A Beginners Guide to travelling on a budget
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As summer is approaching, plans for the holidays are being put into motion. However, especially for students, one of the biggest apprehensions attached to travel is the idea of parting with money. There are always going to be costs associated with travel but student travel is becoming increasingly affordable with many sites advising students on many-saving tips and more and more companies offering youth or student discounts. So long as you make conscious efforts to reduce your holiday spending, it is still possible to make your ideal holiday a reality without compromising your student loan. With this in mind, here are top eight tips for travelling on a budget. 1. Consider travelling with an interrail pass It’s normal to feel uneasy over the prospect of forking out a large amount of money on a single pass. However, in the long-run, the benefits of purchasing an interrail pass will save you large sums of money otherwise spent on pricy individual rail or bus tickets. Interrailing is the perfect option for students planning to embark on longer trips cross-continent or cross-country since the pass gives you unlimited rail travel on days the pass is valid. With a youth-discounted interrail pass, you can freely visit multiple destinations cheaply and quickly. Just make sure to check the official Interrail Rail Planner app, which has an up-to-date schedule of trains covered by your pass and alerts about additional reservation fares. 2. Opt for accommodation with self-catering facilities Keep your eye out for hostels and B&Bs that offer shared kitchen facilities. This way, you can buy food cheaply in local markets or supermarkets to prepare yourself. Rather than forking out on restaurants where one meal can cost up to twenty pounds or more in certain destinations, self-catering allows you to eat food you enjoy without worrying about its price-tag. If you’re not keen to commit to fully self-catering, a simple step you can take is to book a hotel room that is equipped with a small fridge, where you can store spreads, milk, and yoghurt to provide your own breakfast and make sandwiches for on-the-road. Always pack some cutlery and a couple of containers in your luggage: there’s nothing worse than going to eat a bowl of pasta only to realise you've got nothing to eat it with! 3. Be smart about eating out A holiday isn’t the same without sampling the local cuisine, so there’s no need to entirely boycott eating out.
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