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How to Travel Around the World and Get Free or Cheap Accommodation

Who here wants to travel the world this festive season or for the fun of it and has no money?

Anyone?

Okay. I will rephrase that question. Who here longs to travel the world but is on a tight budget?

Alright!

Let get started then. I don’t want to influence anyone’s pocket. But let’s face it, it’s December, the month of fun and parties and festivals. Hotels and resorts are going to be jam packed and quite expensive this festive season, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying your Christmas out of your comfort zone.

Maybe you want to travel to Mombasa from Kisumu, or Kenya to Ethiopia, Or even Europe and the West Africa and vice versa. You don’t have to be a millionaire to be a tourist’s by your rights.

Did you know that you can be hosted anywhere in the world and get free accommodation? I know right. Me too! I was ecstatic when I found out about this and I had to share with you, my friends.

I have compiled a detailed list of ways and websites you can get free and cheap accommodation across the world.

So sit back and read on tips on how to save money and get free and/or cheap accommodation around the world. (Unless you want to check into 5-star hotels) Please feel free to share with your friends, social network, and friends to give them hope that all hope is not lost. Lol

HOUSE SITTING

Trusted Housesitters
Homeowners assign his/her house to you and entrust you to watch over of their house or their pets and stay there for free under mutual agreement. There may be other responsibilities along the way as per the homeowner’s specifications such as (tending their plants etc. etc.)
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Membership Fee: $95.88 per year
Nomador
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Membership Fee: $89  per year

Housecarers
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Membership Fee: $50 per year Membership Fee: $50 per year

Airbnb
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Mind My House
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Membership Fee: $20 (Php 888+) per year

Tip
Make sure you have all the details straightened out between you and the homeowner since, for example, who’s responsibility it will be of covering the utility bills during your stay. Such as Wi-Fi, lights, water, etc., etc. You want to save as much as money as possible, so it’s only fair to yourself you have all these details before your stay.

Couch surfing
The term refers to the act of approving a stranger or friend to live/stay in your home for free, and they can use whatever space you have available; the floor, a spare room or couch. This way, you will enjoy meeting foreign people, free accommodation and experience the local city with your host.

In short, you can choose to be either a host or a ‘couch surfer, ’ and it’s free to connect with people globally who open to the couch and surfing arrangement.

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Membership Fee: None (FREE!)
Upgrades: $20 a year to get your account verified and gain more trust and contacts.

BeWelcome
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Membership Fee: None (FREE!)

Hospitality Club
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Membership Fee: None (FREE!)
Upgrades: None

Tip
Do a proper search on these websites, check out the reviews or testimonial section which will give you an idea of traveler or host you will be hosting in your house. Furthermore, couch-surfing websites normally have a verification system making trust and transparency between online members; therefore, I would recommend you search for hosts who have their profiles verified.

VOLUNTEER (JOB EXCHANGE)
Act of doing basic or skilled work for an institution or company and in return, they will give you free food and/or accommodation for your effort. These are establishments that are looking for travelers to work part time in sectors such as hostels, fruit farms, hotels, schools, bars, restaurants, etc. etc.

VolunteersBase
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Membership Fee: None (FREE!)

GrassRoots Volunteering
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Membership Fee: None (FREE!)

Picking jobs
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Membership Fee: Free

Work away info
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Membership Fee: $23  every 2 years

Hostel Travel Jobshouse-travel-jobs

Membership $9.99 one-time payment for lifetime membership

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Please Note Do Not take cash in exchange for the work you are volunteering to do. Keep in mind that you are volunteering and not working, otherwise. You will be required to get a work permit or work visa. Still, most institutions will offer you paid jobs even if you don/t have a work permit. In most countries, working in exchange for free accommodation and food is neither illegal nor legal

SHORT-TERM RENTALS 
This arrangement saves you from the cost and trouble of the usual rentals that normally want you to commit long-term (Months or years). Therefore, below is a list of websites that will give you not only more options but also a cheaper alternative.

Airbnb
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Trip Advisor
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Wimdu
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HomeAway
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HOME SWAPPING
Home exchanges, unlike house sitting, this arrangement means you will trade homes with someone from another country or city for an agreed period, — you will reside in their house, and she/he will live in yours. Most of these home exchange websites have set up their systems in a way that you cannot swap houses with another person at the same time line.

BedyCasa

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Home Stay

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BE AN AU PAIR
Being an AU PAIR is something you can consider in you want to stay in a foreign country for at least 5 months. The family that is interested in hosting/hiring you will expect you to do some light house around the jobs. In addition to that, they will give you an allowance and food.

CHEAP HOTELS, MOTELS & HOTELS
Now, you don’t want to do volunteering, I am assuming you have some little money from your travel budget to spend on accommodation, you might as well book yourself into the least expensive hotels, motels & hotels around the world. Here are some of the best websites to look in.

Hostel Combined 
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Hostel World
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Hostel Bookers
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GET IN TOUCH WITH PEOPLE YOU HAVE INTERACTED WITH AND KNOW AROUND THE WORLD.
Actually, this is the very first step you should take to get free accommodation during your travels. So get on it quickly and make those phone calls to your old family members and old friends to ask if they will be available on a, b, c days and if they will be willing to host you.

In my experience, don’t assume the relationship you have with them, whether they ask you to pay for the cost or not, as a courtesy, I would suggest a Thank You present when they accept your request to stay at their place.

