Backpacking through Europe is always a thrilling prospect. However, the huge costs involved forbid many of us from taking up this exciting adventure resulting in abandoning our dream of mapping down the continent. However, with some frugal planning tips you can save up bucks to realize your backpacking dream.
Do not Keep Cash with you
Sounds whimsical, doesn't it? But, it is the golden rule. Having cash in the pockets will coax you to spend it and soon the notes in your wallet would turn into spare coins! Open a savings account and have only sufficient cash needed to keep you adrift. Having your money at the bank also reduces the temptation of impulsive shopping which often occurs when we have cash with us.
Set a Tight Week Budget for you
Setting a weekly budget will help you a great deal. First, you will save significant amounts of money doing this. Second, this will work as a training schedule as you will prepare yourself for the frugal spending which you will have to do while backpacking. Third, this will provide you with an estimate budget of yours, as you will have a weekly budget with you.
Abandon the Luxuries
Get rid of smoking or having high-end pints at bars. This will aid you in saving quite a few bucks for your trip. Re-focus your mind and have your eyes glued on the prized goal. Whenever your mind wanders off the track, think about the ultimate prize.
Schedule the Itinerary
Frame the itinerary well in advance. Jot down the places you want to visit and places which you may skip. Disintegrate the plan down to smallest sections possible like food expenses, places to visit etc and set a definite budget for it. Doing this will keep you motivated as every time you reach a certain goal, you will feel upbeat.
If it is possible, work overtime. Not only will you secure some extra cushion for your backpacking trip but this will keep your mind engrossed as well. Remember, if your mind is engrossed with some activity, you will not think about splurging the money away.
Start Walking or Cycling
Keep your car at bay and go to your office by foot or by cycle. You will be surprised how much you can save by adopting this strategy.
In addition to this, walking and cycling will keep you fit and in shape which is often vital for a taxing journey like backpacking.
Be Flexible with your Saving Routine
Do not predetermine a fixed saving schedule and stick to it. Failing to comply with your schedule will result in disappointment which may lead to you burning away all the savings! The better strategy, instead, is to have a flexible routine. For example, it is not necessary to save $8 everyday. If spending for a particular day was high, save less. On the other hand, if spending were extremely low the next day, save more. This way you will achieve your goals without too much pressure!
Eating at Home
Rather than venturing into a restaurant each time your friends visit you, prepare a home feast and ask your friends to contribute.
If planned systematically, saving for a backpacking trip across Europe is not a cumbersome task. Follow these tips and start preparing for an adventurous backpacking trip across the continent.