Travel the world with $100 per day | You already made up your mind. You have an rough idea where to go and what to do. Now it is time to think about your travel budget. The internet gives you an astonishing variety of examples. Nathan and Danica Reid did live from $1 per day in Nepal, Matt Kepnes published a book about “How to Travel the World on $50 a Day”. We target an average of $100 per day. Why $100? Because life is too short. We need some basic comfort to enjoy our trip. Based on our research, we settled at $100 per day travel budget. This would allow us to travel without having to stay in youth hostels, or on camping grounds, eating instant noodles all the time. We prefer to stay in apartments or guesthouses and eat at restaurants from time to time. But even with $100 all this is still out of range: any kind of fancy fine dining, guided adventure tours, shopping, spa days. $50 per day wouldn’t cut it, $150 was a bit too much for our wallets. Here are our suggestions …
Travel the world with $100 per day – some budget suggestions
1: Copy what other people have done. Many travelers, have shared their travel budgets online. Shannon at A Little Adrift traveled for a year solo for just under $18,000. Akila and Patrick – The Road Forks – spent $66,000 for just over a year of travel. BootsnAll compares 11 different RTW budgets. Jodi at Legal Nomads provides excellent budgeting advice including a long list of links to other bloggers’ budgets.
2: Research cost estimates for your region. Usually the flight booking comes first, followed by accomodation. Last not least you will face daily cost for food and fun. Find out what to expect along your trip. Rolf Potts’s book Vagabonding, provides cost ranges for different world regions and breaks them down according to different travel styles. Lonely Planet offers regional and specific country estimates. Travel Independent has information geared specifically toward budget travelers.
3: Check accommodation prices long in advance. This one is really worth the work. If booked early, accomodation can be the key factor that determines your budget. Get real-time prices since they change depending on season, holidays, and currency rates. There are Couchsurfing, AirBnB, Booking.com, Trip Advisor, Agoda, Kayak and many others waiting for a chance to serve you.
4: Collect points. An effective way to save on travel is by using a credit card that gives you miles or other travel rewards every time you spend money.
5: Reduce costs by travelling less. Pick a destination and plan to spend five days there instead of just 3 before moving on. Less is more :)
6: Avoid the high season under all circumstances. Being an off-season traveler means, you simply get more for your money. And you will avoid tourist crowds.
7: Save on slimy currency exchange rates and ridiculous credit card fees. Pay as much as you can in advance via debit card or via a credit card. That at least helps you collecting points. Nowadays even train rides and tickets for museums can be booked and paid online in advance. For most other items such as gasoline, food, souvenirs pay with cash but use a bank that charges low rates for international ATM transactions. When using a credit card, use a card with low international fees, and make sure your transactions are charged in the local currency. Then smile on your way back to the hotel and feel very smart for avoiding unnecessary expense.
8: You don’t need too much insurance. Travel light and don’t bring super expensive items. Make sure you got health insurance. That will do it.
9. Travel smart. Examples:
-> Don’t stay over night in Venice to visit the floating city, but in Verona (1 hour west of Venice). Drive to Venice early in the morning to avoid jams at the parking house. Explore Venice the entire day before driving back to Verona. Instead of hiring a private Gondola, use Vaporettos, that’s Venice’ public water taxi service.
-> Instead of booking a $20 boat trip to the Statue of Liberty in New York City, take the free Staten Island ferry from and to Manhattan. This way you will pass by the Statue twice. Enough to take that mandatory ‘been-there-done-that’ snapshot. You can tick this one off your bucket list without spending a dime.
-> Visit the Louvre in Paris on the first Sunday of a month. It will be free. But you better line up there early.
-> Under all circumstances get an Oyster Card in London. It will roughly save you 50% of each ride you take with London’s public transport.
-> Instead of paying silly money at the airport to reach the city center of Barcelona, use the T10 ticket. It will only cost you 8 Euros and gives you 10 rides. Your first one might be from the airport to your hotel.
-> When looking for the Great Wall near Beijing, give your wallet a break. Take a regular bus (#867) near Dongzhimen Station to the Great Wall of Mutianyu, 65km to the north of Beijing city.
