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What the New TSA Rules Mean for Flying Home for the Holidays


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The TSA has introduced tighter security controls in an effort to dangerous substances that are non-metallic. The new security procedures have sparked a raging controversy, but students need not fret about getting to their gate as they prepare to fly home for their semester breaks.

The measures use full-body scans, called advanced imaging technology machines, that use X-ray technology to produce an image of the body. If passengers decline to pass through the scan machines, they will receive a full-body pat-down. Some passengers will also receive the pat-down in addition to the scan, less than three percent according to CNN. Currently about 69 US airports are operating the new full-body scans. However, some airports that have the full-body scans are also still operating standard metal-detectors. Other security restrictions are still in place, like the restriction of liquids.

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Stay Safe During Holiday Travel Season

I would like to touch on a slightly grim topic. A lot of students and young adults will be traveling alone in the next few weeks and I think it’s important that we all remind each other how easy it is to become a victim. Whether you’re driving or flying, read the following tips for traveling safely this holiday season:

  • Find out if anyone you know is traveling in the same direction and offer to be travel buddies.
  • Students need to exercise their independence, but traveling is not the time to do so. For your own safety, be sure you notify someone of your plans and itinerary.

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The Best Holiday Train Deals for Students

trainYears ago, traveling by train was the only way to go. Now, people seem to forget about traveling by train due to the popularity of airline travel or the convenience of driving. As a student looking for an economical way to get home for the holidays, or even for the summer, you can’t afford not to check out train prices.

Depending on how far in advance you look, you can find some really great deals by riding the train. This isn’t just for those in the United States. Train travel is very popular overseas as a way to travel from one country to another.

Traveling by train gives you the advantage of not having to drive. While aboard most trains, you can eat and sleep in an actual bed and enjoy the scenery. Read the rest of this entry »

Travel Home for the Holidays on the Cheap

airplaneIt’s hard to believe it’s almost that time, but the holiday season is right around the corner. For many students, that means wrapping up the semester and trying to head home for the holidays.

As a student, the key to getting home and enjoying your holiday time with the family is to get there spending as little money as possible.

Spending on a budget is nothing new for most college students, so below are some great ways to get home without breaking the bank.

  • Take a bus: Taking the Greyhound is notoriously cheap and you don’t have to worry about doing the driving. Of course, if you are traveling a long distance, you’ll need to plan this out. While taking a bus is very inexpensive, it can also be a time consuming process since you aren’t in charge of the schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best Holiday Airline Deals for Students

planeWhether flying home for the holidays or trying to book a trip for spring break, it’s important to have an idea of where to get the best flight deals on a college student’s budget.

There are numerous web sites available that students can use to book travel airfare. Some sites even target students for their discount flight rates. To find the best airline rates as a student, you just have to be willing to do a little digging. The most important thing is to compare all the rates you find. A few dollars can make a big difference when you’re low on cash and trying to make it somewhere. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best Holiday Car Rental Deals for Students

car rentalIf you’re heading home for the holidays, you might be interested in renting a car. It can be hard to find a good deal but they are most definitely out there.

If you have some extra cash, renting a car can be a small expense, if you play your cards right. It will also save you wear and tear on your own car and give you chance to ride in style. The important thing to remember if you decide to rent a car is to never stop looking for deals. Just like airlines, car rental companies are constantly changing their rates. You are not charged to reserve a car, so you if you see a deal and reserve the car, you can easily cancel if you find a better deal later. Read the rest of this entry »


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