5 Tips for Traveling on a Budget in China like a Cheap Bastard

Traveling on a Budget in China can Come with Catches.

Here are just a few things to keep in mind to avoid overspending on your time in the Middle Kingdom:

Tip #1. Don’t use cabs where there’s public transportation.
This might seem self-explanatory, but the public transportation system can be elusive if you’re not actively looking for it. Using a handy travel app can help you figure out the system quite easily. I tend to use “Maps” on my phone, but you can find a travel app on the platform of your choice.

Usually when I first were to arrive in Shanghai taking a train, I didn’t know that every train station is integrated with the local subway system. I used to wait in line to take a cab into the city and ended up paying way too much. Cabbies will gouge you. It may take a little more effort to figure out where the entrance to the subway is, but it will be worth it, saving you lots of redbacks (RMB).

Tip #2. Stay out of Shanghai and Beijing
There are so many more interesting places you could go than these two cities, and you’ll save a lot of money by doing so. Shanghai is already essentially a gentrified Western city. It’s even possible to forget you’re in China while you’re there. It’s really not a good representation of the rest of the country and there are foreigners all over the place, handing out their lifestyle magazines and engaging in frivolous pursuits. If you’re going to China, why not really go to China?

Just so you know, staying in Beijing or Shanghai will suck the cash out of your wallet three to four times faster than almost any other place in the country. So if you’re on a budget, don’t dink around for too long in those places. Get your sightseeing wrapped up in a hurry and move along.

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Marketers: No time to build your online business? Here’s a practical solution.

Stop saying you have no time.

Before you read the rest of this post, understand that the solution I’m about to propose is only for people who have no dependents. If you’re single – this is for you.

Let’s say you’re someone that has already read all of the productivity guides and have implemented all the steps. Let’s say that though you may manage to squeeze in some work here and there on your online business, the progress is incremental and it feels like there’s no way you can commit enough time to see any substantial financial rewards. I understand the feeling. I do.

It’s all a part of the Western business model: keep employees working so much that they’ll never be able to reclaim their financial futures. Westerners work so much that when they finally do have free time, they just want to rest and spend a bunch of money on things they don’t need. Hustling away on their business is the last thing they want to do.

Some entrepreneurs have claimed that simply quitting your job may be the only way to take charge of your destiny, and there are quite a few issues with this. One problem is that it leaves little room for error, when we learn most from our mistakes. We have to have room to fail if we want to succeed.

Another problem is saving up enough money to hold you over until your business takes off. And even if it does take off, it doesn’t mean it will provide enough income for you to pay your rent and all of your bills. Even if you start making an income, you may still have to go back to work again. In which case you’ll be back in the same boat, with little time to grow your business. In my experience living in the U.S., it was nearly impossible for me to keep my head above water while working part time.

Stop the Madness.

Here’s my solution: Move to a country with a lower cost of living and hustle your balls off. Teaching English abroad has to be the least demanding job you could ever possibly want. In some countries (like China) you can work part time and still have a free apartment and enough money to cover basic expenses. It doesn’t even have to be China. It just has to be a country where the cost of living is more affordable.

In this video, Tom of Red Dragon Diaries talks about the financial perks of living as a teacher in South Korea:

Can you now see some of the potential for building a business overseas? If you’re wondering where you can get started today, just click below.

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Is Living in China Worth it?

Is Living in China worth the risk?

The world is constantly shifting economically and politically. Perhaps you’ve been considering taking the plunge and starting your adventures overseas. Perhaps you’ve mentioned your China aspirations to friends or coworkers who have said that it’s too risky, mentioning a story about something negative that they heard in the news. You can discard that input. One of the biggest risks we can take in life is inaction or to continue doing something that clearly isn’t working. Whether or not China living will be worth it depends on you.

There are still some other things you’ll want to keep in mind, if you really want to optimize your time in the East for maximum benefit. I recommend the following:

Stay for Longer Than a Year
In order to really reap the full benefit from going to China, you’re going to want to stay there for more than a year. It will take you at least that long to get your bearings and adjust to a new way of life, and it will pass in the blink of an eye. This means investing a little in your new home for the time being, buying an electric bike and a decent computer to complete your work. If you try to live in China with a temporary mindset you may end up skimping on things that you really shouldn’t, like decent cookware. If you’re going to live abroad, you should actually live abroad. That means staying for longer than a year.

Have a Goal
Don’t lose sight of what it is that you’re trying to achieve in country with a lower cost of living. It might be a freeing feeling to not to be weighed down by the financial pressure you were used to back home, but in the face of this newfound freedom, some people stagnate. You need to be self-directed if you want to turn your endeavors into something fruitful. Don’t waste a moment once you get to your destination. I wasted too much time and I regret it.


Don’t Slip into Self-Destruct Mode

If you choose to associate with other expats in China, you’re going to get lured into situations where you’ll be spending the night in bars full of suffocating tobacco smoke, drinking poorly distilled alcohol that will give you brain-splitting hangovers, and generally wasting your time and being unproductive. If you choose to spend your time with Chinese friends, you’re likely to end up eating some unhealthy food. You can’t let yourself slip into these kinds of patterns.

It may not be encouraging to read that the best way to achieve your goals while abroad is to be a bit of a weird recluse, but that doesn’t matter. We all have to make sacrifices if we want to achieve our goals. If you want to take control of your future and put an end to the uncertainty that comes with relying on someone else’s employment for income, you have to work harder than everyone else.