10 Cheap Travel Destinations for College Students

You are a travel enthusiast, and you’re continually looking for an epic place to go for an adventure. But, you’re a student, which means you don’t always have enough cash to make it rain! We’ve been there…in fact, we’re still there right now.

If you’ve been struck with wanderlust and can’t wait to explore the world, this is your perfect guide. The destinations and tourist attractions outlined here are ideal for the twenty-somethings to explore without breaking a bank. Apart from all these issues, safety is the most important factor. Visit travelsafe-abroad.com and read out the guidelines before you travel.

Thanks to their favourable exchange rates and budget-friendly accommodations like campgrounds and hotels, there’s no better time to start saving up for some travel action, either solo or with a group of friends!

  • Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

Located in between the bustling hubs of Krabi and Phuket, Ko Phi Phi has been a go-to tourist destination for many years now thanks to its excellent nightlife, laid-back vibe, and of course, is amazing Maya Bay. This island has often been described as Thailand’s superstar, and its reputation precedes it. For many young tourists, it’s the only reason they step foot in Phuket—its beauty is a massive chunk of the allure.

An assortment of mountain terrain and lush greenery makes this a unique concoction of splendour for everyone to enjoy.  The cost of flights, food, and accommodation make even the most luxurious vacation here as expensive as the cost of living in London. Instead of dealing with the hustles and bustles of Bankok, head to Ko Phi Phi, and enjoy.

  • Byron Bay, Australia

A hippy travel destination frequented by cashed-up creatives, this Australian attraction is a wealth of mystery. Importantly, the whole package works. In the summer, Byron Bay is a hive for sultry babes, surf breaks, and amazing sunshine. It’s a perfect place for students to live in a van, eat mi goreng for dinner, hunt for cheap drinks, and surf every day.

  • Caye Caulker, Belize

No shirt, No shoes…No Problem! This small limestone coral island off the coast of Belize offers the best tourist activities. From chilling at the Split to diving the Blue Hole, Caye Caulker is rightfully a jewel in the Caribbean and a true definition of an ‘island vibe.’ Most vitally, high-class hotels are available for as low as £25, with some even going lower. For students, there are a lot of memorable things to do and experiment here.

  • Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is a city with many secrets and a perfect place for young university students to vacation. Equal parts cosmopolitan, arty, sports-mad, and dynamic, this city simultaneously exudes style and keeps its best spots hidden. You will especially love the mad street art, and rad bars and coffee cafés that never close. The flights and accommodations are incredibly cheap, inviting you to a fantastic adventure.

  • Cobán, Guatemala

Once a gritty spot that travellers passed through, Cobán is today an attraction in its own right and one of the best outside the Guatemala City. With cloud forests, intricate cave systems, and awe-inspiring waterfalls, this is the place to be for the hiking aficionados. Try the cheap typical dishes such as “tamalitos“, which is corn dough wrapped in dried banana leaves and “Kak’ik”, a red soup-stew with turkey. This spicy dish is jam-packed with spices that will awaken your sense of taste.

  • Tamarindo, Costa Rica

From its humble beginnings as a quiet fishing village, Tamarindo has developed to be one of the most popular and budget-friendly destinations in the world. Like Byron Bay, Australia, this place is popular for its surfing and laid-back vibe, a perfect place for students on a budget. 

The beautiful beach supports a range of cheap accommodations and restaurants while renting a car is also cheap. The buzzing nightlife is also perfect and safe for young people. Choosing Costa Rica for a vacation is a safer bet than betting on the Miami Dolphins to be bottom of the NFL odds!

  • Grama Bay, Albania

 Year-on, year-on, Albania is increasingly becoming a popular destination for young tourists thanks to its spectacular scenery, interesting sites, friendly people, and most importantly, affordability. One destination that sums this up is the Grama Bay, one of the most stunning and unique beaches in Albania. Situated in the south of Vlorë, the only way to get into this hidden gem is by boat or hiking for 7 hours, which adds to the fun.

  • Budapest, Hungary

Most people in Europe often overlook Budapest when searching for cheap tour destinations. Hotels and daily expenses here are rather affordable, and the modern hotels ‘in empty apartments,’ as done by Airbnb, give travellers affordable access to first-rate, but cheap accommodation. This beautiful city is vivacious, walkable, and public transportation is not only affordable but reliable.

  • Masai Mara, Kenya

Home to a splendid array and extraordinary density of wildlife, Kenya’s Masai Mara is probably the most famous parks in Africa. This choice is for the wildlife enthusiasts and provides an extensive repertoire of memorable excursions. This destination is greatly known for the Great Wildebeest Migration, and the Big Five. For an adventurous young student, this inexpensive escapade will be one to cherish for life.

  • Kathmandu, Nepal

Lastly, Kathmandu…an incredibly diverse historic city with breath-taking Newari architecture, ancient temples, and other captivating attractions to entice people of different tastes. This amazing city has been a backpacker’s favourite for generations, and one of the cheapest in the world. A good hotel here is unlikely to break the single figure mark, with many charging under £10!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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