How to prioritise saving for travel

Most of us can’t scroll through Instagram without catching a serious case of wanderlust, yet travelling the world can seem like an unobtainable goal. If you’re a student, you’re probably constantly saving up for something – so sometimes saving for travel can take a backseat. Here’s how to balance life and prioritise saving for travel:

Research your destination(s)

Every destination will cost something different, so do your research so you can set a clear aim. Sometimes it’ll be the travelling there itself which amps up the price – sometimes it’s the case that the country of your choice is spenny af.

Be realistic – a tour around the world is unlikely at this stage in your life, but interrailing around Europe? Definitely possible. Research the cheapest cities to stay in and try to keep costs on travel and accommodation at a minimum.

Stop buying clothes

If you’re into fashion, your wardrobe is bound to be chopping and changing on a regular basis. At uni you’re likely going out a lot more than ever before, so buying a whole new ‘going out’ wardrobe seems necessary. But it’s not! Invest in a few basics – that won’t hurt – and then be strict with yourself. Think about it – is the short term happiness from a new top or trainers better than the long-term memories from a holiday?

Limit your spending on nights out

Be brutal. If you want to have fun abroad, having fun at home should be minimal. Depending on your financial situation, work out a rule for yourself. Whether you’ll only go out once a week, once a month, or only go to the pub as opposed to nightclubs – have a think and do what’s best for you. If you’re going away with uni friends, maybe a joint night-out ban is the best way forward. At least you’ll all be in it together.

But don’t be so hard on yourself

You’re a student – you need to eat, pay rent, buy coursebooks. Not all of your income is disposable income, so don’t beat yourself up if you’re not saving as much as you’d like. Remember you have so many essential things you need to spend your money on. Saving for travel requires cutting back on unnecessary spending – not about living off stale bread and falling behind on rent payments.

Set a goal

Once you’ve decided where to go, set a goal amount to save. Sometimes you’ll need less money than you thought, but it’s always best to have a bit to spare in case something goes wrong. Setting a goal will give you something to work towards and make you realise that scrimping and saving won’t be forever. The more you see yourself saving, the more motivated you’ll be to carry on.

Get a job or work more hours

If you don’t have a job, you’re really gonna need to get one. Not only will this help massively in saving for a holiday but it’ll give your CV a boost too. If you’ve already got one, try to work as many hours as possible to get the money in. But as always – don’t be hard on yourself! It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

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