Gap years need money, there’s no way around it. Granted not as much as you think, but unless you’re very lucky, you’re likely to have your eye on the bank balance before, during and after your year abroad. There are many ways to minimise your worry on this subject though and we’re here to help.
Read on for tried and tested advice on how you can reduce your expenditure along the whole experience. We’ve got fundraising tips, saving tips, spending advice and how you can enjoy the whole gap year experience on the tightest budget possible.
Our gappers have written awesome budget guides to the top cities and we’ve got great advice on haggling and bartering your way around the world on your gap year. There are also a few gems on prepaid cards, credit cards and just generally managing your money on the road. Financially speaking, reading every post here could be the best thing you ever do.
Saunders and Ollie find themselves a little richer than they thought they were as backpackers when they arrive in Vietnam, and they want to share with you exactly how they did it.
Our live gap year vloggers Saunders and Ollie are back, this time with really good advice on how to manage those all-important finances when you’re abroad.
Learn to budget like a travel blogger and maybe one day you'll get to travel as much as they do too. Read on for the tried and tested expert's advice...
Eating, drinking, looking cool and using toilet paper – there are ways to make these things cheaper. Use Vicky’s top tips, and you’ll be on your gap year in no time.
Visit Barcelona and don't spend very much, if you have these top tips from gapper Anna. She knows a thing or two about (not) spending your euros.
There's no shame in bartering for the best price in some countries, so take note of Micheal Huxley's tried and tested advice on how to do it successfully to save you money.
You don't have to save up all the money you need for your gap year before you go, there are plenty of money-making opportunities out there if you know where to look...
The security of taking a credit card on your gap year could be a good idea. Be careful how you use it though, and just remember, it is actually real money...
The thing about gap years is they quite a bit of cost money (bugger). That's why we thought you'd like some money saving tips for would-be travellers.
How do you make your backpacking kitty go further? Here are some tips from experienced backpackers and gapyear.com members on how to travel on a budget.
Can you afford a gap year? We surveyed our users and were surprised to find out how clueless people are about the cost of travel. Jess Fitch explains.
On your gap year you can convert your money in a number of ways. You can obtain your travel money before you leave, but if you’re travelling for months on end and travelling to a number of countries, then that isn’t very practical. Also, you can convert your money using traveller’s cheques, bureaux de change or ATMs abroad.
What can you do in a pricey metropolis? Experienced gapper and travel writer Francesca Harper has found us five free things to do in five of the world's most expensive cities.
Travel money tips are like gold, as let's be honest, travel money can get a little confusing at times. That's why it helps to have some travel money tips.
If you ever get the feeling you’re a bit cramped in China then remember one thing - the population's 1.3 billion. China can hit you hard with culture shock and in my experience it’s the country with the biggest cultural difference with the UK or other western countries. You're completely on your own. Even words like OK and TAXI don’t work here.
InterRailing on a budget is not only possible but it's a lot of fun! Here's some advice and information on how to save money while InterRailing.
This is a payment card that can be topped-up with money by you or somebody else. It looks just the same as any chip and pin debit / credit card with a card number / signature strip and company branding. But prepaid cards are unlike credit cards, which provide you with a line of credit. They are also very different from debit cards that are linked to a bank account with an overdraft facility. This is because you can't borrow money with a prepaid card - you can only spend the money you have topped-up the account with.
If you would like to volunteer on your gap year but are not in a position to fund this yourself, then you may be eligible for a bursary. Lots of companies offer bursaries and eligibility varies from company to company. Below is an example of one company's bursary scheme.
It's easy to get confused when shopping abroad, particularly if you're travelling from country to country, dealing with different currencies in each one. Don't get caught out and buy what you think is a bargain wall-hanging for seven quid, only to find you've actually spent £70.
1,500 miles, 18 days, two 18 year olds, no support vehicle, four countries and one mountain range. If I was to sum up the start of my gap year, that's how it would go.