You just got done with freshman year and the world around you seemed to be spinning. You are thinking about your grades, sophomore year, job and many more things about life that screws your head. You are in desperate need of an extra strong coffee and a long vacation to someplace exciting. You already know where to go, what to do but the only thing screwing up your plans is your pocket and budget, which seems to have a hole. You are a student, after all.
Most students in their late 20s find traveling the best way to balance their hormonal lives. They are young, enthusiastic, and full of energy and down for some fun. But not having enough funds to support your dream vacation is a problem that many encounters. The parents have probably saved their entire lives just to send their kids to a nice enough college, so asking them for it is not an option. Your part time job for sure doesn’t pay enough to uplift your budget and you are stuck in the reality. You realize being a student is not easy at all.
Still, just by making a few changes in your travel plan you can make it within your budget and without getting bankrupt and not feel guilty for missing the time of your life.
The first thing you have to do is to cut your extras off. That nightclub in Goa which you were really tempted to get drunk in is not in the list anymore. If you really want to make it, chuck those things down that are not close to must. You will be amazed how low your budget has already become. The next thing is to find alternatives. Use websites like Make My trip, Travel Yaari, OYO and Cleartrip to compare Hotels and find the best deals. Find out about the best food at the lowest price. See whether it is cheaper to book a cab or rent a two wheeler. The basic needs are covered; let’s move up to the fun part.
When you go somewhere, you definitely won’t want to miss out on the tourist hot spots that are the major landmarks of that place. Usually, public transport comes up as the best way to visit them as many tourist groups can be seen round the year and you can just tag along. It will save you a lot of money and you might make some new friends. For shopping, discover thrift stores or local markets where you can buy cheap and affordable stuff. Instead of swiping up your credit card in fancy malls, you’ll find great goods at a great price. Make sure you bring necessary items with you so as to avoid an extra cost of them. In India, hitchhiking is a safe option, but only in some places. If you want to save more on the transportation, just ask commercial vehicles which transport goods for a free ride. Also, if you are there for like about a month, you may take up a job as well. Will help you pay the bills and may get you enough to get some luxury.
Saving money is important but not more than your lives. Don’t damage your health just to save a few bucks. Always put your health and safety first. Happy globetrotting college survivors!