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6 Free Fundraising Letter Templates

Are you jazzed up and ready to become a professional fundraiser? We sure hope so, because this guide is all about getting down to business (letter-wise, that is). While you might be wondering what makes a good fundraising letter, fret not! We will not only explain, we will also provide 6 free fundraising templates for your perusing! And who doesn’t like free things? *cough* everyone *cough*. 

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Ready for some free fundraising templates that are the bomb dot com?

While fundraising letter templates are not always necessary, they can definitely help to get the ball rolling. This guide’s purpose is to get you familiar with various fundraising letter templates, including fundraising templates for donations and sponsorships. Trust us, you don’t need to be an English major to write successful fundraising letters. With the right info, you’ll soon be a letter-writing pro! 

What makes a good fundraising letter? 

There are lots of fundraising letter templates out there, which is why it can understandably be overwhelming to decide on one to best fit your needs. With that being said, there are certain bullet points you’ll want to hit. 

First, you’ll want to make it as personal and specific to your fundraising needs as possible. Nobody likes reading a boring, generic letter! Next, it’s important to list or explain your fundraising goals. This way, your audience will understand why they are donating as well as what and who it will benefit. Again, nobody wants to give money to a cause they don’t believe in. Your job is to make them believe!

[Related: What Makes a Good Fundraiser? 9 Important Components]

Have you ever heard of the phrase “Call to Action”? You’ll need one! A Call to Action (CTA) is basically the how of your fundraising letter. How can your supporters donate? Can they donate online through FundMyTravel (we hope so!). Can they donate through the mail? This is a good option for those of us who are less tech savvy (shout out to grandma and grandpa). 

6 fundraising letter templates 

1. The Standard Fundraising Letter

Free fundraising templates

Why we like it: This template fundraising letter is pretty basic, but it gives you a general idea of what they should look like to get you brainstorming. As you can see, it has a subject title, call to action, a URL, and contact info. Check out this template here!

2. Crowdfunding Campaign Fundraising Letter

Free fundraising templates

Why we like it: If you’re planning on using a crowdfunding campaign fundraiser, then a letter focusing on your online campaign will do wonders! Make sure to note the bottom of this letter; adding a blurb about sharing your crowdfunding page with others will help to get the word out! Download the template here!

3. Student Travel Sponsorship Letter

Free fundraising templates

Why we like it: This letter gives a stellar example of how to appeal to your audience with awesome student travel, that is! Remember to not simply ask for money to travel, but explain what you will learn from the experience. People are more willing to support someone who is willing to work hard while living it up abroad! Check out this travel-themed letter here!

[Related: How to Ask People to Donate Money—The Nice Way]

4. Event Donation Letter

Free fundraising templates

Why we like it: You’ll definitely want to check out this fundraising template if you’re raising money in connection with a non-profit or hosting an event. Be sure your letter includes an invite to the event as well as info about your organization. You can find this template here!

5. Corporate Sponsorship Letter

Free fundraising templates

Why we like it: If you live in a city with abundant corporations, or even just a small town with local businesses, then you might want to check out this corporate themed letter. You might be surprised at who all is willing to donate towards a good cause! Download the template here!

6. Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Letter

Free fundraising templates

Why we like it: It might seem like crazy logic, but people who already support a similar cause, are more likely to donate to your cause! Crazy, right? Here’s an example: Say your friend donates to a local animal shelter because she’s passionate about finding animals a good home. Now what if you were trying to raise money for your sick dog? Relating the two causes might make your friend even more willing to donate! This is what a peer-to-peer fundraising letter does. Check them out here!

Fundraising letters will help you reach your goal—and so will FundMyTravel!

Fundraising letters are more traditional in the fundraising world; however, using FundMyTravel in addition to a letter would certainly boost your donations. Plus, mentioning your FundMyTravel link in your letter is a perfect Call to Action! Having some form of an online donation platform, whatever it might be, will greatly help you reach a younger audience.

Of course, the first step is to create your FundMyTravel fundraiser! By starting your campaign, donations will automatically be sent to your account. Plus, it’s free to create an account and share your campaign! FundMyTravel only takes 5% of all donations to keep the site running and to be able to provide technical and customer support. Sounds pretty nifty, right? We think so!

Did you find your best template fundraising letter?

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Two thumbs waaaaay up for these fundraising letter templates.

With so many unique fundraising templates out there, we’re pretty confident you’ll find the right one to fit your fundraising needs. And if our examples above haven’t quite cut it, check out more free fundraising templates from the websites linked to above, or check out our FREE Fundraising Toolkit!

