Travel Tips

Travel Like A GKexplorer

Hi all! So we have gotten a lot of questions from some of our followers about how we are able to travel to all of these places. Are we rich? Do we secretly have teleportation powers? Did we quit our full time jobs to join a traveling circus? Not exactly. We are going to share with you how to do it and help you travel to your dream destination!

You are in either two places; You would love to travel but have no idea where you would like to go, or you don’t think your “dream vacation” is within reach. First we would like to share with you some reasons that people don’t travel. These are actual reasons we have heard from some of our friends:

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*It’s too expensive

*I don’t know how

*It’s not safe

*I only speak English

*I hate flying

*I have no one to travel with

*I don’t have time

*I can go on Google Earth from my room and go anywhere in the world, why would I travel (you know who you are)

Although the last point is debatable our opinion is that there is a difference in just seeing a place  from experiencing a place.

Before we give our answers to the reasons above we would like to first help you decide where you would like to go. There are so many different countries to choose from that sometimes it can be tough, especially if you have never traveled before. Our first assignment for you is this:

#1 LOOK AT PICTURES

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That’s right, our first advice is going online to look at pictures. What draws you? What’s the one picture that always fill you will happiness/awe/wonder? What pulls you there? Checking out images on google or look at travel books with a lot of pictures is a great way to start!

So now you either found the picture or have had one in mind, so our next task for you is to do some research. Don’t worry this isn’t where we ask you to write a 50 page thesis on the place you would like to visit with cited sources, it’s fun research where you get to discover what else you would like to do in the area!

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What you will want to know first is how accessible is the place you would like to see. Is it just a plane ride or would it require more planning?

To figure this out we usually go on Google Maps to see where the place is located, but also begin to make a trip out of it as well.

What else is in the area that you would love to see? Let’s use Greece as an example. We were looking up pictures and we stumbled across the Parthenon. We both have never been to Greece so decided that this would be our next trip.We then got to work looking up “top 5/10 best things to see in Greece” posts as well as clicking around in Google Maps to see what it was near.

We now have an idea of where we want to go, but now what? Isn’t Greece expensive? This leads us to what we had to figure out next.

#2 MONEY

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When we think of travel we think about the money sign that comes along with it. Especially with travel, we will almost always overestimate. It may mean saving up a bit but let’s do some real talk, unless you are a big shopper you will mostly only spend your money on a place to stay, food, and transportation.

So let’s start with the flight. This is the GKexplorer way and hopefully it will work for you! So in Google type in “Flights to______” and fill in the blank. Now ignore what you are seeing and look on the google tabs. you should see a “Flights” tab. Now when you click on the date you would like to travel a whole calendar should appear giving you the price of each day!

If you are going international try looking up when the country is having an off season, or for us Americans if you don’t mind missing Thanksgiving not many folks seem to be traveling out of the country that week.

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This is a very easy and visual way for you to get the cheapest price, and some may even be way lower than you expected!

Next is booking a hotel or a hostel, depending on your comfort level. Definitely read reviews of either, as you may have some unexpected charges while staying in a hostel. Kyle once had to rent pillows and a blanket while he was staying in a hostel, but they are a pretty cheap way of traveling.

For transportation check out to see if there is Uber in the country, learn how to use the metro, buses, or if everything you want to see is within walking distance.

For food we try to calculate spending 50 a day of either local or our currency back home, depending on how expensive the country is.

This next step may be the hardest thing in the whole process but we believe that you can do it!

#3 BOOK THE FLIGHT

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We aren’t being sarcastic either! This is the determining factor whether or not your dream will finally become a reality. Once you click the “book” button to purchase your flight you are now on your way to your destination! After you do this it becomes part of your schedule and is now an obligation!

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The cool thing about having a flight scheduled is that you know you are finally going, no more telling yourself excuses. Instead of telling your friends where you wish to go, now you can tell them where you will be going!

If you need help with any of our suggestions please comment so we can possibly give you some advice!

Now to break down the reasons above:

It’s too expensive- Honestly you may have to save up some cash before you leave for your trip, or even to book the flight. This will depend on how important it is for you to go to this place. It’s time to check that place off your to-do list!

*I don’t know how- Hopefully our advice and tips will help you figure it out a little bit more. We are just sharing our experience and what works for us and hopefully it will work for you as well! The internet is your friend so try to research as much as you can!

Our suggestion is to check out some pictures, figure out the plane ticket, transportation (which can even come a bit later), and food money, and then finally go to your dream place with a click of a button. We will also be sharing different tips regarding travel so keep an eye out!DSCN0338

*It’s not safe Consider this; Is it any more dangerous than a place you may already be taking for granted? As in is the city or neighborhood right next to you more scary than a new place?

This is where research will come in, places to avoid, and our golden rule to not let strangers approach you or touch you. We both have been in sketchy situations, but sometimes asking the hotel where not to go is your best bet!

*I only speak English- Unfortunately, so does Kyle, but this has not stopped him from traveling all around Europe or even as far as China! English is pretty standard nowadays so you shouldn’t have a difficult time finding someone who at least speaks a little of the language. Our recommendation is to at least learn how to say “hello”, “good night”, and “thank you” in the local tongue, being polite can go a long way!

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*I hate flying- For us airports are a pain in the neck, but our final destination is well worth it! We bank on the statistic that being in a car is much more dangerous than a plane.

*I have no one to travel with- This can be a tough one, especially if you like the comfort of others. Originally, I was going to go to Ohio by myself but one of my best friends said that they would like to go with me. Always ask your friends, who knows, maybe they will want to come too!

*I don’t have time- If you make traveling a priority then you will find the time! It can be difficult since we may not be used to booking a flight or making the time for the adventure, but if you really want to go you will find a way!

*I can go on Google Earth from my room and go anywhere in the world, why would I travel- Hopefully our channel has given you a reason to travel, and if not that just means that we should provide you with some more awesome examples!

We are thinking about breaking up this post even more into different areas and put them in different posts (taking a bus or train, airport tips, planes, etc) so make sure to keep an eye out! If you would like to see one sooner than later give us a shout!

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Buen viaje!

-G&K

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