Tips for Students Travelling in Europe this summer
If you’re planning a summer travelling around Europe, first of all, we’re very jealous, and second of all, we’ve put some tips together for helping you to have the best time possible. After all, student budgets aren’t the most luxurious, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise. With some insider know-how and tricks up your sleeve, you will have an amazing time no matter how small your budget is.
A little research goes a long way
There are loads of amazing things to see all of Europe and you’ll no doubt want to cram in as much as possible. Therefore, research the countries/cities as much as possible before you go so you know exactly what you want to do and so that you can start planning. You’ll get a good idea then how much time and money you’ll need for each location. For example, experiencing huge cities like London and Paris in a day can be near impossible, so work out where you can gain time from, from other days.
Avoid appearing like a tourist as much as possible
This one is a bit more of a tip for when it comes to staying safe. Tourists can often be a target of crimes including theft, so aim to blend in as much as possible so you appear less vulnerable. Keep valuables hidden – especially things like phones and cameras – and avoid carrying a map in really busy areas. If you are lost, find a cafe or a supermarket or something and consult the map in there.
Learn some language basics
You’re probably unlikely to be a language genius in all of Europe’s 23 official languages, but it is worth learning some of the basics for the countries you’re visiting. Don’t be afraid to take a few phrase books with you, or you could download language apps on your phone for extra help. It’s well worth knowing the basics so you can get yourself out of any trouble, should any incidents happen, too.
Look for alternative lodgings
Ok, so you may not exactly end up staying in the most luxurious abodes and they’re likely to be worlds apart from the luxury Urbanest student flats, but looking for alternative lodgings will help you save a fortune. Avoid big hotel (or even hostel) chains as their prices are likely to be significantly higher. Instead, look for off-the-beaten-track spots that are slightly further away from main attractions. There are even online communities that are dedicated to helping fellow travellers find cheap accommodation, whether it’s people offering their sofa to travellers or simply experienced backpackers sharing their tips.
Take advantage of free things to do
Big cities with big attractions are most likely going to set you back quite a lot in terms of seeing/doing what you want, as are things like eating, too. Therefore it’s well worth researching some free things to do in each place before you go. You could even get chatting to some of the locals who are likely to have a better idea of free/cheap things to do.
Travel as light as possible
Not only will this be a lot more convenient for you when you’re moving from place to place, but it will also make your life a heck of a lot easier at the end when it comes to closing your case that’s brimming with souvenirs! When shopping around for souvenirs – especially things like clothes and jewellery – avoid going to chain stores that pop up all over Europe. Instead, seek out thrifty stores, unique markets and original shops as you’re much more likely to get a better deal for your money, and you’re much more likely to find something unique!