When we’re feeling a little bit down, going on a trip is one of the first ideas that comes to mind. Not because we can escape from our problems by traveling, but because it makes us see everything from a fresh point of view.
What about the money? What if you don’t have a huge budget that allows you to pack and book a ticket to the Maldives today?
Have you heard of the FundMyTravel initiative? It’s all about supporting meaningful trips. Check out this campaign of a member raising money to study sustainability in Ecuador. It’s close to achieving its milestone and donors keep supporting the cause. Everyone wants to see Logan go to Ecuador. $20 is not much for a donor who wants to support a cause. $20 by $20, and you’ll have enough for your trip.
It’s really simple to become part of such an experience:
- You’ll start your fundraising campaign by telling your story. Get people passionate about your trip! The way you share your story is really important. If you’re struggling with this part, you can hire an editing service to help you with the content.
- Share your campaign via social media. Write emails to people you know.
- Once you make this happen, don’t forget to share updates. The donors who helped you will want to know how things are going.
Since you’re on a budget, you’ll have to pick a budget-friendly destination for your trip. This means you’ll have to forget about the Maldives, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have the vacation of your dreams. These are 15 amazing destinations that won’t break the bank:
I was in the middle of reading “The World’s Most Dangerous Place” in preparation for a humanitarian project in Somalia. But my plans collapsed as violence escalated in the region. It was no longer safe for me to go there, and I had to figure out a Plan B.
When those plans fell through, I fell back on my existing job. A few weeks later, the CEO decided to not renew my contract. My financial situation became unstable.
I decided to launch a travel start up months prior, but it wasn’t making enough money for me to cover all my expenses. For the next four months I went without a paycheck. With less than $3,000 to my name, I went on a 3 week trip in Europe. It was something that I had planned 6 months beforehand. And my friends had already committed to it. I couldn’t back out. But my finances wanted me too.
Here is how I was able recover my financial stability and make that trip:
I eliminated “unreasonable” expenses.
Coffee, beer, eating out, public transportation, and shopping, were all wants. I started to focus on the needs. I eliminated the “want” expenses and started saving $600 per month. Do this if you want to enjoy future trips. Only focus on your real needs.
Nothing is as exciting as getting ready to go on an international trip. However, handing over an unexpected roaming bill of $1000 to your parents or partner might not go over so well.
Seems to be exaggerated? As per an estimate made by Juniper Research, revenue from global roaming services is expected to reach $90 billion a year by 2018. Well, it is quite easy to make calls to friends and family when you are abroad and unknowingly spend $1000 or more. However, being ignorant about per second and per minute charges, along with Peak and off-peak charges, can burn a big hole in your pocket. This happens because you are unaware of the fact that international calling charges are brutally expensive.
How to Combat Roaming Bill Shock?
According to an FFC Survey, 30 Million Americans, or more precisely, one in six mobile phone users have experienced a sudden bill shock. So, if you are one of those with a distressing bill in their hands, here are some useful tips for you:
Traveling is one of the most exhilarating experiences in life, and for many college students it’s almost a rite of passage. The stereotype of the young American traveling around Europe for the summer with a large backpack is a stereotype for a reason. College is the perfect time to travel when you’re not tied down to work, family, or other obligations. On the other hand, in our uncertain world with uncertain job prospects and uncertain futures, today’s students are increasingly trying to travel in a more frugal way. Here are some tips for having a grand backpacking adventure on the cheap.
Plan Ahead and Do Your Research
Doing research on the place you’re headed to is imperative for any traveler. You need to know the language if that’s a barrier, and you’ll want to know a little about the culture. There are also a myriad of websites with information about traveling to specific locations that can help. Guidebooks are an invaluable resource, and completely free if you use your library! Read the experiences of other travelers: only they can tell the coolest cheap cafes and how to purchase train tickets for the best price. Compare shop for different events and lodging to see how you can get a better price. Riding the bus around town will probably be a lot better than taking taxis and will probably be safer in the long run.
I am going to begin by stating the obvious. Raising money for a trip is hard. And getting your friends to commit money to you, so you can see the world, is daunting and uncomfortable. But if I can do it, so can you. Here are 10 tips that helped me raise over $15,000 in under thirty days for my trip in Nepal.
1. Start with a cause. People aren’t often comfortable with the idea of giving you money so you can experience a new city. There has to be something more. You need to do something that benefits people outside of yourself. When you are planning your trip, make sure to find an activity that allows you to give back to the local community in tangible and meaningful ways. Use this cause as leverage when you reach out to people in your network and request cash.