You budget for travel?

Yep. This is one of the most critical things in our opinion. You see, there are many folks out there who have traversed the world on a shoestring and lived to write about it, share about it etc… Great stuff. Some of them will tell you that they did all that without inasmuch with much money. You know, the best things in life are free?

Sure.

And at the other hand of the ring, we introduce the luxury boxer traveler who seems to live it up very well, all the time running an online business and maintaining a blog to tempt teach you how to emulate their lives… easy right? Sell some stuff, get paid and live a privileged life…

Certainly.

Now if you are like us born with wooden spoons in our mouths (if there was even wood for it) plus not being awfully smart, then obviously we need to work and budget for almost anything we wish – if it includes a monetary exchange in order to obtain it. Otherwise, life sucks right? Heheh… no today it’s not a rant. And no we are not talking about getting into debt either…

It’s about pulling the wool away from your eyes and remind yourself what it really is. Someone told us that the amount we’ve spent on our travel handprints would have gotten us another piece of real estate… or that it would be a good chunk of retirement change available during our old age. Frittered away… oh imagine the dollars flying away…

True.

So the question being posed today is this: do you budget to travel? Or do you travel because you budget? If you have already set aside something for say retirement, do you not ‘budget’ the rest to live you life? Just a thought.

Can you make money from blogging?

Heheh… This post can either be extremely very short, or it could be a windy one. As in a long and winding road, nothing to do with the wind that might ruffle your hair. Wow. Making money from just spinning content onto blogosphere. A dream perhaps?

Anyhow. Can you?

Can one write blog posts and strike it rich? We mean rich from the sense of being remunerated for the words that one strikes on the keyboard. It all sounds so simple isn’t it? And there will be no shortage of bloggers out in the world wide web that purports to be that person. Yep, the one who is successfully making a good living out of bluffing blogging… and/or running an online business… where have you read about this before?

We on the other hand have been paying to blog.

Yeah.

You see, we opted for the “premium” plan with wordpress because we extremely dislike (politically correct form for ‘hate’) ads that appear on web pages. So to save you dear reader from being distracted by that ad, tempting you to look for a boyfriend or girlfriend online we pay a price for it… how gracious of us right? Heheh. But as you would have noticed a few months back, we stopped doing so… hence those pesky ads might have started…

Back to blogging for money.

With the “clutter” of blogs and websites out in the web these days. Is it that easy to capture an audience beholden to the words of a false prophet social influencer? Have you secretly wished that you are that blogger that earns a nice living from just writing?

Cruising the polar regions

Well climate change is probably here. Set aside the arguments for a while. The ice is melting faster and earlier in the polar regions. And nowhere is that more evident than the arctic where more shipping activity has been taking place of late.

If the article here is to be taken as a reference, it would appear that the waters of the arctic is likely to see regular cruising by tourists and transport of cargo within the next few years. You know, there had already been container ships making that journey to test out how much time is saved to transport goods between Asia and Europe.

It is known that arctic ice reaches its minimum every September. And using that as a benchmark measurements have concluded that the amount of ice remaining has declined by 13% over a period of 30 years measured from 1980. And it seems to be a trend too. Might not be too far into the future that low lying regions of the world start to see the effects of the sea swamping over them. Coastlines will change and some places will be lost forever. Seafront real estate owners beware! Heheh.

We know this will cause concerns and heartaches to some. And it pains us too. Unfortunately climate change is here to stay it appears. Whether the activities of humankind is the main cause is no longer the debate to us. Because instead of pointing fingers it is time to do something. Climate change may open up a new travel routes, but it comes with a price.

What will you do about it?

Sleep well on your journeys

Do you sleep well at night?

Ok, what we meant is – do you have a good rest each night when you are on your travels around the world? Some people say they cannot sleep while flying. Or that they cannot fall into a nice deep sleep in an unfamiliar environment. And it was this article that set us thinking about whether one gets sufficient rest while in one’s journey.

Sure this was more about hotels etc… but some of the tips are quite useful.

Yes there is so much literature out there about the optimal hours of sleep. But obviously with the precious limited vacation time that many have, each day out there will have to be fully harnessed? Surely a few days will not matter?

We think that regardless of whether a journey is for business or leisure, having enough rest is critical. We recall the days when we joined group tours. Oftentimes in that distant past, we get to check into the hotels in the dead of the night. And a typical morning call would be like 6am in the morning. You hardly get a good 5-6 hours of sleep and many a time some will be caught napping on the coach. Imagine that, with the coach driving across the scenic mountains of Norway and you are asleep?

Do you stick to a regime of sleep every night when you travel? Or do you maximize your time exploring and partying away till late? Which is the better way?

Hobbies, do you have any?

We mean, do you have any regular activity that would count as one?

Blogging, or writing could also be one. How about another one besides this? We mean, blogging can’t be your entire life right? Ok we are sure it isn’t, but you tell us. A couple of blogger awards do seek that one share a little more about oneself. And hobbies could obviously be one.

Heheh… btw we are an award free site.

A couple of months back, we were in a series of conversation with Timi (read here for her blog). Now Timi is not only a musician but also a historian and satorialist (can’t remember what it means? Read here). Plus she is really into medieval stuff which is what intrigues us. In the course of the conversation, TImi asked Suan about her hobby. Sorry Timi it took THIS long to reply. So what is one of Suan’s hobbies besides traveling?

Cross Stitching.

When Suan was a student, one of her fascinations was with beautiful motifs. And she liked to create things by hand. With little pocket money she scrimped and saved to satisfy her liking – and cross stitching became her first love – hobby that is… Mel came later… heheh. In that time (more than 30 years ago), there was an abundance of little shops in the little red dot that sold threads, some of which were for stitching.

With instructions from books one can obtain from libraries, Suan studiously copied down the layouts and color codes of the threads. And here are some of her works though there are many more:

Yep. That was what Suan used to do. And she on occasion will still stitch. What hobbies do YOU have?

How do you insure yourself?

Important question indeed. How? Now we are not insurance agents, so no worries about us being the ‘barbers’ who will recommend you run out there and start buying all the policies available. But this is truly a critical consideration when one makes frequent journeys.

Here in our little red dot as in most developed countries, the concept of buying insurance for your travel plan is not new. What piqued our interest in this topic was after reading this article some months back. While the story was one of how claims can go awry and the tips seeming valid, what went through our heads was this question: how do you insure yourself for your travel.

And we are not referring to insurance policies alone. Because that’s only for you to claim monetary compensation. And money isn’t everything. Ok, it is – and we take it back. Gulp. We’ve eaten our words, heard that?

Anyhow.

Contingencies. That’s what we are referring to. Are there backup plans that you may have in the event a flight delays and you miss a tour? Remember we almost had the same in the Caymans (here)? To be honest, we would have been deers in the headlights had the operator not pro-offered a later time slot. We did not have a mitigation plan as we were smooth operators expecting nothing to go wrong. But Mr Murphy struck us unsuspecting. So how?

What kind of ‘insurances’ do you take for yourself when you embark on a journey?