Having a love of travelling but being confined by a student budget can be difficult. Those dreams of getting away can be cut short very quickly by a lack of funds. However with some careful planning a weekend away could be more affordable than you think.So how can this be done?
- Forget your list!
My bucket list is full of new countries and cities I want to visit but many of the places I have actually ended up didn’t feature on this list at all. Sometimes being too confined by an idea can hold you back, so if you want to travel and have little money to do so the first thing to do is forget about the list. Of course if you have the means go to the places you most desire! However if you just want to get away and don’t mind where to there are lots of deals.
Using this “method” I have been able to visit Croatia, Rome, Edinburgh and Switzerland. Most of these flights haven ended up being about €40 return. So how have I done this?
- Google Flights
This google feature is any travel lovers dream. Enter a date, a departure airport and explore the options. By just typing in Europe as a destination you will be able to discover where you can get to with your budget. Just this week I discovered, using Google flights, that I could fly direct to Malta for €29 return! Needless to say those flights were booked without delay.
- Go off season
Summer of course is expensive, people take their holiday leave and escape to the sun. As a result of the demand ticket prices increase. So if you can, try take those weekends away (midweek even better!) off season. We have this idea that places are only worth visiting in summer but its not true. I spent the summer in the south of France and while it was gorgeous the 30+ heat makes it difficult to explore a city. Spring, Autumn or even Winter offer better deals and sometimes a better chance to explore a new place.
If you’re convinced and now wondering how you can afford to stay in a new city check out my early blog post here which has lots of helpful hints.