Benefits of Staying in a Travel Inn

Staying in travel inns has many advantages than staying in a hotel. Businessmen and backpackers would stay in a travel inn because the room rate is affordable while they can choose to cook their food in the kitchenette.

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Instead of staying in an expensive hotel room, you can also take advantage of the luxury and amenities in the inn. Travelers can choose between an economy single, and standard single if they travel alone. If you travel with a partner, you can pick between a standard twin or deluxe room with double or twin beds. Economy family or family room as the name suggests is ideal for family or group because you can enjoy more space without paying high room rate.

Some travel inns allow pets to stay with the traveler or invite their friends to visit their room. Like their hotel counterparts, they too can stay connected with their virtual friends as they are provided with Wi-Fi connection. Laundry service is an option if they wish to bring clean clothes when they go home.

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How To Prepare For Your Volunteering Adventure

If you’ve planned a volunteering adventure or it’s something you really want to do, then you must be so excited! An adventure like this one will not only change the lives of others, it’ll change yours too. To have the best time, it only makes sense to go prepared. Here’s how to prepare for your volunteering adventure:

Read Up On The Place

Before you head off on your volunteering adventure, read up on the place you’re volunteering with. They will help you if you need any advice, and you can learn a lot by reading about other people’s experiences. However, you can’t guarantee that yours will go the same way, so don’t treat them as gospel.

Learn All About Local Culture

You should have an idea of where you’re going to go, so learn all about the local culture. Learning about the local culture will give you some sort of idea on what to expect. You’ll also learn how not to offend people, as this can be a big problem when travelling to foreign countries. Even if you volunteer with Orangutans, you’ll need to interact with local people! Something that is innocent enough in your home country might be considered extremely rude in another culture. Respecting cultures and traditions is important, even while volunteering.

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Make A List Of Things To Take With You

Make a list of things to take with you so you don’t feel like you’ve forgotten anything. You should be able to find lists online, but it’ll probably vary depending on where you’re going and what you’re doing. As with any adventure like this, it’s probably a good idea to pack as light as you can.

Save As Much As You Can

Volunteering isn’t free, so you should save as much as you can to live comfortably while you’re out there. The money you save will help you to purchase food, souvenirs, phone cards to stay in touch with family, and of course any other adventures you want to have while you’re away. You’ll always wish you had more money, so make sure you save as much as you can!


Take Safety Precautions

Taking safety precautions will ensure that you have peace of mind on your travels, and stay safe. You should do things like note down important numbers, and keep things like your passport in a safe place. If you plan on going exploring in your free time, let people know where you’re going and when you expect to be back.

Book A Doctor’s Appointment

No matter where you’re going, booking a doctor’s appointment is essential. You’ll be checked over to make sure you’re good to go, and you’ll also have any vaccinations you might need to keep you healthy on your trip.

Your volunteering adventure will likely be the best thing you ever do. Just make sure you prepare for it properly, and you’ll have the most incredible experience. Just think of the stories you’ll be able to tell when you arrive home! Do you have tips for preparing for an adventure such as this? Leave a comment!

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Should you buy a Holiday Home Overseas?

It safe to say get this not as much money in the buy to let market as they used to be. The days when you could get great rates for a property to rent out and make money being a landlord? They’re pretty much long gone. However, it can still work even if it’s not on home soil.  Many savvy people have started investing in holiday homes abroad to make more of their money. They’re all banking on the vast amounts of cash to be made from the inflated prices charged for weekly rental rates during peak season. Most holiday operators put a premium on their prices during the highest demand periods. For example, think school holidays, Christmas and new year. And why wouldn’t they?

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Out of season, the property could sit empty for weeks or even months at a time. And the mortgage and running costs still need to be paid.  You need to be able to offset those outgoings to make sure you can pay for them all year round. If you are thinking about investing in the holiday lettings market, then you need to be careful. It’s time to think long and hard about all the extra money and work involved, which will be more than your typical buy to let in your hometown. One of the reasons that people pay such a high amount to stay in lovely holiday properties is they want to go somewhere a little bit different to home.

Therefore, you need to decide where the best place to purchase is. It could be as close to home or as far away as you like, but remember to make sure you can afford to get there if there’s a major problem. You could plump for a luxury place like the Four Seasons Nevis in the West Indies for something entirely different. If that’s just too far away, stick to a cheap holiday apartment in a less exclusive resort. It all depends on what sort of cash you want to invest.

Running a holiday property is not a piece of cake. There’s a lot of work involved and you have to ask yourself if you are prepared to do it yourself. If not yet going to have to pay someone to do it for you and that’s going to take a chunk out of your income. There is a reward for all of this extra effort, though. Yields will be much higher, and you could make yourself more money in the long run.  Another benefit adding to the long term appealing investing in a holiday home is that you should receive tax benefits. This means you could make even more profit.

You also need to consider how you are going to get your hands on the funds to buy a holiday home. Unless you’ve got substantial savings, you going to need to borrow some money. You are not going to have as many options as if you were looking for a traditional buy to let mortgage. Calculating how much income a holiday home is going to make can be  little more than guesswork, so lenders are often hesitant.

Have you invested in property overseas? We’d love to hear your stories and tips! Please leave them in the comments below.

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