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If you’re like most young people today, you may have the time to travel the world, but you probably don’t have the money! This is why it’s important to maximize your travel opportunities by seeking out the best advice and using some great tools and resources.
The problem is, this process can be complicated, time-consuming, and confusing. The daunting task of learning about all those promotional codes, plans, and programs plus all the different redemption rules and credit card bonuses can be a real drain on your time!
Instead of throwing your hands in the air and giving up, here are some resources to help you quickly and efficiently pull it all together.
The travel gurus at Barron’s Next are often asked about the best time to book a flight. Although the variables are many and often change due to outside factors (like bad weather and mechanical issues), here are the basic rules:
Ian Snyder, author of the Points, Miles & Life travel blog has long used reward miles and points to discover the world with his wife. He recommends these 4 tips to get the right start with travel maximizing:
Here are some student cards you can sign up for to receive travel discounts in the U.S. and abroad:
In a recent article on his travel blog “The Expert Vagabond,” Matthew Karsten described his trip to the White House for a summit on government initiatives to promote student learning, volunteering, and working abroad. The goal is to make exchange programs easily accessible and affordable for students of all backgrounds.
According to statistics, just 10% of today’s U.S. college students will study overseas. The following are the benefits of student exchange programs:
At the summit, they announced the creation of the government Study Abroad Office, which is part of the list of resources you can explore:
Due to a lack of credit history, many students are unable to receive the most advantageous travel points cards. Here are some travel-friendly credit cards you may qualify for that can help you establish your credit, so you can start earning points and rewards:
Hot Tip: For more information, check out our article on The Best Student Credit Cards And How To Find Special Card Offers.
There are lots of resources for students who travel. To begin, here are some websites and apps where you can find travel deals; some will even send you an alert when prices drop!
Hot Tip: For many more travel resources, apps, and great sites to use, check out our highly detailed resources series where all the research is done for you!
Volunteering abroad is a great opportunity for students, since they often have the time to take these extended trips and can defray costs by launching fundraising campaigns. The volunteer organizations listed below all offer fundraising support for budget-conscious students:
Hot Tip: If volunteer travel sounds like your cup of tea, don’t miss UP’s article dedicated to the topic: The Ultimate Guide to Volunteering Abroad and Volunteer Travel.
Although hostels have been around for years now, finding them has never been easier, thanks to the latest mobile apps. When booking a hostel or other alternative form of accommodation, be sure to look at the profile and reviews of the host. In addition, be sure to check the website or app’s verification system, if there is one. Here are some well-known (and not-so-well-known!) accommodations for student travelers:
Hot Tip: You’ll definitely want to check out our article on the best websites for student discounts on hostels and hotels. Also, our accommodation resource list is a must for those looking for apps and sites that will help you find an accommodation in your price range easily and quickly.
As a student traveler, you have many options. Start with a plan, a credit card or 2, and go from there! You’ll be surprised where your dreams and your travels will take you.
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