Students are not the wealthiest travelers and, recognizing this, the travel industry is beginning to make special priced packages available for students. With a college ID and a little time spent doing research it is possible for students to find some great travel deals.
Several travel agencies specialize in booking student travel. Working with one of these agencies is an excellent idea because they are very knowledgeable about what is currently being offered for students.
For gap year travel a student travel agency can plan a long term travel itinerary. Included in the package will be airline and hotel or hostel reservations plus discounted tickets to local attractions and landmarks. These packages can be individualized for each traveler.
Airlines are also recognizing student travelers in a big way. Discounted tickets are available with a college ID. Several airlines have special reward clubs for students, which allow them to earn airline mileage.
They are also offering credit cards that give students airline miles for every penny spent. If a student is planning for a trip that involves lots of air travel family members can also get an airline credit card and transfer their miles to the student before he books his flights.
An insider trick that many students are not aware of is stand- by travel. When a student has the time, and many do during gap year travel abroad, they can fly stand-by. If extra seats are available on a flight a student can purchase a ticket, usually for well under £100, and jump on the flight.
If the flight is booked and all passengers show up the student can just wait until the next flight. Travel experts say this is one of the cheapest ways to fly if you have the time.
Hotels are trying to cash in on the student travel market and compete with hostels. Standard rooms can be booked at a discount with a student ID. Hotels also offer packages that include tours and tickets to local attractions as well as meals. The best idea for inexpensive lodging is considering a roommate.
Splitting lodging costs can save lots of money and allow a student to stay in a more centrally located and nicer hotel. Once at their travel destination most students will want to see the sights.
If the student has not already received a discount attraction package from his travel agent or hotel he can find many coupons and deals on local websites. Most attractions and landmarks have discounted student rates and when these are combined with coupons they offer a real savings.
One last tip is to purchase a global cell phone and prepaid minutes before leaving home. Global cell phones are no more expensive than normal cell phones and will save quite a bit on roaming charges.
The money a student saves by following these simple tips makes student travel much more attractive. In many cases, using these easy tips will actually make a trip possible. And the money saved? Buy some great souvenirs for mum and dad!