This section is here to help you with anything money related. From how to save for that once in a lifetime trip to making the most of your money while travelling.
Think you can't afford to travel while you're a student, think again. Here are my tips on how you can afford to travel as a student, and my advice on how you can save money.
Firstly Location is everything, depending on where you want to travel and for how long, where you go will impact your budget massively. Places like Europe are very expensive, especially if you plan on going away for a while, say 2 weeks to a month, this will end up costing you a fortune. Whereas if you can get cheap flights to Asia, instead of your trip costing you £50 a day it will cost you more like £15, over 2-3 weeks this results in huge savings, so when travelling as a student, make sure you pick your destination carefully.
By Planning Ahead, you will also save a lot of money particularly with flights. Booking your flights in advance can end up saving you hundreds of pounds. Use Skyscanners price alerts, and plan where you want to go around 6 months before you're due to go for the best flight prices.
Make use of student discounts, there are loads of different student discounts you can get, so make sure you bring along your student card/ID. Also have a look online for different student discount travel cards available, and where they might save you money. It could be on anything from transport to accommodation. So be sure to check out student travel cards, and don't forget to take yours with you.
Also have a look at other options that allow you to travel for free. Such a volunteer programmes, english teaching programme, work away schemes. There are loads of opportunities that offer free food and accommodation, in return for work. So your only expense would be flights, and possibly a visa.
Traveling as two can also save you money, you can use Airbnb and split the cost, and you can save money on food and cook together, of course traveling on your own is perfectly feasible too, but there are ways you can cut costs if there are two of you.
Make sure you budget your money in advance. Plan how much the trip is going to roughly cost you, how much you are going to spend each day, and then make sure you save enough money. Also set yourself a budget for each day, this way you won't run out of money, and you'll make it through the whole trip.
Don't pay for Wifi or minutes. Just use free wifi in the hostels, and places like Mcdonald's and coffee shops, will be much cheaper. A lot of city centers now have free wifi zones anyway. And use facetime or whatsapp caller, it's free and you won't be paying for overseas minutes.
Look at Student Credit Cards. There are often loads of deals on student credit cards, that you can use for travelling and earn points towards flights etc. So make sure you check out what is available online, and see which credit cards may help you most.
Avoid traveling on Fridays and Sundays. They are typically the most expensive days to travel, so travel on other days to save yourself money.
Make Sure you Claim your Tax Back. So much goes unclaimed each year, but in the UK, if you earn under £11,000 per year, you can claim all your tax back. Most students will earn under this each year, so make sure you claim it back at the end of the financial year, which is April.