How To Travel On a (College Student’s) Budget

“Travel” can sound like a foreign word if you’re in college, working a part-time job, and pffft broke. Staying in your college town weeks on end is such a drag. A small amount of research will go a long way to find the perfect place for a weekend getaway.

My boyfriend lives in Nashville, I have family throughout Mississippi, and friends attending different Universities all over the state, so I’ve learned to take advantage of that. My creativity begins to flourish and I always fall in love with wherever I visit for different reasons, just like I did when I visited Starkville the first time.

Travel is possible on a budget. I’ve been taking weekend trips since I could drive and it’s only been possible with planning… Here are my fail-proof tips that help me visit the people and places I love!

Take Care of Responsibilities

If you’re like me, your main responsibilities are school, a job, and maybe even bills and a pet. They all take a lot of time and effort but can be worked around. Make sure you’re up-to-date on studying and your homework assignments before you plan to leave for the weekend.

Asking off work is vital so you don’t umm…get fired!

Make sure you have enough money for your rent and your utilities before you spend all your money on gas! And if you have a pet, be sure to have someone you trust take care of them.


Have a strict budget

Basically, know how much you’re going to spend on your trip. Go ahead and add up the cost of an AirBnb or hotel. Then, give yourself an amount you can spend on food and fun things.

Be frugal! You don’t have to eat at the fancy restaurants or order all the expensive drinks. Most of the time, the locals know exactly where to go, and they’re usually not that terribly priced! Just ask around to get the scoop!


Yelp it out

Yelp is my best friend when looking for a nice coffee spot or a restaurant in a new city. They have pretty much everything up-to-date with menu and the hours open.

I’ve definitely not gone to some places from reading bad reviews! It’s so helpful to see pictures and experiences from past customers to make sure you’re going somewhere pleasant.


Stay with a Friend

Visiting a friend is always cheapest and most FUN. Instead of buying a hotel room for the weekend that can cost $100+, staying with a friend is more exciting and they can probably show you around the city in which you’re staying so not a moment is wasted scrambling to find something to do!

Or if you’re visiting a place where you don’t know anyone….


AirBnB is your best friend.

The first time I told my parents I was staying at a stranger’s house for a weekend getaway in New Orleans this summer, it didn’t set well with them. But once I explained to them how it works, they felt much better. I love using AirBnB and always encourage my friends to use them when traveling.


They’re safe and the hosts post plenty of photos of their space. Reviews are always left about the hosts also so you know with whom you’re staying. Its cheap too depending on where you stay and how many people are staying with you!

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These few things have honestly been the main things that help me when I travel while I’m in school. Being responsible with money is the most important thing I’ve learned to control. Now, go forth and wander. Don’t be limited because you’re a student!

Are there any tips you think I left out? Let me know in the comments below!




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