Building a Plan around your budget
Ok. So you’re very excited about The Village Program and especially excited about your VisionQUEST trips. But you wonder how on earth you’re going to plan and pay for VisionQUEST. (We will help you is the short answer.) Let’s take a look at one possible VisionQUEST that would send you up to Amsterdam and Brussels. We’re choosing these cities because they’re easy to get to by train and thus very friendly to your budget. They’re also close to Paris, which means that getting to Paris for your meet up with the program will be easy too.
Let’s get you there first, from Montrichard, by train. (Note: European train and bus tickets are only sold within three months of your planned travel dates, so these dates are for April. The rates will be similar. ) Your first budget item: 72 Euros or about $76 for a train ticket, complements of a quick search at trainline.eu
Hostel or Air BnB?
Next you will want a hostel or Air BnB to stay in for 3 nights. Let’s check it out and also remember that we’ve chosen one of the most expensive hostel cities in Europe. A quick scan for our October dates gets us this from Hostelbookers.com your second travel cost: $91.38. This is good, but we can do better!
Maybe you’re traveling with a friend and are OK sharing a double bed or having one of you use a camping mattress you carry along and sleep on the floor to cut down on costs? If so, a quick scan of Air BnB yields this option for a cost comparison, reducing your housing in Amsterdam to $30 total for three nights. In fact at this price per night, let’s stay a fourth night in Amsterdam and only add $8 to your housing total, which is now $38.
Now we need to get you onto Brussels, so let’s head back to Traineline.EU to see what’s the what. Well darned if we don’t get prompted to take the bus instead, and why not for only 11 Euros or about $13.
So now we need to find three nights of housing in Brussels, so back to Hostelbookers we go to find this $54 option for the entire stay:
And because we want to look for the best possible deal, we of course scoot back to Air BnB and find a killer price that adds just $33 to your housing budget.
Meeting Back up with The Village
The challenges in any trip are mostly about your travel days. These carry with them their own stress, from being sure you have your passport handy to getting all of your things packed up and ready to roll. The biggest stress points happen around learning to get your travel timed correctly. Your final day of VisionQUEST should therefore be carefuly planned out. When and where are you catching your train or bus? Knowing that you’ll always want to be at least a full 60-90 minutes early when you arrive a train or bus station (and at least 2 hours for a flight), you can backtrack with your time from that necessity and plan: when to awake; when to be leaving your hostel or Air BnB, when to hail an Uber or get the Metro, etc. Remember to confirm with The Village what time we will want you to meet up with us in Paris after VisionQUEST 1 and in Barcelona after VQ2.
So the last thing left to do is get a train (or bus) ticket to get to Paris so you can start on JOURNEY. By now you’re thinking: Back to Trainline EU and you’re right! Here’s our option and it’s the bus again, at $15 and getting us into Paris in plenty of time to meet up with the rest of The Village gang and start Journey:
Not including gifts, drink or food, this VisionQUEST week will cost in total: $175. Program faculty and alumni have done many versions of this trip on a budget dry close to what we’ve laid our here. Can you spend more? For sure and plenty of travelers do. But on The Village, one of our core values is based on how we make traveling and experiential magic happen on a bare-bones budget.