-> Vienna Ring Tram: Some tram or bus lines will allow you to reach most of the tourist attractions in a city for a fraction of what you pay for hopping on a guided sightseeing tour. The only thing missing is the guide. Example: Explore Vienna’s ceremonial boulevard via Ring Tram! Vienna’s wonderful sights such as the Vienna State Opera, Imperial Palace, Parliament, City Hall are in easy reach with the Vienna Ring Tram. It departs on a lap of the Ring every 30 minutes from Schwedenplatz. You can get to know Vienna’s wonderful boulevard, the Ringstrasse around the Old City, in comfort all year round, from 10.00am to 5.30pm.
7 Reasons Why Frequent Travelers Are More Successful | Today’s article gives you 7 reasons why frequent travelers are more successful than couch potatoes.
Frequent Travelers accept other cultures
(1) Frequent travelers – especially when visiting developing countries – are always meeting new interesting people. They become good at learning about different cultures. Curiosity kicks in; the desire to learn about these “strange” places they visit. This inspires conversations that help travelers understand and accept the person and the culture on a deeper level. They make friends. This growing acceptance of another culture / another view on things, helps to act smart at home.
Frequent Travelers know how to thrive outside the comfort zone
(2) Frequent travelers are much more often in unfamiliar situations than couch potatoes. They must work through the unknown. By facing countless new experiences they learn valuable lessons. They copy strategies that helped them shoulder uncertainty. They remain calm and effective in situations where average people loose their balance. This is a key skill for success in both business and leading people.
Frequent Travelers embrace change
(3) After you made this experience a few times, it becomes a drug: Frequent travelers are constantly looking for change, for new and different things, simply to avoid boredom. In business this attitude is very welcome in a fast pacing environment. The ability to adopt to necessary changes is of a very high value for success. Frequent travelers are able think innovative and are more creative.
Frequent Travelers are able to listen
(4) People who travel a lot, listen a lot. They need to adopt to new situations. So the better listen and learn. On the road learning never stops. The same is true for doing business. If you are not able to listen and learn, your once successful business will for sure go down hard and fast.
Frequent Travelers manage their emotions
(5) Frequent travelers regularly experience varying levels of stress. Unpunctual pickup services, tight flight connections, interrogations by border police, naiggling taxi drivers, rip-off attempts, ignorant hotel staff … all that would normally make adrenaline kicking into your blood stream real fast. It can cause some intense over-reactions at the hotel counter. Frequent travelers did already learn that -> see no. 1. They embrace the ability to manage emotions. They remain calm under pressure developing keen self-awareness. Being self-aware increases your productivity by at least another 100% if not even more.
Frequent Travelers have a higher trust level
(6) While others continue to stay under pressure, frequent travelers have already found sleep, because they don’t always need to be in control. They accept to rely on other people. They had to learn that by dealing with language barriers, strange looking taxi drivers in cities far away from home. They did depend on the kindness of complete strangers. This ability to trust helps them build new relationships – not just in business.
Frequent Travelers manage fear and take action
(7) Frequent travelers know when it’s time to take action. Thru the experience of traveling a lot they had been put in situations where there was no turning back. It made them face fears and take action despite that fear.
These are 7 reasons why frequent travelers are more successful. By willingly going thru all this hardship, frequent travelers have developed the ability to recognize and seize opportunities earlier. Experiences and additional knowledge helps them to improve, to judge, to negotiate better, to lead in a cooperative style.
The Downside of Traveling alone when you are young | This post is about the realities of travel no-one wants to talk about. Those of you traveling young and alone with the experience of waiting in an hour-long queue at the Louvre in Paris or at Universal Studios in Singapore, know better. You end up on a wrong bus, asking for help in a country where everybody speaks Kiswahili. Your wallet gets stolen, you feel homesick. You fail to enjoy tourist hotspots because of being overrun by other tourists -> Greetings from Rialto Bridge …
There are quite a few disappointments waiting for you each time you pack your bag: forgetting things, losing things, sore legs from walking, exhaustion, and last not least the question “Why am I doing this?” At this point of your journey you will spend an entire day in Amsterdam watching Netflix and resting. And later you will feel ashamed to tell anybody about it. Or if you are lucky the internet is not working in your overpriced Airbnb apartment. Means: no need to post any happy selfie in front of a monument.
