Going Global

How often do you watch the news or read the newspaper? Probably not very often. But, it’s important to know what is going on outside of your own little bubble. Across the state, nation and world, crazy, exciting and scary things happen every day. Be aware of what is going on around the globe.

Affording Your First Adventure


In recent times, travel has become something which almost everyone has access to. As long as you can get together a bit of money, the world is truly your oyster, and you can go anywhere you like. Of course, though, finding the funding for something like this can be very hard. This means that the first part of your adventure is going to be fundraising, and there are loads of ways to do this. To help you out, this post will be exploring some of the options you have to make your trip affordable.

Saving Up

Birthdays, Christmases, and other special occasions will often yield a lot of different gifts. If you’re lucky, a good amount of this will be money, giving you the chance to start saving up for your adventure. The best way to save for something like this is by keeping the money away from the stuff you spend on a daily basis. This will enable you to avoid expensive impulse purchases, while also giving you the chance to keep a good eye on what you’re saving.

Getting A Job

Of course, relying on the rare gifts you receive to save your travel funds might not be enough, as it will take a very long time. To make this faster, a little bit of work can be done to bring in a lot more money. Websites like Freelancer.com make it nice and easy to pick up some small jobs which are easy to do around study and other important commitments. Alternatively, though, you could also consider the idea of a normal job with low hours, as these will be a lot more consistent. It will take a lot of work to get a role like this, but it will be worth it once you jetting off.

The Right Trip

Most people have grand ideas for their first few vacations, imagining themselves in all sorts of different locations. For your maiden voyage, though, it’s always a better idea to be more grounded in your approach. Sites like http://tentsandcampgear.com/storage-containers/ can help you to get together everything you need for an affordable camping trip. Along with this, you have loads of other options, but you will need to do some research if you want to find the best for you.

Go As A Group

Traveling as a group of people has long been one of the best ways to keep the costs of a vacation down. Being able to split the costs of travel, food, accommodation, and even activities while you’re there will make the whole adventure easier to afford. All it takes is a small group of friends to kick something like this off, and it’s worth doing some research to make sure you’re saving wherever you can.

The beauty of these methods of their versatility. Any combination of these can be used to fund your first vacation, even if you only choose to use one of them. For the best results, though, it’s usually best to do whatever you can.



Saving Smiles One Bracelet at a Time


One in 700 children are born with a cleft palate, a common birth defect that happens when parts of the lip and mouth do not completely fuse together. If not treated, it can cause serious lifelong problems, such as difficulty breathing, dental issues, and speech impairments. Fortunately, it can be corrected with a surgery…unfortunately, not many families can afford that, especially in third world countries where medical treatment is not easy to come by. That’s where Nandini and Sanjana come in. These two fifteen-year-old girls are co-owners of Side by Side Smiles, a charity dedicated to raising money and awareness so that babies born with cleft palates can get the treatment they need so that they can live full, normal, and happy lives. I’m so thankful I had the chance to interview them and find out more about this important cause.

 

R: Tell us about Side by Side Smiles. How does it work?

S: Side by Side Smiles is a charity started by us in January of this year. We sell five-dollar charm bracelets that we make by hand to raise money and awareness for children who cannot afford cleft lip palate surgeries. Currently, we make and sell our charm bracelets and accept donations to raise money.

 

R: What inspired you to create this charity?

S: Nandini was born with a cleft lip, but luckily had access to the care and resources she needed. Nandini was fortunate enough to grow up with a normal childhood. Earlier this year, she realized that not all children with clefts are lucky enough to get the opportunities she did. So Nandini decided she wanted to help make a difference. When she asked her lifelong best friend Sanjana if she wanted to be involved, Sanjana was ecstatic. Together, they decided to start Side by Side Smiles.

 

R: What do you hope to accomplish In the future? What have you already accomplished?

S: We would like to raise at least $5,000 by the end of this year. As a long term goal, we would love to raise $100,000. So far, we have sold over 600 bracelets and raised over $4,300.

 

R: How can people donate and/or raise awareness?

