Budget Travel Tips for Graduates

Budget Travel Tips for Graduates
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    Finishing your studies can be a daunting prospect.

    It’s a time of great upheaval and can feel like the decisions you make are going to affect the rest of your life.

    What should be a time for celebration can often be a time of head scratching and job application agony.


But there is plenty of time to work on your career. Finishing college is actually the perfect time to take a trip away. It can broaden your horizons, is often seen as highly valuable experience by prospective employers and most importantly gives you time to think about what direction you want to take in life.

Of course, traveling costs money; which, as a college graduate is likely to be in short supply. Thankfully there are many ways to see the world on a budget. But when on a shoestring, research and planning is crucial to your success. You should think carefully about where you want to go, how you are going to get there and where you are going to stay.

Where should I go?

The world is your oyster. But be realistic about the costs of your prospective destinations. Unless you are swimming in money, then places like St Tropez or Monte Carlo are probably out of reach to the more budget-conscious traveler. There are a multitude of cheaper options though, often in far-flung exotic places.
There are ways to add more expensive countries onto your list – it helps if you have friends living there with whom you can stay with for free. Or if you find a job you can offset the costs of traveling there or even save money to extend your trip.

Here are some destination ideas to get you started:


This vast, amazing country is ripe for cheap travel. Once there you can find accommodation in dorms for very little money. Food is cheap and tasty and there are so many incredible places to see, you won’t be disappointed.

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Though prices have risen recently, Vietnam is still a prime choice for the budget backpacker. The food is amongst the best in the world and very cheap. There are amazing sights, from cities to beaches and, as tourism is such a big part of their resurgent economy, it’s an easy place to travel.

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With a smaller economy than either of its more traveled neighbors, Cambodia retains a rural charm and warm welcome that more developed nations perhaps lack. With attractions like the World Heritage site, Angkor Wat and its recent turbulent history to learn about, you won’t be short of things to see and do.

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Western Europe is, on the whole, one of the more expensive places in the world to visit. But there are still bargains to be had. Despite its current money worries (or perhaps because of them) Greece is a cheap travel just waiting to be explored. From the ancient history of its cities to its stunning islands, this is a fantastic place to discover.

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There are many opportunities for cheaper travel in Eastern Europe. Hungary is just one of many such countries you should add to your list. Budapest is a picturesque city with striking architecture, a wide range of budget restaurants, quirky bars and a vibrant music scene.

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Though certainly not cheap, Australia is still a mecca for young backpackers from around the world. Below the age of 30, you can apply for a working visa, travel the country and earn money to save for further travels. The country is beautiful with stunning weather most of the year round and plenty of tourist hotspots to visit.

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How do I get there?

Nowadays there are great deals for cheap airfare all over the world. Aggregator websites like Skyscanner.com can help find low-cost options for many international destinations. There are also sites like Theflightdeal.com or Secretflying.com that specialize in finding incredibly cheap deals around the globe. They key is to be flexible about when you are going to travel and in some cases where you are going. You can snap up bargain basement flight deals that get you closer to your desired destination then make use of super-cheap local airlines to complete your journey.

You might even consider taking a short-term contract with cruise ships to get you close to where you want to be. Though working conditions are not necessarily the best, you can save money while working and get dropped off at an exotic location along the route.

Where should I stay?

Accommodation can be one of the most expensive parts of the trip, so it pays to be savvy about cheap or even free options. Dormitories are usually the most inexpensive places and can also help you meet people as you travel around. You will have to get used to sleeping in a room with many other people though.

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Some hostels and attractions offer free beds and food in exchange for working there. Take a look at Workaway.info for opportunities to offset travel costs with work. There are some really amazing experiences to be had that can save you a whole bunch of money.

There are also websites which offer entirely free rooms – check out Couchsurfing.com, a community of people who offer couches or spare rooms for travelers to stay. It can be a fantastic way to see a country as you often have the local knowledge of your hosts to help in your explorations.

Be sure to remain safe when using any of these sites though – look at other people’s reviews of any places you think about staying and if you have the slightest inkling that something is not right, stay somewhere else.

Andy Trowers is a freelance writer and regular contributor to www.used.forsale

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