Living on a shoestring: Budget Holidays

Living on a shoestring: Budget Holidays

The realisation of living alone for the first time can, at times, be quite harsh. The first time you became aware of the genuine talent required for ironing, or how much you appreciate your mum's cooking after eating in the canteen for the first time...

But travel doesn’t have to be a compromise you make for being a student living on a budget, and here's how!

Choosing your destination.

There are a countless number of locations that are cheap to visit. In fact, some are such good value that you might end up spending less than if you had stayed at home. Think outside the box: places such as Cornwall in the UK, Poland, Bolivia and Hamburg. That’s an example of the broad variety of places just waiting for your visit.

Travel smart.

There are lots of techniques to save money as you travel. Ever heard of ticket splitting? Sites such as Split Ticketing will work out the cheapest combination of tickets for your train journey in the UK.

If you’re thinking a little further afield, interrailing is an amazing way to see Europe. A Youth Pass starts at £29 for one country, to £155 for a global pass allowing travel in 30 countries.

In reality, life as a student is pretty sweet. That’s proven by the existence of cards such as ISIC - a globally recognised student discount card for hotels, restaurants, cinemas and lots more.

Money Wise

And the final piece of advice is simply to use your common sense. Eating out every night is going to set you back, regardless of how cheap the country is. Food markets abroad are very different to the UK - take advantage of the new range of fruit and vegetables and you will spend a minimal amount.

It might be difficult, but try not to go slap bang in the middle of the school holidays. You will find flights are remarkably cheaper, and you won’t be surrounded by trillions of children.

If you’ve got lots of travelling to come, try night time travel. It saves on a night’s accommodation, and means you don’t have to waste a day on a stifling bus.

Stay in hostels. They are packed with like-minded people, have lots of tours and events to let you get to know the area, and most importantly are the cheapest form of accommodation in most cases. Sharing a room with 14 other people including snorers and sleep-walkers might not be your idea of fun - but you’ll be able to afford a lot more fun with the money you save.

What else can a student do to save money on their holidays? Let us know your advice or experiences - we'd love to post your ideas!