As for the days that you feel guilty not having done anything “touristy”: resting was your way to make the most of your trip, because you needed to be restored and energized to tackle the day after. As a result of all these disappointments you discovered that there was no right or wrong way. There are always thousands of ways but you can only choose one. You did choose one and went ahead. Looking back you might be thankful you did. Because it helped you growing. Still, travelling with the right soulmate is an alternative worth taking into consideration :)
Why do we travel? | Sure, tourism helps economies. Several countries benefit in large parts from tourism in an economic context. But that’s not the reason for you to pack your bag and ride into the unknown. There have been 999 million international tourist arrivals counted last year. We didn’t ask all of those tourists about the reasons for their journeys. But those we asked had this to say:
#1: To see new places. A combination of curiosity and the expectation of having wow moments drives us out the door straight to the next airport.
#2: To relax from stress. The urge to flee from work or even from the daily grind at home came in as second highest entry in our list.
#3: for adventures. Especially the younger explorers named this as their main reason for a vacation. Rock climbing, scuba diving, surfing, bungee jumping, snow boarding … any kind of adrenalin enhancing activity is fine.
#4: for party. The next five reasons did cross the line kind of together. Each got roughly 5% of the pie. Again it was the younger folks in need of parties to make a journey worth taking.
#5: for fucking. Yeap. For many man and some women that’s a legit reason to buy an airline ticket and relax abroad. Preferred destinations: Thailand, Brazil, Kenya, Philippines, Dominican Republic. But it doesn’t end there. Almost every country has a place reserved for this kind of tourist.
#6: for gambling. Las Vegas is the idol. But other tourist destinations catch up and get a fair share: Macau, Monaco, Reno, even Singapore.
#7: for food. Satisfying your taste buds can be a valid reason that drives you to far-away places. High on the foody-travelers list are: San Francisco, Montreal, Singapore, Paris – the ‘melting pot’ places.
#8: to learn a foreign language. Last not least this one might surprise you. But quite a few travellers use vacations to improve their language skills.
Conclusion: Each of us might travel for different reasons but generally the majority of those reasons listed is centered around the idea of experiencing new things and relax.
Top 10 Statues Worldwide | Let’s go sculpture hunting! Taking their age and size into consideration these are the Top 10 Statues Worldwide – most amazing, most realistic! Half of them you will be able to catch within one vacation in Middle Europe. Your journey would include Berlin, Rome, Florence and Paris. But the remaining five statues really let your travel expenses skyrock, since you need to make it to New York, Cairo, Easter Islands, Volgograd and Xi’an …
Top 10 Statues Worldwide: Sphinx
by Pharaoh Khafre = THE OLDEST Year of Make: 2500 BC | Material: Stone | Location: Giza, Egypt
The creator of the great Sphinx statue is not known clearly. However, there are reports that it was constructed in about 2500 BC by Pharaoh Khafre, who was also believed to have built the second pyramid located at Giza. The face model which the Sphinx represents is also not known. Located at the Giza plateau near Cairo, the “Sphinx” is among the oldest statues that still exist. Though considerably small in size compared to the surrounding pyramids, The Great Sphinx is the world’s biggest monolith statue.
by Thutmose = THE MOST BEAUTIFUL Year of Make: 1345 BC | Material: Limestone/Stucco | Location: Neues Museum in Berlin, Germany
Nefertiti’s Bust is so famous that it became one of the most copied works of ancient Egypt. This masterpiece is attributed to the Egyptian sculptor Thutmose, because it was found in his workshop in 1912 by German archeologists.
What’s so special about it? The bust is notable for exemplifying the highly educated understanding Ancient Egyptians had regarding realistic facial proportions. Always keep in mind: it was made 3,300 years ago. Mankind probably has not reached this level of skill before, and only recently came close to it again with one of Michelangelo’s statues: David.
The Nefertiti bust shows the Royal wife of Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten. The work is believed to have been crafted in 1345 BC by sculptor Thutmose, because it was found in his workshop in Amarna, Egypt. Owing to the work, Nefertiti has become one of the most famous women of the ancient world, and an icon of feminine beauty. A German archaeological team led by Ludwig Borchardt discovered the Nefertiti bust in 1912. It has been kept at various locations in Germany since its discovery, including the cellar of a bank, a salt mine in Merkers-Kieselbach, the Dahlem museum, the Egyptian Museum in Charlottenburg and the Altes Museum. It is currently on display at the Neues Museum in Berlin, where it was originally displayed before World War II.
The Nefertiti bust is a cultural symbol of Berlin as well as ancient Egypt. Today Nefertiti herself has become an icon too. She is widely known for her beauty and versatility. It has also been the subject of an intense arguments between Egypt and Germany over Egyptian demands for its repatriation. But with the current threats of IS to destroy ancient art in Egypt one should be grateful to know she is save in Berlin.
