Travel the World… Alone

If you really want to go on an adventure of a lifetime, travel the world… alone. The only thing that is more exciting than travelling to other countries is to do this on your own. A real adventure is one where you face the world alone… literally.

The real adventure is not just seeing other countries, but being forced to meet new people, especially those from another culture. The most interesting thing in life is not landscapes or architecture. The most interesting thing is people’s personalities and their culture.

There is nothing more exciting than meeting new friends half way around the globe. There are so many things that you can learn about their traditions and culture when you’re traveling alone. The best way to do this is if you force yourself to do it and you can do so all on your own.

Make a plan

If you’re thinking about traveling around the world on your own, you had better have a plan. Carefully plan every single detail of your trip, especially who to call and where to go if you have an emergency. Decide on the most interesting places to go and how long you intend to stay.

Travelling on a budget

The best way to travel around the world is to stretch your budget as far you can. This could mean staying at hostels or budget inns, taking cheap flights, and eating local food. This could also mean not going to the best night spots or eating at the best restaurants.

However, stretching your budget will force you to meet the locals and really get to know and experience their way of life. You never know, you could even be invited to stay at home for free. There are countries where the locals are very accommodating and very hospitable if they see you as a friend.

Respect other cultures

If you’ve never been outside your country then you might not be familiar with the term “culture shock”. Culture shock is real especially if you’re going to a country with a totally different culture and when you travel alone. Nowadays, the western influence has spread to many countries and some are quite “westernized”. However, make no mistake. No matter how “westernized” a country seems to be, their culture will always be deeply embedded.

It is important that you respect other cultures. Always keep a watchful eye on how they do things and try to do it the same way. The trick is to keep an open mind. Become interested in discovering another country’s culture and you will surely be able to respect it.

Make an effort to become friends with the locals

This can be a little difficult especially if you’re travelling to a country where English is a distant language for them. English is an international language but there are countries where not many people speak English. If you go to the cities you’ll surely find a local who speaks English. But if you go to the provinces you may have a bit of a problem trying to communicate. Don’t let this hamper your attempt to find friends. You can always use sign language if you’re having trouble communicating.

Travelling Downstream with Oars in the Raft

Our emotions and feelings, help us relate to what is going on in our life, and indicate whether we are accepting or resisting it all. As you know, resistance to anything will cause its persistence; the more we rail against what is, the more energy we feed into that negative reality, and the more it will then expand instead of diminish.

In our analogy let us refer to life as a fast flowing river, a raging, white-water river, that is tumbling at unstoppable speed, forever surging downstream, down, down until the river ends and the inevitable vastness of the ocean opens up for the river traveler, and a totally new journey begins. There are two ways to travel on a raging river, one way is to put your raft in the river and go with the flow, traveling downstream and the other is to put your raft in the river and paddle with all your might to make headway upstream.

The raging river is our life experience. We can choose to go with the flow of the river, of our life, and allow the current to carry us along, with the least resistance and effort. Or we can paddle upstream, resisting, fighting, railing against what life brings our way, not making much headway, if any, but always anxious, unhappy, disquieted.

The question is, are you an upstream traveler most of the time, or are you a downstream traveler? Does your life flow with reasonable ease so you learn and experience new, exciting adventures that ask you to expand who you are, or are you mostly fighting against what you do not want?

I might add here, that we are not speaking of surrendering your personal power to “fate” or any such notion, but of simply allowing your higher wisdom to easily guide and direct your life in the best and gentlest way. We do not have to expend a huge amount of effort to “make” life work. In fact, that is the most counter-productive thing you can do. Fighting to achieve something is like paddling upstream against the current: it’s hard, quite futile and extremely tiring.

Every time you feel yourself being pushed to the next level of awakening or challenge, try putting your oars inside the raft and let the river take you downstream. Trust the stream of wisdom in your life to guide you and enjoy the ride.

This does not mean you never have to take action; of course you do. But it means you do what you do in the awareness that your higher, wiser self, will always guide you and love you no matter what. Find a profound sense of relief and joy in this awareness. Life is all about experience, growth, becoming more, expansion, in fact, returning to your ultimate Source.

Life actually is much more fun and oh so much less stressful when you travel downstream with the flow, supported, guided and loved by divine Wisdom and nurturing Love. Just for fun, try resting your oars inside your raft this week.

Is World Ventures The Real Deal or Just Another Scam?

A common question that many people who are new to the network marketing industry have when trying to evaluate a potential company is “Is this a scam?”, so I wanted to take some time to research a relative newcomer in the notorious network marketing travel industry that has a lot of people curious if it’s a good opportunity or not. The company I checked out is World Ventures, so here’s what I found which I hope will help you to decide for yourself, “Is World Ventures a scam or a good business to join?” .

