3 tips for cheap travelling

There is so much of the world to see yet only limited funds in our student bank accounts. Want to explore but need to keep savvy? Whether you’re travelling to Cape Town, New York or Tokyo, here are a few ways to make the most of the money you have for cheap travelling:

1. Use Skyscanner to book flights through

Skyscanner gives you the options to pick your airports and travel dates, then shows the lowest prices available, giving you the choice to view flights from nearby airports or slightly different dates to see if they are any cheaper. When picking airports, I strongly advise thinking about your travel there and back too; it may be that a flight is cheaper from an airport further away, but take into account costs to get to that airport (train/parking) and it may end up more expensive.

2. Find deals on Jack’s Flight Club

This is a club (who’d have guessed?!) that sends out emails with last-minute deals and great bargains on flights. It’s free to sign up to and you can end up with great deals such as a £248 return from London to Tokyo and other amazing trips from UK and Ireland airports: a great platform for those who want cheap travelling but aren’t quite sure where to yet!

3. Book accommodation with Air BnB

If you haven’t heard of Air BnB then you may have been living under a rock for the past few years. The site is a great place to find cheap accommodation and get local insights into your destination, as you rent out someone’s actual flat/house. You can pick from renting out a single room or a whole place to yourself, which can be amazing if there are more of you. Having a place where you can use the kitchen too is a great way to save money by not eating out all the time.

4. Do your research

Don’t forget that depending on the time of the year you choose to book a flight – prices will vary. Obviously Summer and the Festive season are the most expensive points. Early spring and September are always good times to fly. Also, do some research on what cities are student-friendly, places with a large student population is a start.

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