Smart Education in Ireland : Budget travel tips for international students

Smart Education in Ireland : Budget travel tips for international students

Interested in combining your study abroad experience with some European travel? a Singaporean medical student at the shares her adventures and some tips for budget travel…

Many people think that medical students study a lot and are always drowned in books and notes. To a certain extent, this is true, but I like to think we play hard and study hard! I am an avid traveller, and when i’m not studying I spend most of my free time on the road!

makes my college life even more interesting. Geographically, Ireland is located near all the European countries. With the additionally benefit of low-cost air tickets from and, it gives international students like me the opportunity to travel extensively.

You can also travel by train to Northern Ireland or to Singapore, where I from, is located in the South East Asia, and flight from there to any part of Europe cost at least 1000 euros, and it takes approximately 15 to 20 hours!

Aside from European travel options,including Wicklow, Glendalough, Connemara, Dingle Peninsula, Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher. Grab a bargain an one of the Irish tour offices, they often provide concessions for students.

Here are some more travel tips to keep you in budget:=

1. Make sure you book your flights, accommodation and tours as early as possible

Book early to get the best deals, and spend some time researching the best options online.

2. Book hostels near the city centre

In most countries, the attractions are located near the heart of the city, so staying central means you can walk from one to another saving a lot money on transport.

When you are looking for a hostel online, remember to read the best review, worst review and the recommendation rating to prevent getting a bad one and a nasty surprise on arrival!

3. Try not to take a city tour bus

Most people think that taking city tour bus can see more things than they would walking. However, from my experience, this is not really the case. If you stay in a good location (see point 2 above), you can visit most of the local attractions on foot. I find this approach gives me the chance to explore more of a city – its food, people, places and culture. If you’re visiting a really large city, like London for example, get a travel pass (you can buy access for a number of days depending on the length of your stay).

4. Buy ingredients and cook for yourself

Most hostels have shared kitchen facilities. I often buy ingredients from a local supermarket and make my own breakfast and dinner. As for lunch, I try to eat out and try the local delights, and the price of lunch is normally cheaper that dinner options in restaurants!

5. Remember to bring a student card

Some attractions that I visited offer a student discount. For example, the normal entrance free for in Lisbon is 7.50euro, but it is only 4euros for student.

6. Budget your money between travelling and necessities

As a full-time international student here in Ireland, I only have a limited amount of allowance provided by my parents. When I first got here, I did not manage my allowance properly and as a result I ran out of money really fast. Now, at the start of every month I divide my allowance for travel and for just necessities (eg. food, household items etc). I also tend to go straight back to my apartment right after class or to the library, to refrain myself from buying things I don’t need!

"Ireland is emerging the best place to study nowadays.Many students are selecting Ireland because the country offers many good reasons which no other country till now offers",says Mr. Deepak, Education Manager, Career XL Services...


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