Tips for Traveling on the Cheap

Traveling can be an exciting part of any student's college experience. This article discusses ways to save money while traveling.

Whether it's cross-country or across the globe, traveling is often a part of college life. Many students find traveling an escape from their normal routine. Some students travel to relax or to find a new perspective. Despite what your purpose is, traveling can be a costly adventure, especially for students who are already on a tight budget. Here's some money saving traveling tips.

Research, Research, Research

Researching before you travel may be the best way to get a good deal. When you decide on a location or a time you want to travel, shop around. Try not to settle for the first travel listing unless you sincerely believe that you couldn't find a better deal. You may think researching is time consuming, but it's worthwhile if you're able to save a few hundred dollars. Think of it this way: the money you save can be used on your trip or saved for another trip.

Here are some ideas for how to start researching. For those who prefer shopping online, try browsing some online travel services such as Travelocity, www.travelocity.com, Orbitz, www.orbitz.com and Expedia, www.expedia.com. These services usually have good deals during off-peak travel seasons. Orbitz even has a special student section on their travel website. One website that is specifically geared towards students is Student Universe, www.studentuniverse.com.

College Campus Travel Agencies

If you would prefer that somebody do the research for you, you may want to try going to your on-campus travel agency. Many campuses have travel agencies on campus that can help students find the best deals, especially during peak travel seasons including spring break and summer. For various reasons, some student-oriented travel agencies are moved off campus, so you may want to check at the university union if the travel agency has been moved before becoming discouraged that you can't find it.

Travel in Groups

Traveling in groups does not necessarily mean you have to sign up through a company that does group tours. If you're interested in tour groups, try EF Tours at www.eftours.com.

Group tours are a good alternative for those who don't have time to make any of the preliminary plans before a vacation. It's also good for those who feel more comfortable traveling in larger groups.

For those who prefer more intimate traveling and making their own plans, travel with a group of friends. According to Owen Robinson of Young Money, www.youngmoney.com, four should be everyone's favorite number since traveling in a quartet often works out to be the most economical way to go. Traveling in such an intimate group can make decision making about accommodations and activities less stressful. It also provides an opportunity to really bond with friends.

For more information, try International Student Travel Confederation at www.istc.org.

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