Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Emily's Guide to Traveling on a Budget

Spectacular views form Prague castle

Studying in the United Kingdom gives you an amazing opportunity to travel through Europe, both easily and cheaply.  Since most popular destinations are within 2 hours by plane, or a day by train, it is quite easy to plan weekend and holiday trips.  Also, budget airlines and student railcard discounts make travel affordable for even the stingiest of travelers.  Here are a few tips from my experiences:

Getting there:

The best breakfast in Amsterdam!
The Manchester airport is only an hour away from Sheffield by train.  From Manchester, you can fly to many popular destinations, including Dublin, Amsterdam, Morocco, Rome, Barcelona, etc.  I suggest checking out budget airlines, like Ryanair and EasyJet, for rates as low as 30 pounds round trip.  Personally, when I have decided I would like to visit a particular destination, I check out Google Flights (https://www.google.co.uk/flights/) Google Flights allows you to easily compare rates for almost all airlines.  It also includes features that allow you to pick the cheapest days to travel, giving you more for your money!
If you plan to travel by train very often, you might also want to get a Student Railcard.  The card cost about 30 pounds, but gives you a 1/3 discount on all rail journeys for the year.

Once you’re there:

If you are traveling in a group, I suggest checking our Airbnb and holidaylettings.  Both of these sites offer short-term rentals in many popular destinations.  You can check out photos, reviews and maps for a variety of cozy rentals.  Splitting the cost between the group often makes this option even cheaper than a hostel. 

If you are traveling alone, or in quite a small group, hostel world is a great option for you!  I personally stayed in hostels for the majority of my travels through Europe, and absolutely loved it.  It’s a great way to meet new people and get to know a city.  Also, many hostels offer free breakfast and low cost meals, so that’s an added bonus!

Check out walking tours.  Many of these are free, offered by hostels and other groups.  It is a great way to get to know the city and plan the rest of your trip.

Happy Travels:)

A sunny day in Paris!

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