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Five Travel Hacks for College Students

Seena Khalil
Contributing Writer

The perfect time to travel, before entering the “real world,” is in college. Summer, winter and spring breaks do not exist when you enter the corporate workforce, so take advantage of it while you can. Traveling and exploring the world does not have to be a scary experience, nor does it have to empty your pockets. We’ve compiled travel hacks to help you travel the world smarter and cheaper.

1. StudentUniverse.com

Student Universe is a website that provides students with special rates on flights and hotels. This website is dedicated to making traveling cheaper for students to see the world. The website was launched in 2000 and has grown tremendously over time. Student Universe has contracts with many world-class partners and airlines to guarantee the best prices for its specific demographic of students.

2. Roll Clothes Instead of Folding

Save money on expensive baggage fees by rolling your clothes instead of folding them. Rolling your clothes can make a big difference in the number of items you can fit into your luggage. It takes up less space than folding, which allows you to fit more and minimize your baggage. Carry-ons are usually free, so if you’re traveling on a short trip it is ideal to just take a carry-on. Not only will you save money, but you may also save yourself from the headache of losing a checked-bag.

3. iTranslate App

iTranslate is a free app that is great for when you’re traveling to a foreign country. The app allows you to automatically translate anything into your desired language. Not only can you translate the text, you can also play the audio of what you are trying to say. Not everyone can learn an entire language before traveling to another country, so this is a great tool to help communicate with the locals. It is especially important for students to be able to communicate and get around a foreign country properly. This app was created in 2009 and has had over 50 million downloads since then.

4. HOSTELWORLD App

HOSTELWORLD provides cheap housing accommodations for young travelers. There are hostels all over the world, with prices starting as cheap as $7 a night. A hostel is perfect for young college students wanting to travel the world on a budget. The setups vary, but the most common resemble a dormitory. Because it is most common among young travelers, it is easy to meet new people and make connections from around the world. HOSTELWORLD provides reviews for more than 33,000 properties in over 170 countries.

5. MAPS.ME App

MAPS.ME is another free app you can download on your mobile device that will allow you to have access to a map no matter where you are, without the need of internet service. Typically, map applications provided on cell phones do not load when there is no service. MAPS.ME is great for young travelers who do not want to hike up their phone bill with roaming charges but still want to be able to find their way around. Online maps are easier to use than the paper maps and allow you to see newly built roads, zoom in and more.

Another great feature of this app is that if you do use it while online, you are able to share your location. This tool comes in handy for young travelers who want to keep their family and friends updated on where they are, especially if traveling alone. It allows them to see exactly where you are located and follow you as you travel.