The Genuine Secret To Free Health Insurance When Traveling Abroad that the Insurance Companies Don’t Want You To Know About

 

It surprises me actually that it’s not so well known that for many people around the world, it’s possible to have free health insurance whilst traveling. But I guess, who is going to tell us? Definitely not the travel agents since they make a whopping huge commission (sometimes 60% of the cost)  from selling you private health insurance/ travel insurance.

Yes there are a lot more things travel insurance can cover you for than just health care, but usually health care is the biggest expense.

So it might surprise or even shock you to know that high quality, free health insurance is available for travelers in certain countries. There are three options I will tell you about, the first is a very unknown reciprocal agreement between a certain group of countries worldwide, and the second is a more well known one available to all European Union citizens who travel to other E.U. countries. The third option is for everyone else.

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UPDATED Top 5 Awesome Tips for a Seriously Cheap Trip to Sofia

Are you sick of getting ripped off whilst traveling? Stop falling into the tourist traps and paying tourist prices! Follow the tips below for some awesome and specific ways of saving money on a trip to Sofia.

On a side note, before I get into the Top 5 – I’d also like to give a special mention to a great local website which can give you some great, comprehensive tips on how to truly experience the Bulgarian culture  – ranging from  music concerts, to the best restaurants and cafes to taste the local cuisine – visit Sofia In Your Pocket.          



Beautiful Sofia                                                                            Flickr Panoramas
 
5. Don’t Say Thank You


Yes you read right and I’m not just encouraging you to be rude. The same applies here as it does in Budapest – if you pay for a meal or a drink and say “Thank you”  before they give you your change,  you are telling them to keep all the change.  This can be a very expensive mistake I learned the hard way!!
 
 
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4A. Public Transport is Seriously Cheap, So Use It.When you arrive at Sofia airport and walk out of the departures exit, you will find yourself harassed by many taxi drivers. Walk past them a little bit and you will see a public bus that takes you to the center. The great thing about this bus is that it’s as cheap as a normal public bus (unlike most cities around the world which charge you a ridiculous amount to use the public bus from the airport), which means it costs just 1 leva to buy a ticket (.50euro cents).

Sick of Getting Ripped Off Whilst Traveling? Top 5 AwesomeTips for a Seriously Cheap Trip to Sofia


Beautiful Sofia                                                                            Flickr Panoramas
5. Don’t Say Thank You

Yes you read right and I’m not just encouraging you to be rude. The same applies here as it does in Budapest – if you pay for a meal or a drink and say “Thank you” before they give you your change,  you are telling them to keep all the change.  This can be a very expensive mistake I learned the hard way!!

My Adventures Teaching English Abroad and How You Can Teach English Abroad

I first got interested in teaching English overseas when I got sick of my 9-5 job in Australia, and wanted something more from life. I didn’t want to waste away behind a desk doing stuff which didn’t feel meaningful at all. I did some research and found a good, cheap online TEFL school.

(If you want to skip my adventures and get straight to the info about how to teach English abroad, scroll straight to the bottom of the article)

After that I set off into the Middle East, with my first stop being Egypt. Although Egypt had some amazing ancient artifacts, Cairo was the ugliest, most stressful city I had (and still now 3 years later) ever been to. The only nice part of the city were the pyramids. Overall it is worth going to Egypt and you can check out the cheap but good quality accommodation options for Egypt here (check out the ratings on the left)

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After Egypt I crossed the port to Jordan – which was slightly nicer looking but had truly amazing people – in fact the people I met there and Syria I have considered the most warmest unbelievably selfless people I have ever met. If you are in the region I truly recommend visiting Petra – it’s one of the most amazing, most preserved Ancient Cities that exist – it’s not just the

photo below – it’s much more – it really is an entire city still preserved (by the way, I recommend keeping away from a Hostel called Valentine’s Inn – the owners are slightly/completely insane).

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It is also in Jordan (in the capital Amman) where I stayed for a month and taught English to Palestinian and Iraqi refugee children (who had to leave their homes and families in Iraq due to the American military’s invasion and later occupation for oil). It was amazing how well behaved and eager to learn these kids were – despite having lost so much.

After that I traveled through Syria, Israel, and beautiful Turkey – Istanbul – which is still my favourite city (along with Belgrade). It’s quiet easy to get a job in Istanbul as a native English speaker – there are many language schools. Make sure you have your copy of your TEFL certificate and don’t go for the first offer, see which one pays best – know that the schools charge the students a small fortune to have lessons with you (a native English speaker “wow”) – so make sure you are getting your fair share of it. The schools will also help you get your visa for working.

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The perfect break from visiting Party Hostels

Usually I’m a big fan of party hostels, but the guys at wildestpartyhostels.com recommended I check out Veliko Turnovo for a nice break from the constant partying, Golden Sands etc. This place was amazing. Relaxation central. Definitely one of the most beautiful towns in Bulgaria. Apparently it was in the running to be the Capital of the country for a while but lost out to its ugly cousin Sofia. Also very affordable like most of Bulgaria.

If you visit, be sure to check out:

- The Asen Monument –  Commemorating the Second Bulgarian Empire in the eleventh century (see below).

- Tsaravets Castle (sound and light show at night)

- A day class at Yoga Dharma – perfect for recharging your batteries.

- Forty Martyrs Church

I recommend Hostel Mostel for accommodation. For a good price you get breakfast, dinner and a great atmosphere.

 

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LATEST UPDATE The 5 Most Liberating Party Destinations on Earth from the Love Sex and Backpacking on the cheap blog

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When it comes to backpacking, most of us (not just men) have one thing on our mind as a definite on our ‘to do list’ – and I don’t just mean encountering new cultures.

With the help of a good friend, who I’d refer to as a backpacker in the truest sense of the word, who has been traveling the world for several years, I have compiled a list of the 5 Most Liberating Party Destinations on Earth.

Here they are:

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