Nick's Travel Bug http://nickstravelbug.com Travel Often, Create Adventures, and Live Vicariously Through Yourself Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:07:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 5 Reasons I’m Excited to Go To Malaysiahttp://nickstravelbug.com/malaysia/5-reasons-to-go-to-malaysia/ http://nickstravelbug.com/malaysia/5-reasons-to-go-to-malaysia/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:03 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5582 I’m excited to announce that I’m going to Malaysia this weekend! The country has been high on my list for a while, and I just missed going there last Fall after diving in Thailand. I’ll be there for almost 3 … Continue reading

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I’m excited to announce that I’m going to Malaysia this weekend! The country has been high on my list for a while, and I just missed going there last Fall after diving in Thailand. I’ll be there for almost 3 weeks, traveling all over the country looking for the best food and cultural experiences I can find. Here are my top 5 reasons to go to Malaysia.

Deepavali Festival of Lights

Photo courtesy of William Cho on Flickr

1) Deepavali (Diwali)

Deepavali, or Diwali, is the annual Festival of Lights. It’s an ancient Hindu festival that signifies the victory of light over darkness. I’m excited to experience this because I’ve heard that people go to great lengths preparing their outfits for the festival, and even decorate their homes for the occasion.

2) Culture Fusion

Malaysia is a mix of Malay, Indian, and Chinese cultures. Even though each group keeps their own rituals and traditions, I’m interested to find out how the cultures have fused over the years, especially in food.

Street Food Penang

Photo courtesy of Basil Strahm on Flickr

3) Street Food

Malaysia is known as a foodie hotspot (especially in Penang), and no one is more excited about this than me. I can’t wait to eat as much Chinese, Indian, and Malay street food as possible in the short time I’m in the country.

4) The Petronas Towers

Photos of the famous Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur are taken by everyone who has ever visited Malaysia. While I see pictures of them all the time, I can’t wait to stand right underneath them myself.

Orangutan Sanctuary Malaysia

Photo courtesy of Heng Hau Yeo on Flickr

5) Visiting Wildlife Sanctuaries

While I’m hoping they are environmentally conscious, I’m looking forward to visiting both an orangutan sanctuary as well as a turtle conservation center in Kuching.

Have you visited Malaysia before? If so, what were some of your highlights and recommendations? Let me know in the comments below.

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FotoFriday: Loads of Bikes in Amsterdamhttp://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-bikes-in-amsterdam/ http://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-bikes-in-amsterdam/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 01:37:41 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5572 This week’s photo is of the loads of bikes in Amsterdam. I’ve heard that there are actually more bikes than people in the city, and by the look of this and other bike racks, this seems to be true.

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This week’s photo is of the loads of bikes in Amsterdam. I’ve heard that there are actually more bikes than people in the city, and by the look of this and other bike racks, this seems to be true.

Bikes in Amsterdam

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FotoFriday: Austin City Limits Festivalhttp://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-austin-city-limits/ http://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-austin-city-limits/#comments Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:03:01 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5565 This week’s photo is from the Austin City Limits music festival last weekend. On the 3rd day there were seas of people spanned all across Zilker Park anticipating the next round of bands to play.

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This week’s photo is from the Austin City Limits music festival last weekend. On the 3rd day there were seas of people spanned all across Zilker Park anticipating the next round of bands to play.

Austin City Limits Music Festival

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iPhone 6 Review for Travelhttp://nickstravelbug.com/reviews/iphone-6-review-travel/ http://nickstravelbug.com/reviews/iphone-6-review-travel/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:12:24 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5549 The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were announced last week and it’s the biggest change Apple has made to the iPhone line in recent years. Hundreds of reviews have already been written about the 2 new iPhones, but as … Continue reading

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were announced last week and it’s the biggest change Apple has made to the iPhone line in recent years. Hundreds of reviews have already been written about the 2 new iPhones, but as I’ve done in the past I want to give my opinions with regards to travel. Is it a worthwhile upgrade or should you wait until the next upgrade cycle? Read on to find out!

Screen Size

The most significant change in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the larger screen sizes, with the 6 measuring 4.7 inches and the 6 Plus measuring a whopping 5.5 inches! This should make for better web browsing, game play while stuck in airports, and jotting down notes on the phone. With the 6 Plus, it may even replace the need for you to have a tablet on the road (one less thing to carry). You might be thinking that 5.5 inches is way too big for a phone. I would tend to agree with you, but I won’t be able to decide for sure until I can make it over to an Apple Store and play with both for myself.

