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Students Save $75 on Transat Europe Flights

February 2, 2011

Maybe you'll use your $75 to stay at the Stahleck hostel in Germany

What can $75 get you? How about 2-3 nights at a hostel, a weekend (or more) of food and beer, a day trip to a castle, a really good pair of walking shoes, or enough postcards and stamps to make your parents think you really miss them.

Well, if you book your flight to Europe with Travel CUTS and Transat before March 31, 2011, you’ll save $75 to spend on one of those things or anything else that comes up. All you need is a valid ISIC card to take advantage of this offer. Visit a Travel CUTS store or call 1.866.246.9762 to save.

The small print: Save $75 off round trip flights to Europe through Transat Holidays, applicable new bookings only Feb 1 – Mar 31, 2011. Travel period Apr 1 – Oct 31, 2011 – no blackout dates apply. Promotion applicable to ISIC card holders and youth under 26 with the IYTC cards, cannot be combined with any other promotion. Applicable on air only, packages and tours. Not applicable on child rates, last minute bookings (bookings must be made a min 21 days prior to departure). Minimum stay of 7 days. Cannot be used on one way.

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Travel Within Your Budget in 2011

January 5, 2011

Maybe your uni costs will eat into your play money this year, or maybe there won’t be any play money this year. So La Tomatina and the Royal Wedding are out for you, but that doesn’t mean that your only trips will be to the library and the laundromat.

When you’re on a tight budget, your goal is to maximize your good times while minimizing your expenses, right?

Please meet the ISIC.

The International Student Identity Card is something most students pick up before a big trip overseas. Along with discounted student airfare and tour packages, you can flash it at:

  • hostels
  • museums
  • bus stations
  • amusement parks
  • restaurants
  • shops
  • and lots of other places that offer discounts on purchases, tickets, admissions and other travel expenses

But the ISIC isn’t just for use around tourist destinations in Europe and Australia. There are places right near you that accept an ISIC, so you can save cash even if you’re going for pizza and a movie with friends. And maybe you’ll save enough to stretch your cash as far as the ski slopes for a weekend, or to an overnight trip to catch a summer music fest.

For a full list of ISIC discounts in Canada and the U.S., check out the ISIC website. Here’s a sample of where you can save.

  • Ontario Science Centre, Toronto: 20% off general admission
  • CN Tower, Toronto: 15% discount on Look Out and Glass Floor admission
  • Madame Tussaud’s, Hollywood: $6 off price of admission
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: $10 USD admission with valid ISIC
  • Greyhound buses, Canada: 25% off an adult ticket (one way or return)
  • VIA Rail, Canada: Save 30% on the regular adult Economy class fares. Your discount can reach 50% with the VIA 6 pak – six one-way trip tickets between the same two cities.

Don’t have an ISIC yet? Get one now.

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Get Your 2011 Student Travel Must-Haves

December 9, 2010

signsHow many days did you spend traveling this year? Whether it was five or 50, you probably wish it had been more. Make it easier to get where you want to go in 2011 by being prepared to hit the road at a moment’s notice. Think of these things as a traveler’s kit of necessities, and put them on your holiday wish list:

Passport – Without it, you’re facing some serious delays in trip planning. Don’t let a lack of identification keep you from joining friends on a last-minute run across the border, or from passing up an unbeatble airfare to Paris or London or Tokyo. Passports are good for 10 years in the U.S. and five years in Canada, so once you have it in hand you won’t have to think about it again for a while. Visit the U.S. State Department’s passport website or the official Canadian passport website for the forms.

ISIC, IYTC, or ITIC – Whether you’re a full-time student, a teacher, or a youth under the age of 26, there are thousands of different types of identification out there. Only one is internationally recognized as proof of your student, teacher or youth status. Get this card at a Travel CUTS store or order online and start saving money on museums, bus, airline, and train tickets, restaurants, and activities in more than 90 countries (and in your home town).

Hostelling International Card – This card will get you:

  • Discounts at more than 4,000 hostels worldwide
  • Savings of up to 85% on international phone calls, free email access, voicemail and travel info through eKit
  • Discounts at restaurants, stores, and attractions
  • Discounts on bus transportation and tours
  • Discounts on car rentals
  • Worldwide, commission-free currency exchange
  • Free seminars on traveling abroad

Luggage that won’t cause you pain – Find yourself a few different pieces (small carry-on, mid-size backpack, larger rolling duffel) that you can afford, that you won’t be devastated if they get lost or damaged, and that are comfortable to pack and carry. A good backpack is essential and one that has the ability to expand or shrink will work for weekends away or longer backpacking trips. You don’t have to spend a fortune on luggage. Check garage sales, thrift stores and discount shops for great deals.

A library card – Great travels require great planning. You don’t have to put together a daily itinerary, but a basic understanding of the region you’re visiting, the languages you’re going to encounter, and the major sights you want to see will help a lot.

