When was the last time you got to travel? And no, I don’t mean your grandmama’s house in southern Louisiana. Or, the family trips your mom takes you on to see your distant relatives. I’m talking about a real trip. I’m talking about a vacation where you get to feel the rich blue waters in the Maldives that are so clear you can see the earth beneath it or the great cold frigid waters of Niagara Falls, the bright city lights and faces passing in the busy streets of New York or the sweltering hot sun that melts your skin in Las Vegas.
As college students, we already have a lot on our plate. We stress every single day. And this is why you need to take a trip at least once a year. Grab a couple of your friends that are down to have a good vacation and you’re all set. Vacations can relax your body and clear your head. We all need this after enduring so many years of school. Although it seems easy enough, here are some tips to travel as a broke student.
1. Set up a savings account that you’ll use strictly for traveling purposes.
It is important to have multiple savings accounts because you for sure have multiple things to save for! If you set aside money each month SPECIFICALLY for traveling then it
2. Find a Place to stay
The first thing you should do before booking your travel is find a place to stay. Figuring out the living arrangements isn’t an easy task, especially for those of you who plan on taking trips overseas. There are a network of websites that offer you a variety of hotels at a cheaper price than what is listed on the hotel’s site, like Expedia and Hotels.com. If you’re the type of person who hates hotels, Airbnb offers pretty much whatever kind of living you’re looking for – apartments, duplexes, trailers, and even tents
3. Book Your Flight (EARLY)
To prevent prices from going
Eating out for breakfast lunch and dinner can get pricey when you’re traveling. Don’t forget to research cheap eats before your trip. Places like Tokyo, Nigeria, and NYC are known for their legendary street food vendors.
If you’re staying at an Airbnb you can go buy some groceries and cook to cut down the cost of eating out. You can even balance out the cost by alternating eating in and out. If the place you are staying at doesn’t have a kitchen, you can still get a couple of groceries that don’t need extensive prep and cooking.
Of course, the main part of a vacation is to indulge in everything the city offers. To combat high rates you can use apps like Groupon and Living Social. There are 2 meals for the price of one
Don’t Travel With Broke Friends
No matter how much it pains you to admit it, you know who your broke friends are. You know those friends
This would is ours and it is fun to be adventurous. Did you know that to this day, humans have only explored 5% of the ocean? Did you also know that there are still unexplored regions too? Now I’m not saying go off and be Indiana Jones, traveling the world and facing myths and demons. But I am asking you to get out and travel more. It doesn’t have to be out of the country. Let’s take baby steps. There are many places that aren’t expensive to go to and are pretty fun.
The original story was written by Endía and adapted by Felicia Kebreau.