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What To Consider Before You Emigrate

Many people consider emigrating after they have taken a holiday in a different country. The perceived promise of higher living standards, a better quality of life for you and your family and a kinder climate are all top of the list when it comes to reasons given to emigrate. Although these are all positive factors, it is important to remember that moving to a new country will be a life-altering event for all involved. As such, this decision should obviously not be taken lightly.
No matter to where you are emigrating, this is sure to be a challenging time. Even if you may have spent quite a bit of time holidaying in the country to which you want to emigrate, this doesn’t mean that you have the full picture of living in the new country. Also, with all the planning in the world you are sure to come across unforeseen obstacles and difficulties involved in the actual emigration.
Before you decide to take the plunge and move your family abroad, here are a few factors to consider:
Where do you want to live?
A holiday, or many holidays in a particular country, is not really a way to judge if you would actually enjoy living somewhere else other than your country of birth. Holidays can only give you a snapshot of what living there is really like. Also, package holidays  are not the same as day-to-day living within your city or country of choice. Before deciding where you wish to emigrate to it is important that you spend some extended time there. Try to visit at different times of the year so you can experience the varying types of weather and assess if you could cope with being there all the time. Stay in self-catering apartments or rent a house instead of staying in a hotel, you will then get used to how the mundane daily tasks such as shopping are done.
What do you need to emigrate?
Emigrating is not as simple as just finding a new place to live and moving there. Different countries have their own entry and residency criteria that immigrants must fulfil. Do your research beforehand to determine whether you will be able to move to your chosen country without enormous difficulty. There will be a lot of paperwork to fill in and different types of visa to choose from. For some countries, such as the U.S. and Australia, it may be worthwhile getting professional advice when filling out your application.  By taking the time to research what you need to do you will save time in the long run, you will also improve your chances by submitting the right application for you and your family at the first attempt.
Can you afford to emigrate?
Emigration is not cheap. Not only does it cost money to actually apply to emigrate, there are many other costs to consider. You will have the expense involved in uprooting the family and leaving your country, travel expenses and the costs of setting up in a new place. An important decision to make is whether to buy accommodation right away or to rent.  Renting is the safest option in case you find that you or your family cannot settle in the country of your choice. You will almost certainly have travel expenses involved with your new employment. Currency transfer and pension options must all be carefully investigated and thought about.

While many people emigrate successfully every year, creating a new and happy life abroad, just as many will fail for one reason or another. But with thorough planning and preparation you will improve the chance of having your initial application approved, and make the whole experience of moving and working abroad less stressful.

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Tips for Improving Your Travel Writing

There are many struggling travel writers in existence these days. Mostly because being able to write about something as fun as traveling, has made it an extremely popular career choice. In order to successfully secure writing jobs, you will need to be on top of your game.

Here is some travel writing tips to help you succeed:

Stay away from facts. Anybody can write facts, or find facts. Stating facts is extremely boring. You want to tell a story, not be an encyclopedia.

Be Succinct. No one wants to hear every little detail of your trip. Omit the boring parts and stick to your theme. Get to your point quickly and explain it clearly.

Be descriptive and use all five of your senses. Your reader wants to feel like they are right alongside you on your trip. Describe your experiences with all your senses. Describe smells, sights, and sounds.

Keep a detailed travel log. Your notes will be your best friend later on when you go to actually write your article. You don’t want to get back home and have no memory of specific things you did or experienced. Keep specific logs that detail every sight and smell.

Research your destination. Your article will be richer if you are well informed about the region and culture before you get there. Once there, be sure to find all the interesting information you can from local newspapers and people.

Research your market. Before you write your article, make sure you are familiar with the publication’s guidelines. You don’t want to approach an editor with a story that they’ve done not too long ago. You also don’t want to give them a story that is inappropriate for their publication.

Find an angle. No one will read your article if it just re-iterates the same old things. Your article should have an interesting point of view. Remember not to write about the destination itself but an aspect of it. You need to find an interesting way to present your subject matter.

To stay on top of your game, make sure to keep traveling, keep reading about travel, write as much as you can, and hone up on your skills by taking some writing courses.

Learning to Backpack the World as a Travel Writer

If you are starting out as a travel writer, you will notice that you may have to change your style of traveling. Learning to backpack the world as a travel writer is a distinct thing. It is different than backpacking the world as a backpacker. As a writer, you are traveling to find article by-lines. This will lead you to abnormal places and to places you may not really want to go.

When you take travel writing courses they will tell you how important it is to have an interesting take on a subject. No one will buy your writing if it is boring and has been covered before. Travel writing is all about finding new and exciting places to cover. I don’t mean you have to literally go somewhere no one has gone before. But it does mean you will have to go off the beaten track. If you are going to cover something that is better known, you will have to come up with a new twist on it. There has to be something interesting that will make people want to read your work.

You will also quickly learn that where you go may not be totally up to you. Unless you choose to write strictly as a freelance writer, submitting articles to publications after you travel, you may have to go where you are told. This is because your editors will be deciding which places they want stories written for. This isn’t all bad though. This way you may end up discovering great places that you never would have seen otherwise.
The most important thing to remember is that when you travel as a writer, you are essentially traveling for work. This means that while other backpackers are out having a beer at night, you will be furiously working on your notes.

Should you buy an RTW Ticket?

A Round The World ticket is one ticket that you purchase either through an airline alliance or through a specialized RTW trip advisor that allows multiple stops and is priced based on mileage or continents visited. You can buy this style of airline ticket as an alternative to purchasing one way tickets as you travel.

Like anything, there are pros and cons to purchasing a RTW ticket. RTW tickets are great for people that have a set schedule. If you know all the places you are going, roughly how long you’d like to stay in each place, and don’t plan on changing your trip too much, then an RTW ticket could be a good idea for you because it will end up saving you a lot of money and hassle.

RTW tickets can cost a lot of money, but if you travel with budget airlines, travel economy, and pick the popular travel routes you can get cheap airline tickets. The more destinations you visit and the more off the main routes you travel, the more money you will spend.

A large con with RTW tickets is the lack of flexibility. Since you already have your ticket, you don’t have the option of changing your trip along the way. If you want to stay longer at one place, or don’t like a certain place and want to leave quicker, you won’t be able to change your trip accordingly without massive penalties.

On the upside, however, if you are a frequent traveler and collect rewards miles, you will earn a ton with your RTW ticket. Even though you may end up paying more for your ticket, you will end up with a free flight afterwards from all your rewards miles.

So, if you like having a set schedule and everything organized for your peace of mind, an RTW ticket may be right for you; however, if you like having the flexibility to change your trip as you see fit, then you may be better off doing the work of finding tickets yourself.

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