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Just because you’re a student doesn’t mean you have to stay at home during the holidays. From local mini-breaks to travelling further afield, here’s how you can travel on a student budget.

It's been said that the world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page, but it’s also been said that to travel you need to be a total baller making it rain with cash — or maybe not. What if we told you it’s possible to take a holiday and make five-star memories without having to shell out for five-star prices?

Here are six ways to travel on a student budget.

1. Pack your student card

From entry to museums and art galleries, day trips, surfboard hire, and even larger expenses such as plane fares, train tickets, and travel insurance, student discounts abound when you travel. Some planning may be required so check online, call ahead, or ask when you book if you can get a student discount — and don’t forget to take your student card with you.

2. Shared accommodation

Sharing is caring — and it’s also a great way to save money on accommodation. Let’s face it, if you’re out exploring a new city or at the beach all day that fancy (aka expensive) hotel room is wasted anyway.

For a fraction of the cost of a hotel, hostels offer a bed in a dorm room with a locker to store your valuables, plus fun and free activities so you can make new friends while exploring the sights. Most hostels offer private rooms for a little extra too. Loads of young people and students stay in hostels so they’re perfect places to stay if you’re flying solo because your friends decided to be boring and stay home.

Airbnb is also a great option to score accommodation at a reasonable price. As an added bonus, you’ll likely be away from the main tourist drag. Plus, by staying with a local you’ll get the low-down on the best places to eat and things to do that everyone else doesn’t know about yet. Best local markets for food anyone?

Or, if you don’t mind caring for someone’s four legged fur baby while on holiday, a house sitting gig might be just the ticket.

3. All of the noms

Skip the fancy restaurants and eat where the locals eat. The internet is overflowing with travel bloggers who have been there done that and can provide recommendations on the best food carts, street food (that you won’t regret eating later), and advice on how to eat cheap while travelling.

4. From point A to point B

Planes, trains, automobiles and buses — when travelling you’re spoilt for choice and with so many budget operators, the odds of scoring a bargain while you travel are in your favour. If you go to Europe for example, there’s so many countries in close proximity it’s possible to leave one at breakfast and be in your next just after lunch. To get the best deals it’s best to book in advance, even if it’s only a week or a few days out. And remember point 1, pack your student card and ask for a student discount.

5. Get back to nature

If the city or more populated areas aren’t your style, camping might be for you. Many campsites are well equipped and have facilities such as restaurants or cabins if you want to have a little splurge. In addition, it’s often possible to swap the car for a bicycle and cycle your way around your destination — allowing you to enjoy the champagne views on a beer budget.

6. Work your way around the world

If you’re aching to take an overseas trip but your bank balance isn’t coming to the party, it’s possible to earn money instead of spending it while seeing the world and ticking off all those experiences on your bucket list.

This one requires some study first but with an internationally-recognised certificate or diploma qualification in hospitality, events, travel, or tourism you could travel while starting a career managing five star hotels, showing others the sights as a tour guide, or working in a ski-resort.


Sound like fun? Find out how you can turn your itchy feet in the direction of a global career.

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