How to afford your dream travel plans in your 20s*

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There are countless reasons why travelling should be a priority in your 20s — and if you can do it more than once, even better! When it comes to exploring the world, not only will you gain independence, make memories to last a lifetime and form solid friendships with amazing individuals from around the globe, but you will also develop your understanding of different cultures, tick things off from your bucket list and learn how to manage your money effectively.

Although planning every country you’d like to visit may take up most of your time before you set off, it is also important to consider how to budget while travelling so that you can get the most out of your big adventure.

Before travelling

Before you book those flights, it is worth planning your finances so that you know exactly what you can afford to do while you’re away. Your budget may depend on a number of things, including the length of time you’d like to travel, how many locations you’d like to visit, the type of accommodation you’d prefer to stay in and activities you’d love to do along the way.

Once you have calculated a reasonable total figure that you’d like to spend, use your plan as a guide when booking your trip, and as a reference while out and about. You’ll thank yourself for being so organised after all, nobody wants to cut their travelling plans short because they have no cash left.

How to manage your money while you’re away

Once you’ve reached your first location whether it’s an island that boasts beautiful beaches, a bustling city full of mesmerising skyscrapers or a country known for its rich history — take a note of the exchange rate in each place so that you avoid getting ripped off.

While jet skiing on Monday, sky diving on Wednesday and meeting your favourite animals on Friday might sound super exciting, your activity itinerary could prove quite expensive. Keep an eye on your outgoings by making a note of what you’re spending or checking your internet banking. That way, you will know if you’re under or over budget. If you’re on track, you may not have to limit your luxuries as much!

Get haggling! If you’ve got your eye on that must-have souvenir from your favourite location, practise your best persuasion techniques to convince the seller to reduce the price. Be polite, make sure you smile, and before you know it, you might have saved some cash.

Travelling in your 20s should be something that everyone gets to experience at least once. By organising your finances, you will have the opportunity to plan your dream trip without having to worry about missing out on anything.

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