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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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Stay Healthy During Travel Season

It’s almost time to travel home for Thanksgiving. Crowded airports, public restrooms, taxi cabs and trains make it even harder to stay healthy during cold and flu season. If you aren’t careful (and sometimes even if you are) you could return from vacation and be too sick for class. Here are a few ways to avoid getting sick during your holiday travels.

  • Pack your own snacks. Immune boosting foods that are rich in antioxidants will help you fight off germs.
  • Too much caffeine and too much alcohol will dehydrate you. Green tea, 100 percent fruit juice and water will all keep you hydrated and help boost your immune system.

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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 »

How to Stay Connected When Studying Abroad [VIDEO]

I am absolutely in love with Sevilla, Spain: I love the people, the food, the atmosphere, the historical buildings. I love everything.

But, I also love my people back home, like my friends and family, whom I miss terribly.

Here are some of my (cheap or free) tips for keeping your relationship back home strong while you are living in a foreign country. They can be applied to any type of relationship – romantic, friendship, or family – and will help you stay connected to the people you care about the most.

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STA Travel Offers Great Travel Discounts to Students and Teachers

Traveling is a great way to learn about the world around you. Unfortunately, it’s also usually pretty expensive as well. Unless you are booking your trip with STA Travel.sta travel

STA Travel is a travel agency that has been helping students travel around the world for 30 years. STA Travel offers more than just basic travel information; STA has everything you need to plan your student-budget-friendly vacation, including flights, tours, hotels and hostels, and information concerning how to get around when you are abroad.

In addition to everything you need to actually travel, STA offers other valuable products and services. For example, if you want to plan a side adventure during your vacation, STA can organize everything you need so that you do not have to. When I was in Europe, I tried to organize a side trip to Barcelona, Spain, and failed miserably because I just did not have enough information. If I had traveled through STA, I am sure they could have made it a much easier process. Read the rest of this entry »

StudentUniverse Makes Travelling Affordable for College Students

This website might become your new best friend if you plan on travelling during your college career.

This website might become your new best friend if you plan on travelling during your college career.

I love to travel! One of my favorite things to do is to travel somewhere that I have not been before and spend a week there, just soaking up the culture. Of course, I prefer to fly because it’s faster and I can go further away from home.

Unfortunately, flying is pretty expensive. A round trip ticket on Orbitz to NYC costs $579. On StudentUniverse, the same ticket is $292. Pretty big difference, huh?

StudentUniverse is a travel site created especially for students. Users are required to prove they are currently students by providing a school issued email address. Once users have been verified as being students, StudentUniverse negotiates with airline companies to receive discounted student rates. Read the rest of this entry »

AirTran U Offers Student Discount for Flights

AirTran ULooking to get away for summer vacation but hesitant because of rising tuition costs and the current economic situation?

AirTran has launched the AirTran U program for anyone between the ages of 18 and 22, allowing students to fly on standby non-stop flights for $49, $69, or $99 per flight to more than 60 different cities domestically. Any connection flights are an additional fee. Read the rest of this entry »

Popular Summer Vacation Destinations in the U.S.

family-vacationDue to the recent economic downfall many students, graduates and families are no longer taking lavish international vacations for summer break. Many are, however, choosing to explore America for a quick weekend or week-long trip, particularly these recently popular destinations:

Beauty: Texas Hill Country has stunning rolling green hills that rival the beauty of Tuscany or Southern France. Surprisingly the area is known for its 22 wineries, year round food and music festivals and German inspired schnitzelhausers and biergartens.

Active Lifestyle: The New Hampshire Trails Bureau boasts 800,000 acres of biking trails and rugged terrain, commonly called the Moab of the East. Bikers will also be pleased to discover the hidden waterfalls and forests at the Cherry Mountain Loop at nearby Twin Mountain. Read the rest of this entry »

Living Abroad with a Host Family

Many students who choose to study abroad also live with a host family. This is usually called a “homestay” study abroad experience.

Living with a new family can be a stressful experience. You are combining two different cultures and trying to make them live as a family for six weeks, a semester, or even a year. It can be very awkward. So here are my tips for a successful homestay experience.

I am currently living with a host family here in Sevilla, Spain. However, it is not what you would expect a typical family to be like. My family consists of my “mom,” a 74-year-old woman named Rosa, and her adult daughter, Christina, who is 40-years-old. This is not a strange thing though; most host families are not your typical family with a mom, dad and two kids.

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