Traveling on a Budget
There are many ways to stretch your dollar while abroad. Although your cost of living will depend heavily on where you are in the world, the following ways to travel on a budget are universal and can be applied wherever you decide to go. Prioritizing beforehand where and how you will spend your money will ensure you are able to get the most of your money and do more of what you want with it, like traveling!
Using public transportation can be a great way to save money while experiencing a different side of the city or town where you'll be living. Public transportation outside of the United States can come in many different forms, be it buses, trains, ferries, or the metro. You'll find that people outside of the US generally use public transportation more often, however, the extensiveness, reliability, and quality of the transportation will differ considerably depending on your destination. It's important to remember that your safety is top priority, so never put ease or affordability over it. If you don't feel comfortable using public transportation, be it because it's night out, you're alone, or in an unsafe part of town, catch the nearest taxi.
Staying in hostels is not only affordable, but can be extremely rewarding. In staying at a hostel you'll not only save money, but also be able to meet other travelers from all parts of the world. Additionally, many hostels are centrally located in neighborhoods where hotels and other mainstream accommodation would be very expensive. You can start searching for hostels using sites like Hostelworld or Hostels.com. Quick tip: try to stay at hostels that include breakfast in the daily rate, and always bring a padlock and towel so you don't have to rent one!
International Student Identity Card
This card entitles students to obtain free or reduced rates at theaters, museums, student hotels, etc., in many countries, as well as reduced rates on trains, boats and flights. You may purchase an ISIC card online by clicking here.
Hosteling International Membership Pass
This pass allows you to stay at any of the 4,000+ hostels which are part of the worldwide HI network for approximately $15.00 to $30.00 per night. Hostels can be historical or purpose-built buildings most often with a common area, dormitory style rooms, and cooking facilities. Make sure you do your research online and know what safety and security measures will be in place for each location. Passes can be purchased online. For further information: www.hihostels.com or www.hiusa.org.