How to See the World if You Are a Student
As more and more people around the world get vaccinated, travel is gradually returning to the agenda of many people. And, as before, the question of how to see the world is most pressing for students. Let's take a look at a few ways that students can make their trips much cheaper, and sometimes even see the world without spending a penny.
How much money does a student need to travel?
If traveling includes expenses for transportation, accommodation, food, and entertainment, as is traditional, a student is likely to have to save up for a very long time for such a vacation. However, students always have the option to participate in international volunteer programs that provide free lodging and meals, which will already be significant savings. Some of them also reimburse transportation costs. Quite often volunteer camp programs include organized sightseeing trips.
A student traveler on such a trip will need to pay for a round-trip ticket, in-country transportation (for example, a bus to go to another city), and a visa, if one is needed. You should also inquire whether participation in the program requires any upfront fees before you leave. It is also better to have a certain amount of money in case you want to walk around the city and buy something.
What do international volunteer organizations offer?
International volunteer camp projects have a wide variety of activities. Volunteers help with festivals, farm animal care, archaeological excavations, environmental work, teaching a foreign language to children, and more. Many organizations offer to participate in such camps. For example, Service Civil International. SCI offers many options for volunteers: short-term (average duration of 2 weeks) and long-term projects (6 - 12 months). Workcamp, in short, is a unique form of volunteering that brings together people from different countries, cultures, and traditions to live and work together with local communities for two to three weeks.
How to solve academic issues?
If a student is going to go abroad during his studies, he has the opportunity to pass the exams early. The reasons for taking the exams early must be convincing and necessarily documented. Going abroad, moving to study in another city or country just might be examples of such reasons. A prerequisite is the absence of academic backlogs from previous semesters.
If you find yourself in a situation where the project you like starts in a couple of weeks and you have many academic backlogs, you have two main ways to still make the trip. The first is to forget about sleep, rest, and personal life and go through all the trouble: write essays at night, drinking a lot of coffee and energy drinks. The second is to ask for assignment help from professionals. In the first case, you will save some money, in the second - you’ll save your health, nervous system, and you'll be sure that you won't sleep through most of the trip or project because of the accumulated fatigue and exhaustion.
If a student does not have them and there is a good reason, then he or she can safely go to the Dean's Office of his or her faculty and get an examination sheet. Without an examination sheet, the professor will not accept examinations outside of the established timelines.
Here are some other tips if workcamps aren’t for you
If there are no options to travel via international organizations or you simply don’t like them, there are many other tricks that could help you to save a lot of money on seeing the world. So here are few tips to make independent travel easier and help you save money without losing comfort.
Overnight accommodations. You can inexpensively book a place in a budget hotel, hostel, or use services like Airbnb or CouchSurfing and negotiate directly with the host. Some people let guests in for free. These accommodations are a great way to get a roof over your head and get to know the natives. Often the host can tell you what places to visit and the best way to get there, or even give you a tour - as luck would have it.
Transportation. You can save a lot of money by avoiding planes and international trains. Buses and domestic trains will help to get to the place and save money at the same time. Hitchhiking is also an option: it's a great way for a student to travel for free. Just be careful and don't get in the car if the driver is not trustworthy.
Meals. If you are not going to spend a lot of money, avoid the advertised places. Ask locals and listen to their recommendations: they know exactly where to eat tasty, atmospheric, and inexpensive food. And that brings us back to the benefits of living with a local host.
This is not a complete list of those opportunities that allow students to travel on a fairly budget. In fact, there is an incredible number of them. The key is to start thinking "how can I go there?" instead of thinking "can I afford the trip?" With that little touch of adventurism, paired with the virtually unlimited possibilities that the modern world offers, almost any trip will be possible even with very limited funds.
About Taylor Brouwer: “I’m a co-founder and part-time content writer at Writemyessay.nyc. So, most of the time I spend writing - either for the project or something edutainment. As a student, I visited 28 cities in 13 states of the US and more than 10 countries all over the world.”
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