You may have bought your entire seat, but you’re only going to need the edge on this one, folks…

Here’s the thing that’s most important to consider with any MLM company you’re thinking about joining:

1. Whether or not a real product and/or service exists.
2. Does the service or product provide real value to its customers regardless if they’re involved with the company as a distributor? Simply, would people still buy it even if they didn’t earn a bonus (We’ll go over the World Ventures LTC and Dream Trips programs in-depth soon)?

This is definitely the most important aspect of any serious evaluation, and World Ventures is no exception because if the service or product doesn’t hold up to scrutiny, than every other aspect of a network marketing like World Ventures is essentially moot.

Would you agree?

World Ventures travel products: Do they provide real value?

The Dream Trips product currently sells for a $199.95 fee up-front and $24.99 per month after that. The basic concept behind this product is the same as Costco or Sam’s Club. They purchase in bulk and through their customer’s monthly membership fee, they get access to discounted travel packages. I took a look at the World Ventures website and there are currently about 70 vacations to choose from.

Are the vacation packages a scam or are they actually good deals?

It would be very time-consuming to compare all of the vacation packages currently being offered by World Ventures to properly determine the value, but the few prices I audited were actually good deals when I put them head-to-head with some of the top travel booking sites.

One vacation I compared was to Cabo San Lucas at the Riu Palace (yes, please!). For two adults, this vacation was priced at about $760 with World Ventures via the Dream Trips product and Travelocity was almost $200 more expensive at about $950.

Another comparison I did was for the Grand Lido Braco resort in Jamaica. This trip for two adults was priced at about $890 via the Dream Trips product with World Ventures and Travelocity came in around $1050. At least in these two examples the savings were pretty substantial.

Since we’re comparing “oranges-to-oranges”, there were some more extravagant trips listed that couldn’t be easily compared because they included extras that someone couldn’t buy through some of the major travel sites, or they didn’t show the price unless you were a World Ventures customer.

Based on what I’ve seen so far, it looks like most World Ventures consumers would recoup their Dream Trips membership cost with the money they’d save by taking their first trip. You’ll have to keep in mind that this isn’t an exhaustive Dateline NBC-type investigation since I only reviewed 2 of the almost 70 Dream Trips to a major travel booking site, but based on what we’ve seen so far, I think it’s reasonable to say that people who take at least one good vacation per year would get some value out of their World Ventures membership.

The “World Ventures Scam” is looking busted…

World Ventures Leisure Travel Consultant Package (LTC)

The World Ventures LTC program also sells for a start up fee of $199.95 and $24.99 per after that. The best way to think about it would be as a turnkey online travel business. The start-up fee includes your own online retail travel website, web-based travel learning modules along with an exam, and opportunities for higher-level travel industry training. Cutting edge marketing training excluded, from what I can tell they give their distributors many of the tools they’ll need to build a thriving online business in the travel industry.

I was also extremely impressed with the Rovia search engine because, after messing around with it for a while and seeing how it searches all the other major travel sites, I could start to see how World Ventures’ claims of not needing to search multiple sites to get the best deal could be very true.

Speaking of getting the best price, they also have a “Match or Beat” price guarantee for online travel bookings against Priceline, Travelocity, Orbitz, and Expedia which could be a very positive marketing tool for someone who is working to build a network marketing with World Ventures.

Common claim of why World Ventures is a “scam”: World Ventures LTC program is essentially a “travel agent card mill”?

Over the past 10 years or so, there have been more than a couple network marketing companies that have tried to take advantage of the undeniable fact that a rapidly increasing amount of travel is booked online. Unfortunately for the end consumers, these companies didn’t really provide much real value and left them with “a bone to pick” with the entire network marketing travel industry.

What these companies were doing was they were selling a cheap plastic card disguised as a good product that allowed people to get discounts as if they were licensed travel agents when they technically weren’t. This is where the term “card mills” came from.

It’s kind of like those B.S. scam “classes” that are conducted in international waters where a school will issue you a college degree in an afternoon for a fee. Super, you got a piece of paper that says you’re a qualified lawyer in Kazakhstan. Very nice!

I’m happy to say that I didn’t see anything on their website or in their marketing materials which would show that World Ventures has gone this route with their LTC program. Actually, World Ventures went a step further and made it so that LTC’s can’t get this card until they’ve booked a standard number of travel sales along with completing additional training similar to what offline agents must do.

It’s important to keep in mind that World Ventures product is a discount based on their buying in bulk and not by giving everyone travel agent discount cards like some less-than-reputable network marketing travel companies have previously done.

I hope this has helped provide some insight into World Ventures as a company and will help you figure out for yourself if it’s a scam or not.