Travel Tips

Wikitongues – Non-profit Language Preservation and Sustainability


I’d like to announce, that I’m very excited to be part of the Wikitongues team! As a Community Organizer, I’ll be assisting by developing and contributing relevant content to the archive of information that Wikitongues has established over the last 3+ years.

What is Wikitongues and what is this archive you’re talking about? Well, listen up, cause’ I’m going to share that with you!

Wikitongues is a non-profit organization with the aim of preservation and sustainability of every language in the world. The organization has been active since 2012, and has grown activities into over forty countries, by a team of over eighty people. Our activities include the production of interview content as we build the most inclusive cultural archive ever made.

So, it basically boils down to this… Our goal is to establish the largest public informational archive of languages in the world. There are thousands of languages that are now extinct or in considerable danger of extinction. We are making positive steps to reversing this dilemma and contributing towards growth and sustainability by establishing this massive, public archive. Anyone can contribute to this meaningful cause by following the interview guidelines, which includes instructions on how to upload/share the interview afterwards. At the moment, we are generally looking for languages and dialects that are rare, near-extinct or are just simply not in our database yet. Of course, if your language is already in our database, we’ll still welcome your contribution with open arms, as it adds to the original existing content, giving readers the opportunity to learn even more about that specific language or dialect. Every bit counts!

Here is an example of a language that is on the verge of death, it’s called: “Tsakonian”.
Tsakonian is a modern Greek language, spoken in the eponymous Tsakonia region of the Peloponnese Peninsula. It is the only living descendant of old Doric, the language once spoken by the people of Ancient Sparta. Though the Tsakonian-speaking community is small, numbering no more than a couple hundred speakers, the language has three distinct dialects, ‘Northern’, ‘Southern’ and ‘Propontis’.


Interesting? Well, here’s something else impressive; Wikitongues recently reached their Kickstarter goal of $50,000 USD; actually, they surpassed the goal with $52,715 USD from people like you and I, which will help bring this project to life. Wikitongues also plans to use the collected pledges to create user-friendly technology and dictionaries to help support language learning of the content we collect around the globe. How cool is that?

If you’d like to contribute some content to this phenomenally exceptional cause, you can contact me by leaving me a comment below and we will find a way to work something out!

You can visit the Wikitongues website by clicking here: http://wikitongues.org/

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Free Travel App Giveaway!

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Good day fellow travelers! 

I’ve got some exciting news to share with you all today!

Starting today, I’ll be hosting a giveaway in partnership with “GPSmyCity” to award 20 people, selected at random, free promo codes for the GPSmyCity app.
What is GPSmyCity? Well, I’m glad you asked! GPSmyCity makes popular iOS and Android apps that feature self-guided city walks in over 470 cities around the world.  Each one of the apps contains anywhere from a few to over a dozen of self-guided walking tours for a single city, allowing visitors to explore on foot the best of the city at their own pace. What’s awesome, is that you don’t require an internet connection or a specialized data plan to utilize this app; it runs completely off your phone’s built-in GPS!

The app is free to download, but to access their premium features, you’ll need to upgrade for $4.99 USD – but not if you’re selected to win a promo code from this giveaway! You’ll have access to the full app with all the premium features from one out of hundreds of maps to choose from.

You can see the list of cities available for your own device by clicking one of the two links below.


Here are the premium features
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  • High Resolution Map
  • Tour Route Map
  • Turn-by-turn Walking Directions
  • Radar Showing Direction to Sight
  • Create Custom Walking Tours
  • See Nearby Attractions
  • No Advertisements


HOW DO I ENTER?

 

It’s pretty easy! Follow these simple steps and you will be eligible to win 1 of 20 of these promo codes.

  1. Scroll down to the bottom of this post and select “Leave a Comment/Reply”.

  2. Leave a comment about your favorite city, and a brief comment on why it’s your favorite.

  3. Congratulations, you’re entered! If you’re 1 of 20 lucky winners, I’ll contact you, requesting which GPSmyCity map you’d like. Shortly afterwards, I’ll send you the promo code.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 

  • This giveaway is available to everyone, worldwide.

