Being a student can mean a few things. But with the long vacations over summer, the new friends, and zest for life, it makes it a really great time to travel. When you’re a student, you have the time but not necessarily the money. So can you afford to travel that much as a student? Here are some of the ways that you can afford to travel as a student.
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Exchange and Study Schemes
From a cultural exchange trip to a study abroad scheme, there are lots of ways your school can help you to travel. Some will be at your own cost, or at least very discounted, especially things like exchange programs. There are even cultural exchange programs with certain government departments that you can attend, fully funded, in order to really get involved with another culture. Places on these kinds of thing are obviously limited, though. So apply early!
Being able to teach means you can go to all different parts of the world with the many English as a second language schemes that there are. A lot of costs are covered on these kinds of trips, as they want English speakers to go to teach and even help out on things like school trips and excursions. Some schools or programs an even pay you on top of that. So it is worth looking into.
In between deadlines and assignments, you may have some spare time on your hands to enter competitions to win vacations or travel opportunities. You have to be in it to win it, as they say. If you have a passion for photography or have a blog, then there are often many opportunities for bloggers to go enter competitions or to go on press trips. You just need to reaching out to the right people.
There can be many chances to work abroad as a travel guide through something that you arrange yourself, or something that you arrange with a set program or scheme. Tourist offices are a good place to start, as they often have schemes for students to work over the summer vacation as a guide, for example. It can help to make costs of a trip much lower when you’re getting paid while you are away.
If you look into Couchsurfing as a viable option for travel, then it can be a great way to see many places for a low amount of money. As with anything make sure that you’re vigilant and take precautions for this kind of thing (travel in a group can be a good idea).
Use Your Friends
You’re likely to meet people from all over the country or the world when you’re at college/university. So make sure that you make the most of it. Knowing a mix of people can give you some great opportunities when you want to travel. Not only will you have some built-in tour guides to show you around the place, but hopefully, somewhere to stay free of charge too.
Lots of love,