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Monday, 24 April 2017

SO YOU WANT TO TRAVEL? A BRUTALLY HONEST GUIDE TO TRAVELLING FREQUENTLY


Now I've written a couple of posts like this one in the past, how to save money, how to book trips easily etc to ensure that you can travel as much as possible. However, even so, I still have people approaching me dumbfounded as to how I can travel as much as I do. Just a little disclaimer, I do not travel all the time, I sometimes go a couple of months without going abroad, however, I will acknowledge I do travel a little bit more than the average person around me. Plus being a student only earning minimum wage, it does appear to be a pretty impossible situation. However, it is possible, and no before anyone says anything, it is not student loan (I wish!). My student loan does not even cover all of my expenses. Which is why if many of you are considering that option as you have the cash to spare, don't. It's not meant for travelling, nor is it sustainable (one day you won't be receiving that loan!)

So here's a brief but brutally honest guide to travelling frequently if you're not blessed with tonnes of cash! If you want more detailed trips, my two posts 'How to save your pennies and go travelling' and 'How to travel with ease whilst living the student life' should help!


SAVE NOT SPEND

Of course, travelling can be excluded here, but just think logically, how am I able to travel all the time? I don't buy makeup, clothes, meals out, luxury items, nights out frequently or sometimes at all. Have a think about how much you spend on the aforementioned items...I bet it is quite a lot! Sometimes even hundreds. Stop spending and start saving, put the cash away that you would normally spend on those 'pointless' things and before you know it, you will have a nice travel fund. If you really struggle, put some money away as soon as you get paid into a limited access account!


TRAVEL SENSIBLY

Now, this is also important. You may have some cash saved up now, but how on earth can you travel when a week in Spain in the summer costs over £1000?! Well, the answer is, you don't go to places during their peak travel time. Nor do you pick a destination spontaneously. To travel a lot, it is best to collate a few lesser known destinations, travelling to them when they are at their quietest and cheapest. Of course, don't do this to the extent that the trip is unpleasant, but jiggle your dates around to optimise cost and experience. I understand that sometimes you may want to visit somewhere during the peak period, which is fine! But understand the cost will be higher, and not every trip should be like this.


LOTS OF SMALL TRIPS > ONE BIG TRIP

I'm not going to lie, I love a huge escape away, but of course this zaps your cash away instantly. By staying on the continent and going away for a few two-four night breaks away, you can see more places and experience much more within a year. For instance, I have visited Poland four times within the past year, with the average cost being £100. That is the cost of two high-end makeup palettes or four items of clothing in New Look or three nights out or four meals out...or a mixture of all of those things. Illustrating it this way...it's not that much money to spend to go abroad is it? In comparison my near three-week trip to Japan this September will cost over £1000 - and I've been saving up for 5 months so far with 5 months to go. Which is why I only recommend big trips if you are willing to do the saving and be patient waiting for it, otherwise opt for lots of small trips. Plus with £1000 that's 10 short trips to Eastern Europe if you wanted it. Small trips > big trip


BOOK SMART

Booking in advance and booking smartly too is key. As I already mentioned, I had to book my Japan trip nearly a year in advance to be able to afford it. Moreover, this also means the flights were cheaper as they were bought in advance. Booking last minute can be extremely risky as when demand goes up, so does the cost. The only situation I can recommend it is if you are trying to go away during an off-peak period, as many places will be desperate for you to book! I also recommend that you book everything independently and shop around. Travel agents and tour companies quoted £3000-£4000 for a 3 week tour of Japan, yet I've got it for £1100 per person all because I have booked it all myself. A HUGE saving. Also due to unstable exchange rates, I've shopped around and re-jigged my accommodation from hotels to Airbnbs, something I am super excited about. The total cost has been brought down from £750 per person, down to £320...for more space which in Japan isn't exactly aplenty. As I've already said, this final aspect is key, you've done the saving, you've done the itinerary, all you have to do now is book smart to keep the costs down to an absolute minimum.


I hope these tips find you well, it really is quite simple. Just don't spend your cash, go to the right places at the right time, go on small trips and book it all yourself in advance <3 If fellow travel bloggers from all walks of life (students, freelancers, full time workers, anyone!) want to shed light on some of their tips below that would be fabulous, as this is mainly from the perspective of a student of course!
Happy travels!






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18 comments

  1. We're both in the midst of madly planning and saving for our summer Interrail trip at the moment so this was a great help!

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica & James | Food & Baker

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  2. This was a really useful read as I am looking to go away for the summer but thought it would be okay to book nearer the time. I better get on it if I want it to be cheaper and work in my favour.
    Great read,
    Lois x
    www.lifeasloismay.wordpress.com

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  3. These are some great tips! I'm hoping to travel a lot more next year so these are super helpful x

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  4. This post was so helpful! I really want to travel and I'm a student too at the moment so these tips were super useful for me personally. Hope you have an amazing time in Japan lovely, knowing you've saved up and worked so hard for it will make the trip even more satisfying to look back on one day (: Take care + thanks for sharing!

    Ruminvte xo

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  5. Hi, great tips. I always save in advance when planning my hols big or small, Chloe

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  6. This is so handy! I'd love to go travelling more, and now that I have a rough idea of how to save up I just need to encourage someone to join me tehe.

    I went to Japan recently and we opted for Airbnbs as well and it saved us so much money. We did go during peak time though but it was so worth it!

    Lizzie Bee // hello lizzie bee

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  7. Really helpful post :) thank you. We are currently thinking of planning a trip to Sri Lanka and thinking about how to do it in a smart way. Some of the above will come in so handy.

    Holly x
    www.ldnmuse.com

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  8. I love the slant of this post, and shall be taking its advice! Thanks for sharing-

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  9. I'm in the middle of saving too! This is such a lovely blog post!! I love the way you think!
    - chelseyocean.com

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  10. Great post! Will definitely keep these tips in mind for the future. Thanks for sharing! Aoife x | https://allaboutaoifeblog.wordpress.com

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  11. I love this post! So many people don't realize that to travel on a student budget, you need to cut out some things! Lovely post, thanks for sharing. xx

    becca
    15bex02.co.vu

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  12. I am so terrible when it comes to book flight and travel. Like always last minute and giving up on so much money. These tips are really useful! Hope it will help me save some money! xx corinne

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  13. Taking shorts trips to different places in Europe it's not so expensive and it's great! xxx
    http://fallingforablog.blogspot.com.es/2017/04/11-things-to-do-in-weekend-in-rome.html

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  14. Some great tips here. I completely agree with little trips and big ones its good to mix it up. Hope you enjoy Japan!!x

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  15. It definite sounds like you've figured out the ins and outs of travelling!

    I agree with several points: Early booking is key, many small trips are better than larger ones and ideally, visit new places at off-peak times.

    Love the honesty!

    Steph
    www.socialspying.com

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  16. I loved reading this post. I love the way it's written and your style of writing overall.

    I'm definitely going to start saving for a few shorter trips around Europe as I am yet to explore some of it. I agree with small trips > big trips. The latest of my travels, I did 6 countries in 2 months and I still managed to fit so much in and have plenty of time in each place.

    Abs
    https://afababulouslife.blogspot.com

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  17. You have some great suggestions here! As a student who also enjoys travelling we think alike in many ways! Thanks for sharing!

    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca/

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  18. I wish I could just do lots of little trips but if I want to go overseas, with living in Australia that's so impractical. I think everyone here is used to just saving up and doing big trips at once which definitely burns through your money but when you have to do 22 hours of flying just to get to your destination it's like you want to see as much as you possible can before you do that flight home again you know?

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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