  • This giveaway will start on March 23, 2016 (12:00AM – EST – UTC -5:00 Time) and will end on April 23, 2016 (12:00AM – EST -05:00 Time).

  • Winners will be randomly selected and will be announced on the next day, April 24, 2016 on “The Traveling Buff” Facebook page.

  • Entries that are incomplete or inaccurate will be deemed invalid.

  • This giveaway is hosted “The Traveling Buff”, in partnership with “GPSmyCity.

 

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Travel jobs for Canadians!

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Canada, eh?!

Fellow Canadians! Feeling lost, looking for an adventure/new career and don’t know where to start? Or maybe your qualifications aren’t at a level where they’re being highly sought after… Well, I’ll share some cool ideas with you that I’ve learned about throughout the past many years!

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First thing’s first – a bit biased, but nonetheless, a fantastic career option (no need to explain, you see enough through some of my posts coming back from trips around the world):

Canadian Forces: http://www.forces.ca/en/home

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Don’t want to leave the country but want to have an adventure domestically?

Canadian Coast Guard:
http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/…/Recruitment…/career-opportunities

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Do you want to study abroad but afraid that you can’t afford the international student tuition?

Study in Norway for free:
http://www.topuniversities.com/where-to-study/…/norway/guide

Study in Germany for almost free: http://www.topuniversities.com/where-to-stu…/…/germany/guide

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Want to fly sky high and see many countries in a short period of time? Compensated well in salary, benefits and vacation? Discounted flight for family? If you can handle living abroad with paid accommodation, then you may want to check out positions for the following airlines:

Etihad Airlines:
https://careers.etihad.com/Etihad/go/Cabin-Crew-Jobs/716001/

Air Emirates:
http://www.emiratesgroupcareers.com/english/

Qatar Airways:
http://careers.qatarairways.com/qatarair…/vacancysearch.aspx

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Another way you can live abroad with a decent income is to teach English abroad. Many countries will accept teachers without a degree, asking for a minimum nativity in the English language and completion of a TEFL/TESOL course – which can be completed in any major city or even online. Don’t get me wrong, a Bachelor’s degree will help broaden your opportunities in more countries, but it isn’t required!

Check out this accredited online TEFL course with internships opportunities abroad:

http://i-to-i.com/

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Want to have the opportunity to temporarily live/work abroad with a support system backing you up?

Check out Canada’s “SWAP” program!

http://swap.ca/

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WWOOFing!

No, that’s not a dog barking, but a concept and opportunity much cooler than that!

WWOOF organisations connect people who want to live and learn on organic farms and smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help.
WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles. Volunteers give hands on help in return.

The cool thing about this? You can go to almost any country in the world and WWOOF!

http://www.wwoof.net/

OR

http://wwoofinternational.org/

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Like kids? Enjoy babysitting? Ever think of becoming an Au-Pair?

What is an “Au-Pair”?

An au pair is a young adult from another country who lives with your family for a year and provides in-home childcare (like a nanny, but better)! Au pairs work up to 45 hours per week, in exchange for the opportunity to live with a family in a foreign country. Because au pairs provide live-in childcare, they offer greater flexibility, caring for your children at times that accommodate your family’s individual schedule.

https://www.aupairworld.com/en

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Like WWOOFING, this is another website posting volunteer opportunities worldwide in exchange for room and board. It’s a great way to learn culture, a new language and of course, to live up a new adventure!

http://www.workaway.info/

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Would you like to sail the seven seas? Sailing from one country to the next on a private yacht or sailboat and get paid for it? Have some skills you can contribute; whether they be culinary or previous sailing experience? Then I think you should check this website out!

http://www.yacrew.com/

OR

http://www.crewunlimited.com/2/cu/crw_joblist.aspx?a=2

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Want to backpack the world on a budget but sleep under a warm and safe roof the for the night? Well, if you’re open-minded, you may want to check outCouchsurfing.com!

https://www.couchsurfing.com/

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I hope you guys enjoy this list that I crafted up for you! Better yet, I hope this inspires you to get out there and try something new!
You’ve got one life to live, make the best of it and start shaping up your legacy!

