School is out for the summer and students are looking forward to basking in their provisional break, and focus on going on vacation. However, many travel agencies begin to hike up their travel fares in anticipation of the summer business boom. With students having such a limited time frame, the need to squeeze in their vacation time causes them to either skip out on traveling or pay the high price tag.
As a full-time college student and part-time employee, I’m here to provide fellow students with some of the easiest, and most economical ways to travel. These are the methods I regularly to find the smartest/cheapest ways to get to my favorite destinations.
Without further ado, here are 3 Tips and Tricks for Travelling on a Budget:
1. Use Travel Search Engines like Google Flights, Skyscanner, and Expedia
First things first: booking your flight. Flights can get pretty expensive, so the best word of advice I can give to someone when looking for cheap flights is to plan in advance –if possible. Using travel search engines like Google Flights, Skyscanner, and Expedia is extremely useful because they help you find the most affordable and convenient prices on airfare anywhere. These websites allow you to select a time frame, location, and airline, to then generate an itinerary for you and send you notifications straight to your phone. Notifications let you know when there’s any price increase or decrease and the best time to purchase.
2. Skip the Hotel and Travel With Airbnb
Now that you know where you are going, it’s time to look for a place to stay. For those of you who might be unfamiliar with Airbnb, Airbnb is an online service that allows people to turn their homes, apartments, and even spare rooms into a hotel for travelers that are looking for a more economical stay. I cannot stress how many times this marketplace service has saved me, and my friends, from having to pay hundreds of dollars for a hotel. The website has a vast variety of vacation rentals that you can choose from according to your needs. A cool feature is that it allows you to split the payment evenly amongst the people in your group, that way everyone gets to see the savings in this category.
3.Travel in groups
While planning a trip for large groups may seem like a no brainer, traveling in groups of six or more may not be smart money wise. I’ve found that grouping in sets of four is the best way to get a good deal. When combined with tip #2, it allows you to save money not only on hotel, which can be one the most expensive aspects of your trip, but it can help you save on fun activities, attractions, car rentals, and so much more. You will also have more options because it will be easier for companies to accommodate your party.
Summer is the most exciting vacation of the year, so take advantage of these tips and get to planning!
By Emily Sol