How to save for a 10-day European trip in 1 year (with 4 cheat weeks!)

 

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Inspired by the 52-week savings challenges going around, I decided to create my own travel-themed savings blueprint — with a few twists.

  • 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.)
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  • 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! 🙂

 

WEEK SAVE TOTAL WEEK SAVE TOTAL
1 5,000 5,000 25 2,050 65,875
2 4,000 9,000 26 2,025 67,900
3 3,000 12,000 27 2,000 69,900
4 2,950 14,950 28 1,950 71,850
5 2,900 17,850 29 1,900 73,750
6 2,850 20,700 30 1,850 75,600
7 2,800 23,500 31 1,800 77,400
8 2,750 26,250 32 1,750 79,150
9 2,700 28,950 33 1,700 80,850
10 2,650 31,600 34 1,650 82,500
11 2,600 34,200 35 1,600 84,100
12 2,550 36,750 36 1,550 85,650
C H E A T    W E E K     1 C H E A T    W E E K     3
C H E A T    W E E K     2 C H E A T    W E E K     4
13 2,500 39,250 37 1,500 87,150
14 2,450 41,700 38 1,450 88,600
15 2,400 44,100 39 1,400 90,000
16 2,350 46,450 40 1,350 91,350
17 2,300 48,750 41 1,300 92,650
18 2,250 51,000 42 1,250 93,900
19 2,200 53,200 43 1,200 95,100
20 2,175 55,375 44 1,150 96,250
21 2,150 57,525 45 1,100 97,350
22 2,125 59,650 46 1,050 98,400
23 2,100 61,750 47 1,000 99,400
24 2,075 63,825 48 600 100,000

Need to cram for a trip (or a big purchase) later this year? Follow this 6-month savings blueprint instead.

 

How to save for a 10-day European trip in 1 year (with 4 cheat weeks!)” was created by LSS for travel site Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved. 

 


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