If you’re a student, you probably know that there are some pretty good deals out there, if you have a valid student card. The same goes for your travels. Here are a few tidbits that may help you plan and save on your next trip:
- Get an International Student Identity Card (ISIC)–it will save you on travel, accommodation, entertainment, and tourist attractions. You could even save on buying your next computer and software, in case you need something new to stay connected to those back home (like your panicked parents who want you to Skype them every day?).
- Check out flights and tours online and if possible, in person. I recently went in to ask some questions about a tour I’m planning and got 5% off for joining their meet-up group. No brainer! Not only did I get a discount but I also joined a group of travellers who love to share their travel stories.
- If you’re planning that once-in-a-lifetime tour by land, Eurail, Greyhound and VIA Rail also offer student discounts.
- If you’re planning to see particular attractions, check them out online beforehand. Many places have student discounts but even better, they have free days that you can plan around; the Louvre in Paris, for instance, has free admission on the first Sunday of every month (except for exhibitions).
All that being said, one thing you don’t want to do is pass on travel insurance. For as little as $2 a day, you’ll have the comfort of knowing that you’re covered in the event of an emergency. We often hear “I don’t need travel insurance, my provincial health care covers me”… but that’s only partly true; provincial health plans cover than less than 7%, if something happens to you. (You can learn more about this in a blog post I wrote this summer.) So really, it’s pretty inexpensive to have peace of mind, don’t you think?
Like always, feel free to post any questions or comments below.