‘Travel’ Posts

How Safe Is Your GPA From Studying Abroad?

As you walk around the study abroad fair where fifty different programs are vying for your attention and tuition dollars and pick up the brochure for the semester in Morocco or a year in Beijing, you get a nagging feeling. I don’t speak Chinese or Arabic. Even if you’ve been studying the language since freshman ...

7 Unconventional Ways To Save Money While Traveling

Whether you want to study abroad, visit a new state or go a few hours from home, traveling is costly. All the money you saved up from tedious hours of work, can be blown through within minutes when not aware of how to finance your travels properly. In order to allow for a sweet vacation ...

5 Essential iOS Games For Killing Time

Whether you’re traveling cross-country, sitting around campus waiting for a class to start, or just an iOS game addict, here are 5 games you should probably be playing to kill a few hours of your day. Field Runners 2 Field Runners is a tower defence game based on the traditional style of a majority of TD games, ...

101 Study Abroad Hacks—A Cheat Sheet

Thinking of studying abroad, but not sure what you need to do to have the best semester you possibly can? Whether you’re going to an non-English speaking country, participating in a formal study abroad program, or thinking about doing a master’s program abroad, here are 101 ways to make your semester memorable. Choose your study ...

Why You Should Enjoy a Staycation

Although summer time is the traditional time to take a vacation, not everyone has the time or the money to get away from home.  So what is a cash-strapped college student stuck at home to do?  Have a staycation of course!  What is a staycation?  A staycation is a vacation spent relaxing at home or ...

4 Tips for Staying Fit While Traveling

 Since the season of sunshine and freedom is upon us (AKA: summer!), many people are hitting the road and traveling.  Traveling is so much fun and exposes us to new places – but it can also expose us to a less than healthy lifestyle.  While on vacation, most people tend to not eat very well ...

Five Ways to Painlessly Start Packing for Winter Break

Finals season is sneaking up, and with it the dread of having to re-pack all of your life into a few boxes and head back home. If you’re worried about how you’ll possibly fit all of your things into a reasonable number of containers as you head home for winter break, now is the time ...

Four Tips to Preserve the Peace on Family Trips

Sign puns are the best puns. Image courtesy of Flickr user Jonathon D. Colman. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. I’ve been living back at the family homestead for most of this summer without incident. However, a recent family trip–along with a tweet from a friend traveling to San Francisco with her family–reminded me: there’s a ...

Use Air Trans Student Fares for Cheap Last-Minute Travel

style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Pack up your duffel bag: it's time to travel. Image courtesy of Flickr user Jeff Harbert. Licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

AirTranU is a fairly well-known program among students, but it’s worth revisiting during the summer months when schedules are likely to be freer than during the school year. AirTran offers $49, $69, or $99/leg standby flights for people ages 18-22 through its AirTranU program.

 

To use the program, students have to show up to the AirTran desk at your airport and work the flight out with an employee—so it takes longer than just buying a ticket online, and getting a seat isn’t guaranteed (AirTran recommends calling ahead at 1-800-AIRTRAN to check on availability, but my friends who use the program tend to just go and see what happens). However, if you need to book a last-minute flight home or are up for a spur-of-the-minute visit to a friend, it’s a cheap way to fly—particularly during the week, when flights aren’t as crowded.

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Travel Like a Champ: Spring Break Travel Roundup

an class="full-image-block ssNonEditable">By the sea, you and me... Image courtesy of Flickr user Kevin Tostado. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.It's the end of February and that means Spring Break will soon be upon us. HackCollege has your back with a collection of tips and tricks to organize your travel, remind you of airport basics, and fold your clothes completely wrinkle-free. Check out these blasts from the archives.

Road trip safety: For those of you who will be traveling by car rather than air, check out this list of basic safety supplies to keep in your vehicle. Particularly if you don't have AAA and are traveling in an at-all-remote areas, a well-stocked emergency kit can be a lifesaver.

Plan Spring Break with TripIt: I'm kind of in love with TripIt. For those of you who don't already use it, it is one of the most painless ways to keep travel information organized and accessible. TripIt's also useful for those of us with parents who worry--sharing all of your travel plans with them can soothe their fears about wherever you're going for the break.

Pack Everything into a Suitcase Without Wrinkles: Though the New York Times favors rolling your clothes to pack them in to a suitcase, I've found that this method is more compact and leaves clothes way less wrinkly. Particularly since Spring Break clothes are light-weight anyway, this can make packing unbelievably easy and compact, leaving more room for novelty magnets and beer.

Use Interchangeable Power Cords to Streamline Packing

This right here would be what we’re trying to avoid. Image courtesy of Flickr user tr67. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. When you’re traveling, packing up cords can be a much bigger pain than it ought to be. Most electronic devices in the Kindle/iPod/iPad/phone vein don’t take up much space, but syncing cords and docking ...

Coordinate Your Holiday Travel with Gtrot

Book and share your excursions from campus, and find out if your friends are going to be in the same place. With Christmas Break fast approaching, and Spring Break travel planning about to get into full swing, The college-exclusive Gtrot is here to coordinate and share your travel plans with friends.   There’s no signup ...