Once your fundraising template is ready to go, it’s time to pick out some snazzy stamps (travel-themed stamps are not required, just strongly preferred)! While we can’t guarantee donations, simply putting in the time and effort to make a fundraising letter will show you that you have the drive and determination to make your goal a reality. Happy writing! 

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kaila forsterThis article was written by Kaila Forster. Kaila is a recent graduate from the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in international business and history. During college, she embarked on her first adventure abroad, studying in Chongqing, China. Upon graduation, Kaila returned to China as a marketing intern with a trading company outside of Shanghai. Sheis currently working as a Revenue Tax Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Kaila enjoys spending her free time cooking, incessantly bothering her cat, and volunteer teaching immigrants and refugees.

How to Use Your Phone Internationally Without Charges

If you’re going to travel, you need to know how to avoid international roaming charges. There are so many sneaky things our phones are doing in the background that can rack up data usage and create hundreds of dollars in roaming charges. Ain’t nobody got time for that. 

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It can feel really daunting and complicated to figure out how to use your phone internationally without charges. It’s tempting to throw your hands up and resort to not using a phone at all while abroad. You start trying to rationalize it by thinking things like, “It’s ok, I can just use my camera to take photos and upload a month later”, or “I’ll have email to connect to people when I’m on my laptop”, and “I’ll get really good at using those big paper maps if I can figure out how to fold them.”

While those are totally viable options (we believe in you), it doesn’t have to be that way. Let’s face it, we all want access to our phones abroad. How else are we going to let our loved ones know we arrived safely, post stunning pics of our travels, or have a lifeline in case of an unexpected or murky situation?

The best way to avoid international roaming charges may technically be to lose the phone altogether, but it doesn’t have to come to that. We have some tips that will teach you how to avoid roaming charges overseas so you can keep us up to date on that Insta story while abroad. 😁 

How to avoid international roaming charges FAQ

1. Does mobile data cost money abroad?

Yes, it sure as heck fire does! And it can cost way more than your typical bill if you’re not careful due to international roaming fees. But don’t worry, there are ways to work around exorbitant data charges.

You may be wondering, “Should I turn off mobile data when abroad?” While that’s not a bad idea, you have to remember that you won’t be able to use your phone unless you connect to WiFi. However, if you are willing to rely on only WiFi for phone use, just turn off that data and don’t worry about it.

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If you want to avoid roaming charges overseas, you must try to resist the ‘Gram.

If you’re trying to figure out how to avoid data charges abroad, you should look into your cellular carrier’s options for international travel. Some carriers have specific international plans you can add on, while others, like T-Mobile, come equipped with international ability with certain domestic plans

TL;DR: Mobile data DOES cost money abroad, but it’s possible to cut the cost with an international plan or by avoiding data usage altogether through airplane mode. 

2. How much does data roaming cost?

Quick lesson in mobile technology: When you get a cellphone, you also have a service plan. You have a contract with a carrier like Verizon, T-Mobile, or Sprint, and you essentially pay to access a certain amount of data each month.

When you are using your phone outside a provider’s coverage, it latches onto a local network and uses that instead. Major carriers have roaming agreements so that you can still tap into that sweet sweet data, but you have to pay an extra fee for that right to use it.

It definitely adds up when you’re traveling because the networks aren’t the same overseas. In the US, you may have a plan with Verizon. But as soon as you land in India, Vodafone is the top dog and Verizon is nowhere to be seen. 

So how much does data roaming cost? It really depends on the carrier and your plan. It’s very possible to be charged hundreds of dollars for mobile roaming charges. There was a man who was charged $62,000 because he downloaded a movie abroad. Pro tip: Don’t do that.

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TL;DR: Data roaming can cost boatloads. Learn how to avoid roaming charges overseas so you don’t get a hefty bill! 

3. Should I turn off mobile data when abroad?

A lot of people are asking the question “Should I turn off mobile data when abroad?” Simple answer, yes. If you don’t want to mess around with changing your cell phone plan or getting a local SIM card abroad, just turn off mobile data when abroad and use your phone as a mini computer via WiFi.

Just get used to the fact that you won’t be able to make calls, use apps, or do… most anything without WiFi. But never fear! There are ways to use your phone without data. 

  • Tip 1: Use alternate messaging apps
    • If you’re not using data, you can still text and call on WiFi. Use apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, or Google Voice to connect with friends and family while abroad.
  • Tip 2: Use apps that work offline
    • There are a surprising number of apps that work without any type of connection (data or WiFi). Look for conversion apps, translation apps, and maps that work offline. Google maps has an option to download sections of maps, but CityMaps2Go, maps.me, and HereWeGo have more options. 

TL;DR: If you’re wondering how to avoid international roaming charges, just don’t use mobile data. Boom. Done. If you’re still confused and want to know, “But like…why does mobile data cost money abroad?”, see #2. 

