When you’re travelling and you’re a poor broke-ass student, finding accommodation and food to suit your needs is difficult! We have compiled a list of our favourite tips to help you get through this difficult period.
Sometimes finding accommodation is just too difficult, where the best locations are too pricey and you aren’t looking for a hotel. Airbnb, a revolutionary of technology, allows you to rent someone else’s home or apartment for a certain amount of days. Not only is this a sure-fire way to get you one of the coolest apartments in the best locations, but also it’s proven to be safe.
Don’t just assume that your own bank will give you the best deal on a travel card, it is advisable to shop around. A friend’s experience when looking for a travel card allowed her to get the best deal possible, instead of just going with her normal bank card which would have ended up costing her more! Just as you would research a cool location, make sure you also research your finances.
Book in advance!
You are definitely more likely to get a cheaper deal when you plan in advance. But not to fear if you haven’t – student flights can also get you amazingly good deals. Be sure to subscribe to different airlines direct marketing (e-mail) so that you can also ensure that you are the first to know about cheap flights!
Budget budget budget
There is quite honestly nothing worse than getting to your holiday destination and realising that you haven’t quite saved enough cash to get you through it. A couple of weeks before you leave, write out a list of how much each tourist attraction/activity is going to cost you, and how much you’re aiming to spend on food and drink daily. It’s also important for you to factor in other things such as nights out and clothes shopping. It is also a good idea for you to keep a track of these things as the holiday progresses. Keep some extra emergency cash just in case you need it!
Pack your meals as much as you can
Food and drink adds up, and when you’re visiting tourist attractions you are bound to feel the weight of the extra dollars for food and drink. Where you can, pack your lunch for the day by visiting the supermarket before you leave. (Obviously if you are trekking through the Amazon, you won’t be able to do this but we’d like to hope that you planned your food and drink beforehand.) This is bound to save you up to $20 a day, and if you’re going on a 7 day trip – that is $140 extra for you to party with!
Make sure that you stay safe and vigilant during your holiday travels, and we can’t wait to hear about your experiences when you return!