Planning a bucket list holiday can be an amazing experience. But as we all know, that experience can come at a hefty price. While one of the most exciting aspects of a trip can be the planning phase, the amount of money required to partake in such an adventure can make us all think twice about each and every detail. However, fear not, here at StudentUniverse we have come up with the best budgeting tips and techniques to make this the ultimate bucket list adventure.
Make Sure You’ve Booked a Flight to Fit Your Budget
Whether it’s regarding the dates you’re travelling or the cities you’re going to; flexibility is a great way to take advantage of the best travel deals available. StudentUniverse allows you to compare flights and accommodation to ensure you get the best deal. So even though you’re going on an adventure, it is important you know your budget and you stick to it. Booking in late May and late August/early September are your best bets for any summer vacation as prices tend to be slighter lower than at peak times. Though the early bird sometimes gets the worm; booking eight to ten weeks before your ideal departure opens you up to the seats airlines are looking to give away.
Check Out Accommodation Deals
Make sure you do a lot of research on where you would like to stay, as this can affect your experience. Remember that your accommodation does not necessarily have to be first class as you’re just looking for a place to sleep so youth hostels and backpackers hostels may be a place to start. StudentUniverse has a wide variety hostels and hotels to choose from and all at student friendly prices. So what are you waiting for?
With so much to see in one country, why not choose a well organised and entertaining tour from StudentUniverse. Save yourself a fortune by adding one of our amazing tours to your flights and hotel booking for a combo saving. With discounts on tours in and outside the UK, there is no better time to go on an adventure.
Weigh And Measure Your Luggage
Whether you are travelling light with hand baggage only or, checking bags into the hold, be absolutely sure that they are below the size and weight restrictions imposed by the airline before you leave for the airport. As excess charges are very high.
Research Rail, Coach, Cruise and Ferry Deals
If your looking for the ultimate budgeting alternative to flying why not try InterRailing through Europe. This is one way to travel for less yet experience all that Europe has to offer from the comfortable of your seat. You can sit back and relax whilst the train takes you from one destination to the next. Therefore; it is essential that you grab yourself an InterRail pass as you’ll be able to have the ideal holiday on a low budget. For affordable coach deals check out the Greyhound bus providers in the United States, if your looking to explore this great city for a fraction of the price of flying.
Swap Your House
If you live in a desirable area, and are prepared to let others rent out your house, a home swap and perhaps a car swap with other bucket list savers will guarantee you a cheaper holiday. If you’re looking for a place to start why not try out the Home Exchange and HomeLink.
Check Wireless Access Costs
Most hotels now offer free coverage but not all. So make sure you check before you book, and consider switching hotels if the one you are interested in makes a charge. It could mean big savings on the cost of mobile calls.
It should go without saying, but working abroad has the amazing benefit of travelling away from home and travelling for less. Usually companies are able to help with Visa applications and cost to flights which will make your bucket list dream more of a reality. Though you may not be able to travel in the traditional sense, you can still make the most of your weekends and public holidays. Doing a placement aboard allows you to have fun whilst earning a bit of cash on the side. If you’re interested in working abroad, try these companies to find out more: AIESEC, TEFL and Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO). Your adventure could be round the corner.
There’s a world of opportunity out there just waiting to be explored, so make sure you don’t miss out! Remember, the only thing that’s limiting you is your imagination.