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hey guys sitting and chatting about my Walt Disney World budget worksheet it's a free planning tool all created for you and I'm going to take a quick moment here to walk you through it so that you have an idea on how it works if we haven't met before I'm Alma and I hope customize and create Disney vacations for guests that are crafted to each individual family group couple or solo trip based on personal needs and budget if you're interested in having your own personal Disney Vacation Planner I'd love to chat with you my services are always free a little disclaimer here before we get started one the prices are in u.s. dollars Rory my fellow Canadian friends with the fluctuating dollar it's difficult to keep the rates updated to this budget worksheet is only a helpful planning tool so that you have a realistic budget in mind and in no way an official travel quote please contact your friendly Disney travel planner for an official quote if you have any questions please don't hesitate contact me I have included my contact information in the video notes below now let's get started on this main page you'll see a breakdown of all of the costs at the bottom you can see the different sections which you can click through budget which is the page that were on resorts porches a list of resort choices daily rate which shows you the daily rate for each Resort Hotel you can see the dates this about down the side and the hotels is that all along the top dining which shows you the daily rate for dining tickets and that shows you the average daily rate for per ticket choice and you see that the ticket price goes down the longer your stay and then we have parking which gives you the daily hotel rate for parking if you choose to drive or rent a car okay so let's go back to the main page and I'll show you how to fill the worksheet up I usually start by entering the total budget amount that you would like to work with and then we can pop down and start entering in your expenses your expenses start here on line 14 in the sample budget I based it on to adults for a seven-night stay so in line 14 you can see here it's a drop-down menu and you can choose your resort of choice here I put these guys at Disney pop century resort now let's figure out your average price per night so if you click over to the daily rate tab and choose your dates let's say you want to travel me first checking out May 8 and staying at pop century show us the resorts along the top here pop century is my first column so I go down to May first and then you can actually just highlight from May 1st to May 7th because it's her night stay and you'll see at the bottom here it gives us an average daily rate it shows the number of nights and then we can pop back over to our budget worksheet and enter in our sending lights and the cost per night was 1 1 571 and then it's going to give us our total amount here next we enter in our resort tax there's only any one resort tax and over here you'll see my note it says 13.5% at all star resorts otherwise it's 12.5% so the tax on Disney sports entry it's roughly 5% which gave us one point four eight seven next we're moving on to park tickets and this is also a drop down menu so you can select what type of cook tickets you want these ones are going to be set to one park per day then you go over to your ticket tab and you're gonna have to do a little bit of math here for this one we are doing one park per day for seven days and you'll see that the 7-day price is sixty two dollars and you multiply that by two people which gives us one hundred twenty four dollars and we hop back over to our budget and we go here and we're doing seven days 124 dollars and it gives us our total amount moving along and we do a similar thing for the Dining Plan there's a jump down menu can choose which dining plan you want and we pop over to the dining table and figure out how much it's gonna cost for dining so a little bit of math here as well and we have our sample here says a Disney quick-service Dining Plan which is fifty to fifty per adult per day so when you multiply that by two and it's giving us 105 dollars per day we just pop it in our seven days hundred five dollars and it'll give us our total amount and then you will see some other options under the expenses tab the memory maker this one is 169 if you buy it before your trip it is 199 park then you have your options for travel if you're flying driving parking car rentals so this is your whole transportation section we fill in the information just as we did above and then you have additional lines to put in your budget for your souvenirs and gifts for your purchase food and drinks there's also a column for special event tickets like Mickey's not-so-scary Halloween party Mickey's very Merry Christmas party early hours events or VIP tours so you can pop that all in there and that's it well there you have it I hope you find this budget worksheet helpful if you think that something else should be included please comment your request below thank you for taking the time to watch this tutorial and have a magical
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good morning guys thanks for clicking on my video if you're new to my channel welcome and if you like this video don't forget to like it and subscribe below so it is super early this morning the Sun isn't even really all the way up yet but I am super excited because I'm getting ready to go on a trip I'm going on a plane and I wanted to share with you guys what I'm taking with me to stay healthy and stay on track on a really long plane ride so I'm going to Seattle and I live in Florida and I do have a layover but it's not until San Francisco so my first flight is six hours long so I'm packing a lot of snacks so I'm gonna show you what I'm taking with me so this is everything I had some leftover butternut squash so I roasted it in the up and I'm going take it with me I thought that might be good if I can find a salad in the airport when I get to San Francisco I also really you get just to snack on on the plane I make them I roast them in the oven and then I sprinkle cinnamon and salt on them and it's really good that way I also made some brownie bites that I talked about in a previous video I think those will really travel well and if I have some leftover I know the people I'm staying with will probably like them too I got this Apple in which I'm going to cut up and probably also sprinkle some cinnamon on and I got these packs of peanut butter almond butter and hazelnut better I thought the hazelnut chocolate would go really nicely with the Apple I haven't tried this one yet I haven't actually tried this almond butter maple one either so these would be really exciting to try I also got peanut butter in a squeeze pack I figure I could pack up some peanut butter but you never know with TSA what they're gonna take I've heard people say that they take some peanut butter so these are small packs which hopefully won't be a problem I'm also taking some carrot sticks because I really like peanut butter on carrot sticks I don't know if you've ever tried it I know peanut butter on celery is like a big thing but I like the that aren't carat so there's a lot of these I'm not gonna probably eat all these on one ride on one plane ride but I do have the trip back next week so I'll probably save those for then I also thought for breakfast it's too early for breakfast right now but I'm pretty sure there's no Starbucks in the airport and you can get oatmeal and Starbucks and that they have a blueberry kind it's so I'm going to mix protein powder into these oatmeal that I got from Starbucks and again I really like the protein that I use at home and I could pack it but I'm afraid that it might get taken so I figure why not try a couple of new protein powders and see so I got some sample size ones from