Traveling at any age can be quite the experience but when Students Travel internationally it can be a life-changing experience and a youthful adventure that you will never forget. According to research done by Expedia, young adults aged 18-23 are the age group that tend to travel with an international bucket list of things to do and see, but also with tight budget restrictions. Generation Z travelers are looking for a unique and unscripted adventure which is fueling the Experiential Travel Trend.
This is probably because this sort of travel is the best opportunity for people in this age group to get out of their comfort zone, build confidence in themselves, develop a sensitivity to different cultural values and norms, learn a new language and develop friendships abroad.
All in all, traveling abroad is a great experience, even on a low college budget. My advice is to get out and travel while you are young despite the costs of accommodations, food, sightseeing, tours and local transportation. To help you along the way, I’ve selected eight countries you can travel to on a low college budget and still have an awesome time.
There are a lot of beautiful things to experience in Mexico, exciting festivals, charming markets, breathtaking architecture, cobblestone streets, exotic jungles with wildlife, white sand beaches and lagoons that sparkle at night. Mexico is loaded with a lot of cultural experiences and history that would take an EssayOnTime writer to fully unveil. Of course, the mouthwatering Mexican food will give your taste buds and stomach an unforgettable experience.
Cities away from the tourist zones offer great value. One fine example of a non-tourist city in Mexico is Oaxaca City, the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of the same name. The center of the city features the traditional Oaxaca de Juarez’s main square where you can enjoy the lively street entertainment as well as dancers and singers that grace the streets in the evening. Or visit the Santo Domingo de Guzman church and monastery with a history as far back as 1555, view the treasures found on Mont Alban at the Museum of Oaxan Cultures or the art galleries, cafes, shops and hotels at the Calle Macedonio pedestrian street.
If you’re hungry, chocolate, coffees, tortillas, tamales, Oaxaca cheese and Chapulines (fried Grasshoppers) are always available at the 20 de Noviembre food market. You can move around Oaxaca easily on your own or join an organized tour to see the Hierve el Agua bubbling springs, Mitla Ruins and the Petrified Waterfall. You can live on an affordable daily budget of approximately $25+ per night on a youth hostel type accommodation.
Colombia is an exotic place to visit with its Andean mountains, Caribbean coast and even the Amazon jungle. Colombia allows you to experience a combination of Spanish, Caribbean and indigenous cultures, delicious food and friendly people. You can visit the capital city of Bogota or Cartagena to see the walled city.
You can also choose to visit any of the colonial villages around Andes like Barichara or Salamina town for a great traveling experience. Medellin City also offers great nightlife, museums and music. You can budget to spend approximately $35+ per night on a youth hostel type accommodation.
There are a lot of things to do in Peru. You can explore Lima on foot, visit the train station turned library Casa de la Literatura, the Malecon boardwalk at no cost at all. If you visit the Trajillo coastal city, you can check out the Huanchaco beach, participate in the Marinera Dance Festival and explore the colonial-influenced architecture in the area. You can also visit Cusco in Peru. There is a main square in Centro Historico and you can have a tasty lunch at any of the nice cafes downtown.
You can also visit Machu Picchu which is only 70 kilometers away from Cusco City and a UNESCO World Heritage Site to see the Inca Ruins. There are also other tourist attractions in Cusco City such as the Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Montana de los 7 Colores (Rainbow Mountain), Humantay Lake and the Sacsayhuaman park. A taxi all around Lima can cost you about $25, but if you want to live on a lower daily budget you might want to choose to explore on foot. You can expect to pay approximately $45+ per night on a youth hostel type accommodation.
Even if it is often overlooked as a European travel destination, there are many incredible sights to explore in Portugal even on a college budget. Lisbon is the place to be if you want to experience the culture and history of Portugal. Although, the Algarve region with its beaches, castles, hiking trails is more of a favorite destination for the English and Portuguese than Americans, it has a cost of living that is 30% less than all of western Europe and is a perfect place to enjoy yourself on a low budget.
Albufeira city in Algarve offers beautiful climate, beaches, inexpensive hotels, restaurants, night clubs, wonderful wine and mouthwatering food. The Loule town and its famous market in Albufeira City is a great way to experience Portuguese culture and cuisine. There are also great tourist attractions to see such as the blue tiles of the church of Sao Lourenco (Almancil), the Praia da Falesia and the Ponta de Piedade and its rock formations against the sea.
With youth hostel style accommodations beginning at approximately $25+ per night and cost for meals throughout the day at $5, Thailand is a great place for anyone on a student budget to visit. It has outstanding exotic cuisine, culture, history, tropical beaches, magical festivals, a buzzing nightlife, ancient temple, museums and free elephant rides. If you visit the capital city Bangkok plan to check out Wat Pho, the Grand Palace, the Chatuchak Market for some souvenirs, the National Museum, the Sathorn unique Tower and Nana Plaza using the BTS (Skytrain) as transportation.
You can visit Phuket during the spring with its splendid beaches, affordable hotels, delicious food and affordable accommodations. Also, don’t forget to take a trip to Phi Phi islands, visit the Patong beach and look around Phuket Town for the best Thailand travel experience. No matter how far and wide you might have traveled before, you will always find more reasons why you should visit Thailand.
One of the best ways to discover Eastern Europe and its culture at a low cost is to visit Romania. With a daily budget of $35+ for youth hostel style accommodations you can experience breathtaking old world architecture, museums and castles. Romania is a great country to visit on a college budget.
Plan to visit Transylvania, land of the folklore tale of Dracula to see the 600-year-old Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle), Peles Castle, Brasov City, Cluj-Napoca (It was named Europe’s Youth Capital in 2015). The Venetian House, The church of the Dominican Monastery, the Turda Salt Mine and The Merry Cemetry in Maramure. And you don’t have to pay for trekking to Bigar Waterfall or visiting the Romanian National Museums or the castles.
With various spoken languages, white sand beaches, volcanoes, beautiful resorts, temples, islands, and deep jungles, Indonesia is a land of intriguing diversity. You can visit Komodo Island, one of the seven wonders of Nature and its surrounding islands or go to popular Bali island to taste delicious fresh seafood and have an epic adventure. Hostel style accommodations run from $25+ and transportation around the city for as cheap as $1. Thailand is a perfect destination for college students.
Although Sri Lanka might seem like a small country, located north of the Indian Ocean, there are a lot of side attractions like temples, botanical gardens, fantastic resorts, yummy food, and tea. And you just have to budget $40-50 every day for all your basic daily traveling and touring needs.
There are a lot of sights to add to your epic adventure such as climbing Adam’s Peak (5,500 stairs), surfing at Arugam Bay, hiking around Ella, learning about tea, getting a tan, seeing giant turtles and eating unforgettable delicious spicy food.
Traveling is a great experience for everyone, student or not. However for young people it’s a great way to grow up and become a better person as a result of your new experiences and the people you’ll meet along the way in your travels.
Of course, traveling is much better when you are not on a college budget, but that does not mean that you can’t have an unforgettable adventure traveling on a limited amount of funds. It just means you can experience a country from the rustic perspective of average day citizens.