The ease and convenience of travel in 2014 is light-years beyond previous eras and as a result, college students have more chance than ever to get out and see the world. Unfortunately, the approximate budget of the average 20 something remains relatively the same; not large.
Thankfully, there are a number of ways that adventurous students can both extend a limited budget and make money on the road. The best trick is to eat out as little as possible. That’s the hardest thing to control, because when you are experiencing other cultures you want to indulge in the zests and flavors as much as you can.
Of course you can still have a special night out here and there, or even one good meal a day. But when its 8AM and your in the train station depot, do you really need a $45 breakfast buffet that probably imports 90% of it’s goods from abroad? Not worth it.
You can also save a lot of money by buying groceries to cook in your hostel or purchasing dry, storable foods to carry around with you-like fruit, granola bars, or bread. They may not be the fanciest meals, but they’ll keep you fed and frisky while roving cobbled alleys and climbing cathedral towers.
Another great way to cut costs is to use overnight trains and buses to get from point A to point B. A trans-siberian rail pass from Moscow to Beijing might sound like a really intense way to travel, but in the long run you save a lot of money on flights, several nights accommodation, and get an incredible introduction to the countryside.
As for students abroad who want to earn some extra cash, in most countries you can obtain a work and holiday visa that allows you to work in hospitality, retail, tourism, and in some places, teach English.