the store this is the kind that I usually use in my oatmeal anyway but this one had greens which I thought was pretty cool it says it's got organic spinach kale broccoli and alfalfa grass juice in it so I might try this one today because I don't know when I will get other greens and and it's good to get your greens in so I thought that would be interesting to try and then I have this one too again either for the plane ride home or maybe I'll have it when I get there or sometime during the week and then finally I got these which are delicious I don't know if you've ever tried them they're so good but I found that this small package which for me is really good because I hope you eat the whole thing and this only has one and I think what was it one of the third servings in the container but they're toasted coconut and they're really tasty the only ingredients I believe our coconut and maybe some sugar there's ingredients coconut cane sugar and sea salt and everything so that's what I'm taking and of course I'm going to take a water bottle to fill up at the airport so I have my water so I stay hydrated cuz it's really important to stay hydrated on the plane so those are the snacks that I'm taking with me on the plane I'm gonna go pack all this up and finish packing my bags and head to the airport so I made it to San Francisco and on the first night I had the oatmeal with the Garden of Life protein powder at the Sun which was really good it tasted just like the protein powder that I use at home the vanilla protein sugar that is in my room at home it didn't taste like Queens at all and it was just slightly sweet so it was really good besides the protein powder in the oatmeal I also put the little pack of dried fruit there was a little pack of a hundred calorie packaged dried fruit and I put that in there too because they didn't have blueberry oatmeal and I wanted something a little chewy and sweet different you know yeah and then I had the Apple with the hazelnuts chocolates butter blend and to be honest I didn't even pay attention to the backwards as it was hazelnuts and almonds and it tasted a little bit more like common to me than hey it's alive it was still really good but I was expecting to taste more like Nutella it was really thick and creamy and chocolatey and very delicious but I definitely tasted the almond butter and I was surprised by that I also finally had the carrots that I brought and chopped up I didn't have him with the peanut butter maybe I got some carrots have with the peanut butter on the way home on a flight home but I just had the carrot spread and so I was I was feeling a little bit hungry but not hungry enough to have the peanut butter as well so now I've got in the San Francisco and I've got a water fountain where I could fill my water bottle because I drink oh that letter that's more on the first flight and I was still super thirsty so happy to find that and then I found this great salad I'm about to put a picture here this salad is called their super green salad so the green is Cal I'm really excited to eat it because I've been feeling really deprived of greens today and it's and craisins and sunny sunflower seeds and a really good-looking vinaigrette and I asked and they showed me the list of ingredients in a few can it has a little bit of oil but that's okay but it looks like it's gonna be really good and I'll probably also have the butternut squash either now or on the next play I still have a two hour flight so I get to Seattle and then I might even have one of those brownie bites so that is it that's all of you doing on this trip from Florida to Seattle if you've been a very long day and I'm gonna go enjoy this holiday
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hey everyone Nathan and Audrianna here again with another video from food bali indonesia yeah we're here today at a beautiful temple we were trying to catch the sunset from the hidden temple and it looks like we were successful we found a really nice place off the side of the road and we decided to stop around and take a look around it for a bit and see what it's all about it looks like this place is called pen cup hit la wong do that looks pretty nice or it could be called coral goon I'm not sure it's one of those or metal I don't know it's one of these so I guess in this video we're gonna do like two different ways to save money one is how we saved you know thousands of dollars on Airbnb and will tell you all the tips and tricks we do with that and then also the other way you know when you get to a place actually start researching on the ground floor so when you get to a place we're gonna talk about the ways in which we find rentals the cheap way yeah exactly so stay tuned find that Airbnb is a really good alternative for long-term rentals by default the monthly rentals are a pretty good price you'll see the most places offer a discount typically around a third of their daily cost so if a place is like $50 a day or something you'll see that it's available typically for 25 or even 20 dollars a day we hop around we tend to spend more money but when we stay in places for a longer period of time not only do we get to dig in deeper into the culture and see more of the place but we also get to save money because we do long-term rentals first tip is actually bright people and see if they're willing to give you a discount fee almost listed on the website so even if it's said 30% off monthly discount we still asked for an additional discount and the way we did that is we approached it by asking for a special offer so we said you know we love your apartment we'd love to stay there we just wanted to see if maybe you would be willing to extend a special offer to us because Airbnb has this feature that a lot of people don't know about called a special offer in which the owner of an apartment can extend an offer and make the price even lower so that is something that you should know about yeah because it can save you a ton of money you know the longer the better even if you're gonna be there for two weeks still ask for a discount or even a week because a lot of people are using Airbnb for one day and people would love to pounce on the opportunity to have someone stay at their house for more than one day because it saves them time and effort as well they don't have to clean the place they don't have to do much yeah and if you're willing to take the risk of new people on Airbnb that don't have any reviews you can say as in addition so you ask me for the offer you can say hey I'm willing to get write you a great review and outstanding their view as long as the place is nice obviously I can say that you'll write a great review and get the ball rolling for them with the reviews so that'll help them get future bookings as well so it's something to keep in mind while you're looking around you would be surprised you know how people respond first of all there's people that don't respond so you really won't want to stay at a place where the person isn't very attentive you're not going to want to help you out if you actually did an automatic booking they're not very attentive and then there's people that are just they get angry that you asked for a discount and they might fly off the handle and okay I don't really want to stay at your place anyways so you get a real feel for what people are like people might also be really nice and say yes we'd love to do this town you know how much were you thinking or what's your price range or what's your budget or they'll just go ahead and say yes approve and send you an offer and then that way you can just look at the special offer and see how much they're willing to give you the apartment for but when we went to Spain we also tried the same thing again the place that we were interested in was around $1,500 and we said hey can you give us a discount and the girl responded with a $600 