Auguste’s Budget Travelling Tips for Student Travellers

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Who doesn’t love travelling? The excitement that comes from exploring a city for the first time: wandering through the streets, meeting new people, and immersing yourself in a different culture or way of living is absolutely priceless.

With the summer vacation, winter break, spring break and various ‘reading weeks’, there are plenty of opportunities for students to travel! As students, the most common problem faced while planning a trip is having a limited budget.

However, being on a tight student budget doesn’t mean you can’t have an amazing holiday. In fact, it can make things even more fun, challenging you to hunt out the best bargains and live more like a local than a tourist.

Auguste Kakneviciute, a second-year Warwick Business School student, shows us exactly how travelling on a student budget should be!  Auguste is a social butterfly, solo traveler, backpacker, ‘couchsurfer’, and pro traveller. She has been traveling by herself since she was 16, couchsurfing all around Europe and South East Asia.

We spoke to Auguste (who is making her way through Portugal at this very moment) to find out some of her most memorable travelling experiences and best travelling tips for students!

Auguste’s Budget Travelling Tips for Student TravellersAuguste Kakneviciute in Budapest, Hungary

What is “Couchsurfing”?

Couchsurfing is the most badass hardcore budget traveling tool you can think of! It is when somebody agrees to host you for as short as one night or as long as couple of weeks. Essentially, it’s like AirBnb, you just don’t pay anything, but you end up spending time with hosts and their families, sharing experiences, cooking together, exploring and looking for adventures.

Why do you choose to Couchsurf instead of staying in an AirBnb or hostel?

Very simple, because it is just so much more amazing, yet challenging at the same time. You get to live with locals and experience THEIR way of living, see what values they cherish and how their days look. Hosts take you on day-trips, the most beautiful and unknown places, unique restaurants and hidden beaches. They share their traditions and daily rituals with you. Generally, hosts usually make sure that you have everything you need, and you feel like home. Moreover, you save a lot of money for that unique boat trip to the forgotten Portuguese island or that expensive Italian dessert, that you would normally not go for. (As a Business student, I always think about opportunity cost when spending my money haha)

Auguste’s Budget Travelling Tips for Student Travellers

View from Prince’s Palace, Monaco

 

Tell us a memorable story from your travels!

Okay, so this one summer I was hosted in a center of Barcelona by a group of young wild and free people. Sounds good, right? The only issue (for me at that time) was that they were living in a “skvot”. I dare you to google some images. Essentially, it’s an abandoned house that people live in illegally. I do not know how I survived a night full of psycho trance music and homeless cats. In the end, I was very happy because people there were nice, and I had an amazing (once in a lifetime, hopefully) experience. Generally, I have lots of memories, from cliff jumping in the Mediterranean Sea to sleeping on a bench in a harbor of Hong Kong. Catch me on campus – I will tell you way more!

Auguste’s Budget Travelling Tips for Student Travellers

Couchsurfing in Hong Kong.


How has meeting new people altered your ways of thinking?

The number one thing that I understood is that you are going to meet aaaaaaaaalll kinds of people in your life, both in your travels and business ventures, and it’s important to know how to get along with all of them: introverts, hyper actives, serious-type, dreamers, geeks, pessimists, philosophers, nomads, narcissists, naive youngsters and “old wolfs”. Through travelling, I have become way more confident in my communication and negotiation skills and ability to influence others in a positive way.

Auguste’s Budget Travelling Tips for Student Travellers

Hitchhiking in Frankfurt, Germany

Would you recommend Solo Travelling?

I get a lot of questions asking: Are you sure it’s safe? Are you afraid? Do you get lonely? What if you don’t find a host?

I guess solo-traveling is absolutely not for everyone, especially couchsurfing. Sometimes it’s hard to find a host, some days you are seriously lacking a personal space and some “alone time”, sometimes your perspectives on life differs completely from your host’s. That’s where the challenges come along. You have to be open-minded and flexible, take those experiences (sometimes weird and unusual) as lessons, as adding one more color to your life. For me solo traveling has been nothing but a wonderful adventure, full of discoveries, laughter, fun and caring people.

Some of your best tips for budget traveling?

Catch super-duper-turbo-extra cheap flights on skyscanner.net, pack light, don’t buy souvenirs, get a bottle of wine and drink it with the scenery rather than visiting fancy restaurant, ask for rides (nothing to lose, right?), couchsurf if you are badass enough and drink a lot of water – you will get less hungry haha

Must-have travel items?

