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Exploring Surrounding Countries on a Budget: Student Budget-Friendly Travel 
exploring surrounding countries on a budget student budget friendly travel

Exploring Surrounding Countries on a Budget: Student Budget-Friendly Travel 

International students often find themselves in a unique position to explore the rich culture of not only their host country but also neighboring areas. While the prospect of travel is exciting, the financial constraints of student life can be challenging. This article aims to provide practical tips for students on how to explore surrounding countries or locations on a budget.

1. Research and Planning: 

Always start by researching the nearby destinations. Check to see what the best budget accommodations and flights are. Research what activities you are interested in, and ensure to check out any deals the destination may offer. Be sure to plan your trip in advance, as transportation/accommodation options get more expensive, the longer you wait. 

2. Budget-Friendly Transportation: 

Consider the various transportation options of your destination of choice such as trains, buses, or budget airlines for inter-country travel. Some transportation services even offer student discounts and group rates to further reduce costs.

3. Student Discounts and Cards: 

On the topic of student discounts, take advantage of your student status by researching student discounts and cards. Many attractions, museums, and transportation services offer special rates for students. Because of this, always carry your student ID, and international student ID. Also check if your credit card offers any cashback or rewards for travel-related purchases. This can provide additional savings. We previously wrote an article about UNiDAYS, who offer discounted hotels and flight tickets for students.

4. Group Travel: 

Consider traveling with a group of fellow students to split costs. Travelling in a group can make the experience more enjoyable, but also may allow you to share expenses for group activities, or accommodations. 

5. Utilize Public Transportation: 

Using public transportation in your travel destination can be more economical than renting a car, or taking a taxi. Be sure to understand how this works, and where you can get transit passes/cards before you decide to begin your journey. 

6. Explore Free and Low-Cost Activities: 

Take a look at various free/low cost activities online before you embark on your trip. Many cities offer free walking tours, discounted museum days, and outdoor events. Embrace the local culture by attending community events and festivals.

7. Local Cuisine and Markets: 

Sampling local cuisine is an integral part of travel, and it can be done on a budget. Try out the street food, or explore local food markets to find affordable, authentic dishes. This not only saves money but also immerses you in the local culinary scene.

8. Work or Volunteer Abroad: 

Consider opportunities to work or volunteer in neighboring countries. This not only provides a unique cultural experience but can also help offset travel expenses. Look for programs that align with your interests and schedule. Many international students will not be able to work in these destinations due to visas and immigration status. However, volunteering is always an option to be explored. 

9. Book Holidays During National Deals: 

Booking holidays during Black Friday or Boxing Day can be a savvy way to save money on travel expenses. Here are some tips to make the most out of these sales:

  1. Subscribe to newsletters and alerts from airlines, travel agencies, and booking platforms. Many companies release exclusive deals and promotions to subscribers first. 
  2. Be flexible with your travel dates. Black Friday and Boxing Day deals may have better discounts on certain days or periods. Adjusting your travel dates by a day or two can lead to significant savings. 
  3. Be aware of time zones. Black Friday and Boxing Day deals may start at different times depending on the region. Be aware of the time zone differences to ensure you don’t miss out on time-sensitive offers.

Exploring surrounding countries as an international student on a budget is not only possible but also an enriching experience. By conducting thorough research, leveraging student discounts, and embracing budget-friendly options, you can create unforgettable memories without breaking the bank. 

Sources: How to Travel on a Budget in College, Budget travelling in College, UNiDAYS
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