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15 Student Budget Travel Tips

15 Student Budget Travel Tips

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Travelling is a dream, more or less secret, for many students. They are growing up, becoming adults, and their unquenchable thirst for more knowledge is always hunting for new horizons. Encouraged by their study and by a huge travel literature, some students are eager for museums, exhibitions and cultural events, others are fascinated by remote mystical spots, others are compellingly attracted by extreme challenges.

Yet the goal of a journey is perhaps less important than the journey itself.Travel doesn’t merely broaden the mind. It makes the mind” (Bruce Chatwin): exploring the world with an open mind and a positive attitude, getting in touch with far cultures and diverse people can really make your points of view more flexible and objective, even showing how life in your homeland, in your very hometown is just one of the countless possible way of living on this planet. Is one better than another? The more you travel, the less your judgements are conclusive.

How to plan a budget travel

Unfortunately, college and university years are often associated with an endemic lack of money and many travel wishes often turn in broken dreams. Yet traveling inexpensively is possible and several websites offer useful travel tips, sometimes very unusual, on how you can create a budget travel. A smart planning, moreover, can even allow you to earn money while fulfilling your dreams!

Hence take a seat, pen and paper, and let’s start defining the goals for your next trip!

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  1. Where, when, how much. Indeed, the basis for every travel! They should be planned together: the available budget and the travelling season influence the final decision on the target. There are many cheap travel destinations you can choose among, a bit off the beaten track maybe, but as charming and stunning as the most popular touristic spots.
  2. Be informed! Once you have set your destination, once you know by and large when you will travel, you should gather as many info as possible, starting with the main goal of your trip: an exceptional music festival, a couple of special archeological sites, an unspoiled natural area. From that starting gate, expand your search, read travel blogs and don’t be afraid to get in touch with more experienced senior travelers, they are usually very helpful and fond of useful tips.
  3. Flights and connections. Every airline has a travel planner showing the cheapest flights around a certain date. Just be careful and check the eventual coincidences with airport connections, trains and buses: sometimes low-cost flights force you to biblical and annoying waits.
  4. Be precise! Accuracy and punctuality are a must when travelling, particularly as regard airport procedures, check in, baggage drop-off etc. Precision is especially vital when you are abroad, perhaps in a non-English speaking country. I would also suggest to have a copy of your ID documents, as well as of air/bus/train tickets.
  5. Be unprecise! When visiting a town, a region or a country, you simply can’t see everything. I follow a very easy rule: besides a small numbers of spots, buildings, museums I really want to visit, I let my instinct guide me, choosing what to do on the basis of the available time, the weather and on my today mood and shape. It works! Travelling becomes more relaxing and enjoyable.
  6. Essential and unnecessary. Travelling light is warmly recommended. Write down a list of what should be included in your luggage and check it by and by before leaving, excluding each time everything that sounds superfluous. You can also google for some tips on how travel lightly. Remember to include a guide book in your list!
  7. Avoid tourist traps. Every touristic town has one or more areas packed with souvenir shops selling improbable typical handmade unique stuff. Such articles are also valuable, but with some patience and a pinch of luck, you can probably find some more authentic and less expensive objects.
  8. Look where the locals eat. Many travel sites suggest to cook your own food in order to lower the costs of your journey; sometimes, however, it is not possible, or you just want to taste the local food. In this case I recommend, again, to avoid places full of tourists, looking for some small, maybe hidden and not too glimmering restaurant instead: here you can usually experience the most authentic food of a region, for a fair price and with the right atmosphere!
  9. Avoid areas known to be dangerous. Unfortunately world is not a safe place. There are wars going on, tensions ready to explode at any moment, also every metropolis has areas with a high crime rate. Finding yourself in such areas can turn very expensive and dangerous. Travel safely is something not to bargain on, for you and for your family waiting at home.
  10. Written and unwritten rules. Every society has some unwritten standards of behavior, which can be very different from yours. Some observation before acting can be very rewarding: showing respect for the country you’re visiting immediately make people more friendly, which practically results in preferential and economically more advantageous dealings.
  11. Add some local flavor to your trip. Besides the touristic attractions, there are often minor events targeted to local people. A folk music festival or a jazz evening, for example, are cheap ways to dive into the local culture, also giving you the opportunity to meet actively with locals.
  12. Share your gifts and skills. Travelling means meeting new people and hopefully making new friends. Sharing your passions with them, for example by cooking some special recipes from your country, can be a good, economical and funny way to strengthen the friendship.
  13. Use technologies. The image of the Romantic traveler taking notes with ancient Roman ruins in the background is a long time gone memory. Nowadays we are dependent on technologies, and we can smartly use them to save money during our travels. Use Skype or WhatsApp to call home, possibly when a free WI-FI connection is available, or use some free online storage service to save your photos.
  14. Use your skills. A notebook, a connection to the internet and some special skills can even make you earn some money. There are several freelance jobs you can do while travelling, writing for example. Many website offers cheap paper writing service and are always looking for new talents.
  15. I wouldn’t say that smiling makes you directly save money, but a positive attitude to whatever happens when traveling is rewarding anyway: we go through a journey as we go through life, doing it with an open smile makes everything easier, funnier and lighter. So, why don’t smile?

