I always wanted to go away for Spring Break, but my friends were either all talk, had no passport or it was a combination of both factors. Graduation season and summer break are right around the corner and that means tons of students will be traveling more.
Whether you’re heading to college after high school, currently a student, or going back to school, here are some ways to take advantage of travel as a broke college student.
Do an International Exchange or Study Abroad
I WISH my school had an international exchange or study abroad program. The difference between the two is exchange students don’t pay tuition fees, while study abroad students do. If you’re studying to be a doctor, there are medical schools overseas with US accreditation you can apply to. Do your research to see where these options are available and decide what works best for you financially.
Volunteer with non-profit organizations to build schools in underdeveloped countries, rebuild communities after catastrophic events, or join church missionary groups. These are all ways to travel and interact with locals while still supporting a good cause.
Take a Gap Year
A gap or sabbatical year is the process of taking a break between academic years. It is pretty popular these days for High School and undergrad students to travel during a gap year while still keeping a scholarship or admission status. Some intern or volunteer, while others choose to backpack.
Join a Club
Join a club to travel domestically and internationally while doing something you actually like doing. Types of sports and groups include
- Dance Club
- Sports Team
- Academic Team
- Cultural Club
- Religious Club
- …and much more
Save Money – Use Your Student Discounts
Save extra money by asking for and using a student discount. Some places don’t even care that you graduated already. A number of post-grads use student discounts for clothes, train and bus fare, as well as admission to sites and attractions.