I often get asked this question whenever I share about my recent adventures from [country]. Want to travel around the world? You can!

Before I share how I made travel possible while still studying, you have to know that student university years provide the best opportunities for travel!

  1. You’re of legal age.
  2. You can start managing your own finances.
  3. You have 4 summer (3 for some) holidays free to be wherever you want and do whatever you wish. That translates to 12 solid months of travelling time within the 4 years of university education! All that without having to skip a single day of class.
  4. Furthermore, if you sign up for your university’s study abroad/ Erasmus/ student exchange program, you get to spend the entire semester (6 months) in a country of your choice!

dieppe, france

I spent my exchange semester in Rouen, France, and it was the best 6 months touring Europe in my life! 

I did it all while on a budget, and detailed my entire expense in an Excel sheet.

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Having itchy feet already? πŸ˜‰

Hiking Hooker Valley, Mount Cook, New Zealand

Hiking Hooker Valley, Mount Cook, New Zealand

But where do you get the money to travel?

I’m telling you, you can. You earn, and you save.

As a student millennial with a student loan debt upon graduation, I still manage to travel yearly. Sometimes more than once in a year, with all my trips fully self-funded since I was 19.

Now being 23 years young, I’ve been to 30 countries out of the 195 in the world.

I’m not trying to show off. I’m just telling you that it’s possible for every student millennial to make money to travel the world, if you want it hard enough.

And today I’m going to show you how you can make it happen with these actionable steps outlined below.

New York City

New York City

How to travel the world as a student?

1. Part-time jobs offered by your school.

I’ve worked in my university as an Events Associate, helping out with ushering at university-wide events.
Most of my university years was not complete without being a gym staff, tending to the counter and being inspired by the determination and grit of gym-goers.
I signed up for every paid research study that was sent out, even if it only paid $5 for 30 minutes of my time.

Other positions available in your school include being a Teaching Assistant, a Research Assistant, a retail staff and waitressing at your school’s cafe.

2. Part-time or ad hoc jobs outside of school.

These jobs doesn’t require specific skills, and was done during my pre-university period.

I did telemarketing, waitressed for wedding banquets, conducted camps to secondary school children, acted as a service crew in the F&B industry, and even promoted products in supermarkets.

In the 7 months leading up to my university, I took up as many as 3 jobs in one sitting. I had a day job as an administrator in a shipping company, worked as a waitress come night, and gave tuition on weekends.

Other easy, low-maintenance jobs include being a babysitter, housesitting, becoming a personal shopper or a product reviewer.

3. Sell your specialized service or skill.

I am a freelance personal trainer and I train the staff and professors in my university.

I write freelance for online and print publications on topics relating to travel, lifestyle and dining.

I formerly tutored primary and secondary school kids.

I’d also been a rock climbing instructor for toddlers.

There are so many other skilled jobs out there, such as graphic designers, coders, emcees, photographers, drivers, inter alia. With Grab, anyone can earn money being a driver!

4. Remove your clutter!

Have books, furnitures, apparels, accessories or gadgets you no longer have use for? Sell them in physical thrift stores or online, such as:

  1. Carousell
  2. Gumtree
  3. Facebook groups
    1. Buy, Sell, Used And Spoilt In Sg
    2. BUY SELL
    3. Singapore Seller & Buyer group
    4. Facebook sales and purchases
    5. Singapore Running Flea Market
    6. Preloved/ BN Furniture and household stuffs)

I’ve taken part in flea markets around my neighbourhood. There are always flea markets being organized every weekend. One of such in Singapore is Fleawhere. Follow them on Facebook to learn of their latest fleas and how you can participate.

Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Where can I find part-time/ freelance jobs?

1. Look into Facebook groups. They often have very active and frequent postings.

  1. Singapour Nanas Babysitting – short-term babysitting for the French expats in Singapore
  2. SG Freelance Jobs
  3. Part Time & Ad Hoc Jobs Available!
  4. Part-Time/Full-Time Jobs in Singapore
  5. Part-Time/Temp/Ad Hoc Jobs in Singapore (Stroff Jobs – Stroff.com)
  6. Part-Time Jobs in Singapore

2. Recruiting/ freelance websites.

  1. Gumtree
  2. Upwork
  3. Fiverr
  4. Freelancer.com

3. Ask around.

Connect with your previous employers. Speak to friends and relatives. Ask if they know anyone who is hiring a part-timer.