This article was contributed by Robert Everett who is a freelance writer currently based in Chicago. Solving students career and university problems. Having interest in marketing and business.

Robert’s Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/roberteverett82

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  1. April Yap

    October 12, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    I have a student and this blog is very helpful to the parents like me.

  2. Amy F. Williams

    October 21, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Glad to see this blog! it really helps to the students who wants to travel 🙂

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Time To Start Travelling Again – Soon!

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Fellow travelers, most of you must be feeling that old wanderlust very strongly right now! I’m pretty sure most of us are ready to go out and explore like we did before. The good news is that it looks like we are nearing that point.

Most major airlines and destinations are at the very least starting to open up and book non-humanitarian flights (check sites like SkyScanner & CheapOAir), with departure dates ranging from two weeks to three months’ time, depending on, depending on the destination.

So the question remains: where should you go first? Here are some of Four Jandals’ thoughts on the subject:

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

We’ve already been to Montreal many times before, as that link can surely show you. We really want to go back and enjoy the life in that vibrant city. Here’s a few reasons why:

-International flights will be available in a few weeks.

-Everything except for combat sports, amusement parks (La Ronde closed, too bad), and major events is now open.

-Cuisine, cuisine, and more cuisine. Bagels, smoked meat, poutine, mmmmmmm.

-Montreal for all it’s panache is surprisingly cheap if you know how to avoid the tourist traps.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Why Punta Cana? Great all-inclusives. This option is really good for people who just want to kick back and relax and not necessarily even move that much, which is something maybe we all want at one time or another.

Several days of beaches, buffets, luxury accomodations and absolutely no schedule. And nobody else does it quite like they do it in Punta Cana!

Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City gets a lot of tourism, but for some reason it’s always been greatly overlooked as tourist destination, all the same. This is a shame, because this city has a whole lot to offer.

First off, it’s a world-class culinary destination. You can get food from all over Mexico and all over the world here, from chapulines on the street corner to tacos to seafood Veracruz style to asados to Michelin star restaurants, Mexico City will never fail to disappoint a foodie!

Besides this, together with NYC and London, Mexico City features some of the world’s best and most prestigious museums. One could literally spend months on end here and still not see everything the museums have to offer.

Add to this great live music and nightlife in general, and a generally great climate (it’s rarely below 10 degrees or above 30 degrees centigrade over there), and most importantly, seriously awesome people. Everybody should check this city out at least once.

 

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While folks are still trying to social distance, many freelancers could use a getaway. The same gig in the same house with no coffee shops available to go to? It gets old after awhile.

A​ writer’s retreat might be in order for you. While holed away in a resort, you can get your freelancing organized on Top Content, order from hidden gem local restaurants, relax, enjoy, and get those creative juices flowing.

Florida may not be your top destination this summer. But if you’re looking for a new place to write all alone? Then severalFlorida destinations are a good bet, especially the less obvious ones.

S​tuart

North of Palm Beach County you’ll find calm, peaceful Martin County. Stuart is the largest city in Martin County. The small city boasts both great beaches and diminishing numbers of corona cases, and so it’s an ideal place to get away from it all right now. Because it’s on the water, Stuart is best known for its fresh seafood. Some restaurants are open for dining. Better yet, you can get fresh, local seafood delivered directly to your resort door.

