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  • Writer's pictureJessica Heather

10 BUDGET travel tips for STUDENT travelers



As a student, there are a lot of things you don't have time for. Between homework, studying and whatnot, it's easy to forget that we're still young and in the prime of our lives. That said, how could you ever go on an adventure if your time is already devoted to doing other things? Luckily for us all (and especially those who love travel), there are ways around this problem! If you're someone who loves seeing new places before anyone else does - and especially if you want to travel at a reasonable price - you'll find these tips useful:


You don't need to spend a lot of money to travel!


  • Planning ahead. When you're planning your trip, it's important to keep in mind that the more flexible you are about when and where you want to travel, the less expensive it will be for both yourself and the airline. For example: if a destination has an airport that isn't on the direct flight path between cities (such as New York City and Orlando), consider flying into another city with fewer direct flights before coming back home again - this way there's no need for extra stops or unnecessary fuel costs!


On the other hand don't go too cheap.


If you're on a budget, it's tempting to try and keep costs down by staying in hostels or sofa surfing (bunking with strangers). But while these are great options when you're traveling solo or with friends, they can also be expensive if you're traveling alone. Hostels can cost between £10 - £20 per night and sofa surfing is around £10 - £15 per night - not the most affordable option!


Be flexible.


One of the most important things to remember when you're on a trip is that you need to be flexible. This includes your plans, how they affect others, and how they fit into the bigger picture.

If you have no idea what to do or where to go in a new city, don't worry! Just ask others or look online for suggestions before leaving home. If it turns out that none of these options are good enough for your liking, consider alternative options - perhaps even traveling with friends who might have more experience than you do (although this will likely depend on their budget).

It's also important not just think about what kind of activities are available within an area but also outside its borders: After all, sometimes it can be cheaper or easier (and better) if we're driving our own car rather than taking public transportation; hiring drivers instead; staying somewhere else entirely besides hotels etcetera... In short: everything should be considered!


Keep in mind your transportation costs.


  • When you're traveling, transportation is a big expense. You need to get around, and if you're going on a trip where there's no public transportation available or if it's too expensive for your budget, then that means having to buy your own car or rent one from the airport.

  • The same goes for having drivers license: If this isn't something that'll happen in-country (like in Europe), then it may not be worth the bother of getting one when traveling abroad.

  • This can also apply if you don't have access to any form of public transportation at all; therefore, instead of taking taxis everywhere and paying for them into the bargain - you should try walking wherever possible. It will save money over time because it's cheaper than using taxis every day!


Consider the extra fees that may arise if you want to rent a car, use a credit card or pay upfront.


If you're going to rent a car, consider the extra fees that may arise if you want to use a credit card or pay upfront.

In addition to base rates and taxes, there are several fees that can be added on top of your rental cost. These include:

  • Rental car insurance - This is especially important for those who don't live in the country where they're traveling. If something goes wrong with your vehicle while driving abroad, it's important that those responsible will be covered by insurance so they won't have to foot any bills themselves. You'll also need this coverage if something happens during pick-up/drop-off at airports or other points along the way (think collisions). The cost varies depending on how much coverage you need and what type of policy best fits your needs; however, most companies offer policies ranging from £10 - £30 per day depending on location

Keep an eye out for tax-free weekend deals in certain parts of Europe, such as Scandinavia and Spain.


If you're a student and want to save money, consider traveling during the week. This can be a great way of saving money on accommodation, as well as travel expenses like food and taxis.

If you're looking for a tax-free weekend deal in Europe, then Scandinavia and Spain are two regions where students should focus their attention. The best time of year for these countries is between mid-January through March; however it's important that travelers check with local authorities before making any plans so they know exactly what they're getting into.


Look into budget airfares during school holidays or winter breaks.


Booking early can save you money, so look into booking a few weeks before your trip is the best time to book. If you're short on time, it's also important that you look into booking as close to the day of travel as possible - paying more in advance will typically mean getting better rates on flights with popular airlines like Jet 2 and Easy Jet.


Consider booking with a hostel.


A hostel can be a good option if you're looking to save money, but be careful: some of them are more expensive than booking directly with the hotel chain. On the other hand, if you're planning on staying in a city for an extended period of time and don't mind paying extra for convenience and access to amenities like breakfast or a pool (and maybe even free Wi-Fi), this might be a good way to go.

The best part about booking through companies like hotels.com or hostelworld.com is that they usually offer price breaks on their rooms - Plus, they'll often include all sorts of extras like free showers and towels or access to designated meeting areas within each property where travelers can meet other guests while they're traveling alone or share their experiences with others who are also visiting town during those times.


Don't be afraid to travel with a group.


It’s always a good idea to travel with a group. Group tours are often cheaper than individual tickets, and they can help you meet new people who share your interests. And if you need help learning the local language, don't be afraid to ask for lessons!

Also consider taking advantage of group discounts on flights and hotels; many companies offer discounts specifically for groups traveling together (either in person or online).


Watch out for scams and rip-offs.


As a student, you're bound to come across scams and rip-offs. There are many ways to avoid these things, but if you do end up falling victim to them it's important to know what your rights are as a consumer.

  • Know the law: Make sure that whatever product or service that interests you is covered by the same laws in that country as those used in your home country (or state). For example, if someone offers free phone calls from their office when they’re working alone after midnight - and then charges for this service later on - that person may be breaking law!

  • Report it: If something feels shady about an offer you’re offered through social media or emailing someone at another company/business group together with other travelers who have been duped into paying more than necessary for their travel experience then report it right away so others can avoid falling prey too!


Traveling is one of the best ways to experience new things, meet new people and learn about different cultures. But it can also be expensive - which is why it’s important to do your research before you go. Follow these tips and make sure you have all the information you need so that when your trip comes around, everything will be smooth sailing!


What do you think? Do you think any of these tips and tricks will help you get prepared for your adventure as a student traveler? Let us know your thoughts!


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