6 Tips for traveling as a student, and not just on Study Abroad
How to Plan Travel Throughout Your College Years and Beyond
I believe we are all born with the passion and curiosity to travel and see the world, but it is up to each one of us to ignite it. For many college students who are blessed with the opportunity to study abroad, it is their first real encounter with travel. It is a chance to explore and see the world, often times with friends.
But what are we to do once study abroad is over? Or what about us college students who for one reason or another, can’t study abroad?
Well I am here to tell you that long-term and short-term travel is possible, extending far beyond studying abroad!
Traveling is possible, even if you cannot study abroad or if you have studied abroad and now have crazy wanderlust!
Here are some tips that I hope will help you travel more, just as it has worked for me!
1.Long Summers + Lots of Times= $$$
This might seem obvious but it is my number ONE go to option. The beauty of having long summers in college is that you have plenty of time. Most of us have from the beginning of May until the end of August. Begin looking for a job in April because by the time you get home in May, most job positions are already filled, so get on those apps early! Next, I work from the beginning of May to the middle of July. This past summer I worked two jobs, six days a week, 13 hours a day! Yes, it was hard but it was well worth it! Lastly, once you are done working by mid-July, you still have about a month and a half left of summer, which means one thing, TRAVELING.
2.Save Up Throughout the Year
If possible, do any type of small end jobs that are available to you throughout the school year. Every little bit adds up in the end.
3.Holidays, Birthdays and Special Events
There are so many opportunities where you can ask parents and family members to give you money instead of gifts. Of course, not everyone can afford giving you huge amounts of money, so encourage them to contribute with whatever they can afford!
4.Work Any and Every Opportunity You Can Get
As college students, we are lucky because we have both December break and Spring break. Those are two additional opportunities where you can work a few extra hours and make some cash!
5.Create Realistic Goals
Of course, we would all love to travel around the world for a year, but for most of us that is still quite difficult given that it requires a lot of money! So start with goals that are more manageable. After you have mapped out a budget and know how much you need for your next trip, create many smaller goals! Try to avoid thinking about it as one big picture, rather create weekly or monthly goals. Although saving for a trip may seem like a daunting task, you don’t have to be miserable. With each paycheck, plan out in advance the amount that will go towards your trip and the amount you will set aside for yourself and try to stick to it! This will help you to stay motivated and not get too overwhelmed or stressed, because we all know we don’t need any more of that!
The last tip is to be happy. After all, you are saving up money to do one of the greatest things ever, travel. This should not be brutal or miserable. In the end, however much you save will take you to a place you have never been before. Even if it is just one place, that is one more city or country that will add to your happiness and fuel your wanderlust, and that is worth everything!
Always remember that the joy and feelings experienced while traveling, is worth every sacrifice and minute of hard work!