Grateful: Countries I Have Visited Until Now

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Hello beautiful people from the Internet!

I have a different type of post today. i was feeling really grateful and nostalgic, and I thought I would just write a post. 
I have always loved travelling, and I have been really lucky to have the parents I have, as they have given me a lot of opportunities to explore the world and get to know different countries and cities.

The other day I was going through my memory box, and I realised I had a lot of tickets, boarding passes amongst others from several countries, and I started to count. Up until now, I have visited 15 different countries, and some of them, multiple times. Keep in mind I am only 19 years old. I felt really proud and grateful that I had the chance to visit all of those places in such a short amount of time. 

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Why was I feeling grateful? Well, as I have said before, I am grateful because I have parents that have let me explore the world, with them and by myself. Because I have been lucky enough to be able to afford to travel. Because I have been able to learn and understand different views, different beliefs.

I just feel grateful for my life and all the opportunities that have come with it.

In the future I hope to discover new destinations and travel way more, and hopefully I get to travel Asia, as I have never visited.

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Spain

Portugal

France (Twice)

Italy

Vatican City (is officially a country)

Ireland (Three times)

Northern Ireland (Seven times going to eight!)

England (Twice)

The Netherlands

Germany

Denmark

Czech Republic

Austria

Hungary

United States (Twice)


Love,

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Afford to travel

Hello beautiful people from the Internet!

Today I am writing about something that I get asked a lot, how do you afford to travel being a student? Well… people expect answers like “oh, it is actually really hard, I work 4 jobs to afford my flights and accommodations…” FALSE.
I would like to start off by saying that yes, I am a student, so that’s why I don’t do super long trips and most of them are in Europe (which is cheaper than if I went to other places), I am in the middle of my semester so I can’t just go away for a month to Bali and then come back, that is simply not possible for me.

  • Where does my money come from? 

Not surprising, I work. I’ve been working since I was 16 (I’m 19 now) so it’s no surprise to me to realize that if you want to do something, you can’t always depend on your parents, they are not a money machine, they work hard for their money, not so you can just spoil yourself.
If you can’t work because you feel you can get all stressed out mixing uni and a job, you can always get an internship. Internships are a great way to get experience on the field you want to focus on when you graduate, and also, a lot of them pay you (not a lot) enough for your stuff aka traveling in my case.

  • Goal board

I have a little board in my room where I write down which places I want to visit and an approximate price of the whole trip. Once I know that, it’s saving time. I love Starbucks, but let’s be real, 5€ per drink… it really makes a difference when instead of spending 5€ every day or week, you drink coffee at home.
Going out? Don’t spend that much per ticket and drinks.

OMG ARE YOU SAYING WE CAN’T GO OUT? No

There are some clubs that if you get in before a certain time, you get in for free. Drinks? Drink at home, friends’ house… DO NOT SPEND 50€ on drinks… that’s not smart.

  • Be smart

Most of you are probably like me, students that want to see and explore our beautiful world, so don’t aim for the best. What do I mean by that? Accommodation wise, stay in hostels and Airbnb instead of hotels, restaurant wise, go to local restaurants were prices may be a little bit cheaper than more touristy places. Be wise with your money, don’t spend it on stupid things.

These are my main money sources and tips on how I afford to travel. What do you do to save up your money for your adventures?


Love,

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P.S I’m trying to start to make my titles a little bit more fancy and with pictures? Like or nah?

How to eat Vegetarian/Vegan while traveling?

Hello beautiful people from the internet!

So today I am writing about how to travel when you are a vegetarian or a vegan! I am neither of those myself, although I eat a lot of vegan food and I have reduced meat a lot in my diet. A lot of people think that if you have strict diet requirements, you can’t travel or you have it super hard. Reality is, if you know what to do, it is really not that hard. Obviously it also depends on the destinations you travel too, but I can assure you that 90% of the times, you will be able to eat as you please.

  1. Be prepared and inform yourself. Some countries have different understanding on what a vegetarian or vegan is. In some asian counties, being vegetarian means you can eat chicken and fish, so make sure you know which city you are visiting, and its food costumes. captura-de-pantalla-2017-03-04-a-les-21-08-03
  2. Prepare it yourself. Most hostels and guest houses have kitchens, so if you are unsure that the destination you are visiting has enough vegan/vegetarian options COOK IT YOURSELF! (Obviously make sure that your hostel actually has a kitchen though…) You just have to make sure that you know where the grocery stores are and tadaaaa you can be a Masterchef. 🙂
  3. Choose the dishes wisely. I know in most restaurants you can customize your food aka “Oh sorry could I get this salad but without tomatoes?” BUT while choosing your food, make sure that you don’t come out as TOO PICKY. If you want to order a salad for example, do not go for the cheese and chicken salad and then start to ask the waiter to take the cheese, the chicken, the mayo… Get dishes that you can customize easily without getting the impression that you are basically a picky eater. Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset
  4. Plan. As a vegetarian or vegan, the chances are that you can’t eat wherever you want. Most restaurants, depending on the destination will probably not have vegan option or things that you can actually eat so make sure that you google some places before traveling so you kinda know where you can eat. captura-de-pantalla-2017-03-04-a-les-20-54-38
  5. Airplane food. Most food sold in airplanes are not vegetarian or vegan so pack your own food before traveling, and you can eat it after. Most airports let you board certain foods so make sure you are informed and know which ones you can actually bring with you!

So here are my tips on how to travel if you are vegetarian or vegan!


Love,

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