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Moving Tips

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

My husband and I just got done moving into a new condo and there are many things I wish I would have thought of, and many things I am so glad that we did to make the move easier. I wanted to make a list of do’s and don’ts so that when you make your move into a new apartment or dorm, it will be easier!

1. DO – Hire Movers / Rent A U-Haul

The first time we moved, we had movers pack and unpack everything. It was the easiest move I have ever experienced. If you have the money to do so, I highly recommend to hire movers, it will save you time, energy, and many headaches. This last time we moved, we couldn’t afford movers so we decided to rent a U-Haul, which I also recommend doing if you can’t afford the movers. We only had to make two trips with our small truck!

Hired Professional Movers

Photo © Meathead Moviers

2. DON’T – Wait To Pack

Do not wait to pack things up until you get furniture out. My husband and I thought it would be way easier to pack a lot of our stuff once we already started moving. Do NOT do this. It was so stressful, and we felt rushed as we were packing. We didn’t know what boxes we put what in, so we became even more stressed. Packing is awful, and it’s easy to procrastinate, but trust me, get it done with before the moving process begins! And don’t forget to mark on each box what’s in it!

Moving Boxes

Photo © Premiere Cleaning

3. DO – Ask For Help

Do not be nervous to ask your friends to help you. Obviously, it’s not going to be the greatest favor they ever do for you, but being someone’s friend isn’t always glamorous. We had some really great friends help us move, and so we bought them lunch and beer and it turned out being a great day!

Moving Day Friend Family Help

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The biggest advice I can give you for moving, is to be prepared. We were completely prepared the first time around, which made things so much easier, and almost stress-free. We are still dealing with stress from our last move, because we put off a lot of things that needed to get done.

Learn from our mistakes, and don’t procrastinate!

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Thank You Gifts For Abroad

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Whether you are planning to stay with a host family, in a hostel, or with friends, it is a good idea to always have some small trinkets to give as gifts to whomever shows you a little hospitality while you are abroad. Not only will you be presenting yourself in the best light, you will also be presenting your country positively, which is something a lot of travelers don’t think about.

Rest assured buying thank you gifts doesn’t have to break the bank. There are many inexpensive things you can pick up that will be sure to satisfy and are easy to travel with!

1. Magnets

Magnets make great gifts because they add life to a kitchen! Plus, anyone who comes over to their house for a meal will most likely ask about them and that makes it a gateway to a great conversation about how a wonderful traveling student gave it to them as a little thank you.

Cute Refrigerator Magnets

Photo © Sarah Benning

2. Postcards

I have pen pals from Africa, Spain, and even just a few states in the U.S. and postcards are one of my favorite little gifts to get. I love having something to pin up on the refrigerator, around my room, or on my bureau mirror, and your kind friends, hostel works, or host family will too!

Costa Rica Postcard

Photo © Katrina Communications

3. Homemade Goods

Anything home-made or handmade from your state is always a great gift. People love supporting local businesses and areas. Some ideas could be: jewelry, candles, jams, or chocolate. If there is a local market in your town on weekends, chances are it is a jackpot for inexpensive goodies like these.

Handmade Earrings Jewelry

Photo © Fashion Diva Design

4. Keychains

Add a little flair to your someone’s key ring with a unique keychain with their name or a cool design on it. Each time they reach for their keys, they will think of you.

Don't Worry I Got Your Back Funny Keychain

Photo © Zazzle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Still in doubt? Think about what you would like to get as a gift from someone and go with that. As long as you put some thought into it, you can’t go wrong. Mostly it’s the idea of being appreciative to those who welcome you into their space for your extended travels. Show them they have made a difference!

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Travel Insurance

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

One very important part of planning for vacations that a lot of students don’t take into account, is travel insurance. I am currently overseas to teach English and insurance is something that has been on the top of my list. While my employer will be providing me with medical insurance, travel insurance is something else on its own.

1. What Is Travel Insurance?

While medical insurance only covers you if you get sick, or need a prescription or antibiotics, travel insurance protects your property should it become lost or stolen. It can also cover you in the event of a family death that you need to come back to the states for, lost luggage, or a trip cancellation.

