Travelling while still at college?

Every now and again, someone contacts me about writing a guest post. Sadly I turn a lot down because there is a very specific theme on my website which I want to stick to.

When KC contacted me a few weeks ago, I knew immediately that we could work together. KC is a college student, he’s 22 and from New York. He wanted to tell people that even though he’s still at college, he has found a few good ways to watch his money and even earn money on his travels. So he could travel AND continue his college education. He’s already visited Scotland, Ireland, England, France, Germany, Poland, Netherlands and Sweden. I’d say that’s a pretty good achievement for someone who is just 22 and still in college, don’t you? You can read more about KC and his adventures on his blog, Blogging Across the Pond.

So if you are a college student and really want to travel but you’re not quite sure if it’s financially possible, read on, KC has some good tips for travel and saving money…


Make World Travel Possible

How to See the World while still at College

Your college years provide many great opportunities for you to learn more about yourself and the world. Traditionally, college students have spent summers and other breaks traveling internationally but with a limited income, how is this possible? Well, it does take some planning in advance, but with a little time and determination, you can see the world without breaking the bank.

Financing the Trip

If you have money saved in advance, then you’re all set. Most college students are bogged down with college payments, school and work so they don’t have the proper funding to run off around the world. I had this problem the first time I left for a trek around the world and after some research, according to Credit Card Insider, I discovered I qualified for a travelers credit card that could help fund my trip as well as build my personal credit. Aside from airline tickets, you needn’t spend a lot of money on your travels, so putting expenses on the card won’t overburden your tight budget once you return home. Most places will accept a card transaction but make sure you do carry some cash for use at outdoor markets, local pubs, etc.

Work Around the World

To save hassle and money of applying for a work permit, you can put some sweat equity into your trip to earn some “walking around” money.  Doing odd jobs for small, local businesses is a great start. If this isn’t an option, World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is a great way to save money and find work while traveling the world. For a $40 membership fee, you can get access to job opportunities on organic farms around the world. Generally, four to six hours of work on a farm gains you access to food and lodging throughout your stay with your WWOOF hosts.

Packing for International Travel

Packing light while bringing the essentials for international travel will save you hassles and money.  A small lightweight backpack should be all you need for the trip. A backpack will fit into storage compartments on planes (check the sizes for the carry on luggage BEFORE purchase) and trains as well as into a locker for safekeeping. This will also help you avoid overweight fines at the airport.

What should you carry in your backpack? Clothing of course! If your budget allows, most clothes should be travel clothing made from moisture-wicking material. Pack a nice shirt or travel-friendly shift dress to wear to clubs that might have a dress code, and don’t forget one pair of dress shoes along with your sturdy, backpacking shoes. Also, include a raincoat. You’ll need one that is lightweight and can roll down tight to fit in the backpack. In addition, don’t forget the international necessities including a lock or two to secure your belongings, a power converter and a chamois for drying off after a shower at a hostel. In case of emergency, I also carry a roll of toilet paper in a Ziploc bag.

When packed clothing and essentials, your backpack should remain around 10 pounds or less in weight. Why pack so light? Trust me, your back will thank you for it.

KC in Paris

KC in Paris

KC Owens has written and submitted this article. KC is a college student who loves traveling, college life, fitness and a good survival kit. He enjoys studying different cultures, meeting new people and leaving his footprint somewhere most people only read about.


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