Making the Most of Your Travel Experience in the U.S.
July 25, 2012
After students have completed the work portion of their work and travel program, they have a month to explore the U.S. and learn about the culture and attractions that this remarkable country has to offer. Whether they want to discover the hidden gems that are part of their current host city or venture further afield, students who are financially responsible and plan ahead can have the time of their lives travelling around the U.S.
Word of Mouth
To learn more about local sights, work & travel student participants should begin by asking friends and co-workers about their community and surrounding areas. While guidebooks and travel websites can be a valuable source of information, residents of an area are often uniquely positioned to offer insider tips on the best places to visit.
According to USA Today Travel, one of the first things travelers should do is create a detailed itinerary of their planned trips. Not only is this important from an organizational standpoint, it also helps ensure the travelers’ safety by telling family and friends where they will be and when. This information can also be useful in the event of an emergency, should phone or Internet service be unavailable.
The USA Today article also recommends that students carry their documentation and identification with them at all times. It may also be worthwhile for students to notify the nearest embassy or consulate of their travel plans prior to departure.
Every Penny Counts
When it comes to seeing the U.S., making frugal decisions can really pay off. According to Young Money, staying in hostels as opposed to bed and breakfasts or hotels can save students hundreds of dollars.
Taking excursions with tour companies is another way budget-conscious students can see the States for less.
"Tour companies offer excursions for all travelers from cultural immersion to trips filled with the best nightlife," says Patrick Evans, marketing communications coordinator for STA Travel. "These are ideal for the budget-conscious because you pay for most of it up front so there are only small expenses like additional activities and souvenirs to cover. Plus, you’ll be traveling with people from all over the world so you’ll likely make some new friends along the way."
By participating in a work and travel program in the U.S., students can have the adventure of a lifetime exploring various regions of this vast country. With careful destination, communications and financial planning, discovering the U.S. can be fun, easy, and budget-friendly!