College is perhaps the best time of life to start traveling. With newfound freedom, you can spread your wings and explore the world. But do you think being a student it is impossible to go all out on a trip? Think again! Travelling doesn’t have to be expensive all the time. In fact, you can travel the world within your budget.
Below are our affordable travel tips every student needs to know:
Use your student card
A student card is much more than your college identification. Do you know that with its help you can get special discounts at more than 130,000 places worldwide? Several travel companies like Greyhound to Rail Europe and YHA offer special student discounts through which you can save plenty of dollars. Additionally, flashing your ID card at tourist sites can earn you discounts even if no prior discounts are advertised. With its help, you can get the train & bus discounts, accommodation discounts, cinema discounts, book discounts, special offers, and whatnot. So if you are planning to travel, pick up your student card. It can be your BFF in travels.
Look out for Promotions and Coupons
The best way to travel on a budget is to sign up for student travel websites and get their coupons. Here’s our pro tip on how to get one. Once you sign up for a travel website, add the holidays, flights and hotels you are most interested in. Don’t make a purchase yet. Let your purchase sit in the cart and just wait for a few days. Most marketing companies have set up algorithms that automatically send you promotions and coupons to encourage you to purchase. Sooner or later, you will get an email with a much better deal. But of course, this method may test your nerves. So if you are in a hurry, check out our second tip.
This is the golden rule for saving money. You have to plan if you really wish to reduce your costs while traveling. Track the latest traveling trends while keeping an eye on the prices. Staying up-to-date with the most affordable destinations at a particular time of the year will help you plan before your vacations start and get the best deal. This way you will also know when the best prices are coming. Mostly, these will be off-season periods when the weather is nice, but not many people are traveling. When you are planning ahead, you can compare & contrast the rates to find the most affordable option.
Consider alternative transport options
Transport is a major travel expense everywhere. Taking Uber, Taxis, and planes all the time can add up quickly and disrupt your travel budget. Therefore you should consider alternative transport. Look into public transport routes to get from the airport and around the major tourist attractions of a city. If you will be taking a short journey, hitchhiking or citywide bike-sharing apps may come in handy. They can be a cheap and fun way to get to your destination and interact with locals as well. For multiple destinations, however, trams and metros remain the most viable option to travel on a budget. So the point is, you have to consider all available alternate transportation options.
Consider alternative accommodation options
Hotels can be expensive. So why stay in one? You are not traveling to stay in the nicest hotels, anyway. You are traveling to explore the world. So you better focus on that and consider alternative accommodation options. For instance, hostels can be an excellent start for this purpose. They are very economical. What’s more, you also get a chance to meet other travelers and learn from their experiences to stay within your budget. You can also stay at a religious housing (even if you are not religious). Many monasteries rent out their rooms at much cheaper rates. Moreover, some websites like Airbnb and CouchSurfing have options that let you stay entirely free of cost. So you can meet the local hosts and explore the place in a much better way. Lastly, you can go camping. It is an old school alternative to hotels and costs, not a dime. Besides, it offers the most natural travel experience you will ever get.
Travel in groups
Traveling in groups splits the bill. Everything gets cheaper. Sure, you will still be paying for the transport, but when it comes to finding suitable accommodation, sharing keeps the cost down. In addition, some travel companies and hotels offer huge discounts when you are traveling with a group. And even if they are not, we recommend reaching out to them. Email them or make a phone call. Simply tell them the number of people traveling with you and for how many days you plan to stay. Most of the time, they are happy to accommodate a large group as it means more business and better promotion. This way, you will also get to share the adventure with your select group of friends. Great, isn’t it?
Traveling is a life-changing experience for many students. But the extent of it depends on how well you are able to manage your budget. By integrating these simple budget travel tips into your plans, you, too, can have a memorable experience for the rest of your life. Also, don’t forget to carry a modern tech backpack with you. We recommend bookmarking this post to make sure that you don’t miss out on any opportunity to save money. Happy travels, fellow students!