By Jesse Collier. Updated May 2017.
Stuck wondering what other countries are like and wishing you could visit them? Take advantage of various programs and services that will allow you to travel to the places of your dreams.
Travelling can be such a rewarding experience, but it can also be very expensive, especially to students.
Most students want to see different cultures and lifestyles because it is one of the few times in life where it is actually possible to do so.
Usually schools sponsor student travel with funding and bursaries, however most of the time these don’t cover the total trip costs.
Keep on reading to find out ways to keep costs down while also seeing the places of your dreams.
As a traveler myself, I know the struggles of trying to get funds for a trip abroad.In high school I went to France after a year and a half of fundraising and working a part-time job.
These can definitely be viable ways to make money for your trip and you should pursue them as much as possible. Read my other post here to see how to make money easily.
There are so many considerations to travelling, and financial woes can be a big part of them, however they don’t have to be.
1 . Think Ahead for Your Student Travel
Before even thinking about how you’re going to make (and save!) money to travel, you need to plan out
Think about where and when you want to go. In school, most people decide to study abroad in their third year. This is also usually the minimum year imposed by schools, in order to ensure you are on the right track to graduate.
Studying abroad while in school is one of the best ways to travel. Some trips are funded by the school you’re attending and there are more scholarships and funding opportunities available to students.
Schools have international departments that work towards getting students to travel to other schools across the globe. Find more information from your international department on campus.
While studying abroad you also want to think about where you want to travel. This will determine a large portion of the costs for the trip.
Most schools have agreements with their partner schools in other countries to help pay for some of the costs to travel there. These can range from funding for tuition to room and board.
The international department on your campus will have information on all of these partner schools and will be able to match you with the best one depending on your preferences.
Another good thing to know is the language where you want to travel. Schools have tests that make you prove your proficiency in a specific language before they allow you to travel to a foreign country. You don’t want to be caught up in classes where you don’t understand a thing!
2 . Make Money and Save It
Money doesn’t just grow out of the ground. Now that you know where and when you want to go, it’s time to make and save your money.
One of the quickest ways to make money will be to get a part-time job. Another quick way to make money is to fundraise. You can set up a GoFundMe page and promise to send thank you to notes to donors or even volunteer your time for donations.
Family contributions will also go a long way towards your student travel budget. Reach out to all of your family members to see if any of them would be willing to contribute to your trip.
Also think about birthday gifts and other holidays where you can ask for donations. Check out this post about making money quickly and efficiently.
3 . Set up a Budget
While collecting money for your trip, you should set up a budget. A budget will ensure that you know where your money is coming from and where it is going.
It will allow you to see an organized spreadsheet of your financial situation. When planning your budget for your student travel, think about how you want to organize it.
You want to plan out important expenses such as tuition, rent, and travel costs first. This will get the big spenders out of the way, and then you can put lower cost things into your budget.
In your budget, include how much you are saving for when you actually get to your destination. Try to deposit into your savings account monthly, and count your deposits as an expense.
Saving your money in a savings account is a good practice and will lead to interest gains in the future.
Putting your money into a savings account also ensures that you think twice about taking funds out of it for something other than student travel.
4 . Look for Cheap Flights
Flight cost is usually a big chunk of your budget, so you want to make sure you save as much money as possible for everything else.
Student Universe has deals with over 75 airlines and numerous hotels and tours to deliver savings directly to students.
Statravel.com is another great site to find deals on student travel. They offer much of the same things as Student Universe such as hotel deals and tours, however they also offer student travel insurance, international student discount cards, and more.
One of the best perks about statravel is that they offer a price beat guarantee, which means if you find another deal on another site, they will beat it or give you a $1000 travel voucher.
This can be incredibly useful if you happen to find a cheaper deal on another site, and then you can get statravel to give you the best bang for your buck.
Overall, studying abroad can be a preparation nightmare. Most schools require certain grades in order to be sponsored for student travel.
It can be very expensive for flights and managing costs such as tuition and rent can be time-consuming. Hopefully this post will guide you in your decisions to study abroad and will allow you to travel to the places you always wanted to go.
If we missed a step to your travel-planning process, let us know by commenting below!