How To Be A Smart Traveler By Racael Lacava

Rachel Lacava is student at Ohio University. She is currently studying in Salzburg, Austria.

It’s hard to believe that I have been in Salzburg for over a week now, it almost feels unreal. I have had a week of school now and definitely am really excited for all my classes. All in all I am really looking forward to these next 14 weeks abroad! But this post is really about tips while abroad. I know I have only been here for a week, but I have already learned a few things that would be useful for future travelers!

I have learned that the bus system here is amazing! You can go to a Tabak Trafik store and purchase a monthly bus ticket for 48,10 Euros, which is a great buy! This allows you to get on the bus, and not have to pay for a ticket all the time. One thing that makes Europe so great is its public transportation system. It is so easy to travel!

Now on to grocery shopping, I would recommend eating out but doing that every night will definitely add up quickly. I suggest going out, but budget it and be wise about your decisions! Some great stores to shop at are Hofer, Merkur, and Spar! Out of the three I really like Hofer because it is pretty inexpensive.  When shopping be smart about your buys, I cannot stress this enough!!! If you just get bread, milk, cheese and some meat that’s great, but you are eventually going to get tired of that. So be smart about it, get some beef or chicken, potatoes, pasta, breakfast foods (eggs, cereal, yogurt), bread, water, juice, fruit, and of course veggies! Get groceries that are interchangeable when cooking and allow you to make several meals!

Like I mentioned you are going to want to go out; to meet the locals and experience things first hand. But be smart about where you go and how much you spend. You don’t want to blow through all your money in the first month because of going out. Try and plan what you will do on the weekends and remember you don’t have to go out to a pub every weekend. Take time to go explore the city, walk around get lost, go hiking, meet locals, and just have fun! There are so many things to do, that don’t involve spending money while abroad; you just need to discover them!  On that note, don’t be the person that stays in their room all weekend because you don’t want to spend money on going out, it’s the best way to meet new people and really to be immersed in the culture and local life!

Remember buy groceries that allow you to cook meals and don’t forget to buy snacks as well, have fun, relish every moment, enjoy going out but budget your spending! And you will be not only a smart traveler, but have more money to spend while going on journeys!

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Remember try and cook food! It will save you lots of money!
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When ordering from restaurants remember to budget but also get something you would enjoy!
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Don’t be afraid to socialize! Meet new people and get out of your comfort zone!
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