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Budgeting for any bucket list vacation abroad can be discouraging if you don’t plan wisely. Luckily for you, there’s no need to beg, borrow, or steal to indulge in your wanderlust fantasies! MadameNoire Business has practical suggestions for saving and budgeting for your dream vacation. Trust us: with proper planning it’s more affordable than you think!
Here are 5 tips to begin funding your next trip:
Start planning early. Want to go to Greece? Paris? Istanbul? The first thing to do when planning your first trip abroad is to determine an exact location and date to begin planning your itinerary. It’s important to do your research. The only way to know the full cost of your trip is to be as specific as possible when mapping out exactly what you want to see and do. Also, if you want to save a few coins, consider traveling during off peak season or staying in a hostel to reduce costs. These are all things to consider in the initial planning process for your trip.
Save a portion of every check and put into a vacation savings account. Once you have a destination or date picked, calculate how much you’ll need, and then start a separate savings account to fund the trip. Be realistic. Set a goal to put aside a certain percentage or set amount of your paycheck each month towards your travel fund. Create or revise your monthly budget to identify where your money is going each month and identify how much money is available after paying for bills and cost of living.
In order for this to be effective, it has to be a savings fund that’s completely separate from your other checking accounts. You don’t want to be tempted to withdraw or make purchases from your travel fund. Make sure the account won’t face any minimum balance penalties once you start spending what you’ve saved.
Need additional help with budgeting? Mint.com, Budget Tracker and Budget Pulse are great (free) online tools to track transactions and create your monthly financial plan.
Live without excess. Has budgeting helped you keep your finances in order? If you have any funds left over after paying all of your bills and living expenses, do not succumb to your monthly fashion addiction! Why not put those additional funds into your travel fund? Every penny counts. This will put you one step closer to your travel dreams, and you may even be able to add an extra excursion to your itinerary.
Fund your trip through freelance work. Are you a writer? Social media savvy? Are you good at making jewelry and or working on DIY projects? Play an instrument? You can utilize your talents to work on side projects that can fund your travels. If you can’t kick start freelance gigs on your own, Elance, ODesk and Craigslist offer great listings for jobs nationwide. Doing part- time work or short-term projects is a feasible way to fund your travels if it’s not possible solely on your current income.
Still don’t think your first trip is feasible? Teach English abroad! For native English speakers, teaching English abroad is an excellent way to see the world and share your native tongue. Some teaching gigs are not paid and are geared towards those interested in volunteering for a shorter period of time. However, schools, universities and even foreign governments are interested in paying native English speakers a decent wage on a renewable or longer-term contract. A few organizations and resources for interested teachers are TEFL.com, TeachAbroad.com, Transitions Abroad and World Teach.
Traveling internationally can be fun and exciting, but also scary and intimidating. You are in a foreign land unsure of the customs and lifestyle and the worry over causing some sort of international incident by committing a cultural faux pas can be intense. But there are a few things you can do to ensure you international jaunt goes great.
Dispatches coming out of the Middle East report non-stop bombings, oppressed women and unimaginable oil wealth. But, of course, there’s much more to the region, and Jordan is a prime example.
Tucked at the center of Egypt, Israel, Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, the small nation is chockablock with paradisiacal escapes, spiritual landmarks, archaeological wonders, even pop-culture destinations (remember the desert mountain horse chase scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade?).
Definitely a destination to put on your “Must List,” we’ve put together a guide for where to go and what to do. Check out visitjordan.com for more info.
Michelle Thornhill’s first trip abroad — in fact, her first time on an airplane — was for a visit to Finland when she was 17 years old. It was not only a voyage beyond her familiar surroundings, it was an eye-opening experience that Thornhill, now the senior VP of Diverse Segments for Wells Fargo, describes as “transformative.”
In a special guest column, Thornhill offers advice for making the international excursion of your dreams a reality. From the start, you have to be prepared for one thing above all else: “tradeoffs.”
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With the economy still in a downturn and gas prices skyrocketing, for some traveling may be seem like a distant, unattainable dream. Still Forbes reports that 53 percent of consumers look forward to traveling even more in 2012 than last year, even with a shaky confidence in the economy. Two-thirds of these traveling consumers want to increase their travel budgets. If you’re a travel-loving, vacation-craving and adventure-seeking person included in this percentage, there are ways to get around without breaking your budget. Here are a few tips:
If you can’t get afford to get away for a week or two, think about a weekend trip. But try thinking beyond your typical out-of-town by the pool or beach kind of getaway. Sites such as the up and coming Vayable offer a new and unique kind of experience created and hosted by local residents in communities around the world. Activities range from a Tesla Roadster ride in San Francisco, touring with celebrities to touring an eco-farm in Costa Rica or a nightlife tour of underground Berlin. The average adventure on this site ranges from $30-$60, but there are also some offers that will only run you $3.
