Being a College student isn’t always as easy as we hope, but it doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself. Having a real vacation time can be difficult and seems quite irrational. However, there is always a solution and this blog post will help you to save the perfect amount to spend a vacation abroad.
Research the place you want to go to
The first step to getting closer to your goal is information. Find out where you want to go, how expensive it will be and write down the things you would love to do while being there. The most important part is writing down, so you won’t forget any bigger expense during the vacation.
Furthermore, College students are quite lucky because of the timing of their semester breaks. They’re often during a calmer season which means lower prices for expenses like flights or hotels. Try to find the perfect deals at least six months before your journey. You can’t imagine how much money you can save? Flights from Berlin-Tegel to LAX can be around 1000€ – for one trip. However, if you book six months ahead and during a calmer season, you will find deals for a roundtrip around 300€.
Search engines like eDreams will help you to find the best deals. Furthermore, check out the prices for adventures you don’t want to miss out. How much is the ticket for the theme park? Is there a big event you want to miss? Do you want to go on a shopping spree at stores you don’t have in your country?
How to actually save for your trip
Now that you found out the amount you need to save, you need to start saving for the actual trip. Being at College means that you already have some expenses like rent, groceries and entertainment. However, there are always some tips you didn’t think of which will help your financial situation.
1. Sell things you don’t need anymore
Living in a dorm or your first apartment means normally that you don’t have a lot of space. This is also the perfect opportunity to declutter your life and to earn a little extra for your next trip. Check your room for old textbooks, clothes you don’t wear anymore and things you probably bought but didn’t use once and try to sell them on the internet.
It can be exhausting to turn your room upside down for these things, but believe me that it will be worth it when you see the amount you earned from cleaning out your dorm.
2. Do little jobs around your campus
Chances are that there are upcoming events at your College that still search for help. Check out the Black Boards for occasional job offers like working as a barkeeper or waiter or even helper for a graduator who has to move. There is always something coming up, which can provide you with at least 20€ more for your savings account.
3. Create a new flow of income
Having an occasional job can help you to save a little bit for your trip. However, if you have at least 20 hours’ free time per week, you can also find a well-paid job at the same branch which will help you to achieve your goal a lot earlier and easier. Check out the jobs at cafés, restaurants or bars and if you’re also lucky with your new team, you won’t even notice it how much time you probably put into your work.
4. Create a Budget
Last but not least, you need to start budgeting. One of the biggest problems of every broke College student is their inexperience of budgeting the money they have. First, you need to create a list of your monthly income and your bills. Furthermore, you can work on how much you really want to spend during a month without missing out. Most importantly: Put the money you saved for your trip somewhere you won’t take it away. Give it in an envelope to your parents or create a new saving account.
We really hope these tips helped you to find your saving problems so you won’t have to miss another vacation. Just try to visualize how amazing it would be to have 5€ more in Rome before buying a coffee to go! Also visit flats in mohali website for rental apartments.
Good luck and stay motivated!