S: People can donate by visiting our website, sidebysidesmiles.org. There is a link that will lead you to our Etsy page, where you can purchase a bracelet. However, if bracelets are not your thing, you can donate to our fundraiser, which is also linked on our website. The best way we gain awareness, however, is through word of mouth. If people find out about us, we encourage them to tell their family, friends, and people around them.

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add?

S: We are really thankful for the opportunities and experiences we’ve received since starting this charity and we encourage everyone to realize that, big or small, all efforts for positive change matter.

You can make a difference! Be sure to check out their website (and their beautiful bracelets) and go like their Facebook page. Share it with your friends and do your part to raise awareness for their cause. Every bracelet bought and every donation made brings a child one step closer to a surgery that will change their life.

 



How To Fund Those Resume Boosting Travel Trips


Some people, after they’ve graduated, know exactly what job or career they want to go after, and sometimes have the necessary experience actually to get it. Good for them. The rest of us have to navigate the murky job market with just our degrees and a bundle of enthusiasm. Now that you’re finally free from education, you might be thinking about doing a bit of traveling as a way to make yourself more employable in the long run. This is a good idea, as it’s fun and increases confidence – and just as importantly, can give your resume a much-needed boost. You can learn new skills, gain experience in positions outside of your comfort zone, and much more. However, it’s not free – and we all know that college students aren’t exactly drowning in cash. Below, we take a look at seven ways you can fund your post-college travel, which will make you more employable when you return.

Plan in Advance

There’s something to be said for striking out into the world with no particular direction in mind, but it’s not the most economical way to do things. You need time to save up the necessary capital, figure out where you want to go and what you want to see (you can’t afford to do it all!), and so on. Many graduates give themselves a year for their break, but they’re not traveling for the entire time. Spend the first few months planning and getting everything in order, then go on your adventure.

Get Saving

In the first few months after you’ve graduated, you’ll want to start saving those all-important travel funds. It’s not as difficult to build up a fair amount of cash pretty quickly, provided your stringent with that you’re spending your money on and are happy to forego a few luxuries here and there! By the way, if your mom and dad have been asking what you want as a graduation gift, now might be a good time to subtly hint that you’d appreciate some money for your travel pot!

Look For Discounts

Even if you’ve saved up cash and received a healthy donation from your parents, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to travel in style without ever having to cut corners or find cheaper options. The good news is that it’s never been easier to save money on your travel expenses. Sites like DontPayFull.com can help you get bonus deals on flights and hotel stays, allowing you to save more of your travel money for experiences and meals at the best local restaurants. If you’re patient and don’t just accept the first price you see, you’ll find you can cut those expenses down with minimal effort.

Smart Traveling

A sizeable chunk of money will get allow you to travel, but if you want to go for a while – and have experiences that will boost your resume – then take a look enhancing your skill sets by volunteering or working as you travel. You’ll be given free accommodation and food if you volunteer for a few hours a day, or you could try to get a job and actively top up your travel fund as you go. When you get back home, you’ll have new experiences for potential employers to look at, too!

Leave the Expensive Destinations (For Now)

If you want to work in fashion, then you might have the idea that there’ll be nothing better than rocking up in Paris and trying to secure an internship, or at least immerse yourself in the fashion capital of the world. But this would be a mistake because Paris is one of the most expensive cities in Europe! Instead, stick to the cheaper countries, the ones that are off the beaten path. Aside from saving you money, you’ll find there’ll be more opportunities for you to get involved with events and volunteering as there won’t be all the competition of a big city.

Free Activities

The internet will be your best friend when you’re traveling! It’ll help you find bags of free activities that are taking place wherever you are. If, say, you want to work as a chef, then look for things like cooking festivals and events happening at your destination.

Pick Up Extra Cash

And back to the internet: why not make money, travel, and get experience in your chosen field all at the same time? There are plenty of remote jobs available. If you want to be a web designer, for instance, then pick up a freelance job as you travel. Score!

After your travels, you’ll be more confident, more worldly, and more employable. Win, win, win!



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