I really wanted to start this post with yet another anecdote from my study abroad trip to Ireland, but I think I’ve yakked on and on about it a little too much, so I’ll start with this instead: like pretty much every other college student out there, I’ll be damned if I’m stuck in my home state during spring break this year. Spring break is the prime time for mid-semester travel. Okay, it’s the only time for mid-semester travel since universities don’t give us any other time off during the spring, so I guess by default it’s the prime time. Anyway, what better way to relax and reward yourself for all the hard work you’ve been doing so far than by taking a trip somewhere for a few days?
I know, easier said than done, right? My friends and I are planning our getaway, and we’re not really trying to drop $1,000 on a 4-day trip, so we feel ya. So if you’ve ever wanted to be like those people who can snag $160 plane tickets for $100, and somehow sniff out the super cheap but non-crappy hotel rooms, I’m here to help.
In my quest for, well, being one of those people, I’ve come across some great (and legit!) sites that actually provide college students with discounts on flights, hotels, and other travel essentials. Like I said, I want to enjoy my spring break without coming back to a double-digit balance in my account, so we’re pretty much in the same boat here. So if you’re really adamant about saving money on travel, check out my recommendations below. Also while you’re at it, take a look at my post on How To Save Money In College for tips on smart spending.
This is the website I visit most frequently for discounted flights because the site is so easy to navigate, and by creating an account you can receive updates and deals during holidays. StudentUniverse was a sponsor at the 2017 College Fashion Week and I had the pleasure of working with them there, so if you’re curious check out my post!
STA Travel is great for flights, hotels, and discounted tours. I also love that they have special pages for information on securing bus and railroad passes, so you’ll be able to easily use public transportation in the city you visit. This site definitely makes sure you have fun things to do in the places you visit—from a Beer Tour of Belgium to a cruise around Turkey. I may or may not have my eye on a pizza tour of Naples package. 😉
I’m ALWAYS telling my parents, my friends, my friends’ dogs, and anyone who will listen about this website because OMG, the travel packages are awesome. I seriously always feel slightly more cultured just reading through the itineraries on the site. The packages usually include tours through several cities over the course of a few weeks (Example: 10 days through Germany, Italy and Switzerland). You can take their “quiz” to get matched to packages depending on where in the world you want to go. I’ve seen packages priced at around $2,000-$3,000 but that’s pretty good for three weeks in six different cities—that’s HALF the price that I paid to study abroad for three weeks, FYI!!!!!! Did I mention you also get group discounts?
The only thing about this site is that trips fill up FAST, so I HIGHLY recommend booking trips at least ONE YEAR IN ADVANCE. Yep, you read me right. So you better get going!
Travel Cuts is kind of similar to StudentUniverse in terms of what’s offered, and it’s also pretty easy to navigate. They do feature discounted trips from different companies, though, so that’s definitely worth looking through.
CheapOair isn’t just for searching up flights—you can also look at hotels, car rentals, and vacation deals. Plus, they provide TripAdvisor ratings on all listings for hotels you search for. I was pretty impressed by the flight prices I saw on this site (I low-key was about to book one straight away!) so definitely give this site a shot.
6. Student City
The vibe of this site is very “spring break,” which is good if that’s what you’re using it for! There’s so much useful information on this site, including trips, bucket list ideas, and seasonal travel ideas. And, they offer a way for you to travel for free if you’re willing to do a little work and if you’re really good at convincing people they need to take a vacation.
OneTravel allows you to find discounts on anything from just flights or just hotels to packages including flights and hotels and flights, hotels, and car rentals. This is great if you plan on staying within the United States. This site isn’t specifically for students but it’s a great site to know.
Travelation is pretty much just like OneTravel, and it’s also not student-specific but it’s a good site to check out for cheap flights. And they always list featured “domestic deals” on their homepage if you’re thinking about staying within the U.S.
Okay, seriously, what can’t you use Groupon for! It’s great for booking all-inclusive trips. My friends once booked a 6-day trip to the Dominican Republic for around $600—airfare and resort all included! Browse through their deals but keep in mind that they do expire and you sometimes will have to book something closer to the date you wish to travel.
I’m pretty sure everyone has seen the Trivago commercials, or at least have heard of it, but it’s great for comparing hotel prices so if you’re really adamant about sticking to a strict budget, you don’t have to open up a million tabs to compare deals.
I really hope this round-up of links helps at least one person book an awesome, affordable, non-bank-breaking trip this year! If you know of any other sites that offer great discounts on student travel (or travel in general) email me or feel free to comment them below!
What trips are you looking forward to in 2018?