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10 Ways Students Can Travel for Free

Are you a student and want to travel the world? Is money stopping you from going? Well, not after you read these tips!

One of the downsides of being a student is not having a large budget to fund your travels. Yet being at uni is one of the best times in your life to explore the world. So to make sure money doesn’t stop you from travelling, here’s 10 Ways Students Can Travel for Free!

1. Hitchhike 

Travelling from place to place often takes the biggest cut out of your budget. Luckily hitchhiking in Europe is pretty safe and easy in the more expensive countries such as the Netherlands and Germany. In Southern Europe, it can take a little bit longer for cars to pick you up, but at least it’s an adventure and rewarding when you manage to finally get that lift you’ve been waiting for!


2. Workaway 

One of the best ways to travel without spending money is to use platforms like Workaway. Here you can get in touch with local communities, projects, and families who need help. With your skills and expertise you get a place to stay and often food in return. It’s a very rewarding and fun experience.

3. Teach English 

As a student you know like no other how important it is to be able speak English. How amazing would it be if you could teach someone else this same skill? All you have to do is get a TEFL certificate and you’ll be able to teach English in almost every country in the world. This doesn’t only save you money but you’ll actually be able to earn money while exploring the world!

4. Become an influencer 

A lot of companies step away from influencers with a massive following and focus on micro influencers. This is perfect as it equalises opportunities for everyone. If you’re into writing, love taking good pics, and reviewing spots, consider offering your services to hostels in exchange for room or food!

Side note: we’re seeing a trend lately where people are only interested in honesty and ethics. Make sure you’re aware of the brands you want to work with!

5. Car relocations 

A lot of car companies offer rentals from one place that you’re able to drop-off at another. This results in an overload of cars at the final destinations of popular one-way routes and you may already see it coming: these cars have to be driven back to the place they came from. You can often rent those cars for free or pay only €1. Check out this page to see which cars need to be returned!

6. Use your skills

If you have any special skills there’s tons of ways to make money and globe-trot for free. This can range from giving yoga classes, bootcamps, cooking classes, guided city tours, and photoshoots.

7. Scholarships 

For students there’s lots of scholarships available to help fund your time abroad. It’s worth looking into as it can save you thousands of euros. The most famous one in Europe is the Erasmus Scholarship which you can get for an exchange semester or an internship abroad. This is an amazing way to get to know another country and way of life during your studies.

8. Take part in competitions 

Many companies such as hotels, travel organisations, TV shows, and big Instagram accounts offer competitions where you can win amazing trips. Companies are more transparent now in how they select a winner, so it isn’t a dud tip! Simply Google ‘travel competitions’ and follow some travel IG accounts to take part!

9. Cycle or hike 

This may sound crazy but we meet more and more travellers that cycle or hike from one destination to the next. This not only saves a lot of money, but is also a great and unique experience. Maybe you can even raise money for charity?

10. Work in a hostel 

Most hostels offer great volunteer opportunities, providing you a free stay in return for help. Maybe you’d like to work at reception, give yoga classes, or help set up breakfast every morning. Europe’s Famous Hostels offers lots of great volunteer opportunities. Just contact the hostels you’re interested in and they’ll tell you more!














Don’t let money stop you from seeing the world! These 10 Tips ought to be helpful to any student travelling on a budget! Not sure where to start your travels? Europe’s Famous Hostels offers 38 incredible locations throughout Europe and Israel!

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