Are you looking ahead to travel to a favorite destination abroad?
Isn’t the thought of it already fastening your pulse?
Yes, after all, even mentioning of a vacation and tour can fill your heart with joy. So, what are you waiting for?
Just pack your bags and head out for a trip? But wait, maybe your concern is finance?
Do not worry. Here below we tell you about 16 smart and wacky ways of arranging funds for travel abroad.
- Save Ahead
If you are planning for a vacation, then save ahead. Draw a budget and start saving well in advance so that when the time arrives, you are ready to get set and go. Another way to deal with travel expenses to keep a separate account, wherein you deposit a part of your monthly income, only for the purpose of funding your travel. Thus, even if the trip is unplanned, you can travel without worries.
- Connect with a Friend Abroad
Do you have an acquaintance, friend, or a family member living abroad? Then we advise you to be in touch with them regularly and establish a bond. Why so? Because they can always help you arrange a tour in the country and welcome you for a free stay. Isn’t that cost-saving and exciting?
- Become a Travel Blogger
What if you can earn while traveling? This is a facility for travel bloggers and photographers, who are paid to cover a destination, review it, all the time enjoying free-stay and not even a penny paid from the pocket. If you are a travel-enthusiast then such a professional should be on your list.
- Go on a Group Trip
Traveling solo has a different thrill, but if you wish to get some help with finances and lodging, then you may consider a group trip. Group trips are usually less expensive as the transportation and other costs get shared among other individuals.
Do you have a large circle of friends and acquaintances? Then why not fundraise for your trip? There is no need to feel ashamed because if you are a travel fanatic, then your close ones would realize your wanderlust spirit and definitely chip in.
- Freelance For an Extra Income
Many of you work full-time or are self-employed and earn a specific amount of money every month. If you do not save for travel regularly and face the need to visit a place, then you may freelance to earn additional amount, which can be used to sponsor your travel expenses and reduce the sudden financial burden.
- Inclusive Tours for Abroad
Like group trips, you should check out inclusive tours where the travel and tour company arranges for the places to visit, food, accommodation, and other necessities. Such trips are also insured, thus you do not have to fret over loss of baggage, medical treatments in case of emergencies.
- Search for Travel Scholarships
If you wish to travel somewhere with the intention of research or study, then there could be many companies, educational institutions, etc interested to sponsor the trip. Research beforehand as to which sponsors could match your interest and know which expenses would be covered, and apply accordingly.
- Look for a Job Abroad
Usually, if you plan to give a job interview in another country, the hiring organization may at least pay for your stay and travel tickets. This is a good opportunity to explore the surroundings. Even if you are on a short-stay you can arrange a tour to visit the nearby places without having to pay even a cent for the tickets, food, and stay.
- Fly Now Pay Later Option
Most of you may not get the courage to even think of an expensive tour, because the travel cost is too much. However, many travel agencies offer the option to fly now and pay for the tickets later via monthly installments. You just have to pay some percentage of interest on the original ticket price, and you are good to go.
- Weekend Getaways
If you want to reduce travel expense, then search for the best weekend getaways around. Inexpensive travel could involve that to neighboring countries that do not require you to produce a Visa and has cheap transportation facilities.
- Off-Season Travel
Though off-season travel may mean missing out on seasonal fun of the place, it can save a lot of money as the accommodation could be almost 5 times cheaper that during peak season. There are various destinations in the world, which are interesting for a visit even during off-seasons.
- Make a Small Sacrifice
If you had to choose between travel and purchase of a gadget, you may choose the latter and sponsor travel by taking a loan or likewise. But what if you choose the former? A small sacrifice can make a huge difference. Compare the cost of the two, for instance, if the travel trip costs more than the gadget, then you should choose the former as taking credit for the same would cost you more than that for the gadget.
- Frequent Flier Miles
If you are a frequent flier then you could be eligible for free flier miles. You can utilize these to travel for free to a favorite destination. Thus, before booking your flight tickets, always check how much of free flier miles you are eligible for, and save huge on cash.
- Take a Personal Loan
Are you waiting to go on a dream vacation, but unable to do so because of lack of finances? Why not consider a personal loan for travel expenses. It is an unsecured form of borrowing, meaning you do not have to provide collateral to the lending institution. Personal loans are usually much cheaper than credit card loans, thus a great option for funding trip expenses.
- Sell Things You Don’t Need
Last, but not the least, if you have any goods or products lying around idle at home and which you no longer need, sell those off to pay for the travel trip. By doing so, you achieve two things, firstly, the satisfaction of having the products being used by someone who really needs it, and secondly, getting sufficient monetary support to fund your travel.
It is time to pack the bags finally already! Happy traveling to the desired destination abroad.