Memory Capacity

With the new iPhones, Apple has eliminated the 32GB version, opting for a 64GB version at the same price point, plus adding a 128GB version for the first time. I currently have a 32GB iPhone 5 and I’m constantly running out of room for music, photos, and my ever-growing podcasts list. I’ll probably go with the 128GB version so I never have to worry about this.

iPhone 6 Camera

Camera

While Apple still stuck with an 8MP iSight camera, they’ve added what they are calling ‘Focus Pixels’. The idea is that the camera should be able to autofocus significantly quicker than previous iPhone cameras. The biggest camera update comes to the iPhone 6 Plus, which comes with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). This will especially help with shooting in low-light situations. I wish they had included this on both new iPhones, so if you use it as your main camera then this might be a deciding factor.

Worldwide LTE Connectivity

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support up to 20 different LTE bands, meaning that you can use them in most countries that have LTE networks. No more (slow) 3G speeds while traveling outside the US! Just show up in a new country, buy a SIM card at the airport, and be off with your fast LTE speeds. This really makes the iPhone one to rule them all. The new iPhones also support Voice-over-LTE, so those of us with Verizon in the US can finally talk and surf the web AT THE SAME TIME! I don’t understand why this took so long.

iPhone 6 Apple Pay

Apple Pay

The feature that I’m most excited about is Apple Pay. This involves using your phone to make payments via NFC. You link all of your credit cards to the phone, hold your thumb on the fingerprint sensor, swipe your phone past a machine at checkout, and voila, you’ve paid. No need to take your wallet out and fumble through getting out a card. This technology has been around for a while, but has never really taken off. Hopefully Apple integrating it in the new iPhones will help with mass adoption. The only issue you’d have to worry about would be if the battery in the phone dies. Then you’d have to have a physical card as a backup.

Verdict

So now the final question. Should you buy one of the new iPhone 6 models? I say absolutely. The larger screen size is a winner in itself, but then you add in larger memory capacity, an improved camera, and mobile payments. For me, it’s a must-upgrade. Which size you get really depends on your personal preferences, but from what I’ve heard I’ll probably be going with the iPhone 6 rather than the iPhone 6 Plus.

What do you think? Are you going to be upgrading to either the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?

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FotoFriday: Moulin Rouge in Parishttp://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-moulin-rouge-paris/ http://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-moulin-rouge-paris/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:29:25 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5545 This week’s photo was taken outside of the famous Moulin Rouge theatre in Paris. It certainly looks more impressive all lit up at night!

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This week’s photo was taken outside of the famous Moulin Rouge theatre in Paris. It certainly looks more impressive all lit up at night!

Moulin Rouge Paris

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FotoFriday: Madrid at Sunsethttp://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-things-to-see-in-madrid/ http://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-things-to-see-in-madrid/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 22:45:12 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5541 This week’s photo was taken while I was wandering through Madrid around sunset. The City Hall building was one of my favorite things to see in Madrid. It’s a fairly impressive building.

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This week’s photo was taken while I was wandering through Madrid around sunset. The City Hall building was one of my favorite things to see in Madrid. It’s a fairly impressive building.

Things to See in Madrid

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FotoFriday: Go Blue at Michigan Stadium!http://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-michigan-stadium/ http://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-michigan-stadium/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:52:14 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5536 Since college football season is starting this weekend and because I’m going to be going through some serious withdrawals being in Texas, this week’s photo was taken from a game at Michigan Stadium last season. Go Blue!

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Since college football season is starting this weekend and because I’m going to be going through some serious withdrawals being in Texas, this week’s photo was taken from a game at Michigan Stadium last season. Go Blue!

Michigan Stadium

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FotoFriday: Exploring the Waterfalls in Paihttp://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-waterfalls-in-pai/ http://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-waterfalls-in-pai/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:00:26 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5529 This week’s photo was taken while climbing around some waterfalls in Pai, Thailand just outside of the main part of the city. That’s a great place to rent a motorbike and explore the surrounding areas as there’s a lot of gorgeous … Continue reading

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This week’s photo was taken while climbing around some waterfalls in Pai, Thailand just outside of the main part of the city. That’s a great place to rent a motorbike and explore the surrounding areas as there’s a lot of gorgeous scenery.