4. If my phone is on airplane mode will I get roaming charges?

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This thing right here has the potential to be both your best friend and worst enemy when traveling abroad.

Nope. Definitely the best way to avoid international roaming charges while abroad is to simply switch to airplane mode. Don’t freak out when WiFi and Bluetooth stop working, you just need to switch them back on manually. 

TL;DR: Really? No way was that too long. If you want to know how to avoid data charges abroad just turn on flight mode, yo!

5. Are there any special Android or iPhone settings for international travel?

If you’re planning on learning how to use your phone internationally without charges seamlessly, you’re going to need to dive into the settings. There are some things your phone does in the background that you can switch off the save data while traveling abroad. There are subtle nuances between Android and iPhone settings for international travel when it comes to navigating the device, but the end result is the same. 

When you’re using Airplane or Flight mode, you don’t need to worry about data use. So before you even get off the plane, make sure these settings are turned on (or off). Even if you decide to get a local SIM card, these tips will help you out by saving data abroad. 

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  • Turn off roaming. This stops cellular data use so you won’t be paying extra for a plan you don’t have. You can still get calls and text with Wi-Fi, but your phone won’t send or receive data on networks.
    • iPhone: Settings > General > Cellular > Data Roaming > toggle off/white.
    • Android: Settings > Mobile Networks > Data Roaming > toggle off/white
  • Stop apps from sucking your data in the background. There are tons of apps that use cellular data in the background. It doesn’t hurt to check your settings to make sure you’re not wasting data on apps you aren’t even using.
    • iPhone: Settings > General > Cellular > Cellular Data > scroll down and toggle/white apps you don’t use
    • Android: Settings > Data Usage > App Data Usage > tap app you want to turn off > toggle background data off/white 
  • Turn off automatic downloads. Make sure videos, calendar, email, software updates, and backups don’t sneakily download in the background by turning off any automatic download settings you have. Just remember to go back and download updates when you’re on WiFi to ensure all your apps are working properly and that your photos are backed up!
    • iPhone: Settings > [your name] > iTunes & App Store > Use Cellular Data > toggle off/white. Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > toggle off/white 
    • Android: Google Play> Hamburger icon top-left > Settings > Auto-update apps> do not auto-update apps 
  • Track cellular usage. It’s a good idea to reset your data tracking when going abroad to see how much you’re using. On Androids, you can set an alert for when you get to a danger zone in data use. 
    • iPhone: Settings > Cellular > Scroll to bottom and tap Reset Statistics
    • Android: Settings > Wireless & Networks > Data Usage > Billing cycle and tap reset

TL;DR: If you still don’t know the answer to “Should I turn off mobile data when abroad?”, go back and just read. It’ll help your wallet and your travel anxiety, we promise.  

6. What is the best way to avoid international roaming charges?

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Learning how to avoid data charges abroad may help you detox from phone usage.

Hands down best way to avoid international roaming charges is to not use data abroad. But like we’ve gone over before, that just seems silly. Instead, set yourself up for success by learning how to avoid data charges abroad before you go. 

If you want to use data abroad instead of relying on WiFi, first thing to do is call your carrier and see if they have any good deals for international plans. It’s typically a daily add-on where you pay $5-$20/day (depending on your carrier) and have a bit o’ data to work with. That way you can just use your phone as you normally would; just pay attention to how much you use so you don’t go over your limit.

Another option is to use a local SIM card. Most smartphones have the ability to function globally, as long as they are unlocked and set up to function with Global System for Mobiles (GSM).

Most phones these days are set up to work globally, so you shouldn’t have to worry about this. Just call your carrier and ask two things: “Is my phone unlocked?” And, “Will it work with another SIM card?”. In some countries you’ll only pay $10 to $20 for a decent amount of data (like in Southeast Asia), so think about how much you want to pay to use data abroad. 

Avoid roaming charges overseas—use FundMyTravel!

Just because you know how to use your phone internationally without charges doesn’t mean travel is free. Does mobile data cost money abroad? Yes. Do you need to pay extra for it? Nope! Use FundMyTravel to alleviate some of the global mobile fees you’ll run into. Raise some extra cash to buy a local SIM, get an international plan, or for juuuuust in case you use a little more data than had you planned to. 

Now you know how to avoid data charges abroad

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You don’t have to know how to avoid roaming charges overseas if you’re just taking photos. (Something like this won’t cost you anything but dignity.)

That’s right, now YOU are the expert! When your friend asks you, “How much does data roaming cost?” you can tell them the horror stories of people being charged hundreds, even thousands of dollars. But you also know exactly how to avoid roaming charges overseas, so as long as they listen to your sage advice, they won’t need to worry about that. 

