How to Go on Your Dream Trip on a Small Budget 111

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Those who travel across the world are blessed.

They can explore new countries, meet new cultures, communicate with new people, try new food, and get a unique experience that will enhance their lives and change the perception of the world.

Travels are the best cure for depression. They can solve any problem, and help define the goal in your entire life.

However, travels are quite expensive. Al least, we have got used to thinking so.

Today, the world is open to everyone who looks for the possibilities. You can travel almost for free is you really want that. There are various programs that help to visit another country without extra fees: you just need to pay for the tickets (sometimes, these expenses are included in the program) and have some money for your needs (if you are not going to work abroad).

Here, we collected the best opportunities to travel abroad almost for free and created a short tip section for those who are ready to start their journey right now.

  1. Work overseas.

Travels do not always mean a vacation. Sometimes, to explore a country you need far more time than a couple of days or weeks. If you are a supporter of the idea that you need to spend a few months in a country to know it perfectly, use the opportunity to work overseas. It has several advantages that make it stand out among all other methods.

First of all, you make money while on your dream trip. It means that you do not need to save every dollar because you have a regular source of income.

Secondly, many programs also offer free accommodation and sometimes even food. There are different programs for different countries, and you need to investigate them in advance. The application requirements are also different, so make sure that you comply with them.

Related: How to Find Work Overseas

  1. Study abroad.

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To study abroad for free, you need to get a scholarship. Many universities offer scholarships for foreign students, and if you feel the desire to continue your studying (and travel for free, of course), apply for it.

Of course, the competition is very tough, and the requirements are quite challenging, but the result is totally worth the efforts. Besides, there are programs that allow getting a scholarship regardless your age.

  1. Volunteering.

If you want to unite with nature, you should try yourself in volunteering.

WWOOFing is perhaps the biggest international organization that offers the opportunity to stay abroad as long as you wish, working on a farm and facilitating the hosts to keep the economy.

This way of traveling is not for everyone, though. The accommodation is quite poor, and you do not get money for the job. However, if you are a volunteer in your everyday life, and want to go to your dream trip on a small budget, this is the perfect way to get rid of all prejudices and go abroad to help who need it.

5 Tips to Save Money on Travels

If you are not ready for radical changes, you can try less complicated ways to travel around the world and pay less money.

  • Save on flights.

The first rule of traveler is to choose low costs. The second rule – get registered into programs that allow collecting miles to cover the expenses for your flights in future.

You can also find cheap business and first class flights with the write hacks.

  • Save on food.

Of course, you want to try a national cuisine. But you should not go the expensive restaurants. The best way to do that is to get to know some local non-touristic places with low prices.

  • Save on accommodation.

You do not need to stay at a hotel on your dream trip, as you can always stay at a hostel and pay less!

If you are traveling with your friends, you can also rent a flat if renting prices are low in the country of your destination.

For more information, use Airbnb – one of the best sites for travelers.

Related: The Smartest Airbnb Hacks

  • Save on renting a car.

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If you want to travel across the country, do not rent a car. Give a try to hitchhiking. It may be a little bit scary for the first time, but this is the experience you will never forget!

  • Save on entertainment.

You do not need to visit clubs and order expensive tours. You can find an itinerary on the web and follow it. Also, you can find information about free entrance to museums, theaters and other places of interest.

To see the world and go on your dream trip you actually need a strong desire and free time. If you have both, you can start a new age in your life. Get ready for changes!

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The Five Elements of Flawless Customer Experience 6

The Five Elements of Flawless Customer Experience

Providing a flawless customer experience is the ultimate goal for any business.

There’s a lot that goes into creating a customer experience that keeps your clients coming back for more. In fact, there’s so much involved that it can almost seem overwhelming.

However, providing a flawless customer experience becomes much easier when you approach the task through these five distinct elements:

Time
Understanding
Ownership of Emotions
The Unexpected
Follow-Through

Time

When it comes to your customers’ satisfaction, time is essential. Think of how a great experience at a new restaurant quickly sours if you’re left waiting for your food to arrive. Think of how your excitement over a great department store sale turns into frustration as you stand in line for what seems like hours.