Waterfalls in Pai

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FotoFriday: A Foggy View of the Golden Gate Bridgehttp://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-golden-gate-bridge/ http://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-golden-gate-bridge/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:43:03 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5497 This week’s photo of the Golden Gate Bridge was taken on a foggy day in San Francisco (wait, aren’t they all?) from up in the Marin Headlands.

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This week’s photo of the Golden Gate Bridge was taken on a foggy day in San Francisco (wait, aren’t they all?) from up in the Marin Headlands.

Golden Gate Bridge

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How to Save $10,000 and Travel the Worldhttp://nickstravelbug.com/travel-advice/ways-to-save-money-for-travel/ http://nickstravelbug.com/travel-advice/ways-to-save-money-for-travel/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:00:29 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5477 Have you been dying to travel the world for as long as you can remember? What’s been stopping you? Fear? Money? Comfort? If money is the issue, you’re in luck today. I’m going to show you some ways to save … Continue reading

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Ways to Save Money to Travel

Have you been dying to travel the world for as long as you can remember? What’s been stopping you? Fear? Money? Comfort? If money is the issue, you’re in luck today. I’m going to show you some ways to save money fast. In fact, I’m going to show you how you can save $10,000 by next summer and take your dream trip to anywhere in the world you want.

Before all the haters jump on my case, the 5 things I’m about to explain are things that I’ve personally given up or changed in the past few years and that you can easily change in your day-to-day schedule. I’m not going to tell you to sit in your house and be a recluse for the next year. In fact, after a while you probably won’t even miss these things. People ask me how I’m able to travel as much as I do. Here’s how.

Ready?

Ways to Save Money

Ways to Save Money Starbucks

1) Give up your $5 per day Starbucks drink

Honestly, this one was probably the toughest for me. I used to be a hardcore Starbucks addict, visiting once or twice a day. When I did a little calculation and figured out how much I was spending on coffee, it blew my mind! Instead, go buy a Keurig machine, a bunch of K-cups, and some flavored creamers at the grocery store. It will be practically the same drink for a fraction of the cost.

Starbucks: $5/day x 5 days/week x 52 weeks/year = $1,300/year

Keurig: $100 (machine) + $0.50/day x 5 days/week x 52 weeks/year = $230/year

Savings: $1,070/year

 

Ways to Save Money Cooking

2) Cook a few times per week rather than eating out all the time

Think about how many times per week you eat out at restaurants. For me, it used to be almost every night. Again, when I added up all my food expenses I decided I should start learning to cook. At least a bit. Now I cook 3-4 nights per week, saving on average about $15 per meal. Not only are you saving money, but this is also a lot healthier than eating out. It’s a win-win.

Savings: $15 x 3 nights/week x 52 weeks = $2,340/year

 

Ways to Save Money Car Payment

My old car!

3) Get rid of your expensive car payment

I used to have a cool sports car. It was fast and I loved it, but at the time I didn’t want to have to store it for the winter and have a second car. So I sold it and bought a used car that was a few years old, but still in great condition. Guess what? My car payment was cut in half, my insurance was cut in half, and I didn’t have to use premium gas any more! I couldn’t believe how much money I was saving.

Total payment before: $1,100/month x 12 months = $13,200

Total payment after: $600/month x 12 months = $7,200

Savings: $6,000/year

 

Ways to Save Money Netflix

Photo courtesy of Lauren_Alena on Flickr

4) Watch movies on Netflix rather than going to the theater

By the time you buy 2 movie ticket and a bucket of popcorn, you’ve easily just spent $25. Consider this twice a month and it starts to add up. Luckily, there are options like Netflix to satisfy all your movie cravings. It only costs $8 per month and probably has more movies than you could ever hope to watch.

Movie theater: $25 x 2 movies/month x 12 months = $600/year

Netflix: $8/month x 12 months = $96/year

Savings: $504/year

 

Ways to Save Money Free Events

5) Find free events to go to around town

This may be easier in some cities than others, but in Austin I go to free parties once or twice a week. Whether it’s a new startup throwing a launch party or a new food truck opening, it seems there are always opportunities to eat and drink for free or extremely cheap here. In any city or town, there are hundreds of things you could do rather than eating out and going to bars.

Savings: Depends on you, but could potentially add up to a lot.

 

Total Savings = $9,914 or more per year

So there you go. 5 relatively easy way to save money for travel. If you can implement these or similar strategies, you’ll be on a plane to some tropical destination in no time! What are you waiting for?

Do you have some good tips for ways to save money? Leave them in the comments below.

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