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How to Decide If You Want to Travel with a Group

When you want to explore the world, one question that pops up in your head is whether you want to solo backpack, travel with a few of your best friends, or travel with a group. My first grand trip was to Europe with a group called People to People, and there were definitely some pros and cons of traveling with thirty people. To help you make your decision on who will or will not accompany you, here are pros and cons of traveling with a group.

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Backpacking Like a Boss on a College Budget

I’ll save you the obvious list of backpacking on the cheap tips that includes staying in hostels, picking countries that are cheap to backpack in and getting groceries instead of eating out for every meal. There are ways to enjoy a deeper immersion in the culture, have a stress-free night’s sleep on a bed (or couch) that isn’t yours, and even try enough local cuisine to feel more like a tourist than a ready-to-get-down-and-dirty-and-starve-for-2-months-as-a-sacrifice-to-see-the-world backpacker. Care to find out? Here’s how.

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A Q+A With Our 2015 Globetrotter of the Year: Jillian Krisinger

Every year we take some time to sit down with our user who visits the most countries that year, our “Globetrotter of the Year,” to hear more about their adventures.  Last year it was Oscar Garcia, who visited 18 countries (via 13 flights and 4 trains) as part of a 91 day trip. This year it was Jillian Krisinger, who visited 15 countries with StudentUniverse as part of three trips in 2015. 

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What to Pack Backpacking

VOOVit Guest Post:

If you’re heading off on a backpacking trip for the first time, it can be tough to think any further ahead than the first round of drinking games with your brand new hostel mates, interspersed with trips to all those major landmarks you’ve always wanted to get a photo in front of. There are a lot of Travelgram worthy destinations, and backpacking just makes them that much easier to get to.

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Jetset Around South America on a Backpacker’s Budget

South America is the newest destination for backpackers who want a different experience than the traditional European route. With some of the best natural wonders and authentic cultures in the world, you’ll want to experience this up-and-coming continent firsthand. One of the biggest perks of traveling to South America is that it’s affordable! Check out… Read More

Best Backpacking Trips – Top 6 Routes

Backpacking has become increasingly popular among young travelers, and for good reason. It gives you the freedom to visit a handful of countries in a short amount of time, it encourages light packing (say goodbye to lugging around that roller bag), and it’s sure to land you in some amazing places that you might not… Read More

Our 2014 Globetrotter of the Year: Oscar Garcia

91 days, 18 countries, 13 flights, 4 trains, numerous buses, 12 forms of currency, and just one backpack. These numbers give just a quick glimpse into the life of Oscar Garcia, our 2014 Globetrotter of the Year. Oscar traveled to more countries with StudentUniverse than any other traveler in 2014. After completing another semester of… Read More

Top 10 Backpacking Cities in Central & South America

We know students are on a budget when they travel, but that doesn’t mean your trip has to be boring! We’ve put together a list of our favorite cities for backpacking in Central and South America, along with the top things to see in each destination. You can spend under $50 USD a day in each of these cities on a hostel, two public transportation rides, one attraction, three meals and three beers.

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The 5 Things You Can’t Forget to Pack for International Travel

Excited for your upcoming study abroad or international travel adventure? Good for you! Nervous and unsure of what to bring? Don’t worry – here are the top five things to bring that will make traveling a breeze! 5. Backpack Students traveling internationally, especially for extended periods of time, often travel with large, rolling suitcases. But… Read More