If you’re a money-conscious college student, you’ve probably been working hard all semester to ensure your grades are good enough. In addition to all the studying, you may even have been working a part-time job while you study, to keep your debt down and earn extra cash.
During your summer break, you probably want (and deserve) a proper vacation without spending too much. So grab your portable BBQs and your tents, and get ready for a great summer getaway on a budget!
Grab Your Tent
With no need for hotels, camping is the most affordable accommodation option if you’re travelling away from home. There are campsites all over the place, often offering pitches for just a few dollars a night. Make sure you’ve got everything you need and that your tent is waterproof, otherwise you could be in for a damp night when the dew falls or if you get caught in a storm.
If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can always pitch away from campsites and out in the country side, but be aware that there’s no running water or toilets, and don’t camp on private land unless you’re allowed. Make sure you avoid wildlife habitats, and research wild camping in your chosen area before you leave so you know the specific ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’.
Cook Your Own
A lot of your travel budget might be spent on food in restaurants but if you bring your own camping stove as well, you can eat cheaply in the outdoors. When cooked well, nothing tastes better than a meal you’ve prepared yourself in the open air. It does require preparation time and the right cooking supplies, so make sure you’ve packed your ingredients and tools: stores near campsites know their market and will adjust prices to make the most profit from campers in need.
Go For a Hike
Some of the best fun you’ll have in life are free delights, such as tying up your walking boots and going for a hike. No matter where you’re camping, there’s bound to be excellent hiking trails and it costs nothing to see the scenery and climb those hills.
Play Some Games
If you’re on vacation with a group of friends, prepare some games in advance. Remember the games you played when you were kids: you didn’t need money to have a good time when you were playing hide and go seek or tag! Bring a bat and ball for daytime games, and pens and paper for quieter games around the campfire.
There are many ways you can have a great vacation without spending too much money. With a little preparation, you could have the best summer of your life without tapping into your precious savings. Have a great time: you’ve earned it!
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Charlotte Quinn is a recent English Lit graduate, partial to vintage dresses, cocktails and a cheeky bit of travel. When she’s not blogging or reading, she hangs out with her Jack Russell, Bella.