Live a Travel Channel Life – 5 Tips For Global Nomads

There is a growing number of people around the world throwing their cares to the wind, quitting their jobs, and making a new life for themselves on the open road traveling from country to country. Whether you are making an all-out lifestyle change or easing into it a little at a time, there are tricks and techniques for doing it right.

To life like a star of the travel channel, try these 5 tips:

Tip #1: Carry only the essentials from country to country:
When you embark on your journey, you may find yourself packing two nice, big suitcase full of clothes and goodies from REI. Hint: try narrowing your luggage down to what will fit in a backpack or a single suitcase. Either way, as you travel from country to country, you will notice that your list of essentials grows shorter. All you really need is a bit of cash or travelers checks, your passport, maybe a good travel guide and a couple changes of clothing.

Tip #2: Buy cheap:
If you are going to make a life or significant hobby out of living the travel channel life, you need to learn the insider secrets to buying cheap airfare. Do the research ahead of time. For you, airfare will become as significant an expense as is a mortgage and car payment for your more sedentary friends and family. Do your homework now and save thousands and thousands down the road.

Tip #3: Know the best countries to visit for saving your cash:
As you can imagine, the cost of traveling and living in the various countries of the world differs dramatically from country to country. If you are planning to life for months or years away from home, plan your global route according to your budget. For example, if you are planning to travel Asia, visit South and Southeast Asian (e.g., India, Thailand, and Vietnam) when you are low on cash. If you just made a withdrawal from the bank account in your native country or got a paycheck from your online business, head to East Asia (e.g., Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan) to see the sites there. The same pattern applies in the Americas, Africa, and Europe as well.

Tip #4: Double up when you can:
If you are traveling along, you will find that it is usually very easy to meet people on the road. When you do have the opportunity to meet up with someone you can trust with whom you can share accommodations or even a taxi ride to the airport, I highly suggest doing so. At the same time, you will need to say goodbye to these travel bodies not infrequently, so be big enough to say “I have to go my own way now” then the time comes.

Tip #5: Use Internet cafes to maintain a travel blog:
Traveling this big world can be pretty lonely sometimes. A great option that global travelers have today that was not there even a few years ago is to keep a travel blog. Your regular entries of text and (when possible) photos will give you a sense of continuity and will give your friends and family back home a much better sense of what is going on with you as you have the time of your life.

To live a travel channel life, make sure you educate yourself about how to buy cheap airfare and accommodations. Be sure to pack only the essentials and educate yourself ahead of time about which countries will be cheaper to live in. And, take advantage of the Internet to keep yourself centered and your family and friends up to date.

How to Find International TV Channels Without Breaking the Law

There are many opportunities in the US for both immigrants and students. But though most people relocating from other countries experience a “better life” here in the US, there are still some difficult adjustments and transitions that they face.

One of the biggest difficulties in moving to the US from any country is that many immigrants and visitors can feel cut off from everything they know and love in their home countries. And though it won’t completely cure the home-sickness or the culture shock, finding international TV channels may help.

Getting access to certain channels may seem like a challenge. Some may even think that in order to view the channels they enjoyed with their families back home, laws would have to be broken. But with the advancements in technology, there’s no need to bribe your satellite technician to enjoy your favorite international TV shows.

There are actually quite a few ways that you can find these programs and packages. In fact, there are many ways that are quite inexpensive and easy to accomplish. Some require a computer and a fast internet connection. Others options only require the assistance of a satellite TV provider.

Watching Online

Watching TV shows on the internet can be a good option. But there are some challenges involved. The biggest challenge is in finding the amount of bandwidth required to stream your favorite shows without spending a fortune. But without the proper amount, your shows will be constantly interrupted as the computer tries to keep up.

International Satellite Packages

Satellite TV companies also offer international satellite TV programming. Some packages start at only $20 per month. With packages covering over 20 countries you’ll be able to watch the channels you’re familiar with and the shows your family watched back home. Below are some of the countries and packages available:

Chinese TV Programing – The Great Wall TV Package offers over 20 digital channels including 6 CCTV channels, 9 provincial channels and 4 other Chinese language channels.

