Travelling as a student who has next to no money can be tricky. If you have no savings behind you then you've only got what is in your bank account for those adventures that you want to have. As a mature student who took several 'gap years' during my time out of education, I've managed my life to enable me to continue travelling while studying.
Here is how you can travel as a student too
Take trips which pay you
One of the best offers on the market for students is Camp America or Work America. Not only will you be paid for you work during the summer but you will add valuable skills to your CV, make friends for life and have an opportunity to travel after you are done with the work as you are entitled to a 4 month visa. What's more, with Camp America they pay for your flights, food and accommodation while at Camp. These trips will cost around £599 and can be paid in instalments throughout the term.
Use your student loan wisely
Since I started first year, I have always used my student loan in a particular way to ensure it covers my expenses at uni. When I receive the total amount for that year I will divide it per a week or month for the entire year. Yes I include the summer holidays in that too. This amount then normally covers my rent, bills and food. The standard things I need at uni which allows any additional money I earn to be put towards travel. Not only that but the money I allowed myself for the summer holidays is unlikely to be used on rent (unless you live in London where student houses are for 12 months instead of 9) and therefore immediately becomes part of my travel fund.
Get a part time job to save for travel
One of the biggest problems with travelling when you are a student is money and just using your loan wisely isn’t enough. The best way to help afford travel is to take a part time job around your lectures. Then instead of using this extra money for clothes or a night out put it away for your holiday or backpacking trip. This will give you a small fund for a few little trips or one bigger trip. You will need to be disciplined to not use the money for other things, but if you are really concerned then put it away somewhere you won’t be able to touch it. I’ve been known to give money to my parents so that I can save it. Once you have the money for a trip, you then want to use it wisely, some of my below tips will help with this.
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