Being There: Where To, How To, What To - All the Answers
From Kathleen Crislip, former About.com Guide
- What to Do There
- Travel Safety and Emergencies on the Road
- Travel Health and Personal Care
- Travel Journaling - Be There Now and Later
- Student Travel Destinations
Where to Stay There
Hostels are the tried-and-true places to hang your backpack worldwide (even in the United States), but you've got a few other options, too, like homestays. You can nail down your first week or two of hostel reservations and let the grapevine tell you where to go next, or make some rock solid plans using the reviews and photos you'll find here.
- Hostels 101
- Frequently Asked Hostel Questions
- Hostles by Country - Reviews and Top Lists
- Hostel Photos by Country
- Guide to Hostels
- Hostel Booking and Reserving
- Hostels Have Private Rooms? Believe It...
- Hostel Discount Cards
- Hostels and Bed Bugs
- Camping and Worldwide Campgrounds
Train passes with student discounts exist almost worldwide -- even in the US, student travelers can get a deal on Amtrak. Learn about Eurail passes and more about riding the rails 'round the world.
- Eurail Passes 101
- Buying Multi Country Eurail Passes
- Buying Single Country Eurail Passes
- Single, or Point to Point, European Train Tickets
- Eurail Passes vs. Tickets
- What are travel days on a Eurail pass?
- How to Validate a Eurail Pass
- What's a night train in Europe?
- How Night Trains Save Time, Not Money
- Where to Buy European Night Train Tickets
- Safety on European Trains
- Eurail Specials and Sales
- Amtrak Student Discounts
- Free Amtrak Tickets for Campus Tours
- Amtrak Photo Gallery
- Russian Train Travel
- UK Train Travel
- All International Trains
Planes (Airfare Deals, Too)
Cheap airlines are the biggest boon to budget travelers (that's you!) in this century. Of course, you can't quite see the country as you travel high above it, but budget airline travel is cheap, fast and inconvenient (you heard us). Cheap airlines internationally, like Europe's RyanAir and Easyjet, Mexico's Volaris and Asia's Dragon are somewhat akin to airlines like the US's Southwest. Except cheaper.
- A Comparison: European Budget Airlines vs. Student Airfares
- Cheap Mexican Airlines
- In Which We Try Finding Cheap Mexico Air Tickets
- African Scare... err, Airlines
Most countries' bus companies aren't regulated in such a way that finding universal student discounts is easy. You can get 'em on Greyhound in the US, for instance, but in the rest of the world, you pretty much pick your bus, pay what's often a pittance anyway, and hop on.
Driving is not a big option in many countries -- you may be too youn to rent a car, or too scared (who wouldn't be?) to brave the wild and crazy traffic. In some places, though, like Mexico and the US and maybe even Australia, driving is the way to fly.
- Driving in Australia for Backpackers
- Great Ocean Road Trip Planner & Photos
- Mallacoota Road Trip Photos
- Driving in Mexico 101
- Driving in Mexico 102
- Driving in Mexico 103
- Driving in Europe
- Driving in Central America
- US Road Trips 101
- Top Money Saving Road Trip Tips
- How to Calculate Road Trip Gas Costs
- American Road Food
- US Road Trip Photos - States Less Traveled
- US Road Trip Photos - Colorado
Maps provide hours of entertainment -- trip planning, of course, plus frantic consultation while in-country. Enjoy this collection.
What to Do There
What you're gonna do there is everything you possibly can, of course. You may want to map out a few don't miss things to do, though -- check it out:
- Top Free Things to Do in Europe
- Hottest Euopean Concerts and Music Festivals This Summer
- All the Seasonal Events
- International Partying in General
- Christmas Around the World for Travelers
- International New Year's Eve Parties
- St Patrick's Day Happenings
- Mardi Gras, Carnival, Carnevale, Carnaval - It's Party Time
- Halloween Internationally (Seriously)
- Spring Break
- US Seasonal Fun
- Volunteer Travel
Travel Safety and Emergencies on the Road
Remember that following the same precautions you do in your own hometown usually ensures a trouble-free trip. Get lists of US embassies and other government travel emergency help, too.
- All About Travel Safety, Health and Emergencies
- Travel Safety Overview
- Tips for Women Travelers, Part 1
- Tips for Women Travelers, Part 2
- Top 10 Tips for Taxi Safety
- Hotel Room Safety Gadgets
- Choosing a Safe Student Tour Group
- Spring Break Safety
- Travel Emergencies
- What's the difference between travel warnings and PA's?
- Losing Your Money Abroad
- Losing Your Passport Abroad
- Registering With Embassies and How the US Government Can Help You Abroad
- International Emergency Numbers
- Dummy Wallets -- Not That Weird
- Pepper Spray
Travel Health and Personal Care
Aside from avoiding food featuring live flies, there are a few health matters that should concern you while and before traveling, and some that don't (find out so you don't need to worry).
- Healthy Travel
- Travel Immunizations (Shots, Vaccinations) - Do You Need 'em?
- Malaria and Travel
- Bedbugs and Travel (Mostly Myths)
- Avoiding Infectious Disease Abroad
- Mosquitos, Lice, Ticks, Fleas...
- Avoiding and Dealing With Motion Sickness
- About Date Rape Drugs
- Travel First Aid Kit
- Natural Insect Repellent
- Brave Soldier - Great Anti Ouch Goo
Travel Journaling - Be There Now and Later
Travel journals track your action for future reminiscing, of course, but can also connect you with home and curb the blues. Keeping a travel journal sounds like Flintsone-era stuff, but it's not -- and having a travel journal helps when homesickness on the road happens. First, though, you gotta get a journal and, perhaps, some cool journal tools.
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.