Montevideo's Comprehensive Guide to Traveling as a College Student
Traveling to other parts of the world is one of the most meaningful experiences you can have as a college student. As Gustav Flaubert said, “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
As eye-opening and mind-expanding as it is, traveling as a student can also be overwhelming. Where should you go when there a seemingly endless list of countries and cities to visit? How do you travel on a budget? What should you bring in the limited space of your backpack and luggage?
We put together this quick, easy-to-read student travel guide to help you navigate all these questions and more, so let's dive right in!
How to Travel on a Budget as a Student
Traveling while in college can open new paths toward the future, deepen our understanding and sense of gratitude for where we come from, and result in life-long memories.
And while it's hard to put a price tag on any of these things, the reality for most college students is that our wallet looks something like this.
Don't worry though, traveling on a student budget is not impossible. Check out the three videos below to learn how to travel as a broke college student, how to find cheap flights to Europe, and 31 of the most insanely affordable budget travel destinations to visit now as a student.
This first video gives some general tips on how to get started in your globetrotting adventures as a broke college student.
This next one focuses specifically on finding cheaper flights as a college student.
This last one is an extensive list of the 31 cheapest budget travel destinations in the world. Alex and Marko of the Vagabrothers (by far one of our favorite travel channels on YouTube) share tons of pro budget travel tips so that you know how best to enjoy your time while on a budget in each destination.
Student Discounts & Travel Programs
There are a lot of student-focused travel programs and discounts out there, but by far one of the best we've come across so far is StudentUniverse. They offer one-of-a-kind student discounts on flights that you can't find anywhere else. They also offer exclusive deals on hotels and tours for students, so we definitely encourage you to check them out if you're looking for ways to save money on your next trip.
Study Abroad Programs
Here's an important pro tip when comparing the price tags of different study abroad programs: make sure to find out if the price listed actually covers all related fees, including room, board, tuition, and visa processing.
Here's another pro tip: some universities will provide financial assistance to help you study abroad. Take the time to stop by your school's study abroad office and see if you qualify for study abroad financial aid.
Keeping these tips in mind, here's a great article about the ten best study abroad programs for college students in 2019.
Where Should I Travel as a Student?
Once you've set your mind to travel and have enough money saved to make your plan a reality, the next question is a matter of location.
How should you decide where to travel? Just spin the globe and go wherever your finger lands?
That's one option, but we suggest doing your research about your top choices and finding the right balance between affordability and wow factor.
To get you started, we put together some of our favorite travel guide videos below so that you can explore some of the world's top college travel destinations virtually without needing to set foot on a plane.
Barcelona Travel Guide
Mexico City Travel Guide
Tokyo Travel Guide
Peru Travel Guide
Berlin Travel Guide
Lisbon, Portugal Travel Guide
New York City Travel Guide
Istanbul Travel Guide
Monocle Travel Guides
If you're old school and would prefer to have an actual travel guide in hand when preparing for and taking your trip, we strongly recommend you check out the new Monocle Travel Guide series. It is by far our favorites series of written travel guides available today.
These travel guides will make you feel like a local wherever you go. Each book is beautifully designed and "reveals the Monocle team's favorite places, from the ideal route for an early morning run to the best spots for independent retail. Aimed at people who do not want to be tourists but rather feel like locals when they travel, these are books for those who want to mix the classic with the contemporary, want to get beyond the cliches, and know they can get a feel for a city even if they only have a few days."
What Should I Bring on My Travels?
Space is limited and your options are seemingly endless. What the hell should you bring with you when traveling to the other side of the planet?
No doubt you already have your own go-to list of things you can't live without. What follows below are a few things you may not have thought to bring.
Internationally Compatible Portable Phone Charger
Windproof Travel Umbrella
Travel Journal & Planner
Travel Pillow, Sleep Mask & Ear Plug Kit