Top 10 Travel Investments

Top 10 Travel Essentials ( Long-term Transitional Investments)

Your next destination is only a click away! Image courtesy of Fellow Travel Tipster @Tipsbyveradayan
  1. Passport

    Image curtesy of Worldwide web!

How Can I Get a Passport in 2 Weeks or less?

Standard passport turnaround times are about 4-6 weeks, and expedited processing, for an extra fee, usually requires 2-3 weeks. Last-minute travel plans that require a passport in less than 14 days, a trip to a Regional Passport Agency easily solves this problem. Appointments are mandatory, but can be scheduled 24 hours a day via the automated like system at 1-877-487-2778. Regional passport agencies are typically located in metropolitan areas.The Application Process: The standard passport application and renewals require form DS-82. Standard passport fee ranges from $80 – $140, with Expedited Service fee of $60. Your new passport can be picked up at the agency or mailed. Overnight delivery charge of $12.85 per application, agencies accept checks, money orders, and credit and debit cards.

Expediting Agencies. Some agencies require proof of travel within two weeks to qualify for the expedited processing service. Travel Itinerary must be printed, mobile itineraries are not accepted. Benefits  applying at regional Passport Agencies include: No extra fees are and, in some cases, printed within hours of applying. You can also expedite With a Private Passport Company however, they generally charge fees in addition to the passport fee ranging from $70 – $300, depending on how fast you need the passport. Another benefit of using an expediting service is that the passport can be delivered to your location, home, office even the airport.

2) Travel Savings Jar

Image courtesy of Fellow Travel Tipster @Kakitraveldoonia

Self-explanatory. What are you willing to sacrifice to be able to experience the world? Time like money is earned, how are you spending your time? Better yet, how are you spending your money? Years ago, I’ve gave up shopping as a hobby along with other costly pastimes such as: getting my hair and nails done every 2weeks, to be able to obtain this jetlife lifestyle. Memories and experiences, are time capsules that keeps your spirit alive, allowing your friends and family to remember you when your body leaves the earth. It’s alot easier to store and keep photos, than mindless material things you cannot take with you. So instead of spending your money shopping as a pastime, spend your time and your money wisely, shop only for absolute necessities. Try this method for 2 years, you can save up enough money for at least 2-3 trips by 3rd year. Time I saved from those activities, are now spent self-grooming with like-minded individuals that know that Travel is the new world club. Which brings me to my next point and the importance of building and maintaining a Travel Network. For tips on how to do this keep reading below!

Image courtesy of fellow Travel Tipster @Viagem functional

3) Travel Networks

I have found 8 Dynamic Social Networks to Meet People Abroad, 4 listed below:

“whether you’re just hopping a couple hours away or flying halfway across the world, the people you meet abroad are the most memorable parts of travelling” and could possibly be a lifeline in the event of an emergency God forbid. However, “striking up a conversation with that cute guy in a café in France, or approaching some locals at a bar in Ireland, or an airport in the U.S can be downright intimidating.”

Image courtesy of EJBlog

Luckily, compiled for us in 2013 by our fellow travel tipster LUISA ROLLENHAGEN these sites are still relevant and even more popular today! Luisa, not only did you do an amazing job at compiling this list, but you also made my job a heck of a lot easier. Thank you potential future travel buddy, you rock!

Below are some travel “social network sites to help you meet people, embrace your host country’s culture and make best of your experience. Make sure to add fellow travel tipsters responsible for this amazing list, Luisa and myself, the one and only Aerial Gem to your friendslist. Look for us both on

4) Couchsurfing

Now a classic among travelers, Couchsurfing remains a powerful platform for anything a traveller may need: friends (permanent or temporary) to adventure with, a place to crash and recommendations for the best bars, poetry readings and free open air concerts.

Build a profile and post pictures and a basic description of yourself. Provide a host profile for your particular location, if you wish. You can also join a variety of events where you can meet people, ranging from language classes and parties to tours of local sights.

5) InterNations

InterNations is on the more exclusive side of the spectrum when it comes to social networks. It’s a network for expats to exchange tips on international schools, housing, visas, city guides and more. Organize monthly events and get-togethers to build a community and get to know your environment better.

Members range from diplomats and foreign correspondents to corporate or NGO employees. You can’t simply sign up, however; membership is strictly invitation-based, meaning you have to apply first. While a backpacker just passing through probably won’t find this network useful, InterNation can help more long-term transplants find professional and personal connections.

6) TravBuddy

Never travel alone again. For those of us that dont like to wait around for other people or groups. For a one-time fee of $9.99, you can contact potential travel buddies, write and read reviews for hotels, bars and sights, as well as contact locals and receive updates when someone travels to your hometown or destination. Tailor your search to shared interests, gender, travel dates and more.

Forums are also available to users, who discuss anything from favorite camping spots to proper travelling gear to coping with emotional troubles while abroad.


offers prospective travelers a little bit of everything, with the chance to meet people at or on the way to their destinations. Learn about the sights with detailed maps, and read and leave tips and recommendation for restaurants, lodging and sightseeing.

When you sign up, list your travelling preferences, interests, previous accomplishments and much more. WAYN also has a space to post pictures of your travels and share them with others. The wide variety of options make WAYN a fun resource for both travelers and locals.

8) Mobile First Aid Kit

Image courtesy Aerial Gem

9) Hanging Mobile Tolietry Case

Image courtesy of Fellow Travel Tipster @Queenbie7

10) Shelfpack

Image courtesy of fellow Travel Tipster @Viajeipostei retail price $300 Benefits $Priceless

-dont be alarmed or intimidated by the price of one of these amazing longterm investments!

Keywords being longterm and investment:

Image curtesy of Lifestyle Business Magazine
Image curtesy of Lifestyle Business Magazine

remember that Travel Savings Jar we discussed earlier? Now you see the importance and how this expense I’d already paid for outside of your bill money. Not to mention, possibly being able to find a cheaper or used version through new friends you will make on the travel social networks. Networking gives you unlimited benefits, speaking of make sure you guys look out for International Travel Essentials part 2 for the remaining 4 social travel networks and more awesome tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your travels! Be sure to check in with us every week for the ultimate savings travel guide.

This is your number 1 skycruiser, Balling on a Budget (BOB) Travel Specialist! Aerial Gem reporting and I approve this message! Happy Healthy Travels guys!

Image curtesy of Facebook
Image curtesy of Facebook

3 Comments Add yours

  1. aerialgem says:

    Reblogged this on Faith Fashion & Fitness and commented:

    For those weekend Travelers Jettsetting today, make sure you check out this post to make sure you are properly prepared and find out tips to enhance your journey! Brought to you tried and tested by yours truley, I am the Aerial Gem And I approve this Message, happy Friday guys!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s