How to Go Traveling as a Broke College Student

I’ve traveled a lot when I was younger and I have to say I was fortunate to because of my amazing parents that took me everywhere with them on our vacations. However, sometimes your parents will no longer want to or can take you on family vacations. So, of course, as an adult and college student, you’re expected to save up for whatever else place you want to go to. Or maybe you’ve never really gone traveling to begin with and want to try it out but don’t know how. You might feel limited to your options even more because you’re a college student. Or more like a broke college student. I know that feeling. I always looked at all these pictures with picturesque sceneries from Tumblr and Instagram and always wished I could go there. I’m telling you it is possible. It’s not about wishing for it, it’s about doing something about it. Take action. As my mother tells me, “If there’s a way, there’s a will.” So don’t let your financial situation hold you back because there are ways to make your dream trip more than a dream but reality.

Here are some important ways that will help you achieve going to that dream place of yours or somewhere that means importance to you:

1. Make this place a long term goal.
Just like any goal in life whether it’s trying to get into your dream school or getting a great job, you want to see traveling to a place as a goal too. You want to remind yourself to work hard towards it because the results is going traveling to a place you always wanderlusted over. You want to make sure this is something you will fully invest in and you won’t have doubts about it. Make this dream destination as a wallpaper on your phone, hang a picture or poster of it on your wall, get inspired. Remind yourself this is like a dream you’re chasing next to the important goals in life.

2. And here’s why you need to make it long term: You’re going to have to save.
It’s like buying anything you always wanted to get. You’re going to have to save. That means putting ‘x’ amount of money into your savings and living on a budget. Don’t impulsively spend a lot of your money when you plan to travel somewhere. You need to save for air flights and/or gas and toll fees, transportation within the destination, hotel or Airbnb rental rooms, food!!!, and for excursions. That’s a lot of things and it can add up so be prepared to have saved enough money to use traveling and to use for your own emergency funds and bills.

3. Find extra ways to make money.
This might mean getting a second job (see in your college if you can take one up), selling your used (but still in good condition) things online (I love using online marketplaces– I made a couple hundreds from doing so!), and asking to help your parents or neighbors in exchange to get paid.. there’s so many things to do so! Just, of course, stay away from doing illegal things please.

4. Go on a budget (it will help you do #2).
If this means getting clothes from clearance or from thrift stores only, then why not? Choose the most inexpensive brands for foods (branded items don’t always mean better quality: here’s a fun video of how dollar tree store foods can compare to branded foods.) Keep it to a limit from going out to eat. Discipline yourself to not buy things you don’t need (remember the difference from wants and needs).

5. When buying books for your classes, you can instead be saving for your vacation.
Don’t limit yourself to buying your college books from the bookstore or Barnes and Nobles. Think about renting before you buy them… because really, when are you going to take this class again besides this one semester? I always resort to these three websites and do a price match and get the better value of rentals (sometimes there won’t be rentals but the option to just buy: still price match that): Chegg.com, Bookbyte.com, and Amazon.com. You can also always make a social media post advertising that you’re looking for a specific book or go around asking your friends or friends of friends for the book you need. I highly believe they will give you the best price or will let you borrow.

And there you go! There’s definitely a lot more tips but those are the most important and helpful ones that helped me. If you know anymore tips you think I missed, just comment away.

As a hard working college student, you deserve to go and escape the books for a little bit!

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