As a college student, it’s often hard to save up money for anything let alone travel. Some students may find that they need to make travel arrangements to either meet family or for simple pleasure. Since you only live once, it’s sometimes fun to get out and explore the world while still in college.
Did you know that there are actual places that will give you a discount just for being a student? Yes, just like a senior citizen discount, you’ll be able to get a certain amount off compared to those average Joes that have to pay full price. I’m going to show you how you can exactly get those discounts and where you can find them.
Start with the big name websites – When I think of student travel deals, you should instantly think of StaTravel. Websites like this will allow you to search for airfare, hotels, and much more. Simply do a search and compare it to other sites. Sometimes you’ll be amazed at how much you can save just for being a college student. NEVER pay full price when you’re attending college, you don’t have to!
Go back in time – When I say go back in time, I mean go to a travel agency and actually speak with a travel agent. Yes, travel agencies still do exist. To find one in your area, either do a quick search or check your local yellow pages. Travel agents don’t charge anything if you just want to simply chat. I’ve found that some travel agencies actually have lower rates than those online.
Compare- If a website like StaTravel doesn’t fit your needs, try the mainstream websites like Orbitz.com or Travelocity.com. See what kind of deals they currently have running. Most of these mainstream websites do have a student section. Be sure to look for them when you’re booking your flight or hotel room, they are out there.
Ask your college – No matter what college you’re attending, it never huts to walk into your counseling office to ask a simple question. A lot of the times you may find that your college has partnered either with a travel service or they know of places that can help you with travel. See if you can get an exclusive discount for attending your college. It never hurts to ask!
The best way to generally find the best travel deals is by simply doing your research online or seeing someone in person. Give a few websites a shot such as StaTravel when looking for your airfare. You can always put in where you want to go and it’ll give you a price. If you like it, book it. If not, keep comparing and you can always come back.