Travel Resources

There are literally thousands of books and websites that provide information on international travel. We have collected links to resources around the Internet and suggested printed materials you might utilize in your preparations for studying abroad.

 


 

U.S. Government Sites

Department of State

Tips for Traveling Abroad

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

Students Abroad

Travel, Transportation and Recreation

 

Comprehensive Pre-Departure Information

Students can refer to specific questions answered by study abroad alumni and complete online courses to help prepare for their time abroad.

Center for Global Education

 

Voting Overseas

Federal Voting Assistance Program

Democrats Abroad

Republicans Abroad

 

Global News

The New York Times

International Herald Tribune

The Economist

BBC News

 

Travel Guides

Books

Lonely Planet

Rough Guides

Let's Go!

Culture Smart! Book Series (search online bookseller´s websites)

 

Online Resources

WikiTravel

The New York Times Travel Section

National Geographic

Rick Steves´Europe

Matador Network

BootsnAll

Journey Woman

 

Time & Money

World Clock/Time Zones

Sunrise and Sunset Times

 

Currency Converters:

    Oanda

    XE

 

ATM Locators (check with individual banks concerning fees):

VISA

MasterCard

 

Telecommunications - Keeping in Touch

Check with mobile phone carriers to determine international calling and data charges

 

Internet based communication (Voice over IP)

Skype

Google Talk

Viber

 

Phone Cards

Zaptel

Lonely Planet Phone Cards

 

Accommodation

Youth Hostels

Hostels.com

Hostelling International

Hostel World

Hostel Bookers

 

Hospitality Exchange Networks

Couch Surfing

Tripping

 

Air Travel

Transportation Security Administration

 

Flights (check prices directly with air carrier first to compare quotes with travel agencies and ticket sites)

 

STA Travel

STA Travel also offers a special Financial Aid Ticketing Program for SDSU students who normally receive Financial Aid. You can lock in your ticket price as early as you need with a non-refundable deposit of $300. Then at any point up until 7 days prior to departure you pay the remaining balance. Contact STA for details.

 

Kayak

Travelocity

Expedia

Orbitz

Student Universe

Cheap Flights

 

Trains

WikiTravel Rail in Europe

Rick Steves´Rail

Eurail

 

Student Discounts

International Student Identity Card (ISIC)

The ISIC card is the only internationally-recognized student ID which can be used to take advantage of discount offers on travel, accommodation, shopping, and museums. The ISIC can be purchased locally at STA Travel, but search the website first to determine if it will be useful in the places you plan to visit.

The benefits vary widely from country to country. Some students report that they received numerous discounts on museums, tickets, etc., while others report that the discounts were negligible. Europe seems to offer more discounts than other parts of the world.

 

Useful Articles

Rick Steves´ "Europe on a Student´s Budget"

 

Newsweek: "How to Be Invisible"