TRAVELING today has already become a social norm.
Some people travel to keep their social media accounts updated. We see a lot of them posting different activities they are doing in their travels. Seeing their posts urges others to travel too.
Traveling has become part of the bucket list of many nowadays. Because how lovely would it be to see and experience different cultures around the world, exploring different varieties of food, and trying out new adventures?
Being outgoing and a risk taker, I always grab the opportunity to travel. But how was I able to achieve it given that I’m still a student? Where did I get funds for my travels? It all boils down to proper planning.
One of the first things I did is find someone who can be by travel buddies. We then plan our trips a year ahead so we can look for cheaper flight deals and better hotel reservations.
Divide the work equally among yourselves as this will also allow you to plot your expenses properly.
As for the booking of the flights and accommodation, you do not have to book and pay for them in one go. You can also do it one at a time months prior to the trip.
With proper planning, what is left for you to do is save up for your pocket money.
One of the recent trips I had that we properly planned was the Indochina trip. This is a cross country trip where we started in Malaysia then flew to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. From Ho Chi Minh, we traveled by bus to Cambodia and Thailand. To travel light, we only brought backpacks. The trip may sound costly but it is affordable considering that you are already visiting four countries.
Mind setting is the primary key for the travels that I look forward to. Being just a student, saving my allowance is not that hard by not spending too much on unnecessary things. One example is if when you see a prospect item in the mall, look at the price and weigh how much money it could save you for a plane ticket. Reselling from online shops may also help in building your pocket money.
Planning a trip is a matter of goal setting and knowing your priorities. If you really want something, no amount of negativity could hinder that. Just focus on your goal, pray, and have the courage that you can do anything with perseverance and hard work. (Karen Bardinas, UM intern)