I​slamorada

I​f you’re up for an oceanside drive to inspire your thoughts, make Islamorada the end of your journey. The Florida Keys are a writer’s paradise, even during the hot summer months. Less crowded than Key West and a lot closer, Islamorada Is everything you’re looking for in the Keys, only you can have it all to yourself. Almost every resort in town is directly on the beach, and yours for relatively cheap. Fresh seafood is plentiful, as is beautiful scenery. On your way down, stop at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center.

A​popka

Immediately northwest of Orlando, Apopka features a ton of natural beauty and wifi enabled campgrounds. There are many RV and resort parks nearby, including Lost Lake RV Park and Magnolia Park, a campground featuring butterflies & peacocks. While trying to gain inspiration, you can stroll around hugeLake Apopka. Because it isso close to Orlando, Apopka has the shopping and amenities of a larger city. Once you’re there, though, you’ll feel like you’re way out in the country.

M​icanopy

Just outside of Gainesville and close to Cross Creek, the famed home of Florida writing legend Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, you’ll find Micanopy. Named after a title given to Alachua Seminole leaders, this town is a well-preserved slice of old Florida. One great place to stay is the Herlong Mansion, currently running a reopening deal.

S​ebastian

W​ith wifi-enabled camping grounds, coastal views, and quiet summers, Sebastian is a prime place to visit. The town motto is “Friendly People and Six Old Grouches,” but the six old grouches probably went back up north for the summer. Hotel rates are low, and between Sebastian and neighbor Vero Beach, you can fulfill whatever food or shopping needs you might have. One optionis the Sportsman’s Lodge, a weekly and extended stay property that boasts especially low rates between May & December. Call ahead if you’re looking to book a stay.

A​ change of pace can be great for the writer’s imagination. Hopefully, you can find it in Florida this summer.

 

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Even in this time, one service that will still remain essential is moving. While relocating to a whole new area might not be at the forefront of many people’s minds right now, there are lots of wonderful places ready to welcome you to a whole new lifestyle. Although lots of people are staying put this summer, moving is one of the safest adventures right now.

If you’re looking to start a new business in your new location, be sure to check out the New American Bancard company at https://www.northamericanbancard.com/ for help getting off the ground. The post-pandemic economy will be a place that a lot of people are looking to start over, so get moving now.

Sarasota, FL

With calm beaches, great culture, and a slower pace of life, Sarasota is a destination for more than just vacationing. Outstanding restaurants and the picturesque gulf waters are anchored by low cost of living and lots of available housing. Schools are great and performing arts thrive in Sarasota, and living close to The Ringling Museum is pretty great, too. If you need great local movers when you arrive, be sure to call Great Local Movers, who will be happy to welcome you to the jewel of west Florida.

Franklin, TN

Want Music City Magic without the Music City cost of rent? 30 minutes south of Nashville, you’ll find your answer. While costs in Tennessee are rising, Franklin remains an affordable option for many singles & families. Close to the Smokey Mountains for nature lovers, Franklin also boasts the historic Mockingbird Theater, a local gem.

Provo, UT

A booming tech sector and growing cultural scene helps boost Provo’s reputation as “the Austin of the Mountain West.” With low cost of living, an exciting music scene, and enormous job growth, you might want to get in on the goods of Provo now, while costs are still low. Proximity to the benefits of Salt Lake City and the stunning beauty of Zion National Park are also terrific reasons to head west.

Lancaster, PA

Close to Amish Country, Philadelphia, and dubbed the new Brooklyn, Lancaster is a great place to move to. It has outstanding restaurants, incredible shopping, and is a rising star on the East Coast. Lancaster offers a lower cost of living with reasonable access to the biggest cities on the Eastern Seaboard. It is a great place to relocate for both young professionals and for families.

Boise, ID

If you’re looking to leave behind urban life without leaving behind culture and opportunities, Boise is for you. Idaho’s largest city experienced growth three times that of the national average in the last decade. Boise is only looking up from there. The natural beauty of the city is boosted by a nearby central Idaho dark sky preserve.

Think of a big move like a very big vacation. Take the plunge, and you might thank yourself once the world has returned to normal.

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