My final argument for Granada is the Albaicin neighborhood, UNESCO world heritage site of winding streets and white homes, which I only learned about from our hotel clerk when we arrived. How did I miss this in research and planning?!? It's a gem of a 'hood, that's for sure!
How do I afford to travel as a college student? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Answer: Scholarships, Budget, Save.
I wasn't sure how to answer this question because I didn't know how I felt about disclosing my financial situation online but... I want to be 1000% honest and informative for those that wish to travel. I was very fortunate to be on a full athletic scholarship throughout undergraduate and as a part of that I got a refund check each semester after rent, bills, food, stupid spending. I had around $3,000 a year. My freshman/sophomore/junior years. I put it all into savings and didn't touch it.
When I say I didn't touch it... I forget it was even there.
I planned my first study abroad to Salamanca, Spain with the Colegio de España. By going through the school in Spain directly I saved a minimum of $3000. My program in Spain was $1,500 and included a month long homestay with 3 meals a day and 6 transferable Spanish credits that counted towards my GPA.
This same thing was offered in Barcelona for $5,000-8,000 going through a program.
So when planning to travel... DO YOUR RESEARCH!
I saved a ton of money on flight by traveling to Belgium first and then making my way gradually to Spain stopping in other countries on the way. My total transportation costs that included international RT flight from Chicago to Brussels, trains to London & Paris, flights to Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, and Marrakech was still cheaper than it would have been to buy a direct flight to Spain from Chicago.
I applied for scholarships that covered my program in full so that gave me the freedom to use my own money for fun stuff. The total cost for 2 months, 6 countries including room, food, activities, transportation, & 6 college credits was $3,678 over half of which was covered by scholarships so I only spent a little over $1,300 out of pocket and that was for fun and outside travel. This was my first solo trip abroad so I fell into A LOT of tourist traps. I'm confident I could get that down to around $600-700 for the same itinerary today. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hope this helps! If you have any other questions let me knowwww.