Trip Coach: June 20, 2006 Christi Day from STA Travel answered your questions about Student Summer Travel Budget Travel Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006, 12:33 PM Budget Travel LLC, 2016


Trip Coach: June 20, 2006

Christi Day from STA Travel answered your questions about Student Summer Travel

Christi Day: Hi! Thanks for joining me. I am ready to answer your questions about Student Travel! Let's get started!


College Place, WA: My granddaughter is traveling to Montreal, Canada in July and is on a very tight budget. She is thinking of staying in a hostel but has never done this before, is it safe and would her things be secure?

Christi Day: Hostels are a great choice for a traveler looking to stretch their dollar. Accommodation is usually dormitory style, sometimes separated by gender, or other times mixed. Many hostels offer additional amenities such as a communal kitchen, lockers or baggage storage, internet, TV lounge, or a tour desk. At STA Travel, most of our properties are personally visited by our contracting team and graded on a "globe" rating system. When grading our properties, we consider all room types, not just the best rooms. Call and talk to one of our experienced Travel Advisors (800) 505-1940 for more information. Also, for added security she can register the trip with the nearest US embassy or consulate. This process makes your presence and whereabouts known in case you need to be contacted in an emergency. She should leave copies of her itinerary, passport data, and visas with family at home.


Peoria, IL: In July I am taking my 15 year old daughter to London, Paris, Rome, Florence and to some small towns in Tuscany. We are traveling by plane from London to Paris - but will use trains and busses after that. As a 15 year old, would it be budget-wise to have her purchase a Student Identity Card for youth/student rates for museums, train & bus travel etc. Or instead of spending over $20 dollars for a Student Identity Card- will she get a cheaper rate if we just show her passport - to prove she is only 15? Thank you!

Christi Day: The Student Identity Card is a GREAT idea. In London, the Busabout transportation system offers special rates for Youth card holders. In Rome, you can get a cut ticket price at the Museo di Roma in Trastevere, one of the most famous and beautiful museums in Rome. The card has awesome discounts abroad, but also amazing discounts here in the States as well. You can visit to check out the specific specials in each location. Also, the card can serve as a backup form of identity for your 15-year-old daughter. Also, when you purchase your card you automatically have minimum coverage travel insurance and you have the option to purchase more comprehensive insurance packages, since you never can expect the unexpected! I could go on and on about the benefits of this card, really check out the Web site for extensive information. You can purchase the card at an STA Travel Branch or online. Good Luck!


Oakton, VA: Hi! I am a 21 year old college student and my three friends and I are interested in traveling to the Caribbean for our last Spring Break trip (March 3 - March 10, 2007 leaving from from Philadelphia, PA). We are not sure what island we would like to go to but we know we do not want to stay on one of the very touristy islands (i.e. the Bahamas or Jamaica). We are looking for a unique destination and not the typical "college spring break" that you might find in locations like Cancun. We want a relaxed, all-inclusive type resort with white sand beaches where we can sun bathe, snorkle, shop and enjoy a few drinks by the pool. Being college students, we are on a tighter budget: $1700-$2200 for airfare, hotel and the all inclusive plan. I am not sure if our ideal spring break is a possibility on this budget but if anyone can help us out I know it would be you guys!! Thank you for any feedback you have!

Christi Day: Yay!!! Spring Break!! Quite possibly it is the best part of college. Go ahead plan it so you have something to look forward to, I completely understand!! One destination you should check out is Barbados. It has the look and feel of the "Cancun" type spring break, but is a little less visited, or less "touristy". Visit our Web site or stop by your local STA Travel Branch (we have two in Philly) to look for package deals through partnering companies. Our Spring Break Specials will be launched in early September, so it might be best to wait to book your trip then. Also, Our Travel Advisors work with any budget, and are experts at getting the best deals! Booking with STA Travel is convenient and cheaper because we are a one-stop shop for almost your entire trip and you can avoid paying the expensive fuel surcharge.

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