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Challenge Yourself…

Challenge yourself to the things that scare you in life; more often than none they will bring you the most exciting, rewarding and memorable experiences.
This quote strongly relates to many of my own experiences.

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Free and Fun ways to Learn a New Language!

For a lot of people, learning a new language can be very challenging and intimidating. Most people don’t know where to start and how to study, or fear that their study methods just won’t work for them. Well, I’ve got some exciting news for everyone! I’m one of those people would love to learn a new language, so I decided to scout the internet for you to find the best methods and websites to make your language-learning journey an enjoyable one! The best part of all, these options/methods are free!

These awesome websites are listed below:

1. www.duolingo.com

Choose the language you’re interested in, the rest is a game, complete with leaderboards, points and so on.

2. http://www.italki.com/?ref=1605969

A social-media website that is oriented towards those who are willing to those willing to both teach and learn. You can practice the language you wish to learn with members from all over the world for free, or, if you’re willing, you can pay as little as 4$-25$/hr to have lessons in the language you desire with a professional and structured lesson plan through Skype.

3. http://www.memrise.com/courses/english/

A flashcard-style, memory burning learning method; you are presented with words and sentences alongside with the proper pronunciation and translation of all meanings to English. Once the words have been presented to you, you are then drilled with the vocabulary through a “time-attack” if you want to call it, where you then have to quickly match up the correct English translation to the language’s translation, type it, speak it, so on. The faster you are to make correct decisions, the more points you are awarded. Any questions that you get wrong, are immediately reviewed and quizzed to you over and over until you understand. Very effective!

With a combination of these three websites, you’ll be learning a new language in no time! I’m currently learning: Norwegian, Danish and Spanish!

Enjoy and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!

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To Hostel or not to Hostel?

That is the question!

When I mention the idea of staying in a “Hostel”, what comes to mind? Believe it or not, plenty of people out there in the world think it’s a cheap, scummy and dangerous place to stay; well, let me see… Cheap? Yes, most certainly! Perfect for those that want to budget travel! Scummy? Not if you research into where you will be staying and ensure that there are well-written, unbiased reviews. Dangerous? I don’t believe that there are any dangerous places out there, just travellers that are not using their head, intuition and common-sense. Please don’t base the idea of staying or not staying at a Hostel on the movie: “Hostel”. A movie is a movie.
A stay at a hostel can be as good or as bad as you want it to be, it all boils down to preparation and travel research, but sometimes, even for the well-educated and avid traveller, you will sometimes bump into the inevitable. With proper research and travel skills, you can highly reduce that chances of staying at a crummy hostel and making the best of your trip!

I’ll list off some Pros and Cons for you to weigh out:

Pros

  • Hostels are much cheaper than almost any other kind of accommodation out there. I stayed 8 nights in Cracow, Poland for 140$ USD!
  • Hostels are generally located in the heart of the best districts, usually in better locations than most Hotels!
  • Hostels often offer free Wi-Fi and sometimes even a free Breakfast!
  • Hostels often offer private rooms for just a few dollars more, for those that simply cannot sacrifice a bit of privacy.
  • Hostels will provide you with information and ideas of what to do and see in the area that you’re visiting; not only the major sights, but all the local hotspots as well!
  • Hostels often have a common-room, where you can socialize and meet other travellers just like yourself!
  • Hostels may give you a discount if you own a “Hostelling International Membership” card. (Imagine that! Cheaper than the cheap price you’re already paying!)

Of course, there are so many more “Pros” that I could list, but that should be good enough for now. Time for some “Cons”!

