Traveling On A College Budget

Traveling On A College Budget

I swear, there's no ramen noodles involved in this "how to"

I know you're thinking, "I call b/s," because I definitely did. Although we know, deep down in our soul, that travel's endless possibilities are priceless, traveling comes with quite the price. It takes some wit and a lot of saving, but it is possible to travel on a college budget.

Find your travel buddies: First, find a group of friends that is willing to take the trip with you. Self explorations are also welcome, but it makes spending a lot easier when you have friends to help. GasBuddy shows the cheapest gas around you when you and your friends are on the road (they even have an app).

Public transportation is your friend: Greyhound, although still a little too pricey for me, provides The Greyhound Student Advantage Card, which can help you save up to 40% on travels, clothing, food, and movie theaters near you. Mega Bus also offers great bus tickets; I’ve even seen some for $1! It’s definitely a rare commodity, but I’ve gotten $10 bus tickets multiple times.

It’s all about research: Be smart about your travels and find search methods, like Wanderu or GoToBus that offer cheap rides. Sometimes, you will have to take dreaded transfers, but it will save you quite the penny. I’ve taken a 22 hour trip from Providence to Savannah, GA for just a little over $100.

Food: Now, when it comes to food, there’s always little hole in the wall eateries you can find. Mashable offers a list of iPhone apps for frugal foodies. Among the list is ScoutMob, which offers 50%, and sometimes 100% off, deals at restaurants in the area.

Even taking a trip to the nearest grocery store can get you acclimated to the city you're in. Make sure that wherever you're staying has a fridge to store food and chef it up. This article shows nifty tricks on how to use hotel appliances like the coffee maker, iron and hair dryer to make soup, quesadillas, and paninis!

Take advantage of your school’s study abroad programs: Summer programs are usually not paid by the school, but exchange programs are. Go to your student services for a chance to immerse yourself in new cultures and languages.

If the prices are still too high coming from your university, try working for room and board. Workaway is a great site that lets you pay a small fee to get in touch with 19,276 hosts in more than 155 countries. Help with an eco retreat in Belize or at a B&B in a rainforest. All hosts offer a place to stay and meals.

Now these are all volunteer opportunities, but if you’d like to get paid, have room and board, and free meals, BackDoor Jobs is the site for you. Some are long term internships, but most are short-term summer jobs. The field range on this site is endless: resort and hospitality, outdoor adventure, mind and body quests, summer camp and ranch, and teaching abroad, just to name a few.

Traveling within or out of the U.S. doesn't have to be so difficult. Save up a bunch of cash, do your research, and have the time of your life!

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30 Places Every Millennial Girl Needs To Travel To BEFORE She Turns 30

Live your best life, all around the world.

I am a travel enthusiast. There is nowhere I do not want to go.

Traveling the world is one of my biggest goals in life and I am determined to make it happen. The world is so big and I would love to see every inch of it at some point or another.

However, if I can travel to these 30 places before I turn 30, I will feel as though I have accomplished more than enough.

1. New York City, New York

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

3. Grand Canyon, Arizona

4. Las Vegas, Nevada

5. San Francisco, California

6. Los Angeles, California

7. Nashville, Tennessee

8. Honolulu, Hawaii

9. Walt Disney World, Florida

10. Chicago, Illinois

11. Nassau, Bahamas

12. Cozumel, Mexico

13. Cancún, Mexico

14. Bridgetown, Barbados

15. Basseterre, St. Kitts

16. Philipsburg, St. Maarten

17. Montego Bay, Jamacia

18. Christiansted, St. Croix

19. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

20. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

21. Tortola Baths, Tortola

22. San Juan, Puerto Rico

23. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

24. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

25. Oranjestad, Aruba

26. Mykonos, Greece

27. London, England

28. Paris, France

29. Barcelona, Spain

30. Rome, Italy

Okay, so these are 30 places I want to go out of like, a million. I have traveled to some of these places and would not hesitate one second to go back.

Every new place is like a new adventure, and traveling will forever be so exciting and intruiging to me.

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3 Breathtaking Lighthouses In The Upper Peninsula And Their Importance

Often noted as a symbolic light source and a maritime navigational tool, lighthouses did it all.

You don’t need to travel all the way to the East Coast to look at breathtaking lighthouses. Often mistaken for a part of Wisconsin, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is home to over 40 lighthouses.

Of these lighthouses, many were built in the 1800’s and serve as a piece of history that tells a lot about industry and life on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.

For reference, here is a bit of background. Lighthouses are structures that don’t come from American culture but date back thousands of years. They especially began to gain popularity in the early 1700’s because of their efficiency in guiding maritime adventures and warning for storms, dangerous water features and guidance in the nighttime.

When constructed, many lighthouses included living quarters for a lighthouse keeper to keep the light going by filling it with kerosene. It was a hard job that required many hours — if the light was not lit, there could be people in danger.

Today many lighthouses are lit electronically, used as museums and do not require a lighthouse keeper. In 1910, Congress created the Bureau of Lighthouses, but it was soon merged with the United States Coast Guard, where it remains today.

With this vast history of lighthouses in general, ones in the UP are no exception. Although not connected to the larger ocean, the great lakes provided access to trade and economic opportunities with Canada that allowed for natural resources from the UP to be shipped elsewhere.

Today you can go learn about the history and importance of these UP lighthouses at over two-dozen museums, each offering something new. Here are a few that I would recommend.

1. Crisp Point Lighthouse

Just the road getting here is an adventure in itself, but once you reach the top of the lighthouse the journey is worth it. At one time this lighthouse was listed as America’s most endangered lighthouse. Much of its land has been eroded, along with the buildings around it, but the lighthouse and its living quarters remain, plus there is much historical significance to learn here as well.

2. Eagle Harbor Lighthouse

This lighthouse is very unique in the fact that it is a working lighthouse today but is also very dangerous because it is located between two rock cribs. Many shipwrecks happened off the shore of the Keweenaw Peninsula, and there is even a museum here dedicated to the history of those wrecks. Most likely as an effect of the historical events here, this lighthouse is often regarded as very haunted by locals.

3. Peninsula Point Lighthouse

Definitely not your average lighthouse, it resembles from the outside more of a modern brick home feel, because of a fire that left only the tower part left. But it is a great place to look at wildlife and especially butterflies during the fall migration season.

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