5 Ways To Travel For Cheap As A Broke University Student

With long holidays, youthful energy and the excitement of newly met friends, university is the perfect time to travel and explore the world and its diverse cultures. However, many of us are sadly limited by the digits in our bank account. The following are some tips to help you travel on a university budget:

  1. CouchSurfing

CouchSurfing is a global travel community that allows travellers to stay in a host’s spare room or sofa for free. Not only will this save you money on accommodation, but also gives you the chance to experience the way locals live their every day lives. On some occasions, generous hosts will also offer free food and give you free tours around the city.

  1. Jailbreak

Jailbreak is an event organised by many universities (including Durham!) that challenges participants to travel as far as possible without spending a single penny, within a timeframe of 36 hours. Free travel, the thrill of a competition and all for a good cause. What more could you want?

  1. Work abroad at a camp or school

This can be an incredibly fulfilling method of travelling and will look amazing on your CV! Why not get some work experience abroad by teaching English in a school, or becoming a supervisor at a summer camp? Most of these opportunities are paid jobs and will offer the experience of a lifetime.

  1. Travel Off-Season

As University students we have up to 6 months holiday. This gives us a great opportunity to take advantage of cheaper plane tickets and accommodation during the less popular months. Popular tourist locations will not only be less expensive, but also less crowded!

  1. Contiki

Contiki is a travel company for 18-35 year olds offering discounted group travel to 6 continents, including a mix of sightseeing, free time, culture, socializing, and adventure. They offer packages that include travel, accommodation, food and guides. This saves students plenty of money and valuable time and gives you the chance to make life-long friends.

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Top 5 Unmissable Holiday Destinations in 2018!

It goes without saying that nowadays students are facing an increasingly diverse and widespread list of pressures in their lives and numerous studies have shown that in the long run these exact pressures can be heavily detrimental to their mental health .  Having said that, perhaps the best remedy to re-energise yourself would be to start planning your next holiday – it’s the perfect motivation! I believe there’s no time like the present.  You can forever keep looking back at your past experiences wishing you’d been somewhere, as opposed to actually seizing the moment and going for it.  In 2018 we live in exciting times so you have to appreciate that the world is your oyster and experience all that life has to offer:

Istanbul, Turkey

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So of course being half-Turkish myself, I felt it was only right that we kicked things off with the beautiful and vibrant city of Istanbul. Let’s say you’re the type of person who craves the hustle and bustle of a major culture-rich city. If so, I predict some of the very best value for 2018 will be Istanbul.

Last year the average price paid for a room in a five-star hotel in the city was only £87 (remember, that’s the average; it will be even cheaper at quiet times). Other major landmarks include the Blue Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace, Kadıköy, Ortaköy and the (undoubtedly) breath-taking views over-looking the Bosphorus.

Phuket, Thailand

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Quite possibly one of the most naturally picturesque areas of the world. If gorgeous untouched beaches, nightlife and scenery is what you’re after, look no further. Explore Phang Nga Bay where you’ll be greeted by sheer limestone cliffs that jut vertically out of the emerald-green waters.

In a recent study conducted by Travelex, Thailand as a whole was proven to be one of the cheapest holiday destinations in the world. On average it took over 22 days to spend £250.

Copenhagen, Denmark


Probably one of the most famous areas in the heart of Copenhagen showcases the serenity of Nyhavn as seen in the photo. Also well-known for delicious pastries and confectionary, you can never go wrong with a cheeky trip to Copenhagen. Other noteworthy sites include the Rosenborg Castle and the Opera House.

Verbier, Switzerland


An attractive, modern resort built in traditional chalet style, Verbier is home to some of the most challenging and varied skiing in the Alps. With world-renowned après-ski, facilities, scenery and outstanding weather, Verbier continues to be one of the most popular ski resorts in Europe. The Swiss village is set in the gorgeous canton of Valais and there are plenty of outstanding attractions to enjoy within the area.

Santorini, Greece



If you’ve ever been on Instagram, you’ll most likely have been inundated with stunning snapshots of the Greek Island of Santorini. With some of highest relative concentration of hotels and resorts on this Island, there’s something for everyone. Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in abundance, the coastline attracts thousands of students every year. The capital of the Island, Fira, hosts a number of excellent resorts such as Kamari where the nightlife of the Island really comes out!


So there you have it. My guide of where to jet off to over the summer. Nevertheless, whether you go to one of these locations or somewhere completely different, the fundamental point we must remember is the value of living in the moment. In and amongst all the great challenges and achievements we shall face during our University Careers, we simply must give ourselves some down time to de-stress. For that precise reason, this post was aimed at highlighting some of the wonderful ways in which you could spend your Easter or Summer holidays relaxing and regenerating before you start the new year or work.