4. Offer your help!

If you come across anyone who appears they could use some extra help, offer them! Gain karma points. Who knows you may be rewarded?


How can I increase my chances of getting hired?

Ask yourself, what are your skill sets?

Compile a list, and find ways to make full use of them. Remember, the more niche your skills are, the more you are sought after, and hence the more people are willing to pay to hire you.

Make your services or skills known to people. When someone asks “what have you been up to lately?”, that’s your opportune moment to share about the services you’re offering, as a way of marketing yourself!

What if you have no specialized skills to speak of? Use the luxury of time during your school holidays to pick up a new skill, or improve your knowledge at existing ones. Learn driving, volunteer to teach, go for photo walks around your neighbourhood. Show your commitment and sincerity at learning, and you’ll soon be treated as an asset!

Don’t be afraid to try something new, something completely different from what you’re studying. Yes, it can be scary starting from ground zero. But you need to begin somewhere, don’t you? Compared to having a mid-life crisis and wanting to change an industry when you’re 50, the opportunity cost of venturing on new ground is much less when you’re in your 20s!

There are plenty that student travels can offer you.

Working in your 20s can be some of the most fun and enriching experiences you can look back on. Have you worked while you were studying? What did you do?

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Isabel Leong

Isabel Leong

An explorer at heart, the world is Isabel's playground. She enjoys seizing every moment exploring every hideout and doing the unimaginable, like bungee jumping in Phuket and couchsurfing in Europe. If she had wings, she’d definitely be soaring right now. Also a fitness trainer, if she’s not at the gym, you can find her doing yoga or rock climbing! Read more about her on belaroundtheworld.com/about.


  • Renata says:

    Awesome post for students, great info!!!

  • That sounds fabulous!! I love that you have taken advantage of those programs πŸ™‚

  • Ellen Rose says:

    I did a study abroad and loved it! Now trying to save up for the next big trip! I feel so privileged to be able to fit work around my studies and to make enough money to save for travel. Some courses are so hectic that it’s hard to manage a job and study at the same time. I wish everyone was fortunate enough to be able to travel while studying!

  • Amanda says:

    These are awesome tips– I so wish I had read this while I was in school. I totally regret not taking advantage of the study abroad programs, it seems like such a fun and enriching experience. Thanks for sharing!


  • Awesome tips! I really wish I took the time out to travel while I was a student.

  • Ana says:

    Such a great information source for student and regular adults alike.
    Studying abroad can broader your experience and way of looking at life.
    I myself studied abroad and recommend it to everyone

  • Ana says:

    Such a great information source for student and regular adults alike.
    Studying abroad can broader your experience and way of looking at life.
    I myself studied abroad and recommend it to everyone


  • Aisha Sylvester says:

    This is an incredibly helpful post for young travelers who’re students or recent graduates. You’ve identified great resources and very practical and feasible recommendations!

  • Gokul Raj says:

    30 countries by 23. I would say that is an amazing feat. I am an IT guy turned part time blogger by 25 and I am still waiting for Feb to come by so that I can fly outside my country for the first time.

  • This guide look so perfect for us because we are student too! We have to follow your recommendations! Fortunately we have read it πŸ™‚

  • Mr Mike says:

    This is so insightful. I wish I had this knowledge when I was a student. I can tell that you will go far! Also I absolutely love your photography!!!

  • birdwinks says:

    Now that’s a thorough put-together! I totally agree with you and am always bombed with the same questions. How I afford it all. Well, I don’t go shopping, I don’t spend 30 bugs on a Friday night partying. I work and I save. So I’m always happy to come across those who understand πŸ™‚ And yeah, I did erasmus in Sweden, best decision!!

  • Jessica says:

    Thanks for this guide! I just graduated from a university, but I did all my saving while in school so I could travel now! I feel that I have much more freedom now, while deciding what career path I want to pursue. Unfortunately traveling isn’t feasible for everyone. Finances can be a very real barrier. When you are 100% financially independent, living in an expensive city, and working two jobs, it can be hard to get the time and funds to travel. This is some very helpful advice though.

  • Brown Gal Trekker says:

    There’s a misconceived notion that traveling is expensive. It’s not. And you captured that well on your post.

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