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How To Travel On A Budget

Youth and students often find it intimidating to travel on a tight budget, which regrettably deters some would-be adventurers from seeing the world. But if you know how to manage your money, then visiting exotic locations doesn’t have to be expensive. In actuality, it is possible to travel on a tight budget and enjoy life’s finer things without breaking the bank. Money need not be an obstacle when traveling, especially with your friends at Students Fare! 

How to Travel on a Budget

Travel Off-Season

View looking out an airplane window of the fjords in Norway during a vacation with Students Fare.

Travel during the offseason; you’ll still have a wonderful vacation but the sun might not beam quite as brightly. In order to draw customers, hotels and airlines reduce their pricing during this time.

Be mindful of the cyclical nature of travel. What one nation would deem to be “off-peak” may not be in another. It’s important to have reliable research because different places have distinct tourist seasons! Planning beforehand will help you avoid price increases and visitor hordes — a win-win situation for you! 

Get Travel Insurance

An image demonstrating the concept of travel insurance, with a small airplane sitting on an airline ticket and passport, surrounded by a large stethoscope. This image is used in the Students Fare travel blog, "the ultimate travel insurance 101 guide," which describes travel insurance, its importance, and the various insurance options available.

Possibly the most crucial advice to maintain cheap travel is to protect trip plans with insurance! Having a travel insurance policy in place can shield you and your trip financing from the unforeseeable, such as weather or delays that could disrupt your vacation plans. Keep this in mind as you reserve activities for your trip because it can reimburse you for any non-refundable payments and deposits that were not used!

FYI: Students Fare can find the perfect coverage for your trip. 

Stay in Hostels

A young female student traveling for school sits on a bunk bed in her hostel browsing her phone. According to the Students Fare travel blog article, hostel 101 guide, booking a hostel with free wifi is a must.

Although it should go without saying, lodging options like hostels are significantly more cost-effective than luxury hotels, vacation rentals, and resorts. You get better deals — some beds are basically just a handful of dollars a night. One of the main benefits is that most places have to gather places for people, so you might discover a partner to go on and split the costs for day trips with or for dinner with.  

Don’t believe myths that say hostels are cheap, dirty, and unsafe. Hostels are supposed to be economical options and now almost every hotel adheres to both hygiene and safety guidelines. 

Be Flexible

A group of youth students smiles and laughs as they walk through an old cobblestone street on a sightseeing tour. This is the featured image in the travel blog by Students Fare, "Best Destinations for Group Vacations," which lists the top locations for youth and student groups to travel!

This might be among the most crucial traits for a thrifty traveler to possess. You’ll be better equipped to take advantage of offers and opportunities that present themselves while traveling if you have the flexibility to change plans and make last-minute changes.  

Airlines “release” their air tickets up to a couple of months in advance and the closer your departure date gets, the more expensive it gets. Reserve a seat a minimum of 5-7 months in advance if you wish to travel to a location during the busiest time of year to benefit from early-bird savings. 

Travel On A Budget With Students Fare

By implementing these tips and tricks, you can enjoy an amazing getaway without breaking the bank. From careful planning and research to being flexible with your travel dates and accommodations, there are plenty of ways to cut down on expenses and make your vacation budget-friendly. So go ahead and start planning your next adventure, Students Fare is here to help along every step!

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