Nick's Travel Bug http://nickstravelbug.com Travel Often, Create Adventures, and Live Vicariously Through Yourself Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20:02:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 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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FotoFriday: Vintage Cameras in Havanahttp://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-vintage-cameras/ http://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-vintage-cameras/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:00:15 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5459 This week’s photo is (ironically) of some old vintage cameras. While walking through an outdoor book shop with my camera around my neck, an older man waved me to come behind his table. He pointed to my camera and showed me … Continue reading

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This week’s photo is (ironically) of some old vintage cameras. While walking through an outdoor book shop with my camera around my neck, an older man waved me to come behind his table. He pointed to my camera and showed me this box of vintage cameras he had collected over the years. The man even had me test a few and they were, somewhat surprisingly, all in perfect working order.

vintage cameras

 

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FotoFriday: Relaxing at Krause Springshttp://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-krause-springs/ http://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-krause-springs/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:00:53 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5451 This week’s photo was taken at Krause Springs, located about 45 minutes outside of Austin. It’s a great place to spend the day because the scenery is gorgeous and it isn’t that crowded like most of the other springs around … Continue reading

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This week’s photo was taken at Krause Springs, located about 45 minutes outside of Austin. It’s a great place to spend the day because the scenery is gorgeous and it isn’t that crowded like most of the other springs around the area.

Krause Springs Waterfall

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FotoFriday: Hot Air Ballooning in Portlandhttp://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-hot-air-balloon-portland/ http://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-hot-air-balloon-portland/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:43:35 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5445 This week’s photo comes from the closing party of World Domination Summit. In addition to the Bollywood dancing, food trucks, and beer, there was also a hot air balloon for people to ride in. What will they think of next?

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This week’s photo comes from the closing party of World Domination Summit. In addition to the Bollywood dancing, food trucks, and beer, there was also a hot air balloon for people to ride in. What will they think of next?

Hot Air Balloon Portland

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Breaking ANOTHER World Record: The Great Namaste!http://nickstravelbug.com/wds/worlds-longest-yoga-chain/ http://nickstravelbug.com/wds/worlds-longest-yoga-chain/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:59:14 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5434 One of the highlights of the World Domination Summit last week was the chance to break my 2nd Guinness World Record. The first was at the World Float last year during WDS. I think from now on I’m going to list World … Continue reading

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Longest Yoga Chain

One of the highlights of the World Domination Summit last week was the chance to break my 2nd Guinness World Record. The first was at the World Float last year during WDS. I think from now on I’m going to list World Record Holder Extraordinaire on my business cards. What do you think?

This time the record was for the World’s Longest Yoga Chain, called The Great Namaste. We assembled early in the morning at Pioneer Courthouse Square, the line of people wrapped all the way around. As we were let in, everyone was seated to a yoga mat provided by the WDS team. At first, nobody was sure if we were going to have enough to break the past record of 696. However, as more and more people filtered in it became clear that we just might do it. In fact, we didn’t just break the record…WE CRUSHED IT!!! I believe the final count was 808 yogis lined up in the longest yoga chain ever recorded! Here’s a quick video of the attempt:

Now how did this whole thing go down you might ask. The group was seated in rows spanning the entire square. The idea was that there were 5 different poses for everyone to complete. Starting at the very front, the first person would perform the pose and it would snake up and down the rows until it got to the very back where I was sitting (in the shade). Everyone was required to hold the pose until the next pose came along in sequence. Since it was my first time ever doing yoga I’m not sure what the different poses were called, but none of them were too terribly complicated. After a quick practice run, we ended up holding each pose for about 10 minutes until the next came along down the line.

Longest Yoga Chain

Photo courtesy of Armosa Studios

It’s always amazing what can be accomplished when a large community of people come together with a common goal in mind. All it takes is a great idea and a little perseverance by the members of the group. In this case, we were able to absolutely crush the previous record for the world’s longest yoga chain and make some new friends in the process.

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FotoFriday: Multnomah Fallshttp://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-multnomah-falls/ http://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-multnomah-falls/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:59:42 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5429 This week’s photo was taken while hiking around Multnomah Falls, one of the most impressive waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon.

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This week’s photo was taken while hiking around Multnomah Falls, one of the most impressive waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon.

Multnomah Falls

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FotoFriday: Temples in Bangkokhttp://nickstravelbug.com/thailand/temples-in-bangkok/ http://nickstravelbug.com/thailand/temples-in-bangkok/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:43:02 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5423 This week’s photo is one of the somewhat gaudy temples in Bangkok, this one Wat-Tri Mit Wit Thayaram.

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This week’s photo is one of the somewhat gaudy temples in Bangkok, this one Wat-Tri Mit Wit Thayaram.

Temples in Bangkok

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My Experience at BlogHouse Chicagohttp://nickstravelbug.com/usa/bloghouse-chicago/ http://nickstravelbug.com/usa/bloghouse-chicago/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:58:50 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5256 What do you get when you put 20 travel bloggers and writers in a giant Tuscan-style villa in Chicago for 4 days, stock it with good craft beer, and cram their brains with blogging strategy? At first you might think … Continue reading

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Bloghouse Chicago Group

Photo courtesy of Lisa Lubin

What do you get when you put 20 travel bloggers and writers in a giant Tuscan-style villa in Chicago for 4 days, stock it with good craft beer, and cram their brains with blogging strategy? At first you might think of The Real World, but this was BlogHouse Chicago. Much better indeed.

A few of the bloggers I had met before while on previous trips, but most of the crew I was meeting for the first time. The funny thing is that even from the very beginning everyone seemed to click and the bonding continued throughout the weekend. The entire group were genuinely interesting people from all over the globe and at all different levels of blogging. Some were just starting out while others could be called professional bloggers and making a living off of the platform they’ve built. There was no question, though, that the entire weekend was a whirlwind of information for all of us.

Working Hard at Bloghouse

Working hard at Bloghouse! Photo courtesy of Lisa Lubin

The sessions throughout the weekend included topics like Facebook for Haters, pitching and working with brands, not being annoying on Twitter, travel photography, search engine optimization techniques, and other ways to improve your blogging skills. While I thought a lot of the sessions were extremely useful, the most value for me was being able to vet some of the crazy ideas in my head with fellow bloggers and writers to see what might make sense and what I should scrap.

Once the sessions were done, then the real fun began. Thanks to our awesome sponsors, we got to experience some of the best of Chicago. One night was Industry Night held at the Vertigo Sky Lounge, located on the rooftop of the Dana Hotel. The views from the roof were pretty amazing while we networked with people who work in different aspects of the travel industry.

Bloggers on a Boat

This is what happens when you put a bunch of bloggers on a boat #BloggersTakingPhotosOfBloggersTakingPhotos

The next night was my favorite. We started with a boat ride down the Chicago River, courtesy of Chicago Electric Boats. We sailed up and down the Chicago River and got some great shots of the Chicago skyline. Out of the 2 boats, of course we had the better boat. No question there. After the boat ride, we headed over to Mercadito for dinner and drinks, courtesy of the good folks at Gogo. There were a lot of margaritas consumed that night!

The other awesome bloggers that were at BlogHouse Chicago included:

I had a great time and learned a ton at BlogHouse Chicago. I highly recommend future BlogHouse events for any travel bloggers looking to grow and develop their brand while having a lot of fun doing it. Cheers to all of our sponsors for making the weekend possible, including FlipKey, Megabus, Gogo, and Vertigo Sky Lounge.

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