By Miranda Massie on April 2, 2019
Travelling is top of mind for me right now. On spring break, I spent two weeks chaperoning teenagers across Italy and Greece. And though the dust hasn’t even had time to settle on my suitcase, I’m already dreaming of my next adventure and my next destination. Unfortunately, a major barrier to my wanderlust is always the associated costs. Travelling is expensive and requires discipline both prior to and during a trip.
This month, I’m sharing some money-savvy hacks to support your frugal and fruitful travel.
Keep your eye on the deals
Take breakfast to go
Book hotel stays that include breakfast. Start your day with a big meal and pack extra snacks so you can save money on food throughout the day.
Avoid on-the-road prices
Pack your own food on travel days so you can avoid paying for pricey food on flights and trains or in airports. With healthy options on hand, you’ll be able to avoid the drive-through.
Find the free days
Many museums and galleries have free days or visiting times throughout the week. Some also offer discounts for students, children and families. Check their websites in advance.
Double check your coverage
Be sure to check your travel insurance coverage, or the coverage of a spouse or dependent. If you’re already covered through work or a credit card, you can avoid paying additional insurance costs. If you are enrolled in UBC’s extended health befits, be familiar with your coverage while travelling outside BC or Canada. Visit the UBC travel benefits site.
Take a staycation!
A vacation does not always need to involve travel. Take advantage of the amazing sights, eats and activities available locally. This will also allow you to save your dollars for a future trip. Read more about staycation ideas for Metro Vancouver on Daily Hive and Miss604.
Wherever your travels take you, I encourage you to prioritize taking time off. Breaks are important for building resilience and promoting mental and physical health. Allow yourself time to breathe, relax and be present without the threat of an incoming credit card bill looming in your head. Have any savvy travel hacks of your own? Share in the comments below!
All my best,
Photo credit: Miranda Massie
By Melissa Lafrance on April 3, 2018
The April edition of Healthy UBC is all about financial wellbeing, and as UBC staff and faculty, there’s no better way to save money than by taking advantage of the free and discounted perks that make it a little less cost-prohibitive to develop our health, wellbeing and professional growth.
As a UBC staff and faculty member, you and your family are eligible for discounts at many local organizations both on and off campus, from fitness, yoga and recreation programs to community arts and culture offerings.
Programs and Professional Development
We have a wealth of workshops, trainings and programs to increase and promote your wellbeing and develop healthy work environments at UBC. Funding is also available to several employee groups and covers external learning activities such as professional membership fees, workshops, conferences and courses.
Here’s a selection of our upcoming health and wellbeing programs, including links to additional PD information:
- Register for an upcoming workshop, including Debt Freedom & Finances and The Psychology of Money
- Learn about the annual Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program available to UBC departments to support grassroots activities that promote wellbeing in the workplace
- Visit the PD Funding page to learn about eligibility criteria and how to apply
- Attend an upcoming course like Time Management and Thriving in Change
Through Healthy UBC, we offer free, ongoing, university-wide educational opportunities that focus on promoting positive mental health and physical wellbeing for staff, faculty and departments.
Here are some upcoming events you and your colleagues can take part in at UBC Vancouver:
Did you know that you and your dependent family members could be eligible to take UBC courses without paying the tuition fee? Learning and development opportunities range from in-person, multi-day programs to on-demand online courses. Click on the Tuition Waivers link to learn about eligibility and qualifying courses.
All UBC staff and faculty receive free, premium-level access to the lynda.com library of high-quality digital tutorials, courses and curated learning paths. Learn about in-demand tech and creative and workplace business skills taught by industry experts, including Arianna Huffington’s six-course series.