The student guide to affordable travel

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You’ve got months off for summer to explore, discover and make new friendships in countries far and wide. No other time in your life will you be this free of responsibility. When could be a better time for travelling than your student years?

If only it were that simple. With rising tuition fees and educational extras bleeding your wallet dry, it’s no surprise you’re left penniless. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s a variety of ways to travel without paying extortionate expenses. We take a look at some handy travel tips to get you started.

Travel funding

  • Say the word ‘volunteer’ and images immediately spring to mind of gap year students coming together to build a school in Africa. While projects like this exist, there are many others that may interest you. It’s always worthwhile to give something back – so why not combine it with a spot of travelling in the process? If you’ve ever travelled before you know how much you spend on accommodation and board. It doesn’t come cheap. If you decide to volunteer you’ll be given a place to stay in exchange for your hard work.

  • The main drawback of term-time employment is that your time is taken up by "work” instead of study. Working a 38+ hour week is tiring and stressful enough for most people and come Friday they relax, have a glass of wine and let the weekend begin. However, for students working does not stop for the weekend. Those students looking to maximise their potential while studying, we recommend a part time job. With the expense of education these days travelling is far from affordable, but with a little help from a job you can save up for the holiday you deserve.

  • It’s a cliché that you meet people from all walks of life while studying – and it’s something to keep in mind when looking for affordable accommodation. Whether your friends are from another UK city or America, take advantage of travel opportunities provided by people you know. You’ll come out of it with different perspectives, language skills and often friends for life. You may have to pay for your flight, but your accommodation and the personal travel guide are free.

  • While this isn’t guaranteed travel funding, competitions offer some fantastic prizes. At this time of year we are riddled with newspaper cuttings, online pop-ups and fantastic magazine articles about dream vacations. The winners are few and far between, but there’s always someone lucky enough and that someone could be you. What better way to celebrate the end of essays, exams and lectures than a pre-paid holiday? With this in mind, it’s always important to check the fine print as some applications are harder to cancel once approved.

Distance Learning Centre hopes you have a fantastic summer and return fresh, revitalised and ready to study. For information on what we have to offer see our courses and sign up to our newsletter for the latest updates and deals.

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