Travel on a student budget

All students want to take a break from their studies. A trip is necessary immediately after the end of each academic year, but holidays take some saving for!

Let’s look at some tips and ways that students can save money and enjoy some amazing holidays based on a student budget. It might seem to be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be necessarily.

  1. Try to save a bit of money each month

Whether you are going to withdraw money from a cashpoint, or you’re doing some shopping, make sure you save an amount of money at the end of the month (even if you’ve only managed £20.00!) Without noticing, it will increase your efforts of creating a travel budget!

  1. Regulate your expenses

Try not to buy food and drink brands. These are more expensive than the supermarket’s products such as rice, juice, bread pasta and so on. You also have the choice to avoid going out to eat; why not invite all your friends over and cook together, and each of you could contribute a different ingredient to save on costs! You can find delicious, simple and nutritious recipes at https://uk.pinterest.com/uniessex/student-healthy-recipes-and-nutritious-tips/

  1. Estimate costs

Make estimations about the expenses of your trip and try to align it with your income. Try writing your income and your current expenses and then write how much your trip would; seeing it on paper will help you to work out how much you need to save and what costs you could cut down on to help.

  1. Earn some income

Start searching for job opportunities, preferably part time ones because you don’t want to lose control of your studies. You can either use the university’s page, signup to receive emails for vacant job positions, or simply go and ask somewhere you think you are able to work. Don’t be shy, you know you really need this vacation! Moreover, job experience can be a plus on your CV.

  1. Sell something

You can sell your old books, clothes, anything that is clearly unnecessary to you.

  1. Decrease your purchases

I know it’s hard, but this can save you money. When you are going for a walk to the shops, ask yourself ‘Do I really need this?’. If you don’t, then don’t buy it!

  1. Try to reduce your utility bills

Keep the heating low and wear jumpers! Open the windows instead of using the air-conditioner (in the summer months) and don’t leave the tap on whilst you aren’t using the water.

  1. Do your beauty treatments on your own

If you are a girl, do your waxing, eyebrows, manicure and pedicure by yourself and avoid going to a beautician.  This will save you more money!

  1. Cut down on drinking

Paying for drinks in clubs can be costly, so it is up to you to lower your alcohol intake. It will save you money and it is good for your health too!

  1. Exercise cheaply

Search on the internet for the cheapest gym that is nearby.  Thus, you will save money and you will not be deprived of your daily exercise! Alternatively, you could go for a run for free!

  1. Walk

If you’re running late, then a bus is necessary! But if not,  walk to lectures and enjoy some fresh air and pretty scenery, whilst saving your money!

  1. Are your plans realistic?

If your budget doesn’t correspond to the expenses of your desired trip, then change destination. Some cheap options are:

  • Amsterdam
  • Cyprus
  • Greece (including Greek islands too: Rhodes, Crete, Andros, Antiparos, Kalymnos etc!)
  • Prague
  • Malta

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Good luck saving, I’m sure the holiday will be worth it!

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