you proposing to me. Me?? A NOBODY.. and you made me into a somebody in your life.. I am forever grateful since the day I said “Yes..” To your marriage proposal.  In my heart, I NEVER.. thought I deserved such position to be in your life, but I did,.. and you made it turn to a remarkable dream and full of enchantment.  

TO be continued ….(Letter THREE.) 

Sincerely,

Ellie Rayne

Random Thoughts : The 9 Letters to Him

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Letter ONE.

Dear Darling,

Since I met you nothing seems to be in order for me.. You made me smiled, laughed, felt comfort. You were there when I am scared, terrified of my surroundings. You gave me hope that there is a bright future ahead for me if.. and only if.. I followed your advices and steps. I could never denied that my love for you really did bloom. Bloom from a father-bond, into something else. From Ellie to a young lady in love. I put up my arms up high for you to hold me close, to carry up and spin me around. Made me giggled, made me do much more silly things than even I could not possibly admit I did it, cause I did not even thought I had that kind of character to even do such hilarious and silly things before this. I did a lot in the past, but in a minimal stage. But with you.. it went soaring to the sky.. without limitations. I had no limitations when it comes to you. You just said, “Be anything you wish Ellie..” and I am really glad.. that one of the wishes I made last year for my birthday.. was to meet that someone special to me. I was actually crying to God.. Asking, Seeking and burning.. in heaven’s gates.. wanting a priceless profession. Something I know .. I just needed it, need to hug it, need to love, need to tend to it. But.. I have no clue.. No clue what so ever that you were the gift from the Lord himself to me, I did not at all thought of ever meeting you in that chatroom. But the thing is, there were soo many chatroom stating kingdoms, empires and even covens at that time and place.. but that particular room. It caught my eye, it caught me smiling, it caught my heart. I just know.. that if I enter that room which you were in, I know.. I will find what I’ve been looking for.. For the past few weeks on going. 

What else would I need? Except for a loving father, mother and siblings. Yes give and take we have lost many of them. Through a month before I declared my love for you is much much deeper.. than how a daughter should have feelings for a father  ( I know we have no blood relations, it is only a virtual game through online.. but… to give a chance.. ) seriously…I did.. and I got you !

The first time I saw you through the Skype video call, OMG.. I did not expected you to look that god damn hot, turning your desktop chair, from side to side, picking up files, putting it aside, you smiling at me and putting both arms at the back of your head and said “Hey Baby girl …” My smile did not ended there.. I Knew I needed to confess my love for you soon.. You had made a young girl’s heart beating ever soo fast.. I can’t even state.. how fast it was beating under the shade of the room’s light, with dimm’ weather, with me on my bed. Looking at you, my long hair, brushing over my cheeks, making me needing to keep it intact under my ears, due to the fan blowing above me on the ceiling. Since that day, I knew.. I could never loved you as a fatherly-daughterly love ever again even if it is only from a virtual game. I have fallen in love with you. You were the first man that had caught my eyes, my heart, my mind and my soul at the first glance I saw you through those laptop screen of mine. OMG.. please God.. forgive me.. I am in love with someone so ever so special in this world. He needs me.. please let me be with him. Make me his wife, lover or spouse.. which ever comes to your mind .. set me free.. and make me his. But the best thing that has happened to me is that I did not expected you to have feelings for me as I do to you. I did not know.. that my confession, turned into a beautiful dream.. a very beautiful dream that is still wanting me to see.. that it is real. It is happening in real as well..

To be continued ………… (Letter TWO ) 

Sincerely,

Ellie Rayne

Grab a plate: Bangkok-Beat Bistro

We went into this Bistro called ‘Bangkok Beat Bistro’ for lunch yesterday afternoon. My god the pricing was really expensive.. but we are glad it was very delicious to eat though.

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Asparagus deep fried with prawns..

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Papaya Mixed nuts Salad. It was rather soury though. But I like it. It had mango strips inside as well.

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Oyster sauce Kailan vegetable. Mmm yumm… thai style in cooking.

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And for desserts! Coconut flavored ice-cream with Red Cherries. Of which it decorated it nicely with more mango strips and mint leaves. God.. it was fabulously… a nice lunch time with family members.

Sincerely,
Ellie Rayne

Grab a plate: Bangkok Beat Bistro

We went into this Bistro called ‘Bangkok Beat Bistro’ for lunch yesterday afternoon. My god the pricing was really expensive.. but we are glad it was very delicious to eat though.

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Asparagus deep fried with prawns..

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Papaya Mixed nuts Salad. It was rather soury though. But I like it. It had mango strips inside as well.

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Oyster sauce Kailan vegetable. Mmm yumm… thai style in cooking.

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And for desserts! Coconut flavored ice-cream with Red Cherries. Of which it decorated it nicely with more mango strips and mint leaves. God.. it was fabulously… a nice lunch time with family members.

Sincerely,
Ellie Rayne