Travel Insurance Pink Suitcase

Photo © Fodor’s

2. How To Get It?

First, see if your current health, car, or house insurance provider offers it. If they do, get a quote! If going through an already existing insurance provider isn’t an option, ask around to see if any of your friends or family has ever had to get travel insurance and whether or not they can recommend someone. Or you can use a travel insurance cost comparison website, such as tripinsurance.com, squaremouth.com, or Lonely Planet. Also, the U.S. Travel Association ranks travel insurance companies in good standing.

Travel Insurance Information

Photo © alliance abroad group

3. What To Include?

What you decide to have included in your insurance is up to you. Keep in mind, though, the more you have included, the higher the monthly price will be, so be sure to tailor it specifically to your trip and budget.

Group of College Students Traveling Together

Photo © Rait

Travel insurance is great to have no matter where you are going. The longer you plan to travel, the more highly I would recommend getting it.

Good luck!

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Preparing To Travel Abroad

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

After graduating college, a lot of us students don’t know what to do with our lives. We may have been so caught up in making sure we passed our last few classes that we needed to graduate that we didn’t really prepare for what would happen after. Or, for those of us who applied for a job that we didn’t successfully land, we now wonder – now what?

For me, it was clear I wanted to travel. Because I was on a budget, I looked for programs that would chip in for the cost of flights to and from the country. When I found The Republic of Georgia looking for English teachers and willing to pay the full cost for flights, I applied immediately and was contacted for an interview just three days later.

College Girl Traveling to Paris France

Photo © Travelhoo

We don’t realize until it’s actually happening that we have to take care of some things before leaving the country:

1. Money

Make sure you have the money to travel comfortably. If not, there are always programs that offer work trades in exchange for food and board. It’s just a matter of searching! Also, be sure to give two weeks notice if you do have a job.

2. Storage

Renting a storage unit and making sure you have enough money to pay for it while you’re away is important. There are just some things you cannot travel with and especially if you are giving up your apartment, you need to find a place to store your belongings.

3. International Calls

Check with your cell phone provider to see if you have an international calling plan. If not, you have to figure out how to get one. And if you can’t afford to get one, download apps like Viber and Whatsapp, which allow you to make free international calls and texts to anyone else you know with that app.

4. Pets

If you have a pet, you have to figure out who will watch it while you are gone. And make sure it has an identification collar just in case.

5. Shots and Identification

Make sure to get the required and recommended shots. Then making sure you have a supply of whatever prescriptions you take for the time you are gone. Also, make copies of passports, identification, and immunization cards.

Tailor this list to you and your trip. I recommend starting early. I hope you’ll follow along with me as I write about teaching in The Republic of Georgia!

Girl Traveling to the Republic of Georgia

Photo © Q8 All In One

Happy travels!

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Vacationing On A College Budget

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

We all have those Facebook friends who post tons of pictures of their amazing trip to Europe or somewhere else amazing. Not all of us can go on an extravagant vacation, but with a few tricks, anyone can have a great weekend getaway! Over the years I’ve found a few key ways that have allowed me to enjoy summer on a budget.

1. Shop The Deals

Sites like Groupon and LivingSocial are built so that people can find great things to do for a great deal, so take advantage of it! There are some out of country trips if you have some money saved up for that, but if not, there are so many local hotel deals for a few days away!

LivingSocial Website Online Coupon Deals

Photo © Money Crashers

2. Travel By Car

If you cut out the flight, you cut out the majority of the cost. The best way to vacation is to get a group of friends, split the gas, and hit the road. Next month I’m going to San Francisco with friends and we are driving the eight hours together while splitting the gas and hotel costs, which is making it such a cheap trip!

Driving Across The Country Open Road Outdoors Adventure

Photo © Business Insider

3. Plan Ahead

It’s hard for us sometimes to make plans in advance, but if you can book a flight, or book a hotel, it’s much more beneficial to you if you can book it at least a few weeks out. Every time I want to go home, and have to book a flight, I make sure that it’s at least a month out because the prices are much cheaper.

Female Student Looking Online On Laptop For Hotels Vacation

Photo © sirvoy

4. Landmarks

Find cool places to go that don’t require you to spend a lot of money to see them. Once you are on your way, find bars, local shops, and restaurants to make it an adventure along the way!

Girls Posing And Taking Pictures With Local Louisiana Landmarks

Photo © thetowntalk

To have a great summer, you don’t have to have a lot of money, or go to another country. Get a group of friends, or your loved one, and start making plans!

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