Travelling students are usually on a budget. That does not mean they have to starve themselves or hitchhike across Europe or Asia quite literally, on foot. Here are 30 travel tips for students who want to make the most out of their journey without spending too much yet enjoy the learning experience that comes with travelling.
Tip 1: Get information from travel guides. List down your itinerary, the types of transportation in the places you want to go to, foreign exchange rates, etc. Get as much information as you can from travel guides before you buy a plane ticket or book a hotel reservation.
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Tip 3: Turning up earlier than the scheduled time will bolster your chances of getting a prime seat on a budget flight which does not have assigned seats.
Tip 4: Purchase travel accessories such as eye masks, travel pillows, and adaptor plugs from pound shops before your date of departure. This will save you money and avoid last-minute shopping for items sold at airports with astronomical prices.
Tip 5: Avoid splurging on food and snacks which are priced sky-high and sold at airports. While liquids are automatically banned by airport security, food is not, so plan on what snacks or food you may want to eat at a later time.
Tip 6: Stowing luggage in the airplane hold will cost you a hefty sum. Maximise the free hand luggage allowance of 10kg which most airlines give by weighing everything you intend to bring to be sure of each item’s weight for subtraction or addition to your overall luggage weight.
Tip 7: To help minimise the weight that may be considered excess, wear the heaviest outfit and footwear that you would have packed in your luggage, put any heavy gear or gadget in the pockets of your clothes, and stash your coat or jacket under the seat when you are on the plane.
Tip 8: Turn off your mobile phone service to avoid unnecessary shock charges.
Tip 9: Timing matters when you book your flight, meaning, a late booking will be less expensive but it will mean limited or no choice as to seats.
Tip 10: If you are asked by shops or banks whether you will be paying in euros or pounds, always say euros because your card will do the exchange rate conversion.
Tip 11: Make your own personal travel-size shampoo, cream, etc. by filling small empty containers from your regular toiletries, instead of spending for miniature bottled or packaged toiletries which tend to cost a small fortune.
Tip 12: If you have leftover mini-sized toiletry products from your previous stays in hotels, now is the time to use them.
Tip 13: Ensure the validity of your passport before you actually book a flight. Renewing your passport ahead of its expiry date saves you the time and the cash for renewal at such short notice.
Tip 14: If you plan to drive while you are overseas, check if your licence is still valid. Note that while the UK driving licence is recognised by EU member countries, a trip further might require you to have an IDP or International Driving Permit.
Tip 15: Booking for car hire when you can use public transport, taxis or bring your own vehicle is practical. If you’re bringing your own car, check if your insurance coverage extends to full protection in Europe or wherever you are travelling.
Tip 16: Get a cheap overseas “specialist” card that will not add 3% to the current exchange rates issued by banks. Remember to always pay in full to avoid the interest.
Tip 17: Look into bargains on hotels at lastminute.com so you can be aware of the star rating and description before you actually book.
Tip 18: There are many cheap lodging places that are clean and accessible to tourist attractions, hospitals, entertainment venues, etc. Search the internet for those that you can stay in without breaking your wallet.
If you already know where and when to go as per scheduled airlines, check out sites such as Kayak, TravelSupermarket, and Skyscanner
for the cheapest airline tickets.
Get cheap student travel insurance
immediately after you book your flight and hotel accommodation because you will not be covered for changes or cancellation if you don’t. Remember also that if you travel overseas more than twice a year, an annual cheap travel insurance policy will be practical.
I’m Julia and I’m very fond of travelling as well as photography. I`m very active and communicative person who adores making new friends around the globe. Being also a traveller writer, I’m trying to describe the most incredible travelling experiences in my stories.