Travelling on a student budget

So you’re a student, and juggling a part-time job with going to school can be overwhelming. How would you want to reward yourself after finishing the scholastic year? By travelling of course! Think you cannot afford to travel on a student budget? Well think again! Travelling does not necessarily have to be expensive. While travelling, I have learned a few ways to save money on travel costs, and with a few budgeting tricks, you too can see the world for next to nothing!

Location is key

This seems quite a no-brainer, but location is everything! While EUR100 might not get you through the day in France, it could last you for more than a week in places like Sicily and London. A lot of travel newbies let airfare prices make the decision for them but that can be a mistake.

For a more realistic view of travel costs, you’ll want to consider the cost of transportation, accommodation, and activities. While flights within might be cheaper, hotel rooms, food, and excursions will be infinitely more expensive than in South America or Asia. Consider all costs before you decide what’s the most affordable option.

Plan Ahead

Flight prices can vary an unbelievable amount. While booking early might not always get you the best price, you don’t want to wait until the last minute either. Furthermore, Air Malta offers incredible prices from time to time, but this does not mean you have. One tool I love using is the Price Alert. Enter the flight info you are looking for and then get alerts when the price changes. Just glancing at your alerts over a few weeks can save you hundreds. Know what’s a good price, and commit to grabbing your tickets when you get a low price alert.

Alternative Transport

Before you go, figure out your transportation options. Taking taxis and planes everywhere can add up quickly and take up a large portion of your travel budget, and also hurt the environment. Look into public transportation options to get from the airport and around the city! For short journeys, citywide bike renting can be a fun and cheap way to get around. If you are visiting multiple destinations, look into and buses, and ride sharing options. Not sure what the best pick is? Don’t be shy about using forums! Locals and fellow traveller will be more than happy to help you out!

Sleep Cheap

Think outside of hotel rooms! Grab a free couch, rent an apartment or room on Airbnb or check out a local hostel, or do a homestay. There are so many different options that will save you money and give you a priceless look into how locals live. Search with an open mind and decide what’s best for you and your budget.

About the author

Claire Attard is a full-time LSA by profession, and writes in her own free time.  She enjoys keeping up with current affairs, shopping, working out and drinking tea.