As students, during the semester we spend the bulk of our time studying or revising lessons we've learnt over the week. But Easter is a time where students get to take a break, pack their bags and get travel around the globe.
This Easter brought me to Italy, in particular Florence and Venice.
I love to travel - but as a student you're perpetually on a budget whilst trying to find the best accommodation or foods that will keep you full throughout a day of exploring. So I've come up with a few tips for those of you who are keen on making the most of your time in the UK by travelling, at the same time not burning a hole in your pocket!
Tip #1: Find a hostel with good ratings
Then get yourself passes that allow you access for more than 24 hours. That way you won't have to spend half the day queueing to enter a cathedral or to scale up an attraction. We purchased the il grande museo del duomo pass in Florence, which lets you visit 3-4 attractions in the area within a span of 48 hours for 15 euros. In addition you get free wifi for 48 hours if you're in the square (where all the attractions are!)
Tip #5: If you're a student, take advantage of it!
As students, you're given a ton of discounts all over the world. Take advantage of that and ask if the attraction offers a student price. When visiting the Uffizi museum in Venice, art students in the EU get two thirds off the usual price (usual entry price is 16 euros) which was amazing. My friend happened to be an art student so we saved and got to visit the most (in my opinion) art saturated museum in the world!
It never hurts to ask, so don't stay silent when purchasing tickets at the counter. You may feel like a bit of a cheap skate in perpetually asking for student rates, but your wallet will thank you when you want to indulge in a good meal after.
These are the top 5 tips I have for students on a budget who love to travel, and I hope this helps anyone who thinks skimping and saving means living in a cardboard box or having to couch surf! You don't have to (but if you love to, by all means do!) but with a bit of research and internet, you won't be breaking the bank.
Sharmaine (International Student Ambassador for Singapore)