We all have moments, sitting in our lectures where all we want to do is get out of the country and escape the stress, at least for a weekend. The one thing holding students back is usually money. We as students usually shy away from the idea of travel and prefer to spend our money elsewhere or save up, yet still thirst for the experiences a new place can give us. Fear not however, we are here to help. Here are 5 basic tips on how to travel without breaking the bank.
- Keep an eye on websites like Ryanair, Skyscanner, Hostel world and Airbnb.
Bookmark the Ryanair website. Trust me. It’s convenient for when you’re bored in a lecture and look through flights with the best prices. Needless to say, travelling off season and to unusual destinations, (Eastern Europe should be taken into consideration here) will probably give you the cheapest deals. If you’re travelling alone , a common dorm in a hostel would probably be your best bet. Don’t be afraid of sharing a room with about 17 other people, remember that most of these people are in the same boat as you and who knows, unlikely friendships may be formed. When travelling in a group, Airbnb offers a wide variety of different self catering apartments or rooms in houses that can match anyone’s budget while also giving the group the liberty of calling a space their own.
- Talk to the locals
Whether it’s flirting with that guy on Tinder, or talking to an old man on a bench in a park ( in the most non-creepy way possible) ask locals for suggestions on the best places for good food and how to get around. Living like the locals do will not only save you money, but truly immerse you into the culture of your chosen destination.
- Take a student card with you for any discounts
Most main tourist attractions in Europe have discounted prices for students and certain clubs and bars only let students in. Therefore, taking some sort of confirmation that you in fact are a student will onlybetter your chances on saving money and experiencing different student cultures . University of Malta students can use their KSU Student card, that one can easily register for on ksu.org.mt and pick up from the KSU Office.
- Pack light
Let’s be real here , you know you’re probably going make a beeline for the first Primark / H&M you see and like the pure Maltese human you are, buy everything you get your hands on, regardless of whether you need it or not. You will then proceed to wear all the new outfits you bought, seeking that perfect #travel instagram picture, totally ignoring the perfectly planned outfits you got from home. This will then come back to bite you in the ass when Ryanair make you pay a fifty euro fine for being over your 10kg hand luggage limit. Like bro, I’m a student, those 50 euros are vital for my wellbeing aka pres before Ryan’s and weekly NYB hanziratas. You get the point.
- Plan ahead, but don’t be afraid to change plans last minute
If you’re travelling in a big group and are not a well seasoned traveller, researching comes naturally as being in a totally foreign country without a plan can be scary to say the least. Google is your best friend in this situation , together with Pinterest, where one can find various blog posts and relate to previous experiences of others as well as bringing all this found information together by making a Pinterest board. Also, making plans in advance may save you money in the long run. This being said, do not be scared to shift your itinerary and discover attractions off the beaten track whilst abroad, you never know what you might find.
Anything you have encountered on your travels that we should add to this list? Tell us in the comments below!
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