The class of 2017’s graduating in less than a month. Some students will go to college others might start to work immediately. If you are considering what to gift your grad consider this:
Two people can spend 25 days in Cuba, and use up $1,695.00. That’s $67.75 / day.
If you are buying an Apple watch series 2 that is $425. That is practically a week for two people in Cuba! This is possible in many parts of the world! Check out: Budget trips: 20 of the cheapest places to travel
I encourage parents, uncles, and friends to buy their grads memories built of experiences that will transform the way they see the world aka have them travel. This can be done through a low-cost family vacation, facilitating opportunities to volunteer with an organization or through a program, paying for study abroad program or just through giving them the freedom to travel. If you student has never left the nest, I recommend starting with a program that is coordinated, such as a study abroad or a volunteer program.
Low-Cost Volunteer Opportunities:
- Conservation Volunteers, Australia and New Zealand ($100weekly includes housing and food)
- IFRE Volunteers, Volunteer programs – start at $99
- Check out Steven Weddle’s great post, “Cheap Affordable Volunteer Abroad Programs & Low-Cost Overseas Projects”
Volunteer for free: This means you do not pay a fee to be in the program. Most of the time housing and meals are free with these programs.
- Help Stay
- Moving Worlds
- Free Volunteering
- Sudan Volunteer Programme
- Trip Leader for HF Holidays, Europe
- Help Exchange, Worldwide
Volunteer through a program: You will have to pay for the program, but it gives parents and students peace of mind. See Sarah Vandenberg’s post, ” 2017 Best Volunteer Abroad Programs, Organizations, & Projects”
Study Abroad Programs: For a great worldwide list, visit High School Study Abroad Programs. If you are considering Spain, I recommend CentroMundo Lengua. I have taken students (HS & University) four times and every time it has been amazing!
No matter what, for me, the most valuable gift you can give anyone is the chance to travel. If they don’t have one already, help them get a passport, if they have one consider giving them miles to fly with (Check out Lori Zano’s Post on gifting miles).
You can also sign up for low-cost flight alerts for tickets anywhere in the world and take an adventure! Why?
““Always take the trip,” she said. “When you question whether or not you should go on the vacation, just do it. Spend the money. Take the time. You only have a limited number of years together as a family before your kids get busy with lives of their own, and building memories and having new experiences together are things you’ll never regret.”
From the article written by Annie Reneau, “The Best Parenting Advice I’ve Ever Received? “Always Take The Trip”
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