Pros and Cons of Flying Basic Economy

As a college student looking to save a buck, the cheapest option is usually the best option. This mindset makes total sense — you want to gain the most experiences with the least cost. Airline tickets are often the biggest expense of the trip, but unfortunately, that’s just on top of accommodations, food and nightlife that go along with a trip. In response to this, many airlines have begun offering basic economy (BE) tickets.

These tickets are essentially the “no frills” option that’s easier on your wallet. While this may seem like the best option to most students, it is important to know exactly what you’re buying before you book the ticket. We break down restrictions and guidelines with the pros and cons of basic economy tickets so you can be sure you’re getting the ticket that’s right for you.

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Study Abroad Budget Guide

Okay so you’re going to study abroad. Congrats! Usually your college will deal with all the expenses between tuition, housing and meals while you’re abroad so you don’t have to worry about that. But there is A LOT more to prepare your wallet for when you’re headed to a new country.

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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. Read More

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7 Top Holiday Travel Hacks You Need This Winter

Traveling this holiday season? Well, you’re definitely not the only one. The holiday season is the busiest and most hectic time of the year to travel. It can all be a little stressful with delays, long lines and busy crowds. We’ve got you covered with our holiday travel hacks to make getting to where you’re going a cinch. Read More

Cape May, NJ is my #HappyPlace

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International travel is on my list of things to do but when you’ve just graduated college, have student loan debt, and your entry level job isn’t exactly bringing in six-figures, your travel plans are put on hold for the moment. America has some really great places to stay that a broke recent college grad could enjoy and afford. One of my favorite places to go is Cape May, New Jersey. Read More

Travel Accessories You Don’t Want to Go Without

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There isn’t anything comfortable or energizing about traveling long distances in planes, trains, or automobiles. Spending hours and days and crossing time zones in a cramped seat while your over-processed airline food or gas station candy settles at the bottom of your stomach is a recipe for restlessness. There are a few items that can relieve some of the nightmares of traveling, however, and believe me – they are worth the investment!

 

For any travel:

1.     E-reader  – If you are a reader of books or magazines, there is nothing worse than having to haul around a backpack full of heavy books that hogs valuable trunk or carry-on space. Reading material is a must for the hours upon hours spent doing nothing but sitting during travel, but there is a much easier, lighter, and smaller way to bring your library along with you. Up until my most recent trip from Michigan to Taiwan, I was that girl who had a carry-on full of heavy books. But this time, I just packed up my little iPad Mini, stocked with some books downloaded to the Kindle app, and found myself with a whole new world of extra room in my carry-on! It truly is a lifesaver. It is a bit of an investment, but I’ll doubt you’ll regret it. Many e-readers also allow web browsing and have thousands of apps to keep you entertained, as well. Read More