Our phones are amazing tools that help us connect with people, navigate the world, and learn new things. If you’re ready to go abroad, you’re going to need to get that baby ready, too! Sift through all those pesky Android or iPhone settings for international travel, call your carrier, and get your show on the road.

For more tips and tricks on how to save and raise money for your adventures abroad, go to our homepage and sign up for the FundMyTravel Newsletter!

This article was written by Rebekah Glebe.

 

8 Best Countries Where You Can Work While Studying Abroad

Diverse landscapes, beautiful landmarks, and historical universities appeal to students from all over the world. Many countries make it possible for international students to work to help them pay for academic expenses while benefiting the local economy. Whether you’re looking to gain hands-on work experience, build an international network, or sip more lattes, working while studying abroad will help you accomplish all three! The money you save from your job abroad will also help give you a source of income to cover additional travel expenses.

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Ready to jet off to the best countries to study and work? We’ll help you!

If you know that you need to work while studying abroad, but don’t know where to look, you’ll be tickled to know that many English speaking countries offer international students the opportunity to work and study abroad. Why not level up though by working in a country that will improve your foreign language skills like Germany, France, and Spain? Some employers need certain skills of international students to help fill positions, so you might even have an advantage! From tutoring to nannying to serving and more, you’ll find lots of opportunities to work while studying abroad.

Can I work while studying abroad?

If you’re wondering: Can I work while studying abroad? The short answer is yes, absolutely! But what’s the catch? Many countries where you can work while studying abroad usually have some requirements. In most cases, you’ll need to submit some paperwork to the proper authorities to obtain a permit or visa.

Study abroad coordinators are usually in the know about requirements and can help you gather your bearings. Some countries don’t allow students to study and work abroad, while others make it nearly impossible with lots of paperwork. But never fear! The following countries are our picks for the best countries to study and work thanks to more lenient requirements and job opportunities!

8 best countries to study and work

1. Australia

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Oz is notorious for opportunities for working while studying abroad…and, ya know, ‘roos and big spiders.

The Land Down Under calls international students from the world over to study and work abroad thanks to its surfable beaches, laid-back lifestyle, and top-notch universities. All you’ll need to study while you work in Australia is a student visa, mate!

You can work up to 20 hours a week usually, and up to 40 hours a week during vacation periods. Hundreds of job boards look for students to work on campus in recruiting, admissions, and student services. Most students can also easily find part-time work in the industries of tourism, hospitality, and retail.

2. Ireland

From the expansive Cliffs of Moher to the historical forts and castles, you’ll always find something to do in the Emerald Isle. If you’re applying for a work permit, you must prove that you have enough money to cover the cost of your studies. Your academic course must also be at least a full academic year.

As long as you meet those requirements, you can work up to 20 hours a week during the academic term and full time during vacations. Most students work in nearby pubs or local hotels, but you could also look for jobs in your field of study if you have some previous experience.

[Related: 9 Ways to Travel With Student Debt]

3. Spain

Decadent tapas, afternoon siestas, and gorgeous beaches. Spain is one of the most popular countries for international students with a sunny climate and affordable cost of living to boot. International students can request a work permit from the authorities, which allows students to work up to 20 hours a week in an area related to their study program.

You may also need to sign a part-time contract, and your work permit will last as long as your work contract (but no longer than a student visa). If you can speak Spanish fluently, you’ll probably have an easier time finding a part-time job!

4. France

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In France, you can work AND study abroad while gorging yourself on baguettes, crepes, and croissants.

Croissants, baguettes, macarons, oh my! The enriching culture of art, fashion, and architecture combined with the innovative academic programs make France an alluring place to study and work abroad. International students love to work and study abroad in France because the requirements aren’t as strict.

As long as you’re enrolled in an institution in France that is part of the social security system and you have a residency card, you can work up to 964 hours a year. (Algerian students need an APT or temporary work permit). Working as an au pair, a foreign language instructor, a server, and a campus marketer are some of the more popular jobs as a student in France.

5. New Zealand

New Zealand is a favorite among the best countries to study and work. Lord of the Rings Landscapes, hospitable locals, world class institutions, affordable tuition, and thrilling adventure activities — need we say more? New Zealand allows students to work while studying abroad as long as they have a student visa with working rights.

Students can work up to 20 hours a week during term and full-time during vacations and holidays. If students need to gain more work experience for their study program, they will usually receive permission to work more hours a week. Many students can find jobs in restaurants and retail as well as in seasonal work in orchards and vineyards.

