Things to Consider When Traveling to a Third World Country

Naeem Ahmed - Tips for First Time Business Owners

Opening and managing a business is a difficult task that requires financing, business savvy, man management skills and many other things. There is a reason lots of business fail within their first few years. It is an incredibly difficult task to start a business and to keep it afloat. Here are a few tips that will help first-time business owners.

• Focus your attention on your business. Do not try and do multiple things at once because your attention will be stretched, and your business will not operate to its fullest capacity. Launch into one project and do that one perfectly rather than a bunch of projects that result in average work.

• Have a plan and know what you want to do. Don’t start a business because you think it sounds cool or looks good. Running and starting a business is a lot of work, and you need to be focused on one goal. This will make your business profitable and relieve some of the stress that comes with owning a business.

• When you’re pitching your business idea to a possible investor, try and say everything that you need to say within 30 seconds. Less is more, and you want to grab any possible investors attention immediately. This means state your mission, your goals, and what service you will provide in a direct, clear and concise manner. It’s also a good idea to do some research on the person you about to pitch your idea to, so that you can develop you pitch to fit that person.

Naeem Ahmed is a successful fashion designer and the owner of Old Dock Apparel. He started Old Dock in 1999 and has developed it into a multi-million dollar business.

When traveling to a third world country, you need to prepare yourself for the various challenges you will experience that you are not normally accustomed to. You will need to deal with high poverty in some cases, poor infrastructure, and smaller economies. These kinds of trips are incredibly rewarding though, and you will likely experience culture in the most authentic way possible. Here are a few things to consider before traveling to a third world country.

  • This will be difficult, but you need to make sure that you do not give things away to the local children. If you do, you may be reinforcing bad behavior or encourage them to be more aggressive in the future. It is best to give to their parents, local schools, or local charities because they will be able to allocate best those resources. Giving candy to a child is a bad idea because they likely don’t have access to dental care. The best things to donate or medical supplies, school supplies, and clothing.
  • Bribery may be common and accepted depending on where you travel. The concept of bribery is viewed differently in developing countries, and you shouldn’t feel like you should avoid. It many countries it is the way things operate. Make sure that you aren’t being taken advantage of because they are is a difference between bribery and a shakedown.
  • Prepare yourself to haggle and bargain for most things. Do some research and the haggling customs so you know where you can and cannot haggle. Be fair and don’t try and rip anyone off. At the same time, don’t let yourself be ripped off.

Naeem Ahmed is a fashion designer, business owner, world traveler, and philanthropist. He has been to over 50 different countries for business and pleasure. On his travels, he makes contact with local charities and sets up monthly food donations to poverty stricken areas. He feeds over 100 people multiple times per month in developing countries.

Countries that Should be Visited by More Tourist

The world is full of countries that offer beautiful sites, interesting cultures, and historical wonders. Unfortunately, not every city is treated with the presence of tourists looking to visit those sites. Lots of tourists end up going to trending destinations or re-visit places that they have already been too. Here are a few countries that more tourists should visit.

  • Surprisingly Ireland is not one of the most popular destinations for tourists. The countries violent history the past decade may have a role to play in that but much has changed the past 20 years. Ireland is home to the beautiful Killarney National Park and the vibrant city of Dublin. You could spend a few weeks in Ireland and still not have experienced everything that you wanted to.
  • The Republic of Congo is home to Africa’s most interesting national parks. You can visit Parc National D’Odzala and see wild gorillas from a safe distance. The Brazzaville’s National Museum of Congo and the Gorges of Diosso are worth visiting as well. Take head to the State Department’s advice on where you should and shouldn’t go in Congo.
  • Serbia is not a part of the Eurozone and is therefore much cheaper than other European countries. Although it is landlocked, it is a beautiful country that is worth exploring. One of the more interesting tourist attractions in Serbia is the Tower of Skulls, which is a tower built of skulls.

Naeem Ahmed is a world traveler. He has been to over 50 different countries for both business and pleasure, amassing over 4 million air miles. He enjoys visiting historical sites and learning about new cultures.

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