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Travel As a Broke College Student

1. Take Advantage of all Opportunities and Resources.
As simple as it sounds, you may not realize all the opportunity there is surrounding you whether it is at school or with friends and family. At first it might start off with family vacations when you’re younger and then sooner or later, mom and dad might start asking you where YOU would like to go. Take advantage! Family trips are always going to be the cheapest when mom and dad got you covered!

Have friends or family living in a different state or country? Take a visit! Not only will you have a place to stay, but you basically have your own personal tour guides that can help you get acquainted with the area. But beyond using family and friends, there are resources you have at school too! Going through the school, having a solid group and getting all of that scheduled in advance, I was able to save a ton of money. And now that I’m in college, there are TONS of destinations you can go to study abroad and actually live there!

 2.Consider All Options.
As much as I want to travel, I know being in college I can’t exactly go everywhere any time I please. Create an order or list of all the top destinations you absolutely need to travel to. For me personally, I’d rather not go to the same place twice when I can go to a new place and have a fresh, new experience.

Years ago I put Spain at the top of my bucket list. Now, after patiently waiting and not participating in the average spring breaks, not only am I able to live there for a few weeks, I will be able to visit at least three more different destinations while being abroad, knocking one by one off the bucket list.

Set aside a jar or box and make that your travel money bank. Whether you set aside $5 every few days or week or even opt out on going out to eat or drinking with friends and instead, put that money in the box, you’ll see how much can quickly add up. For birthdays or holidays, instead of asking for materialistic things you might not need, ask for donations towards your travels. It helps when you tell your family exactly where you want to go, what you want to do there and how happy it will make you. The faster you start saving, the easier it will be when the time comes to purchase your ticket. Aside from saving, start getting your plans together.


Easy Ways to Stretch Your Travel Dollars

Here are 20 easy ways in which you can stretch your travel dollars.

1. Start saving

As a part of saving for your trip, make a plan. When planning, in one column list all the things that you would like. In another column list how you can reduce or eliminate these costs. Project how much money you will now need and save towards it.

2. Look out for airline ticket deals

Popular airlines often have ticket deals and sales for certain times of the year. Schedule your trips around these times so that you can save on airfares. Also, schedule your flights for the middle of the week when most business travelers or vacationers don’t fly.

3. Sign up for flyer miles benefits

Many companies now offer these as part of their product offerings. For example, banks will offer travel points on credit cards whenever you travel and use them.

4. Scout for destination packages

These are great ways to save money. You can get all-inclusive packages, especially at resorts, for less at certain times of the year.

5. Check with your employer

If you work for the government or for a large corporation, check with your employer to see which destinations worldwide have benefits for employees when they travel. Make use of these benefits and save your money. Travel with proof from your employer to your destination. These may even still apply even if you are a retiree.

6. Check with your school

If you are a student, especially a college student, check with your school for travel benefits that they may have for students. You may also be able to access international programs for students that will save you money when you travel.

If you are in high school, get your parents or guardians to look for locales for possible school trips. There are normally discounted group packages that will save them money and are cheaper than if they were to do it on their own. Usually, a teacher or school employee will chaperone the students on the trip.

7. Join a charity or religious organization

There are some charity and religious organizations that have overseas missions. As a member on a mission, you will get to travel for free. However, please bear in mind that you are on these trips to assist others and not for your own self-gratification.

8. Make a travel budget

It is very tempting to get carried away while traveling. You will come across many things to spend money on. Make a travel budget and stick to it.

9. Stay at cheaper accommodation

If you are not on a travel package that offered you hotels at cheaper rates consider accommodation that will cost you less but are still safe. These include bed and breakfast offerings in private homes, rooms on university campuses, convents, motels and cottages.

10. Try couch surfing

You may have a friend or family member living in another country. If they don’t mind having you, consider staying with them instead of paying for accommodation. Another thing you can try is a house sitting arrangement. This is where you occupy and watch over someone’s property and their pets while they are away. Lastly, you can join couch surfing communities where you can connect and stay with locals for free.

Travelling With Kids

Even in adulthood, it is easier for a person to relate to a memorable excursion or a trip that they took many years ago. Children are easily excitable about learning new things and going to new places therefore it is important to ensure that you create an amazing experience for your child.

While it may be a carefree vacation for the kids, it is not entirely the same case for the parents. There are a great deal of logistics to be considered well in advance to ensure that the kids not only have a great experience but that they are also safe and well catered for in case of any emergencies. Some service providers also have specific rules regarding kids of certain age groups therefore it is best to be well prepared for the possible scenarios.

One of the most important things that parents forget to do is to think about the vacation from a child’s perspective. As an adult, you may have experienced and ‘seen it all’ therefore it is easy to assume the same about your kids. This however is not the best approach. Take your time and let the children soak in the experience at their own pace. Instead of rushing to complete a ‘bucket list’, take enough time at every single stop to ensure that the child has a rich and wholesome experience.

Children of different age groups require different levels of preparation and care. For example if you are travelling with toddlers, you are required to think entirely on their behalf. This is involves choosing a destination to visit, means of transport to be used, what/how much supplies to carry, the kind of accommodation to select among other things. Take time to map out every single step of the vacation so as to avoid having any loop holes in your plan. Young children often get hungry and messy so be sure to carry lots of extra resources such as food, diapers, clothes, paper towels and such amenities.

As much as one may be tempted to ‘wing it’ as may have been the case before becoming parents, remember that it is easier for adults to cope with a change in plan, compared to kids who require extra care. Make sure to contact all service providers you intend to use during your trip to avoid disappointments which are often based on assumptions.


Planning your holidays to a beach-side villa

Beach-side villas are very costly and their maintenance is also very bulky. If you have a low-budget, then you might not be able to handle living in a villa. It is therefore very crucial that before making a final decision, you figure out whether you will be able to afford a villa or not. Below are some characteristic features of a beach-side villa and you must consider them before making any move.

A regular villa might not be very costly but beach-side villas are. They are costly because of the facilities they provide to the people who move in and therefore you need to make sure whether you can afford one or not. People often book a holiday villa online and end up paying more than the agreed price on papers. That is not something that you should be facing too

Maintenance intensive
Villas ask for a lot of maintenance and for living in one of them, you should be having the money to handle those expenses. During the summertime, beach-side villas trap a lot of heat and therefore you will be provided with a passage ventilation facility that will keep the insides cool enough for you to live. This particular facility is the costliest among others as it cools down the place by cutting down excess heat.

Old fashioned facilities
If you are used to modern-day equipments for cooking your food or for washing your clothes, then you might not get all these facilities in a villa. All available facilities will be old-fashioned and might not suit your taste.

Temperate atmosphere
Cities normally have the right kind of atmosphere as they are situated far off from the oceans. But on a beach-side villa, you will have to face temperate atmosphere since the originated winds and clouds strike the beach first. If you are not used to that kind of atmosphere, then you better stay away otherwise it will get sick in a day or two.

So these are some characteristic features of a beach-side villa. A villa is not something that you should take lightly. Before you make any decision, you must research thoroughly about rental villas and beach-side villas so that you can pick the most suitable one for your holidays. Holiday planning should be done on the basis of your affordability as things will happen only if you have money in your pockets. Make sure that you don’t take advices from anyone as it will confuse you for the available options.