[Related: 11 Countries With No Tuition Fees (or Close to It)]

6. Germany

Germany attracts students worldwide with its beautiful castles, high-quality education, and low tuition fees. You’ll also be able to apply for many scholarships if you have good grades! After obtaining permission from the Federal Employment Agency and the foreigner’s office, students can work up to 240 days a year part time and 120 days full time.

Students can look for jobs through student services, the Federal Employment Agency, online job boards, university posting boards, and much more. Most students find jobs as an academic assistant, babysitter, server, or as a courier. Your best bet is to try to work in something related to your field of study!

7. Sweden

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Head over to Sweden for another great location to study while you work. Make sure to bundle up!

With stunning landscapes, cathedrals, and national parks, how could you resist the land of the Nobel Prize? Sweden boasts an internationally renowned education system with student-centric programs that focus on creativity and innovation. As long as you have your residence permit (student visa), working while studying abroad in Sweden is possible!

Sweden does not have a cap on the number of hours you can work every week, but your studies will keep you busy. Part-time jobs can be hard to land, and they usually require that you speak Swedish. However, some students have found a job as a teaching or resident assistant, a babysitter, a market researcher, a coder, and many more.

8. United Kingdom

One of the most popular destinations for one of the countries where you can work while studying is the ol’ UK. The United Kingdom boasts impressive high quality universities, historical landmarks, multicultural communities, and ample work opportunities. You can work and study abroad in the United Kingdom if you have a Tier 4 student visa and if you’re enrolled in courses for at least six months.

As long as you’re taking the right courses at the right type of university, you can work up to 10-20 hours a week during study periods and up to 40 hours a week during vacation periods. Plenty of jobs are available for students in the service and hospitality industries, call centers, retail, and more.

Help cover your study abroad costs with FundMyTravel

Working while studying abroad gives you the opportunity to pay for schooling fees, basic necessities, and social activities. However, some study abroad programs may require up to 40 hours a week of studying outside of classes. You probably don’t want to spend all of your free time working. Not only that, but the money you make from working probably will only cover so many expenses. Here’s where FundMyTravel comes in to help! With the support of your network, your campaign will help to raise funds to cover more expenses and give you more time to enjoy your time abroad!

Working while studying abroad will save you $$$

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Got your shortlist of countries where you can work while studying? Get to planning!

Can I work while studying abroad? Now you know the 8 best countries to study and work that answers your question! Plenty of resources from campus services to job fairs to online job boards offer hundreds of opportunities to bring in some bacon while participating in study abroad programs. While “under the table” jobs may look appealing, going the legal route is the best way to avoid breaking any laws. Additionally, many university programs also offer exchange programs and internship placements to help you study while you work. 

Working while studying abroad won’t cover all of your expenses, so you’ll want to consider funding your studies and travels in other ways. Many students have used FundMyTravel and have raised thousands of dollars to help necessary expenses. You’ll then be able to spend more time abroad trying the local foods and traveling to fun locations with the money you make from working. The skills you gain from working while studying abroad along with immersing yourself in the local culture will provide you with an enriching experience you’ll never forget!

Looking for more work-study-life balance? Create a FundMyTravel campaign to tip the scales in your favor!

Sydney LutzThis article was written by Sydney Lutz. Growing up as an “army brat,” Sydney could not help but develop a thirst for traveling. She has visited all 50 states as well as England, France, Canada, Germany, and Australia. Sydney graduated with a master’s degree in public communication and technology in Colorado, and taught abroad for a year in Quito, Ecuador. Her favorite things to do include studying Spanish, practicing yoga, and travel writing.

The 8 Best Budget Trips to Europe

Think Europe is too expensive for budget trips? Think again! Here are low cost trips to Europe for YOUR consideration. ☆ When it comes to attractions, Europe does not hold back and it never fails to leave its visitors speechless. From walking through cities full of history with buildings over 2000 years old, to spectacular natural scenery with either snow-capped mountains, charming coastlines, or sun-drenched beaches, a trip to Europe is on everyone’s bucket list.

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Budget trips to Europe are out there—especially in places like Poland and Eastern Europe.

And this year, it’s on yours as well! Traveling and enjoying Europe at its best does not have to cost you a fortune. With some thorough planning, enough research, and a wide range of programs to choose from, you can take trips to Europe on a budget (does that surprise you?). 

The advantage of traveling to Europe is that you can visit and experience quite a good number of countries in one trip. When visiting countries within the Schengen area (which is comprised of 26 countries), you can do so with one visa or work permit.

To make things even more awesome, most of these countries have incredible transportation that makes traveling between countries very fast and cheap. You could be having a pretzel for breakfast in Germany, and enjoying a sangria on the golden beaches of Spain by dinner.  

