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OPINION: Traveling as a college student is worth it

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Jasmine Ma | The Daily Wildcat

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Whether someone is traveling around their city, state, country or abroad, traveling comes with so many benefits. Traveling, especially as a college student, is one of the best ways to experience new cultures. According to Travelex, traveling can help people become more independent, boost happiness and reduce stress. 

Traveling with friends, family or yourself is easier than ever because of different cities’ transportation systems. Examples of these technologies include Uber, as well as multiple other travel options like trains, buses, airplanes, etc. Many places, like museums, have student discounts and all you need is to show your university ID. 

A fun way to see the country is by going to national parks. There are fees to get into most national parks, monuments and battlefields; however, there is a U.S. Park Pass which is $80 a year and using it can get someone into all national parks, monuments and battlefields, according to Map & List - US.. Park Pass.  

Traveling as a college student is easier than ever, and there are so many programs out there to help students save money abroad, like StudentUniverse. Students can also study abroad during the school year and over the summer. Based on the University of Arizona International Admissions website, over 5,400 students learn abroad every year at over 650 Microcampuses around the world, and there are multiple scholarships for students who wish to study overseas. Studying abroad also looks excellent on resumés for applying to jobs after graduation.

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Even if a college student does not want to study abroad, they can still go abroad for less money. Many companies like Workaway offer food and other accommodations for travelers who can work about five hours a day. Using Workaway is a great way to make new friends, memories and save money. There are over 50,000 hosts who are gracious enough to let people stay in exchange for work in over 170 different countries. 

Traveling while in college is more manageable than traveling after because many students have summers off and the money to do it. Traveling during spring break is a good way to test the waters of traveling because it is only a week-long and can help people realize what they want to see during long trips in the summer. 

Traveling while in college is an amazing experience because of the memories they can make, and it can be cheaper than traveling later in life. It is a great way to experience different lifestyles, be less stressed and make yourself happier. There are many ways that college-aged people can travel, like studying abroad and working in exchange for shelter and food. 


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Kelly Marry

Kelly Marry (she/her) is a freshman majoring in journalism and public relations. She loves to read and travel in her free time.


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