Why travel as a student?
Although there is never a bad time to see the world, travelling when you're a student is particularly rewarding for a whole host of reasons. On this page we'll run you through the key ones, and also give you advice on what to do, where to do it and, most importantly, how you can make it all happen for the best possible price. We always have brilliant discounts and deals running, whether on flights, tours or those all-important travel services!
Travelling as a student is awesome on so many levels. We could easily list 100 reasons here, but here are our top five!
Discounts & deals
There are HEAPS of deals to be snapped up when you're a student, both in the planning stages (i.e. booking your flights) and also once in-destination (i.e. using your student card to get discounted entry into amazing places). At StudentUniverse we always have cheap student flights available, deals on tours and discounts on accommodation.
Break from studies
Studies are super important - we know you know that - but it's important to find a balance, too. The last thing you want to do is burn yourself out, spending endless nights up to the early hours, gulping down energy drinks (and other types...). Travel gives you a literal breath of fresh air, and provides really valuable perspective on things.
There's nothing like travelling to send your confidence into overdrive, and no matter what career you ultimately pursue, nothing will get you further than confidence and a healthy mindset. Whether you're hostel-hopping around Australia, on a sailing adventure in Croatia or negotiating the Trans-Siberian Express, you'll return home a totally different person.
Real world experience
It's all well and good learning things in theory in a classroom, but nothing can substitute actual real life experience when it comes to taking things in on that vocational level. This is why travelling as a student is such a great time to do it - you can merge these two types of education. If you're training at uni to be a teacher, why not try actually teaching for real on a TEFL placement in Thailand?
Employers love it!
Travel experience frequently pushes candidates to the top of the pile when applying for jobs. Think about it: if everyone's taken the same courses and has reasonably similar grades, employers will be looking for that extra something to make people stand out. Travel is often the answer to that. Plus, you'll have all that confidence mentioned earlier - it goes a long way!
What we offer
Amazing flight discounts
Become a member to unlock exclusive student flight discounts (up to 30% off).
Browse epic tours
Guided tours are perfect when traveling alone or with friends. See everything, plan nothing. Sweet deal.
Great hotels on a budget
Because with discount flights, you need discount hotels, right? Right.
Car rentals – search, compare & save
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Things to do when travelling as a student
There are certain types of travel experiences that are perfectly suited for students, and we’ll whisk you through them here.
The big one. Tours are a fantastic way to travel as a student, as they provide enough structure to guarantee safety and ensure you have a rich experience, but you also have plenty of freedom, so it won’t feel like you’re on a school trip! The toughest thing about adventure tours is choosing what to do. Canoeing down the Mekong River in China? City-hopping around Europe? Scaling Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania? The choice is yours...
Clearly perfect for student travel, study abroad placements are great for those who don’t necessarily want to pause their education, but at the same time are craving the thrill of living in new destinations and making friends from different cultures. Our friends over at gapyear.com have some good options for this, and we can of course take care of your flights.
Similarly to studying abroad, doing an internship overseas is a smart way to combine your current or chosen path with real life experience in new cultures. If you’re studying to be a veterinarian, for example, you could do an animal-care internship in South Africa, working with exotic beasts.
Flight and wing it
Maybe… just maybe… you’re fed up of being told what to do by everybody, and what to think, and where to stand, and how to do it. Maybe what you need is to break free, to have an adventure, experience true spontaneity, see what it’s like to have a total lack of a plan. In that case, you can just book a one-way ticket to wherever, and the world’s your oyster!
Best destinations for student travel
As with deciding what to do, there are some really great options when it comes to figuring out where you want to go, and we can get you there with our discounted student flights. Check out some of our guides below to some top student travel destinations. These include places like Australia, which with its Westernised culture and exotic landscapes offers a perfect first step into adventure travel; the USA, with its options for epic road trips and tours; and Asia, with its buzzing cities, paradise islands and amazing street food.
Student travel services
So, we’ve shown you why travelling as a student is a great time to do it, and hopefully you’re sufficiently inspired by all the amazing things you can do, and the mind-blowing places you can see!
But we’re not done yet. For all this to become an epic reality, there are a few practical concerns to think about, and we can help with these too! Apart from booking your flights at a great price, we can advise on things like travel insurance and visas, and help you find great accommodation within your budget. Once you’ve signed up to become a member (it’s free!) you’ll also have 24/7 access to our travel services. This customer care centre is dedicated 100% to finding you the best deals with our partnered airlines, and of course answering any questions you have once you’ve booked.