If you are a homeowner who is feeling the squeeze, and struggling to pay your bills, renting out your spare space could be the ideal solution. Many of us have parts of our homes that we do not really use. Perhaps you have a garage full of junk, a loft that is just a dusty empty shell, or a small bedroom, that is being used for storage.
This post is all about quick, easy and relatively inexpensive ways for you to take those spaces, and get them earning money for you.
There are plenty of people who are looking for somewhere to store their stuff. It is not difficult to reach out to them via social media or adverts in the paper and lease out any spare garage space you have. Naturally, you have to be a bit careful when doing this. The last thing you need is to be paid a month’s rent, and be left with a garage full of worthless junk that you eventually have to dispose of.
A better deal would be someone with a hobby that needs somewhere secure to store expensive equipment like a jet ski. You are less likely to be left with this kind of stuff when the owner decides they do not want it anymore. However, you are going to store this kind of equipment take the time to check out what the situation would be should it be stolen from your garage.
Rent out space on your drive
A less complicated option is renting out a parking space on your drive. In most places, there are websites, like this one, that serve as an intermediary to help those who need a parking space to find people with spare space.
Rent out your spare room
If you are lucky enough to have a spare room, there are many ways to make money from it. One of the simplest ways to do it is to join Airbnb and rent the space out to holidaymakers, and other travellers. If you live in an area that is not a big tourist area, there are other options. For example, you can rent your room out to a tenant. If the idea of someone else living in your home 24/7 does not appeal you could try targeting the professionals market instead.
Many people have to commute for two hours, or more. Something that is very expensive, and time-consuming. As a result, a growing number of people are deciding to rent a room close to where they work on workdays, and live in their own home at weekends. It is a great way to rent out your room, and still have your privacy on Saturdays and Sundays when you are not working.
If you are not sure that there is a market for the type of accommodation you have you do not have to spend a fortune on doing up your room. You just need to give it a lick of paint, buy a couple of rugs, and use a furniture hire firm to furnish the room. This gives you the chance to try renting out your spare room. If you decide it is worth doing long-term, you can then spend more money, and buy new furniture.
India is one of the most amazing countries in the world to explore. From the bustling streets of New Delhi to the Bollywood Capital that is Mumbai, India’s versatility is what makes it such an exciting place to travel to. But, as well as busy cities, India offers its visitors some amazing opportunities to spot wildlife, including endangered tigers. Here’s a guide to the best places to spot a tiger in India at India’s many tiger reserves:
Tadoba National Park
In the Chandrapur district of the Maharashtra state, the incredible Tadoba national park is situated. With a tropical dry forest, the climate is perfect for tigers and it is one of Indian’s 43 Project Tiger, Tiger Reserves. There’s a great chance of spotting tigers here thanks to the vast number of them living there.
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
The Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is an amazing place to see tigers and a great place for experiencing some traditional Indian culture with stunning temples and 10th century shrines nestled within the tropical forests. Boasting a healthy tiger population of around 63 at present, plenty of different species of wild birds and the opportunity to spot bears and sloths, it’s a great place to head if you’re wanting to spot tigers.
Satpura Tiger Reserve
The Satpura Tiger Reserve is a new nature park with plenty of opportunities for walking and kayaking, as well as spotting tigers and a whole host of other animals. Known for sightings of leopards and sloths, the scenic reserve is a great place to head for an active day out looking for wildlife in India.
Kanha Tiger Reserve
The Kanha Tiger Reserve is one of India’s oldest parks and has an amazing range of different animals living there. The large grasslands offer plenty of opportunity to deer’s, leopards and tigers with amazing viewing opportunities and the chance to see what’s left of India’s great forests.
Poaching and deforestation have put huge pressures on the wildlife in India’s outdoor spaces, hence the number of wildlife reserves to try and conserve the tigers that are left. Visiting the country as soon as possible is recommended before these creatures become ever more endangered. By booking a trip with Exodus, you’ll be able to visit all the amazing nature reserves and get the chance to see the incredible animals up close whilst enjoying a holiday to India.
Some people are really good at planning when they go hiking, and others just jump into the car and go. While I do love to be spontaneous, I have learned over time that proper planning will result in a much more enjoyable hike. Whether you go hiking for a day, or on a multi-day trek, proper planning is one of the most important aspects of your adventure!
Plan your route
Choosing the area you hike in is always the first step, because it will determine what you bring with you, how long you go for, etc… When you are picking your hiking trails, be sure to choose ones that match your skill level, as well as the skill level of those who will be hiking with you. You don’t want to ruin somebody else’s love of the activity by taking them on a trail beyond the difficulty that they can handle.
Research, research, research
Hiking is all about adventure and exploration, so tackling new trails in unfamiliar areas is highly encouraged in our sport. Because you will be exploring new areas however, it is crucial to do a proper amount of research before you go. Start by going to the website of the national/regional park or the preserve you will be hiking in. These sites usually give detailed information about the hiking area, the length and difficulty of the trails, and extremely important information about potential risks such as bear warnings, eroded trails, or avalanche watches.
I also check to see if I can find reviews online about the trail I want to take- if other hikers have been there before and weren’t impressed by the hike, I choose something else. You can also find great information from other hikers on the conditions of the trail, what you will need to bring with you, and all of the great sights you will see. One time I was saved by one of these reviews when it advised to go really early to avoid large crowds. I was lucky I read this. I had a much more enjoyable hike because of it, and as I saw the large crowds piling onto the trail as I was leaving, I had a huge grin on my face.
Dress to impress
Once you know a little bit about the area, you can easily prepare the gear you will need for your hike. Planning what gear you bring is essential – you don’t want to bring too much and be weighted down unnecessarily, but you definitely don’t want to be caught without something you need. There are definitely some standard items you should always bring such as a first aid kit, a survival kit, and a map of the area.
Pick the right gear
Other items will be based on the hike itself such as extra layers of clothing, the amount of water you will need per person, and whether or not you will bring snacks (be sure to bring packaged food for proper animal safety). Check the weather forecast and base your gear on it, but don’t rely on it completely- be prepared for unexpected weather, especially in mountain environments.
An important safety step before you go is to let somebody you trust know when you will be going hiking, where you will be going, and when you expect to be back. This is especially important if you are hiking alone (not recommended, but some people do prefer it). The day I go, or the day before, I also like to check in with the information center of the park I’m hiking in if it has one. The staff at these centers can give you up to date trail information right before you go hiking. A phone call to trail administrators would also suffice.
When you arrive at your hiking site, take your time getting your gear together and making sure you have everything. Apply your sunscreen and insect repellent, and even stretch a bit if you want. When I get to a hike, I am really excited to get moving, but I force myself to take my time leaving so that I don’t leave anything behind. Knowing you are prepared for any situation is a great feeling, and you can enjoy your hike to its fullest.