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Published on: 29 Dec 2016 by sophia-addison
What is a college student to do when the wanderlust strikes and the world seems so welcoming and full of opportunities? The bank account may not agree with the bucket list of desirable destinations and the impatience with which one wants to approach it. The days of simply thumbing your way across the United States have long gone due to the realities of safety considerations and the changing generosities of strangers. The idea of simply leaving without a plan or a secured lodging is a very risky one at best and a disastrous one most often. There are however, some ways for responsible and motivated individuals to ease the financial burden of travel and experience the world from a uniquely comfortable and accommodating environment
House sitting is one excellent way to keep from having to pay for accommodations. Even hostels are typically more than twenty dollars a night and in some locations might even top out over a hundred dollars and often your privacy is extremely limited and your belongings are exposed to a high risk of theft. Hostels in some parts of the world are a fantastic option while others not so much. You can do your research but there is nothing better than staying in someone’s home while they are away and enjoying the company of their pets when you are home. House sitting is an opportunity to enjoy a full kitchen, a bathroom to yourself and the ability to wash your clothes and sheets when you want too. You wont have to share the bathroom or laundry with a bunch of other people and you can truly relax or get some work done in the peace and quiet
Volunteer to work for an environmental or emergency relief cause in the location you want to visit. Your school is one of the best resources for finding these opportunities and people who are in science and medical tracks will often have many of these opportunities. Honor roll students are also regularly provided with opportunities to take advantage of teach and travel or study and travel opportunities. These are usually well organized and safe trips since your school is involved in the planning and organizing of a place to stay and the activities involved
Home swap opportunities are increasing in popularity and there are many web based communities for finding good matches for trading spaces with others who might want to travel to your hometown. This only works if you live somewhere where others like to travel, but you never know until you do your research whether the perfect opportunity for you is out there. In this way you can be sure your home is cared for while you are away while you save all the money you would have had to spend on hotels and such while traveling.
There are many opportunities for intelligent college students to travel on a tight budget. Some of them are much safer than others and one has to do a little research to determine what risks are worth taking. House sitting is a very popular and convenient method, while volunteer work arrangements can be very emotionally fulfilling. If you are in the right situation a house swap might be the perfect answer for your travel desires and there are many other possibilities out there waiting to be discovered.