Cons

  • You may have to sacrifice some privacy. (Are you really going to spend all of your time in your room anyways?)
  • The bathrooms are usually shared. (You share the bathroom in your house and you share the bathroom with several other employees at your workplace, what’s the difference?)
  • It might be difficult to get some sleep if people are snoring. (The “Ear Plug” is a wonderful invention!)
  • You run the small chance of running into a hostel that is not properly maintained in several manners. (Don’t you run that risk staying at a Hotel you’ve never been to? Besides, that’s where doing your research comes in; read unbiased reviews!)
  • You run the risk of your goods potentially getting stolen if you are not provided with adequate storage facilities with appropriate security features for your gear to be stored while you’re out exploring. (Again, read the reviews. Travelling is an art and you will learn through experience).

    If you have the money, you want the posh lifestyle and don’t have a budget to worry about, then by all means, take the luxury hotel situated in the heart of the city, but if you’re on a budget like me, which is probably most people reading this blog, then you’re going to want to find options that won’t have your wallet screaming in agony.

Here’s what I do:

  1. Enter the URL: www.hostelworld.com
  2. Enter the City and Country you will be travelling to and of course, the respective dates with the amount of people that will be staying.
  3. Click “Search”
  4. Several results will show up, displaying a list of several different Hostels that you can choose from; the best thing to do at this point is to sort all your results appropriately. Click on the drop-down box right next to “Sort by:” and select “Overall Rating”.
  5. Now, all your results should be sorted by the best rated Hostel to the least rated Hostel. Check them out one at a time to ensure that the room that you want is available for the dates that you specified, the Hostel is located in the part of the city you want to be staying in, the price is affordable and the ratings are good. Always keep a keen eye as to what kind of Hostel you may be staying at, as some are themed and even oriented towards “Partying”, which may not be the type of Hostel you want to stay at if you’re trying to get a good night’s rest!

I’ve always used www.hostelworld.com for all my hostel needs. The thing I like about the site is that they provide accurate, unbiased reviews about the Hostel that you could be potentially staying at. Also, when you do decide to reserve your room/bed, you only have to place down 10% over the internet and then pay the remaining balance once you arrive at the Hostel. You also have an option, for just a few dollars more, you can protect yourself from losing your money if a cancellation on your booking is required. You will get credited the balance on the website to be used towards another Hostel in the future.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’ve stayed at Hostels all over the globe and I’ll tell you from first-hand experience that again, with some experience and research, you will find yourself enjoying your stay at Hostels, whether you’re staying in a private room or a shared dorm. I personally, won’t choose to stay in a Hotel again unless I absolutely have to. The most important thing is that you have to keep an open-mind and with an open-mind, you’ll be a happier person in the end.

Last weekend, Amy and I stayed at a Hostel in the heart of Toronto, the “Entertainment” District to be exact. The name of the Hostel was called: “The Clarence Park” Hostel. We booked a private room that had it’s own bathroom and for 40$/per person/per night, you can’t beat it! We basically stayed 3 nights in the heart of Downtown Toronto for 240$ and the room was PRIVATE! No shared Bathroom either! If we chose to stay at any hotel in Downtown Toronto, 3 nights would have easily costed us 450-600$!

Here’s a snap of the place we stayed at:

The Clarence Park Hostel - Private Room

The Clarence Park Hostel – Private Room

As you can see, the room itself is basic, but very cozy, clean and acceptable! The bed is King-sized, there’s a television (which you can’t see in this photo) mounted onto the wall with cable facing the bed. There’s a desk, comfortable chair, balcony and a private bathroom. In the bathroom, you have the essentials: Toilet, sink and shower. There’s no bathtub, but again, think of the money you’re saving, you’re getting the absolute essentials at rock-bottom price in the heart of Downtown Toronto! A very expensive city to live in. The room itself was very quiet with the balcony door closed; we had no problem obtaining a full night’s rest, every single night!

At the end of the day, you should consider trying out a Hostel, what do you have to lose? Nothing, because you’re actually saving, big time!

Keep an open mind, explore, have fun and always try something different and new!

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