Ahhh the perks of being a student. Most of the time is a continuous balance between studying -or at least finding the concentration to do so- trying to have a social life and striving not to go minus on your bank account (been there, done that).
But being a student does not mean giving up on travelling. There are many options for us poor mortals and if done in the right way, see the world is still a manageable thing. Here are my tips and tricks:
Where do I wanna go?
This is pretty much self-explanatory. You can get ideas from everywhere: catalogues, friends experiences, videos… I am dreaming since years of a wild trip to NY and decided that that’s my goal for this year. This brings me to the next point…
Make a plan:
Even thou some trips can come totally spontaneous, having a goal is always a good idea. Let it be: visiting one foreign country a year or an Euro trip for the whole summer, the sooner you decide and start planning the better. Usually, the sooner you book the cheaper it will be.
Save a percentage of your every month income for travelling:
Even thou is ten quid per week, saving some money is your starting point. For instance: I have a piggy-bank in my room that I fill everyday with change that I get from grocery shopping. When the piggy is full, I bring it to the bank and the money goes to my savings account. ta-dah!
There are multiple websites that compare flying fees or give you opportunities for pre-planned trips that are not so expensive. Here are the ones that I like to use:
For Flying: Skyscanner
For Trips: Hofer Reisen or Billa (I know that I’m giving you german speaking websites but I find them a very good option if you live in Europe or if you want to copy some travelling itineraries).
For Sleeping : Booking.com or Tripadvisor or airbnb
Try to avoid high Seasons:
This, is a no brainer too but you can save quite a lot of money just by travelling before/after the start or end of a high season.
As a student, I think that this is the best and most common option: Foreign friend? Best buddy away somewhere for a study exchange program? Any excuse is good to make new contacts and friends… and you get where to sleep for free too (of course you shall repay it all with a considerable dose of chocolate cookies).
Hope these tips will help you! In the meanwhile I shall go and check my piggy-bank…