For me it’s toothbrush and a wallet – I can survive without the rest 🙂

Where are you heading next?

Tonight, hopefully heading for a beautiful sunset in Lisbon haha! I have been couchsurfing all over Portugal for past few weeks. Next week I am heading to Palma de Mallorca and will stay in Dubai until the end of April.

Auguste’s Budget Travelling Tips for Student Travellers

Biking in Lisbon, Portugal

Feel free to follow me on instagram: augustekak! Or add me as a friend on couchsurfing.com: Augustė Kaknevičiūtė.

Happy Travelling!

Auguste’s Budget Travelling Tips for Student Travellers

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Table 12

Diana Ross

1. Nour Dib

2. Jeanne Flipo

3. Alexia Bucher

4. Rachel Assaker

5. Flore Perroquin

6. Raissa Chamieh

7. Emilie Mayer

8. Eleni Yatracos

9. Weiran Li

10. Celeste Boulanger

Table 2

Calvin Klein

1. Sophie Lazzaroli

2. Shania Bhageerutty

3. Giulia Giantomaso

4. Elitsa Angelova

5. Khushali Mehta

6. Lucinda Smith

7. Alessandro Adducci

8. Sadafumi Takahashi

9. Javina Houri

10. Jay Singh

Table 3

Elton John

1. Menal Tedros

2. Veronika Stadnik

3. Amandine Cherdel

4. Alix Collin

5. Thelma Chavnonet

6. Pietro Cusimano

7. Edoardo Calleri

8. Francesco Lasagna

9. Youssef Loughzail

10. Eloi Martin

11. Teresa Valderrabano

12. Jeanne Henry

Table 4

Andy Warhol

1. Petra Ghamlouch

2. Luca Dugaro

3. Chloe Hardy

4. Jordi Drenthen

5. Oli Lemstra-Bake

6. Damian Jung

7. Victor Teilhard

8. Yuuki Larrieu

9. Mathilde Carnet

10. Romy Hunt

11. Victoire Lacoste

12. Hadrien Busser

Table 5

Mick Jagger

1. Michael Wong

2. Nicola Blasetti

3. Luca Depra

4. Lukas Anthuber

5. Alessandro Brizio

6. Philip Gregory

7. Filip Nowakowski

8. Paulo Velhinho

9. Joao Resnikoff

10. Tiago Ornelas

Table 6

Cher

1. Jaakko Järviniemi

2. Maria Timofeeva

3. Chloe Vergniere

4. Maja Volkel

5. Kris Banerjee

6. Helena Sania Volbeta

7. Evelina Molis

8. Jennifer Nu Dang Phan

9. Camilla Beltrame

10. Sara Siglienti

Table 7

Karl Lagerfeld

1. Mathilde Ussing

2. Nicolas Estevez

3. Martin Ginesta

4. Hermina De Jorna

5. Marie Mickeler

6. Armand Bouchet

7. Alex Brown

8. Zak Hassell

9. Auguste Kakneviciute

10. Sabrina Solemani

Table 8

Tommy Hilfiger

1. He Jiayue

2. Wicky Guo

3. Maxime Mendelssohn

4. Katie Walker

5. Chloe Byrne

6. Natalia Myslinska

7. Lauren Hogan

8. Sarah Jackson

9. Mariana Galben

Table 9

David Bowie

1. Marina Antanasiotis

2. Chris Cioranu

3. Fabio Savi

4. Sabrina Reinke

5. William Nolan

6. Julia Moriau

7. Gabriel Samiei

8. Humza Ahmad

9. Lisa Hallmann

10. Rapheal Postl

11. Christopher Hurren

12. Firas Mkdad

Table 10

Donald Trump

1. Nat Thill

2. Ella Krymolowski

3. Ludwig Wilke

4. Edison Low

5. Eliza Perry

6. Alexia Ellinas

7. Lauren Stohard

8. Serena Tugnet

9. Matthew Lennard 

10. Rebecca Smith

Table 11

Stevie Wonder

1. Leah Samson

2. Hélène Karayiannis

3. Julie Boukobza Deau

4. Elena Kouzari

5. Eliana Sakka