Time is your most valuable resource and it is up to you to make sure you’re using your customers’ time wisely.

This is why restaurants have comfortable waiting areas with drinks and appetizers, or why airports have lounges with restaurants, shops, and even bars.

If your customers are being forced to wait for a service, make them feel as if their time spent is not wasted. The more positive drivers you offer customers, the less likely they are to grow dissatisfied with their experience.

Think of how you can implement this in your own business. Are there places where you can help fill customers’ time? Are there places where technology can be used to cut down on the time it takes to complete a task? Remember, it’s the customers’ time that should be valued, not your own.

Understanding

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You must understand what your customers want, when they want it, and how.

While this may seem daunting, getting a better understanding of your customers doesn’t take millions of dollars, complex data analytics, and a degree in psychology. Instead, all it takes is a simple look. Watch their process, engage with them, ask them questions, and listen to them.  

How are customers interacting with your product? What’s the first thing they do when they enter your store? What’s the last thing they do before they leave? How long are they spending in each department? Do you notice anything that hampers their experience?

Take a look at your competitors. How are your potential customers interacting with them? What does this business offer that you don’t or vice versa? What is your, as Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen says, “job to be done?” What are your customers hiring your product or service to accomplish? Understand why your users are turning to your products.

Ownership of Emotions

Many companies have already taken hold of their customers’ emotions, though cynically. Subliminal advertising is a key example. However, the ownership of emotions does not have to be cynical. When used correctly, it can be the “holy grail” for companies.

Owning emotions begins with the aforementioned ability to understand. When you truly understand a customer’s choices and then act to make the experience better, you’re building a relationship of trust. That trust is the foundation of emotional ownership.

One way to build this trust is to reduce the “emotional” noise that surrounds your customers. Let them know that, even on their worst day, your business or product is there for them and that it will be a constant in their lives.

Think of restaurants and the long wait times you have to endure when they’re busy. Think of how angry—or “hangry”—you feel as you stand around, waiting for your table, and listening to your stomach growl. However, think of how some restaurants are able to reduce that emotional noise by serving you finger foods and drinks as you wait.

Also, seek to understand what emotionally motivates your customers.

Why should they be motivated to visit your store or use your product? To feel confident? Free? Unique? Secure? Successful? Research shows that all human beings are motivated by one of those factors.

The Unexpected

Experiences become stronger and more memorable when they’re accompanied by an element of surprise. Surprise can be addictive, which will only keep your customers coming back for more.

Think about mailing your customers or clients small packages with gifts and swag. Everyone loves to get mail and everyone loves free stuff, especially when it’s least expected.

A surprise doesn’t have to be a huge flash mob (though it could be!). Hand out snacks at your store. Is it a cold day? Give your customers hot chocolate or warm punch. Is it a client’s birthday? Send a card! Even a small note of thanks for a customer’s business is a nice little surprise.

The most important thing to remember: simply be sincere and don’t become predictable. Chocolates on hotel pillows were once a great surprise for guests. However, now that their wow-factor has faded, hotels are continuously trying to get back to the “unexpected.”

Follow-Through

You’ve made promises and established goals. The only thing that’s left is to follow through on them. This starts with creating your mission statement, one that you, your employees, and your customers can commit to it. This will define your customer experience.

Your mission statement must promise to impact yourself/your business, the community, or the world. It may commit to impacting one, or all three. However, whatever it promises, you must follow through on. Your customers’ trust, and thus their experience, depends on it.

More about these five elements can be discovered in Unforgettable: Designing Customer Experiences that Stick, to be published in 2018.

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Kyle H. David has made a career in technology and entrepreneurship for nearly 20 years. In 2001, he formed The Kyle David Group, now KDG. Over the past 16 years, KDG has grown at a rapid pace, attracting clients ranging from the United States Senate to major financial institutions, international nonprofits, and Division I universities.