5 Creative Ways College Students Can Save on Travel This Summer

Written by  //  2013/04/19  //  Student Travel  //  1 Comment

Summer is supposed to be a fun escape from school. But it can be expensive — and on a college budget, you need to save money.

The following are five creative ways to save money while having a great time. Hopefully, at least one of these ideas will inspire you to find the best summer vacation ever for you and your friends.

Find an Inclusive Package

Inclusive packages might give you a car, a plane ticket and a hotel all in one. The cost may seem high, but you’ll save money in the long run with the right package.

You can check with travel agencies for special packages and student discounts, or you can ask about special packages offered through your college. You can also search for these deals online. Many websites offer packages specifically for students.

Also, all-inclusive deals usually consist of food, drink and activities. This way, you don’t have to think about sticking to your budget while on vacation. As with any package, read the fine print and understand what you’re getting yourself into before you pay.

Take an Alternative Summer Break

Instead of partying, consider volunteering. Humanitarian aid trips can be fun, and you’ll have a chance to help others. This can make you feel better about yourself. The intense nature of these trips will teach you lessons you, otherwise, might not learn in the classroom.  

Break Away is a nonprofit that promotes quality, alternative spring breaks. They define an alternative break as “a trip where a group of college students (usually 10 -12 per trip) engage in volunteer service, typically for a week.” Many schools also have alternative break programs.

To raise money for your trip, hold fundraisers online or offline. People are willing to donate money if your intent is to help others.

Visit Friends or Relatives

Have any friends or relatives in a place you want to visit, like New York City or Los Angeles? Give them a call and see if you can stay with them. If that fails, consider trying out somewhere else. If you know where to go, you can have a great time in any city, especially if you don’t have to budget for accommodations. Ask your friends and see if they know anyone in a city you want to explore.

Sometimes, you might get really lucky and find a friend or relative who is also traveling during the same time, but is willing to let you stay in their house while they’re gone. This way, you have an entire home for you and your friends to enjoy.

Go CouchSurfing

Another way to save on accommodations is to couch-surf. Visit CouchSurfing.com and find someone to stay with. You then get to stay on someone’s couch or maybe in an extra room for free. Plus, you can ask them for recommendations on food and activities. You might want to buy some groceries or take your host out one night in return, but it will certainly be cheaper than paying for a hotel.

Users of the site are verified beforehand because safety is a major concern when staying with someone you don’t know. References are listed as well, so you can see what other couchsurfers have to say about the person or people you’re considering staying with.

Shop Last Minute

You probably are planning your trip on the early side, but procrastinators will be happy to know that planning at the last minute can mean some great deals. Many hotels and airlines offer discounted rates for booking 48 to 72 hours prior to the arrival date.

Also, when planning for your summer excursion, look for cheap tickets. With a little bit of research, you can find flights that get you where you want to go without blowing your budget in the process.

About the Author: Dillion Michaelson writes on topics related to budget travel for those of all ages.

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