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We just received and e-mail on our official address from a college student who likes to travel. The thing is, in many cases when you study, the budget does not include other needs or wishes. It doesn’t mean though that you don’t have them, like, for example traveling. KC Owens, our student reader will give you some tips on how a student can also do his “job” and have some moments apart from the books.  We just met KC and we already know that he’s living in the States and he likes traveling in Europe. He enjoys studying different cultures, meeting new people and leaving his footprint somewhere most people only read about.

Because of all the excitement and joy he’s experiencing while discovering Europe, he thought about other students and he put in some words a few tips that can be very helpful for those willing to travel and don’t have many resources.

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Traveling the World on a College Budget

With all of the stress a student has, it’s a great time for you to find ways to relax and have some fun. I’m talking about enjoying some unforgettable life experiences that will live on in your memory forever. It sounds too good to be true but I do it at least once a year. Well, there are certainly ways that you can travel the world on a budget. You just have to know where to look and how to do it. The following are a few tips and tricks that you can use that will help you save some cash and travel the world.

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Financing Your Trip: Credit Cards

Apply for a student credit card. According to Credit Card Insider, more students are using a line of credit to help themselves finance their education.  If you are responsible and understand how to properly use credit, then there is nothing wrong with using a card to help finance your trip, as well. Just make sure that you make your payments every month when you come back from your trek across the globe. You can even save some money before your trip by using your card so that you can earn reward points. Use the money you saved to pay for the credit card balance later. Another benefit of using the card is the currency exchange. If you are traveling from country to country then you’ll have to exchange your cash quite frequently. This can be annoying and expensive! Your card will automatically do this for you; take advantage of it!

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Employment

WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms and if offers a truly a great opportunity for you to travel abroad and not have to worry about expenses. How? You join the organization for $40 a year and after that, you have access to a database of farms that grow organic food from every continent except Antarctica (for obvious reasons). When you go to a farm, you help out with everyday activities that can range from weeding, planting seeds, or even milking cows. In exchange for your hard work, you get paid with food and a place to stay. This takes money right out of the equation and you can enjoy staying in a wonderful country without worrying about overnights and food expenses.

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What Do I Pack for the Trip?

Everyone has different advice when it comes to packing. My advice is to pack light. When you pack light, you have the freedom to just pick up and leave wherever you want without having to worry about your heavy luggage. This will save you money on planes and trains who charge their travelers for extra heavy bags. Also, packing light is the only option if you plan on backpacking. I would suggest a lightweight pack that is very comfortable. Remember, you’re going to be carrying this with you everywhere you go for an extended period of time!

 

KC Owens has written and submitted this article. KC is a college student who loves traveling, college life, fitness and a good survival kit.

 

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