How to make & spend money for traveling during college

Being a student is great. You’ve got a lot of free time and not many responsibilities but also you’re nearly always broke and as we all know: Traveling is an investment, an investment you won’t regret but still at a dear price.

Emily from The Wild Destination and I travel quite a lot during college and we want to help you all to do the same. Besides this post here, we explain more on how we make time for traveling while studying on Emily’s blog.


by The Wild Destination

Hi, I’m Emily from The Wild Destination, I’m currently studying for my Master’s degree in Conservation biology but always seem to find myself wandering off to new places! Keep up with my travels on social media: [Below]

Now this is the hard one because like everything, travel costs money but there are definitely a few ways to get to see what you want without spending huge amounts of money. It’s difficult being a full-time student without an income but as many people say, this is the best time in your life to see the world and experience other cultures. Why not check out a few of my tips and see if you can get saving for your next big adventure.

Firstly, a part-time job is pretty much key to give you the extra income for a few adventures, even if it’s just 10 hours a week on minimum wage you can always put money aside and often cafes and bars can be flexible with people taking on extra shifts. I try and visit countries in their low season where hotel prices will be much cheaper even if the weather may be a little dodgy (Thailand in June!).

I try and make things affordable so cut the costs at every opportunity, like we always shop at the cheaper supermarkets and try to buy in bulk where possible. Cutting down your weekly outgoings always means more money for travelling so my boyfriend and I compromise by only go out for dinner or dates once a month and all the extra money goes into the travel fund! Even if it’s something small it all adds up, so just don’t have a coffee everyday and put £2 a day away, in a month you’ll have £60 which will soon be enough for a little adventure.

Hope you enjoyed our tips for making money for travelling and hope to see you next time on the blog.

Emily xx

Photo by The Wild Destination

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by Yellowtravelbird

If you ask me, it just depends on two things: How much you want it to happen and how you choose to deal with your money both at home and on your travels.

Working as a waitress and as a babysitter helps me to save up money. Sometimes I also do promotion jobs like handing out flyer on the street. I work as much as possible but not too much to loose track of college.

And even though my parents never funded my travels, they kindly give me the 200€ child benefits they get from the government every month since they don’t have any expenses for me anymore. That money pays for my rent and groceries. So everything I earn, goes straight to my adventure funds.

Of course you have to make some compromises when it comes to activities or shopping but cooking at home with friends and a DVD night is also fun and much cheaper than eating dinner out or going to the movies. When you’re at a shopping mall, ask yourself if you really need that shirt and imagine what you could do with the same money in southeast Asia. Buy your clothes and decor while you travel. You can make good deals in some countries and you get the most unique items. Plus, the dress you bought in Bali makes a great memory and will always put a smile on your face.

I hope these tips help some of you to manage your adventure funds 🙂

Happy wandering!

6 thoughts on “How to make & spend money for traveling during college”

  1. Nice tips! I do agree with all of them, especially with buying less clothes, or a few cool items when you are on your trip! 🙂

    Greetings from Holland 😛

    1. Thanks Franzi 🙂
      I got most of my favorite clothes from somewhere abroad haha

      Greetings to Holland – take care!

  2. I like these Tips, easy but effective! And I like the was you write, keep doing!

    Love, Jülide
    Insta: aydanjue

    1. Hi Jülide,
      thanks for the commpliment. Happy to provide tips I use myself 🙂

      PS: You are now participating in the giveaway raffle 🙂 The winner will be announced on Tuesday 04/18/2017 – GOOD LUCK!

  3. This is the best thing i have read today. I am a full time student and a part time traveller. I am always looking for some travel inspiration. I am always looking for small jobs to earn some extra money for my travels. Thanks for amazing tips! Lots of good wishes from Germany 🙂

    1. Thanks for the kind comment, I’m always glad when I can inspire another traveling soul 🙂

      PS: You are now participating in the giveaway raffle 🙂 The winner will be announced on Tuesday 04/18/2017 – GOOD LUCK!

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