Summer vacation is a time for travelling, meeting new people, gaining new experiences that can prove to be beneficial in the long run. Travelling frugally as a college student requires a lot of planning, especially during peak season times. It can be really expensive if you are planning to visit a popular location alone.
You may sign up for travel discount deals and you can also avail group discount if travelling with friends. This can fetch you substantial discounts on airfare to tours, accommodation, hotels to eateries. Travelling by train and luxury buses can make a huge difference in the budget while you enjoy the nature trip. So you need to start researching and saving up long before vacation time.
Raising Funds for Travelling:
Here are some ways in which you can raise funds for some summer fun travelling.
Student loans: Studying in America can be really expensive and chances are that you are already on a student loan which you have to pay back. So before deciding to opt for a loan, do consult your parents and friends if they can pitch in so that you don’t have to compromise on your travel plans.
Scholarships: If you can manage to get a full or at least 25-50% scholarship for study abroad programs, it can save a lot of money for leisure travelling.
Get a Part-time job or Side-hustle: Apply for a work study program, if you qualify for it, nothing like it. You can also earn extra money by doing odd-jobs like work in a library or a local grocery store, etc. If you are creative, you may try to sell your products at a local store or if you can tutor children or at the local gym, sell off things that you have barely used and that you don’t require will also add into your travel budget.
Save! – You really need to do some smart saving especially on eating out, entertainment you can always avail the free offers throughout the year, share living space, borrowing or renting textbooks and developing good habits- that is staying away from smoking, drinks and drugs.
How to Travel Cheap?
First and foremost, you can decide to explore your country instead of going abroad to save on your hard earned money. Travelling in your personal mini RV or a travel trailer can be the cheapest way to move especially with family and friends at any time of the year. If you consider renting car expenses, hotel rates and eating out, it is comparatively much cheaper to own, prepare your own meals in your RV and pay for campground site especially if you are travelling as a group.
Popular Places You Can Visit in Your Personal RV:
Florida Caverns State Park, Marianna
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Santa Rosa
George Island State Park
Juniper Springs National Recreation Area, Ocala
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, Orlando
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Camp Gulf, Florida
Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi
Golden Gate Trailer Park, San Francisco
Coyote Valley Resort, San Jose.
So, it is possible to travel on a ‘poor college budget’ provided you plan ahead and make travelling a priority. There are many attractive tourist spots waiting for you to be explored.