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How to Travel in Luxury, On a Student Budget

How to Travel in Luxury, On a Student Budget

Many students are put off travel because of the expense, so they choose to wait until they have graduated. But then jobs come along, and families, and commitments, and pretty soon the chance for carefree travel has passed. Fortunately, there are many ways to save money and travel on a budget, without skimping on the luxury. Here are some of the best.

Travel Out of Season

There have been a lot of reports over the last few years about how much more expensive it is to travel in school holidays. This couldn’t be truer. Picking a holiday during peak summer season can be ridiculously expensive, so moving your vacation, sometimes by a matter of days, can slash the price. If you’re after a beach break, aim for the very start of the summer season to save money. If you’re lucky enough to study an online degree, such as an online MLIS degree, you should have the flexibility to do this. For city breaks, ask yourself if the weather really matters? And consider traveling completely out of season for further savings.

Avoid Tourist Hotspots

Popular tourist destinations charge a lot more because they can as the demand is there. To save money, but still have a great experience, head away from the more popular destinations. You should also avoid restaurants marketed towards students and eat in local, family run eateries, which will also serve you more authentic local cuisine.

Amali Coast Restaurants

Consider Alternative Accommodation

Stay in cheaper hotels, or avoid hotels altogether. Airbnb offers a fantastic alternative. You can stay in some great, luxury properties, in brilliant locations, at a fraction of the price of a large hotel or resort.

Chose Budget Airlines

This is an especially good idea if you are traveling short haul and won’t actually be on the plane long enough to miss the luxury extras. Budget airlines fly all over the world. Most offer comfortable seating and great food. You’ll still get the same airport experience and your flight could be quieter.

Airport Terminal

Book Ahead

Booking flights and accommodation ahead can save you a lot of money. But, there’s a lot more you can book. Book travel passes for your destination and tickets for any attractions you want to visit online before you travel. You can often save money and get special offers and deals on added extras.

Woman making Reservations


If you are traveling on a student budget, it’s important to prioritize, just the same as you would when planning any other event on a tight budget. What do you want to do while you’re away? What do you think is worth spending money on? And what could you live without? Make cutbacks accordingly, to make sure you can afford all the parts of your vacation that mean the most to you. Remember, most vacations aren’t once in a lifetime opportunities.

Traveling as a student is a great way of taking a break and leaving your stresses behind. If you are studying a difficult degree, like a master of information, taking a break and blowing off some steam could even help you do better in school.

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About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. This is what I always do. And also what I’m trying to show the other people like me that they can do as well.
    Bilyana | OwlOverTheWorld recently posted…How to Spend 24 Hours in HamburgMy Profile

    • Carmen Edelson

      That’s great, Bilyana! More people need to know that it is possible 🙂

  2. great tips! I love airbnb and budget airlines. Sometimes just getting to Europe or asia might hit you but if you can plan a cheap destination to the continent, then hopping on a budget airline will save you tons of $$

    • Carmen Edelson

      Absolutely, Eric!

  3. Love reading this post and great advice here CArmen. Didn’t really think about luxury holidays for students before. 😀 Great area to cover.
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    • Carmen Edelson

      Thanks, Danik! It definitely is possible if you do your research and plan ahead.

  4. Great tips. It is good to know how to save when travelling to make the most of it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Carmen Edelson

      You’re very welcome, Eva!

  5. Don’t forget your student card either. Some countries are very generous with student discounts. It goes some way to compensating for the cost of your degree
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    • Carmen Edelson

      Great tip, Anne! Thanks for sharing.

  6. These are all great tips. It’s amazing what a little research and creativity can get you!
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    • Carmen Edelson

      I know… it’s all about doing your homework 😉

  7. Love this topic! AirBnB is a great alternative to staying in a hostel
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    • Carmen Edelson

      I think so too! Usually more room and overall better value. You get to live like a temporary local!

  8. The way we budget travel is to use travel hacking (points and miles) for all flights and hotels (minus taxes and fees) so basically flights+ hotels are usually a total of just a few hundred bucks total for 2. Then we just have to budget plan daily activities and food 🙂
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    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, travel hacking is great!

  9. Hello, I’m an engineering student who just loves to travel a lot. I must say, thank you for all these suggestions. I’ve always loved to appreciate different places and every city’s architectural design. Thank you for sharing this!

    • Carmen Edelson

      You’re very welcome, Jeric! Happy travels 🙂

  10. I’m just new to college life and I must say thank you for giving us this wonderful tips! I love travelling but due to my college schedule I’m having hard time squeezing out my travel schedules and also my expenses. Thank you once again for sharing this!

    • Carmen Edelson

      You’re very welcome, Kathleen! I hope you can start enjoying both 🙂

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