KC is a college student who loves to travel and is enthusiastic about doing it on a budget!
He has traveled Europe several times and done so on a college student dime. He also shared with me that she can do it with ten pounds of luggage! I don’t think even my purse weighs less than ten pounds! So, when He asked to share some travel tips I said “yes please!”. Be sure to check out the link to his blog after the article, He just got back from Europe! Enjoy!
- Book your trip in advance.
- The beginning of any vacation is the plane ticket. The best time to buy a plane ticket is two to three months before your vacation actually starts. Once you buy your ticket, be sure to continue to watch ticket prices because most airlines will give you a better rate if one arises.
- Be sure to finance your trip properly-especially for a family vacation.
- Do some research and educate yourself about your financial options that are available to you and your family. There are many travel rewards programs through banks, which can be helpful. If you cannot put money down on your vacation, this might be a viable option for you. Finances can be the most stressful part of your life, why worry about that that during your vacation away from stress?
- Sleep somewhere outside the city.
- If you plan to tour a big city, then be prepared to pay big hotel bills. This is fine if you’re a city-person; personally, I try finding a smaller bed and breakfast outside the city limits. It’s always a little quieter and less damaging to my wallet. Plus, this way I can relax and see how the culture really is and not just how commercial cities look and feel.
- Utilize technology, it’ll save you a few dollars and a few headaches.
- Everyone has a smart phone these days, why not use it correctly? There are thousands of (free) travel apps, which help plan and organize your vacations. Planning to take a lot of pictures? Upload pictures to an online sharing platform for free in case your camera breaks or is stolen. Family and friends back home can look through these pictures without you and your family being smeared all over Facebook. This is a much safer and more personal way to share pictures with the ones you love.
- Flexibility is crucial for any trip abroad.
- Nothing is more frustrating than having to follow strict guidelines. Relax. You’re on vacation to enjoy yourself, remember? Make sure you stop and take the time to browse through markets, walk through parks and pose for memorable pictures.