Those who say money cannot buy you happiness, probably never thought of travels. Travelling is one thing that is bought for money but makes you even richer in return. People, who travel a lot, are not only happier than most of the others: they are more experienced, more open to opportunities life gives them, more motivated, and so on.
Travelling allows you to see different places, learn new languages, meet foreign people, explore other cultures and do many other things that are not so possible to do at home. That’s why students have to seize every opportunity and travel more: this will make their college years more memorable and will allow them to gain many important qualities too.
Every travel gives people an opportunity to receive a useful experience. However, if such travel is planned poorly, this experience most likely will be bad. If you want to avoid this, you have to know about useful tips that will make your travel memorable in a positive way.
Think about money.
Some people (especially students) consider traveling a luxury. However, it’s not like that at all: on the contrary, it is even easier for students to travel. Planning and research are the key factors here: if you are smart enough to find the cheapest flights, discounts, and low-cost offers, you will be able to go almost everywhere.
Of course, this means that you have to think about money. If you want to afford traveling and don’t won’t get stuck in a foreign country without any money, you’ll have to learn how to plan your finances well. This way you’ll be able to save more on travels as well as plan your travel expenses correctly.
Do your research.
Good research allows you to find all the information needed to make your traveling safer and more comfortable. You can find the best and the cheapest hotels, learn about places you want to visit, about prices in restaurants, about how much taxi costs, and so on. Yes, the easiest option to find this out is to buy a guidebook; however, not all guidebooks will tell you about the most interesting local places usually unknown to most of the tourists.
However, even a guidebook can be useful if you want to avoid places crowded with tourists: just read about the most popular places in a guidebook… and don’t go there!
Learn how to communicate with locals.
Many people know English, but it still would be foolish to assume everyone in the world knows it. That’s why when you’re planning on going to a certain country, consider learning some basics of this country’s native language. This is especially important if you want to visit not only the main tourists’ spots but also the smaller towns and cities, where most of the tourists rarely go. Moreover, locals will like you more if you know their language even a little: it is always nice to see that a person do their best to communicate with locals.
Preparation is very important for travelers: you have to be sure that you will be able to solve a problem if it suddenly emerges. For example, when a person misses a train that was supposed to deliver them to the airport, they can still arrive there on time if they know other routes and ways of transportation. When a person feels sick in a foreign country, they aren’t always able to find a necessary medicine in a local drugstore, but if they took some from home, they’ll be fine.
Of course, it’s impossible to plan everything, but the more prepared you are, the better. If you are an inexperienced tourist, consider talking to friends who’ve already visited foreign countries or ask for advice on various travel forums.
Use student discounts.
You will be surprised to find out how much you can actually save when using discounts. So don’t miss this opportunity! Get an ISIC (an international student card) and use its discounts too, try buying the cheapest flights, booking hotels that have students’ discounts, and so on. After all, your goal is to see the world as much as possible, not spend all your savings on one trip.
Get out of the room.
When you come to a foreign country, it’s time for you to explore it to the fullest! Don’t limit yourself with the main attractions and the most popular cafes only: get out of your hotel room as much as possible and travel a lot. Meet locals, try new meals, go where your eyes take you (however, be sure that you have your map with you). You’re here to make memories, so make them!
And remember: sometimes the best memories about travels are about those exploring days and not about that time you were on a top of the Eiffel Tower.
It doesn’t matter if you are a professional photographer or just a person with a smartphone and Instagram: either way you should make photos. A lot of photos. Maybe you don’t like photographing much, but think about your future: you’d probably want to have some pictures to look at them later and remember the great journey. And if all these pictures are selfies, this would probably be not very interesting.
I hope that you’ll use this advice and spend many wonderful days of your life traveling and discovering the world around you!