There are so many options to cover on this topics and tips that I will be sharing with you as time goes by. For now, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Disclaimer
This website is for general information purposes only; reading of all information on this website is of your own free will and  it is written, managed, and edited only by me author (Celestin Chao)

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10 Tips on How to Deal with Challenges During Pregnancy

What are your fears and joy of being or getting pregnant? I know for a fact that it is not a smooth sailing journey for most women, especially in their first trimester. But generally, being pregnant is such a great gift to experience. During this time, you will be looking forward to having a glowing skin, safe pregnancy, and a healthy baby.

However, there is a common occurrence you will face challenges during this time, as your body adjust to a series of different changes. There is no need for alarm, really; here are some of the most common medical challenges to be on the lookout.

Nausea and Vomiting (Morning Sickness)
You might experience some degree of nausea during your pregnancy. Doctors link this to soaring of gastric problems, estrogen and progesterone hormones during the first three months. Also, you can reduce the severity of morning sickness by eating healthy.

Cramps, Varicose Veins, and Swelling
Cramp is a sudden sharp pain; that occurs in your muscle, swollen feet, ankles or fingers. Veins, particularly in the feet, become swollen. To reduce these effects, you should avoid standing for longer periods of time and ought to exercise regularly to improve your circulation.

Bladder and Bowel Problems
Frequent urination often starts early in the pregnancy, and sometimes it continues all through the pregnancy term. You can experience constipation, meaning you are unable to pass stool as you normally do. In addition to that, leaking urine, also known as incontinence can also occur.

You can eat foods that are high in fiber such as, beans and wholemeal to reduce constipation.  Drink less water to avoid frequent urination.

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Sharp Groin Pain
The pain occurs when the round ligaments in your pelvis stretch to accommodate your developing baby. If the ache comes, sit down and rest a few seconds until it subsides.

Fatigue
There are a lot of hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy.  You will experience faintness due to lack of enough oxygen circulation to the brain. When feeling faint, get up slowly after sitting or lying down.

Vaginal Discharge
Vaginal discharge can be quite uncomfortable and keeps coming back. It is commonly known as recurrent thrush. The discharge is caused by ‘Candida albicans,’ a yeast infection. Symptoms occur around your vulvae, such as itching and soreness. But it is relatively harmless and is curable; you will be prescribed an anti-thrush cream.

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Make a point to go for regular checkups to know the status of your unborn baby and your health as well.  Furthermore, you should consult your doctor on the above or other related challenges so that by the end of your pregnancy, you will have a bouncy bundle of joy.

 

 

 

The Tale of Arturo my Cat and I

I named my cat Arturo. She is a cute furry bundle of joy. I got the name from some moive program I was watching a few years back (can’t remember the name). Arturo and I have been friends for the longest time ever. Say eight years, or so […]

baby-art  We have forested a relationship that has made communication between us much easier than I had ever hoped. She comes up to me when I’m watching TV, having my meals or when she reveals herself in a particular verbal phrase when she appears in my line of sight.14799887_10209403944047643_1741298094_o

When I come back home from my projects, errands, or work, I actually seek her out to remind her of how much I love her and how much I miss her every time I leave home. Hence, I would peck her on the head, stroke her furry head and her body or use verbal means of communication to communicate.

At times, it would be hard to get hold of her because she would either disappear to our neighbor’s places or would hide somewhere in the house to have a nice quiet nap. I had to learn to predict Arturo’s body language to know what she wanted because her verbal communication of meowing was not always easy to tell exactly what was on her mind.

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Arturo can be quite sneaky and at times can be mistrustful. If for instance, you leave your food lying around for a second she would help herself to it, at one time, she came running to the kitchen and came across some hot oil in a pan that had been placed on the floor by my younger brother, and she got one of her ears burnt. Still, I got a Veterinary who treated the wound but lost her ear. But she recovered after the ordeal and survived the eight years without one ear.

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Whenever she got hungry, she would shove her empty  plate around the floor. In case she was in the mood of playing, to get my attention, she would play with stuff. And that would get me on my feet, and we would have a nice time just playing anything with her. I had joined the sales and marketing of insurance products, and I was the most nervous person on this earth. Just the mere thought of talking to strangers either on the phone or approach them was terrifying to me.baby

Thus, I would sit Arturo down and speak to her as though I was talking to a client to build my confidence. And interestingly enough, she would sit there and just stare at me listening attentively as though she understood what I was saying. (Crazy, I know). But it helped me a lot. In fact, I now have the confidence even to speak in public places and meetings.

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She has given birth three times, and I had plans for her to get … I have been giving out her kittens to my friends and only remained with one – male by the name Tin Tin. Tin Tin and her mother had a sort of “frenemy” relationship. They would fight for attention or compete to come and sit where I was and in a particular spot. They would glare at each of there, waved their paws at each other and drew back their ears ready for war. If I expressed my disapproval for their behavior, both or one of them would bolt out of the room annoyed.tin

Unfortunately, last week, Arturo died. I was not home at the moment, but I was informed she got sickly one evening and the next day, she was found dead outside. She left behind Tin Tin and couple of young kittens she had just given birth to. I was devastated when I heard the news.arturo

Arturo had become part of my life. I was at a loss for words. I regretted why I had not started my blog earlier on and shared with you the tales of my Cats, Arturo and Tin Tin. But I will miss her – terribly. I loved her very much, and I hope she has found peace in her animal spirit world. I’m however glad she left us Tin Tin and four more kittens as her legacy. I will keep telling you tales of Tin Tin and her siblings once in a while. Find out more on  Tin Tin’s breed here and Arturo’s breed here.

This is a prayer for my Arturo.

O God, you have redeemed all creation
through the incarnation of your eternal Word;
Protect our pets, your creatures,
who provide us with joy
and nonjudgmental companionship;
Give us respect
for all of your redeemed creation,
that we may care for creation
as just and humble stewards;
We pray this in the name of the same Word, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

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