Everyone wants to travel. We all talk about traveling. We all have fantasies about seeing the world. Yet so few college students ever even leave their own country. The reality is that few of us actually make that first bold move to start traveling.
“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” — Saint Augustine
I just got back from Cancun and it was my first time being the “older dude” around a bunch of college students. Even though I’ve only been out of college for a year, it still feels sort of odd hanging out with a bunch of 18 year olds looking to get drunk and stir up trouble.
Before I get too off topic, I wanted to answer my original question.
Is traveling worth the money when you’re a college student?
Yes it is. Travel is absolutely worth the time and money when you’re in college. There’s just one caveat about traveling in college. You should only travel under one condition and one condition only.
The condition for traveling in college is that you have the money for the trip. You need to earn your freedom. You can’t just feel that your entitled to travel because you’re a student. That sort of thinking will leave you in a mountain of debt.
How are you going to pay for your trips in college? Will you save up for the trip? Will you put the trip on your credit card and then worry about it later?
One funny story from my most recent trip. I met a female student that paid for her trip by using her student loans money. Yes, she used the money that she’s supposed to spend on her textbooks or tuition, to go to Cancun. I highly don’t recommend this. Especially if the trip forces you to apply for more loans or if it causes you to take much longer to actually pay off your student debt in the future. How long do you want to be dealing with your student debt for?
Then there’s the method that my brother used in high school (a bit more extreme than my strategy). The travel agency organizing his senior trip realized that the students wouldn’t be able to afford a $1,500 excursion to Cancun. Instead of losing out on paying customers, they worked out an arrangement. They let the students pay $100 a month until they reached the $1,500. This forced all of the students to save up for the trip slowly.
I’ve covered how to travel the world in great detail in the past. Today I just wanted to write about why I feel that travelling is worth the money in college.
Traveling is a taste of the real world.
Real life isn’t all about cramming for exams in the library and going to the bar down the street. There’s much more that this amazing world has t offer. If you really want to see what’s out there, you need to leave home once in a while. While on the road, you’ll get a sweet taste of the real world.
Life is very easy going in college.
When will life be as easy going as it is in college? Probably never. As a college student you don’t have to stress about paying the bills or losing your job. Your biggest problem is passing your exams. Why not take advantage of this opportunity to get some traveling done?
You get into the habit of saving money.
I find that most young people never save money because they can’t find any reason to save money. Traveling in my opinion is the best excuse to start saving money. When I realized how much fun I could have through traveling, I did my best to save my money to travel more. As a struggling college student, I would save $20 per week (had to cut back a little) until I had enough in my savings account to go on a trip. It really became that simple.
You don’t have to travel in college. However, if you can save up the money for at least one trip, I strongly support traveling.
What will you do? Will you do in college?