offer which is over $900 in savings that's an incredible rate I mean that's you can't beat that that's 20 dollars a day for two people in Europe of all places Andalusia beautiful area of Spain they're not a Spain's beautiful beautiful place so don't be afraid to ask people for these discounts the worst thing they could say is no yeah you have a 50% chance of getting probably something else you wanted to talk about is getting bookings when you actually arrive at a place this is the way to get the best deal overall Airbnb is great for planning ahead but if you're willing to kind of take a bit of a risk some places are really really funny for people that are trying to stay a long-term so this is something to keep in mind if you're willing to stay somewhere for at least a month or up to three months or even up to a year that this is the way to do it so the way that we first tried this is we want to chain my and we booked in a hotel for two nights so then I'll Johanna had done a lot of research beforehand and found a lot of places online that are willing to do long-term rentals for foreigners so we went to these places on a motorbike over a period of a few hours and we went around six or seven places in one afternoon we went to a couple that we found online on this and some of them are really really nice but they weren't the exact fit but some are pretty good and we ended up picking one that was around 12,000 baht for one month for a one-bedroom which is a pretty good deal I think it's around 300 US dollars a little bit more or less that was what we did when we were in Chiang Mai and the place was great it had a pool it had a gym is a very modern building essentially located but not right in the whole town but very close to it so we were able to get around really easily had parking and security so $300 is a really good deal actually so yeah you'll want to create a list of the different apartments that you plan to visit so you got to do your research beforehand and then as neet said we booked 2 nights at a hotel which gives us kind of some time to find our new apartment and then we just literally rent a motorbike on day one and start hunting for an apartment so what we do is we just jump on the motorbike and visit each apartment and see what they're like so we'll ask them you know is gas and water included it's usually not the water is usually not included so then we'll ask them how much they charge for water because it differs for every country every city and every apartment complex and then we also ask them if they have Wi-Fi because sometimes they don't have Wi-Fi and how much does it cost to have point five so those are all questions that you need to ask if you're looking for an apartment also you need to either and see what the apartment looks like in person because sometimes pictures are deceiving we've heard up a lot of people saying that looks so amazing in the pictures and then when they got to these apartments for example in Thailand they just look terrible yeah I see it's better to see it in person because you know you may be booked ahead of time and it looks terrible also you save a lot of money when you actually go there in person because you can negotiate the price and you can get like a local price so the place that we ended up getting as he said was $300 for a brand new condominium it was amazing gorgeous gorgeous place 300 bucks a month not bad it was worth every penny and we heard of a lot of people paint a lot more by renting the same apartment on Airbnb so sometimes Airbnb isn't always the best choice you know sometimes the ratings on Airbnb can be a little too favorable for the owners some people don't want to hurt the owners feelings they not get the entire picture of an apartment just off of an Airbnb review so the nice thing about checking out these apartments in person is not only that you might save an additional bit of money but you can actually see them and see what they're actually like so there's no camera tricks involved and you can actually take a look at what the place is actually like if you're going to Thailand as I mentioned tight Thailand is very special with this like it's very common for them to have what's called a juristic apartment that's the term that they use these apartments are available for rent through the owner and the apartment complex will manage the main things like the grounds keeping stuff like that but the owner is the actual person that you would rent through and in Thailand you could actually move into the apartment either the same day or the next day if you wanted so that's why renting for two nights is a good option and especially in Thailand yeah here we go into the lobby and they would have like a bulletin board with all the different apartments for rent and then it would say available for you know three months six month or one year typical rental timelines for my apartment and then we were just literally call up the owner and say you know it's still available and then this one lady said yeah actually I'll meet you right now I'll be over there in five minutes we saw the apartment it was the best one that we saw for the whole entire day the price was right the place was beautiful and so she was literally willing to give us the keys to the apartment the same day so that's pretty nice you know we don't normally see that kind of process in California it's a longer process though it was pretty awesome to just be able to move in like right away yeah and if you don't have a motorbike you don't have to worry about that you could actually go to the rental agencies and they can drive you around one of our friends did that they were afraid of using motorbikes in Asia so I mean goes without saying it's not the safest place but what they did is they went to an agent and they expected that they might have to pay a little bit more but in reality they paid less money than we did so you might find an even better deal through the agents yeah they got their apartment for 180 it was a little bit further than the center of town which we were in the center and you know they didn't have a pool or a gym it was a little bit more minimal but one hundred and eighty dollars for Chiang Mai that's really great it was really nice and modern economy so you know we're giving you all these different types of tips you know there's look on Airbnb ask for a discount maybe go and look at these apartments person yeah in a person when you're actually there or if you don't have a motorbike as Nate said you can actually go to an agent and see what they have available yeah I mean it's up to you whatever the price ring you know that you feel most comfortable with whoever gives you the best deal really that's who's the winner right yeah that's the one to you if you liked 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hi guys welcome back to my channel in today's video I'm going to be talking to you about how we plan our family holidays and tips and things to consider when you're booking your perfect family vacation this video has been so highly requested I get so many messages about how we choose where to go and other things to consider and I've made so many packing videos in the past and the travel vlogs as well so I'll link those in the description down below I really hope you like these tips booking a holiday is obviously such a personal thing so these are just like my tips and things that I've learned along the way I am by no means an expert or a travel agent or anything that but we really do prioritize our holidays we love going away as a family I love to travel I've been to just over 30 countries myself so we have some experience so yeah I really hope that you like my tips so my first tip when it comes to family holidays is to change your way of thinking family holidays don't have to be big expensive two-week long things and all-inclusive resorts anytime away from home where