If you can afford to take a week-long trip, think of more affordable destinations. By traveling to lesser-known but still interesting places you skip the inflated prices offered to tourist as well as the crowds. For instance, instead of traveling to Paris, France try Metz, France. The prices drops drastically from around $3,000 for the flight and six-day hotel stay to only $813 a person. Sites such as Wanderfly help you find and budget these lesser-known traveling destinations.
Lastly, do an extended meaningful holiday trip. Abroad volunteer work or “voluntourism,” allows you to have immerse yourself in another culture through a unique and impactful vacation. Habitat for Humanity is a good place to start looking for these voluntourism experiences.
Keep in mind that foreign transaction fees can add unnecessary costs to your experience. Try to find a card with no foreign transaction fees such as the Capital One Venture Card. In addition, the Capital One Cash Card has great travel rewards and no annual fee. Now that you’ve got a few ideas to get your thinking about travel both domestically and internationally, start thinking creatively and plan your next trip!
(Black Enterprise) — Taking a vacation can be more stressful than restful. From the cost to the tedious details of planning to finding your way through foreign cities—traveling can be intimidating—especially for the novice adventurer. Despite the hassle, getting “out there” is an invaluable asset to both your personal and professional life, raising your awareness about cultures outside of your own and giving you the opportunity to become more worldly. That’s why a growing number of black travel bloggers are stressing the importance of travel, especially for African Americans.
(Black Enterprise) — If your summer travel plans will take you abroad, youmight be a little bit concerned that all the fun activities you’re planning may wreak havoc on your finances. Fortunately, going overseas doesn’t have to be a budget killer, as long as you travel smart and do some planning ahead of time. Here’s how to get the most for your travel dollar on your next international vacation.
Score Flights for Less: Airline tickets are likely to be one of your biggest travel costs if you’re heading out of the country. Whether you’re going off to Italy, Brazil, Egypt or elsewhere, try these suggestions to land terrific airfare bargains.
(Bankrate) — As college tuition continues to skyrocket, studying abroad may appear an academic luxury. But for even the financially neediest of students, study abroad remains within reach, experts say. So instead of putting the brakes on your kid’s desire to roam the world, it’s time to get that passport ready. ”The biggest thing in study abroad, if budget is a big concern, is that the student plan ahead,” says Brett Berquist, executive director of the Office of Study Abroad for Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. “An awful lot of students, particularly in public schools, end up making the choice of study abroad toward the end (of their academic career). And when they wait that long, they often miss the opportunity to really compete for big scholarships.”
(Bankrate) — In addition to the weak dollar and rising airfare, travelers headed overseas this summer have yet another headache to contend with: the possibility that their credit card might not work, especially at unattended kiosks in train stations or tollbooths. That’s because the United States is one of the few countries that has not adopted the chip and PIN credit card system in place of magnetized strips. The U.S. pay infrastructure is set up so after you swipe your credit card, “the terminal instantly contacts the bank’s servers and asks for authorization,” says Philippe Benitez, a vice president of secure transactions for Gemalto, a digital security firm that also provides chip-based cards. “This mechanism has worked well for the U.S., and they’ve been able to keep fraud at an acceptable level for banks.”
Africa has a lot to offer the eager traveler. From the fledgling drummer drawn to the music, to the student of politics trying to wrap one’s mind around apartheid’s legacy, to the seeker in search of a personal connection to their ancestral homeland, the continent extends its welcome. And while it’s certainly possible to go on one’s own, some may want to enlist the help of a travel professional. The Atlanta Post has rounded up eleven black companies that specialize in coordinating tours from the US. While all help with standard requirements like airfare, accommodation, tour guides, translation, etc., some go further, organizing trips that explore such concepts as spiritual development or investment opportunities. Whatever your interest, you’re bound to find a firm that can assist you in realizing the ideal travel experience.
Opening its doors in 1955, Henderson Travel considers itself the first full-service, black-owned travel company to operate in the United States. In 1957 when commercial travel between the US and Africa did not exist, Freddye and Jake Henderson chartered a flight to Ghana to celebrate its independence. Today the founders’ daughter, Gaynelle Henderson-Bailey, heads the firm, continuing a long tradition of promoting African travel. Itineraries reach across Africa and, of late, Brazil, where African culture has strong resonance.