Venus de Milo
by Alezandros of Antioch = THE BROKEN Year of Make: 100 BC | Material: Marble | Location: Louvre in Paris, France
Based on the information found on the sculpture’s base, Venus de Milo was initially thought to have been shaped by Greek artist Alexandros from Antioch. At first, it was erroneously credited to the chief sculptor Praxiteles. What has surprised many is the allegations that it was found inadvertently in a farmer’s field. Venus de Milo artifact was shaped between 100 and 130 BC. The statue is currently displayed at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The standing marble structure of 2.03 meters high is believed to represent Aphrodite, Greek beauty and Goddess of Love. Unfortunately the original base and arms have been lost. But the rest still makes it into Sculpture Hunter’s Top 10. The statue is named after the Greek island of Milos, where it was discovered.
by Polynesian Colonizers = THE MOST REMOTE Years of Make: 1250-1500 | Material: Stone | Location: Easter Island, Chile
The world famous sculptures Moai are believed to be a representation of deceased ancestors as well as the incarnation of powerful living of the previous chiefs. By the time the Europeans visited the land in the early 19th century, they were still standing but some have been cast down as clans clashed.
What’s so special about it? These guys are freaking heavy and hard to move for a 15th century remote tribe. The tallest of them is called “Paro” -> 10 meters high. The dude weights 75,000kg. But the heaviest of all weights astonishing 86,000kg. An unfinished version – Moai Te Tokanga – was supposed to become 21.65m in height. Unfortunately his guy has never been completely carved out of its rock at Mount Raraku. The Rakaku volcano was turned into some kind of Moai factory by Polynesion colonizers. This location is the heart of ancient Rapa Nui society with hundreds of abandoned Moais scattered around. Visitors can see amazing demonstrations of skills in statue carving. There are approximately 400 Moai statues left. Of those, only half are actually finished. The rest never reached completion.
by Chinese government laborers, craftsmen = THE CRAZIEST Year of Make: 246 BC | Material: Terracotta | Location: Lintong District, Xi’an, Shaanxi Provence, China
It was THE discovery of the 20th century: in 1974 local Chinese farmers stumbled upon an amazing army of terracotta soldiers. It is believed to have been constructed by approx. 700,000 workers dating back to the end of the 3rd century BC. This army is a collection of statues representing the forces of China’s 1st emperor Qin Shi Huang. All statues are of different heights – representative of their roles in the army, including chariots, warriors and horses. What we have here is most likely a form of funerary art of ancient China in which the King wished to continue his reign in his afterlife.
What’s so special about it? Please go ahead and finance the construction of 8,000 terracotta soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses – each looking different. And make sure they last 2000 years without falling apart. The level of craziness of Qin Shi Huang might only be topped by those three giant Pyramids in Egypt (Menkaure, Khafre and Khufu), which is another spectacular example of wasted human energy. China’s Terracotta Army is part of a much larger necropolis, covering a vast area surrounding the first emperor’s tomb mound. The earthen tomb mound is located at the foot of Mount Li and built in a pyramidal shape, with Qin Shi Huang’s necropolis complex constructed as a microcosm of his imperial palace or compound. Until today his warriors stand guard to the east of the tomb. It consists of several offices, halls, stables, and other structures placed around the tomb mound, which is surrounded by two solidly built rammed earth walls with gateway entrances. Up to 5 metres of reddish and soil had accumulated over the site in the two millennia following its construction, but archaeologists found evidence of earlier disturbances at the site. During the excavations they found several graves dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, where diggers had apparently struck terracotta fragments, discarded as worthless and used it along with soil to back fill the excavations.
by Michelangelo = THE MOST REALISTIC Year of Make: 1499 | Material: Marble | Location: St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy
Pieta is an extraordinary marble structure shaped up by Michelangelo Buonarroti. It is a representation of Jesus Christ in the arms of Mary, his mother. This is one of the most remarkable sculptures that brought Michelangelo to light. During this time, Michelangelo was barely 20 years old when he was asked to come up with a sculpture of Virgin Mary with her son in her arms. With nearly 2 years, Michelangelo managed to explore the utmost of his talent as well as the potential of the single slab of marble and thus brought one of the most famous sculptures to this world.
by Michelangelo = THE PERFECT Year of Make: 1504 | Material: Marble | Location: Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, Italy
David is an outstanding masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created between 1501 and 1504 by Michelangelo. It’s a 5.17m marble statue of a standing male nude, representing the Biblical hero David – a favoured subject in the art of medieval Florence. Originally commissioned as one of a series of statues of prophets to be positioned along the roofline of the east end of Florence Cathedral, the statue was placed instead in a public square, outside the Palazzo della Signoria, the seat of civic government in Florence, where it was unveiled on September 8, 1504.