you're unplugging and you're focusing on the kids more and you're away together as a family is a holiday to the kids so whether it's a staycation in the UK or wherever you live or it's just a little weekend away or something much smaller I have amazing memories for when I was young and we used to go camping and Macks family they used to do caravanning and things and he absolutely loved that your kids really won't care how amazing the resort is or anything that they just want to be with you so first off just just you don't have to think of a family holiday as this big expensive scary thing so that was the first point I wanted to say and I also wanted to say if you have a baby and you haven't been away yet with them holidays with children are obviously very different to holidays when you are a couple it's not gonna be that relaxing it's a very very different I mean it can be relaxing but realistically I think I think your first holiday as a family is a bit of a shock because you kind of realize that you can't do the things that you could before so change that thinking as well for my next point and when it's a touch upon a saving for a holiday because I do get asked that quite a lot there are some amazing apps that you can download to keep track of your finances but for me the most effective way to save is to write down every single outgoing that I have in a month and it just keeps it fresh in my head do I need to spend this do I not even when I was 20 and I was saving to go traveling I've just write down in my planner like every single thing that I would ever spend and it just makes you see what you actually need to be spending and what you don't and also when you get paid move as much as you possibly can spare into savings for travel almost pay it like you're paying a bill something else that we do is to book holidays that only require a 50 pound deposit per head so that's you pay that when you book it so it's secured but you don't actually have to pay the full amount of the holiday until 12 weeks before you leave so you can slowly save up towards the holiday you have something to aim for but worst case if it got to nearing the holiday and you didn't have enough money then you've only lost out on the 50 pound per head rather than at the full holiday amount my next tip is to budget and be realistic with your budget so sit down work out how much money you have for your holiday and then also work out if you'll need spending money and how much spending money you can afford to have holidays are supposed to be stress free so you don't want to go on them worrying about how much money you're spending you can get some really great deals out there or you can also consider a shorter trips sometimes just like three nights away as a family just recharges our batteries we connect again and they can also be really really nice another little tip is to follow your favorite tour operators on social media because if they ever have deals or sales that is the first place that they will put it once you've worked out your budget it's time to choose a location and this completely depends on your family's priorities but there are a few factors to consider the first being weather do you want to have a skiing holiday do you want to have a very hot holiday now that I have young children I actually don't want it to be too hot because their body temperatures don't adjust as quickly as adults bodies do and see yeah think about when you want to travel the type of holiday that you want to have and where to go to achieve that another little tip that I do is to download the countries that I'm thinking could maybe be a possible on my weather app and then I monitor their weather you can see if it's very windy if it's still warm in the evening if it's raining or thunderstorms you can sort of like have a look at that for a few weeks before you choose your final destination when you're choosing your location it's also important to think about the length of a flight if you want to go on a flight or if you'd rather do a break by car or by train or by cruise all these things to consider and think about the age of your children and how far you are prepared to go in my experience of flying long haul with children the thoughts is far worse than the reality we fly long-haul with our boys and it's actually fine I'll link some videos down below but equally if you're planning to go away in July then you can get to our flights to Spain you know why wouldn't you if you do end up choosing to fly it to your vacation definitely consider a flight times as well and choose flight times that will best suit your children it's not always possible but if you can keep them in a tiny bit of a routine it makes a massive difference to their mood and also think about transfers once you've landed you're traveling doesn't end as soon as the plane touches down you have to get to where you're going as well whether it be a hotel or a villa or wherever if it's going to be a two-hour bus journey once you've landed that's probably not ideal but if it's going to be a 20-minute transfer in a minibus or whatever that might be a bit better so always consider at the transfer times as well you of course also need to decide what type of holiday that you want to have and this is such a personal choice there are so many different holidays out there then you can go on and all of them have their pros and cons so think about do you want to be able to do self catering or do you want to eat every meal out do you want to maybe go on a cruise if you hate flying and also see loads of different places do you want to go to a villa you have all your home comforts there do you want to go all-inclusive so that everything's done for you or do you want to go on a staycation in the UK or wherever you live just for a little bit of luck rest bites so think about all those factors you want to go camping you know caravanning there's so many things you can do so I'm finding it hard to give advice on this bit because we actually do do a lot of different types of breaks city breaks as well but yes so you need to consider what type of holiday you want to go on a huge tip when it comes to booking a family holiday is to do your research Matt and I will research online for what feels like days before we come to any conclusions or book anything but it's worth doing the research before you get there so that you know when you are there you're gonna have an amazing time it's great to go on personal recommendation as well if a friend of yours has been somewhere and can highly recommend it definitely consider that we also love to use TripAdvisor but with TripAdvisor do definitely take some of the reviews with a pinch of salt because people do love to have a little Mon on there as well and sometimes like we were looking at one resort and on TripAdvisor a lot of people were saying that it was awful that didn't have a beach but actually for us that suits us because we have a baby that would try and eat the sand or doesn't really like the CERN so for us that was actually like quite a good thing it's also worth considering what kids activities are available and what attractions as well if there's Louis going on then your kids will be entertained and that is what you want and if you do end up booking a package holiday or a resort holiday it's worth finding out if they have a crush available or a Kids Club as well for your kids for us we've tried kids clubs in the past the boys I think they just like being with us most of the time and swimming with us but if that is a service that you do really want then definitely booked it before you go especially nursery places during term time they can run out they can get really busy so if there is something you wants definitely booked it same goes for cuts as well if you need a cut look it as soon as you book your holiday and also some resorts do like second strollers so if you had a