Student Travel and Gap Year Holidays

The Beginners Guide to Student Travel 2012

Most students tend to do a fair bit of traveling, whether it’s from their home town to the university they’re attending, a full-one gap year, or abroad for a quick holiday. Obviously saving money and being thrifty is on the mind of virtually every student so on this page we’ll give you some tips on how to travel as a student without breaking the bank, as well as some other advice that you may find very helpful.

Student Travel Guide:

Take a look at the following guides about working abroad and taking a gap year.  These guides include travelling costs, how to raise money, important VISA information, saving money, where to find cheap flights and also the best places to work abroad.

Getting to and from university 

If you live a long way from your university you’ll need to find a cost effective way of getting there and back each time a semester finishes. Some of the most common ways in which students get to and from their halls of residence are:

  • By train – if you are thinking of traveling by train you should invest in a student rail card. You can save a lot of money on train fares when booking using a student rail card.
  • By coach – coach travel tends to be quite arduous, but it’s also pretty cheap to boot. The most famous national coach company is obviously National Express. They stop at various places around the country so ensure you check out the National Express website to see if it’s viable for you to get to university using their service.
  • By plane – some students who study at one of the country but live at the other end of the country may want to consider traveling between the two by plane. You’ll probably want to look at using a budget airline domestically – just remember that for quick trips home a budget airline may be the best bet, but if you’ve got lots of luggage or baggage it could end up being very expensive.
  • By car – if you have your own car you might find that you can save lots of time sitting around waiting for a train, coach or place, simply by driving to university. The cost of petrol isn’t cheap but at least you’ll be getting straight there. Remember that running a car will fast drain your student budget, so only take yours to university if you absolutely must.

Traveling abroad 

A big part of being a student is getting away for a while during your time off. You can always find a placement abroad doing volunteering – or you could end up working on a fruit farm in Sweden! It’s totally up to you, and the world is your oyster. Just make sure that you take precautions when traveling abroad. Here are some tips for you:

  • Look for special student travel deals, there are a couple of companies out there who cater for students only, they can offer really good price on long haul flights to places like Australia.
  • Get travel insurance of forever regret it! Travel insurance will cover you and your belongings against damage/injury or loss. Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement when traveling to some places, and it’s just generally a very handy thing to have.
  • Photocopy your documents such as passports and plain tickets just in case they do go missing or get stolen. You may also want to scan them in and store them digitally (make sure they’re stored securely, though!).
  • Travel with groups of friends where possible and make sure that you look out for each other during your time abroad.
  • Respect local customs and laws – we all hear horror stories of people who go to the middle east and get arrested for kissing in public – the fact is these laws are well publicized beforehand so make sure you conform with them.