Routine can get so boring… We get up at 8:00 in the morning, go to school, do our homework, make dinner, clean up, watch TV, go to bed, work on weekends… And guess what? We’re rehearsing this for a whole year! And it goes on for the next year, and the next year, and the next year, and the next year, without really realizing that time goes by so fast and that we are missing out on a lot of great opportunities to spice up our daily lives.
Travel can be expensive, especially as a student. However, flying to a faraway destination is not impossible when you’re in college either. In fact, traveling cheaply on a student budget can be done easily.
There are different ways in which a student can go on a trip without having to sell their stuff or doing several jobs for their trip. Especially since student life does not necessarily allow time to multiply jobs. Between the full days spent in class, reading research papers and writing reports, a semester can go by at breakneck speed. To travel cheaply, the trick is to follow a few basic rules.
The cheapest accommodation
Accommodation also remains at the heart of the organization of your trip.
Staying with a local family. The couchsurfing.org website offers to put you in direct contact with people who can offer you accommodation. Depending on the location, a counterpart can be asked for help with housekeeping, shopping, etc. The advantage remains in the mutual exchange that you will be able to offer each other, both culturally and humanly.
Hostels. This is a good solution to travel without ruining yourself. Generally very well located, they are present in many countries. It remains a convivial accommodation since you will sleep in a collective room with 4 to 6 beds and with common living spaces for catering and leisure activities. The price remains derisory: count 11 $ for those under 26 years old and 16 $ for those over 26 years old. Only downside: remember to book your place very early.
The campsite. In the campsites, there are all kinds of comfort. Here, we might as well tell you that you shouldn’t be too concerned about comfort but about the many possibilities that this accommodation can offer: proximity to tourist places, friendly atmosphere, least expensive accommodation, etc. However, you have to pay attention to the location of the camper van if it is far from the city center, it can be complicated afterwards or even expensive to get around.
Staying in a hotel is often the default choice when traveling, but it is quite expensive. When you travel in a group, you have more opportunities to find alternative accommodation outside of hotels. Camping can be interesting for example, you may also consider renting a house. This will allow you to save more money on accommodation but also on other items such as meals, fuel, etc.
The cheapest ways of transportation
You can plan your trip well in advance, but be aware that depending on the mode of transportation, it is best to plan well in advance (by bus or plane) or at the last minute (by train). If you are someone who doesn’t like to make special plans and is driven by your desires, carpooling is still the best solution.
If you travel by car, carpooling is the way to go.You will be able to travel everywhere with Carpooling.fr for a few dollars.
The most economical trips are still those by bus. Contrary to the carpool website, the principle is to book as soon as possible to pay the least.To travel.
The train remains one of the cheapest modes of transport, especially for young people between 18 and 27 years old who have a “student card” accessible for 50 $ per year. This card gives students access to special fares on condition that they book at the last minute! Indeed, these tickets are available only a few days before departure depending on the train’s occupancy rate.
Flying is an economical solution for those under 26 years of age since all companies now offer reduced fares. However, you will have to plan your trip well in advance to hope to benefit from this privilege. The only downside is that some low-cost airlines may offer a flight for a pittance, but there is a charge for drinks on board.
Be flexible in your choice of dates
Of course, if you want to go to Hawaii during the high season, you’ll have to empty your little bank account and maybe even touch your loan (bad idea). To pay less, even up to 50% less, you have to travel during the low season. With the university schedule, it can be hard to be flexible in the dates, we are aware of this. The solution is to change your destination to go to countries where the low season coincides with the vacations. Usually, during the summer, Central and South America are really cheap destinations. 400$ for a round trip to Colombia, or 350$ for a round trip to Costa Rica. That’s the price of your rent per month, can you imagine? What a deal! By the way, while you’re traveling around the world, think about subletting your room or your apartment. You will cover part of your expenses. We also recommend that you use sites like Skyscanner or Kayak to find the cheapest airline tickets.
Be flexible on destinations and comfort
Start being more flexible about where you travel. For example, consider the type of trip you want to take rather than choosing a particular country. If you want to go to the beach, compare several countries before choosing a specific location. Comfort should not be one of your main criteria either, even though with Airbnb and other types of accommodation, it is now easier to find accommodation with a very good quality/price ratio.
Check the comparators online
Using a comparator will allow you to find the cheapest rate for your stay. According to the criteria you have entered, it will indeed find several offers and present them to you in order to give you the opportunity to choose the one that fits your budget.
If you travel by plane, it is advisable to choose a low-cost airline to get the lowest price. During certain periods, these companies even offer non-price tickets where you will only pay taxes.