Travel at Group Rates
Something you may want to do is see if there is a group going from your school to a location that you think would make a great vacation. Sometimes you need to stay with the group but other times you may be able to fly round trip with the group at a highly discounted rate and then go off on your own when you get to the other side. This is especially helpful when traveling to Europe. Whether you are in the MSN in nursing administration at Bradley University or studying nursing at some other college around the country, chances are you can find a group leaving from your area that you just might be able to travel with at a really cheap rate.
Other than your travel tickets, the biggest expense you are likely to encounter is lodging. Have you considered looking into an apartment swap? You would be amazed at how many nursing students here and abroad would jump at the chance to get away if they could afford it. Why not check into some sites like HomeExchange.com to see what’s available in the city or country you’d like to travel to and if anyone there is interested in coming to the United States. The key is to start looking early because you need to find someone who wants to vacation where your apartment/house is and that might be a problem if you live in a remote area or somewhere with few tourist attractions nearby.
Be Frugal on Location
There are two ways in which your vacation can quickly rack up quite a bill, and that would be eating and traveling about. The suggestion is to eat in most meals and only eat out for a real treat. You are on vacation, after all, so you do need to eat out at least a few times a week. But for the most part, sandwiches and things you can fix at ‘home’ would save you tons of money. Also, walk wherever you can. Besides being cheaper, it’s good for you. College students often don’t get enough exercise, and this is a time you can get some in. Also, you see more of the local attractions when you walk.
In the end, there is no reason to forego vacations simply because they cost too much. If you start planning early enough to find cheap flights, an apartment swap and time to scope out all the cheapest attractions where you’ll be staying, you can probably cut the cost of your vacation in half. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the other half of your ‘vacation budget’ for a second trip later in the year? That’s what 2 for the price of 1 is all about!
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