baby and a three-year-old or four-year-old and you only wanted to travel with one like buggy you can actually book that in some resorts if you wanted to get a second buggy as well for us it's also worth looking at the child menu as well one of our child has a food allergy so we like to see what is available for him and also it's worth looking at lifts access as well normally resorts are really good for this but if you have a buggy you will need lift access it's also worth looking at what exactly is included in your package holiday all-inclusive isn't always all-inclusive if things like airport transfers aren't included in the cost of your holiday then that kind of thing can really add up some restaurants aren't always included we've had that before so yes look at that you know speak to a travel agent if you're booking through them and just find out exactly what's included because I think if we ever go on an all-inclusive holiday I really want to get there and not really spend anything I want that to be the full cost of the holiday if you'd rather go on a self catering holiday and then there are so many options for families as well self catering is definitely a cheaper option as well for families and I quite like having self catering holidays when I have a weaning baby or if your baby wakes up at 5:00 a.m. you can literally go to the kitchen and make them something you don't have to wait for any hotel breakfast buffet to open so that can always be nice as well we just went on a villa plus holiday that was great because I have everything that our children would need but also on websites like Airbnb you can filter for families there's some great websites as well like tots to travel they specifically look at accommodation that is good for families as well since parks you know we love sense of hugs because it's just geared up for young families I know some people don't like it but it has everything you need so yes consider that as well and if we ever just fly to Canada if I'm just booking a flight because I'm going to be staying with family Skyscanner is a great website as well it will scan all the different flight operators and let you know which flight is the cheapest for you my next tip is a big one it is when is the best time to book to get a good deal on a family vacation of course school holidays is a big issue as soon as this the school holidays the prices of vacations just skyrockets but in my experience the way to get a best deal is to book super early or super late now that we have school-aged children we find that by booking super early we can get a really good deal because those holidays are always going to be quite expensive but if you booked super early you can sometimes get deals like buy one get one free weeks or free child places as well so it's definitely worth looking at that and as I said earlier you can't just put down a 50-pound deposit per head if you booked something a year in advance but in worst case you had to cancel at least you have that place because the best resorts will sell out in the school holidays then if you're gonna book super late you can also get a good deal violates booking I mean booking your holiday just eight to ten weeks before you travel the reason these holidays are cheaper is because the tour operators have already booked those rooms they've already bought those slots so if nobody books them they will lose money so you can always get a deal on those as well and also it's a bit cheaper to travel in that last week of the summer holidays most families want to be back want to be sorting out uniform and just getting ready to go back to school but if you can book that last week and just make sure you're organized before you go you can also save some money when you're doing all of this research it is definitely worth for clearing your browser history deleting at cookies or using an incognito browser window so I don't actually know exactly how cookies work but if you've ever gone on and looked at a flight or a holiday one day and then loved on the next day and the price has risen that is because they know that you are looking at this holiday they know that you want this holiday so they will actually put the price up when it comes to holiday insurance it's important that you book through a provider where you know you will be covered if anything went wrong in the UK you'll probably see on lots of reputable holiday companies that they are at all protected or abdur protected those two associations make sure that we will be refunded if anything was to go wrong if a company went bust we would get the full cost of our holiday car hire and all of those things back that was worth making sure that they are covered it's also worth paying on a credit card because you're more protected and more likely to get your money back if anything did go wrong again like the company goes bust or something like that and of course you need to buy travel insurance for your entire family when you're going away you just don't know what's gonna happen so it's very important that you shop around and that you buy this we actually buy annual travel insurance because we do go away quite often so we just buy that every single year and we know that we're covered I also wanted to touch upon a passports and visas as well if you have a new baby and you plan on traveling with them get a passport as soon as possible and give yourself about three weeks to get that passport back to turn it all around it's also always worth using the post office check and send service you pay a tiny bit more for a member of staff to look over your entire form let you know if it's correct or not and at least if it's not correct you know there and then to redo it it's also worth noting that many countries require six months validity left on the passport for you to travel there or home so you need to just keep an eye on you know when your passport is going to expire when it comes to currency to be honest we find that the cheapest way to spend money abroad is to buy things on credit card when we're out there but it's really important that you check that your credit card has a zero percent foreign transaction fee otherwise every time you make a transaction abroad you will be charged a fee for it so look at that before you go another cheap way to get currency is to pre-order it or money saving expert is a great website that do a comparison of where the best places to get currency I'll link them down below at the moment it looks like Tesco's is the cheapest when it comes to euros right that is it for my tips I hope you enjoyed it as I mentioned definitely check out my packing videos because I think that planning and packing well for a holiday can also have an impact on your trip like we always like to pack board games and card games and things like that so I'll link those down below I hope you like this video I feel like I was just a blur here's my tips but any aspects of this that you think I'd like a whole video on going all inclusive or you know any other aspects let me know in the comments and share your expert tips if anyone's a travel agent I'd love to know your thoughts in the comments but thank you so much as always for watching and I'll see you in my next one bye
Curious to know how I plan my trips? Today I’m sharing my best tips for planning travel: booking flights, accommodations, budgeting, language tips and more. Timestamps below. Thanks to HelloTalk for partnering with me on this video! Download the app here →
1:03 – Booking flights + finding the best price
3:47 – Always go incognito when researching
4:25 – Hopper app for tracking flight prices
4:43 – Open to any destination? Search lowest airfare to everywhere
5:46 – Scott’s Cheap Flight Deals
6:00 – Familiarize yourself with the language
7:22 – Practicing new languages with native speakers, HelloTalk
9:31 – Tips on booking your stay (finding a convenient location!)
