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.
Being a part of a travel fundraising campaign, the first thing you need to understand is that you don’t convince donors to pay for your trip, instead you help them realize that they already care.
If they are reading stories and blogs on this website, then the odds are that they are at least considering donating money for your meaningful travel abroad.
Crowdfunding is never easy and takes a lot of effort, here are some tips to help you finance your travels:
To convince donors to contribute to your travel campaign, you need to understand the factors which would persuade them to willingly do so. In marketing terms, you need to know who your target audience is and the way their minds work. And that requires a lot of research.
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.
In order to be a successful traveler, one needs to ensure they can afford the expenses necessary to accommodate the lifestyle. After all, when you are traveling, you will need to consider certain costs, such as plane tickets, food, and recreational activities. Perhaps one of the best ways to travel, while still ensuring that you are financially covered, is to have your travels funded by others. Here are some ways to convince others that you are worth the investment.
Teach While Traveling
There are many nations around the world that lack the necessary supplies for properly educating their youth, and therefore lending your knowledge can be a great way to give back when traveling. If you are trying to raise money for your travels, consider making it a point during your adventure to help those that do not have the means to a proper education, as this can show others that, while traveling is your goal, you are willing to do your part in making the difference in the lives of children. This could involve anything from showing children how to draw to teaching them a second language.
You want to travel abroad for vacation, education or business, but how do you fund your trip? This is one of the most popular concerns among our readers.
The key to funding your trip abroad is to think unconventionally about various sources of income, become creative and come up with easier ways of making money while on the go.
Having said that, here are simple ways you can raise money for your upcoming trip.
Since you are on the FundMyTravel blog, you already know how important crowdfunding is for your travel! FundMyTravel is an online fundraising platform for meaningful trips. Designed specifically by and for travelers our website helps travelers raise funds for their adventures – we aim to make travel possible to everyone. It’s easy to set up an account as you only need an email address. Once you created your account you can start a fundraising page – detailing your destination, travel story, travel expenses and other information. We have social sharing functionalities so you can easily share your page on Facebook, Twitter and Email contacts to spread awareness of your fundraising efforts and get donations for your travels!