Posts Tagged ‘student’

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Put a Travel Gift Certificate on Your Back to School Wish List

August 30, 2010

Gift CertificatesYou’ve moved into the dorm, or your new off-campus apartment, or maybe you’re still at home and commuting to school.

Now Grandma is asking if there’s anything you need, any way she can help out. You have the essentials covered for now, but you’re already thinking about your first three-day weekend, and Winter Break is coming up after that.

So you say, “Actually, I could use a little help with my _______.” And fill in the blank with “next flight home”, “holiday travel plans”, “volunteer trip” or “upcoming semester abroad”.

But Grandma can’t afford the $1,000 or so you need. She wants to give you $50 or maybe $100. No problem. Have her give it to you as a travel gift certificate so that you can put it toward the next trip you book (and you won’t be tempted to spend it at the local pub’s trivia night or on something silly, like school supplies).

Visit TravelCUTS.com to learn more about travel gift certificates or buy one for a friend. After all, it’s just as good to give as to get.

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The Rail Most Travelled: Eurail’s Most Popular Routes

August 18, 2010

Some of my favorite travel writing is by people who have gotten far off the beaten path, avoided the tourist traps, and had real adventures in exotic locals.

But you know what? Going off the beaten path can be dangerous. And scary. And give you diseases. And cost a fortune when you realize you’re lost and don’t know how to get back to the path.

I’m not trying to discourage you from doing something daring, I just think you need a good amount of travel experience, lots of planning, and maybe some survival skills before you head off into the jungle or up a mountain or across a desert.

If you’re new to travel, or if you’re travelling alone for the first time, there’s something to be said for sticking to the well-travelled path. There are lots of other travellers there for you to meet. There are clean-ish hostels with adjoining pubs and nightclubs where you can get to know these travellers. There are help desks and people who speak English and free maps and tour guides.

So if you’re feeling guilty about signing up for a bus tour instead of playing Indiana Jones all on your own, don’t. Travel isn’t always about pushing your boundaries and taking physical risks. Sometimes it’s just about having fun, relaxing, opening your mind to new ideas and cultures, eating and drinking far more than you should, and not getting malaria.

All of this brings me to this list of Eurail’s most popular routes. From Prague to Amsterdam to Rome, you really can’t go wrong with any of these trips. Talk to a Travel CUTS agent to find out how you can save money with student fares and make the most of your European adventure and still go home with all of your fingers and toes.

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Summer Isn’t Over Yet!

August 11, 2010

Look how much fun this guy is having in Banff! ©Randy Lincks

I know time is flying by, but you still have a few weeks to maximize your summer fun and adventure and minimize the suckage of summer jobs, living with your parents and going back to school.

What can you do on short notice and a small budget?

  • Explore your national parks. There’s nature, there’s hiking, there’s rafting, and there are great places to take your summer fling for a picnic and some privacy.
  • Take a city break. Get some friends, book a dorm room at a hostel and find out what your nearest metropolis has to offer. Food, sporting events, nightclubs, parks, museums, shopping – you can take it all in. Even if you only go an hour away from home, treating the trip like you would any other travel adventure will make you see your surroundings from a while new perspective.
  • Bungee jump. Your friend who went to New Zealand? This is all he’s going to talk about when he gets back, so you may as well have your own bungee story to tell.
  • Make a movie. A short one. In it, talk about how you didn’t get to do anything cool this summer because you were too broke. Submit your little movie to Travel CUTS’ travel video contest and maybe you’ll win some free future travel.
  • Start planning for winter break. It’s not that far away, and it will give you something to look forward to next semester. I really want to make Scotland my next trip (after Orlando and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, obv.), mostly because I keep reading so many good things about Haggis Adventures. You go first and let me know how it is.

This is the only Summer of 2010 you’ll ever have! Get out and do something with it!

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I’d Rather Be Travelling in Fiji

July 2, 2010

Who wouldn’t? Is there anyone who would turn down a chance to tour Fiji? Of course not. That’s crazy talk.

And if you are going to tour Fiji, then hopping on a FeeJee Experience bus is a great way to see the main island, meet other travellers, and have a lot of the planning taken care of for you.

Much like the Oz Experience bus in Australia or Kiwi Experience in New Zealand, the FeeJee Experience bus lets you hop on and off the bus wherever you like. Stay in one place for a day, a week, or a month. Your pass is good for 12 months from when you start.

Your pass includes a lot of activities, including sand boarding, trekking, river tubing, trips to secluded waterfalls, traditional kava ceremony, bilibili rafting, bathing in hot pools and mud pools and sampling sugar cane. That means less money out of your pocket for daily adventures.

FeeJee guides know the island and can take you to places that other tour companys don’t know about or don’t bother with, so you won’t always be running into crowds.

Ready to live the island life? Talk to a Travel CUTS student travel expert about booking a tour and a student flight.

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Sail Away to the Greek Isles

June 16, 2010

As the weather gets better and the skies get bluer I start to think about beaches and boats and lakes and oceans. I hate feeling landlocked this time of year, so when it’s time to plan a summer adventure I start to look to different coasts and islands.

One of the best ways to enjoy the life aquatic? Island hopping in Greece. Just look at this view:

How could a trip to any place that looks like that be anything other than awesome? Topdeck offers tours for 18-35 year olds to Greece and other destinations in Europe, and they’ll make sure you see all the hot spots. To get a feel for the Topdeck treatment, have a look at this little video they put together:

Ready to go? Pick a tour and book now.

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Don’t Work to Travel, Travel to Work with a SWAP Holiday!

June 11, 2010

If you’re a student, you have lots of options to study abroad. But what about after you graduate? Do you have to become a tourist like everyone else?

Nope.

If you’re a Canadian between the ages of 18 and 30, you can apply for a working holidaymaker visa to a few different countries, including Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. (For Ireland and New Zealand, you can apply up to age 35.)

A working holiday visa allows you to live and work in a country, just like a local, usually for up to a year. Instead of living in hostels and tour buses, you’ll have a chance to settle in, get to know your neighbors, and develop a deeper understanding of a place.

There are no bad destinations, but for now let’s concentrate on Australia. It’s beautiful, slightly exotic, has great weather, friendly people, plenty of opportunities for adventure and is more affordable than some European destinations.

So if you’re in your mid-20s, having a bit of a quarter-life crisis and trying to figure out what to do next (quit your job? go back to school? have a little more fun while you’re still young and unattached enough to enjoy it?) working in Australia for a year could be a great next step.

You’ll be working and earning some money, which is a responsible thing to do, and you might even find a job that will give you experience that can be applied to a future career. You’ll also be in a country full of backpackers who are looking to have a good time. It’s the best of both worlds, really.

If you’re ready to apply, or if you have some questions about working holidays, visit swap.ca.

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Winter Break in South India!

June 7, 2010

If skiing and snowboarding aren’t your idea of an excellent winter vacation, then how about ancient temples, Bollywood films and cliff-top restaurants?

Intrepid Travel has been named Best Foreign Tour Operator by the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, and now you can take advantage of their expertise by booking an Intrepid expedition. Intrepid offers many different tours, so you can choose which regions you want to visit and how much time you want to spend there.

If you’re making your first trip to India, consider this tour:

South India Unplugged
15 Nights
$1,050 per guest (not including airfare)

You can read more about travelling to India. I’m going to start shopping for a sari that will bring out my eyes.