How to go to Europe for cheap

When deciding on a Europe budget trip, there are a few things you should take into consideration and research before you start your spreadsheet.

1. Decide on the duration of your travel and your route

If you’re not planning for an entire year’s adventure, then you might not be able to hit all countries in Europe. However, if you plan it right, you could check a solid number off the list. 

Some countries, such as Greece, Albania, Romania, Poland, or Croatia, are only a few of the cheapest European countries to visit, that are also incredibly welcoming, home to some of the most fascinating untouched natural scenery, and have some of the best dishes you’ve ever tasted.

2. Figure out accommodation early

Based on the countries and cities you’ve decided to stay in, you need to research your cheapest accommodation options, such as hostels, hotels, or room shares.You can find affordable accommodation in Europe through Airbnb, HostelWorld, or couchsurfing (especially if you book well in advance). Worldpackers is another great way to save on accommodation—you basically work in exchange for accommodation, and the opportunities you find in Europe are outstanding.

3. Estimate your airfare

Flights and travel expenses should be next on your budget list. The overseas flights will be the biggest chunk of money you will spend, because once you are in Europe, you can search on the go for cheap options to travel (but that’s not to say that you shouldn’t do your research in advance to see where and what exactly your options are!). Skyscanner is a great resource for finding affordable flights.

You will find that you can be traveling Europe on a budget of around $50 per day in some of the continent’s most fascinating places, where activities such as going on walking tours through the city, chilling on the beach, and visiting free museums or open festivals doesn’t cost you a dime. And of course, if you’re signing up with a program, you don’t even have to think about all this, as most of it will be included in your program fee.

8 low cost trips to go to Europe

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Get used to the train if you want to travel Europe on a budget!

If planning such trips is not your strength, you can always sign up for organized tours and trips, where you only pay one flat price and (most of) the logistics are taken care of for you. And because we love making it extremely easy for our fellow travelers to find such programs, we’ve already put together a list with the best budget trips to Europe!

1. Gapforce Europe Tour

Gap Force offers a great European tour, touching 11 European cities, such as London, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Prague, Berlin, and Amsterdam. It all happens in 25 days at an incredible price that includes your entire tour’s transportation, some meals, accommodation and local taxes, visas, and 24/7 support. Cool, right? Enjoy an unforgettable experience, make long lasting friendships all over the world, while you explore and meet new cultures.

2. UniTrip EuroTrip

Unitrip takes you on some of the best European trips you could possibly imagine, all year round. Have you ever thought of an Oktoberfest tour that starts in Germany and ends in Barcelona? Or experiencing Europe’s magic on Christmas in cities like Madrid or Paris? How about a historical tour to all the World War II capital cities? Ever heard of a gothic tour? Or why not do an entire round-Europe tour if you’re up to it? These trips can last anywhere from as little as 4 days to 27 days; make sure you check what is all included in the program fees. 

3. Summer Adventures for Students 

If you’re a student and would like to pair your Europe trip with learning skills like photography, scuba diving, multimedia programs, or marine biology, then check out Broadbeach. With their affordable yet extremely educational activities, you can visit some of Europe’s most incredible destinations, such as Iceland, Italy, Spain, or Greece, at an affordable price, and a length of up to 21 days. Some of these trips can also earn you college credits, which may come in handy later on. Trip fees include accommodation, food, instructions, and support.

4. Semester Break in Europe

Start discovering Europe with some non-traditional destinations in Eastern Europe first, and let EESA take you to Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary on a semester break. As one of the cheapest program providers in the world, EESA guarantees an unforgettable yet rewarding experience over the length of two weeks of academic field trips. The program fee includes tuition for your study activities, accommodation, events, and tours fees.

5. Europe for Older Teens: Berlin, Krakow, Vienna, and Budapest

If you’re a history major, or simply love historical facts, spend your Europe budget trip Travel for Teens in some of the most culturally and historically significant cities in Europe. Discover thermal baths, walk around the ruins of the Original City, explore underground bunkers, and visit elegant palaces that still have a vibe of their old exuberance. As a bonus, you can even take cooking classes on how to make authentic Polish and Austrian cuisine. Such a cultural experience should not be missed by those who want to experience something unique yet affordable.

6. On Tour European Experience with Westcoast Connection

With Westcoast Connection you can experience four countries in 20 days, cruising down the River Seine, visiting the Louvre and the Colosseum, skiing or snowboarding in the Swiss Alps, walking through the gardens of Versailles, food and wine tours, whitewater rafting the Isere river, and making wishes at the Trevi Fountain. The price includes accommodation, meals, entertainment and activities, and other incurring taxes. All you gotta do is sit back and enjoy!

