5 Travel Tips For Those Under 30

Are you under 30 but love to travel?  Are you a college-age globetrotter?  Do your kids or grandkids have the travel bug?  I know I sure did when I was a student. Below are my five top travel tips for those under 30 who are looking turning ordinary travel, into a satisfying, affordable and safe adventure, especially for the younger crowd.

Travel is a very different experience today than when I was young.  But, that also means there are some amazing opportunities that never existed before.

Tip #1:  Plan Ahead
My first tip is to plan well in advance. This will allow you to sort out important details if you plan to travel alone, or to coordinate things with a friend or a group.  It makes a big difference in how much you might spend as well.  Travel can be expensive, or very affordable!  It’s wise to do some research early, to get an idea of the budget you’ll need.

luxury_hostelsDon’t forget to include the cost of flights, hotels, hostels, resorts, activities, and of course; food and beverages.  Then, break it down to daily amount to help you budget. If money is tight, there are plenty of countries with affordable youth hostels.  But, beware:  that they can vary in price AND quality. So, do your homework long before you depart.

Tip #2:  Work With Those Who “Get” You!
My second tip is to consider companies that specialize in international travel for young people. As a travel consultant, I often recommend and use Contiki Holidays.

contiki_coach2Contiki specializes in travel packages and programs for people 18 to 35. They offer terrific options for exploring the globe, and being independent, yet not being saddled with figuring it all out on your own. They even have programs for singles that want to join in with others from all over the globe.  It’s a great way to meet people, have some structure to your trip, and even save money due to being part of a group.

Tip #3:  Documents Matter!
My third tip is to be SURE you have a passport that is valid for at least six months (from the date of travel).  It’s also very important to find out if you’ll need a visitor’s visa to enter the country (or countries) that interest you.  Nothing can ruin a trip faster than being turned away at the airport due to improper travel documents.  It happens a lot!

passports-usa-canadaAs a travel consultant I know not to rely on how things “used to be” and to research it every time.  These things change often!  From passport and visa information, to travel alerts, embassy locations, and even health and disease advisories, none of it should never be left to chance or neglected until the last minute.

One very helpful website is from our own government.  It covers all sort of things related to travel for Canadian youth: http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/life_events/travelling.shtml.  Americans can find similar information from the US State Department here:  http://studentsabroad.state.gov.

Tip #4:  Get Registered for Emergencies
My fourth tip is to sign up in advance with the appropriate government agency to receive important information on safety and other conditions.  Registering also helps the local embassy to contact your family in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Canadians can register here. Americans can register for similar information and services here.

Tip #5:  Reduce Your Risk – Use a Pro

students_PisaMy fifth and final tip is to get unbiased expert advice from a professional that deals with it every day. The Internet is great for general information and to get some good ideas. Of course, not all websites show “reality” and not all review sites are completely legit.  When you deal with a professional consultant, not only can they can point you in the right direction, but often save you a lot of time, money and embarrassment.

Parents always worry about the safety of their children at any age!  They want to you to come home in one piece, filled with many great travel stories and have plenty of photos to share.

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