Rather than spending your money on heavy books to lug with you, do your reading before you go for free, photocopy any maps or helpful language charts, and then buy a small pocket-sized guide to go with you. (Yes, there’s an app for that, but when your batter is dead you’ll be thankful for the backup plan.) If you’re an AAA member, take advantage of their free roadmaps and books.

With all of these things ready, 2011 could be your best travel year yet. Get out there!

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Sail Abroad With Semester at Sea in 2011

July 8, 2010

Semester at SeaI know, 2011 sounds like it’s sooo far away. But when it comes to academic paperwork you can never start too soon.

Does travelling the globe for three months without falling a semester behind sound like a good deal to you? I thought so. Apply now for the Spring 2011 Semester at Sea voyage and you can get your travel kicks and your university credits too.

Why pick one destination for your semester abroad when you can pick a dozen? Let your friends do a few cold months in London while you hit Cape Town, Chennai, Ho Chi Minh City and Hilo.

This is your classroom.

The Semester at Sea program has been around for decades, and it’s a great way for a student to travel around the world while working toward a degree. There are programs for teachers and seniors as well, so even if you’re out of school you can still do a sail around the world without paying the outrageous price that most cruise lines would charge for the same itinerary.

The program is run by an American university, but it’s open to international students (see the admissions requirements). Talk to your academic adviser to find out more about how you can make a semester sailing the high seas work into your graduation plans, then get your passport and visas and your ISIC. (It’s good all over the place!)

Start preparing for the Semester at Sea application deadlines and say bon voyage to academic boredom!

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Travel Canada for Cheap with Hostelling International

July 6, 2010

At this point in the summer you’re either back from vacation, getting ready to go, or you’re thinking that here’s another long, hot summer with nothing to do and nowhere to go and your friends are lame and you should have planned something but didn’t and you’ll definitely plan something for next year because no way are you going to work at a shoe store again while your friends are backpacking Southeast Asia.

If you’re that third, bored, long-winded person, then snap out of it! Summer isn’t over yet, and there’s plenty you can do, even on a budget and even if you only have a weekend.

Check out Hostelling International Canada. They’ll show you how you can:

Get an ISIC and a hostel membership from Travel CUTS and save $4 a night at a hostel and get discounts on lots of other things, too.

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Find ISIC Discounts Across Canada and the U.S.

June 28, 2010

If your summer vacation is mostly a staycation, then your goal is to maximize your good times while minimizing your expenses, right?

Please meet the ISIC.

The International Student Identity Card is something most students pick up before a big trip overseas. Along with discounted student airfare and tour packages, you can flash it at:

  • hostels
  • museums
  • bus stations
  • amusement parks
  • restaurants
  • shops

And lots of other places to get discounts on purchases, tickets, admissions and other travel expenses.

But the ISIC isn’t just for use around tourist destinations in Europe and Australia. There are places right near you that accept an ISIC, so you can save cash even if you’re going for pizza and a movie with friends.

For a full list of ISIC discounts in Canada and the U.S., check out the ISIC website. Here’s a sample of where you can save.

  • Ontario Science Centre, Toronto: 20% off general admission
  • CN Tower, Toronto: 15% discount on Look Out and Glass Floor admission
  • Madame Tussaud’s, Hollywood: $6 off price of admission
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: $10 USD admission with valid ISIC
  • Greyhound buses, Canada: 25% off an adult ticket (one way or return)
  • VIA Rail, Canada: Save 30% on the regular adult Economy class fares. Your discount can reach 50% with the VIA 6 pak – six one-way trip tickets between the same two cities.

Don’t have an ISIC yet? Get one now.

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Be a Castle Stormer in Scotland!

May 21, 2010

If you go to Scotland, what are a few things you have to see?

1. The haunted Carbisdale Castle

2. Loch Ness, with or without monsters

3. Glencoe (where they had the infamous massacre)

Lucky for you, Haggis Adventures now has a two-day tour that will take you to all three sights. The Castle Stormer can be done by itself, if you already have a Scottish holiday planned, or you can combine it with another Haggis tour to see more of what Scotland has to offer.

The great thing with the hop-on hop-off style of tour that Haggis does is that it can make travelling a lot easier for you (no worrying about rental cars, maps, driving or booking rooms and activities), but it doesn’t force you to do a bunch of things you don’t want to. They put a framework together and you can fill it in however you’d like.

If you arrive in a city and fall instantly in love with it, or with the bartender at the local pub, you can hang out as long as you want and hop on the next bus through town when the thrill is gone.

A tour also provides a great opportunity to meet people. Even if you’re with friends, being thrown in a bus with a bunch of strangers can be helpful for those days when you love your BFF, but don’t want to have to listen to her talk about her jet lag for another single second. (It’s five hours later here. You’re tired. We get it.)

Check out all Haggis Adventures has to offer, and have a look at the Shamrocker Irish Adventures as well. When you’re ready to book, talk to a student travel expert at Travel CUTS and they can hook you up with a special student airfare and also help you sort out an ISIC (International Student Identity Card) for discounts.