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How to Plan Winter Vacations on a College Budget

When I think back to last year’s trip to the mountains, I wonder how I got through my time on such a shoestring budget. Most years when I travel to the snow, my budget is not enormous, but I still manage somehow. This made me think, how much money does a person really need for a ski trip? What can people do to save costs? I think  it’s all about planning.  I’m going to share with you some great planning tips and tricks for hitting the slopes on a college budget.

Travel with a Crew

This is undoubtedly one of the most effective ways to save. Traveling in a group and splitting expenses always saves me plenty of coin. Accommodation, food, drinks, transport and anything else you can think of. I often plan a trip with close friends or meet some college friends there; I always try to split expenses. One year I even met up with a friend of a friend. Always try to make connections that can save you money. Each time I have been introduced to a new friend, it’s made my trip more fun and saved me money. Continue reading

Tips on Finding Cheap Holiday Accommodation Deals Online

While most people love the idea of traveling, their finances don’t always seem to agree with their travel dreams. This is exactly why it’s so important to be an informed traveler, so you know the very best ways and places to find the cheapest holiday accommodation deals online. In fact, you may be able to save enough money that you can afford to also book a second holiday.

Here are some tips you can start using right now, so you can enjoy the savings.

Don’t Write Off Business Hotels

One of the first tips is that you shouldn’t automatically write off business hotels. Sure you may be traveling for pleasure, but did you know that business hotels often offer special deals and promotions during summer months? This tends to be the slowest months for business travel, so the hotels look to appeal to other travelers instead in hopes of still booking up.

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How I got my Travel Insurance for Free

Check out how this traveler decided to leave his 9-5 day job and travel the world for a year, and how he got free travel insurance!

Some years ago I got tired of wearing a collared shirt and tie, so I decided to take a leave from my consulting job and go live abroad for close to a year. I ended up going to Thailand to work for a local humanitarian organization. I was going to be in Thailand for about a year so I started researching travel insurance and that is when I got the shock. Travel insurance for more than a month is crazy expensive, almost a thousand dollars, and I would have to be paying that for a year!

Not exactly an exciting expense, so it was time to think out of the box.

After a little bit of thinking, I decided to email 3 insurance companies and see if we could make a deal that would benefit both of us (that’s important, don’t expect anything if the deal will only benefit you).

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Creating a Travel Crowdfunding Campaign That People Want to Support

In recent years, more and more entrepreneurs have turned to alternate funding. One of the biggest methods of alternate funding is crowdfunding — a process that enables people to raise money through the internet, allowing them to reach much larger audiences than ever before. Its success as a funding method is shown in the numbers: in 2014 alone, approximately $16 billion was crowdfunded. Since then, the numbers have only gone up.

Today, crowdfunding is used to support a variety of enterprises, from starting your own business, to new innovations in healthcare. Crowdfunding is also used to raise money for personal endeavors, such as funding a semester at college or supporting a travel experience. For travelers and wanderlusters, this sounds like a dream come true: a bunch of people giving you money to travel the world. Now who wouldn’t want that?

It’s easy to drop everything and choose to crowdfund your next adventure, but not all travel crowdfunding campaigns are successful. Unfortunately, a lot of campaigns end in crushing failure and disappointment, with little to fall back on. It’s important to effectively plan and prepare your crowdfunding campaign, so that it is one that people actually want to support. Here are some tips on how to do just that.

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How to Budget for Studying Abroad

Studying abroad is one of the best opportunities you can take advantage of while in college – but it does come at a price. While some universities have programs that cost the same amount for studying abroad as they do at the home campus, many study abroad programs exceed the normal cost for tuition. In addition to tuition costs, travel expenses and costs while studying abroad can quickly add up. Here are some ways to budget so you are able to study abroad without stressing about the cost!

Cut Unnecessary Costs

In the moment, that pumpkin spice frappuccino from Starbucks and your Hulu account you use to catch up on your shows with might seem like dire needs, but getting rid of extra expenses like these is an easy way to start saving your money.
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