How I studied in Ireland and Italy

This post is the first in an ongoing series about how to travel.

The first thing I feel when I look at amazing Facebook photos and travel blogs is jealousy. How did they do it? Why can’t I do that? I would wonder.

Well, firstly I am learning contentment in what I have. Secondly, I am always seeking out opportunities and money to travel. Most of my plans fall through (just as Jordan about some of my crazy ideas), but a few work out. I carefully research everything and plan from there.

I studied in Ireland for a semester  in 2010 and Italy for a month in 2011. Both of these were programs with my university, John Brown University.  Ireland was not that expensive, besides the plane ticket. The semester cost about the same as a semester as the university. Look for deals like that.

Aran Islands  Me in the Aran Islands of Ireland.

Italy, because it was a summer trip, was more expensive, but I did get six hours of college credit for it. And I had awesome trip leaders that really searched for the cheapest air tickets to get in and out of Europe. It ended up being cheaper to fly back home through Barcelona than Rome, so we were able to spend two days in Barcelona for cheaper than staying in Rome longer. Talk about a great deal!

For traveling in Europe, Barcelona and Dublin tend to be the cheapest airports to get into the continent.

Verona The fountain “Madonna Verona” in Verona, Italy

In my experience, picking a university that strongly encouraged travel abroad was key. Many schools had study abroad programs, but JBU had an entire culture built around the ideas of international travel and communication of ideas. This made it very easy to study abroad.

Also, if you are eligible for a Pell Grant at college, you are probably eligible for a study abroad scholarship. Those are fantastic ways to travel with little student debt.

When you travel through your university, they usually get you an ISIC, or International Student Identity Card. These get you student rates at movie theaters, stores, and rail prices. You can also get your own, as well as other types of IDs, from They offer a multitude of things, from travel insurance, cheap hostel rates, ID cards, and suggestions for round the world airline tickets.

Do you have any ways or ideas to travel as a student cheaply?

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