A Student’s Guide to Travelling on a Budget

School’s out, you’ve got time saved up for vacation, so why not get up and go? Let’s see the word without emptying your wallet!

Here are some tips to help you plan the perfect vacation at the perfect price…

astudent11. First keep in mind your status. You’re a student, so benefit from it  There are many agencies and online ticket vendors that give discounts to students for domestic and international flights. Check with your local travel agencies or even your school to find out what is available.

2. Decide what it is you are traveling for. If you are going for a cultural experience plan a trip that meets those needs. For example, there are many camps, short summer exchange programs, and the like that allow for a fun traveling experience and a close encounter with the locals of your destination. Some programs also contribute to your education by giving credits Check into these things at websites like goabroad.com. Additionally, your school might have some information on these types of programs.

3. Plan ahead to get the best deals. Of course this sounds logical, but there are many things that you can plan for before a vacation and probably don’t. In many countries the best way to get around is by train. ( See how to buy cheap airline ticket here)

4. Find a cost effective place to stay. Again, another logical suggestion. However, there are many options that are often not considered. Throughout the word there are many types of places to stay, consider the less costly such as; homestays, renting a room or cottage, hostels, or even participating in a home exchange with a foreign family. Such options can be found at various traveling sites online. Be careful of advertisements and check them out thoroughly, but these can provide an amazingly inexpensive option for your budget.

5. Make a packing list. This sounds very anal retentive, but it can save you money in the long run. I don’t know how many times people end up buying things that they could have brought from home. Your packing list will ensure you have what you need with you so that you aren’t spending your souvenir money on a tube of toothpaste.

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