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Seeing the World Before Graduation
June 2, 2013

When you are exhausted from your studies or when you just need to get away from town for a while, you'll find that the world is never as open to you as when you are a college student. Though a college student's life is full of stress and trial, you will find that it is also a fantastic time to step back and to consider what you need to do to get away from it all for a while; this is where world travel comes in. If you are between jobs and even between apartments, there is no better time to do a little bit of globetrotting. What do you need to do to get out of the door?

Cash in Hand?
The big thing that stops many people is the idea of money. While it is true that you might be a broke college student, that doesn't mean that you always will be. This is where a little bit of research and faith come into the picture. Take a moment and look around for the low-interest student credit cards out there. There are many people who find that they can fund their round the world adventure simply by taking out the right credit card. Not only do you avoid annoying currency exchanges whenever you move into another country, you will find that you can take advantage of the ATMs wherever you go. Make sure that you learn about the ATM rules in the different countries that you go to, and that you figure out what you need to stay covered. This may seem like an extreme way to fund your trip, but many people do it and applying for the right card will be the cheapest way for you to travel.

Pack It Up
You may know what you want to bring, but how are you going to drag it along? For many people, packing things up involves a backpack of some sort, so make sure that you consider your options. Your best bet is going to be something with a light frame and a sturdy cover. If your backpack is made of thin nylon, there is a chance that people can cut it to get at the things inside. Instead, look for a very sturdy backpack that allows you to lock the zippers together or otherwise secure it. If you are going to be doing a lot of moving around, you need to make sure that your things will stay in one place. Having locks on your bag mean that no one will be able to tamper with your things. This is also handy because you won’t have to pay bag fees when flying!

Resting Your Head
You can make a lot of progress if you are willing to stay in hostels instead of hotels. The issue that many people run into is that hotels are quite pricey. If you are willing to stay at a hostel instead, you can cut your costs down significantly. A night at a hostel might not cost you more than forty dollars per evening, but always make sure that you check the hostel online. Did other people have a positive experience and were they satisfied? Also make sure that you know what kinds of rules are enforced. Do the check in and check out times match your schedule? If you are not getting into town until 11 o'clock, you will find that it is a lot more difficult to stay at a hostel that closes its doors firmly at 10! Always make sure that you know where you are staying ahead of time.

Take a moment to learn more about the ways in which you can see the world. World travel is a lot less scary and expensive than you might think, so pause and consider what kind of rules you might be looking at. Above all, remember to enjoy yourself!

KC Owens has written and submitted this article. KC is a college student who loves traveling, college life, fitness and a good survival kit. He enjoys studying different cultures, meeting new people and leaving his footprint somewhere most people only read about.

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