Summer Travel on a Student Budget

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Hey everyone! I wanted to share with you guys some of my tips and tricks on traveling on a budget.  I’m currently visiting New Jersey and New York, part one of my summer adventure. As a student, it’s definitely tough traveling on a budget, but here are some tips and tricks on how I save money and have tons of fun while traveling on a budget!

At the Airport

If you really want to stretch your budget out, start by saving at the airport! Everything at the airport is extremely overpriced, so save money by bringing your own things. Here are some ideas:

  • Bring a reusable water bottle or an empty water bottle. You’ll save an extra $4-5 just by bringing your own water bottle! Once you’ve passed security you can fill up your water bottle at any water fountain, some airports even have ‘refill stations’. Using this throughout your trip will save you tons of money in the long-run.
  • Pack your own food because the airport and airplane food will be expensive and not that appetizing. Although they say you’re only allowed to bring a personal item (purse, backpack, etc) and a carry-on, you are allowed to bring an extra bag with food you’re going to be consuming at the airport or on the airplane.

Sight-Seeing & Dining Options

Doing your research on the local scenery and dining options prior to traveling will help you stay on budget. Having an idea on the price points of different places will help narrow down your options.

  • Ask the locals about restaurants they recommend you to try out. They always recommend the best budget-friendly eateries that fill your stomach! Stray away from asking the hotel for recommendations, they’ll send you to pricier restaurants that they’ve partnered up with.
  • Compare and contrast the different hotspots, narrow down your sight-seeing list to your top 5 must see places. Check out the ads in newspapers for free summer concerts or events.  By pairing up the top 5 places with a few free summer events, you’ve got yourself an eventful summer trip!
  • Buy admission tickets online because they are usually a couple of dollars cheaper. Trust me, these few dollars you save will only help your budget out even more. Also, oftentimes museums and tourist attractions offer student discounts, so make sure to ask ahead of time.
  • Emergency snacks are a must! You never know where the closest store is and their store hours. From experience, I have gone a couple hungry nights wishing I had snacks. Having an emergency stash of snacks will help you out for those late night munchies! I like to bring a large ziplock of granola bars, fruit snacks and trail mix.

Traveling doesn’t have to feel like you’re splurging all your money. By using these tips/tricks and budgeting wisely, you can have fun without spending tons of cash!


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