12:34 – My secret to booking on Airbnb
15:42 – Budgeting for your trip + money tips
18:05 – Handling important documents
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Hi everyone! Welcome back to Lavendaire. You may or may not know that I recently went on a trip to Japan, so I thought it'd be a good idea to show you how I plan for my trips. It's going to be a lot of information. I think I'm going to break this down into two videos. This first video is in partnership with Hello Talk, and I'm going to show you my best tips on booking flights, accommodations, budgeting, and other important things to do before you go on your trip. The second video is going to be more about researching where to go, planning out your itinerary, figuring out transportation, your phone, your internet, and just other fun stuff. FYI: These tips are based on my personal experience. I can't claim that I'm a travel expert or anything, but I can say that I do travel more than the average person, I would say. I've been to 27 countries so far and I travel multiple times a year. I've been doing this for eight or nine years, or so. So let's get to it. My favorite website to check for flight prices is called Skyscanner. And the reason why I love Skyscanner so much is because they have this monthly view of flight prices. So I'm gonna click LAX to Japan. Or no, let's do Tokyo here. That's the trip that I took. Click on this button right here that says "Show whole month" and this is crucial. I personally like non-stop flights only, so I'm gonna check that. You can leave it unchecked and you see the prices are cheaper. So what I love about this is that, say you want to book for December. It might get pretty pricey. Oh, it's not that pricey. And so here, it says $196 if you leave on this Sunday and it's $196 to return on this date. So the total would be $392, and then … I mean you can play around with other dates, as you can see. Just look at whatever is the cheapest option, if that matters to you, which I think it does. Oh, no it went up. So this is $190 and this is $246. So you just play around with the prices here and just figure out what's the best option for you. One thing I do have to say is: This is usually not the final price. For some reason, when you click "Show flights", you're gonna see prices that are more expensive. But looking at the monthly view just gives you a good idea of when the price range is usually cheaper for yourself. But you always have to check the final price, as well. So here you can see the best option they recommend is this one because it's a non-stop flight. And this is the cheapest, but it has a huge layover. I mean, 26 hours to travel. I don't think anybody wants to do that. I mean, if you do, then great. But mostly, I like to travel non-stop, one stop at the minimum. So you can adjust your options here. Usually, I feel free to book directly through Skyscanner. As you can see, it takes you to this other website where the total is what it said on Skyscanner. If you don't feel comfortable booking through these random budget websites, then another thing I'll do is: Sometimes I'll just use Skyscanner to check prices, and then I will go to something like Expedia where I'm more comfortable booking tickets from there. As you can see, this flight that's on Skyscanner, ANA operated by United, is $722. But if you go to Expedia, the same flight–this is basically that same flight, the ANA one operated by United, is $775. So you can see that sometimes other websites are more expensive. So that's why I like to check Skyscanner. It basically scans the entire web for the cheapest price. Another thing that's really important to note is: Whenever you're looking up flight prices, use an incognito window. That way your browser doesn't track what you're researching, because these websites, they put cookies–I don't know how cookies work, but basically, they track your searches and they can tell when you're searching for the specific flight. They're like, "Oh, this person wants to go on this specific flight," so they will raise the price just for you, just because they know you want it so badly. There have been times where I noticed that my price on my computer is a lot higher than the price on my friend's computer because my browser was being tracked. Another app that's helpful is called Hopper, and Hopper is an app that helps predict future airfare prices. And basically, you can input whatever flights you're interested in, and then it will send you a notification when the price drops to its lowest point. So that's something to check out if you're interested. And if you're super flexible, you don't really care where you're going, you just want to get a cheap flight to get to anywhere, something fun you can do on Skyscanner is you can click here and then "Can't decide where?" So basically, you search everywhere and you can search for the whole month of say, January. And what it will do is it will give you the lowest prices ever, from your airport. As you can see, there are a lot of cheap flights in the United States. Mexico's cheap, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Cuba, Iceland. $300 for a flight to Iceland from LA. That's pretty cheap! Nonstop? Whoa! So then you click into it and kind of just play around with this and this. And you see how this says $341. Wow! It's actually operated by Wow Airlines. I've taken that airline before. It's a budget airline. Let me just say that. Another website worth looking into is scottscheapflights.com. And basically, you enter your email and they will send you flight deals to your email, and that's just something, if you guys are interested in that sort of thing. My next tip is to familiarize yourself with the language. At least learn the basics because that can get you pretty far. So depending on where you're going, maybe it's a place that speaks another language that you do not understand, it's important to remember that, even though English is spoken by a lot of people around the world, you shouldn't expect everyone to know English when you travel. I feel like a lot of Americans, they travel and they expect a lot of people to be able to understand or speak English, where it's like … Why would you expect that of people when you don’t speak their language? Anyway, I think it's important to always be culturally sensitive and to do your best. Learn how to say the basics, like hello, thank you, excuse me, where's the bathroom, or where can I get food. These are really important questions that will