50 Best Budget Travel Tools for Students Studying Abroad

Although traveling abroad for your university studies is an amazing experience, it's not without a huge price tag. Study abroad programs are often worth every penny, but that doesn't mean you have to pay more than you absolutely have to. Check out these tools that can help you study abroad without going overboard.

Budgeting & Money

Make plans and budget your travel money using these tools.

  1. Quid Universal Currency Converter

    Convert daily exchange rates for more than 180 world currencies on Quid.

  2. Mint.com

    Mint offers a vacation budgeting tool that estimates how much your trip will cost, and create a savings plan to have enough.

  3. Budget Your Trip

    Estimate and plan your travel expenses based on your traveling area with Budget Your Trip.

  4. Prepaid travel cards

    Safeguard your personal accounts and stick to your budget by using prepaid travel cards abroad.

  5. Travel Calculator

    Plan your travel spending with this travel calculator.

  6. GoPlanit

    GoPlanit makes it easy to plan your trip, alone with with friends.

  7. delicious

    Build your own guidebook with this bookmarking site.

  8. Trip Little

    Trip Little offers complete travel planning and organization on one site.

  9. Google Earth

    See any place in the world, including buildings and imagery, to plan your trip.

  10. Tripwolf

    Tripwolf offers a travel guide, tips, deals, and planner for worldwide travel.

  11. Dopplr

    Share your travel plans and tips socially on Dopplr.

  12. TripWiser

    Discover things to do in this travel community.

  13. TripIt

    Organize your travel itinerary using this trip planner.


Check flight status, find deals, and more using these tools.

  1. FlightChecker

    Use the FlightChecker to find out when to get super cheap prices on budget airlines.

  2. GateGuru

    Turn foreign airports into a fun place using this app that can help you discover food, gift shops, and more.

  3. Airfare Watchdog

    Airfare Watchdog will alert you to the top fares available.

  4. Fare Alert

    Expedia's Fare Alert will alert you when the best fares come available, right on your desktop.

  5. SeatGuru

    SeatGuru offers diagrams and notes on the best airplane seats by airline.

  6. FareWatch

    FareWatch shares a fair, unbiased view of average airfare rates direct from the Department of Transportation.

  7. Yapta

    Yapta tracks flight prices before and after you buy.

Hotels & Accommodations

Stay at a hostel, house-sit, or even couch surf through these travel tools.

  1. The Caretaker Gazette

    Find caretaking and house sitting jobs easily on this site.

  2. Hostelling International USA

    Stay the night for super cheap and find great locations for a good price using this nonprofit site.

  3. AirBnB

    Find accommodations including sublets and private rooms on AirBnB.

  4. WWOOF

    Volunteer in exchange for food and accommodation around the world through WWOOF hosts.

  5. Roomorama

    Roomorama offers a peer to peer short term rental marketplace for world travelers and more.

  6. HouseCarers

    Become a housesitter anywhere in the world through HouseCarers.

  7. CouchSurfing

    Open up your spare room or couch to a couch surfer, and enjoy sharing someone's couch in a foreign country later.

  8. ConcertHotels

    ConcertHotels offers a great way to find a hotel near the concert or event you're attending.

  9. Growfood

    Get connected with farmers who can provide you with room and board in exchange for work on Growfood.

  10. Home Exchange

    Exchange your home with someone else to enjoy living in a comfortable house on your international stay.

  11. GlobalFreeloaders

    GlobalFreeloaders will connect you with people all over the world that can offer you free accommodation.

Food & Drink

Save cash while you dine in a foreign country using these tools.

  1. Cor.kz

    Find out about the best wines available to you from Cor.kz.

  2. OpenTable

    Make reservations at restaurants around the world through OpenTable's site.

  3. Urbanspoon

    Find good eats for cheap by checking out Urbanspoon's site.

Getting Connected

Talk and stay connected on the cheap using these tools.

  1. Google Translate

    Google Translate offers automatic translation in over 50 language.

  2. Skype

    Even if you're halfway around the world, you can make free or cheap calls to family and friends with the help of Skype.

  3. HazelMail

    Hazel sends your photos as a printed and stamped postcard so you don't have to.

  4. Loopt

    Use Loopt to find out if your traveling buddies are close by.

  5. Yahoo! Babel Fish

    Translate blocks of text and web pages using Yahoo! Babel Fish.

Experiences & Reviews

Use these tools to find the best experiences without spending a ton of cash.

  1. IgoUgo

    Explore hotels and things to do with other world travelers using IgoUgo.

  2. Viator

    Plan your days on Viator, booking tours, planning trips, and more.

  3. Howcast

    Using Howcast, you can learn about local customs, trip planning, and more.

  4. WikiTravel

    WikiTravel is a traveler-written guide to destination cities, helping you get the inside scoop on the area you'll be studying in.

  5. Yelp

    Find things to do and read reviews on Yelp, which offers information for a few European cities in addition to its stateside offerings.

  6. The Backpacker

    The Backpacker shares the best places to visit, nightlife, and more.

  7. 1000 Ultimate Experiences App

    Use Lonely Planet's app (or book) to learn about the best things you can do in any given location.

  8. Virtual Tourist

    Get the inside scoop on nearly 60,000 places around the world from the Virtual Tourist community.

  9. TripAdvisor

    Get trip ideas, reviews, and plan your trip using TripAdvisor's tools.

  10. Time Out

    : Time Out will help you find out about what's happening in the world's most exciting cities.

  11. SitOrSquat

    SitOrSquat will help you find a bathroom anywhere in the world.

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