College and university are a busy time for every student thanks to studying, exams, and classes, not to mention navigating the various social waters and trying to meet new people. It’s also arguably one of the most flexible times in your life regarding going on adventures and seeing new places. And was a period in my life when I travelled extensively. While time is one thing you may have in abundance during some periods of university life, money is likely not. Here are a few ways that you can balance the demands of education and travel.
Flying Using Student Discounts
Various websites offer lower than average rates on flights for those currently in college, especially in the US. While it might be more difficult to make last-minute changes if you use a third-party site to book your flights, the potential savings here definitely make this option worth checking whenever you plan to go far. Most of these places work with various universities and colleges, so chances are you’ll be able to find one that has an agreement with your institution of choice. Some of these services are available for anyone who qualifies as a youth, but the primary demographic are college and university students. Failing that – budget airlines are perfect, especially for short distance travel.
Have Your Student ID Handy
No matter where you go or what method of transportation you might use to get there, you should always bring your student ID with you on your travels. It’s especially useful to have your ID with you if you know you’ll be visiting any places that specialise in learning. That’s because some historical sites or museums will often give students reduced admission prices and in some cases even provide students with admission free of charge. Some cities are so welcoming of international students that venues that aren’t specifically geared toward learning will give discounts for students with valid IDs. It’s not just for the cinema and Topshop!
Study and See the World Simultaneously
Travel is something that offers individualized learning experiences all on its own, so it only makes sense to get some credit if you’re already planning to go abroad. Most institutions offer internship programs that allow you to see the far-flung regions you’ve always dreamed about and since you’re technically going for academic reasons, there could be grants or scholarships available that can defray your travel costs nicely. For example, if you’re going for an online accounting degree, the class may include an opportunity to intern in a city such as Zürich, as it is widely regarded as a major financial hub in the global marketplace.
If you can’t find or don’t have time to engage in an internship that may last months, you might opt to take yourself on the road. If you are taking online classes, it is usually cheaper, freeing up more money for you to travel and study at the same time.
Take Advantage of Study Abroad Programs
Study abroad is similar to an internship, but as the name implies, it’s about taking courses rather than working in the job market. These programs allow you to experience life in another country and culture while you accrue more knowledge and credit. You’ll see new places, learn new things, and make some nice additions to your resume at the same time. Studying abroad also generally allows you to see a lot of places in a short amount of time. If you’re somewhere in Europe, you can take a budget airline as mentioned above to one of the neighbouring countries for a relatively low fee that may be further discounted thanks to your student status.
Take a little time to research what travel-related grants might be available at your college or university. Whether it is study abroad, internships, undergrad programs or various research projects, many colleges have grants set up to defray the costs of travel and provide you with extra funds while you’re on the road.
It may seem as though travelling extensively is beyond the means of students, but as you can see, with a bit of research and work, it is possible to see new places, learn new things, and acquire new skills on a limited student budget. Believe me – I’ve been there!