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How to Travel as a College Student

I am a senior in college, and I think I have pretty much mastered saving money while you’re in school so you can travel. Here are the tricks I have learned along the way!

  • Decide what is most important to you- This is the first step. You need to decide what your priorities are. Is it your sorority? Getting that new purse? Spending 5 nights a week with your boyfriend? Doing homework and studying in peace and quiet constantly? If traveling is not pretty much your top priority, it’s just not gonna happen. You literally have to give up so many other things to save money for travel, it has to be your top priority. Yes, it’s a lot of work, but it is so so worth it.corfu greece
  • Don’t move out- I know this isn’t possible for everyone, but if you have the option to stay at home during your college years, do it. You will save SO much money! I am so thankful that I have a family who lets me stay at home while I am in school. I also know how hard it can be to live with your family while everyone else is moved out, away at college or living in a cute apartment with their boyfriend. But, priorities. I was bummed that I didn’t move out because I didn’t get the “college experience” of meeting new people, getting drunk, kissing cute boys, and wearing clothes with random letters on them. Until I figured out that I could all of those things, but on a beach in Miami, Florida. And Greece. And the Bahamas.
  • Apply for financial aid and scholarships- Luckily, California doesn’t think that my family & I make enough money to pay for all of my tuition. So after literal hours of online forms, I am signed up to receive financial aid for my college tuition which means that I won’t be stuck with student loans for the rest of my life! Yay! I also apply to as many scholarships as I can! Get information from your school, or the app Scholly.”study abroad
  • Get a flexible job- I’ve had all kinds of jobs, from a server, to a pizza delivery girl, to a construction company receptionist. But now in my last year of college, I made it a requirement that every job I have will be flexible with time off so I can usually drop what I’m doing and go. My motto is that living a happy life is more important than any college job.IMG_0308
  • Multitask- I mentioned earlier that it might be hard to make the most amount of money possible if you always need to do homework in silence and if that’s what you spend the majority of your time doing. I try to find jobs that allow me to do homework while I am working. Get paid to study! Score! So while I’m babysitting, after the kids go to bed, I do my homework. If they have soccer practice, I’m sitting on the sidelines studying. Get a job at a little boutique that isn’t very busy so you have free time to do homework. Employers like that you’re in school, so I wouldn’t be afraid to ask if it’s okay for you to bring homework for you to do if you have any downtimeIMG_4561
  • Get as many jobs as possible- I’m kind of the queen of this. My mom likes to brag about me constantly having like 5 jobs. But they’re all super part time, flexible, and it keeps me from getting bored of one thing. Plus if I lost one, it wouldn’t be too big of a deal. At the end of the post, I have a list of ideas of what kind of jobs to get. But in case you’re wondering, I regularly nanny for 3 different families, 7 days a week. I work for 2 babysitting agencies where I can pick up sits whenever I am free. I work at a preschool, 2 days a week. I drive for Postmates whenever I have free time. I tutor kids on an app (read more at the end) whenever I can. And sometimes I work for StaffPro doing different events on my own schedule.
  • Let people know that you’re always looking for a job- I get so many babysitting jobs because people know that if I’m not already working, I will be there! I get an amazing amount of referrals for babysitting! When people find out that you’re saving for a trip, they are usually really helpful in letting you know about any other ways for you to make money. This also comes with being flexible, and rarely having a free weekend night.
  • Get a job that includes free food- This is also a great way to save. When I used to deliver pizza, I got free pizza all the time. If not free, it was 50% off. Even now that I don’t work there, they still give me an employee discount! Now that I babysit, pretty much every family offers me a meal, or at least whatever snacks that I want so I always get free food!
  • Eat at home- When you do need to buy food, get it from the grocery store. Eating out adds up so quickly, and it’s really not worth it. Help out your wallet and your body by making your own food instead of buying it on the go. I pack a lunch everyday!sunrock hostel
  • Join college activities that are free- Although joining a sorority or fraternity is tempting, it’s expensive. Again, you get that college experience, but I’d rather be having all of the fun, but somewhere else. I joined CRU, a Christian club that is free to join. I still get to meet new people, go to activities, and have fun, but I don’t have to pay anything. They even have events sometimes where they feed us!cusf
  • Rarely go out drinking- The typical college student spends all of their money on alcohol. Alcohol is expensive!!! Buy a bottle of 2 buck chuck and call it a night. Save your drinking money so that when you’re in Germany, you can buy all of the beer you want and you don’t have to feel bad about it.IMG_6370
  • Trade clothes with friends- Instead of going out and buying a new dress for every party, trade clothes with your friends (or mom, if you have a cool mom like I do). When I do buy clothes, I buy everything as cheap as possible, and I get things that I can use all the time. Like dresses and yoga pants… which are basically all I wear. I get cheap clothes from the website SheIn. It has some bad reviews, so buy at your own risk, but I order from them pretty often and have never had a bad experience!
  • Join a traveling group to find deals and get free places to stay- I am part of quite a few traveling groups on Facebook which have greatly increased my wanderlust. We post about all of the places we’ve been, travel deals, and tips we’ve learned on out adventures. These communities are awesome because they help me save on booking travel, I have met up/made friends with people from the groups, and have even gotten free places to stay through people in the groups! I recommend joining The Wanderlust Guide!paris eiffel tower
  • Travel Locally- You would be surprised at how many amazing things there are to see that aren’t far from you! Go on day or weekend trips if you’re on a tight budget!potato chip rock
  • Go places where you know people- Take advantage of all of your friends who went away to school and go visit them! You will have a free place to stay, and an awesome tour guide. Even through traveling, I have met so many people who have offered me a place to stay if I ever wanted to come visit! This is a great way to save money while traveling.IMG_4855
  • Start a travel blog- You would be amazed at how many people are willing to give you free stuff if you post about it on your travel blog. I just started this old thing for fun, but I quickly found out that it could become so much more! I became an ambassador for Tinggly, which means that I can go on any of their awesome “experiences” for free. I have also been offered a hotel to stay at in Costa Rica in exchange for a blog post. I haven’t taken advantage of it, but from what I know, starting a travel blog is well worth it if you plan to become a serious traveler!

Travel Friendly Jobs:

  • Babysitter– I got all of my nannying jobs through I also work for 2 babysitting agencies which allow me to make my own schedule!
  • Work for family or a friend– When I used to work for the construction company, it was owned by my friend’s family. This was an awesome job because they were very flexible with my schedule.
  • Anything on your own schedule- For example, get a job working for Uber, Lyft, or Postmates. All of these jobs let you start working literally whenever you want!
  • A job that you’ve had for a long time, and you know will allow time off– I’ve been working at the same preschool for 3 years, and one of the reasons that I love it is because we have enough staff and substitutes which allows me to take time off.
  • A job that will lead to other side jobs– The preschool I work at is awesome because I let all of the parents know that I babysit, so I get a lot of jobs! Any job working with kids will probably lead to babysitting jobs because the family is already comfortable with you.
  • NiceTalk- I use the app NiceTalk to “tutor” kids and help them with their English for $10/hr. Really all you do is video chat with them so they can practice talking to an English-speaker. It’s totally on your own time and I love it. (Use code N5I87FMD and get a $20 sign up bonus).

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