7. Scandinavian Adventure: Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland

When it comes to exploring Europe, Travel for Teens likes giving their fellow travelers the best and as many options as possible to choose from. With all these hot summers all over Europe, one might say they need to chill out for a bit and maybe spend some time in countries where the heat is very much welcomed. Explore cities like Copenhagen and Oslo, go on a cruise and be mesmerized by the majestic Norwegian fjords, discover beautiful countrysides in Sweden, and enjoy a relaxing sauna in the middle of summer. 

8. Ultimate Europe 21 days 

And since we’re already acquainted with our friends from Travel for Teens, why not go on a full six-country tour, amongst which are England, France, and Italy. In 21 days, you’ll hop on a train with your new travel group and visit different cities, take cooking classes, go on fun excursions, and explore new cultures. It doesn’t get any cheaper or more fun than this. Travel Europe on a budget and have the most memorable time of your life with Travel for Teens!

Take trips to Europe on a budget with FundMyTravel

Still worried about how you’re going to take those European trips on a budget? Why not create a  campaign with FundMyTravel and raise a part of your budget with the help of your friends and family?

Tell the world your story, mission, vision, and goals, and you will find those who are always there to give a helping hand to make someone’s dreams come true. You could be one of the lucky ones, and have your budget trip to Europe set up in no time. Start your campaign early on so you have plenty of time to do your research and explore your options for low cost trips to Europe.

You CAN travel Europe on a budget 

pretzels and beer on a table in Germany

Don’t worry—you can travel Europe on a budget without sacrificing amazing foodie experiences.

Now that you know how to go to Europe for cheap, there is nothing stopping you but yourself! Take that leap and have an amazing experience. With so many countries to explore, traveling Europe for cheap can seem intimidating and unrealistic. However, if you follow our advice, start saving early, and plan properly, the whole process will feel like a light summer breeze. 

Although budget trips to Europe are easier done with the help of a program, we do recommend that at some point you make your own schedule and planning. You will be amazed at the things you will learn not only about the countries you’ll visit and all the people you’ll meet, but also about yourself and the things that you never thought you’d be able to do! Happy planning. 💛

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luciana dinuThis article was written by Lucy Dinu. Lucy is an entrepreneur and world traveler—plus writer by day, and reader by night. Born and raised in Romania, Lucy has lived in three different countries and, together with her husband, has traveled to over 20. She strongly believes in personal development, speaks five languages (with a sixth in progress!), and is passionate about everything that puts a smile on people’s faces. Through her unique traveling stories, Lucy aims to inspire others to get out of their comfort zone and explore the world.

A Guide to Budget Travel in South Africa

Traveling South Africa on a budget means experiencing burning sunrises, mountains that will swallow you whole, and the most powerful animals in the world…all on the cheap!  Is South Africa cheap to visit? Well, it depends. It turns out that you can actually see and experience a LOT while traveling South Africa on a budget. Don’t let your finances stop you!

Cape Town, South Africa

Pay less than $5 for conservation and hike Table Mountain in Cape Town!

To name a few of the many activities you’ll want to count on in your South Africa travel cost, here are the basics: surfing, wine tasting, experiencing safaris, shark diving, dancing till morning on Long Street, and hiking beautiful mountains.

There are endless activities, sights, adrenaline rushes, views, and so much to experience when traveling South Africa on a budget. Most of what South Africa is known for is its natural beauty, which is, of course, free! To complement this, logistical travel costs can be extremely cheap depending on your preference.

Is South Africa cheap to visit?

Yes, budget travel in South Africa is possible! You’ll find many unique resources catered towards affordable travel. Traveling South Africa on a budget is easy and you can do and see things that you might not have been able to afford in other places.

For example, when traveling to pricier destinations like Europe, simple expenses feel like unwarranted indulgences. However, in South Africa, you can choose what you want to indulge in because basic expenses are affordable. If you want to budget more on food or accommodation, there are plenty of options. This means you can spend more on activities or experiences.

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Traveling South Africa on a budget 

South Africa

When you budget travel to South Africa, you can stay longer and experience more!

1. Where should I go?

South Africa is a travel-friendly country with a famous route located down the coast that hits many of the country’s beautiful offerings called the Garden Route.

The Garden Route is well-known to locals and foreigners for its beautiful sites and activities. It’s 300km and can be traveled from anywhere between four to 14 days. Keep in mind that the more time you have, the more you can see and experience!

Along the Garden Route, some of the most popular destinations include:

  • Hermanus
  • Mossel Bay
  • Oudtshoorn
  • Plettenberg Bay
  • Stormsriver/Tsitsikamma
  • Addo National Elephant Park.

