Molly Griffiths discusses how to match your holiday dreams with your student-budget reality:
Whether you’re a student or not, it can be easy to feel discouraged when you get bitten by the travel bug, as we all are, and then suddenly find that you do not have the funds necessary for the luxurious 5-star trip you were dreaming of. But never fear, even when you’re low on cash, there are always ways to travel, alone or with others, which ensure you will both enjoy your trip and potentially save some money. Which, if you’re a student, is just as important, even if you’re backpacking through Europe.
Firstly, never underestimate the benefits of online travel planning. There are a huge number of websites and resources out there, like lastminute.com and Trivago, that can help you with your travel plans, no matter how budgeted they may be, and can even offer promotions on certain things if you’re lucky enough to get them in time. However, if you have decided to go the backpacking route, it may be easier to have your itinerary on paper.
When you get to your destination, whether by train, or plane, the cheapest way to make sure you enjoy your trip, while also getting a goodnight’s sleep, is to make sure that you can walk everywhere you want to go and find appropriate but cheap accommodation. Transport around a foreign city can be very expensive, especially if you don’t know your way round yet. As for accommodation, if you’re in a group, and on limited funds, it could be easier to find a cheap hostel or Airbnb for the duration of your trip.
Finally, when in another country, whether you’re travelling on your own or with friends or family, keep in mind that, even though you’re limited on funds, it doesn’t mean you have to let your budget rule your entire experience of a new place. Finding a good bed and feeding yourself is all-good, but enjoy the new experience as much as you can, regardless of money worries.