How to Become a College Budget Traveler

student reading a large mapIf you are like me, one of the worst parts of being a college student is not having enough disposable income to do all of the things that you want to do. For me, the one thing I want to do above all others is travel. However, traveling can be very expensive… unless you know how to do it.

I am currently living in Spain for a year, and while I am here, I plan on visiting many cities while also staying on a limited budget. There are various tricks to the trade that you can use while traveling to help yourself stay within your budget. This post will tell you some of these tricks, while the following posts will focus on specific cities and tips for visiting these cities in particular.

1. Ditch the four-star hotels. When you are traveling, you really aren’t spending too much time in your hotel. So why should you spend a lot of money on it? Obviously, you want to be safe and feel secure where you are staying. However, you can feel safe in a hostel, which will cost much less than a hotel. is a respectable website that I have used several times to find lodgings while traveling. If the idea of sleeping in a bunk bed in a room full of other people freaks you out, you can find a hostel that offers private rooms. Most private rooms cost about $20-$30 per night, which is much cheaper than an expensive hotel room will cost.

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StudentUniverse Makes Travelling Affordable for College Students

This website might become your new best friend if you plan on travelling during your college career.

This website might become your new best friend if you plan on travelling during your college career.

I love to travel! One of my favorite things to do is to travel somewhere that I have not been before and spend a week there, just soaking up the culture. Of course, I prefer to fly because it’s faster and I can go further away from home.

Unfortunately, flying is pretty expensive. A round trip ticket on Orbitz to NYC costs $579. On StudentUniverse, the same ticket is $292. Pretty big difference, huh?

StudentUniverse is a travel site created especially for students. Users are required to prove they are currently students by providing a school issued email address. Once users have been verified as being students, StudentUniverse negotiates with airline companies to receive discounted student rates. Read the rest of this entry »


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