EF College Break: Finance your Europe Trip
Hello! My name is Wendy and I'm taking over Budgetgirl's blog to talk about how I financed my month long trip to Europe!
The company I used to plan my travels throughout Europe is called EF College Break. They take care of all the hassle in planning a month long trip. The only thing you need to take care of are the payments and saving up money. They have full time tour directors during the trip at all times; the tour director guides the group in where the best spots to eat in town are, best times to see things, where to convert currency, tips and ideas on how to best spend your time in each city and country and last but not least free guided tours!
If you are a first time traveler, there are ways to save money. They have a referral program that allows you to earn $100 per friend that signs up. They get $100 and you get $100; its a win win situation! Lets say your friend signs up to go on your tripAlways keep an eye out for sales. Sign up for their email list and they’ll always notify you of special sales throughout the year. Just keep in mind the timing and if it works with your budget. They have semi-annual sales, Black Friday sales (best timing!), and other sales throughout the year. Just keep an eye out!
You can pay off the trip on a monthly basis or a bi-weekly basis. I chose the bi-weekly option because it was easier for me to pay it off two weeks at a time rather than a large sum at the end of every month. I paid on a bi-weekly basis $180 beginning on May 2015. My trip was going to take place end of July 2016, so it gave me ample time to save money and pay off the trip without stressing out so much.
The total amount of the trip came out to be to $5,439. (35 day trip through Europe) When you look at the itinerary, that total amount includes hotels, round trip flights, entrances to places like the Louvre Museum, the Acropolis and Vatican City, a full time tour director, daily breakfast, and transportation between cities and countries. I was able to travel to 10 different countries and visit 14 cities in a span of 35 days.
Those countries included:
The great part is you get to travel with a group of other college students (ages 18-28), It's a great way to meet people from all around the United States.
Was it worth the price? Every. Single. Penny!