Offers Essential Student Tips & Advice From Team of Global Travel Experts
BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwired) -- May 13, 2015 -- School's out for summer! And with that, many students across the U.S. are gearing up for the experience of a lifetime as they plan a summer (or longer) getaway. Whether planning for a backpacking trip abroad, an across-the-country road trip, a Gap Year experience or simply looking to bum around on the beach, students and recent graduates are gearing up to have a priceless experience with memories to last a lifetime. For the young 20-something, planning a trip to a foreign country, or even to foreign cities, on a student budget can be challenging and overwhelming. The travel experts at Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, are here to help with School's out: 12 tips for student travelers off to see the world drawn from the experiences of our team members in South Africa, London, Australia, the U.S. and Canada.
Here are a few examples from some of our experts' essential tips on how students can travel smart, safe and on a budget:
1. Plan ahead - While this might seem like the most basic tip -- sit down with your laptop, pen and paper to plan out your trip. We encourage spontaneity, but planning, packing, budgeting and setting a few sight-seeing goals for yourself will make your trip more enjoyable and less stressful. Especially when you're already in a foreign land and trying to learn another language (see tip #2).
2. Learn some of the language - It's always important to learn a few basic local phrases for the places you're traveling. Not only is it polite, but you might be able to charm the locals and save money on things like taxis, food and drinks. Duolingo is a great and free app that gives you the basics you'll need for a variety of languages.
3. Check-in with your bank - See if your local bank offers any benefits like travel insurance or international student discounts. Also, give your bank a call and share your travel plans. If your bank is in the know, it greatly decreases the likelihood your account will get blocked or put on hold while you're traveling, saving you the hassle and cost of calls back home to sort it out. For an added bonus, your bank may be able to point you to partner banks wherever you are headed that will cut down on ATM fees.
4. Stash your cash - Don't keep all your money in one place, because, from our experience, you'll want to have some back-up cash just in-case. Say someone lifts your wallet at a hostel in Berlin. You might have to talk to the German police about it, but at least you won't be completely out of luck. You'll just be really grateful that you hid money in a secret pocket of your travel pack in case of emergencies (cue victory dance!).
5. Have copies of important documents - Getting pick pocketed is a very real thing that happens anywhere you travel. Make sure that you have copies of your passport, bank cards and other identifications. You never know when your passport might get stolen or simply misplaced, and it's pretty hard to get anywhere without it. You'll be happy you brought backup.
6. Keep a fresh change of clothes on you - There is nothing worse than losing your luggage or traveling for 14 hours without a fresh change of clothes. Always keep an extra outfit in your carry-on. A tooth brush with travel-sized toothpaste and face wipes isn't a bad idea either.
Here's a brief glance at the other valuable tips to make the list:
- If you have a travel partner, split your luggage;
- Cook meals & pack lunches;
- Find a good international phone company;
- Buy local travel cards and discount cards;
- Don't over pack!
- And last, but certainly not least -- be in the moment.
To read more details on the above and see Cheapflights.com's complete School's out: 12 tips for student travelers off to see the world, visit www.cheapflights.com/news/schools-out-12-tips-for-student-travelers-off-to-see-the-world.
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