Yup, that's right... Not that cheap at all.
But fortunately there's things that we can do to limit the expenses. In other words, going abroad doesn't have to break the bank. You just have to be smart about how you spend your money... But that's easier said than done, of course, as at least I've experienced. You might be smarter about money than myself, but I most definitely wish I'd read some of these articles before I went abroad.
Whether or not you're a fan of the "liberal" media you shouldn't pass up this NPR story on how to travel cheap. It's geared towards those with short-term travel plans, but that doesn't mean it doesn't apply to you. Take a look, if you're curious.
Next, we have the New York Times. What, you thought they write only about "big" stuff? Nope! In fact, there's a New York Times blog dedicated to travelling cheap. It's a good resource and a fun read, too.
One question: Are you a student?
Thought so... And we've got the resources for you: Check out this site and this site and this site, all three of them dedicated to info for the backpacker or student traveler looking to explore the world without putting his or her parents in debt for the next ten years.
So don't just assume that going abroad is going to be expensive. It probably won't be cheap, sure, but there's lots of things you can do to minimize the cost. And that's particularly important when you're thinking about the weekend trips you'll be taking while abroad. So don't let money get in the way of your having a great time!
by Fedor Zarkhin