get you far, and people like you better for trying to speak their language. So think of all the phrases that might come in handy when you're travelling, maybe when you're lost or you need to find a bathroom or water. Whatever it may be, write down a list of phrases that you will translate. And here, I'm using the HelloTalk app to translate phrases because what that app does is it can read back those phrases to you so you could practice just copying and following along with that language. It also saves those phrases for you in the app, and you can favorite those phrases so that you could always have them on your phone when you're on the go. I know a lot of you are interested in learning new languages, so this is actually a really cool app that can do so much more than just translating. HelloTalk is actually a language and cultural app that has over 7 million users where you can basically practice a language by chatting with a native speaker who wants to learn your language. It's kind of like a language swap where you're practicing this language with a native speaker, but they also want to know your native language so you correct them, and they correct you. First you set your native language, then you set the language that you want to learn. And then the app will suggest a bunch of language partners that you can practice with. And you can also browse Moments, which is kind of like a social news feed of other people's posts on the app. So that's a really easy way to get your feet wet in this app without having to directly chat with people. What you can do is you just browse people's Moments and you can correct people's English, and you can post things in your language or another language and people can correct you. And as you're reading people's moments, if you don't understand what they're saying, there are options to translate it and also do transliteration, which is kind of like pronunciation for these words in your language. And the app can also read out the post for you so you can practice speaking out this language. By the way: if the thought of connecting to random strangers is kind of nerve-wracking, there are options to filter out people who can find you. I personally set the filter to "Same Gender Only" and I reduce the age range of people who can reach out to me because I feel more comfortable talking to people who are around my age and people who are females, just because when I first opened the app, I got a lot of messages from guys from China, and they kind of overwhelmed me and made me feel weird in some way. So just do whatever makes you feel comfortable. I feel comfortable just chatting with girls because that's just how it is for me. So if you're interested in checking out HelloTalk and practicing a new language, chatting with the locals in that area, definitely click that link down below. You can also ask them for recommendations in the city that you're going to. That's another option, just connecting with people who actually live in the place that you're travelling to. Next, let's talk about booking accommodations, and for me, it's all about location. It's all about finding the place in the perfect location that is very, very convenient to everything that you want to see during your trip. Personally, I've stayed in hostels, bed and breakfasts, Airbnbs, and hotels, and I don’t know if there are other types of options out there. I've never tried couchsurfing. That's a thing, if you want to stay on someone's couch. But personally, I think Airbnb is my perfect medium. That's my favorite way to travel now because I like being able to stay in an apartment-type setting, and Airbnbs are usually cheaper than hotels, but they're usually just as clean and organized. And you have just as much privacy. So before you decide where to stay, it's important to have an idea of the spots that you want to see while you're traveling. I would do a quick research on top things to do in the city, or just have a list of things that you want to see, and then map it all out on Google Maps so you can see if it's in any specific area of the city. And you'll see where you'll more likely be hanging out. So for example, on my recent trip to Tokyo, I knew I wanted to stay on the west side of Tokyo because I love the areas Shibuya, Harajuku, and Shinjuku. And basically, there are a lot of things to do on the east side of Tokyo, but I knew I was frequently going to go back to places on the west side, so that's where I wanted to book around. Another important thing is, if you're planning on taking metro and a lot of public transportation, is to find a place that's close to a metro station. By close, I mean walking distance, less than seven minutes. If it's longer than seven minutes, you're exhausted at the end of the day. You don't want to walk fifteen to twenty minutes after your station to get to your place. Sometimes I've done that. It's just really annoying. It's just so nice to live right next to the station. And the pro-tip on top of that is to stay near a station that’s on a major line that you know you're gonna be using frequently. This is going to take some research. You can totally ask anyone who's a local in that area if you can. For example: In Tokyo, one of the main metro lines that will basically take you to all of the most important places is the JR Yamanote line, and that's the green line that goes in a circle. Another example is, if you go to Taipei, the blue line is the line that is most frequented if you're trying to see the tourist attractions, so my friends recommended that I stay near the blue line. And it really makes a huge difference, because if you're staying even close to a metro station but it's on a line that's further away from everything, you're gonna always be transferring to that major line, so it just depends on how much you care about being convenient to the place that you want to see. For me, I've learned to just find a place near the metro station, preferably on one of the main lines that I know I'm going to be taking all of the time. So let's jump into Airbnb where we're gonna find a place to stay. When–and hopefully you have the dates that you're going. So it's pretty straightforward to use Airbnb. Let's put two guests and then these, internet. So this is my secret for using Airbnbs. Instead of just looking through the places like this–although you can do that, because it's cute to look at photos. What I do is: I zoom into each metro station. So I've already done my research and I know that I want to stay