With spring break just around the corner, now is a perfect time for students to start planning the perfect vacation. Of course throughout the semester, managing expenses can be difficult enough without thinking about traveling.
However, there are several key tips and tricks that may assist in being able to afford that special getaway.
Budgeting for a trip is half the fun. You get to research your new destination, decide what you want to do, discover how much that will cost you, and make a detailed plan of how to save to make it a trip to remember.
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2) Decide what you can and can’t afford.
Often times traveling with friends can lead to getting some great group discounts. It is also important to keep in mind, that just because you have money budgeted, doesn’t mean it all needs to be spent.
If you can’t afford to stay in a hotel, many student travelers choose to stay in a hostel. Prices usually start very low and can be a great budget-friendly way to meet new people for those looking for more of a social vibe. Hostelworld.com is one of countless hostel booking websites and provides no booking fees.
So now that you have all the particulars planned out for your trip, (where, who with, how much, and when), it’s time to consider the third step in your budgeting process.
3) Cut all expenses not detrimental to your everyday life.
Sacrifice is they keyword, which means saying no to the daily dose of Starbucks, a night at the movies or larger expenses like a gym membership. As long as you are maintaining your daily happiness, it is wise to cut as many expenses as possible.
However, with great sacrifice comes great reward. It is important to continually remind yourself that everything your are doing will provide for a more memorable trip later.
One tip to staying motivated throughout your saving spree, could be to create a mood board. Decorate a board with photos, colors, and items that are inspired by your trip. Another helpful tip is to watch videos and listen to music that draw from your desired location.
At the end of the day your passion will keep you motivated. Hard work and determination go a long way, not only in school and travel, but in life in general.
There is a great big world beyond the classroom just waiting to be explored!