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Student Travel Planning 101 - Why You Should Go and How to Get Ready


Why go? What is it? How to do it? If you've decided you want to go see the planet, you'll need a road map: decide what you want to do, where you want to go, how to get there and how to get ready -- how to get student travel discounts, which travel documents you'll need, how to pay for travel, whether you'll need to speak the language (and how to do that), how to pack and what gear to get... this is the fun part!
  1. Student Travel Planning 101
  2. Choosing What to Take With You
  3. Choosing Student Travel Destinations
  4. Choosing What to Do: Volunteer? Work? Study? Play?
  5. How to Get There
  6. Travel Technology
  1. Paying for Travel, Budgeting and Money Matters
  2. Plan: Travel Documents
  3. Plan: Travel Guidebooks You'll Like
  4. Plan: Learn Some Lingo
  5. Plan: Travel Gear and Gadgets
  6. For Parents

Student Travel Planning 101

Travelers Talk - Guadalajara, Mexico

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.

Choosing What to Take With You

Backpack, daypack and purse © Lauren Juliff

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).

Choosing Student Travel Destinations

Sunset in Port Campbell on Australia's Great Ocean Road

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.

Choosing What to Do: Volunteer? Work? Study? Play?

Habitat for Humanity Volunteers

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?

How to Get There

Qantas Airplane Through the Window, Sydney Airport

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!).

Travel Technology

iPhone 5 with secure case © Lauren Juliff

Long gone are the days when you could walk into a hostel and not see a single person staring aimlessly at a flickering screen in front of them -- whether you like it or not, technology has become a large part of the travel experience. This section takes a look at the best technology options for travelers, whether it's laptops, cameras, tablets, e-readers or mobile phones. We cover connectivity, security and all the different options for keeping in touch with friends and family.

Paying for Travel, Budgeting and Money Matters

Indonesian Rupiah © Lauren Juliff

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.

Plan: Travel Documents

Have Passport, Will Travel

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).

Plan: Travel Guidebooks You'll Like

Rough Guide to First Time Around the World Book Cover

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.

Plan: Travel Gear and Gadgets

Eagle Creek All Terrain Money Belt

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.

For Parents

Carlos and Charlie's, Acapulco -

"How not to worry" ain't here, but a few practical ideas are.

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