With it being almost time for universities to break up for the Christmas holidays, you may be considering getting away and escaping the cold with your friends. However, your bank account may suggest otherwise. Fear not! This article will give you tips on how to find a fun holiday with a student friendly price.
You aren’t limited to only staying in hotels and resorts when you go abroad. Hostels are an astonishingly cheaper alternative. Some are even as cheap as a few pounds a night! Shocked? Me too! A good website to check out for hostel bookings is hostels.com . As well as cheap nightly prices, many hostel fees include food, something you could take with you on your days out, saving further expense. If you really want to save those extra few pounds then research into working at a hostel in exchange for staying there. Many hostels look for staff, such as reception workers and cleaners and offer an exchange programme where you can stay there for free if you work for a few hours a day.
This is an important one! Book your holiday ASAP; typically, prices go up closer to the time you want to travel. So, be sure not to leave your booking until the last minute as you may end up paying considerably more than you would have if you had booked sooner.
Don’t forget your student ID
Take advantage of being a student abroad and use your student discount. Many pubs and hostels overseas offer student discount. So, make sure to pack it with you!
Looking for accommodation and flights can be time consuming, making it tempting to settle for the first deal you come across. Staying organised, shopping around and putting the time into looking will significantly increase your chance of finding the cheapest deals. Check out studentuniverse.co.uk for some good bargains. Don’t forget to ask around for recommendations! When looking, bear in mind that Tuesday is the cheapest day to travel as there is a low demand for flights on this day. So, if you are able to travel to or from your destination on a Tuesday then take advantage of this.
Only bring a carry on
Many budget airlines charge you for checking luggage onto the flight. Keep your flight costs low by travelling lightly and only bringing a carry-on bag. This might mean not bringing as many items as you would have liked, but trust me, you won’t be missing them when you are saving money!
Unleash your inner chef and save food costs by buying food in bulk at local markets and stalls. Be sure to haggle for the best prices. If you feel a little uncomfortable haggling then don’t worry as that’s perfectly normal; just pretend you are on The Apprentice. This is a much cheaper alternative to eating out in restaurants. Even if you stay in a hostel you can do this as most have kitchen facilities.
So, are you planning on going anywhere nice during the Christmas break? Let us know in the comments below. Also don’t forget to tag us (@unilovers.co.uk) in your pictures on Instagram!