Escape from the library or classroom and explore what our beautiful world has to offer. The key to student travelling is to plan ahead, budget your money and compare prices. Travelling doesn't have to break the bank when you follow our top tips to cheap student travel!
There are several ways to save money when travelling around the UK, starting with getting a coach. When travelling between cities in the UK, try using the MegaBus company. They offer phenomenally cheap prices for coach journeys all over the country, with fares starting at an amazing price of just under £1.50. If you need to get the train, we highly recommend purchasing a 16-25 railcard, which costs just £30 (or £70 if for three years). This will save you a third on your train fare and in the long term will make your expenditure decrease. Another easy way to save money on your train fare is to book your ticket in advance. If you book your tickets at least 12 weeks in advance of your travel, you can save up to 43%! Then, there are some more obvious options when it comes to saving money. Simply share lifts with friends to reduce costs on petrol or even consider walking or getting a bike.
Airlines can sometimes offer special discounted student flights which will be sold by various agents and websites, so always keep an eye out for the latest deals and offers. Similar to train, booking your travel in advance can save you a significant amount of money. Prices are usually increased for last-minute travellers, so try not to book just before your journey. Budget airlines including Ryanair and EasyJet, offer minimum prices around six weeks in advance of your travel. However, the majority of other airlines offer their cheapest flights at the 5 week mark. It is a sensible idea to shop around and do your research before you settle for an airline and a price. There are many websites designed to do just this, such as SkyScanner, which will compare prices for you. To get the cheapest flight possible, you have to be flexible with the dates and times you plan on travelling. As you are probably aware, travelling at busier times can increase the cost of your flight, so travel at an early or late time in the day (even if this means disrupting your sleep pattern!)
The easiest way to save on accommodation is to not stay in a hotel. There are many cheap, safe and fun places to stay, such as a youth hostel. There are really great places to stay with lots of people from all over the world. For a bed it can cost as little as $20 a night, depending on where you visit of course. You can even rent an Airbnb for a couple of nights, as they can be fairly cheap too. If you are planning on travelling for a long duration and do not have anywhere to store your belongings, we recommend investing in a secure self storage unit, so that you don't have to take more than you can keep in your accommodation.
When it comes to general holiday planning, it is worth considering a package one. Companies such as Jet2Holidays offer fantastic prices for all-inclusive holidays, including your flight, accommodation food and drink. This can work out cheaper, as you don't need to consider spending money or separate spendings for flights and hotels. Ensure you calculate the difference between having a separate holiday or doing an all-inclusive one.