Hostelworld: Best site for finding reliable lodging on a budget

Hostelworld.com is the only tool I use to search for and book hostels. It has everything I need wrapped up into one convenient website. And they offer more than just hostel bookings. On the site, you can book campsites, tours, group hotel rooms and more. Plus they show you the reviews and ratings right on…

Duolingo: awesome app for learning foreign language

I already have an intermediate mastery of Spanish from years of Spanish class — but if I’m traveling to Italy and France too, I want to at least know the basics of French and Italian. Luckily, I have about six months before my voyage and time to start practicing the fundamentals. I just need some help….

StudentUniverse: my go-to site for cheap flights

I cannot speak more highly of StudentUniverse. It’s absolutely my favorite resource for finding the best deals on flights. The company is a Boston-based travel agency focused on providing college students with discounts on flights, hotels, tours, activities and rail. HOW IT WORKS Before you can access the deals on the site, you have to…

My Upcoming Contiki Tour: The Mini Rider

I browsed through the Contiki tours and discovered on somewhat within my budget and target duration. It’s the Mini Rider, a 15-day tour through London, France, Spain and Italy. I want to see the major Euro tourist attractions — the Eiffel Tower, Colosseum, London Eye, etc.– since this will be my first trip through Europe. When I go back after…

Contiki Holidays: afforable tours for young travelers

I’m sure most people prefer to make their own travel plans, selecting their own destinations, accommodations and traveling pace, but I’m not prepared for that yet. This will be my first time traveling abroad by myself, and I would prefer to do it as part of a group. I’m cognizant that I’d be able to…

I’m going to Europe!

Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m young, and I’m broke. As a 20-year-old college student, though, what else would you expect? But the thing is, I am dying to travel. I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain last summer, through a program with my school, and the experience undoubtedly changed my life forever. Leaving the States for the…