So, you've decided to go travelling... Best, decision, ever! You’ll soon be heading off on the adventure of a lifetime!
First though, you’ll need to sort out your travel budget. Whatever you decide to do, you'll need to put money aside to save for those all-important flights, visas and travel insurance – as well as your meals and activities while you’re out there!
To help you sort out your budget and spending, we’ve put together some top tips to help you fund your travels!
Planning your Budget
The amount of money you'll need will completely depend on where you want to go and how long you want to stay there for. On most of our Real Gap Experience trips, accommodation and internal travel during the trip is included (as are some meals), so you won't have to budget for as much whilst you're there - but if you want to travel independently afterwards, you can research the cost of living in your chosen destination on this website: www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/
Paying for your Trip
When you book your trip with us, you can either pay for it in full, or pay a deposit and choose one of our payment plans. These payment plans help make travelling more affordable, as you can pay in instalments rather than in one lump sum. Find out more about our payment plans here.
One major travel expense will be your flights. You should aim to book these as early as you can to get the best rates possible. Contact our flights team for a great flight quote.
Visas and Travel Insurance
For some countries, you will need to pay for a Visa and this should be factored into your budget. Visa information can be found via our Travel Store. You will also need adequate travel insurance to cover you while you are away. Check out our excellent backpacker insurance policy for prices.
Saving money for your travels can seem daunting, but if you’re practical and organised you can save enough money fairly quickly. Here are some top tips for saving travel money:
A great way to fund your travels is to work while you’re out there! We have working holiday packages in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, and paid teaching opportunities in Thailand and China. Or you could become an Au Pair in the USA! See all of our paid work opportunities here. If you decide to set up an overseas bank account, using an international money transfer service service like Transferwise is a great way to avoid hidden charges when transferring your funds across from your UK account.
Using Money Abroad
Once you’ve saved up and booked your flights etc., you now need to think about how you’ll use your money abroad. Using your bank card abroad can incur charges, while carrying large amounts of cash is a little risky. We recommend using a pre-paid travel card, which you can top up as you go. Order a pre-paid travel card through our Travel Store.