[Photo Source: KC Owens]
If you follow my blog and/or my instagram you know that it’s no secret that I love to travel! By traveling you learn a ton. Not only do you meet new people and learn about new cultures but you also learn about yourself and you grow as a person. I think traveling is an amazing experience especially when you’re young.
KC Owens is a fellow blogger. He loves fitness, college life, a good survival kit, and traveling! He enjoys studying different cultures, meeting new people and leaving his footprint somewhere most people only read about. His blog is called “Blogging Across The Pond” if you haven’t already checked it out definitely go have a look! He blogs about his adventures and he offers helpful insights on different aspects of traveling through a college student’s perspective.
Being that KC and I share the same passion for traveling I thought it would be cool to collaborate with him and have him write an article for TJ21. So without further distraction here’s KC’s travel guide for students.
Stay on Budget With These Student Travel Tips
Are you in college and want to experience the places that you have been studying in your classes? Sometimes you need to explore the sites and sounds beyond the textbooks, and there is no better way to do this than to plan a trip abroad. If you are ready to travel the world on a student’s budget, then follow these three quick tips for making the most of your trip planning and saving money for an adventure that you will never forget. Get ready to stay on budget with these three key tips!
Consider How You Will Pay For The Trip
Finding a way to pay for your global adventure is the first step in traveling abroad. As a student, it can be difficult to juggle your finances because you have a lot of bills already; I know I do. My first suggestion is to find a part-time job that will help you reach your budgeting goal. The second suggestion is to borrow some money because part-time jobs never pay enough.
Start by researching different flights to you preferred destination. If you’re looking to really save some money, plan your trip around countries that have a favorable exchange rate (this can help a lot). Next, research your options for borrowing, like I previously mentioned. According to Credit Card Insider, more students are borrowing money for their education and vacations than ever before. Personally, I found a travel credit card that gives me cash back on purchases I make overseas. It’s also great because it automatically exchanges currencies for me so I save time and money while country hopping. Carrying less cash on you is safer, too, because many foreign countries have pickpocketing problems and if you aren’t puling out a wad of cash every time you buy something in the market, the target on your back will be much smaller. Now, I am not suggesting you run out and borrow tons of money but I would suggest doing your own research to see what options are available for you; there’s more out there than I originally though and I’m sure for you as well.
Select Your Luggage Carefully
Consider how you will be traveling. Will you be moving around a lot on foot? Probably. Instead of rolling or carrying heavy suitcases, select roomy yet lightweight backpack that you can use to pack at least a week’s worth of clothing. Carrying one, light pack will save you money because more airlines and train companies charge for extra and heavy bags. It will cost you less once you check into a hostel because most of them offer lockers. If you need one locker, great; if you need four, that’s going to be expensive. Forcing yourself to travel with a backpack can save you money by allowing no room for carrying pointless souvenirs. Trust me you’ll get home and never look at them again. Save your money and you’ll be glad you did.
Planning With Discounts
Planning ahead is the key to saving money no matter what you’re doing. Research Ahead of time to find out which hostels offer student rates with your student ID card. SOmetimes you can get discounts at hostels on their food and drinks, too. Comparing hostels is always a great idea because you want one that is cheap, safe and close to the action. In hostels, you pay for a bed not a room, so be prepared to have a dozen roommates. (Hint: staying in a bigger rooms with more roommates is much cheaper than trying to find a single or a double)