What’s so special about it? The shape of this statue is as close as one can get with a marble copy of a human body. If you are looking the most realistic proportions, visit this statue. Because of the nature of hero David, the statue came to symbolize the defense of civil liberties embodied in the Republic of Florence, an independent city-state threatened on all sides by more powerful rival states and by the hegemony of the Medici family. The eyes of David, with a warning glare, were turned towards Rome. The statue was moved to the Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence, in 1873.
by Auguste Rodin = THE EROTIC Year of Make: 1882 | Material: Marble | Location: Musee Rodin in Paris, France
“The Kiss” was originally titled “Francesca da Rimini”, as it depicts the 13th-century Italian noblewoman immortalised in Dante’s Inferno (Circle 2, Canto 5) who falls in love with her husband Giovanni Malatesta’s younger brother Paolo. Having fallen in love while reading the story of Lancelot and Guinevere, the couple are discovered and killed by Francesca’s husband. In the sculpture, the book can be seen in Paolo’s hand. The lovers’ lips do not actually touch in the sculpture, suggesting that they were interrupted and met their demise without their lips ever having touched. When critics first saw the sculpture in 1887, they suggested the less specific title “Le Baiser” (English: The Kiss).
Rodin indicated that his approach to sculpting women was of homage to them and their beautiful bodies, not just submitting to men but as full partners in ardor. The consequent eroticism in the sculpture made it controversial for the mob. A bronze version of The Kiss was sent for display at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The sculpture was considered unsuitable for general display and relegated to an inner chamber with admission only by personal application. Today we might laugh about it, but yes: ordinary people were that stupid those days, and actuallys still are today. in the 21st century they just hide it a bit better.
Statue of Liberty
by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and Gustave Eiffel = THE FREE Year of Make: 1884 | Material: Copper | Location: Liberty Island, New York, United States
Essentially, it was a gift of the French people to celebrate the centenary of the United States Declaration of Independence signing. Standing on Liberty Island, it is among the most famous sculptures and symbols on this planet. The statue shows a woman in a stola, wearing sandals and a shiny crown. The woman is trampling a loose chain and has a torch in her right hand raised high. She is also holding a tabula ansata tablet. This robed female figure represents Libertas – Roman Goddess of Liberty. Until today the Statue of Liberty is the first thing in sight for millions of immigrants who come to the United States by ship.
The Motherland Calls
by Yevgeny Vuchetich, Nikolai Nikitin = YOUNGEST AND LARGEST Year of Make: 1967 | Material: Concrete | Location: Volgograd, Russia
The Motherland Calls statue is located in Volgograd (formerly known as Stalingrad) commemorating the epic battle and deciding milestone in World War II. With 85m in height it is the largest sculpture in our Top 10 list, followed by Libertas in New York with 46m. Compared with later higher statues which are all Buddhas, The Motherland Calls is significantly more complex from an engineering point of view, due to its characteristic posture with a sword raised high in the right hand and the left hand extended in a calling gesture. 200 steps, symbolizing the 200 days of the Battle of Stalingrad lead from the bottom of the hill to the monument. The Battle of Stalingrad lastet 5 months (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943). It is regarded as the single largest (2.2 million personnel) and bloodiest (2 million wounded, killed, captured) battles in the history of warfare. Heavy losses inflicted on the German “Wehrmacht” made it arguably the most strategically decisive battle of the whole war. It became the turning point. German forces never regained initiative in the East again, plus they lost the West because of trying to withdrew vast military forces from the West to replace their losses in the East. Until today no normal thinking human understands the reason why Germans did try to beat the Russians in Stalingrad – a place 2,700 km away from Berlin. There is no acceptable reason to try that. Same is true for Japanese troops in Thailand or Darwin, U.S. troops in Vietnam or Iraq. We can only assume brain damage in the decision makers heads.