Student Travel Planning 101 - Why You Should Go and How to Get Ready
From Kathleen Crislip, former About.com Guide
- Student Travel Planning 101
- Where to Go - Student Travel Destinations
- Volunteer? Work? Study? Play?
- Getting There
- Paying for Travel, Budgeting and Money Matters
- Plan: Travel Documents
- Plan: Packing and Travel Luggage
- Plan: Travel Gear and Gadgets
- Plan: Travel Guidebooks You'll Like
- Plan: Learn Some Lingo
- Plan: Communications
- For Parents
Student Travel Planning 101
Start right here to plan everything from start to whenever: where to go, how to get there, how to get student travel discounts, how to get around there, where to stay, what to do... you're covered. Or jump to individual sections below.
- Student Travel 101
- Official Documentation You'll Need
- Safety: Lessen Worry by Knowing Before You Go
- Health: How to Assume the Worst and Enjoy the Best
- Travel Health and Safety for Women
Where to Go - Student Travel Destinations
So, you know you want to go on a backpacking, student travel adventure -- where to? Some countries and continents are perennial student favorites, like Latin America and Europe, and some are must-stops on the backpacker trail, like Southeast Asia. Australia is about to become a truly happening place, since US students can now work down under. Look into a few place ideas, or look more deeply into a few places.
Volunteer? Work? Study? Play?
Start with making the most basic decisions: what do you want to do? Volunteer abroad or at home? Study abroad? Work abroad? If you're just planning to play around the planet, decisions are easier... like where do you want to go?
The journey can be a big part of the fun, whether it's your first time traveling alone or you're a seasoned backpacker. Get the overview, the specifics, and how to get there most cheaply while having the most fun (or least hassle!).
- Finding Student Airfares
- Before You Travel By Air - Packing, Tickets, Airport Rules
- Current Student Airfare Deals
- Train Travel and Deals
- Bus Travel and Deals
- Boat Travel (Yeah, like a slow boat to China...)
- Driving Worldwide and Road Trips
Paying for Travel, Budgeting and Money Matters
How will you pay for this wonderful trip? Learn about grants and scholarships, how to budget for travel, and how make the most of your moolah with student travel discounts. Learn about using money abroad, too, like debit card basics, finding ATM's. and most importantly, how to stash that travel cash.
- Paying for Travel
- How to Find Student Travel Discounts
- Budgeting for Travel
- Working Abroad by Country
- Travel Contests
- Travel Grants
- Travel Scholarships
- How to Stash Travel Cash - Money Belts and More
- About ATM/Debit Cards and Travel 101
- ATM Card Travel Problems and Solutions
- Debit Cards in Europe
- Photos of Foreign Currency
- What's "Exchange Rate" Mean?
- Spending Leftover Foreign Change
Plan: Travel Documents
Which travel documents will you need? First, figure that out and then learn how to get 'em (fast, if need be, like how to rush a passport).
- Which Travel Documents? All the Answers...
- Passports for Mexico and Canada - The Whole Story
- How to Get a Passport
- How to Rush a Passport Application
- How to Get a Passport Without a Birth Certificate
- How to Check US Passport Application Status
- Do You Need Travel Immunizations? Travel Shots Records?
- About Visas
- Student ID Cards
- Travel Documents for Mexico
- Good Passport Holder
- Emailing Travel Document Copies
Plan: Packing and Travel Luggage
Your travel gear is a crucial component of an easy trip. Find the best backpacker, flashpacker and student travel backpacks and carry on, and learn how to pack those bags for ease of hauling (remember that you have to carry all that stuff on your own back, perhaps across many countries).
- Buying a Backpack 101
- Finding Backpack Reviews
- Great Laptop Backpack
- TSA "Approved" Luggage Locks We Like (Multitasking, Too)
- Terrific Shoulder Bag / Carry On
- Good Passport Holder
- What Can You Carry On a Plane?
- Pack Smart, Pack Light - A Tutorial
- Packing for Airport Security Rules
- Travel Sized Tubes of Liquids and Gels
- What Can You Carry On a Plane?
- So What's Up With the TSA Body Imaging Scanner?
- How to Avoid Lost Luggage
- Flashpacker Packing
Plan: Travel Gear and Gadgets
Having a few things along makes life easier on the road -- yeah, you can buy some of it abroad, but ya gotta haul some of it with you. Find out what you might want.
- Money Belts
- Best International Plug Adaptor and Surge Protector
- Little Book Lights - Bonus for Maps and Hostels
- Incredible Inflatable Anti Drool Travel Pillow
- Traveler's Water Bottle and Purifier
- Gadgety Vibrating Travel Alarm Clock
- Non-Gadgety Vibrating Travel Alarm Clock
- Hotel Safety Gadgets
- Digital Cameras Lists (and Travel Photography Tips)
- Currency Calculators and Talking Translators
- About Worldwide GSM Phones and Where to Buy or Rent
- GSM World Phones with WiFi
- Top Travel Downloads for My iPod
- Pocket Sized Wifi Finder
- Best Travel Laptops
- Gadget-Carrying Tech Travel Clothing
- Packing a Flaspacker Backpack With Tech Travel Gadgets
- Travel Journal Tools
- Travel Shoes and Socks (Crucial!)
- Travel Clothes
Plan: Travel Guidebooks You'll Like
You may not want to drag a travel guidebook with you -- they're potentially heavy space-takers and you can get info from fellow travelers in hostels or pop into an internet cafe to read up on your next destination. You do, very definitely, want to read before you go, though, and perhaps make a few lists of what not to miss (keep those in your travel journal).
Plan: Learn Some Lingo
Planning is key to happy travels when it comes to speaking the language -- it is just not as much fun to wander on the surface, so to speak, which is what happens when you can't speak a word of the local lingo.
- All About Travel and Language
- Travel Language Basics - Traveler's Phrases in Four Languages
- Free Language Email Courses
- Yo Suis Perdu
- Learning Spanish in Mexico
- Costa Rican Spanish Phrases
- Spanish Basic Phrases
- Teaching ESL and TEFL Jobs
You may want to figure out the best student travel communication options before you go: international cell phones, SIM cards, GSM and satellite phones, internet cafes and email, not to mention how to get plain old snail mail abroad.
- Phones, Mail and Internet
- How to Get US Snail Mail Internationally
- About International Cell Phones
- How to Dial International Phone Calls
- What is VoIP and Why Do Travelers Need It?
- About Using Skype and VoIP
- International Calling Cards
- Best Travel Applications for iPhone
- Backpackers and Techno Travel
- What is WiFi and Why Do You Need to Know?
- Internet and Travel
- European Internet Phone Booths
- Finding WiFi Hotspots
- European Hostels With Free Wifi
- Gone Flashpacker
"How not to worry" ain't here, but a few practical ideas are.
- Student Travel for Parents
- Study Abroad for Parents
- About Being An Exchange Student
- How to Choose a Safe Student Tour Group