Travel Ideas for College Students
When college students get a break, it can be a perfect opportunity to get away. Winter and summer breaks allow for extended travel, but the cost of making a trip can get expensive, especially if you do it alone. Regardless of where you go, when and with whom, there are some things to keep in mind as you plan your trip.
Student Identification — The ticket to lower prices on travel is your student identification card. That card can yield tremendous discounts, but another card known as the International Student Identity Card can yield savings globally. This card is issued in 124 countries and claims at least 4.5 million cardholders, people that are looking for a place to stay, discounts on airfare and other savings including Wi-Fi access, outdoor gear, entertainment, software and more.
Travel Agencies – Some travel agencies cater to college students, offering special travel plans and discounts that are geared to travelers aged 18 to 25. You can also find hot deals online by searching for air, hotel and rental car deals. Book your air and hotel together and you can typically enjoy a package discount.
Mass Transit — Wherever you go, leaving the car behind may be the best option for you. Even if your trip takes you to Canada or to Mexico, you may find that the hassles of traveling beyond the U.S. with your own vehicle are not worth it. For instance, your insurance company may not have you covered or may require that you take out a separate policy for foreign driving. If you are planing to travel to Europe, you may find that is more cost effective to experience the continent by train. Take Eurail and buy one-country, regional, select or global passes. Winter travel can yield even greater discounts of 20 percent off if you book before the year is out.
Hostels — If your budget is limited, you can still find cheap places to stay provided that you do not mind staying in a hostel. A hostel is an establishment that provides a cheap place to stay and sometimes includes food, an Internet connection and entertainment options. Many hostels offer dorm-type living where rooms and bathrooms are shared. Some come equipped with internet cafes and include pools, spas and can arrange car rentals. Check out the Hostels.com website to find a location where you plan to visit.
College students should know that group rates typically come in lower than single travelers. In fact, much lower if you are booking a reservation for several individuals. For instance, your hostel stay might include a four-person room, an opportunity for your party to enjoy deep discounts. If there are just two or three of you, you will stay pay the four person rate, but that rate may come in much cheaper than at a similar budget hotel.