Firsts are always unforgettable. Often, too, you want special firsts to be very memorable – Just like your first trip abroad! It’s fun and exciting to explore the beauties of your local land. And it’s another great fascination to discover the treasures of other countries. It’s similar to unraveling a door to another world as seen in fictional movies. There’s no thrill like it!
Still and all, it can never be denied that you need quite a lot of money to be able to travel abroad for leisure. You need to have an ample budget; actually, you need more than just enough because there will always be unexpected spendings in traveling. Spontaneous is not really possible and not recommendable for international trips if you do not have proper budget prepared.
International trips are expensive. What’s more, it depends on the country of destination. Some are expensive, while some are more expensive than them. If you are wanting and planning to go abroad for leisure travel, save up!
It’s going to be your first time going out of the country. Make it awesome on the first flight! Here are 6 wise hacks to save money for your first trip abroad!
1 – Do research about your destination, and determine a travel budget.
In this day and age, you can learn a lot about a country even without setting foot on it yet. How is that possible? The Internet exists.
You need to know where to go, what to do and what to expect. This prepares you for all the expenses you will have to face and handle when you arrive. Do not come wanting to get surprised because you definitely will be. Rather, do your research about your destination. During the travel planning step, one of the first few things to do is looking up your target country. Look for and read about everything you want to know about it, related to traveling there.
No doubt, countless results will appear. You can also check out travel vlogs from YouTube. There are travel vloggers that upload content about specific countries. They give easy-to-understand guides and practical spending tips. They share actual travel to-do lists, so first-time travelers can be helped.
After reading and watching everything you need and want to know, determine a travel budget. You have your own travel plans, different from the tips posted online, so use your own list as your basis in creating a budget. That amount should be more than enough because you will never really know how much money you’d need unless you’re already there spending.
2 – Open a savings account for your travel plan.
People who are determined and dedicated to making their first trip abroad happen do this. Open a savings account for that specific travel plan. This allows you to allot that money on your desired trip, with real commitment and tough discipline.
Having a separate bank account for this prevents you from recklessly spending the money you are saving. Because it feels like another closed wallet that’s assigned for a specific purpose, you will definitely realize the reason why you are saving. You will also avoid the temptation of withdrawing from that card since in the first place, you are not taking it out of your pocket unless it’s time to travel.
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3 – Avoid unnecessary purchases.
What hinders people from saving money is buying for reasons that are neither urgent nor important. Well, it’s just one of the hindrances, but it’s certainly one of the most common.
For your costly first trip abroad, resist the want of placing orders of items you do not really need at the moment. They are short-term wants that block the reality of your long-term travel goals! Avoid unnecessary purchases while you save for your first international trip.
If that gadget is expensive, yet you know it’s not a need, then why buy it now? If you really want it, then save up again and buy it after you achieve your travel plans. Right now, it’s just a want that can be set aside for your prioritized goals.
4 – Run away from impulsive buying.
Somehow similar to the previous point, but impulsive buying is more “dangerous” because it can happen quickly! If you want to save up for your first trip abroad, run away from impulsive buying. Step out of that habit! It will not help you at all. You might be left regretting every purchase.
5 – Take advantage of travel promos.
While you are saving money, patiently watch out for travel deals that will cut financial costs. Check out hotel accommodation discounts, airline promos, booking markdowns and more. Have a sharp eye and quick hands. These sale offers usually get sold out speedily because many travelers are also standing by.
6 – Focus on your realistic saving goals.
When you want to achieve something, setting goals is the first thing to actually do. But more than that, your goals must be realistic. In short, they are possible and feasible. When talking about earning money and saving up, sometimes, it feels like it’s so simple, easy and quick to do. However, reality says otherwise. That’s why your goals in saving money should be within your actual capacity of earning and saving money.
After listing those goals, focus on them. Concentrate on them. Keep your eyes on them. There could be many different sorts of distractions out there, like the unnecessary things or not-so-important things you wish to buy. There could be various discouragements as well, like the fact that there are many bills to pay. But keep going! Keep on keeping on. Keep saving up.
No matter how small the progress may be, you will be amazed at the results. No matter how small the amount you begin with may be, you will be astounded at the fruits in the end. Remember, big amounts cannot happen without starting small.
SAVE AND FLY
You need time to save money for your first trip abroad. It will take quite a long time, right? But it will be worth it if you do it right. Of course, obviously, you first need to have a source of income to be able to properly save money. When you have these essentials completed, you can start saving up for your much-awaited dream-come-true trip. That first flight outside the country will be fantastically unforgettable!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. She is a daytime writer for Holiday Inn Parramatta Hotel, a five-star hotel in Parramatta, New South Wales which provides a rewarding stay and a close reach of Australia’s noteworthy features. Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.