Vietnamese TV Programing – My Viet Pack offers Vietnamese music, movies, dramas, comedies, news, weather, sports and all of the most popular TV shows in Vietnam.

German TV Programming – The German Mega Package boasts 24-hour-a-day German news, sports, classical programming as well as popular German talk shows.

Whether you’re from Asia, Europe or Africa, there are TV options for you to choose from that give you the ability to keep up with issues that may affect your friends and family back home. You just have to find the satellite provider that offers the subscription options that fit your needs.

Free-To-Air System

An alternative to internet and subscription services is to purchase an FTA or Free-To-Air system and install it. While subscribing to international programming gives you all the equipment you need for free as well as free installation, FTA receivers have to be installed by you or by someone you pay to do it. Another drawback to FTA systems is that multiple satellite dishes may be required to receive all the stations you want to watch and some satellites may be unreachable within the US borders.

There are multiple ways individuals from outside the US can find international channels. The simplest way may be to find a satellite provider that offers the channels you are looking for and subscribe. No matter how you choose to go about it, the ability to watch the same TV shows that your family back home is watching, may be the best way to feel at home, away from home.

Inflation and Growth in Asia Pacific – The Myth of Economic Decoupling

Currently central banks around Asia Pacific region have to worry of two pronged worries; inflation which is fueled by fuel price and economic growth which is adversely affected by global slowdown.  The usual weapon employed, and recently advocated by policy makers, is tight monetary policies, which means squeezing liquidity out from the market through higher interest rate.  However, this time the freedom to use is limited by possible drop in demand both domestically and internationally.

Internationally, export growth around the region has been supported by foreign markets, mainly developed nations. Although US may not be the biggest trade partner in terms of export for some of the countries, its thirst for goods from other nations which has been purchasing in large number from the region indirectly affects the export growth.  And high dependence on export to fuel the domestic growth adversely affects the growth prospect.  

Propelled by low interest rate before the mortgage crisis, demands in US were factored by loans and debts from around the world; China, Japan, Middle East, which hold large US government debts.  The liquidity created has been channeled to pop up demands for toys from China, Oil from Middle East and manufacturing products from India and Japan.  Some of these countries, such as China and India, and also some of the emerging countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia, are main players in regional trade. For example, China has been main buyer of intermediate manufacturing goods, besides producing large quantities of finished goods to be sold in the region and US.  Vietnam and Indonesia, are fast becoming investment destinations due to their low labor cost.  The network of regional trade has one common destination and hope; the large market in Europe and US.  Thus, any hiccup occurs to US economy, the whole network is affected.  

When the oil price escalated, many countries in the region have started to cut subsidies, as the burden of USD140 per barrel is unbearable. Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, India and China, the saved subsidies, are said to be re-channeled for other developmental policies.  However, this unpopular move has negatively affected the low and middle income groups in the countries.  Higher portion of income is now allocated and spent on fuel and food.  The spillover can be felt in price increase in bread, rice, vegetables, milk and frequency in eating outside is cut and purchase of fuel efficient automobiles has increased.  The signs around is bleak; the domestic demand and consumer sentiment has dropped.

Against these backdrops, the stage is now set to promote higher interest rate, tighter loan expansion to lower consumption.  But at the same time, the worry that tighter loan growth and consequently lower consumption hampers economic growth which is already under stress looms.  More importantly, the tighter monetary policy could appreciate countries’ currencies and cause products to be less competitive.  Since US currency is weak now due to low interest rate and other worries of economic recession, any appreciation of regional currencies will not help the export growth which the region depends so much.  But inflation worry starts to pop up in the central banks’ radar screen, workers are now asking for higher wages to compensate the higher cost of living.  If the price wage effect spirals out of control, it may warrant intervention, provided it does not negatively affect the production sector.  

It is really a stressful period, as both inflation and economic slow down could trigger regional stagflation, or if the inflation is tackled, economic slow down.  There is never decoupling of Asian economy from US economy in this globalized world.