The hardest part about planning a trip isn’t the trip at all. I have found that finding the money to pay for it with everything going on is definitely the most difficult part. I’m a full time student and money isn’t exactly abundant. As soon as my boyfriend and I decided to take this trip, I knew I had my work cut out for me to save thousands of dollars to travel in Europe for 30 days. I got a job at a daycare working 25 hours a week. It wasn’t a glorious job, and it was quite stressful but it was worth it. That semester I maintained a 4.0 with 16 credits and a part time job. I was exhausted and stressed but attitude is everything! Here are some of the ways I saved up money so quickly.
I really struggled the first couple weeks until I figured out where and when free food was being given out around campus or in my apartment complex. I never turned down a meal from a friend and paid them back in other ways like doing their laundry or prepping the food if they bought it. My friends were so supportive of my strict budget and we went to dollar nacho nights every Thursday as our way of bonding. We spent $3 per person for drinks and a huge plate of nachos with all of the fixings for each person. In a college town, it’s especially easy to find places with crazy deals on a certain night of the week. Take advantage of these!!
Every paycheck I got went directly into savings. I tutored students a couple hours a week as soon as I got off work to make some extra money. This money helped pay for my day to day needs and the fun activities I wanted to do. It helped me gain job experience while helping out others who just needed a second point of view. If you have a skill you think others might benefit from offer your services! I emailed my teacher from the previous year that I got a 100 in and she emailed my information to everyone in the class. You wouldn’t believe the number of things people want to learn and would be willing to pay to be taught. Remember, every dollar counts!
The most important part of this is to be creative! Set a goal and don’t give up until you reach it. There are so many different ways you can earn money such as mowing people’s lawns, babysitting, running errands for people, housekeeping, etc. Keep an open mind and be a yes man! Work hard so you can enjoy your amazing trip that much more.