Traveling to a new destination can be both exciting and intimidating. Exciting because you are eager to explore new frontiers, yet intimidating because you are anxious about how the entire trip will be. Nevertheless, with proper preparation and an open mind, you can have one of the most memorable adventures of your life. The following are effective tips that I use each time I travel to a new destination.
You can easily avoid unpleasant travel experiences by taking the time to plan and research extensively about the destination. Determine where you want to visit and the interests or attractions you hope to see. As a first timer, you should consider the prevailing weather conditions, the safeness of the location, the customs of the locals, your budget, the general health status of the country, as well as the emergency hotline numbers in the region.
Deciding to go abroad is a big step! However, starting a crowdfunding campaign makes it easy to raise the funds you need. While you may be feeling overwhelmed by the cost of going abroad, FundMyTravel helps you make your campaign the best it can be so you can reach your goal. One resource to check out is our FundMyTravel Toolkit. In this post, we’re going to break down how to get the most use out of it.
On the right side of the toolkit page, there are three downloadable documents you can use. We suggest you take a look at all of them! First is an offline PDF version of the FundMyTravel toolkit – you can print this out or save it to your phone so you can access it whenever you want. The second document is an outreach letter you can use to reach out to possible donors. While the letter is set up for you to fill in the blanks, we suggest that you personalize it. Adding your own voice and creative flare will stick with your donors. Lastly, there is the FundMyTravel checklist. This checklist is a great resource! We suggest completing every item on the list. A complete campaign page is more trustworthy to possible donors and has a higher chance of being successful!
You can’t travel unless you have money, and getting paid to travel is something that is not easy to do. So, what should you do to have the funds to take a trip around the world? Well, there are no easy answers here but one thing is sure, you need to learn ways to manage and control your money. You also need to practice good money saving habits to supplement your income to make travel a reality.
Here are 7 tips to raise funds for your trip round the world:
1. Earn through saving
You can save, and save enough, to raise funds for your proposed trip. You needn’t cut down on the essentials; rather, the focus should be to reduce expenses on things that you could do without. You can workout at home (this takes off a gym membership cost), you can dine out less frequently, take public transport more often, avoid frequent bar-hopping and so on. These are just some of the ways you can save enough without disturbing the rhythm and pace of your life too much.
Traveling is, simply put, the best way to truly experience the world while offering you new experiences, introducing you to new people and cultures and providing some of the greatest memories of your life. Travel can, however, be expensive. So, when you want to take a trip but have little to no money to do so, how can you raise the funds quickly or get others to show a little support to get you where you want to be?
Start a fundraiser! That’s how! Today, many people hop online and start fundraisers for a wide variety of things. If a man can raise more than $50,000 to make potato salad, then you my friend can raise money to travel the world. Or maybe, just take a much-needed vacation to a tropical paradise like Costa Rica. Let’s get to the top five ways to raise the money you need for your trip.
Create a profile on a site like fundmytravel and come up with a good campaign goal. Write a brief description telling people where you want to go, and more importantly, why you need to go. Everyone wants a vacation, but what is it about yours that makes it special or important? Give details and make them as riveting as possible to bring people in and make them want to help you out.
Getting donations from your friends, family, and anyone else who comes across your fundraising campaign can be challenging. But all the work you put into your campaign will be worth it when you are finally in your destination, experiencing the culture and having an amazing time! One way to make it easier to capture the attention of potential donors is to create engaging content to communicate your message. Imagine you are on a website and come across a funny or interesting picture, video, or story. You would probably be more likely to check that website out and investigate the source. This is the same idea with your fundraising campaign – by getting more people to visit your page you will reach more people who could potentially make a donation. Below you’ll find out some easy ways to engage your audience and get the donations you need in no time!
1. Create Awe-Inspiring Pictures on Canva
We love Canva! Canva is an amazing website that allows you to edit and design great photos. And did we mention it is free? Just sign up and you’ll be on your way to creating free images in no time. Some of the layouts are not free but a large amount are, and you can make some stunning designs with them. Don’t worry if you’re not a master at Photoshop or have no graphic design experience – Canva is very easy to learn and use. Designing photos to share on your campaign and on your social media sites is a great way to engage your audience. You can use your own pictures or even stock photos. This is a great opportunity to show your creative side! So get out there and start designing photos – we can’t stop now that we discovered Canva.