Traveling as a student on a budget is a challenge and sometimes finding a cheap getaway is even harder. With the right planning and preparation and a little research, you may find the best vacation that your limited budget can afford. It’s equally important to know what to expect once you arrive at your destination.


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“I try to go away at least once every summer since freshman year and I love to pick a spot that’s a tourist attraction and also affordable,” said Brooklyn College Senior Karen Greene. According to a survey conducted by the Capital One Rewards Barometer, more people are planning to travel this year than the previous year (70 percent vs. 67 percent, respectively). “I usually play it safe and plan my getaways stateside because I feel like I get better deals, especially at the last minute. This year I planned, and now I’m going to Cancun, Mexico. I have a passport now and I think that gave me a little incentive to travel outside of the U.S.,” she added.

There are many ways to save on the perfect summer getaway. Discount online travel outlets like Travelocity, Cheaptickets and Hotwire offer daily specials and packages for domestic/international destinations. Priceline is also a great alternative as it allows you to name your own price, which can knock a whopping 40% off of the final checkout price.

According to U.S. News and Travel, there are many destinations that are a hit with students. Several were local and others were across the pond. Below are five popular destinations for students based on factors such as airfare, meals and amenities.

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