When I was studying abroad, I remember hearing from someone who wasn’t American that their impression was that half of Americans eat greasy, unhealthy food all the time and the other half is obsessed with fitness and dieting. I mean…not completely inaccurate?
London is expensive; I learned this after shelling out a painful £17 to visit Kensington Palace. Still, there are ways to explore the city without breaking the budget. Here are my top recommendations for things to do in London that cost little to nothing at all.
After exams ended during my semester abroad, a few friends and I set out on a speedy tour of the English Peak and Lake Districts. They had made most of the plans, so I just tagged along. We never stayed too long in one town; we bounced around to different cities every other day in order to squeeze everything we wanted to see into the space of a week. The many train and bus rides and hotel check-ins and hauling all our luggage around with us got a little chaotic at times, but I loved the nomadic feeling of waking up to an unfamiliar landscape every morning, long journeys through the countryside, and seeing so much in a small amount of time.
I stopped using shampoo and conditioner for a while when I was studying abroad and then permanently on my most recent trip to the UK. Over time, the “water-only” method trains your hair to produce less oil and stay clean longer. I already wanted to try it, and traveling provided a good opportunity because I was spending extended time alone; I wanted to be more flexible with where and when I showered as I bounced around to new towns and hostels almost every day; and my top priority was packing light.
My first visit to Wales was towards the end of my semester in England, so I was trying to 1) fit in as many places as possible and 2) spend as little money as possible. The result was one inexpensive day in Wales’s capital, Cardiff.
When I was thinking about studying abroad, cost was a major consideration. I quickly ruled out programs that cost far beyond my tuition at home as I would be paying for my program myself.
What are the major expenses when it comes to study abroad? How much money do you need to make it through a semester? What does it cost to travel? And how can you save money while overseas?
Here are the most important things I learned about spending and saving while studying abroad.