While you will obviously spend most of your time abroad in the city where you’re studying, there are few who never venture past the pearly city gates. Before coming to Spain, I wore bright idealistic glasses of traveling and adventuring all across Europe. After all, all those famous travel 'grammers make it look so easy.
Warning: Traveling is far from easy.
Correction: It’s easy if you have an endless supply of money and aren't simultaneously trying to make it to all your classes.
However, for the other 99% of us, traveling takes a lot of planning and a lot of time. I’ve spent days and days planning trips with people, and it’s exhausting, expensive and stressful. However, there are websites to help! Hopefully these will be assets to you if you travel in the near future:
Rome2Rio is an amazing website that will show you all the routes and prices to get from one destination to the other. It shows you train options, buses, flights and more—all with their price estimate. It’s saved me multiple times and also helped me find the cheapest options to get from one place to the next.
Airbnb is the future of traveling. Forget staying in hotels or hostels. With Airbnb, you can stay in someone else’s house for a decent price. Depending on the situation, your host may or may not be present while you’re there. However, you can research reviews of the hosts and the location and decide what works best for you. It’s a great way to get a good deal and also potentially make a new friend in a new country.
For those of you still a bit sketched out with the idea of living in another person’s home, hostelworld is your next best bet. You can filter your search based on location, reviews or price. Some hostels are as cheap as $15 per night. You really can’t beat that!