How to save for a 10-day European trip in 1 year (with 4 cheat weeks!)
- While I kept the decremental* pattern of the amounts to be saved per week, I adjusted the intervals so that the savings burden isn’t too heavy during the first few months. (*It’s actually incremental in most of the 52-week challenges I’ve seen, but I like to get the hard part out of the way first. You can reverse the order if you want to start small.)
- Cheat weeks! There are only 48 weeks in this blueprint even though a year has 52 weeks. The reason for cheat weeks is to allow for emergencies, or for those times when it’s harder than usual to save — Christmas, for example, or birthdays, or enrollment week (for those who have kids). You can even use a cheat week on the first month if the PHP 15,000 total for that month still feels too heavy.
The goal is to save PHP 100,000 in 1 year, which should be enough for a 10-day multi-city European trip, including airfare, train tickets, admission fees to attractions, accommodations and food. Your actual budget will depend on a lot of things — how many cities you want to visit, whether or not you are able to get cheap plane tickets, etc. — but PHP 100,000 is a good starting estimate. You can also adjust your plans to fit your circumstances: for example, if you didn’t luck out on a seat sale for your airfare, you can make up for it by choosing cheaper accommodation. (My other post How Much Does A European Trip Cost? discusses this budget in more detail.)
Of course, if you aren’t actually planning to travel to Europe, you can always use this savings blueprint for other goals: down payment for a condo, say, or a wedding, or an emergency fund, or…anything really. Whatever it’s for, whatever your plans, good luck and happy saving! 🙂
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Need to cram for a trip (or a big purchase) later this year? Follow this 6-month savings blueprint instead.
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