Traveling is one of the most exciting adventures that any college student can embark on.
It can also be one of the most intimidating and expensive. Despite that, traveling is something that every college student like yourself should do so you can immerse yourself in new cultures and see more of the world.
But what are some things you can do to help make traveling a cheaper and less stressful experience?
Here are the top tips for traveling as a college student:
Travel In The Low Season
The ‘low season’ refers to when there are less travelers, which also means that there is less overall demand and therefore lower prices.
The low season also varies by the country or area. For example, in Europe, the low season is the winter. In Mexico, it’s in the summer, as this is when hotel rooms tend to cut their rates. In many South American countries, the low season is the spring.
Have A Friend Tag Along
Traveling the world with a friend as a college student isn’t just wise for safety purposes, it’s also a financially smart move to make because you can split the costs of some of your expenses, especially food and accommodations.
Travel with a friend during the low season especially.
Have Your Payment Methods Squared Away
Traveling overseas means you’re going to need to think about how you’re going to pay for things. If you use a credit card, you need to confirm that it allows foreign transactions, and ideally it will have no foreign transaction fees as well.
It’s also a wise idea to carry cash in the local currency as well. You can have money converted using a remittance service, and to save on money, look for a service that offers low transfer fees and a guaranteed exchange rate margin.
Be Open To Hostels and Airbnb’s
Hotel rooms can be notoriously expensive. Far cheaper accommodations would be Airbnb’s or hostels. Staying in either of them could help you save on literally hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Furthermore, staying at hostels in particular means that you will be given the perfect opportunity to meet new people.
Avoid Eating Out (At Least Often)
There are few ‘small expenses’ that will add up faster than the cost of eating out. Of course, eating out while traveling is not a bad thing at all. If anything, it’s something you should do at least a few times because eating local food in a foreign restaurant can be a very fun experience.
At the same time, eating out is going to be expensive, so you can save money by buying your own groceries and preparing your own meals. Is it as exciting? No. But is it cheaper? Most definitely.
Traveling As A College Student
Traveling is meant to be a fun, memorable, and even educational experience. To help make that experience even better, you shouldn’t just be aware of the above tips and strategies, you should actually apply them.