Traveling Tips of the Budget Traveler

Budget is the most important thing when you are traveling internationally because you cannot spend endless amount of money even though you are tempted to. Here are some great tips for traveling on a budget.Traveling Tips for The Budget Traveler:o Divide your luggage into most essential and least essential items before you pack to avoid excess baggage because this is where unnecessary expenditure starts.
o You will need enough space in your luggage while coming back after shopping. Make this place before you leave on your trip.
o After shopping sort out the items you bought from the most expensive to the least expensive.
o The best way to minimize is by carrying fewer clothes. Take sensible shoes, jeans and tee shirts and lot of soap powder. Other ways to minimize are doubling your clothes like using the swim shorts as sleep wear.
o Pack your maps and GPS into your luggage and make an itinerary of which places you would like to visit first. Budgeting becomes very easy if you do this.
o Take some plastic bags for dirty laundry and keep them separate in your luggage so that you always have a ready stock of clothes available for your trip.
o While shopping, do not buy anything the moment you see it. Choose the item you would like to purchase first and take a walk around the store and think if you absolutely need it and want it. Only after that purchase. This technique helps to cut down the instinct to buy the moment you see it.

Renovating a Rental Property: Look Before You Leap

It is frustrating if your home doesn’t feel like one. If you do not like the look of your home, you can change a few things and make it suitable to your lifestyle. But, what can you do if you do not own a real-estate property? A big challenge of living in a rental property is to make it feel like your own.A Strategy for SuccessIf you are interested in adding your style to a rental property, think of renovating it. But, do not start looking for a home renovation contractor before considering your situation. You must follow a comprehensive strategy that will enable you to create a beautiful living space. Here’s how you can start the process of improving a rental property:· Obtain the Permission from the LandlordThe landlord may not permit you to renovate the entire kitchen especially if it entails knocking down a few walls. And, as you will move to a different place in a couple years, a complex renovation project can be harmful for your financial situation. But, it doesn’t mean that you cannot think of improving your living space. Consult the agent or the landlord and find out what kind of renovation projects are allowed in the tenancy agreement.· Get Written ConsentA standard tenancy agreement does not allow any alterations, renovations or additions to the property without the written consent from the landlord. So, it is necessary to talk to the landlord about your options and find out how far you can go without breaching the terms of the agreement. Remember that there is always the option of finding a new property if the current situation seems difficult to manage.· Consider Temporary OptionsThe picture will be become quite clear when you discuss your renovation ideas with the landlord. If he dismisses your ideas, do not worry. Think of other temporary options. For example, if the landlord doesn’t permit you to replace the floorboards, do not lose your sleep. You can consider polishing the floor or installing a new carpet and give it a new look. Also, the landlord will have no problem with the changes because of their reversible nature. Consider the following temporary changes that you can make in your home:1. Buy small plants to brighten up the space.2. Opt for unique artwork to hide the dull paint of walls.3. Consider smart placement of furniture to conceal crack in the walls.4. Paint the exterior of the property and make it appealing.5. Install removable wallpaper, if you are unable to paint the walls.6. Add color to the room with the help of new curtains and bed sheets.7. Replace the old shower-heads and light fixtures with the ones you like. If you remove any of the fixtures, store them and remember to put them back before you leave the property.· Pleading your CaseIf you feel that the property needs some major work such as installing new kitchen countertops or mounting modern appliances, you should not hesitate to plead your case to the landlord. You must remind him that broken countertops and outdated appliances do not help anyone. Do not shy away from discussing things with him. Remember that he may not be averse to making changes because a well-maintained rental property will help him to attract tenants in the future.· Is the Investment worth it?If the landlord has agreed to pay for the renovation work, he may increase the rent amount in the future. It is because any renovation work increases the value of a property. So, it is essential to consider your tenancy agreement before calling the landlord.Think about the cost of renovating the rental property. Is it worth to spend a large amount of money on it? It is wise to invest in things that you can take with you when you move to a different place. Do not spend a large part of your savings on a rental property because it belongs to someone else.Look before you LeapIf you do not have a place of your own, you must make wise decisions and opt for renovation projects that do not break your back. Do not begin any work in your home before considering its repercussions thoroughly. It is advisable to hire an experienced renovation contractor because he will provide you with practical advice.

Don’t Blow Your Chances For Job Hunting Success

It’s during the first three years of college that students lay the groundwork for a successful senior year job search. However, since most students don’t know what it takes to get prepared for job hunting success, I’ve provided a list of things that students should be doing, as they go through college.

- Select a major that compliments their interests and strengths
- Perform in the classroom
- Research potential employers and determine their hiring requirements
- Get involved in campus, work and community activities
- Obtain work experience in their field of interest
- Demonstrate their capabilities
- Excel at something they love
- Develop a list of accomplishments in classroom, campus, work or community activities
- Develop outstanding communication skills
- Seek and accept leadership roles
- Improve their people skills
- Develop, expand and utilize their networks of highly respected contacts
- Prepare impressive and powerful job hunting tools (Resume & Sales Letter)
- Identify all viable job hunting techniques
- Practice and sharpen their interviewing skills
- Develop examples of successes and stories about experiences for use during interviews
- Find a way to differentiate themselves from other candidates
- Obtain impressive references
- Be prepared to give employers solid reasons why they should be hired

When students choose not to excel in any particular area, fail to develop a list of impressive accomplishments, don’t find a way to differentiate themselves from other qualified candidates, ignore the need to build a functioning network and don’t do the early work that is needed to get ready for their senior year job search, they should not be surprised when they fail to land a good paying job with a well known and respected employer. Instead, they should get prepared to accept the fact that they have most likely blown their chances of landing the job that they had hoped for or dreamed about.

Students who intend to obtain a good paying job don’t sit back and let three and a half years of college go by before they start to prepare for their job search. They understand the “the senior year job search actually starts in the freshman year.” It takes that long to do all of the things that are needed to prepare for, launch and conduct a comprehensive job search.

Too many students are unprepared to compete for jobs. And yet, some of these students still believe that they will receive a job offer, as the result of a few campus interviews. Others mistakenly think that they will simply send out eight or ten resumes before they receive a couple of good job offers. Unfortunately, for seriously unprepared college seniors, job hunting will be an extremely frustrating and disappointing experience. Good jobs do not just fall into someone’s lap. Students have to prepare for them and fight for them.

If students would like to obtain a good paying job with a respected employer, they must start fighting for one today. They should first look at the list above and then lay out a plan of action that incorporates five or more items on the list. Then, they can enthusiastically attack those lists. Successful students will work on one or more of those items at all times, during each remaining semester, in-between semesters and during each summer. That is the way to give themselves the best possible chance for landing a highly desirable job.

Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential.– Winston Churchill

College is expensive, and; unemployment is depressing and scary. That’s why wise students work hard to give potential employers what they want. They aren’t willing to blow their chances for job hunting success.
Visit Bob’s web site: Bob Roth is the author of The 4 Realities Of Success During and After College -and- The College Student’s Guide To Landing A Great Job. The College Parent’s Guide To Student Success will be available in 2010.