So you've decided to lock in an overseas adventure, but you're not quite sure how to stretch the bank to make it work? 

We know traveling abroad is expensive, but here are a few ways to save up and get additional funding before you go.



If you are currently studying at College or University, there can be scholarships and grants you could apply for to undertake training in a related field internationally. While many have very specific requirements, some simply want to see that you've worked hard and will continue to work hard during your time abroad. 

Pure Exploration Aspiring Outdoor Leader Scholarships

This year our scholarships offered deserving people the chance to join us on one of our Adventure Guide Program intakes in 2021, based in New Zealand and Patagonia. With more than NZ$200,000 in financial aid available, we are super excited to get some motivated and deserving individuals on our programs that are keen to grab this chance to challenge themselves and grow their leadership skills.

Learn more about these here.


Funding your Program


A few lifestyle changes can make a huge difference with your finances.

  • Cut out expensive habits like
    • Eating out
    • Going out more than one night a week
    • Buying new clothes ("Yo, that's fifty dollars for a T-shirt!")
  • Stop paying for things you don't use!

When was the last time you used your gym membership? Go for a hike and throw some rocks around instead! 

Are you still paying for your own Netflix? You know they have multiple profiles per account now, right? 

  • Sell your stuff

You're about to head off for a year of traveling, and you won't need much. Sites like eBay and Craigslist offer endless opportunities to make a little bit of cash on stuff you never use anyway. A month or so before you leave, sell your car if you have one! Your parents will thank you for getting it out of their driveway and you'll make a ton of extra spending money.



Every little bit helps. A summer job before your year abroad can pay for your airfare and a portion of your in-country expenses. A few extra jobs here and there can provide some additional spending money or be the extra push you need to fund your gap year.


  • Babysitting
  • Mowing lawns, helping with spring cleaning, gardening, etc.
  • Driving for a food-delivery service in your town
  • Walking dogs



You might be surprised how excited the people in your life may be to help fund your GAP year. Take some time to write out a letter, create a video, or meet with people individually to explain what has motivated you to travel or work abroad, how you intend to make the most of your time, and what experience, skills, and perspectives you plan to bring home with you. Start with your family, your church, and small businesses. Go online to use social media platforms like Facebook, or reach an even larger group of people on sites like Go Fund Me or Kickstarter.