World-Travel Tips for College Students
Even though most college students don’t have much money to spend, it is still possible to travel the globe during breaks from school. I’ve enjoyed traveling to many different countries during my college vacations, and I’ve found it possible even without a lot of cash. If you want to see the world while you’re young, consider a few of the following tips.
First, you’ll need to find a way to finance the trip. In addition to working while I’m at school, I also borrow some of the money to finish off my travel budget. According to Credit Card Insider, many students are using credit cards today in order to buy books, bills, loans and now, vacations. So this is good, I’m not alone on this. I did some research and found a travelers card that works great for me. It offers rewards for plane tickets and automatically exchanges currencies while I’m overseas. That is the best feature, by far. I also like it because I don’t have to carry much cash while I’m traveling. Carrying too much cash can be dangerous when many foreign cities are swarming with pickpockets.
Every world traveler needs to travel light. I like to pack everything I need in a lightweight backpack. I would suggest carrying a small backpack that will fit easily into compartments on planes or trains as well as into lockers for safe keeping at hostels. Heavier luggage is hard to carry, it will certainly get in the way and it will cost you extra while traveling. In order to pack everything you need in this small space, pack only lightweight travel clothing. Remember, if you have a lightweight raincoat, you don’t need that bulky umbrella. Take what you need, but stick to the bare necessities as much as possible.
Stay Somewhere Affordable
Finding affordable places to stay helps me keep travel costs low. One of my favorite resources for finding accommodations is Couchsurfing. You can find hosts willing to accommodate you in various cities across the world. It’s a great way to learn more about a new culture and build new friendships. I particularly enjoy the opportunity to get insider information about the places I am traveling by staying in the homes of local people. When choosing this option over hotels or hostels, be sure you let your hosts know in advance when you plan to arrive and how long you will be staying.
Being young and unattached provides opportunities for world travel that might not be available to you later in life. Adventures while globetrotting are unparalleled in the way they can help to educate and shape your life. Your college years are the perfect time for you to see the world. Consider some of my tips, do your own research and start off on your own adventure. You won’t regret taking advantage of this time in your life to see the world and experience unfamiliar cultures.
DISCLAIMER: This is a guest post.
KC Owens has written and submitted this article. KC is a college student who loves traveling, college life, fitness and a good survival kit. He enjoys studying different cultures, meeting new people and leaving his footprint somewhere most people only read about.
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