Exploring a new place and experiencing a different culture is always an exciting adventure! Unfortunately as a student, travelling is not always luxurious as a backpacker and you may often find yourself counting every last dollar in your pocket.
In order to travel often as a student, you have to travel cheap – it’s almost unavoidable. Fortunately, I’ve discovered few simple ways to make backpacking a little more luxurious, while still affordable!
In order to get the most bang for your buck when travelling as a student, it’s essential that you opt for cheaper accommodation such as hostels and Airbnb’s. Whether you’re looking for a private room, or a dorm room with 10 other people, there’s bound to be an option that works for you!
- Buy booze at the duty free store when arriving at your new destination
It’s always a good idea to stock up on alcohol upon arriving in a new country at the duty free store, if you plan on drinking on your trip. I guarantee you will not find a better deal for drinks and if you pre drink before going out, you save heaps of money on drinks at the bar/club.
- Look into hostels that have happy hour specials
If you’re planning to stay in a hostel, look into a few different places and assess which ones have drink/meal specials at happy hour – surprisingly most of them do!
- Book flights ahead of time
This is a given, but booking flights ahead of time will save you in the long run and give you more cash to work with during your trip!
- Use flight price apps like skyscanner.ca
There are multiple apps that allow you to keep tabs on flight prices and see if they’ve changed since you last checked. Although tedious, following various flights will allow you to save hundreds of dollars that you can use on outings during your trip, for example.
- Look up the cheapest/most convenient mode of transportation in advance
A little research really goes a long way when travelling! While it takes some effort to look into the transportation of the place you’ll be visiting, it will save you time and money when you arrive. Whether it’s renting a car, or navigating the trains, figuring it out in advance is a must do!
- Check the ‘free food’ section in your hostel
Throughout my travels the one thing I regret not doing more of in the past was taking advantage of the ‘free food’ section in the hostel kitchen before going out to grab my own groceries. After buying my own food I was shocked to see how much people had left behind untouched such as sauces, pasta, bread and other essential food items. It also turns into a fun challenge of what concoction you can come up with!
- Book your accommodation close to the areas you plan to spend most of your time
Again, this seems like a given, but as a backpacker cheap hostels often grab your attention and convince you to move further away from the city center/desired area. By spending a little extra to be in a better location you’ll save time and money on transportation each day!
- Determine what you’d like to spend most of your money on
Once again this comes down to the research and figuring out how you’d like to spend most of your time. What’s important to you? If it’s adventurous outings and exploring the new place you’re in (as it most often is for backpackers) then budgeting your money accordingly is vital. By cutting back on some aspects such as eating out, nightly entertainment etcetera, you’ll have more money to spend on daily activities and becoming more immersed in a culture.
- Choose “all inclusive” hostels or Airbnb’s
Okay, so there isn’t such a thing as an all inclusive hostel or AIrbnb, but there are many that include extras such as included breakfast, discounts on activities in the city, a free transportation pass, pool, etcetera. Once you figure out the extras you’d love to have, you can filter through the various options online!
So while you’re waiting for the day when you’ll be rolling around in cash and can travel without being on a tight budget, these tips are sure to help make your backpacking adventure a little more enjoyable! I mean you’ve gotta fake it till you make it, right?