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Many people have the view that traveling is always expensive, and this belief can prohibit many people from exploring the world. But in one’s college years, which are meant for trying new things and seeing new places, these travel experiences should be sought out. What many individuals do not realize is that traveling can be done for much less, making it possible for broke college students to take advantage of their youth and see the world. Check out a few tips for cheap travel below.

Purchase Food From Street Vendors or Cafes

As tempting as the expensive seafood restaurants can appear, your dollars will not go far here. You might have enough money in your bank account to be able to splurge on one meal, but your dollars will go much further if you take advantage of street vendors or cheap cafes. In most cases, such options will be easy to find in cities, more so than in country areas. And in some cases, food from these vendors can end up being more satisfying than a meal in a fancy restaurant. Think of gyros in New York City, croissants from a Parisian cafe and pastel de nata from the streets in Lisbon. These food options can help hold you over until your next meal and will save you money throughout your trip.

Take Advantage of Student Discounts

If you are doing some sightseeing and visiting popular attractions throughout your trip, you’ll want to make sure that you pack one essential item: your student I.D. Many establishments offer a discount on entrance fees and other costs simply for being a student, but you’ll have to have your I.D. along with you or at least display a school document of some sort in order to take advantage of these deals and save a few bucks on your outings.

Book Stays at Airbnb Properties

Staying at an Airbnb can be a great cost-effective way to stay in tourist destinations. Especially if you’re traveling with a group, you can often find properties with multiple sleeping arrangements and split the cost among you and your friends. Depending on the destination, some properties may be more expensive than others, but you can generally find an Airbnb for a fraction of the price of a hotel. There are some pros and cons of staying in an Airbnb, but the pros typically outweigh any cons. 

You’ll want to exit your college experience knowing that you took every chance to explore the world while you still had the freedom to do so. These budgeting tips can help you achieve your travel pursuits without driving you into debt.