From my own experience, the number one issue for students who want to start seeing the world early is money. This is where budget traveling comes in handy. Although there will be no 5-star hotels and first-class flights, you’ll still be able to see Europe on the cheap.
Don’t Go All Tourist
It’s much cheaper to get a map or research in advance and exchange expensive bus tours to local public transportation. Same thing with food, as it’s cheaper and often more delicious to dine at places where the locals go instead of visiting tourist cafes.
Pay Attention to the Currency Exchange Rate
Research the economic situation in the country you opt for and learn what the exchange rate is. The tight budget you have may allow you to try more in some countries, while others may have you spend all the money in one day. The best European destinations are those that recently joined the euro zone, as they haven’t yet become too expensive.
Do the calculations before you book a ticket and make sure you don’t exceed the limitation you set unless there’s an emergency.
Consider Student Discounts
There are more discount possibilities for students than you might think. Search for the best ones on tickets, accommodation, local transportation, shops, cafes, etc. Also, consider getting an International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which will get you a lot of perks of being a student traveler.
Enjoy Free Entertainment
As you only start your traveling life, it’s clear that you may visit some of the countries more than once. Don’t try to cover every key place in one go but try some free entertainment at first. This option is perfect for students with a very tight budget who want to not only wander the streets of their destination but also get some more colorful impressions.
Find a local website and look for free festivals, concerts, competitions, and other events. You can find out what’s coming before or right after you arrive. Airports and information booths should have all the information you need.
Don’t Wait Until You’re Rich
Unfortunately, so many students reject the possibilities of budget traveling around Europe that they don’t go anywhere. Some wait until they graduate, some wait to start making a lot of money, etc. My best advice is to stop waiting and start acting, especially if you’re studying in Europe. You don’t need a visa and the tickets aren’t that pricey if you know how to choose them. Save for a couple of months and go chase your traveling dreams.