Saving money is more vital if you are a student because you have less money and less of a chance to regain your money or put off your trip. If you had a full time job instead then you could probably take your car or spend a little more on travel, and if you were a business person you could knock the cost of your travel off of your tax bill. But, as a student you are stuck with having to pay from your limited budget. So, here are eight ideas that will help you save a little money when traveling.
1 – Check into student travel discounts
There are often lots of different discounts for students, and a common one is some sort of travel discount. You may have applicable discounts that you can use in your area, town, city, borough, or even in your entire state. You should look into the various discounts available for the train, bus, tube and trams. You may be missing out on some great money saving discounts. Your school or college will also probably have information on all of your applicable discounts.
2 – Book trips well in advance
If you book any trip well in advance and pay for it in advance then you are more likely to get a better deal. Travel companies like people who book ahead because it saves them a lot of marketing and administration money, plus it is a form of potential/guaranteed income. This rule applies mostly to package holidays, flights and trains. It is possible to get last minute deals for these things, but you take a massive risk of not getting anything at all if you wait too long; especially if you are planning to travel around the holiday season.
3 – Plan for an expensive phone bill
If you are going abroad then you should expect a big phone bill when you get back. Roaming fees are still massive, but there are two things you can do. You can turn off your phone and leave it off so that there is no chance of you being charged, (or you can leave it at home). Alternatively, you can call your carrier, explain the situation and ask what your options are. Some may put you on a temporarily lower plan, and others may give you an Internet deal in your foreign land so that you can Video chat home over the Internet.
4 – Buy travel insurance if you go abroad
You may think that you have very little worth stealing, but traveling insurance is not just about being robbed in foreign lands. It is also about injury and sickness. You have to remember that Britain (and possibly Turkey) are our only real allies and are the only ones that actually like us. If you go abroad somewhere else and say you are American in the wrong area, then you may have medical bills to pay for. But, it is not only that, even if your appendix bursts or you break your leg skiing, it is going to cost you a lot of money if you do not have travel insurance.
5 – Buy high quality luggage
The good ones are expensive to buy, but they may last you a very long time. Plus, there is nothing worse than those small rips that start to appear in your luggage, through which you lose tablet batteries and credit cards. Also, try to buy luggage that you can lock so that baggage handler, coach drivers, and other students cannot get their thieving little hands into it. The lock will also make it less likely for you to leave your luggage open when you take it with you.
6 – Check last minute deals and comparison sites
Do not rely on them, but do check them. It is more about luck than it is about them being great. You may just get lucky and find a last minute deal that happens to be going where you want to go at the right time. With comparison sites it is different as the competition often means that companies hide charges for holidays and packages. The luck come in when you find a package that has add-on charges that you can afford.
7 – Buy a bicycle
No, this is not a joke; if you want to save money you should buy a bicycle. Some people will say that you should walk or take the bus if you want to save money on traveling, but a bike is far better. A bicycle will get you places that may appear un-walk-able. It may seem ridiculous to walk 5 miles for a doctor’s appointment, but you can get there on a bike in 20 minutes (average speed of 15 miles per hour). Better still, if the journey is mostly downhill then take your bike there and get a train or bus back.
8 – Carpool
Share car journeys with your fellow students, but actually sit down and discuss it. You can arrange weekly car trips to the sports grounds or to the superstores. You can all either chip in for gas money with one car, or alternate whose car you take each week. If you actually create a small car-pool group and make a few decisions about who, when and where, then you can actually save a lot of money in the long run.