How to afford travelling as a student (even when you’re broke)

As Im writing from my third travel destination this summer, some of you have been asking me how it is possible to travel so much as a student? We all know, now is not the time we as students have a lot of money, even with student jobs. But I’m here to tell you it is possible to see the world while being broke all the time:

The first thing I wanna talk about is priorities. We all have them, and they’re all different. Its what we’re passionate about and what we put before anything else. For some its music, instruments, concerts etc. For others its education, assignments, putting school always first. For others its make up, social life or clothes. For me, its travelling. I don’t really spend a lot of money on e.g. clothes or make-up. I might buy a new dress now and then, but its definitely not where most of my money goes. And just by maybe spending bit less on the things you buy from month to month, it can actually end up being enough for a flight ticket!

When I go abroad, Im always looking or possibilities for being to able to stay somewhere without having to pay. Whether its staying with a friend, doing it for charity or volunteering, its really a money saver – as Im volunteering here in Israel I get a place to stay AND food, and ad you read in my last post, it really helps since food is so expensive here. You might not want to having to work or help while you’re travelling, but I gotta tell you it can be a way to make it cheaper for you. And there are so many different kind of volunteer jobs out there, so its just about finding something you’d really like to do. In some ways I believe volunteering or staying with someone you know, can teach you more than just staying at some fancy hotel somewhere. Its definitely one of my favourite ways to go new places.

When looking for flight tickets, it can always be a good idea to go to an overall page, which resembles all flights and find you the cheapest one. I personally prefer Momondo, but there’s loads out there for you to use.

Coachsurfing or hitchhiking are both great alternatives as well. With couch-surfing you can get lucky and get a super nice host who will take you around the place, sometimes you even get your own room! Other times you really do just get a couch, but when its for free thats really nothing to complain about. I know a lot are afraid of hitchhiking, especially girls. I used to be one of them. And Im not saying you shouldn’t be careful, but as long as you’re being sensible and smart, its really a great way to travel!

Moreover, if your preferred destinations are cities, google the things you wanna see before hand. A lot of cities has free days for turist attractions, or are student friendly. For example, in Paris most turist attractions are free for European citizens and students between 18-26. The only thing I really had to pay for while working there was practically the Eiffel Tower – and even that was only like €16!

I hope you enjoyed this post and that you’ll be able to go on many travels from now on! – if you have any questions, feel free to comment below 😉

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