This might seem like quite a few destinations and you might be thinking, how is South Africa cheap to visit? But these destinations are close together and this is a typical. The Garden Route is made for staying, experiencing, then packing up and moving to the next city. This is so well-known that there are tons of resources and itineraries for how to conquer the route. In fact, South Africa is probably one of the very few countries where you can afford bouncing from city to city. 

2. What can I do?

Check out any of the following activities if you’re on a shoestring budget, and you’ll find surprisingly affordable options (but DON’T sacrifice your safety just to save a few $$$!):

  • Shark cage diving in Hermanus
  • Surfing in Mossel Bay
  • Exploring caves and ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn
  • Hiking, whale watching, snorkeling, canopy tours, and diving with seals in Plettenberg Bay, Monkeyland, and Birds of Eden
  • Kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, bungee jumping in Tsitsikamma National Park located in Stormsriver
  • Take a safari in Addo national elephant park and see hundreds of elephants in the wild along with other animals—including lions if you’re lucky
mary alice haas south africa elephant safari

Budget travel to South Africa is unique because you can save easily and choose what you indulge on!

3. How should I get around?

  • By car. The best way to travel the garden route is by car. Renting a car with a few friends is cheap and the most efficient way to complete the Garden Route. You will maximize your time and get to choose where you want to go and how much time you want to spend at each stop. 
  • By bus. The Bazz Bus caters to those traveling all throughout South Africa and specifically Garden Route travelers. It’s definitely worth looking into if you can’t afford to rent a car or are solo traveling and want a cheap option. It’s a hop on/hop off bus that is linked to hundreds of accommodation options throughout South Africa and in cities along the Garden Route. 
  • By hostel. The Garden Route is known for its unique hostels. Because this route is popular in South Africa, hostels are catered towards the convenience of Garden Route travelers. They’re also themed, have diverse excursion options, and offer affordable and delicious food. Staying at hostels is part of the Garden Route experience and you can find the cheapest accommodation by lodging in hostels along the way.

4. What other costs are there to consider?

Depending on if you’re volunteering, studying, interning, working, or adventure traveling, costs to consider will obviously vary. However, traveling the Garden Route is an affordable and crucial trip that you should consider no matter what reason brings you to South Africa. 

Addo Elephant National Park

A safari in Addo Elephant National Park costs nothing but a $6 entrance fee.

Other South Africa travel costs to consider, especially along the Garden Route, are entrance fees, the cost for excursions, and other small expenses.

Here are a few examples of the prices of each: 

  • The entrance fee to both Monkeyland and Birds of Eden is 360 rand, which is about $11 for each sanctuary 
  • The entrance fee for Etosha National Park is around $6
  • Tsitsikamma’s entrance fee is $15; hiking is free but other excursions like kayaking to explore the deep pools and caves is $40

Other small fees to keep in mind:

  • Car fees for entering national parks 
  • Cash withdrawal fees 
  • Tipping in restaurants is 10-15%, and don’t forget about tipping car guards, petrol employees, and caretakers at your accommodation

[Related: How to Save Money for Travel as a Student]

Defer your South Africa trip cost with FMT

If traveling in South Africa isn’t within your budget, you can also fundraise for your trip expenses using FundMyTravel. FMT was started to give travelers an individual platform for raising money to travel. You can budget for your trip, incentivize donors to contribute, and request offline support. It’s a great resource to fundraise for your next trip! 

If you’re interested in volunteering in South Africa, FundMyTravel is used by many travelers to share more about a particular nonprofit or line of volunteer work. This allows potential donors to learn more about what they’re donating to and it helps them understand more personally the cause that they’re contributing to.

Go see South Africa on a budget!

South Africa

With the amount South Africa has to offer, you won’t feel like you’re budgeting. Besides—the best travel experiences are free!

When traveling through South Africa, sticking to a budget doesn’t mean you can’t see as much or won’t have comfortable accommodation. Traveling is encouraged locally and internationally, so staying in hostels, eating in more affordable locations, and doing as much as possible is a part of the Garden Route culture!

Whether you’re studying, interning, adventuring, working, or volunteering, you’ll be able to experience multiple cities, excursions, and beautiful nature economically. South Africa has so much to offer that can be seen and done while sticking to a budget.

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This article was written by Mary Alice Haas. Mary Alice graduated in May 2019 with a bachelor’s in journalism and a minor in women’s studies. She spent five months in South Africa attending Stellenbosch University while working as a digital communications intern for University Studies Abroad Consortium. Shortly after, she left for Bengaluru, India where she spent four months attending Christ University studying women’s issues. She currently lives in Tacloban, Philippines working as a content marketing intern for GoAbroad.com.

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