Most of us dream about jumping on a plane, train or boat and seeing the world… after all it is our oyster. However, can you really afford to travel on a student budget? Holidays abroad can be expensive but there are a number of things you can consider which will help keep your costs low without tarnishing your experience.
We all long for the pool side summer holiday when the weather is hot and the drinks are flowing. However, travelling peak season can be very expensive! Why not look at an off-peak time of year? Some countries are still warm earlier or later on in the year, or you could choose to do a city break. If you opt to sight-see and don’t mind donning a duffle coat, look at February – April time. For tourist attractions, the queues are minimal or even non-existent and you can pack a lot more into your itinerary.
With studying taking priority, it can be challenging to put aside a week or two for a holiday. Instead, opt for a short break over a weekend so that you miss minimal lesson time and your ‘what did you do this weekend?’ response can be so much better than your peers! You could begin your travels Friday evening and be back home by Sunday night if you’re tight on free time.
Research, research, research!
Prices are forever fluctuating and will massively depend on where you book and how close to your travel window you are. My favourite websites for an affordable hotel and travel packages are lastminute.com and Expedia. I have used both sites in the past to book city breaks and highly recommend. Have a play around with dates to find the best deals.
Know your limit
It’s tempting to take your entire life savings on holiday with you, but chances are, you’ll blow it all on touristy novelty gifts and have nothing left to try that once in a lifetime experience. Set yourself a rough budget for each day and exchange your money for cash. You can always pack a debit card in case you wish to withdraw more but be careful of unsavoury transaction fees and exchange rates at foreign cash machines.