6. Adriana Zraick

7. Charlotte Rossignol

8. Alienor Germon

9. Maria Vittoria Bognetti

10. Marie Raison

Table 13

Tina Turner

1. Amelia Shiner

2. Eva Ahlstedt

3. Tina Wang

4. Liaisan Iksanova

5. Sara Sousi

6. Emilia Pugachova

7. XinYue Yin

8. Mariia Sazonova

9. Maya Pugachova

10. Gaia Darro

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Marilyn Monroe

1. Alexander Stubbs

2. Kristof Tuzes

3. Mahrukh Zahid

4. Aditi Singhania

5. Adrian Wong

6. Kshitij Agarwal

7. Eveliina Torkkeli

8. Mara Dumitrache

9. Vedika Akhramka

10. Sara Naveed

Table 14

John Lennon

1. Colomba Gachet

2. Jules Cuvillier

3. Annabelle D’Andigné

4. Inès Derreumaux

5. Emma Anglade

6. Diane De la Raudière

7. Sybille De la Raudière

8. Serena Altare

9. Sayakki Pransveswaran

10. Vittoria Lucchese

Table 15

Madonna

1. Daniel Muir

2. Titouan Dupleich

3. Thomas Blackburn

4. Atharv Joshi

5. Jackie Dong

6. Rostislav Brytskyi

7. David Miladinovic

8. Cyril Laborde

9. Sharda Pisupati

Table 16

Freddie Mercury

1. Christopher Swafing

2. Louis Quin

3. Callum Rainey

4. Antoine Veillerette

5. Saskia Daniels

6. Carlotta Rodrigues

7. Florian Day

8. Camille Felton

9. Maria Carvahlo

10. Chess Channon

Table 17

Nile Rodgers

1. Axel Hirvenoja

2. Declan Thiriet

3. Romain Touyé

4. Stephen Grimaldi

5. Thomas Bruneteaux

6. Marine Von Renteln

7. Carolina Borrelli

8. Ines Fuentes

9. Clara Quintard

10. Adelaide D’Huart

11. Julie Jacobs

Table 18

Olivia Newton-John

1. Rajan Sakhrani

2. Trisha Malkani

3. Seint Shin

4. Ishita Aggarwal

5. Lena Lou Simon

6. Ayah Al Jaber

7. Olivia Brecque

8. Kay Karen Jasmin

9. Lara Apstein

Table 19

John Travolta

1. Yan Le

2. Esperanza Jimenez

3. Mohammed Almasri

4. Nima Tohidi

5. Camilla Zanetti

6. Katia Kondrashova

7. Lazaros Efraimoglou

8. Cecilia Zetti

9. Virginia Casagrande

10. Denym Stengel

11. Maria Ross

Table 20

James Brown

1. Jessy Manic

2. Roshni Harjani

3. Akash Mittal

4. Beatriz Rodeia

5. Natasha Syed

6. Rosie Judd

7. Sudara Senaratne

8. Varun Devjani

9. Cathyna Liang

Table 21

Prince

1. Luis Van Ginderachter

2. Pablo Navajas Helguero

3. Javier Perez Garcia

4. Alejandra Yanes

5. Katrina Lane

6. Beatriz Marin Dawid

7. Lara Martinez

8. Marta Alonso

9. Ignacio Borrego

10. Ricardo Picon

11. Carolina Sagardoy

Table 22

Michael Jackson

1. Nick Rajpal

2. Mohammad Alnuaimi

3. Sachin Nantheesan

4. Pasha Korolev

5. Pasha Saganov

6. Albus Foglia

7. Arsalan Shams

8. Zyad Akkari

9. Jacob Krihli

10. Lara Rodriguez

11. Clara Villegas

12. Claire Piacentini

Table 23

Dolly Parton

1. Lea Assaf

2. Yasmina Abusamra

3. Karim El Khoury

4. Ines Achour

5. Omeir Nasser

6. Ali Ismail

7. Samir Ijeilat

8. Gergana Nikolova

9. Zlatina Bozhilova

Table 1

Grace Jones

1. David Aliagas

2. Pieter T. Hoen

3. Sonali Pugh

4. Lucy Walker

5. Alba Palombi

6. Javi Sanchez Biel

7. Maria Heredia

8. Nour Rahmi

9. Seren Bird

10. Joel Cases

11. Timo Fukar