along this Yamanote line that's near Shibuya station. So I have a lot of options because here's Shibuya, and the line goes all the way up to here and then all the way down here, and then it makes a circle through there. But I don't want to stay on this side of the line. I want to stay on this side of the line, a few stops away from Shibuya. Basically, on Airbnb, I'm gonna start going into each metro station on that line and looking in the immediate of the apartments there. Normally, I would click on the cheap options, look through the photos, "Do I like this?". Maybe. Then I'll just open ones that are interesting on a new tab. So for example, if I don't see anything I like around the Yoyogi area, then I would just go down. This is Harajuku. I know that it's really busy here, but it's worth a look to check out all these places. So for my recent trip, I actually stayed down here by this station, Meguro. Another thing I pay attention to in the listing is they usually tell you how long it takes to walk to nearest station. Sometimes if they don't say how long it takes to walk, I have a feeling the walk is pretty long because to be honest, Airbnbs, these points are not exact. They don't expose the address of the Airbnb until you book it, so I don't know if I would completely trust the location of this point. I mean, it's probably the general area but it's always just more safe to read the description of the listing. So this one says "5 minutes by foot from the station". And this one looks super sleek and this one says three minutes to Meguro station. Another thing that I really care about is reading reviews. I love seeing four and a half to five star reviews for the place that I'm staying in. there have been times where I've stayed in a place where there were no reviews because it was a new home, so it's been a hit or miss. Sometimes they're great, but sometimes if there's no reviews, it could be kind of dirty or the place could not match the photos. So just keep in mind that it's always a risk. You're always taking a gamble. Sometimes places don't look exactly like the photos. But if a listing has really good reviews and you actually read through the comments and it sounds great, then I would trust that. By the way, if you guys do want to book through Airbnb, I have a free $40 travel credit that you can use. Click the link down below. You'll find it. So free money, right? That's awesome. Moving on, let's talk about budgeting. So how much money should I budget for my trip? How much cash do I bring? These are questions that I always ask every time, and it really depends on the location you're going to because some places are cheaper and some places are more expensive. That’s just how it is. But what I would do is: I would look up the average price for meals in your city that you're visiting. So look up the average price for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and then you can calculate yourself: "Okay, if I'm going to spend $10 on breakfast, $15 on lunch, $15 on dinner," that's like $40 a day for food. And I'm sure there's a lot of wiggle room there for stuff as well. It really depends on you. I'd also look up prices for everything you want to do. So museum ticket prices, excursion prices, things like that. So you can add that in your budget as well. So food, activities, and transportation, so whether you're planning on taking metro or taxi, Uber, or even renting a car. That cost goes into it at all. Lastly, how much do you want to shop? So factor that into the budget as well. The tricky part for me is deciding how much cash to bring and how much I should rely on credit card. Some places don't accept credit card as widely as other places, so this really just depends on your own research on the city that you're visiting. Are you gonna be able to use your credit card? The best general tip I can give is make sure you get a credit card that has no foreign transaction fee. I use the Chase Reserve card. There are a ton of other travel cards out there, but make sure you get one that has zero foreign transaction fee, because why pay for extra fees like that? Another thing I always do is: I order foreign currency at my bank because the rates are generally the cheapest if you get it from your bank at home. I don't recommend exchanging your money at airports or any touristy places because usually the conversion rate they charge is much higher. It's just better for you to order foreign currency at your bank before your trip, and it usually takes your bank seven days or so. So order it two weeks in advance. My last money tip is to have the currency conversion app on your phone so you know exactly what the conversion rate is, and when you're looking at the prices in this foreign area, you know how to use the conversion in your head or just do it in your phone really quickly because it's helpful. My last tip is on handling important documents, and this is just a personal tip that I think everybody should do just to prepare themselves and protect themselves. All of your important documents, have a photocopy on your phone and online. Take photos and screenshots of your passport, boarding pass, ID, visa, the address of the place you're staying, directions to the place you're staying, and any other important documents or health insurance, things like that because you never know if you're gonna lose something. You always want to have a copy of all of your important documents, and you want to have a copy on your phone hidden somewhere, and a copy online on the cloud, whether it's in Dropbox, Google Drive, or sent to yourself in your email. That way, you can access it from anywhere around the world. You might also want to consider keeping emergency phone numbers on your phone and online in part of that cloud storage because you never know what's gonna happen, and you want to have those numbers with you. And also keep a written copy of these important numbers in your wallet or something, in case anything happens to you. Alright, that's it for this video, but keep an eye out for the next video which is gonna be on researching where to go, planning your itinerary, transportation, phone, internet, and just other fun stuff like planning your Instagram photos while you travel. By the way, if you're actually planning a trip, I have a packing checklist you can download right here. It basically is a checklist of all the things that you should bring while you're traveling. Alright, that's it for this video. Have a beautiful day, and safe travels. Bye!