Lots of young people, like you, are interested in traveling abroad and that's great because it's an enriching experience that will transform your life!
You visit websites,look for internships, master courses, full scholarships, and even language courses. After all any opportunity would be great to grab, right? Wrong.
If you're overwhelmed with so much information and options, follow these steps to get clear on your ideas and commit to them.
1. Clear general goal
Take sometime to gather information about different international programmes and:
Write down at least 10 reasons why you want to go abroad.
- Make a list of 10 expectations you have.
Then, order them according to your priorities. For example, what's more important for you, to improve your English or have fun? Have a large and beautiful bedroom or meet lots of people? Be sincere. After all, nobody will see the list. It's just a tool to help you make the right decision.
- Talk to an education consultant, people who have already studied abroad and read testimonials. Take notes and compare their experiences to your expectations.
The more matches you get, the better understanding you have of the process you have to go through.
2. Academic Goal
Each programme is different, has different goals and needs different skills.It's important to ponder what you would like to do abroad and how long that goal would take.To choose the most suitable programme for you, please answer these questions.
Would you like to:
Once you have made up your mind, commit to it.
3. Financial Goal
With a clear goal, a definite program to apply for, now it's time to make a budget planning.
Depending on your income, commit to save some money regularly. Don't be tempted to spend your savings on “small wants” like going out on weekends, or buying a new pair of jeans you don't really need.
You can open a new bank account for your trip savings or buy foreign currency to avoid temptation.
- Earn extra money working on weekends, during your holidays or online. You can sell stuff and get a commission, or provide a service, such as translation, classes via Skype. If you have two jobs, put aside all the money you get from one regularly.
- List your monthly expense and see what you can cut off. Outings, dinners, shopping , bus tickets and much more. Money will pile up soon.
- Don't buy new clothes, shoes or accessories for your trip. Whatever is hanging in your closet right now is good and enough.
- Pay your air ticket in installments. That way you'll pay most of it after your trip.
- Travel with a group to save money and make your trip more comfortable and fun.
- Get an easy-to-pay small loan before travelling if necessary.
4. Expenses on your trip
Using Internet or the information your tour operator offers you, calculate how much daily pocket money you'll need during the trip.Here are some ideas to save money on your trip.
Take advantage of meals served at your host family. Adapt to their timetable and save money.
If supper is served around 6 PM, don't have a big lunch at 1 or 2 PM and then skip supper to be hungry again at 10 PM.
- Don't be a compulsive shopper. Remember your daily budget and commit to it. Take advantage of sales and cheaper areas such as Camden Town or Stratford shopping in London.
- Check when museums and other events are free or offer a discount and pop up that day.
- Avoid taxis and rush hour fares. Walk and take the underground off-peak.
- Don't buy expensive souvenirs at the airport.
- Keep track of all your expenses with a phone application to easily know how much you spend everyday.
In a few words, the most important point to make your dream trip come true is to write a plan and follow it to the letter.
Any ideas to share? We'll love to hear them.
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