How to Travel the World As a College Student
Many of the things I’ve learned during my college years have come from outside the classroom. Although it may seem cliché, I’ve taken time between semesters to enjoy some world travel. In today’s economy, many college students may think they simply can’t afford international travel, but there are still ways to afford world travel. For college students, the experiences and wealth of knowledge that comes from experiencing new lands and other cultures far outweighs the expense of travel. Here are a few tips I’ve used to both afford and enjoy traveling the world during my college years.
Financing the Trip
After doing some research on Credit Card Insider, I have found that travel credit cards work great for financing travel vacations. No, I don’t spend large amounts of money unnecessary items, but it helps to have a way to pay for expensive plane tickets. I would suggest finding a card that has decent rates and use it for most of your travel expenses. Be careful not to include large splurges on the credit card so you won’t spend the first half of your adult life paying it off.
I cannot emphasize enough that you should pack light. Your only luggage should be a lightweight backpack. Use only moisture-wicking travel clothing during your journey. Two sets of travel clothes plus gender-appropriate dress clothing so that you can gain access to clubs with a dress code will suffice. You can rinse out travel clothing easily, and it will dry quickly. Also, pack a raincoat. Choose one that is lightweight and packs down tightly to fit in your pack. A power converter is another must-have as is a lock or two that you can use to secure your belongings in a locker wherever you might stay. For drying off after showers, I also bring along a chamois, which is absorbent and dries rapidly. Your backpack shouldn’t weigh more than about 10 pounds total.
When traveling, I rarely book accommodations more than a few days in advance, so that I can be more flexible with my travel plans. To make this easy for me, I use a great little
This has information on available hostels all over the world, and most hostels will offer discounts to students on food and drinks. When traveling in remote places or through small towns, be sure to locate a hostel where you can stay in advance. Although it hasn’t happened often, I have on occasion found myself without lodging for the night but that was always a result of not properly using my resources on the Internet.
When locating a hostel, you’ll want to consider a few things. Find hostels with 24-hour check-in every day of the week. If you are running behind schedule or get lost on your way, you don’t want to lose your down payment on the accommodations, and you certainly don’t want to be out on the street for the night. You will also want a hostel that supplies lockers for guests to use so that your belongings will be secure while you sleep. To keep costs down, look for accommodations that offer student discounts, and bring your student ID as proof.
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.