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4 Ways For Students to Save Money While Traveling

4 Ways For Students to Save Money While Traveling

As a student you’re probably only too aware of the need to save money wherever possible. Travel often has a reputation for being extremely expensive and while that can be true, with a small amount of research you could find yourself travelling through Vietnam on just $300 a month. A lot of students wait until they get a full-time job before they even begin thinking about seeing the world but we believe that the best time to travel is when you’re young.

There are hundreds of ways for you to make travel more affordable and this article covers the best and easiest ways of doing so.

Choose Your Destinations Carefully

Opportunities to save money begin before you even leave home. One of the most important decisions you’ll make while planning a trip is choosing where you’d like to go — you could get by on a backpacker budget of $10 a day in Si Phan Don, Laos or easily spend $150 a day while sightseeing in Stockholm, Sweden!

If you have a tight budget of around $15-$25 then you’ll probably want to head for countries in Southeast Asia, Southern Asia,Eastern Europe or Central America.

Slightly more expensive destinations, where you can expect to pay $30-$60 a day include parts of Eastern Asia (barring Japan) and large amounts of Africa. Most African countries can be done on the cheap but the cost of activities such as bungee jumping, white water rafting, hot air ballooning and safaris can really add up. South America can be cheap but long-distance transport is expensive — and you’ll be doing a lot of it.

Places to avoid when you’re on a budget include most of Western Europe, Australiaand New Zealand, Japan, Canada and theUnited States. You can expect to spend anything upwards of $60 a day here.

Now that you’ve decided where to go, it’s time to start saving as much money as possible while you’re there!

Save Money With Accommodation

The easiest way to save money on accommodation is by staying in dorm rooms in hostels. You can find hostels in almost every country around the world and it’s quick and easy to book them online using a website such as HostelBookers. Hostels are extremely safe and are a fantastic way to meet other travelers on the road.

If the idea of staying in a dorm sounds like your worst nightmare, then nearly all hostels offer private rooms for a slightly higher price. You’ll still get to meet other travelers in common rooms but you’ll also have privacy and a much better night’s sleep! Private rooms in hostels are still nearly always cheaper than staying in a hotel.

Some chains of hostels, such as YHA and HI, offer loyalty cards, which give you access to cheaper room rates and occasional free stays.

Hostels not your thing? There are still plenty of options for getting cheap or free accommodation while traveling.

 

Save Money With Food

In general, when you’re traveling through more expensive countries such as Western Europe, the US and Australia, it’s always going to be much cheaper to buy food from a grocery store and cook in your hostel kitchen instead of eating out. Similarly, a lot of hostels offer a free breakfast as part of their rate so if this is the case then make sure to eat as much as possible.

In some regions of the world there’s often no reason to eat in your hostel at all. Parts of Asia, in particular, have an incredible street food culture where you’ll frequently be able to find a meal for under $1. These meals will nearly always be fresher, cheaper and much more delicious than eating out in a restaurant.

While you’re out sightseeing make sure you eat a big lunch and have something smaller later in the day – dinner is often the most expensive meal so this can really help cut down on costs.

Save Money With Transportation

It’s nearly always cheaper to travel overland (and it’s much better for the environment) so always try to travel by bus, train and ferry wherever possible.

If you’re short on time or need to fly then you can use Skyscanner or Adioso to find cheap airfare. Both websites have several useful features that help you find the cheapest flights. You can search for flights by country rather than city and check prices for dates over an entire month. This is especially useful if you aren’t travelling with fixed plans. Skyscanner even allows you to select “everywhere” as a destination, a fun tool if you’re not sure where to head next.

Public transport is always cheaper than taking taxis and offers a much more local experience. Only take a taxi if it’s late at night, if you’re in a dangerous part of town or if there isn’t any public transport. When you arrive in a new country make sure to research the most reputable taxi companies to prevent getting scammed or charged extortionate rates.

If you’re going to be travelling in Europe then Eurail/Interrail passes are a great way to save money and explore the continent by train. These passes work best if you’re going to be seeing a lot of Western Europe (where long-distance train rides frequently cost over $100) over the space of several weeks or months. You can still save money using Eurail passes in Eastern Europe, but it won’t be as much.

culled from: http://studenttravel.about.com

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