Travel Tips for College Students: How to Have an International Adventure on a Budget

You’ve taken your last final exam and it’s officially summer. Now what? Summer is an ideal time to push pause on your studies and explore the world. Summer adventures for college students are more than just road trips; they are opportunities to experience new things and, yes, even learn something. Consider these destinations when planning how you’ll spend your time away from school.

Keep It Budget-Friendly

If you’re like many college students, then you’re pressed for cash — and that means your summer adventure doesn’t need to break the bank. Thanks to budget-friendly accommodations like hostels, traveling to affordable destinations is within reach. But just because you have to keep an eye on your wallet doesn’t mean you can’t have fun while visiting.

Although locations like Costa Rica may have a reputation as being an expensive country to visit, there are plenty of surprisingly affordable activities that offer lots of unforgettable experiences. Whether it’s taking a yoga class on the beach, hiking through a rainforest, learning to surf, or channeling your inner marine biologist and watching turtles make their way from land to ocean, you’ll have a plethora of opportunities to explore.

Volunteering Abroad

International trips for college students can be prohibitively expensive. But some countries, like Thailand and Albania, are exceptions to the rule. The cost of living in Albania, for example, is more affordable than other countries in Europe. Consider that a win for your wallet.

To boot, these countries offer a variety of volunteer opportunities that you may not find elsewhere. In the mood for an authentic, off-the-grid cultural experience? Think about giving your time to an aid organization or home-building project. Many of these opportunities include food and lodging in the fee, so you don’t have to figure out those yourself. When your program concludes, top off your trip with an elephant-ride excursion or a kayaking and rafting tour.

Explore Your Own Backyard

In a country as big as the U.S., you don’t have to look far for adventure. Two great options are to travel south to New Orleans, Louisiana, for fantastic jazz music and food, or head to Nashville, Tennessee, if country is more your style.

Even when it’s not Mardi Gras, New Orleans offers its distinctively rich and intriguing heritage for travelers to explore any time of the year. The French Quarter offers numerous hostels with reasonable rates for students. Take a street car, or simply walk around instead of paying high parking rates.

If you spend time in Nashville, consider joining a hiking group. You’ll get exercise while meeting locals at the same time. Or, rent a bicycle to tour the city. In the mood to learn? Take a step back in time by visiting historical landmarks like The Hermitage (the home of Andrew Jackson) or Belle Meade Plantation with its mansion museum.

Start planning your itinerary now, and when you return from your summer adventure, consider starting a new, different type of adventure — furnishing your apartment. CORT Furniture Rental has everything you need to make your space feel like home.